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May 9, 2017 - "A Better way to Wi-Fi: Choosing a Router in 2017," with Dave Hamilton
Dave Hamilton at PMUG's October 2015 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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Wi-Fi is everywhere in our homes... until it's not — sometimes we have dead-spots or slow-spots. Heading down the path of extenders and repeaters to plug those holes usually ends in headache.

The past year has introduced a variety of new wireless network options, including mesh networks, and this means choosing a router is a different experience than it used to be!

Dave Hamilton will walk through what you need and why, so that you can make the best decision for your own home or workspace.

Dave will discuss:

  • How to choose a router in 2017
  • What technologies/features matter for you
  • What "mesh" means and whether or not you need it
  • Which router is right for you... and why
  • How to set it up for optimal success

About the presenter...

Dave Hamilton co-founded The Mac Observer in 1988, an online magazine and one of the leading daily news sites for the Macintosh community. Dave is also President and co-founder of BackBeat Media, a publisher service agency representing the advertising and operations activities of consumer technology-focused Websites and Podcasts, helping them to grow their businesses. Additionally, he is the publisher and co-host of the Mac Geek Gab Podcast, launched in 2005, which is one of the top Mac Podcasts in the market today. Dave maintains his Blog at DaveTheNerd.com.

Note! icon Meeting Room Location

PMUG's meetings are now held in Stuart Hall, Room 4 (first floor.) This is the room where the "PMUG Answers" Discussion Group used to be held.


April 11, 2017 - 2Reimagine: Princeton Public Library's New Second Floor
From Princeton Public Library: Janet Hauge  (left), Technology Initiatives Librarian, and Erica Bess (right), Head of Adult Services
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In late March 2017, Princeton Public Library opened its spectacular and newly renovated second floor, 2Reimagine, which is designed to support the ways that people learn, work, and collaborate in the 21st century.

Librarians Erica Bess and Janet Hauge return to highlight the spaces, collections, services, and technology you will find there, including increased power and data connectivity, screen-sharing software, integrated AV, digital collections, a state-of-the-art Technology Center, and more.

 
 
 

About the presenters
Erica Bess is Assistant Director at Princeton Public Library. In addition to overseeing public service functions, she managed the internal operations for 2Reimagine, the library's second floor renovation. Prior to joining PPL in 2011, Erica was Head of Adult Programming and the Louise Parker Berry Fellow at Darien Library in Darien, CT. She received an MLIS from Rutgers University in 2007.

Janet Hauge, Head of Adult Services at Princeton Public Library, has worked in NJ libraries since 2007. Janet is devoted to exploring emerging trends that foster exploration of 21st century library services. Janet participated with colleagues as a key member of the renovation of the library's second floor, which opened to the public on March 25, 2017.

Note! icon Meeting Room Location

PMUG's meetings are now held in Stuart Hall, Room 4 (first floor.) This is the room where the "PMUG Answers" Discussion Group used to be held.


March 14, 2017: iOS Security, with Michael Inskeep
The meeting has been canceled because of the snowstorm,
and the topic will be rescheduled for another month.
Michael Inskeep was in the audience for PMUG's February 2017 meeting
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Attacks on computers have become more sophisticated in the last several years. Michael Inskeep will review general principles of digital security, vulnerabilities of iPads and iPhones, and suggest simple steps users can take to protect themselves against attack.

These strategies are based on reports of current and emerging threats, his familiarity with the security features of Apple products, and his practical experience helping users — both experienced and naive. Michael's presentation will be aimed at people using a personal iDevice at home or on the road.

About the presenter...
Michael Inskeep is an Apple Certified Support Professional and member of the Apple Consultants Network. He has been supporting Macintosh computers and other Apple products for 27 years in different capacities: as Director of Microcomputing for the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences; as Technology Coordinator/Teacher for Friends School Haverford; and since 1999 through his independent consulting business, Gentle Computer Helpers.

Note! icon New Meeting Room Location

PMUG's meetings will now be held in Stuart Hall, Room 4 (first floor.) This is the room where the old "PMUG Answers" Discussion Group was held.


February 14, 2017: FileMaker with Jeff Gorman
Khürt Williams at PMUG's February 2016 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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FileMaker Pro, a cross-platform relational database by FileMaker Inc., will be the subject of February's meeting.

PMUG's Jeff Gorman will design a database on the fly to meet a real world need, and show the program's many features.

About the presenter...
Jeff Gorman is the "PMUG Answers" Discussion Group Leader, and owner of Creative Computing. Jeff majored in computer science at the University of Buffalo, graduating in 1989. He then worked as a software engineer for a small Mac based software development company before founding Creative Computing in 1996. Jeff practices martial arts in his spare time.

Note! icon New Meeting Room Location

PMUG's meetings will now be held in Stuart Hall, Room 4 (first floor.) This is the room where the old "PMUG Answers" Discussion Group was held.


January 10, 2017: Shop & Surf Safely in macOS 10.12 Sierra
Khürt Williams at PMUG's September 2016 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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Apple released macOS 10.12 Sierra a few months ago with new features and configuration options. Whether this is your first experience with macOS or or just an update, before you do anything like customizing your Mac, loading new apps, or syncing your data, you should take a few steps to lock down your Mac and protect your privacy.

PMUG's Khürt Williams will show how to adjust settings in macOS 10.12 Sierra to stay safe while you shop online, browse Websites, and bank online.

Khürt will focus on setting security configurations for Safari, App Store, Secure Payment (via iOS), etc. He will explain some of the security architecture of macOS and explain how macOS protects data stored on the Mac, as well as how to decommission a used device for re-sale. Khürt will also give general security awareness tips.

About the presenter...
Khürt Williams is Principal and Managing Director at Monkey Hill, LLC, a consulting firm focused on information security governance, risk and compliance. Khürt is also PMUG's Vice President.

Note! icon Meeting Room Location Change

PMUG's 2017 meetings will now be held in Stuart Hall, Room 4 (first floor.) This is the room where the old "PMUG Answers" Discussion Group was held.

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