The Chico Apple User Group

Board of Directors

Ron Brooks

Vice President
Myron Flindt

Bida Bock

Sharron Mathans

Program Director
Ron Brooks

Novice Instructor
Ron Steinke

Tech Support
Bill Peart

Londa Coy

Londa Coy

Newsletter Editor
Betty Bilbo

Hugh McGuigan

Social Media

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June 16th Member Appreciation Night

At our closing meeting on June 16, Myron Flindt, our Vice President will present a survey to the membership to learn more about what type of devices our members use and what they are interested in learning. Also, at the same meeting, the Board will hold an “opportunity” drawing as a replacement for the customary end of year raffle. Each attending member will receive a ticket for a chance to win one of several prizes. In addition, anyone who completes a survey will get one more ticket for the drawing.

The Board approved an expenditure of $400 to purchase items for the event. An external hard drive valued at $100 will be the grand prize. Also, the Board approved a donation of $100 honoring the passing of Michael Hogan, a long time MacCHUG member, to the charity of the family’s choice.

Mac and IOS Special Interest Group –  6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Chico Apple User General Meeting  – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

May 19th David Sparks “Best Practices for Email”

david sparks David Sparks, a nationally known speaker about all things Apple. He is a past speaker at Macworld / iWorld and a regular faculty member for the American Bar Association’s TechShow. David also lectured to the Federal Judicial College. He published two books for Wiley Press, “Mac at Work” and “iPad at Work”. David also publishes the MacSparky Field Guides including the best selling iBooks Author book, “Paperless”, awarded a Best of 2012 award.

David Sparks is a practicing attorney, editor of the MacSparky blog, co-host of the Mac Power Users podcast, and author of the Email, Paperless, and Markdown Field Guides.

David’s presentation is entitled “Best Practices for Email”, a close look at the cardinal rules for email that all of us should know.

Kathy Brooks will again provide some tips and tricks for intermediate iPhones users.

Londa Coy has graciously agreed to help the beginners class for iPhone user in Van Bilbo’s absence.

The topic of my iPad class will be five ways to reduce the storage on crowded iPads.

Ron Steinke’s Mac class will cover printer settings and other printer issues.

Be sure to come at 6:30 to take advantage of our special training classes.

April 21st The Benefits of iCloud

Program Director Ron Brooks will present information on the benefits of iCloud. Starts at 7:30PM.


Much has been written about the shortcomings of iCould, but Apple has worked out most of the kinks and it’s now something you should consider implementing to keep files and photos synced between your devices as well as an off-site backup.

Ron will also talk about other cloud services available from companies like Google and Amazon. Class starts at 7:30 PM.

Classes taught from 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM

iPhone and iPad classes 

Come at 6:30 p.m. to join the “non-intimidating” iPhone and iPad classes. There will also be a Novice special interest group for Macs. A library of free books, manuals and CD’s is available as a resource for members to check out.

MAC Novice Class Presentation by Ron Stienke 

This month, we will be discussing the Dock and how to keep it organized. How many applica-tion icons do you have on your Dock? Are they crowding each other out of sight? Why not clean up the Dock appearance and make your choices much easier.

Come to the Novice Class and learn some tricks to use on your Dock.

March 17th – Scott Evans – How To Create Stunning Photo Books

At 7:30pm Scott Evans, a fellow MacChUG member will present information on how to make a stunning photo book on a Mac, iPad or even an iPhone.

Photo books are a collection of your favorite photos compiled and published as a treasured me-mento of any theme you choose. It could be a cherished event, a family vacation or any topic you want to memorialize.

Scott will discuss a couple of the different companies that offer photo books including, Apple, Shutterfly and MyPublisher.

He will share his experiences in creating amazing memory books using “MyPublisher” photo books software. He will even bring some of the photo books he made to this meeting so you can see what masterpieces you can create.

Come at 6:30 p.m. to join the “non-intimidating” iPhone and iPad classes. There will also be a Novice special interest group for Macs. A library of free books, manuals and CD’s is available as a resource for members to check out.

February 18th – Back up Plans for Macs, iPads, and iPhones

MacChUG, The Chico Apple Users Group will host its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm at the Masonic Family Center located at 1110 W. East Ave in Chico.

This month’s guest speaker will be Ron Brooks, Program Director, who will show us a few of the best (in his opinion) backup programs for our Apple products.

He has spoken to many folks in the past who have NEVER backed up their Macs, iPhones or iPads. And when disaster strikes (read; stolen, lost, broken, etc.), the big question is What Now?

Ron will discuss a few of his favorite backup programs and demonstrate how they work for all your Apple hardware.

Many of you may have received or purchased new iPhones, iPads or Macs recently, so now would be the time to get a head start on insuring your files, music, contacts, etc. are protected, should something happen.

If you come at 6:30 pm, you can join our separate tables for “non-intimidating” guidance and have fun using your iPad and iPhone. There will also be a Novice special interest group for Macs, and don’t forget to browse our library for books, manuals, and CDs that may help you become more proficient.

January 21st Ron Brooks Program Manager

This month’s guest speaker for January 21st at 7:30pm will be Ron Brooks, our Program Director, who will show us a few of the best (in his opinion) password managers for our Apple products. Many of them will sync with each other to take the concern out of keeping each device up-to-date.

Password managers take care of remembering all those passwords for you and can also help generate complex logins and passwords that are virtually un-hackable.

Many of you may have received or purchased new iPhones, iPads or Macs for Christmas, so now would be the time to get a head start on those pesky web-site password combos for your browsing, online banking, or shopping.
From 6:30 to 7:15 there will be Mac and IOS Special Interest Group meetings to learn more about your Apple devices.

Anthony Martinez – Apple Tech Expert – December 17th

MacChUG, The Chico Apple Users Group will host its December meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at 7:30 P.M. at the Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Ave., Chico.

This month’s guest speaker will be Anthony Martinez, the resident Apple Expert at our local Best Buy. Anthony plans to be at our meeting at 6:30 so he can spend some “one-on-one” time with our members and provide answers to those nagging “how-do-I” questions you’ve been unable to figure out. If you come at 6:30, you can participate in our iPad/iPhone and Novice special interest groups or browse our library for books, manuals and CDs that may help you become more proficient.

November 19th – El Capitan

Anthony Martinez, an Apple employee working at Chico’s BestBuy store, will present an overview of the latest OS version 10.11 known as El Capitan and explain how it differs from earlier versions of the Macintosh OS. He will be at the special interest and novice group meetings before the general meeting and circulate among the members to be available to speak to individuals prior to his presentation. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of his presentation.

 The presentation will start at 7:30pm.

Mac and IOS Special Interest Group and Novice Group will start at 6:30 pm to 7:15 PM 

iPhone tips of the month will brought to you by Kathy Brooks. Novice Instruction by Ron Steinke. 

She has chosen 14 items that look interesting and you may want to investigate further online for the best prices. Come to this class and learn together. Help is available for each one of you with your questions.



Evernote Presentation – Thursday October 15, 2015

Londa Coy, one of our newest members, will be presenting the famously popular Evernote®,

a software product that’s been around for years and is widely used in the business community.

Evernote is a free program available on the internet for download in different levels. It allows the user to write everything from short notes to long dissertations. Photos can be included in the documents along with clippings from other sources such as the internet or scanned docu-ments. Documents can be shared between workers and made into slide show presentations using Evernote. It can be installed on other devices than your computer by synchronizing your documents between the Mac, laptop, iPad and iPhone. There are also Android and Windows versions of this app.

If you’ve been looking for an application that will handle all your note taking needs, you won’t want to miss this presentation.


OS X E: Capitan Review


Mac upgrade that’s as solid as a rock

Lots of new features in Apple’s latest version of OS X. Upgrade and get an improved Mac. It’s really that simple.

Article by Jason Snell of MacWorld – September 29th, 2015 – Link to article HERE

El Capitan, OS X 10.11 (), arrives for everyone September 30, but I’ve been using it all summer. In these days of free operating-system updates, major OS X updates feel a whole lot more routine than they used to be. Apple has chosen not to roll out major OS X features piecemeal throughout the year, though, which still makes this the biggest change your Mac will experience this year.

El Capitan, named after the large granite rock formation inside Yosemite National Park, is very much a refined version of OS X Yosemite, a recognizable progression from its predecessor. (In iPhone terms, it would be Yosemite S.) Apple says this update is all about a refined experience and improved performance. But it’s traditional for Apple to take its no-big-deal updates and pour in a bunch of new features anyway, and El Capitan is no exception. This is a packed release, but one that makes sense as a follow-up to Yosemite.

Just the basics

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Before we get started, it’s worth recapping what this El Capitan business is all about. El Capitan is Apple’s marketing name for OS X version 10.11, the latest update to your Mac’s system software. If your Mac is running Yosemite (10.10), Mavericks (10.9), or Mountain Lion (10.8), it can run El Capitan. Beginning September 30, you can download El Capitan straight from the Mac App Store. And if you’re running an older version of OS X, you don’t need to do interim upgrades—you can go straight to El Capitan from Snow Leopard or later.

If the update will be free and readily available, what’s the big deal? Often people are trepidatious about upgrading their computers. If an app you rely on is incompatible with the new version, your entire workflow can be broken. It’s worth being careful and checking with the makers of any apps you rely on before upgrading—most will post compatibility information on their websites.

In the case of El Capitan, a few of the apps and utilities I rely on weren’t initially compatible, but most have already been updated as a result of Apple’s summer-long testing period. Most major OS X upgrades feature a lot of under-the-hood security improvements, which is a good reason to stay up to date, but some of those changes can also break software. Several of the apps I use, including SuperDuper and Default Folder X didn’t work properly with El Capitan, but SuperDuper has already been updated to regain compatibility and Default Folder X has a new version on the way (and a workaround in the meantime).

One of the security improvements in El Capitan is a feature called System Integrity Protection, which clamps down on the ability of malware to hijack your Mac by masquerading as a user with system-administration privileges. This is a good thing—but a few apps, including Default Folder X and SuperDuper, relied on that same vector to do their jobs. You can turn off System Integrity Protection if you absolutely need to, but it seems like most apps will be able to function just fine with it turned on. (It’s just that some of them may need an update first.)

Bottom line: I’ve found El Capitan to be a stable update, but you should always back up your system and check with the makers of your most important apps about compatibility before installing it.

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