2016-08-01

Mac classes – August 2016

Happy Colorado Day! 140 years ago today, our state was born. I urge you to celebrate to the best of your ability (for a Monday anyway). And when you're done celebrating, it'll be time to get serious about some Mac classes!

On to the details...
Class list for August 2016:
  • Thurs., August 11th, from 6-8 pm at Proximity Space in Montrose: "Intermediate iPhone/iPad Tips & Tricks"; an especially in-depth exploration of everything your iDevice can do. 
  • Tues. August 23rd, from 6-8 pm: at Ridgway Library,  "Get Yourself Backed Up!". There are so many reasons to make sure your irreplaceable data is backed up.
  • Wed., August 31st, from 5-7 pm: FREE Mac OS X OverviewRidgway Library.
Please do let me know if you plan to attend any of these classes; if I get enough commitments ahead of time, I don't have to send out a nagging reminder!


 First off on Thursday, August 11th, from 6-8 pm at the Proximity Space in Montrose, I'll be doing a new class: Intermediate iPhone/iPad Tips & TricksSince I've been doing my every-other-month overview of the basics of using your iDevices, I think it's time I offer an intermediate version, don't you?! This class will be perfect for those of you who are tending to use your iPads as your only computer, but also for anyone who knows their way around their device pretty well, but would love to know more of advanced things you can do. Please, do let me know if you plan to attend. Cost, as usual, is $20.


 Next up, on Tuesday, August 23rd, from 6-8 pm, at the Ridgway Library, I'm revisiting an essential class: "Get Yourself Backed Up!". This class will cover all aspects of backing up your devices, from online tools like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Carbonite and the like, to the best external hard drive options for physical backups. The importance of having good (and redundant!) backups is increasingly critical, for obvious reasons, but less obvious is that a good backup is your best protection against viruses and hacker! Due to popular demand, I will also cover Time Machine, and how to use it, so you can confirm your backups are working! Come learn all there is to know about how to make sure your precious photos and documents are safe for many years to come! Cost for this class is $20. Again, please let me know if you plan to attend.

 Lastly, I will be doing my regular last-Wednesday-of-the-month class at the Ridgway Library on Wednesday, August 31st from 5-7 pm. This month, it's the FREE Mac OS X Overview. This class is held in the Library's computer lab. Space is limited, so you have to sign up, and the Library has asked that I handle the sign ups, so give me a call at 970-417-8434 (or drop me an email) if you'd like to attend. (Be aware that first-timers take priority over anyone who has taken the class before, but there are often openings for repeaters).

For the Mac Overview, there are six Macs in the computer lab, so only two of the eight attendees need their own laptops. This class is beginner-oriented, but we cover some different things every month; repeat attendees are encouraged (when there's room)!

I'm wishing you a glorious August, as the summer begins to wind down. 😕 I hope to see you at a class sometime soon! 

2016-07-02

[UPDATED] Mac classes – July 2016

Sorry everyone, but due to a change in my schedule for the end of the month, I'm moving the FREE iPhone/iPad Overview to this coming Tuesday, from 6-8 pm. This very informative class is guaranteed to give you new insights into everything your "iDevices" can do. Please let me know if you plan to attend. There are a couple folks signed up already, but the more the merrier (and remember, it's FREE)!

UPDATED Class list for July 2016:
  • Tues., July 12th, from 6-8 pm: FREE iPhone/iPad Overview; Ridgway Library
  • Weds., July 20th, from 5-7 pm: Photos (Apple's recent iPhoto replacement); Ridgway Library
The details:

 First off, it's the FREE Mac iPad/iPhone Overview, on Tuesday, July 12th from 6-8 pm at the Ridgway Library. This class is held in the small meeting room at the Library, and space is limited, so you have to sign up. The Library staff has asked that I handle the sign ups, so give me a call at 970-417-8434 (or drop me an email) if you'd like to attend. (Be aware that first-timers take priority over anyone who has taken the class before, but there are often openings for repeaters).



 Then, on Wednesday, July 20th, from 5-7 pm, at the Ridgway Library, due to popular demand, I'll be revisiting Apple's new Photos program for Yosemite & El Capitan. A lot of folks have gotten more than a little discombobulated by the switch to Photos, but it's actually quite a powerful upgrade from iPhoto. As a "version 1" app, it also has some missing features and odd functionality. If you're running Yosemite or El Cap on your Mac, you'll want to take this class to learn all the ins & outs of the new program! Please, do let me know if you plan to attend. Cost, as usual, is $20. Please let me know if you plan to attend.

I hope to see you all at a class sometime soon.
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2016-06-01

Mac classes – June 2016

Happy June everyone! As you read this, Mallory & I will have already spent two nights in Reykjavik Iceland, and will be getting ready to hop on our bikes for a six-day bike tour out of Edinburgh Scotland tomorrow!! Needless to say, we're both about as ready for a vacation as we've been in awhile. The entire trip is three weeks (we go back to Iceland for the last week of the trip), and then I have a conference in Vail right after we get back, so I'll be away from Ridgway for almost a month.

Of course, that means I won't be doing much in the way of classes this month. Just one, in fact; the regular free class at Ridgway Library on the last Wednesday of the month. I should have a full schedule again in July, so don't despair! 😜

Also, due to my lengthy absence, I've talked to a couple of guys who can help you with any of your urgent tech support needs while I'm away:

The first is Dustin Nicholson, who runs Macsumize in Montrose. His shop is between Scott's Printing and Safeway in Montrose, behind El Jimador restaurant at 12th & Townsend. His number is (720) 881-1352.

The second is Chris Kennedy, of Apple Core Technologies in Montrose. His number is (970) 901-3051.

Class list for June 2016:

Wed., June 29th, from 5-7 pm: FREE Mac OS X Overview; Ridgway Library.

 Again, for my only class this month, I will be doing my regular last-Wednesday-of-the-month session at the Ridgway Library on Wednesday, June 29th from 5-7 pm. This month, it's the FREE Mac OS X Overview. This class is held in the Library's computer lab. Space is limited, so you have to sign up, and the Library has asked that I handle the sign ups, so give me a call at 970-417-8434 (or drop me an email) if you'd like to attend. (Be aware that first-timers take priority over anyone who has taken the class before, but there are often openings for repeaters).

For the Mac Overview, there are six Macs in the computer lab, so only two of the eight attendees need their own laptops. This class is beginner-oriented, but we cover some different things every month; repeat attendees are encouraged (when there's room)!

Here's to a spectacular June, and I hope to see you in July!

2016-05-01

Mac classes – May 2016

Happy May Day everyone! Sure didn't feel like May 1st here in Ridgway though. Hope it did wherever you are! I know that warm & sunny days are on the horizon, I just wish they'd hurry up and get here already. In the meantime, anyone up for a computer class?

Class list for March 2016:

  • Thurs., May 12th, from 5:30-8:30 pm: iPhones & iPAs; a Sherbino ArtBar; Sherbino Theater, (reserve your spot through Weehawken Creative Arts); come learn how to take great photos with your iPhone!
  • Tues., May 17th, from 6-8 pm: iTunes, at the Ridgway Library; discover all the ins & outs of the 900 pound gorilla of media managers!
  • Weds., May 25th, from 5-7 pm: FREE iPhone/iPad Overview; Ridgway Library

The details:


 First off, on Thursday, May 12th, from 5:30-8:30 pm, it'll be iPhones & iPAs; a Sherbino ArtBar at the Sherbino Theater. Join me for a free-wheeling & dynamic exploration of the fascinating world of iPhone photography!! You'll learn tips and tricks for getting the best photos out of your iPhone, as well as learn about a ton of astounding apps that will help you take those photos to the next level. Just $35 per person, which includes a beer ("iPA" recommended!) or glass of wine. Pre-registration is encouraged (through Weehawken Creative Arts).


 Then, on Tuesday, May 17th, from 6-8 pm, at the Ridgway Library, I'll be revisiting an app we could all use some help with: iTunes. With all the content one can load on their iDevices these days, iTunes has gotten all the more important in managing it all. To top it off, the program has undergone a major interface overhaul recently (yes, again!). If you've been wanting to learn all the ins and outs of this wild & crazy music/movies/TV shows/books/podcasts/apps management tool, this class is for you. We'll cover everything from understanding where everything lives, to navigating all the stores, as well as importing your own CD's, audiobooks, movies, etc. It's especially helpful if you're struggling to figure out how to manage what all gets loaded on your iPhone/iPad! Cost for this class is $20, and will be held at the Ridgway Library. Please let me know if you plan to attend.

 Lastly, it's the FREE Mac iPad/iPhone Overview, on Wednesday, May 25th from 5-7 pm at the Ridgway Library. This class is held in the small meeting room at the Library, and space is limited, so you have to sign up. Give me a call at 970-417-8434 (or drop me an email) if you'd like to attend. (Be aware that first-timers take priority over anyone who has taken the class before, but there are often openings for repeaters).

I hope to see you all at a class sometime soon!

2016-04-05

Mac classes – April 2016

Apologies if any of you have been wondering where my April newsletter was, but I've been buried lately, and trying to wrap up my taxes on top of everything else. Sound familiar? 😁 Anyway, now I'm ready to talk Mac classes!

On to the details...

Class list for April 2016:

  • Tues., April 19th, from 6-8 pm at Ridgway Library: "Photos for Mac"; an in-depth exploration of Apple's new replacement for iPhoto.
  • Fri., April 22nd, from 2-4 pm: at Proximity Space, Montrose  "Office hours with the Mac Doctor".
  • Wed., April 27th, from 5-7 pm: FREE Mac OS X Overview; Ridgway Library.

Please do let me know if you plan to attend any of these classes; if I get enough commitments ahead of time, I don't have to send out a nagging reminder!



 First off on Tuesday, April 19th, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Ridgway Library, due to popular demand, I'll be revisiting Apple's new Photos program for Yosemite & El Capitan. A lot of folks are getting more than a little discombobulated by the switch to Photos, but it's actually quite a powerful upgrade from iPhoto. As a "version 1" app, it also has some missing features and odd functionality. If you're running Yosemite or El Cap on your Mac, you'll want to take this class to learn all the ins & outs of the new program! Please, do let me know if you plan to attend. Cost, as usual, is $20.


 Next up, on Friday, April 22nd, from 2-4 pm, I'm trying something new at Montrose's fabulous new Proximity Space facility. I'm calling it "Office hours with the Mac Doctor", and it will be the inaugural occurrence of what I hope to be a regular event at Proximity Space. I will be available to answer your questions, take a look at your wonky Mac/iPhone/iPad, or simply have a chat about the latest happenings in the tech world. Attention will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, so come on down and introduce yourself, take a look around Proximity Space! Charges, if any, will be determined by the complexity/difficulty of your issue, and if the issue is serious enough, a separate appointment may be necessary.

 Lastly, I will be doing my regular last-Wednesday-of-the-month class at the Ridgway Library on Wednesday, April 27th from 5-7 pm. This month, it's the FREE Mac OS X Overview. This class is held in the Library's computer lab. Space is limited, so you have to sign up, and the Library has asked that I handle the sign ups, so give me a call at 970-417-8434 (or drop me an email) if you'd like to attend. (Be aware that first-timers take priority over anyone who has taken the class before, but there are often openings for repeaters).

For the Mac Overview, there are six Macs in the computer lab, so only two of the eight attendees need their own laptops. This class is beginner-oriented, but we cover some different things every month; repeat attendees are encouraged (when there's room)!

I'm wishing you a glorious April; and hope to see you at a class sometime soon!

2016-03-01

Mac classes – March 2016

Here it is, March 1st, and the weather has definitely been spring-like for a couple weeks now, hasn't it? It seems ages ago that it just wouldn't stop snowing. I hear it's going to pick back up in that department in the next week or so; we all know it's not over yet. Lot's of Mac class options again this month too!!

Class list for March 2016:

  • Weds., March 16th, from 5-7 pm: Pages (Apple's word processing program); Ridgway Library
  • Sat., March 19th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Ah Haa School in Telluride: Manage Your Photos!; iPhoto is out, and the new Photos app is where it's at! Learn the best techniques for managing photos across all your devices. (This class is $65, and you need to sign up through the Ah Haa School at the link above.)
  • Thurs., March 24th, from 3-5 pm: Social Networking/Marketing (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.); Proximity Space, Montrose
  • Weds., March 30th, from 5-7 pm: FREE iPhone/iPad Overview; Ridgway Library
The details:



 First off, on Wednesday, March 16th, from 5-7 pm, at the Ridgway Library, I'll be covering a program I haven't in quite a while: Pages for Mac. In this class you will learn how to master Apple's word-processing/page layout program, which just happens to be a good deal more user-friendly (and fun to use) than Microsoft Word! I will likely have time to cover the functionality of the iPad version as well, if that's of interest to the class attendees. Cost for this class is $20. Please let me know if you plan to attend.


 Then, on Saturday, March 19th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Ah Haa School in Telluride, I'll be teaching you how to... Manage Your Photos! This class will help you get a grip on all aspects of photo management on all your “iDevices,” from the new editing tools available within Photos, to the myriad new (and old, but updated) storage and cataloging tools. We’ll cover things like the new Lightroom Mobile app as well as the incredible storage offerings from services like Flickr and Microsoft OneDrive. Lastly, we’ll cover the best techniques of managing your photos across all your devices, including Mac-based computers, and take a look at some great camera/photo apps! Cost for this class is $65, and you must register with the Ah Haa School at the link above.


 Next, on Thursday, March 24th, from 3-5 pm, at Proximity Space in Montrose, I'll be covering another popular topic I haven't hit recently: Social Networking/Marketing. If you've been meaning to finally build yourself (or your business, club, etc.) a Facebook page, or try Twitter or the ever-more-popular Instagram, then this class is for you. The emphasis will be on figuring out how to navigate these popular social sites, especially as the way they work is constantly being updated and changed! At the same time, you'll learn how to maintain the levels of privacy we all prefer. Of course, I will also cover the ways in which these tools can be put to use in marketing a business. Cost for this class is $20, and as always, please let me know if you plan to attend.

 Lastly, it's the FREE Mac iPad/iPhone Overview, on Wednesday, March 30th from 5-7 pm at the Ridgway Library. This class is held in the small meeting room at the Library, and space is limited, so you have to sign up. The Library staff has asked that I handle the sign ups, so give me a call at 970-417-8434 (or drop me an email) if you'd like to attend. (Be aware that first-timers take priority over anyone who has taken the class before, but there are often openings for repeaters).

I hope to see you all at a class sometime soon.

2016-02-01

Mac classes – February 2016

I know I'm a bit of a broken record about the way time flies, but seriously, how did it get to be February already? Craziness! And then there's the fact that we're having the first real winter in quite a few years. We had almost a foot of new snow in Ridgway today. Does anyone have time for a Mac class this month? I hope so, because I've got four great ones to choose from this month!

On to the class details...

Class list for February 2016:

• Sat., February 13th, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Ah Haa School in Telluride: "iPhone-ography"; an in-depth exploration of the art of getting great photos out of your iPhone. (This class is $65, and you need to sign up through the Ah Haa School at the link above.)
• Tues., February 16th, from 6-8 pm: "Photos for Mac", an in-depth exploration of Apple's new replacement for iPhoto; $20, Ridgway Library.
• Tues., February 23rd, from 3-5 pm: "iPhone/iPad Overview"; $20, Proximity Space, Montrose.
• Wed., February 24th, from 5-7 pm: FREE Mac OS X Overview; Ridgway Library.

Please do let me know if you plan to attend either of these classes; if I get enough commitments ahead of time, I don't have to send out a nagging reminder!

Learn how to take great photos with your iPhone!

 First up, I'm doing a really fun class at the Ah Haa School in Telluride, next Saturday, February 13th, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, called "iPhone-ography". Are you new to the wild-and-crazy world of the iPhone, or do you simply struggle to get decent photos out of yours? As so many photographers are learning these days, the best camera is the one you have with you. With the advent of high-quality cameras in smartphones like the iPhone (and as the camera specs improve with each new iPhone version) you always have a good camera with you. Learn the art of capturing truly excellent photos using your iPhone. As a bonus, we’ll spend some time learning about the thousands of camera “apps” available for your device, from Instagram to the more techy HDR realm, and everything in between.. Cost is $65, and you need to sign up with the Ah Haa School (at this link, or by calling 970-728-3886). Hope you can join us!

Photos for Mac


 Next, (and note the unusual day & time) on Tuesday, February 16th, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Ridgway Library I'm covering Apple's new Photos program for Yosemite & El Capitan. A lot of folks are getting more than a little discombobulated by the switch to Photos, but it's actually quite a powerful upgrade from iPhoto. As a "version 1" app, it also has some missing features and odd functionality. If you're running Yosemite or El Cap on your Mac, you'll want to take this class to learn all the ins & outs of the new program! Please, do let me know if you plan to attend. Cost, as usual, is $20.

iPhone/iPad Overview


 Then, on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 3:00-5:00 pm, at Proximity Space in Montrose, I'm doing my "iPhone/iPad Overview", a from-the-ground-up exploration of the workings of all iDevices. With the advent of iOS 9, the iPhone 6s/6s Plus & the iPad mini 4, there are tons of new features and intricacies to explore. Join me for this class, and no matter how experienced you are, I guarantee you'll learn something new. Cost for the class is $20.! Again, please do let me know if you plan to attend. Cost for this class is $20 as well.

 Lastly, I will be doing my regular last-Wednesday-of-the-month class at the Ridgway Library on Wednesday, February 24th from 5-7 pm. This month, it's the FREE Mac OS X Overview. This class is held in the Library's computer lab. Space is limited, so you have to sign up, and the Library has asked that I handle the sign ups, so give me a call at 970-417-8434 (or drop me an email) if you'd like to attend. (Be aware that first-timers take priority over anyone who has taken the class before, but there are often openings for repeaters).

For the Mac Overview, there are six Macs in the computer lab, so only two of the eight attendees need their own laptops. This class is beginner-oriented, but we cover some different things every month; repeat attendees are encouraged (when there's room)!

Hope to see you at one or more of these great classes!