A day in the AUG lab

I recently stopped by Apple User Group (AUG) lab to say hello to Vic Dougherty and Margaret Hilarides. Margaret recently joined our monitor staff. New to Sun City Center, she is not new to Florida. An interesting element of her career in research at Eli Lilly was working in the Macintosh office environment in the ‘80s. Margaret is a natural around the computer. If you need help with anything, stop by the lab. The Club also has available for your use a color printer. Time to impress your grandkids with colorful letters from Sun City Center.

The lab is also open Mondays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Tuesdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Thursdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, and Fridays 9:00 am – 11:00 am.


SCC Facebook Page

Sun City Center has added a Facebook page. Log in to your Facebook account, if you have one, and search for SCC Community Association. When the page comes up, click on the “thumbs up” Like. Enjoy!

March Monthly Meeting

Members of the Apple User Group Club and members of the Sun City Ceneter Community Association are welcome to attend club meetings. Guests may attend on a space available basis.

What: Sun City Center Apple User Group meeting for March, 2019

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Where: Caper Room, Atrium Bldg, 954 North Course Lane, Sun City Center, FL

Agenda:

News

Club business

Tips

Featured Presentation

The Mac is not a typewriter. Free software can be used to create impressive written documents including letters, reports, books, and posters to name just a few. Come to the March meeting to learn about different styles of documents and how to use Apple’s Pages app to create them.

Monthly Meeting February 2019

Members of the Sun City Center Apple User Group and members of the Sun City Center Community Association are welcome to attend the club’s monthly meetings. Guests may attend on a space-available basis.


What: Sun City Center Apple User Group monthly meeting for February, 2019
When:Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Where: Caper Room, Atrium Bldg., 954 North Course Lane, Sun City Center
Agenda: Recent Apple News Club Business Tips Feature Presentation — Using Apple Devices
Last month’s (January, 2019) meeting provided an overview of the buttons and controls for Apple’s iOS devices. This month we will look at how to use you iOS and macOS devices. Subjects addressed include: the user interface, multi-tasking, drag and drop, cut and paste, 3D Touch, finger gestures, and syncing between multiple devices. Attend the meeting to learn ways to take advantage of the capabilities built into macOS and iOS devices.

New Year, Good Start

Thanks to all who attended our monthly meeting. We appreciate your support. The club board is working on a training plan. We hope to have a survey out by the end of February. We will keep you posted. As always, our lab is open every day; with dedicated help time on Monday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and Friday mornings from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

New Officers and Directors announced

We would like to introduce you to our new officers and directors for 2019.

Officers

President, Ed Blecher
Vice president, Dunham Swift
Secretary/Treasurer, Judy Paddock

Directors

Director of education, Allen Maser
Director of communications, Julie Porto
Director-at-large, Bob Miller

September 2018 Monthly Meeting Scheduled

Meetings of the Sun City Center Apple User Group are open to club members and members of the Sun City Center Community Association only.

The Sun City Center Apple User Group meeting for the month of September 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM. We will meet in the Caper Room of the Atrium Bldg.

Agenda for the meeting:

  • News items
  • Apple product announcements
  • Club business: discussion of bylaws changes and new officers
  • Quick look at using displaying two apps on an iPad at the same time
  • Feature presentation: Artificial Intelligence, what is it and why do we care

Elected Officer and Director Positions

Information contained in this post is intended only for current active members of the Sun City Center Apple User Group Club.

Election of officers and directors is scheduled for the club’s December, 2017,  monthly meeting. The club is actively seeking members to run for elected positions described below. Any C.A. member in good standing that is a member of the Apple Computer Group Club may run for office. If you are interested, please email info@sccaug.org with your name and the position you are interested in filling.

Officers

President

  • Provide leadership and guidance for the club
  • Serve as the point of contact for the C.A.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring the club follows bylaws and club activities honor all C.A. requirements and rules
  • Conduct the monthly full club meetings

Vice President

  • Fill in when other elected officers are not available
  • Manage lab monitors
  • Carry out assignments made by the Board of Directors
  • At the President’s discretion, fill in whenever the President is unable to attend to matters
  • Assume the role of President should the elected President fail to complete his or her term

Secretary

  • Take minutes and maintain records of all club meetings including Board of Directors meetings
  • Maintain list of active members
  • Maintain the EmailDoDo mailing lists
  • Prepare content for the Communications Director covering club activities
  • Maintain the club’s online and posted calendars

Treasurer

  • Maintain list of paid members, amount paid, payment history
  • Receive membership dues for member enrollments
  • Maintain and report on the Club’s bank account(s)
  • Issue checks or credit card payments for club supplies, equipment, software, and activities as directed by the Board of Directors
  • Provide any and all information required by the C.A. concerning club finances

Directors

Director At Large

  • Call Board of Directors meetings
  • Handle any Board of Directors activity not assigned to other board members
  • Work with the President to determine club direction, goals, and programs
  • Obtain approval for club direction, goals, and programs with the Board of Directors and the Club membership
  • Represent the directors to the C.A.

Education Director

  • Develop and obtain approval for training programs
  • Recommend training programs based on Apple Computer’s product changes
  • Interface with trainers including club members, Apple Computer, and third party trainers
  • Create and maintain schedules of classes
  • Manage registration for scheduled classes
  • Maintain history of training classes and attendees

Communications Director

  • Responsible for all communications with club members and the community at large
  • Maintain the club’s WordPress web site ensuring all information is current and accurate
  • Provide information to the local newspapers, as appropriate, for planned activities
  • Write a blog entry for the club’s web site at least once per month

Systems Director

  • Responsible for all club hardware and software
  • Create and maintain all passwords required for club hardware and accounts
  • Install updates to all club systems when available and appropriate
  • Recommend new hardware and software
  • Obtain Board of Directors approval for purchases

Holiday Hours 2017

The Apple User Group lab will be closed on Monday, December 25th, and Monday, January 1st.

Where’s My Google Calendar

Ran into an interesting problem over the last couple of days. I’m planning a driving trip with friends. One friend has an iPhone and the other has an Android phone. To be nice I set up a Google calendar for the three of us to share, making it available by adding their Google email addresses in the Google Calendar share panel. All seemed normal.

The three of us got together to go over our plans and I asked if they had accessed the Google Calendar I set up. Both indicated they had not and could not even see the calendar. Very strange. I checked the settings on the iPhone and Android phone and saw that both friends could see their own Google calendar but not the one I shared. One friend logged into their Google account using the Safari web browser on a laptop and there was the shared calendar. It was completely visible and available when viewed through Safari, but was not visible at all on the iPhone or the Android phone.

There seemed to be something going on with the calendar. One thing of note was that Google’s web page shows two groups of calendars. In the left column you see one group labeled “My Calendars” and a second group labeled “Other Calendars”. All of the calendars in the “My Calendars” area were visible on the iPhone and Android phone. None of the calendars in the “Other Calendars” group were visible on the mobile devices.

After lots of googling, it seems that Google does not “sync” other calendars to mobile devices by default. You must explicitly turn that option on. And, you cannot get to that option from any place on the calendar page or from account settings.

The magic is to make sure you are logged into your Google account in a web browser such as Safari. Then enter  “https://calendar.google.com/calendar/syncselect” (without the quotes) in the location box at the top of the window. A web page appears listing all of the calendars associated with your account. Each calendar has a checkbox indicating whether that calendar should be sync’d with mobile devices. The shared calendar I had set up was unchecked. Checking the sync checkbox fixed the problem.

After updating my iPhone friend’s account, the iPhone showed my shared calendar within a minute’s time. My friend with the Android phone took over an hour before the calendar showed up on his phone.

If you are trying to share a Google calendar and cannot see it on your iPhone or iPad, make sure the sync option is turned on.

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