New SMMUG Officers

Congratulations to the new officers of the Mac User Group. Jonathan Landon has been re-elected* as President, with David Meinberg as his Vice President. Tony Rodriguez takes the role of Secretary and Catriona McClowry will keep everything in check as the new Treasurer.

Also if you haven’t already done so. Please add SMMUG in your account on access AND join our Facebook group!

*President Landon moved into the roll after President Oldham resigned last year.

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Mac usage surges amongst University of Virginia freshmen since 2004

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) is reporting that over 40 percent of University of Virginia’s freshmen were using a Mac in 2009.

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According to the University of Virginia’s Information Technology and Communication (ITC), which services the IT needs for most of the campus, 43 percent of first-year students at its residence halls during 2009 were using a Mac.

The figure represents a continuation of a five-year trend that’s seeing increased Mac penetration on the campus amongst first year students. Prior to 2004, Mac usage amongst freshmen hovered between three and four percent (with the exception of 1997). 2004, however, served as a watershed year: share increased by four percentage points.

Read the TUAW posting here.
The data is based on a census of first-year residence halls each fall conducted by the CAs, and can be found here.

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Office for Mac 2011 coming in October

2011_title.jpgMicrosoft has announced that the new Mac version of it’s Office suite will be available this October. Included in the suite are Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac and Messenger for Mac. If you get the Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 or the Office for Mac Academic 2011, you will also get the new Outlook for Mac. Entourage is no more.

The retail version for Office for Mac comes in multiple favors:

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac and Messenger for Mac, and will be available in a single install for $119 and a Family Pack for $149 with three installs for families with more than one Mac in their household.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac and Messenger for Mac, and will also be available in two editions ??? a single install for $199 (U.S. ERP) and a Multi-Pack for $279 (U.S. ERP) with two installs for a user with two machines. No Family Pack for the Home and Business edition.

Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011 includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac and Messenger for Mac, will be available in a single install for only $99 (U.S. ERP). This version will be available only at authorized academic stores and Microsoft.

The pricing above is the retail price as campus pricing for SMU Students has not be announced.

For more info, visit www.officeformac.com

For updates about Office for Mac, follow the team on Twitter, @OfficeforMac, and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/officeformac.

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Mac Dayz 2010 Wrap Up

Just want to thank everyone that helped make Mac Dayz 2010 possible. We had some wonderful sessions and guests.

Cali Lewis at SMU

Cali Lewis gave a great insight into what it takes to produce a daily podcast show. Her tips for those just starting out were priceless. I heard from a faculty member attending that it was nice to has someone reinforce the concepts that he had been stressing all semester. One student commented on his blog:

“The event was really informative and helpful, with a great host to pull it all together. I feel like the advice she gave really helped show how video podcast can be started and how to manage them effectively. I am looking forward to seeing if anyone in the crowd was inspired and what comes from this.”

After the “Developing iPhone Apps with Steve Hayman” session, I felt like I could easily produce a iPhone App. In fact, I attended the repeat session with my laptop in hand and successfully made the web app that accessed the Apple Trailers site, but failed miserably when building the SMU app after I missed a step. That’s Steve Hayman’s gift; He makes it look so easy.

Cali Lewis at SMUCongrats to the winners at the Late Night @ Computer Corner. Dean Elazab was the lucky winner of the Apple iPad.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the event.
- Ian

Mac Lava Lamp
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SMMUG Meeting

We’re having our next SMMUG meeting this Monday, April 5, from 4pm-5pm in Hughes-Trigg Portico CD. Come out to see Apple’s new iPad and finalize plans for Relay for Life. Hope to see you all there! Have a great weekend!

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Let Them Eat Cake

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This Thursday, April 1st, is Apple’s Birthday!!!

Please join SMMUG at the SMU Computer Corner for cake from 11am to 1pm to celebrate.

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Could the rumored Apple Tablet be a Student’s new textbook?

With all the rumors of an Apple branded tablet device, some textbook publishers have produced a demo video of how they would like to use the device. The video is created by Coursesmart, a joint venture of five textbook publishers and the makers of the “eTextbooks for the iPhone” App [iTunes link], and demonstrates how students might use tablet-based textbooks. Of course, as no one has seen the Apple Tablet, everything is based on Coursesmart’s renderings and not any specific applications being developed with Apple.

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SMMUG Meeting

Hey everyone! Just a reminder that our next meeting is THIS WEDNESDAY, December 2, at 4 pm. We’re going to be on the 3rd floor of Hughes-Trigg in Porticos BCD again.
Come ready to discuss ideas for Mac Day, hear the latest news surrounding Apple, and enjoy free pizza and drinks. See ya there!

Jonathan Landon
SMMUG President 2009-2010

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SMMUG Meeting 10/28

Just a friendly reminder that the next SMMUG Meeting is THIS Wednesday!
October 28,@4pm
Portico BCD, 3rd floor of Hughes-Trigg!

We hope to see y’all there!

In other news, SMMUG has a table at the Technology Fair that’s on Friday (October 30) from 11am-3pm. We need volunteers and if you could help us out by signing up for one of the 30 min. time slots. We really want to have a strong presence and it would be awesome if everyone who could pitched in a little!

Also, sign up for the Mustang Mile Competition! Click the link for more details! http://nikerunning.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikeplus/en_US/plus/
#//challenges/detail/873949641/

Apply to be the next Apple Campus Representative! Email msiems@smu.edu for more information or check out the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=287527780383&ref=ts

Have an epic Halloween (be safe) and get pumped for Homecoming! :D

~Amanda Oldham
SMMUG President 2009-2010

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SMMUG Logo & T-Shirt Design Contest DEADLINE EXTENDED

Great News!

The deadline for the SMMUG Logo & T-Shirt Design Contest has been extend to October 31, 2009! Keep those great designs coming!

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