Strait Macintosh User Group

July 21: WWDC and Basic digital photography, part 1

Apple’s June 22 World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be the main topic of the SMUG meeting one month later, on July 21. We will talk about whatever Apple talked about at WWDC. It is fairly certain that Apple will give previews of forthcoming releases of the iPhone, iPad, and macOS operating systems, but beyond that, who knows? Will they release a version of FaceTime that works better for group meetings? Will they preview new computers or tablets or phones? (Probably not.) Will they show off their autonomous flying car? (It would make travel to Seattle and Victoria so much easier!) We don’t know, but we’ll talk about it in July.

If time permits, we will also return to Basic Digital Photography. In June, we touched on how to organize photos. For July, we’ll spend some time on how to take good photos.

July will be a virtual meeting, via Zoom

Meeting starts at 7 pm; you may connect at 6:30 pm to test your connection and participate in our Question and Answer session.

In May and June, we used Zoom to host virtual meetings, and it went well. We will return to Zoom in July, as the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has announced all in-person meetings are canceled through at least August 31. Their announcement went on to say that “we are unable to predict what level of building use will be safe and appropriate through the summer.” Even when meeting rooms can be made available, “meeting room space will likely be needed for other library services in order to follow social-distancing guidelines.”

It appears that Zoom meetings are in our future, unless Apple drastically modifies FaceTime or offers some other viable alternative. Several members have said they prefer Zoom, as it allows them to see what is displayed on the screen more easily.


June 16: Basic digital photography, part 0

(This event took place on June 16, as scheduled.)

More photographs are taken with iPhones than with any other camera in history. In fact, more photographs are taken with iPhones each day than were taken by all cameras, everywhere, between the first photograph in 1826 and the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. Of the 7.5 billion people on earth at the moment, 3.5 billion of them have a smartphone, and the most widely used feature on a smartphone is: the camera.

Which leads to a very obvious question: what do you do with the 1.5 trillion (1,500,000,000,000) photos that will be taken in 2020?

In Part Zero of a zillion part possible series, we will look at photo storage and organization. We know you’ve taken selfies and pictures of your dinner and pictures of a cat (yours or someone else’s) and things you want to buy at the grocery store or clothing store, or a funny sign or what you thought was a coyote but was actually a paper sack. What do you do with all those photos?

In deference to pandemic recovery efforts, this will be a virtual meeting using Zoom. SMUG members should receive an email message (not right this second, but sometime soon) with the details. If you don’t receive such a message, please contact us.

Normally, we would meet at the Sequim Public Library, but all libraries in the state are closed under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy initiative.

May 19: Staying Together Using Macs, iPhones and iPads in a Time of Social Distancing

(This event took place on May 19 as scheduled.)

Since Macs, iPhones, and iPads are communications tools, there is an endless number of ways you can use them to stay in touch, but the focus will be on: email, SMS (instant messaging), and virtual meetings such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, etc. We won’t go into how to use each method, or the endless number of things you can do with them. Instead, the focus will be on which tool is best for which task, and what these tools do poorly.

This will be a virtual meeting using Zoom. SMUG members should receive an email message with the details. If you haven’t received such a message, please contact us.

Those attending via Zoom should please fill out an attendance form.

Normally, we would meet at the Sequim Public Library, but all libraries in the state are closed under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy initiative.

In the meantime, here are some resources on COVID-19:


Strait Macintosh User Group (SMUG) is open to owners and users of Macintosh, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod), HomePod, Apple TV, Apple Watch [etc.] devices. Our goal is to spread computer literacy and technical savviness to residents of the Olympic Peninsula.

Located in the upper left-hand corner of the United States, the Olympic Peninsula is rich in natural beauty but isolated from the services commonly found in metropolitan areas. There are no computer stores, no electronics stores, no television stations, and limited broadband connectivity. On the other hand, we do have elk, deer, a floating bridge, volcanoes (though not that close), and a fair number of computer wizards willing to teach, and learn.

Meetings are (generally) at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, at the Library in Sequim, Washington. [Map] This is a new date and a new venue for the group. Check here before meetings for the latest information.

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Previous meeting: Setting up and using Google Docs.