MacTechnics


July 20th

"Build Your Own Website
Using WordPress"

A MacTechnics Workshop
for Members Only

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     In place of our usual meeting on July 20th, MacTechnics is offering a WordPress Website Workshop available only to members. Registration details will be sent in a separate email to those on our mailing list. The workshop will be free this time around, although we are considering future workshops for non-members, for which there may be a fee. 

     Prior to the workshop, there will be some "Homework" to prepare for the workshop. It will serve as a starting place for each learner's "Notebook” - it will consist of some basic information, thoughts about why they would like to create a website (there are so many possibilities!) and a place to keep notes to refer back to. 

     This will be an actual WORKSHOP. The concept is to customize the workshop to each person's own learning style and to their particular website topic. There will be lecture, presentation, demonstration, hands-on work, Q & A, and research activities built into the workshop (oh, and a lot of laughter, too). We'll be learning on Wordpress.COM which is free and secure. This first session will cover the "basics" – how to get started on creating a website. Folks will leave the workshop with their own “Notebook”, some homework, and a plan or schedule for the next workshop session. 

     We encourage folks to bring their own devices to the workshop, but we may also be able to provide a few iMacs. The workshop can be done on Mac or PC, and probably on iPad as well. (This workshop assumes the learner is already familiar with working on their own iPad or device they bring; tech support for iPad is beyond the scope of this particular workshop).

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9:00 AM - Arrive, Set Up, Power Up Your Device,
                 Enjoy Hospitality, Pick Up Hand Outs

9:30 AM - "Build Your Own Website" - The Basics 

10:45 AM or so - Break
   This is a time to socialize, network and share ideas.
   Refreshments are available.

11:00 AM or so - "Build Your Own Website" - The Basics, continued

1:30 PM  or so - Finish up
   More socializing, networking, sharing, laughter and fun.
   Clean up, pack up and load up equipment.
   Lock up the building.

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2019 Meetings
We'd love to see you!

Jan 19             Potpourri Apps & Fun Tips - AADL Westgate
Feb 16             Apple Showcase - NEW Center
March 16         Demo Fair  - NEW Center
April 20           Privacy, Safe Surfing, Blocking Ads  - NEW Center
May 18            Online Safety - Guest speaker - NEW Center
June 15           (Re)Acquaint Yourself with Preview - NEW Center
July 20            Build Your Own Website with WordPress - NEW Center
Aug 17            Cricut Maker and Mac - Guest Speaker - NEW Center
Sept 21           TBD - NEW Center
Oct 19             TBD - NEW Center
Nov 16            TBD - NEW Center
Dec 14            Holiday Party - NEW Center

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 Our Vendors and Supporters 
are extremely generous !
Support them throughout the year
 
 
 
 

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Another useful tip from our MacCoach...

Regain access to those ClarisWorks or AppleWorks 
files for $20!
 
... Nicholas

 


The MacTechnics Story

MacTechnics, the Ann Arbor Computer Users Group, is one of the largest Apple User Groups in Michigan and is comprised of all types of Apple users from novice to professional. Formed in the Fall of 1984, MacTechnics' goal is to expand computer literacy in an interesting and entertaining way.

MacTechnics normally meets the 3rd Saturday of each month at the NEW Center Building, 1100 North Main Street, Ann Arbor. There is ample parking just outside the building.

Directions to our meeting locations can be found by using the Google map provided on the MacTechnics Home page. www.mactechnics.org

Registration begins at about 9:00 AM
; Special Interest Groups (SIGs) begin shortly thereafter, running through 10:30 AM. The Main Meeting presentation normally begins at about 11:00 AM,
 and may run through 1:00 PM.

It is advisable to check the website each month, prior to the meeting, as there are occasional changes to the meeting time or place.

Attendance is flexible and attendees are welcome to attend all or any part of the meeting.

All meetings are open to the public and anyone may attend meetings without joining, but benefits listed below are available to members only.

Membership Benefits

  • Our website, www.mactechnics.org, with news, events and conferences of interest to members of the Apple community. (Our website is in the process of being redesigned – watch for exciting design changes and even more interesting information to become available in the future.)
  • Special Interest Groups, available to all members, meet from 9:30 - 11:00 AM the day of the main meeting.

  • Retail books offered at discounts due to user group purchasing.

  • User Group discounts on Software and Hardware.
  • Participation in raffles, sharing information, knowledge and experiences with other MacTechnics Members.

Membership Type

  • New & Renewal Membership (1 year - $50)

  • Student Membership (1 year - $25 with copy of current student ID card)
  • Family Membership UPGRADE (1 year - $15.00 extra card with Regular or Student Membership)

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If you're a MacTechnics member, and haven't registered for the Members Only area yet, click here and register. Your registration will be approved within 24 hours.  :-)

It's ALIVE!

Our new Members Only web page is now LIVE. If you're a member and have not registered please do so soon. If you have questions on how to do it, ask us at the next meeting. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to your feedback. 

 

  
 

Saturday

July 20th, 2019

9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

NEW Center

1100 Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI

NEW Center

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MacTechnics News
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Say "Good Bye" to this current website.
Our website is in the process 
of being redesigned.

The New Website Launch is scheduled for the
beginning of MacTechnics new year.

Watch for exciting design changes
and even more
interesting information next month.
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Security Updates  
Watch this space for information about
cybersecurity and
how to keep your information safe.

June 2019
new article coming within
the next 24 hours
 
November 2018
Thank you, Janice, for the following information. 
 
"Phishing and Extortion Scams After Security Breaches Consumer Alert" November 2, 2018
Attorney General Bill Schuette wants you to know about reports of a phishing and extortion scam using hacked information that came from a security breach. The Alert educates about how to SPOT and STOP this scam and, given the recent news about the security breach at Facebook, how to report suspicious Facebook emails and messages.
Link to article:
 


July 2018
Thank you, Kathy, for the following information. 
 

1. “Avoiding Tech Support Scams” July 16, 2018
Here is the Federal Trade Commission's article on dealing with fraudulent tech repair scams. This may be of interest since a member brought this up at a recent meeting. Link to the article:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/07/avoiding-tech-support-scams
2. “Warn Your Friends Aboout Tech Support Scam:” July 27, 2918
Another nice, short article about dealing with tech support scams. 
Link to the article:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/07/warn-your-friends-about-tech-support-scams
3. Try to Stop Scam Phone Calls 
At the July 21st meeting of MacTechnics, there was discussion about the frustration of trying to stop scam phone calls. It’s areal eye-opener about how the phone scam industry works! There are two free, fun podcasts about fighting back as a "victim" of a phone scammer - select both Episode #102 Long Distance Part I, and Episode #103 Long Distance Part II. 
How to Listen:
*Subscribe (it’s free!) in your favorite podcast app, (such as iTunes Podcasts)
*Or, go to the following website:
https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/long-distance#episode-playerhttps://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/long-distance#episode-player 

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