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Local Talk 2015.03.28 – Spring is in the Air

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Springfest 2015


The HMAUS Leaderboard has started work on  the annual Springfest Members’ Meeting. Mark your calendar to reserve Saturday, May 9 for the all day event. Two important items will be on the agenda for the annual meeting, election of directors and by-laws amendment.

This year’s ‘fest will be held at our new meeting location, the Nuuanu Baptist Church. Those of you have attended recent HI Touch Learning Clinics will already be familiar with this location in Nuuanu Valley. We’ll be posting more information soon.

The Springfest will include a panel discussion with Hawaii journalists, writers and marketing communicators. We’re inviting notable and successful people in these areas to participate in the panel.

Who Do You Think You Are?


For those of you interested in genealogy and family history…

Our member Donna Miller will be our Show and Tell guest at next week’s HI Touch Learning Clinic. She has been on a journey to discover her ancestors using web and traditional resources. She will share how she has been able to manage and share her research with friends and family.

The InterWebs

Also at HI Touch Learning Clinic next week, Terrence Young will be moderating “The InterWebs Part One – Build It”. We will learn how to set up a simple web site, populate it with pages, posts, content and images.

Finally found a good name for our tech help portion of HI Touch Learning Clinic: Open Talk. This is the part of our day where anyone may bring  questions or share information on how to fix, improve or solve a technology issue. That’ll round up our day at HI Touch Learning Clinic on Saturday, April 4.

More information and registration for HI Touch at:

HI Touch Learning Clinics are free and open to guests. Invite a friend.

Sharing is Better

The HMAUS Leaderboard recently approved a membership incentive program called One Plus One that gives our best ambassadors an appreciation gift of extended membership. Effective from the start of this year a member who sponsors or refers a new member into HMAUS will have on additional month added to their membership. The sponsored new member is also given an additional month on top of their annual membership. Hence, the name One Plus One.

Just make sure that the submitted application (web form or paper form) includes the name of the sponsoring member. You could say it’s a win-win.

More information about the program:

Be a Part of the Art

We’re looking for more art for our HMAUS.ORG banner. We’d like to showcase your photography or other digital art in the top banner of our web site. Our goal is to collect a good selection of banners over the course of a year. Then we’ll ask you to cast your votes for your favorites.

Your digital file may be a JPG, PNG or GIF document. The dimension should be 3200 wide and 380 pixels high with an RGB color space and at 72 pixels per inch.

Submit your art at:

Just Posted on the SIGNAL

Light, More or Less

Aloha to our newest member, Bob Towne. He lives in Ewa Beach and has already attended our last MacLearn. Bob said he found out about HMAUS by searching the Internet. Let’s give a warm welcome to Bob!

Simply Amazing


Plum Amazing is an enthusiastic team whose members are skilled in, and very enthusiastic about, technology. Their projects benefit users in amazing ways. Some of their products: X-Mirage that mirrors iOS devices on your Mac, Speech Maker that provides a mobile teleprompter on your iOS device and more, iWatermark to protect your creations, and many more amazing applications. They are the Apple User Group’s March Featured Vendor and are offering a 30 percent discount on all their products until the end of the year to HMAUS members.

Check out their web site:

Here are other vendor promotions from the Apple User Group Bulletin:

  • Boom 2 Volume Booster: 50% Discount for Upgraders
  • Three Months for 99¢
  • Noteboom Tutorials: 33% off Annual Memberships
  • AgileBits 1Password 5 for OS 10.10 Yosemite: 25% Discount
  • Prosoft Engineering: 25% Off
  • EverWeb by RAGE Software: 50% Discount
  • Eltima Software multimedia products: Pay 20% less
  • TechTool Deluxe 3.1.4 Update Available Free
  • Que Publishing Products: 35-45% Discount
  • Mac|Life: Updated – Mac|Life: 72% Off
  • SlideShark iPad PowerPoint Viewer: Free App plus
  • O’Reilly: Wonderful Discounts for User Group Members
  • Take Control Books: 30% Discount on All eBooks
  • Peachpit Press: 35% Discount

Contact Ambassador Jerome Koehler for more information about these specials. He has the special URL and secret password!