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Computer user groups
Posted by: davemchine
Date: August 23, 2020 10:49AM
Here's an article about the golden years of computer user groups. [arstechnica.com]

Our own local mac user group was fantastic. I was maybe 16 when I joined and the people in the group where (still are) important to me.
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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 23, 2020 12:58PM
Thanks for that. I'd say that the user groups were just a bit before my time but I knew they existed and had some idea of what they were like.

Sometimes I'm frustrated that people accept the social media hellscape as the way tech is. It wasn't always this way.



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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: August 23, 2020 01:06PM
I loved NYMUG’s BBS. There were really knowledgeable people participating, including David Lerner of Tekserve, and Sandee Cohen.



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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: qdog2
Date: August 23, 2020 02:15PM
Our user group is still hanging on the best we can. We had to get a new place to meet after the lockdown because the restaurant we were using stopped opening after 5PM. If anyone is in the area of Chesapeake, Va. on the 3rd Thursday of the month come look us up. TARMAC user group

[tidewatermug.757.org]



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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: August 23, 2020 02:28PM
There was a DC capitol region MUG that was amazing. Good memories.
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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: August 23, 2020 02:38PM
The only computer user group I belonged to was in my Atari days back in the 80's. GAG stood for Genesee Atari Group. It was quite a mixture of folks and held in an elementary school. It was pretty great until I noticed that after the meeting, a small group would gather in another room, leaving the newbies and unpopular folks to have their "private" sessions.

It kind of turned me off to the whole gathering thing.



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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: August 23, 2020 02:53PM
I am lucky to be involved with 2 Mac User Groups in the Sacramento area. We are losing about 10% of our members due to age attrition.
I am President of MacNexus.org, which started in October 1984 just months after the Mac was introduced.
We currently have just under 400 members. The high was around 1200 members when the group was am early Mac Based ISP.

In the other group, north east of Sacramento, I am heavily involved is LHAUG.org Lincoln Hills Apple User Group. We have nearly 1400 members, from about 900 homes, exclusively from within our 6800 home Active Senior Community.
Our member numbers have been consistent for the last several years.
We have a few former Apple employees, and one that still has Apple Employee Badge with an employee number in the lower 3 digits.

Both groups are now called "Apple User Groups" since the majority of emphasis is on iOS devices.



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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: Frank
Date: August 23, 2020 05:16PM
I was a member of BMUG (Berkeley, CA) and SBMUG (South Bay) for years. Sometimes we would meet in Apple headquarters. The BMUG bulletin board was very useful for me. When visiting Kauai I went to a couple of Macnut meetings too. I miss those times.
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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: rz
Date: August 23, 2020 08:44PM
Our local MUG (MUGOO - Mac User Group of Orlando, later renamed to FLMUG) once had Charles Martin, aka chas_m... I'm sure some of you long time members remember his condescending attitude on this forum and on Dealchat. He was even more obnoxious in person than he was online if you can believe it. Thankfully he left the area (I think he actually left the country and went to Canada). I don't think the group exists anymore.
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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: ArtP
Date: August 23, 2020 09:42PM
Those were some good days.

I was a member of MacGroup Detroit which finally folded a year or three ago and also held several Board positions on The Michigan Apple User group for years back in the day.

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We are losing about 10% of our members due to age attrition..

That was a big problem back in the day - older members dying off vs too few young new members trying to join.
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Re: Computer user groups
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: August 23, 2020 11:44PM
This is the only users group I belong to.



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