NJMUG Meeting Archive:

January 2022 - December 2022
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January 18, 2022
DJI Action II Cam - Luminar AI - House Pass - After Holiday Bargains

Bruce Mittelman will be talking about all the major topics that have happened in the past 2 years as well as demoing his new DJI Action 2 Cam that's so small, you wouldn't even notice it if he didn't point it out. He'll also demonstrate the photo editing program Luminar AI  and talk about the new version called Luminar Neo that is a complete rewrite of Luminar AI but actually complements it. Unfortunately he won't have the actual program in his hands for about another few weeks so he will fully demo it at the February Meeting.

Scott Alenick will show a program called House Pass that safely stores and organizes your HomeKit codes by Home, Room and Category.

Louis Perez will do his Magical Mystery Tour and this time the topic will be "After holiday Bargains".


February 15, 2022
 On-Line Security with Objective-See's Lulu, KnockKnock, BlockBlock and Oversight

This months meeting is all about security. We demonstrate some important security programs that help keep you safe while online. All of these programs are from a company called Objective-See and are absolutely free, or in NJMUG parlance, Agnes Approved.

We thank Nora Aion for her suggestion on this meetings content.

Lulu Icon Lulu - In tfoday's connected world, it is rare to find an application or piece of malware that doesn't talk to a remote server. LuLu is the free, open firewall for Macs, that can protect your network connections and detect malicious activity.
KnockKnock KnockKnock - "KnockKnock... Who's There?" See what's persistently installed on your Mac. KnockKnock uncovers persistently installed software in order to generically reveal malware. 
BlockBlock BlockBlock - BlockBlock provides continual protection by monitoring persistence locations. Any new persistent component will trigger a BlockBlock alert, allowing malicious items be blocked. 
Oversight Oversight - Mac malware often spies on users by recording audio and video sessions...sometimes in an undetected manner. OverSight monitors a mac's mic and webcam, alerting the user when the internal mic is activated, or whenever a process accesses the webcam.


March 15, 2022
Apple's new products, Zoom, Radio Garden, Hallmark Card Studio, Trello, Flight Radar and Flight Aware

Apple announced at their Peak Performance Event on March 8th. - Since the pandemic many of us have had to participate in a Zoom online meeting. Bruce will go over how to set up and conduct a meeting while covering the in's and out's of Zoom.

Mark Astmann will demonstrate Radio Garden, available as a web site and an app. Radio Garden lets you explore live radio by rotating the globe. - Tired of paying $4, $5 and even $6 for greeting cards. Mark will also demonstrate Hallmark Card Studio which provides thousands of cards and projects which can be customized to your hearts content and printed for just the cost of paper and ink.

Joanne Penisch will be showing how to make the most out of Trello which is a web-based, Kanban-style, list-making application developed by Atlassian. Trello allows you to collaborate, manage projects, and reach new productivity peaks.

Finally, Scott Alenick will be showing off Flight Radar and Flight Aware, both of which offer flight tracking services that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.


April 19, 2022
Apple's new Mac Studio, Zoom fundamentals and Backgrounds, Titan Gaming Chair Green Screen, Highlights from CES and  Plottr

Bruce Mittelman showing off his brand new Mac Studio, currently Appleís most powerful Macintosh. Since the pandemic, many of us have had to participate in an online Zoom meeting. Bruce will go over how to set up and conduct a meeting, while covering the ins and outs of Zoom.

Continuing on the Zoom theme, Mark Astmann will show how to find, make and use virtual Zoom backgrounds so your audience can see more then a plain, or messy room behind you. Mark will also review Titanís Gaming Chair Green Screen, designed for streaming, vlogging and working from home.

Louis Perez will continue his “Highlight” series with a look at the hits from January CES 2022, formally known as the Consumer Electronics Show.

Finally, Catherine Mascis will talk about Plottr, an application which makes planning and creating stories easier by tracking the ideas, characters, emotions and flow of the narrative.


May 17, 2022
Autoís of CES 2022, On 1 Resize AI 2022, alternatives to Adobe Acrobat, iOS apps Dream and InPaint
Vinfast Vietnamese Manufacturer at CES

This months meeting will feature Louis Perezís coverage of the Autos of CES 2022. CES has always been on the fringes of auto-show culture, but over the past few years, automakers have steadily given more and more priority to Las Vegas in January. Despite a number of setbacks in 2022, including media and vendor pullouts over COVID-19 concerns, the show continued on, and the result could qualify as the best auto show in years.

Bruce Mittelman will demonstrate On 1 Resize AI 2022 which allows users to quickly enlarge photos while maintaining and recovering an incredible amount of detail and sharpness. - Bruce will also show a clever iOS app called WOMBO Dream. Dream creates beautiful artwork using the power of AI. Enter a prompt, pick an art style and watch WOMBO Dream turn your idea into an AI-powered painting in seconds.

Jerry Gherardi will be showing off InPaint a $2.99 iOS app that magically removes objects from your photo, filling the selected area with intelligently-generated textures pulled from the surrounding image data.

Finally, Mark Astmann will show two less expensive alternatives to Adobe Acrobat which cost users between $12.99 and $14,99 a month. Apple's free Preview, Smile Software's PDFPenPro and Wondershare's PDF Element wonít set you back nearly as much, but can they do all that Acrobat does? (see features list here.)


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