March meeting, 2021

The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on March 11th at 7 p.mDue to the ongoing pandemic, our March meeting will be held as an online meeting. Details, and the link to join the meeting, are below:


Meeting ID: 768 6872 5746
Passcode: q4gHXT

For our March meeting we will have a bit of a mystery meeting! We're not sure exactly what we'll be covering, but you can be sure it will be engaging and interesting! Join us if you can!!

We'll also have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

February meeting, 2021

The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on February 11th at 7 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, our February meeting will be held as an online meeting. Details, and the link to join the meeting, are below:


For our February meeting we'll be covering a couple of things. First, member Richard Cox will present an overview of VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology, as well as cover some specific options for our members to try. Next, we'll have a discussion of the latest security issues in the Apple/Mac world, not to mention the internet as a whole. It continues to be a wild and wacky world out there in terms of best security practices on all our devices, and we'll do our best to cover all the latest news coming from security experts. 

We'll also have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

January meeting, 2021

The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on January 14th at 7 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, our January meeting will be held as an online meeting. Details, and the link to join the meeting, are below:


For our January meeting we're hoping that our members will come prepared to tell us about their experiences with any new software or devices they got for Christmas! On top of that, we'll have one of our popular catch-all Q&A sessions, so come prepared with any nagging questions you may have been dying to have answered.

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

December meeting, 2020

The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on December 10th at 7 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, our December meeting will be held as an online meeting. Details, and the link to join the meeting, are below:


(*You DO NOT need to create an account to attend the meeting, but you will need to download the program. It will prompt you to do that when you click the link):


Our December meeting will feature a deep dive into Apple's new "Big Sur" operating system, running on a new 'M1' Mac mini. Big Sur is probably the biggest interface upgrade for Apple in many years, and we'll cover all the new features. There will also be a discussion of Apple's new M1 chip, which is wowing users across the globe with its speed and efficiency. (The new M1 MacBook Air doesn't even have a fan!)

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

November meeting, 2020

 The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on November 12th at 7 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, our November meeting will be held as an online meeting. This month, we're trying a new platform: Microsoft Teams. *You DO NOT need to create an account to attend the meeting, but you will need to download the program. It will prompt you to do that when you click the link:

You're invited to join a Microsoft Teams meeting
Title: November BCMUG meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting*

Our November meeting will feature a deep dive into all things iOS/iPadOS. With the advent of version 14, there are all sorts of new features (have you played around with widgets yet?), and club members have requested we delve into those changes. We will also share a detailed examination of how to navigate your device in both iOS and iPadOS.

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

*...or copy/paste this link:

October meeting, 2020

The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on October 8th at 7 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, our October meeting will be held as an online meeting. Details, and the link to join the meeting, are below:

(*You DO NOT need to create an account to attend the meeting, but you will need to download the program. It will prompt you to do that when you click the link):

Meeting ID: 724 0347 5029
Passcode: PpZ8U8

For our October meeting, we'll feature more Q&A, so be prepared to learn about anything and everything the group might bring up. We will also have more coverage of specific topics suggested by our members, such as what the rumors are saying about the new "iPhone 12" models, a discussion of the forthcoming Big Sur OS for Macs, and all the new features in iOS 14, which just came out a couple of weeks ago.

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

September meeting, 2020

The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on September 10th at 7 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, our September meeting will be held as an online meeting. Details are below:

Click the link below to join the meeting at 7 pm on September 10th.
(*You DO NOT need to create an account to attend the meeting, but you will need to
download the program. It will prompt you to do that when you click the link):


It's September, and that means it's time for the Black Canyon Mac User Group to resume our meetings! This month will feature one of our popular Q&A sessions, so gather up those nagging questions you've been saving all summer. We will also have coverage of several specific topics suggested by our users, such as the pros/cons of upgrading to Catalina, how best to take advantage of the Apple TV+ streaming service, the relative value of online backup services like Carbonite & Backblaze, not to mention a discussion of Big Sur and iOS 14, which are coming later this fall.

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…


People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time.
 It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

May meeting, 2020

The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on May 14th at 7 p.m. Due to the Governor's Stay-at-Home order, our May meeting will once again be held via an online meeting platform. Details are below:

Click the link below to join the meeting at 7 pm on May 14th.
(*You DO NOT need to create an account to attend the meeting, but you will need to
download the program. It will prompt you to do that when you click the link):

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78418853768?pwd=TTFkNzZZTDVUclpZbWpIMGtTVkd0UT09

Meeting ID: 784 1885 3768
Password: 4JniFY

Our May meeting will feature a discussion of all things security, since hacking & scamming continues to increase as we all spend more time online. We'll cover a variety of antivirus & anti-malware program options, as well as some of the most popular tools for password management.

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

_______________________

Here's our first recording of a monthly meeting!


Second April meeting, 2020


The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group is going to hold a second April online meeting, on April 23rd at 7 p.m. Due to the Governor's Stay-at-Home order, our April meeting will be held via our usual online meeting platform. Details are below:

Click the link below to join the meeting at 7 pm on April 23rd.
(*You DO NOT need to create an account to attend the meeting, but you will need to
download the program. If you have't already, it will prompt you to do that when you click the link):

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/946429640?pwd=ZXpJT3k5bVdHSHV6dmkyc0JCcVR0UT09

Meeting ID: 946 429 640
Password: 034397

This meeting will feature a discussion of all the latest news about how to stay safe in the time of "social distancing" and "stay-at-home", particularly in terms of using all our technology. Members are encouraged to come prepared with any specific questions/issues you may have run into while staying at home these past weeks.

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

April meeting, 2020

The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on April 9th at 7 p.m. Due to the Governor's Stay-at-Home order, our April meeting will be held via the Zoom online meeting platform. Details are below:

Click the link below to join the meeting at 7 pm on April 9th.
(*You DO NOT need to create an account to attend the meeting, but you will need to
download the program. It will prompt you to do that when you click the link):


https://us04web.zoom.us/j/776355889?pwd=emE0cXB4RkRSS2lqZzJlalhXUWpmQT09

Meeting ID: 776 355 889
Password: 015127

Our April meeting will feature a discussion of the latest updates to all of Apple's various operating systems, with a focus on both Catalina, which was recently updated to version 10.15.4, and ipadOS, which with the update to version 13.4, now has support for external mice and/or trackpads! If we have time, we'll also talk about the need for continued vigilance about scams and phishing, which are increasing with everyone staying home from work.

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

March meeting, 2020


The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets this month on March 12th at 7 p.m. Join us at our new meeting location! For the foreseeable future, we'll be meeting in the Colorado Mesa University building, at 245 S Cascade Ave in Montrose, room 100. You can enter from either the main entrance to the Montrose Library (then go left into the CMU building), or use the main CMU entrance on Cascade Ave. They often lock the door at 7, so don't be late!

For our March meeting, we will feature an explanation of the many flavors of "two-factor authentication", also known as "two-step verification". More and more services are requiring some form of "2FA", and it can be a confusing thing to set up and navigate for the uninitiated. There are also pitfalls in the process, ones we should all be aware of.

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!

February meeting, 2020

The Black Canyon Macintosh User Group meets on the second Thursday of the month, which for February is the 13th, at 7 p.m. We have a new meeting location! For the foreseeable future, we'll be meeting in the Colorado Mesa University building, at 245 S Cascade Ave in Montrose, room 100. You can enter from either the main entrance to the Montrose Library (then go left into the CMU building), or use the main CMU entrance on Cascade Ave. They often lock the door at 7, so don't be late!

For this month's meeting, we'll discuss ways to clean up both your photos and your Mac! All those duplicate photos in our Photos Library take up space; we'll explore how to remove duplicates as well as store archived photos on an external hard drive. We will also take a look at some of the more popular general Mac cleanup programs.

We'll have our usual troubleshooting discussion for anyone who may be having some sort of problem or issue with their computer as well. Please come and share your experiences, or simply enjoy an informative discussion about all things Macintosh, and beyond…

People from all communities are encouraged to join us at any time. It's a great opportunity for members to get together and share their interests. Hope to see you there!