TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-15

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IDG announced that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus for 2015, so the conference's 30-year run has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet take a look at what IDG's announcement means for the Apple community, but instead of lamenting the passing of what was, they take a look to the future and speculate on what's coming next.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-15

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I went to EVERY YEAR of Macworld Expo (SF) since the beginning (1985), with exception of 2012 (for medical reasons).
I helped setup and staff BMUG booths.
There were some fun after-parties as well, especially in the 90s.
The Expo will be missed, but it certainly hasn’t been what it used to be.

I think Apple did a few things that harmed and diminished its “community of believers”—its experienced User base: 
(1) it distanced itself from its Macintosh User Groups, such as BMUG, 
(2) it distanced itself from Macworld Expo by not attending, and,
(3) more recently, it chose to make its UI less transparent (hiding files) and less intuitive and consistent (especially in iOS).
Clearly, Apple thought it was better off this way—on its own, without feedback or coordination with its Users or its Press.  Apple believed that its Apple Stores would fill the gap of any missing element that the User Groups or the Expos supplied.
I think Apple is wrong here.  The Stores don’t do anything for me. (They certainly don’t do what former MUG meetings or former Expos did for me in terms of learning, interaction, problem resolution, pushing usage to the limits, excitement.)  I can’t wait to get out of there, when I have to go.  I usually resent having to go to the Store in the first place, as it is always something that Apple has caused and you can’t find the answers on their site (or without paying for their additional service) and their errors and defects end up costing me.


Thank you for the podcast. I never attended MacWorld and never got to see the All-Stars play (except on YouTube). Perhaps I am wrong, but I always thought of MacWorld as existing for retail leaders and the press. I definitely fit into the “consumer” category, but that didn’t stop me from wishing I could be there. And now I never will.

However, if there were to be a “festival” where like-minded people come together to share, learn, explore and inspire each other to go further faster with Apple products, then you can count me in if it is a) not prohibitively expensive and b) not too distantly located.

My mind reels at the thought of a “geek gathering” where one could attend classes by the likes of Dave Hamilton, John Braun,  Jeff Gamut, Bob LeVitus, Chris Breen, Frasier Spears, to name a few. And who would it attract? People from every corner of Mac and iOS usage! There would be folks coming to learn about photo management, music, art, video, publishing, networking, security, utilities and back-ups, finances, virtually anything you can do with a Mac or iOS device.

GeekFest! Your time has come!

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