Mac Users Group opens window to easier computer use
THE "grey silver surfers" are back online for another year and are looking for volunteers to help those new to the digital world.
Ken Hoyle of the Hervey Bay Mac Users Group said he started the group in 2008.
"I started playing with computers around 1997 and only started getting serious when I retired early - I had a lot of time on my hands," Ken said.
"We bought our first computer in 1974 - it was a Commodore with the green type on the screen.
"My wife, Doe and I moved to Hervey Bay in 2005 and my son suggested starting up this group - and I did - purely as an amateur user group.
"With the assistance of website designer Ben May, we started with a couple of people in my house.
"Since then we have expanded to 28 members with word of mouth and the free papers and moved to the Hervey Bay RSL.
"We are very proud of our website and have been told we are the best group in Australia."
Ken said the sale of Mac laptops was up 28 per cent.
"It's a growing market," he said. "The Mac is very intuitive and simple - everybody needs a little help.
"I self taught myself from books, magazines and have read a lot of websites. This group offers tips to help people become more efficient.
"We have regular meets and have guest speakers including local IT specialists.
"I have found our daytime meets are most popular and Tuesdays are a great day for beginners.
"With a lot of people buying the Macs instead of Windows, the Tuesday meet is very helpful.
"We have put together a program with topics newcomers appreciate.
"We usually start with some funny videos and then talk - I love those who ask questions."
Ken said the group received no local business support.
"It's hard to find volunteers - we rely on word of mouth," he said.
"As long as you are connected to the internet, I can help fix your computer.
"We have members scattered from Melbourne, Hong Kong, Point Vernon, Toowoomba and Thailand.
"I love the challenge and this way it saves me a lot of petrol."
Anyone interested in joining the Hervey Bay Mac Users Group, volunteering or attending classes can phone Ken Hoyle on 4125 4716 or 0417 319 758.
Hervey Bay Mac Users Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1pm at 60 & Better, Dan Dinna House, 459 Boat Harbour Dr, Torquay.
Evening meets were held on the first Thursday each month at 7pm in the Lakes Room at the Hervey Bay RSL, Pialba.
You are welcome to bring your Mac, pen, paper and a flash drive for possible sharing of non-commercial free software.
Visit hbmug.com for more information.