BBC iPlayer

As you may be aware, the BBC will soon be releasing their ‘iPlayer’ video-on-demand service which is currently restricted to computers running Windows.  The BBC are remaining non-committal about the expected timescales before clients for other platforms such as OS X and Linux are made available, somewhat dulling their image as a public service organisation in the eyes of non-Windows users.

An e-petition has been set up at the No 10 Downing Street site to express the concerns of those who use other platforms.  There are already over 9,000 signatures, so please take the time to show your support!

News Special offers

Mac book discounts from Wiley

Thanks to the generous people over at Wiley you can now get 30% off of their range of Mac books. That’s books on the subject of Macs, not MacBooks! To request the promotional code to receive the discount on any of the following titles, please send an email to

* 50 Fast Mac OS X Techniques
* AppleScript For Dummies, 2nd Edition
* Beginning AppleScript
* Beginning Mac OS X Tiger Dashboard Widget Development
* Beginning Xcode
* Dr Mac: The OS X Files, Panther Edition
* iMac For Dummies, 4th Edition
* Mac Mini Hacks & Mods For Dummies
* Mac OS X Bible, Jaguar Edition
* Mac OS X Bible, Panther Edition
* Mac OS X Illustrated, Panther Edition
* Mac OS X Illustrated: A Design Graphic Field Guide
* Mac OS X Panther All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
* Mac OS X Panther For Dummies
* Mac OS X Power Tools
* Mac OS X Tiger: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks
* Mac OS X Tiger All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
* Mac OS X Tiger For Dummies
* Mac OS X Tiger Simplified
* Mac OS X Tiger Timesaving Techniques For Dummies
* Mac OS X Bible Tiger Edition
* Mac OS X Panther in 10 Simple Steps or Less
* Mac OS X Panther Timesaving Techniques For Dummies
* Mac OS X Secrets, Panther Edition
* Mac Toys: 12 Cool Projects for Home, Office and Entertainment
* Mac Upgrade and Repair Bible, 3rd Edition
* Mac OS X Power Tools, 2nd Edition
* MacBook For Dummies
* MacOS 9 For Dummies
* Macs For Dummies, 9th Edition
* Master Visually Mac OS X Tiger
* Mastering Digital Audio Production: The Professional Music Workflow with Mac OS X
* Mastering Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger, 4th Edition
* Mastering Mac OS X, 3rd Edition
* Moving to Mac OS X Painlessly
* Teach Yourself Visually Mac OS X Tiger
* The iMac For Dummies Quick Reference
* The Mac OS X Tiger Book
* The Mac OS X Panther Book
* The Mac Xcode 2 Book
* The Mac OS X Command Line: Unix Under the Hood
* Upgrading & Fixing Macs & iMacs For Dummies


Site changes / quick update

Thanks to the hard work of EdMUG member Tony Farndon we’ve now rehashed the site, and have a better idea of how it will develop in the future.  As you’ll see the news page has been moved to make way for a group introduction which hopefully will be a more friendly starting point for prospective members, and Tony has created an EdMUG Dashboard Widget so that members can keep track of group news from their desktop.  The Widget is available on our new ‘Downloads’ page which will hopefully feature more content over time. 

In order to allow the recent ‘Guides’ section to grow and more importantly be open to updates from our members we have installed a wiki and are currently customising it for our needs.  Once live this will allow us to have a dynamic area to share information and ideas, hopefully becoming a valuable resource for the group.

I’m still working on a venue for our first EdMUG meeting, but can confirm that we’ll kick off with a very hands-on demonstration of the AppleTV and a talk on the various uses of the Airport Express.  More information on a date and venue to follow.

On a final note for now I see that our member numbers have risen over the last couple of weeks, so welcome to all of our new members and I look forward to hearing from you on our email discussion list or perhaps even at our first meeting!



While I try to get the new site built I’ve added a new page to this one where any tips or guides from the mailing list can be added.  If you’ve got any useful tips then please send them to!


Logo competition results

Well the votes have been counted and we have a winner! Thanks to
everyone who voted.

It was a pretty close run thing, but the votes were:

Logo 1: 2 votes
Logo 2: 5 votes
Logo 3: 3 votes

And so John Cowan, designer of logo 2, wins an iPod Shuffle!
Congratulations John!

The winning design:
EdMUG logo

Competition News

EdMUG logo competition

What do you call a Mac user group without a logo?  To be honest I have no idea, but right now EdMUG don’t have one and it’s time to rectify the situation!

In order to give EdMUG a visual identity I’m asking any budding designers among our members to have a go at creating an EdMUG logo, and the designer of the winning logo (as chosen by our members) will win a BRAND NEW 2nd gen iPod Shuffle in the colour of their choice!

There are only a few rules:

* The logo must feature the text ‘EdMUG’ in an easily readable form
* The logo must not contain any Apple trademarks
* The logo should be suitable for web use and print
* The logo must be your own work
* You must be a member of EdMUG (membership is currently defined as membership of the EdMUG mailing list).  New members are also welcome to enter
* The winning logo will become the property of EdMUG for the purposes of group promotion and communications

Entries should be sent to in any common image format.

The closing date for entries is 23:59 on 28th February 2007.  All entries which comply with the above criteria will be displayed for member vote and a winner will be announced on our website on 7th March 2007.  The winner will receive their prize by post.

Good luck!