Geek out for Macs
Published: Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 7:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 7:57 p.m.
David Hannigan found plenty to geek out about Saturday at a Macintosh computer conference in Petaluma.
Celebrated techie authors explained the latest applications and hardware. More than 25 vendors hawked gadgets and services for Apple products.
But the sight of a crushed IPhone in a computer repair exhibit gave him pause. He shook his head in amazement as he turned the device over in his hand, its plastic face shattered under the wheels of a truck.
“It makes me feel a bit better about how I treat mine,” said the marine engineer and Mac devotee from Petaluma. “That took a pretty good hit.”
Hannigan was one of about 1,000 people who turned out for the 16th annual Apple computers love fest, put on by the North Coast Mac Users Group.
Club President Lorene Romero said it was the first year staging the event at Petaluma's Lucchesi Center on North McDowell Boulevard and it looked to be a success.
The buzz this year was about Apple's new operating system, Snow Leopard. But people also talked about IPhones and rumors of a new IMac that might soon be released.
Speakers included Derrick Story, author of “IPhoto ‘09 Tips and Tricks,” and Jim Heid, who discussed film making with IMovie ‘09.
“People love Macs,” Romero said. “They're easy to use and they just work.”
Some in attendance swore they'd never used anything else.
Scott and Gayle Spencer, retired computer technicians from Menlo Park, said they bought their first Macs in 1984 and never strayed.
They traveled all the from the peninsula to hear Heid and others wax poetic about new applications.
Looking around the room, Scott Spencer, 74, remarked on the number of senior citizens at the conference.
“It's interesting how many old people like me are here,” Spencer said. “I guess young people tend to get their stuff off the Internet.”
At an exhibit by Concord-based Tech Restore, Hannigan talked about how indispensable his Macs have become. He said he used a GPS system in his laptop to navigate thick fog on San Francisco Bay. If he ever forgets his IPhone, he feels lost, he said.
People at the conference are all part of a large family who worship the same thing.
“It's definitely a cult following,” Hannigan said.
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