About Sierra Mousetrap

Sign up for our free newsletter! The Sierra Mousetrap Macintosh User Group was founded way back in 1985, when the idea of the icon and the mouse were brand new and Windows was just a glimmer in Bill Gate's eye. In the days when 128k was a lot of RAM and most programs ran off floppy disks, it would have been difficult to imagine our modern magical machines sporting gigabytes of RAM and terabytes of storage, playing music, movies, storing photos, and communicating over a worldwide network containing billions of web pages and users. At that time, as now, questions about the seriousness of the Macintosh platform were common, but the competitor of concern was IBM. Needless to say, the future is as hard to predict today as it was in the past. One thing is obvious though, the Mac is back. Millions of former Windows users are switching and Apple is gaining market share once again. Thanks to the incredibly powerful, stable and secure OS X operating system, now in its sixth year, and a disk-load of included and inexpensive software such as the Safari web browser, Mail.app email browser, GarageBand for making music, iPhoto for managing photos, iWeb for creating web pages, iMovie for creating and editing movies, iCal for calendaring and event-sharing, Address Book for keeping track of friends, family and associates, iChat for live video, audio and text chatting and sharing of files, powerful search with Spotlight, and so much more... Lately the star of Apple's show has been the iPod. Retaining over 75% market share against an array of competitors, its success is often attributed to its sleek design, but perhaps owes much to it's perfect integration with the iTunes Player and the iTunes Music Store. It has even introduced a new concept to communication: the Podcast. And more recently the iPhone and iPad have been added to the Apple family increasing it's popularity around the world. Why a User Group is a Great Thing... Apple's rate of change has been accelerating and that leaves users in a constant state of catch-up. Though famous for ease-of-use, nonetheless individuals are very hard pressed to learn it all which makes user groups all the more relevant. At one time, these groups were expected to decline due to information available on the Web. Now the web has so much information, it is once again useful to find local communities of expertise and interest to collaborate in understanding it all. Sierra Mousetrap has members who have deep expertise in Desktop Publishing & Prepress, Web Design, Internet Access, Databases, CAD, Video and Film Production, Music recording, and much more — We even have a former Apple engineer, for the really deep stuff. For people seeking answers, who are considering switching, have recently switched, are starting with computers for the first time, or have been using the Mac for years, Sierra Mousetrap is a welcome collection of new friends.