Here are a few comments from members:
I initially joined YMUG like many people - I was trying to solve a hardware problem i was having. Previously I was used to just flinging my machines at Apple, getting a big bill and carrying on. Then an artist friend put me onto YMUG. I was genuinely staggered at the sheer number of like minded and experienced folk who either knew, or knew someone who knew, the answer to just about any problem that was thrown at them, big or small.
One of the beauties of Apple hardware is that the configurations are relatively limited, so troubleshooting is much, much easier than for PC's say. If it's not the hardware, it's likely the software, and often, much of that comes from Apple too!
Over the years, the good and kind folk at YMUG have directly saved me well over £1000 in instant repair bills, and some have even been good enough to come out to my house or studio to show me the fix for the problem. They've been kind enough to lend kit when I've been in a fix, and I've never had a problem for which someone hasn't had a suggestion that wasn't worth trying and often worked.
YMUG meetings are an excellent way to put faces to message-board names and are a great chance to kick around ideas, trouble-shoot users' machines and software, and generally feel like you're not alone in the big wide world of Mac.
I'm delighted that YMUG has given me the confidence to begin to help other people as well, in turn. My day job as a sound designer and editor means that I use my Macs for 8-10 hours a day, with often very resource greedy software, and that means helping people with resource management, backups, migration as well as host audio and music software problems has become my own little way of giving back to the YMUG community.
Join, it's the best £5 you will ever spend.
Paul D - Sound Designer
I joined YMUG umpteen years ago, because my Mac-enthusiastic son said I had to! To my surprise (I rarely join clubs), I enjoyed the meetings way back then. At that time, I had considerable experience of OS 9 & X on a graphics network, cross-platform issues and of working with Windows servers.
Long since retired from that and having moved away from Yorkshire, I still enjoy the newsletter and mactalk, although I am, perhaps, more likely to be asking questions than answering them these days.
YMUG simply offers great value.
P e t e r W, Worcestershire
YMUG was introduced to me through Dave Peppiate many years ago. I had purchased a Mac because someone had recommended Macs as good for editing,
which was my hobby. I am now using Final Cut Pro X which takes a bit of getting used to, after Final Cut Express.
The meetings (mainly in Sprotborough) were helpful and a good meeting place. The weekly e-mail is always worthwhile.
I'm a bit of an interloper because I joined YMUG as there wasn't an
equivalent group in North Derbyshire.
I wanted to tap in to a virtual knowledge base in case I got in to any
difficulty with my Mac experience - hard or software and also to
assist others where I could.
Best £5 any Mac user could spent !
I was originally a member of an "Apple" group that met near Warrington. It had initially been set up as an Apple II support group but, as Macs came to the fore, it began to split down the middle and there was a big falling-out between senior members and newer Mac users. I left because there was too much political infighting.
I looked for an alternative and discovered YMUG. Although I was born in North Yorkshire, I had been forced to migrate to Cheshire for work. However, I was welcomed into the group and have now been a member for around 12 years.
There's a wide mix of members from "beginners" to "experts" and, although I'm probably considered to be amongst the latter, there are still occasions when I have to ask for advice, which is always forthcoming.
Now that I live on Crete, it's even more important to have access to help via email.
I joined YMUG over 10 years ago to try to keep up to date with what was
going on in the Mac world and help solve any problems or questions I might
have from time to time.
Found the group extremely useful and in some cases
thankfully I have managed to help other members as well, I like most other
Mac users is 'self taught' from places like YMUG and also still like
Love the group and hope it continues to thrive
I joined YMUG a couple of years ago after being told about it by another local member who was doing a job of of non-IT work in the house.
I'd had an iMac for about three years at that point, but was still struggling with technical glitches when they arose despite a quarter of a century of PC experience.
To have such a fund of knowledge and expertise fully outweighing the Tech Guys of PC World was wonderful and all for a fiver a year was stupendous.
And so much interesting discussion of other matters from time to time - what a talented bunch YMUG members are.
Long may we prosper.
When I first joined YMUG, when I had my first computer in 2000, a little Blueberry clamshell iBook (which I still have!), it was all I could do to switch it on.
I had bought it because it looked pretty and girlie and was less intimidating than the sombre, serious-looking machines which were otherwise around. There was no-one to give advice or guidance at RAF Leeming in those days, and I was vilified by all the guys on hubby's squadron for being a) too 'up myself' for having a Mac and b) too unskilled to be able to use it!
In those days, Macs were less prolific and so, until I happened upon YMUG when I purchased a magazine for Mac laptop users, I struggled with major problems. (BTW, membership was the same then as it is now and it remains the best £5 value for money I spend each year.) At times it was a nightmare.
Michael Kitchen became a great help; Catherine helped my with photo problems and then, when the poor little iBook was freezing up to 20 times a day, I discovered Amazing Allan, who took me under his wing. Thanks to Allan and MacTalk, I have come some way I suppose.
God bless YMUG - best £5 I ever spend!
I have been a member over 10 years now.
I had an email almost at once from Allan Johns whose suggestion worked!
I can now use my printer to print any documents to a readable size.
Also please thank Alan Cornwell-Menzies who was kind enough to send on
to me all the helpful suggestions he has received.
Jeanette Howard Leighton
Difficult to say how much it's benefited me, suffice to say for me that it's led, reasonably directly, to my current employment opportunities. This has been worth thousands to me over the last few years.
Also, friends, advice, software, and a great deal of humour.
Even it were doubled, or even quadrupled, it would still be great value for money, and I said that when was on benefits, and not working, too!
YMUG has to be the ABSOLUTELY the best £5 anyone could spend per year. You can barely get 2 cups of coffee in town for that! It is truly exceptional value for money. Without YMUG and macTALK I could never have reached where I am today - the bonus of friendships was something I never anticipated when I found YMUG in a magazine years ago and distance really is of little or no consequence. There is always, always, always someone willing to help. Here in Lincolnshire, the distance from me to YMUG is the same as the distance from Devon to YMUG - an email away!
When I joined YMUG I knew so little about Macs so it's been a great help in times of frustration and confusion.
Not that I know a lot more now but it's good to know that if one has a problem there's usually someone here who can help provide the answer in understandable terminology.
I greatly appreciate what everyone has done and is doing and although I rarely post I'd like to thank people for the excellent work you do, and for the sense of relative technological security that being a member provides. (I hope that doesn't tempt fate!)
It's well [worth] five quid of anyone's money!
I joined ymug many years ago because I knew nothing about macs as I had only used PCS.
The Mactalk forum has helped me greatly over many years as I am not technical and the help received was very helpful. Indeed one member visited me for two days to sort my computer out.
I like to follow the forum items and use the information discussed if relevant to me.