A history of VMUG and iMug 1985–2020: iMug Widget—a small feature to advertise meetings

By Noel Jackling OAM

With the advent of Widgets in 2005, iMug decided to be at the forefront of this new technology, and in November 2005 introduced an iMug Meetings Widget that would be viewable on the computer with other Widgets, be regularly updated, and provide details of the next physical meeting in Melbourne.

iMug member Marc Edwards developed the Meetings Widget with his partner Brad Gale. This was the first Widget of a user group in Australia, and remains in use.

Widgets were exciting innovations when first introduced, but have almost. disappeared from view, except for their use on iPhones.

iMug meetings widget
screenshot of the iMug widget

Next: A few prominent VMUG/iMug members

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Table of Contents

  1. The early years
  2. The 1990s—rapid rise and rapid decline
  3. VMUG News
  4. VMUG premises in Ross House
  5. Help Desk, Computer Training and Public Domain Software
  6. Meetings
  7. The rise and impact of the Internet
  8. iMug Apple Collection at Museum Victoria
  9. An odd occasion
  10. iMug Widget—a small feature to advertise meetings
  11. A few prominent VMUG/iMug members
  12. In conclusion
  13. Appendix 1 - Four special December meetings
  14. Appendix 2 - Apple Effect timeline banner 1976–1990
  15. Appendix 3 - Apple Effect timeline banner 1990–2006
  16. Appendix 4 - Libretto to 'An Apple a Day'
  17. Appendix 5 - Libretto to 'The Very Model of a Modern Apple MacBook Pro'
  18. Appendix 6 - Office Bearers
  19. Appendix 7 - Life Members

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