Berkeley Macintosh Users Group

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Berkeley Macintosh Users Group (BMUG) is a Macintosh User Group, founded in September 1984 by U.C. Berkeley students including Reese Jones,[1] Raines Cohen[2] and Bernt Wahl[3] to share knowledge of graphical computing, primarily the Apple Macintosh.

The group had more than 13,000 members at its peak in 1993, with BBSs in Boston, and Tokyo, and was the largest computer users' group in the world at the time.[citation needed]

BMUG was famous for lively meetings, "We are in the business of giving away information" motto, "BMUG Awards", its great MacWorld Expo get-togethers, CD and book publishing, and 400+ page biannual "newsletters" akin to the Whole Earth Catalog, and one of the largest shareware collections for Macintosh Public domain software.

BMUG hosted an enthusiastic Thursday night meeting with questions and answers, and software demonstrations by vendors, followed at the end by a raffle. Notable speakers included: Steve Jobs, Guy Kawasaki, Ted Nelson, Heidi Roizen, Andy Hertzfeld, Bill Atkinson, Jean-Louis Gassée, Marc Benioff, Melinda Ann French (Gates) and Bill Gates.

It also held Special Interest Groups (SIGs) on Basic Mac, Troubleshooting, ClarisWorks (integrated word processing, drawing, painting, spreadsheet, database and telecommunications), FileMakerPro relational databases, graphics, video, music, the Internet, programming and mathematics. Some notable members include: John Draper (Captain Crunch), Hassanal Bolkiah (Sultan of Brunei), and Eric Brewer (Inktomi founder).

A few of the group met after the meetings at a Chinese restaurant in Berkeley, where they still meet on Thursdays to this day.[citation needed]

BMUG declared bankruptcy in 2000. A group of its committed members formed PlanetMUG, and purchased its online presence, the Planet BMUG BBS. BMUG Boston split off and formed the BostonBBS.

The Refurbishing project was reformed into Access2Technology and incorporated into a non-profit.


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