CATUG news archive

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This is an archive of CATUG news items previously displayed on our front page as part of Template:News, the current version of which is displayed in the first section below.

We will only archive items about CATUG, not software offers or other items that may have caught our attention.

Current news items

  • February 20, 2018: We have tweaked the spam settings to avoid rejection messages. Please contact us (try Jon Glass first) if you still get rejection messages when sending to Mac-Ministry List.
  • January 20, 2019: we updated our warnings about the heavily-advertised product MacKeeper.

Archived items

  • December 16, 2016: We have just migrated CATUG to a new server. Please contact us (try Tim Butler first) if you have any problems.
  • September 27, 2015: ClamXAV, the popular Anti-Virus Software for Macintosh, is no longer providing free upgrades, but if you previously made a voluntary payment then you should not need to pay again to purchase the app.
  • January 24, 2015: we updated several helpful links on Bible reading plans for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • January 24, 2015: we fixed a display problem with this website. If you've had problems lately e.g. with searching the site, please try again, and let us know if we've missed anything.
  • August 15, 2014: is Skype forcing you to upgrade? For Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8), download Skype v6.15 from Mac Informer. According to TekRevue, if you are using Leopard (OS X 10.5) you need Skype 6.3.
  • January 1, 2014: once again, we recommended starting the year with a Bible reading plan for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • January 1, 2013: reminder to start the new year with a Bible reading plan for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • December 15, 2012: Quick Tip # 8: Take a minute to look at the pop-up menu in OSX's Address Book. Knowing what is there could save you time.
  • June 17, 2012: Quick Tip # 7: use Mactracker to find out whether you can upgrade your Mac to OS X 10.7 Lion or Mountain Lion.
  • April 6, 2012: Quick Tip # 6: run Software Update from the  menu to check that you have installed Apple's security updates. The latest update for OS X 10.6 & 10.7 can protect your Mac from the Flashback trojan. See this MacObserver article if you might be infected already.
  • February 22, 2012: "Do Not Track Plus" stops unwanted tracking by advertisers or social networks, and is one of our recommended Safari Extensions and Firefox add-ons.
  • February 20, 2012: CATUG warns people not to install a widely-advertised app called MacKeeper. See our list of recommended utilities for better alternatives.
  • January 9, 2012: We set up a new Facebook page.
  • January 8, 2012: We started using the new CATUG logo.
  • December 30, 2011: Start the new year with a Bible reading plan for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • October 20, 2011: Quick Tip # 5: Beware fake updaters for software which may pop up with a familiar logo, e.g. after clicking a video in social media. If in doubt, don't give it your password! Go to the official site (such as and check there for updates.
  • October 14, 2011: Quick Tip # 4: in Address Book, set up a Smart Group of all cards that are not in another group, to help you classify new contacts. Smart Groups are also the way to search a specific field.
  • October 10, 2011: We moved our blog to
  • September 2011: We invited CATUG members to join a separate prayer list.
  • May 3, 2012: we had a temporary hitch with the Mac Ministry Mailing list, but it was back up and running by the end of the day. Thank you for your understanding during the outage.
  • May 30, 2011: Quick Tip # 3: extend your iPhone battery life by switching off subtle features that you probably don't need.
  • May 12, 2011: Quick Tip # 2: DO NOT install MacProtector, the latest name for fake antivirus software previously named MacDefender and MacSecurity. Just google the name and you will see plenty of advice on removing it. This one looks thorough.
  • March 8, 2011: Tim Butler invited CATUG members to submit designs for a new CATUG logo.
  • March 3, 2011: CATUG members came up with plenty of reasons to buy a new iPad!
  • February 21, 2011: Leonard Durrenberger, a longstanding contributor who served briefly on the new Board of CATUG, went to be with the Lord. Rest in peace, Leonard.
  • February 20, 2011: The wiki moved to
  • February 19, 2011: CMUG, the Christian Macintosh User Group, is going to become CATUG: the Christian Apple Technology User Group. The two mailing lists were merged back into one Mac Ministry List, hosted by Tim Butler using Mailman list software.
  • February 12, 2011: Jesse Sng handed over the Presidency to Tim Butler, aided by a Board and Operational Board.
  • January 27, 2011: due to a high number of account creations and spam links, the wiki had to be rolled back to remove all of that. To prevent this from happening again, users are no longer permitted to create their own accounts. Contact
  • January 24, 2011: our President, Jesse Sng, announced that some problems with the mailing list had been fixed. He set up a new interim operations group to work on other matters.
  • January 6, 2011: David Burke, CMUG Ambassador, was in discussion with Jesse about the desired changes to the mailing list.
  • December 29, 2010: An announcement of the new mailing list was sent to the old list, intending the transition of the Mac-Min mailing list to the new server and software.
  • December 29, 2010: The default 'skin' (appearance) of the wiki was changed to 'Vector'. (If you have an account, you can go to the 'My Preferences' page then the 'Appearance' tab to change your skin to the default.)
  • September 16, 2010: The wiki was moved to and a corresponding new mac-ministry mailing list was created and tested.
  • August 27, 2010: Jesse asked for an end to discussion on elections, and issued a Call to Action for volunteers. See CMUG election discussion 2010 for those who responded.
  • March 6, 2010: Neville Reid added policy/help pages and example articles, getting the wiki ready for prime-time.
  • February 20, 2010: Vincent Danen set up the CMUG wiki.