Nicholas Pyers Photo 2015

Nicholas Pyers

Welcome to the online home of Nicholas Pyers!

Here you’ll find many of the articles I’ve written since the mid ’80s on various topics related to Apple Computer, as well as presentations I’ve given to various Apple User Groups in Australia (and I’ve even gone to New Zealand to present) in the last decade.

If you wish to contact me, use the web form found on the About page;

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Nicholas Pyers, of, will present “Using Zoom as a Presenter” to the a “hybrid” meeting of AUSOM Incorporated.

Nicholas, will be in Junee, New South Wales, Australia, so he, along with many of the meeting participants, will join the meeting via Zoom; whilst a number of AUSOM members shall be at NewHope Baptist Church, Blackburn North, Victoria, Australia.
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Don’t Carry The Burden Alone Presentation Title Screen

Most, if not all, Apple User Groups have a Committee or Board of Directors that usually consist on at least a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. More often than not, there are a couple of ‘Ordinary Members’ on the Committee as well.
And in many cases the Committee end up doing the bulk of the day-to-day work for the club, which means they can’t focus on long term and overall strategic planning… and just as often they just end up plain running out of energy.

If this sounds like your organisation, seriously consider appointing some additional people to extra positions.

Nicholas Pyers, of, discussed a number of potential positions Apple User Groups could consider appointing with the attendees of the April 2022 Worldwide Apple User Group University. Continue Reading

Nicholas Pyers, of, joined Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board at the November Worldwide Apple User Group University.

Doug presented an explanation about how to access and update the Apple User Group Locater. Nicholas then led off the discussion about End of Year Tasks for Apple User Group Leaders. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by a number of other participants. Continue Reading


Junee Volunteer Summit 2018 - Fundraising presentation by Nicholas Pyers

Junee Volunteers’ Summit 2018 – Fundraising presentation by Nicholas Pyers

On May 25, 2018 Nicholas Pyers was a Guest Speaker at the Junee Volunteer’s Summit, where he presented various Fundraising Ideas to the volunteers attending from Junee, Temora and Coolamon Shires.

Nicholas also took part of a Q&A Panel with fellow guest presenters (Murray Rear AFSM, CEO of Temora Aviation Museum; Bron Hatty, Ganmain Markets; and Stephen Childe from Jardine Lloyd Thompson.

He also conducted a short workshop on Marketing and Fundraising, along with Bron and Kerry Phelan, from Gasworks Motorsports, where we brainstormed with a small group of attendees.
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5 1/4” floppy disk

5 1/4” floppy disk

Mainly from the Apple II and IIgs era but also for the Mac

AUSOM began its’ life back in the late 1970’s as The Apple Users’ Society of Melbourne (A.U.S.O.M.) Inc — Before the Apple Macintosh existed, let alone iPods, iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches!

The most popular personal computer in use in the 1970’s and early 80’s was the Apple II and AUSOM was formed to help Melbourne based Apple II users get the most out of these computers and soon become one of the world’s largest Apple User Group communities.

These were also days before the Internet existed, so the main way of discovering new software was through computer user groups like AUSOM. These groups copied hundreds, if not thousands, of floppy discs (in those days they did actually flop) full of Public Domain, Freeware and Shareware Software, which where then sold to their members for a small sum — usually around $5 per disk.

Because the internet didn’t exist at the height of the Apple II’s popularity, far too much of this old software was never made accessible online and runs the risk of been lost forever, so I’m trying to locate some of the old software I personally wrote back in the 1980’s and early 90’s, as well as some of the collections of Apple II Software that I know AUSOM used to (and hopefully still has) maintain so they can be preserved for posterity. Continue Reading

Staying in ContactOn Wednesday, April 4, 2012 the MacTalk Hunter Apple User Group hosted a presentation by Nicholas Pyers on “Staying in Contact”.

When conducting this presentation Nicholas was over 1,000km away, in a totally different state, to his audience!

He used the various methods mentioned in the presentation to communicate with the members of MacTalk Hunter group! Continue Reading