Monday, April 7, 2014

MAC Users Group


Alfa rally has usurped our room so we won't be having a meeting on April 8th.  That would have been the last one of the season.  

Everyone should thank the Activity office for notifying us.  

See ya, 
your faithful servant

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Next to last MAC Users Group for 2013/2014 Season

Meeting 4/1/2014

Larry led us in a review of some apps which can be accessed by the Google Chrome browser and add to it functionality.  Also these can be accessed when you are on the Google search website by clicking on the grid, Google App Launcher, which is a square of 9 squares near the top right of the screen.  

This icon is black in the upper right corner of your screen when logged into Google
and launches the following Launcher

App Launcher

Launcher above

Includes many Google functions which can be accessed simply by clicking on the icon.  

Search, You Tube, Maps, News, Finance, Gmail, Calendar, Blogger, and many more including Google+ 

It's not necessary to us Google Chrome to access these functions but I suspect having the Chrome browser would make functionality even better??  

Smart Mailbox

Smart Mailbox Menu
After clicking on the above choice the following appears allowing you to set preferences for your new box.  
Choices for making Smart Mailbox zero on what you want.

Here's a site with an Apple tutorial:
Surely Cox has a tutorial for this as well:   Check it out.  

Adding a Photo to Contacts

Here's a site giving a clue: Jack explained this very well.  Of course, you have to obtain a photo for the person, duh.  

Archiving Mail

Jack spoke about this and referred us to a $24.99 program from the app store.  There must be a cheaper way.  Remember I have a reputation to keep.  I'm doing more research; check back on the blog.  

Next Week

More review, Icloud, Iphoto and any other subjects participants want to discuss.  

Next week will likely be our last formal meeting but there's no reason we can't get together in an informal way if there is interest.  Only about eight at the last meeting so we'll see.  

Your faithful servant, 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MAC Users Group Meeting 3/25/14

MAC 3/25/15

seventeen attendees.  

Larry Spent time reviewing what we worked on the past season and asked for suggestions for next fall. He spoke about many of the programs we use often such as mail, finder, zoom, iPhoto, iMovie, tutorials, contacts and more.  


David A. Cox's site is very good and most importantly understandable.  Here's a link:  He requires joining and then furnishes a password each month to your email.  The tutorials are free but he gives classes and sells items to support his work.  If you haven't checked it out please do.  

Grab and Preview Screen Shots

Grab is a program included in OS-X in the applications folder under utilities.  To find it open finder, click on applications and utilities.  It's an easy way to take a screen shot of a selected area of your desktop and save it for later.  Here's Apples info:  

The same thing can be accomplished by using Preview which is also included in OS-X inside the Applications folder.  It also is usually included in the Dock.  


When Preview is open click on file and choose Take Screen Shot.  Here is a site with lots of instructions on using Preview.  Preview will allow saving of files in various formats.  

Firefox Notes

Firefox is an open source program developed to improve on Windows Internet Explorer.  Here's a site giving its history and other facts:  Probably more than we need to know but interesting.  Also a site giving detail of usage:  I spoke about some of the features but this Mozilla site is very detailed.  

How to Install Firefox

Someone asked about printing a list of MAC User Group Members from Address Book.  I've done some reading but haven't found an appropriate answer yet.  Check back.  

How to uninstall Firefox

Follow this link:  This won't  remove your personal settings, although it will remove the program.  As near as I can tell Firefox stores personal settings, passwords, etc. in the Library file under Application support.  I assume deleting these files will purge the program's information although, resetting to factory defaults before deleting may do the same thing.  Sorry, I don't know all the answers.  

Next Week

Various backup programs.  BackBlaze, Carbonite, Crashplan.  Also some discussion of computer security.  

Your faithful servant, 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shorter New Post

Where to find Blog Creating Info

View the post of 2/13/14, Meeting of 2/11/14.  Scan down about half way and you'll find the instructions I posted on Blog creation.  

Jack spoke about TimeMachine 
Time Machine
And Carbon Copy Cloner.  Here's a site to check it out.  A really good program!  
Carbon Copy Cloner

Jack also spoke about Dashboard and told us how to ad widgets.  Go to Dashboard:
When it opens click on the + and then on Widgets.  You'll be brought to an Apple site where an awesome amount of them can be selected and added.  Kind of fun.  

Next Week

Probably Info on FireFox from Mike and more detail stuff from Jack.  We try to help.  

See you next time.

Your Faithful Servant, 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

MAC Users Group 3/11/14

Content of Meeting 3/11/14

Larry did his best to explain how FreeMind works to organize thoughts and construct a logical information format.  Here is a link with a tutorial on how to use FreeMind.  A Zen program.  

Also a link to the FreeMind main page:  This program is written with JAVA which has caused some problems with our MACs in the past.  I presume updates have solved the problems.  

Cox offers tutorials free on line.  All you have to do is sign up and he will give a password to access his site where you can choose what you want to view.  He not only has MAC stuff but PC and Droid.  

Here is Cox's home site:  

The above site is where you sign up.  

Also at Cox's site there is a tutorial on eliminating duplicates in iPhoto.  He suggests buying a recommended program although the Apple store has a free download to accomplish the same thing.  Here is the location for his tutorial:  

Marty reported his download of Mavericks was successful and as far as he can tell everything is OK.  Also he found Radio Shack has HDMI adapter cables that will fit Thunderbolt ports and hook to his TV, also to the projector in the San Tan Room.  

Mission Control

A program included with OS-X 10.7 and forward which allows easy access to multiple windows running on a desktop.  Here's a site:
Older versions of OS-X used Expose  This site is for those of us still using OS-X10.6 or earlier.  A great program which is very useful and many of it's commands work with Mission Control.  

Dashboard has been around for quite a while.  Read about some of the apps you can install on Dashboard to make life easier.  For instance saving a copy of keyboard shortcuts?  With a widget called Daskards from 

Screenshot with Grab

This is a very useful tool included in Utilities in the Application folder.  It is used to select and copy, print, export something you see on your screen. 

Other ways to take a screenshot:  Lots of ways, also can be saved to the clipboard.  


Has anyone wondered how you can look at your clipboard?  Choose Show Clipboard from the Finder's Edit menu. And select "Show Clipboard".  Why would you want to?  

Next Week


Jack and Mike will do their best to keep you from being bored.  

Please check the blog regularly as editing and corrections take place.  


Larry reminded me he had spoken about a wireless remote which made manipulating a presentation easier.  
Targus Remote

I'm including a website with a short demo:

Your faithful servant,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

How to Remove Email Addresses

How to remove email

How to delete an email address from auto complete in Mail?  Try this link.  It says when you start to address someone click on their address then click on the little white arrow and a selection should appear asking if you want to delete that address?  Try it out.  This website has a bunch of other topics of interest.  

See you on next Tuesday.  

Your faithful servant,

Thursday, February 27, 2014

2/25/14 MAC Meeting details and forecast for next meeting

Larry's presentation

Larry gave a motivational presentation which was received well my our members.  Refire Not Retire.  


by Irene and David:

How to add music to movies, Bo's journey,  We may ask Irene and Dave to help with a separate group focused on iMovie.??? 

Irene and Dave have often suggested just trying the program.  I've done so and it can be fun.

Kay & Jack:  Facetime

What is it?  A way to communicate with folks who have Apple devices with a view of faces and, of course, dialog.  

Only for Apple products.  

Requires at least Snow Leopard 10.6.6 to function.  

How to increase the size of your cursor?

System Preferences>Universal Access>Mouse&Trackpad>Change the cursor size at the bottom.

Space on Hard Drive?

There are several ways to increase available disk space. To find out how much disk space you have, open Disk Utility, click your disk (usually named Macintosh HD), then click Info.

Delete items you don’t need
Move items you don’t need to the Trash. Then press and hold the Trash icon in the Dock and choose Empty Trash.
In Mail, choose Mailbox > Erase Deleted Items > In All Accounts, and Mailbox > Erase Junk Mail.
In iPhoto, choose iPhoto > Empty iPhoto Trash.
In iMovie, choose File > Move to Trash or File > Move Rejected Clips to Trash to delete unwanted items. Or, choose File > Space Saver to delete all excess video from an Event.
Check the other apps you use for ways to remove or compress items.
Delete downloaded items
Items you download from the Internet are stored in the Downloads stack in the Dock. Over time, unneeded items may accumulate.
Press and hold the Downloads icon in the Dock, then choose Open in Finder.
Drag any unneeded items from Downloads to the Trash, then choose Finder > Empty Trash.
If you don’t see the Downloads icon in the Dock, click the Finder icon in the Dock, then choose Go > Downloads.
Locate large files
You can find your largest files and then compress them or move them to another disk.
Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
Choose Go > Home or press Shift-Command (⌘)–H.
Choose File > Find or press Command (⌘)–F.
Open the Kind pop-up menu, then choose Other.
Under “Select a search attribute” select the checkbox for File Size. Make sure no other checkboxes are selected, then click OK.
Change the “equals” pop-up menu to “is greater than,” then change the “KB” pop-up menu to “MB.”
Enter a minimum file size. 100 MB is a good starting point. You can change the value to see more or fewer results. Searching begins as soon as you type a file size. It may take a moment for all the search results to appear.
Compress files and folders
You can compress files and folders into an archive that takes up less space.
To compress a file or folder, Control-click it or tap it using two fingers, then choose Compress from the shortcut menu. If you compress a single item, the compressed file has the name of the original item with the .zip extension. If you compress multiple items at once, the compressed file is called
To uncompress (expand) an item, double-click the .zip file.
Move files to another disk
Move files and folders you don’t often use to an external disk, such as a USB or FireWire disk, or to a disk connected to your AirPort or other network.
Burn files and folders to a CD or DVD. Burn a CD or DVD or put them on a thumb drive. Or move them to a backup drive. .jpg and .pdf files can be saved on a drive which both Windows and MAC can read. (Fat32).
After the files are copied, you can delete the copies on your Mac.

Tom's Notes for Space Management

TermsByte: Smallest piece of information a computer can read 

KB: (kilobyte) =1,000 bytes 

MB: (megabyte) = 1,000 kilobytes 

GB: (gigabyte) = 1,000 megabytes
TB: (terabyte) = 1,000 gigabytes
Examples: • This page is 106 KB 

• A 6 megapixel camera set at its largest file size will average about 2.5 MG 

• A 12 megapixel camera set at its largest size will average 4-6 MG 
• A 15 megapixel camera set at its largest size might average 8 MG 

• A photo library with 15,000 pictures at 8 MG each will be 120,000 MG or 120 GB
A CD ROM DIsk will hold 750 MB of information. Normally single use. A DVD+R Disk will hold 7 GB of information! Normally single use.

USB Flash Drives vary in size, from prox 128MB to as much as 64GB of storage! The advantage to using a Flash Drive is that it can be used over and over again. Just send the files from the flash drive to “Trash”. Or you can use a flash drive to store data. Be sure to label each one.

Or, there are a number of vendors who offer storage “in the cloud” allowing large files to be be accessed by those who you choose to do so. This might be the subject of a future Mac meeting.
Why take, or save photos in the largest format? If you plan to enlarge a photo to more than 8 X 10 and have it printed you will want to have as large a file size as possible. Another reason is if you plan on doing a lot of cropping. Or, if you plan on showing your pictures on a large screen TV. But, if all you plan to use the photo for is to be shown on a computer, the smallest size is adequate.

What is a good size to attach to an e-mail? That depends on how fast the computer or internet service is for the person you are sending the photo to, and what they will be doing with the photo. If they are just going to view it on their computer screen, 50-100 KB will be large enough to be seen the way you took the picture. It also depends on how many photos you will attach to an e-mail. If you send an entire album of photos it could quickly increase to several MG, and that will increase the time needed to complete the download.

How do I know the file size of the photo? In iPhoto on the bottom right corner, the first box is titled, Info. Click on it and a box will appear in the upper right hand corner with most of the information you will need including the file size.  You can find info on any file highlighted by pressing cmd-i. 

How do I resize the photo and attach it to an e-mail? In iPhoto while viewing thumbnails, you can hold down the command key and click on each of the thumbnails you want to send. Then, at the bottom right corner, click on Share and then click e-mail. An e-mail will appear with the photos you selected along with the Message Size of the e-mail shown at the bottom left corner. On the bottom right corner look for Photo Size and select the size you want. As you do this the Message size will change. On the right side of the e-mail you will see a selection of photo layouts. Classic is the most popular. But, be creative!

Mac Users Group Jan 29, 2013 updated Feb 25, 2014

Keep in mind that even though you resize a photo to be sent as an e-mail attachment, the original file does not change, and remains in iPhoto in the original size you imported from your camera. But, let’s say that you want to keep all your photos in their original size and they average 10 mg each. And let’s say you have a lot of pictures in your library, say 15 to 20,000. Considering that some may be older and a smaller file size, let’s estimate that they average 8 mb each. 20,000 x 8 = 160,000 or 160 gb Now, let’s say your hard drive is only 250 mb. More than half of your storage would be pictures. If your photo library is getting to be this size, it may be time for you to store them on an external hard drive.

Prices for new Mac Book Pro’s $1,199 Basic 13” Standard screen 500 GB hard drive 

$1,299 13” with Retina display 128 GB Flash drive 

$1,499 13” with Retina display 256 GB Flash drive $1,799 13” with Retina display 512 GB Flash drive

A 1 TB external hard drive from Seagate or Western Digital can be purchased from Best Buy for $80. It’s up to you as to how much you want to pay for convenience.

And, let’s keep in mind, we haven’t listed movies, another storage hog. And, yes, you can store your movies and photos on the same external hard drive.

How do I find out how much storage I have on my Mac?Click on the Apple in the upper left hand corner of your computer. Click on “About this Mac” Click on “More Info” Click on “Storage” found on the upper left
This box will tell you how much storage you have left on both your hard drive and an external drive if one is connected.

How can I find out what is taking up most of my storage?Click on Finder Most applications will provide the program size. If there are programs you never use, consider removing them. While in Finder, you can click on any folder. Then click on File, then click on Get Info. A box will appear with information on how many bytes, KB, MB, or GB of information is in that file. You will have to decide on what is important to keep and what you can discard. If you want to keep the information but not on your precious hard drive, consider exporting seldom used files onto CD’s, DVD’s, flash drives, or even an external hard drive. And keep in mind, that if you have been backing up your hard drive, all the information you remove from your computer is still on the back up drive.


For Mt. Lion 

For Mavericks

Jack's Favorite Commands

1.  Cmd-w
2.  Cmd-x, 
3.  Cmd-v
4.  Cmd-c
5.  Cmd-z  I like this one; try it.  "undo"

How to restore an icon to the doc?

Open Finder, Select Applications, click on the one you want to place on the doc and drag it to the position you desire in the doc.

How to place applications in the left frame of your Finder?

Open Finder, Select preferences, sidebar, then pick what you want to show.  Please, if you have other questions Google.

Another way is to highlight the item you want to place in the sidebar, click File and select "add to sidebar".  To remove something, hold Cmd and drag it off the sidebar and watch it blow up.  

Next Week

Larry's email says we will learn how to remove unwanted addresses which appear when Mail guesses who you want to send something to.  Also Jack will some more procedures.

 Also, I can't be there as I have family visiting so please someone email me or call me with what happens.  

Your faithful servant

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Meeting 2/11/2014

Notes on the Meeting

Larry reminded us that the blog keeps getting better with more information about what we have learned at the Mac meetings as well as important park information. A case in point is “shortcuts”, using the “command key” along with a letter designation key. Command P for example is a short cut for print. A very comprehensive list of shortcuts is listed in the Mac blog. Jack pointed out another useful short cut....Command D to delete your last entry.

Jack told us of a very useful website called PC Classes on line and here is the link:

I suggest signing up and checking what Cox has to offer.  The tutorial Jack presented was excellent regarding iPhoto.  He used this free resource to present a tutorial on iPhoto, which included information on photo stream, organizing photos including face recognition and editing. There was also information on making a book, a calendar, slide shows, sharing photos, and printing photos.

There are a number of additional topics on PC available as videos in an easy to understand format.

A question came up regarding signing up for iCloud. Using Systems Preferences found on your dock, when you are asked for your ID, it is really asking for your e-mail address, not your password.
Larry asks that anyone who finds a useful tutorial share the information with the class and send a comment on the blog.

Many of the above comments are composed by Tom who was asked by Mike to take notes as he was late to the meeting and will miss the next one due to a Yuma trip.

Tom, I very much appreciate your help.

Also thanks to Jack for leading the discussion on iPhoto and the tutorial.  

Next Week

1.  Email issues, how to; delete old email addresses, compose group email, forward w/o excess baggage.
2.  How to determine what data to transfer to another drive when yours is getting full. 

Quickest way I know is to select the files and copy or cut and move them to another drive.  Then delete from your MAC, if you copied, after checking that they transferred OK.  Normally the data files; from word processing, and photos take up most of the space.  Moving them should be relatively easy if you've constructed folders and filled them.  

Please, remember to Google if you have a question.  

All you need to do is enter the question in the address section of your browser; this works with Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.  Up will pop more answers than you can imagine.  Not all relevant sometimes.  

Future Meeting Subjects:

A discussion on Firefox was mentioned as well as how to construct a blog.  

Blog Info

How to create a blog;

What is a blog?  A (web-log) which is a web based journal.  What do you need.  Computer, site, content, willingness to keep it up, and a little creativity.

Pick a provider.  LiveJournal, Blogger,, Xanga, Timbir or WEBS.

Rated.  1. Blogger, 2. Wordpress, 3. Livejournal and others.

To sign up, Blogger:  1. Create an account, a. email, b password, c. Display name, d. email you want to use, e. Birthday, f. Word verification, g. accept terms.  2. Name blog.  3. Choose template, looks of blog.  4. Post.

Wordpress:  1. choose an address, a. User name, b. password. c. email. d. language.  2 Pick Template, 3. add freebies, 4. explore other sites, 5. decide whether public or private.  6 post a few tests. 7. visit other blogs. 8 be careful of info in blog.

Posting can include photos, text, movies, clipart.  The help sections are very good.  Here is a Blogger help site:


Avoid posting anything on your blog that might be personal to other people if just anyone can read your blog (example: Your uncle might object that it's published on the Internet that he is an alcoholic). If something is personal, avoid using last names at the very least, or make up a name for that person. Be wary of unwarranted attention. Blogs are for the world to read. If you want a private blog just for friends, use Xanga or any other password-protected blogging site.
Xanga and MySpace are ok for beginners, but for more public blogs, sites like Typepad, Blogger and are much more "respected".
Be wary of unwarranted attention. Blog stalking is possible; don't give out too much personal information such as name, location, school, etc.
Be prepared for some nasty comments and/or e-mails if you are blogging about "touchy" items, such as bad leadership in a school system, rumors about an official or local government. As long as the messages do not threaten bodily harm, you should be safe.
Always back up your commentary with reliable sources, and keep the sources varied (i.e. wikipedia says it isn't a good source and don't just quote from one newspaper).
Read the small print. If you don't, your blog's content may be "owned" by the company that puts it on the web for you. Stick with big names, like Blogger, Wordpress, or even host your own wordpress blog on your own web hosting for complete control.

How to find mac blog?  Google Palm Creek mac blog and choose from the list.  Then can save URL to favorites.

How to Post a Blog Comment

If you carefully look at the bottom of the post you will see a word; comments or no comments which if clicked on will bring a screen with an area to enter your comment.  If you have a Google account use it or the anonymous selection to post.  I read the comments so if you suggest a site or idea I'll post it.  


Thanks for the accolades at last meeting.  I probably don't need them but I'm happy someone other than Russians is reading the blog.  I'll keep up as well as I can for the rest of the year and again thanks Tom, Jack and Larry, as well as others for the support.  

Mike's Firefox Notes

Here's some info on Firefox vs Safari.  

Again, I can modify the blog as needed so if you have comments that can help me please post them.  

You semi-faithful servant

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Meeting 2/7/2014

Notes for Meeting 2/7/2014

Discussion on web browsers

The schedule called for presentations about three browsers; Safari, Google, and Firefox.  Unfortunately, time expired before all were covered.  

What is a browser?  A software application used to view HTML documents on the world wide web.  Since sites use HTML (hyper text markup language) to construct their documents they should appear the same regardless of which browser is used.  That being said; if you're having a site built to sell a product it would be a good idea to test with different browsers.  Problems may arise due to incorrect writing of HTML or improper encoding or minor differences in the way a browser reads the HTML.  Most browsers will overcome errors though.  

Here is a site explaining how browsers work:  This site has a lot of info about the net and the WWW (world wide web).  

After spending a few hours researching browsers I've come to the conclusion that using one over another is a personal choice as most of the features are duplicated in each.  Except for Internet Explorer.  As near as I can tell there is no version for MAC. If you want it, get a PC with Windows 8.  

There are at least 20 different browsers and currently Google Chrome is by far the most used.  2.4 million customers as opposed to a little over a million for Safari.  
At this point Google is still supporting Firefox with about 2% of its advertising dollars and seems likely to continue as Firefox defaults to them with advertising inquiries.  Since I was assigned the presentation for Firefox I am including a website which will talk about its history and development.  I don't use it on my MAC as I feel Safari is best suited to Apple programs and works fine for me.  I use Firefox exclusively on my Linux system and like it.  I personally can't tell much difference in functionality.  

Keyboard Commands

There are many commands starting with CMD+whatever.  Jack McCleskey has taught us some which are very useful and quicker than using your mouse.  

Here is a site with more keyboard shortcuts than you can imagine: 

Next Meeting 2/14/2014

Projected topics are mail and iPhoto.

How to leave a comment on the blog

I've enabled comments from anyone including anonymous.  Therefore, you should see a comments link at the end of whatever post you are viewing.  If you click this link you'll be able to leave your comment.  

Larry; you said you weren't able to leave a comment but it came through.  


The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people, with different connotations ranging from "an expert or enthusiast" to "a person heavily interested in a hobby", with a general pejorative meaning of "a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp[ecially] one who is perceived to be overly intellectual".[1]

Although often considered as a pejorative, the term is also used self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride. Its meaning has evolved to connote "someone who is interested in a subject (usually intellectual or complex) for its own sake."  I think this may describe me.  

Here are a couple of sites Larry suggested.  The first from PC classes online. Info for people who have recently switched to MAC.
The second for recent PC owners:  Thanks, Larry.  

See you next time.  


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

MAC Users Group 1/28/14

Meeting 1/28/14

Larry started the meeting with a motivational presentation which was well received.  


by Dave & Irene Hall

We were given a excellent presentation on using iMovie by Irene and Dave.  One glitch at the beginning as no one seemed to know for sure how to download a movie from an iPhone.  The mystery was solved by help from various members and on we went.  It seems the new iMovie that uses Mavericks is enough different from earlier versions that the folks with it had difficulty following the instruction. 

I've included a Mavericks tutorial site to help out:  Hope this helps.  

Also I've included a link to a tutorial for some of us who are behind the times.  

Other difficulties cropped up when it was discovered some folks didn't have iMovie installed.  
Apparently some earlier versions of OSX didn't include it.  iLife needs to be purchased:  Amazon sells old versions of iLife which include iMovie.    

Here is a link for Apples' iMovie advice:
Irene and Daves' instructions were for us to just go ahead and try the program and enjoy it.  I thought it was a lot of fun.  So go ahead.  
very much to Irene and Dave

Jack told us about a program from the Apple Store, "Disk Doctor" for $2.99.  He thought it good for clearing space on a cluttered drive.  Thanks Jack.  
Disk Doctor.  

Next Up, Next Week and further:

Browsers:  Safari, FireFox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera.  
E-mail Systems:  Mail etc.
More on Finder's menus and great things we can do with them.  
Also how to create a BLOG.

Make a bookmark for Palm Creek in whatever browser you use so you can find our blog or any of the other blogs for activities in the park. Once you have a bookmark for this site you can easily find any others.  Or you could use NextDoor and get to read lots of irrelevant emails.  

See you next week.  
Your faithful servant, 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

MAC User's Group 1/21/14


1.  Users group of MAC computers 
2.  Inform members of new technology
3.  Provide education on new softward
4.  Broaden horizons
5.  Develop community to support each other


Sandra Moran was kind enough to present us with information on how to use the site and what rules applied.  

Here is a link to the site:  If you're already signed up you can use your email and password to view and change your way of using it.  Here is another link with instructions.  Give it a try.  

Our local neighborhood has almost 800 members.  The following are excerpts  from my notes.  

1.  You have to be invited
2.  Social Network for local neighborhoods and is private
3.  Share info:  about safety, sales of items, events 
4.  Recommend services
5.  Locate other members

Thanks to Sandra

Jack & Finder

Jack talked quite a bit about using the menus and here is a link for a tutorial.  The ad is only about 10 seconds long.  

Jack also told us about force quit:  

Command, Option, Escape

Do you remember Command W?

Here is a link to keyboard commands for the MAC.  Possibly more than you'll ever need.  

Smart Folders  A website from Apple about how to setup and use smart folders.  We may need a class on this.  

iPad Class in the San Tan Room @ noon until 2PM.  

Taught by Sandra Morin.  

Next Week:  

More Finder stuff but most important a class on iMovie.  The presenters want us to take a movie with our phones or whatever device we have of short duration and they will show us how to import  and enhance with iMovie.  I've already got mine!  
See you next week 1/28/14.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MAC Users Meeting 1 14 14

Meeting Contents 

Since your faithful servant was late to the meeting Tom Gottfried, who had taken good notes, emailed him the following capsulation:  

These notes are from 1 PM to 2:30 PM Attendance: 30
As I recall, there were 8 new attendees
Jack reviewed the basics with emphasis on System Preferences. Some of the things he pointed out. 

1. Command Q A short cut for getting rid of programs that you don’t need or use. 

2. For those who have not upgraded to Mavericks,you should click on your “Apple logo”
in the upper left corner and click on “About this Mac” if not at the current version of 10.9.5, make sure to click on “software update” and update your computer so that during the meetings you are on the same page as the rest of the class.

3. Since the operating system called Snow Leopard, all upgrades come through the internet. Getting them on a disk is a thing of the past.

4. Discussion continued on the reliability of Apple’s newest operating system, Mavericks. There had been several upgrades and early issues with G-mail and “Contacts” have been resolved. Jack suggested that we should not become overly concerned about negative comments on line. Tom stated that in a recent visit to Apple’s “Genius Bar” he was told that there were indeed early issues with Mavericks but now they seem to be resolved. Comments from several class participants who have upgraded to Mavericks have been positive.

5. Emphasis continues to be placed on backing up your machine. Especially before downloading a new system.  Only a few have not backed up their machines and they know who they are.  

6. When clicking on the Apple logo and then “about this Mac”, click on More info. Click on the various boxes to find out more information on your Mac. On the menu click on Memory to see how much RAM you have. Jack pointed out that you should put as much RAM on your computer as it will hold. RAM is an acronym for Random Access Memory, and it makes your machine both faster and allows you to run multiple programs at the same time. On the menu click on “Storage” to see how much space you have left on your hard drive. If you have a program like iPhoto and you have a lot of pictures, and your hard drive is almost full, you may want to get a separate portable hard drive to keep them on.

7. The new Apple computers introduced in the summer of 2013 have solid state hard drives. The old “spinning disk” drive we are familiar with is gone. Solid state is much faster than the old drive and more reliable as well. If you are thinking of a new computer, now is the time, and get ready for “warp speed”.

8. System Preferences. Become familiar with this handy tool. It tells you how your computer is set up and allows you to make changes to suit your style. It is a great way to see how things work on your computer.

9. Jack spent time on the “Dock” and how and where to set it up and make desired changes. The “Dock”, like your desk top allows you to have short cuts to get into programs that you use regularly. All your programs are found in Finder under Applications, but Dock makes access only a click away.  This is a website giving a history of the evolution of the Mac OS if you're interested.  I get a kick out of wikipedia which always gives the disclaimer "don't believe everything you read here".  

Here is a list of the recent operating systems and their names.  

OS X v10.1 (Puma)
OS X v10.2 (Jaguar)
OS X v10.3 (Panther)
OS X v10.4 (Tiger)
OS X v10.5 (Leopard)
OS X v10.6 (Snow Leopard)
OS X v10.7 (Lion)
OS X v10.8 (Mountain Lion)
OS X v10.9 (Mavericks)

Jack's Corner

Next week will be more on FINDER menus and what they can be used for.  

The iPad and iPhone meeting each Sunday in the Cholla Room at 1PM.  

Thanks to Larry for conducting the meeting and especially for keeping only one going.  Also Thanks again to Tom Gottfried for his excellent notes and to Jack McCleskey for imparting some of his vast knowledge 

See you next week.