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Author: Dayle Scott

Minutes 9/7/2006

The evening started with some folks sharing summer experiences. There was some discussion of the new iMacs and MacBooks. Bob provided printed tech specs to those interested. Randy demoed several shareware/freeware programs. SizzlingKeys (v. 3.0.6) is a shareware program that controls iTunes with keyboard shortcuts from any application. A limited version is free, pro version is $4.95. Randy demoed SizzlingKeys and…

Minutes 7/6/2006

John Mitchell shared thoughts about the “keep alive circuit” in the Mac. You can hear it when you plug in the computer. It keeps a trickle of power going in. John indicated that he turns his computers off at night or when he is not going to use it for several hours. A poll showed and even split of club…

Minutes 6/1/2006

Bob Shayler shared his story regarding “and I thought my passwords were secure…” (the previous newsletter had the first part of the story). What he learned from his son who said “Lemme show you something” is as follows: go to Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access, Bob doubled clicked on each of his keychains and there in the Attribute dialogue box his password appeared.…

Minutes 2/2/2006

John Mitchell began a conversation regarding MacWorld. Terry Higgins indicated that a lot of software will work on Mac Intel machines including Microsoft Office. Discussion ensued regarding the ability to run OS 9.2 with Tiger 10.4. John talked about hard drive defragging and optimizing. Defragging gets all parts of a file together. It takes quite a while to defrag, but…

Minutes 1/5/2006

John Mitchell shared his comments about the recent Bill Gates presentation at Las Vegas. He also indicated that Central Computer had a dual side DVD burner OEM for a G4 Tower for $45. There was open discussion and suggestions regarding what to attend/see at MacWorld: **Boinx Software give-away tools to work with iPhoto and ISight; **a couple of after hours…

Minutes 12/1/2005

Randy Madrid enlightened us on some of his observations about the new features in iTunes 6. First, Podcasts. Podcasts are radio shows that are downloaded over the Internet. You can find a wide variety of podcasts in the Podcast Direcory. Subscribe to them and iTunes will automatically download new episodes. Randy stated that podcasts are like “Inside Mac Radio.” Most…

Minutes 11/3/2005

John Mitchell shared visually the inside of the computer and told of capacitor failure problem in an iMac G5. The failure is identified by the growth and oozing. Wow! (Hope your Mac doesn’t develop the problem!) Ed Matlock shared information about MacWorld’s Gems (see November issue). Ed called attention to AppendNote 1.0 free from Enigmarelle Development. AppendNote is a Mac…

Minutes 9/1/2005

John Mitchell stated, “MacWorld’s Total Tiger is great! Lots of good tips.” Ed Matlock has copies for sale: $5. Our president, Bob Shayler was our presenter for the evening. In preparation of downloading Safari 2.0.1 he ran “repair permissions” (“ran diskwarrior last night”). Went to Software Update and downloaded Safari 2.0.1 for accessing his .Mac web site. Bob showed slides…

Minutes 6/2/2005

President Bob Shayler opened the meeting by introducing SL High’s Tony Farley. Tony works with SLHS’s Multi Media Academy. Using Render Farm they are doing an animation for NASA, which is due by July 4. The impact of the comet would create a crater the size of a football field. 50 computers are being used. Cinema 4D Server and Client…

Minutes 5/5/2005

Bob Shayler shared his experience in installing Tiger (Mac OS X v10.4). He used Disk Warrior and repair permissions in Disk Utilities (of course!) prior to and following the installation of Tiger. Bob did an “upgrade” install. It is a good idea to disconnect all firewire attachments prior to installing. [In the Newsletter, Stan describes in Kline’s Korner installing Tiger…