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OS X Tips

At the September 4th meeting, Bill laid out a number of tips for getting the most out of OS X. When applicable, the information includes a link to its online source. — Send items directly from the Finder (OSX 10.7 up) It’s quite easy to send items directly from Preview…. But, if you are using OS X 10.7 or above you will…

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 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 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 4/1/2004

Stan Kline shared information about several items he gleaned from TidBITS (All the News that’s fit to Byte, #724/01.) TidBITS can be accessed at http://www.tidbits.com. “It’s a newsletter well worth subscribing to.” Apple has released a public beta of iChat AV 2.2, the instant-messaging and audio/video conferencing application. The update fixes several bugs and incorporates support for Microsoft’s MSN text…

10.3.2 Slow Boot Up

At the Jan. 15th meeting I showed how performing a simple modification reduced startup times dramatically. The information for the modification came from 3 articles published by MacFixit, Macintouch, and Apple. These 3 articles have been reprinted below. On the schools iMac that I performed the mod on for the demo, the boot times went from 1 minute 45 seconds…