Official newsletter of the Ocala Macintosh User Group which meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Multipurpose Senior Center
Volume 61 - September 2003
The Way I See It
In my estimation, the life blood of a computer group is the Presentations or demos that are given each month at the General Meetings. These are the very visual means of imparting information on How to Do It, latest ideas and techniques, an individuals skill or special computer techniques and, in general, how we can all get more and varied uses out of our favorite computer. At our Christmas Party last December, we asked for ideas from our members regarding what they would like to have as programs for the coming year (2003) and we have been able to incorporate many of those ideas in this years programs. You dont have to wait until the Christmas Party rolls around to give me or anyone on the BOD your suggestions for what you would like to have for a future Presentation. It is not always possible to have every program suggested actually happen, but we will make every effort. Also, if you have obtained expertise in using certain computer programs or techniques and are not intimidated by giving a Presentation, we would welcome you coming forward for a future Presentation. Remember whenever you give a program you will actually increase your knowledge of the material since it will be necessary for you to hone your ability to present it to others. Sometimes the least complicated programs turn out to be best from the standpoint of getting the message across. So, be thinking about what Presentations you would like to see in the future and what Presentation you could provide that would benefit our user group members. Thatsall for now!
You are definitely in for a treat with tonights Presentation as we have one of our own OMUG members, Connie Moore who is a twice published author and she will explain how she accomplished this using her Mac computer and Appleworks. Connie wrote a book on her familys life and Adventures in Australia and it is a part of a series with the second book in that series now complete and being published. If any of you have an interest in writing and would like to see exactly what is involved in this type of a project using tools that you no doubt already possess (assuming that you have a Macintosh computer and Appleworks or Microsoft Word). If you just want to compile family history or an autobiography, Connies program should be of interest to you.
Mac OS X: The Missing Manual (Second Edition) written by the famous Mac author David Pogue needs to be at hand when you delve into that awesome new Mac OS X. Make sure you have the 2nd Edition of the book if you are using OS X 2.0 (Jaguar) and above (now updated to OS 10.6). David Pogue is a respected Mac authority and has written several first class books on the Mac with Macs for Dummies series some of his best known. Some of the topics covered are how to use Mac OS X 10.2 and its immediate predecessors. This is a user-level book, concerned with managing files, folders, media, users, and hardware. Lots of attention goes to the operating systems special features, including the i series of applications. This book combines Apples trademark visual elegance with the underlying stability of Unix, which adds up to a rock-solid operating system. It covers each of the system preferences and bonus programs that comes with Mac OS X, including iTunes, Mail, Sherlock, and Apache, the built-in Web Server. This is a soft cover book that has over 600 pages and you should be able to locate the book locally at Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble or on-line at amazon.com. Street price is $29.95, but some careful shopping should provide some discount pricing.
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Calendar of Events
There is a calendar of events for the Ocala, Lake, and Villages Mugs groups on the OMUG website. Just go to the home page and click on the Calendar of Events on the left side of the page. This calendar can be downloaded to your computer as a graphic jpeg file and opened or placed in nearly any application.
From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for the San Diego Macintosh User Groups newsletter.
The Finder, Kennewick, WA
Virginia Baldwin sent the following email to Micromat, the makers of Tech Tool Pro, and received the reply that follows. As most of you know, Tech Tool Pro is one of the old standbys of utility programs, so this information should be helpful.
We will continue to support Drive 10 for customers who want just a drive utility. When you purchase Drive 10 or TechTool Pro 3, you'll receive a free version of TechTool Pro 4 when it becomes available. We are also taking TTP4 pre-orders now. You may place your order online at www.micromat.com, or call us direct at 1-800-829-6227 or 707-566-3831. If you have any other questions, please feel free to send another email. Thanks!
We have a number of volunteers who are available to help you with problems you may encounter using software:
PageMaker or Digital Camera Art Golden 873-1530 email@example.com
PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322 Judyrookh@aol.com
CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373 firstname.lastname@example.orgGeneral Mac Problems : Tim Rankin 821-2201 Rookh@aol.com
All the Board of Directors are available for help, also. See them on the Board of Directors page of this web site.