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
Tim Rankin, OMUG President

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 individual’s 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 don’t 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. That’sall for now!

September Program

You are definitely in for a treat with tonight’s 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 family’s 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, Connie’s program should be of interest to you.

Book Review
by Tim Rankin

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 system’s special features, including the “i” series of applications. This book combines Apple’s 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 Street price is $29.95, but some careful shopping should provide some discount pricing.

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Is your Mac acting up on you!? Crashing, freezing – or did it just die?

Need help with these and all other problems or repairs pertaining to Macs.
Contact Joe Pipala 352-742-9545; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.

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One on One Mac classes now starting.
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Contact Joe & Susan Pipala 352-742-9545; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M

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Tim & Judy Rankin at 352-821-2201; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.

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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 Group’s newsletter.

Apple Knowledge Base
Apple constantly adds articles to its online Knowledge Base (a library of technical documents). If you’re interested in keeping up with changes to this library you have two ways to go about it:

1.The first is to load maaaYU9aaXdjNbvhx9Rb/ into your browser.

The resulting “Recent Changes” document lists Knowledge Base articles added (or updated) in the past 10 days or so.

2. If you’d prefer to be notified of changes to the Knowledge Base on a daily or weekly basis, go to and subscribe to the Daily or Weekly Apple Support Update newsletter.

Each day or week, you’ll receive an email message from Apple that offers links to (and short descriptions of) changes to the Knowledge Base.
MacVIEWS, Ft. Wayne IN

FYI: I tried step 1 and it did not work but step number 2 works just fine. EPS

Rebuild Entourage’s Database Monthly
Make sure to rebuild the database for Entourage every month or so, depending on how much email you get.The base can get quite large — I just checked mine, and it’s up to 80 MB.

Here’s how to do it:

One, quit all open Microsoft programs.

Two, hold down the Option key and launch Entourage. A dialog box will come up asking if you want to rebuild the database. Click ‘yes’ and your old database will be compacted into a more efficient file. Your old database will be renamed to ‘Old Database’ which can be deleted.

Get in the habit of exporting your contacts on a regular basis so that you have a backup. You can do this by going to File, Export Contacts. Entourage will ask you where you’d like to save them. Choose a location and click OK.
Scott Stephens, eMUG, Eugene OR

Trashed Pictures Still There?
While digging through your iPhoto 2 library folders, you may notice that some images that do not appear in iPhoto, nonetheless are still residing in the “user/pictures/ iPhoto Library” folder. Unlike the previous versions of iPhoto, iPhoto 2 does not prompt you to ask if you want to remove the selected pics from the library permanently. It actually does not move it. It marks the fi le for deletion, but still allows it to exist after using the Delete command. In other words, iPhoto’s trash is not Mac OS X’s trash.

So, you actually have to empty the application trash to get rid of the photos once and for all. Use the trash icon under the photo albums in the photo pane in order to delete items permanently.
MacVIEWS, Ft. Wayne IN

Rebuild iPhoto
Sometimes iPhoto doesn’t recognize photos that are in your iPhoto library. I have had this happen after renaming photos. If you find iPhoto is acting flaky, you can hold down the Shift, Option and Command keys when launching iPhoto. Wait until you get a message about rebuilding the iPhoto library; then you can say OK or cancel.

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.

“I have a CD version 3.0.4 that was sent to me when I bought an extended warranty for my iMac . What is the ad referring to? I have had 10.2.6 on it. Can I use my Tech-tool Pro 3.0.4 with 10.2.6?”

Virginia L. Baldwin

TechTool 3.0.4 will not work on your OS X. You would want to upgrade to Drive 10 or TechTool Pro 4. Both are native OS X programs. TechTool Pro 4 will be a complete repair utility native to the OS X. Drive 10 is a drive utility with an optimizer. Drive 10's technology will be incorporated into the TTP 4 program. We hope to release TTP 4 in September.

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, 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!”

Lisa Stone, Sales
MicroMat Inc
1055 West College Avenue, #333
Santa Rosa, CA 95401-6504
707-566-3831 tel
707-566-3871 fax

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

PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322

CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373

General Mac Problems : Tim Rankin 821-2201

All the Board of Directors are available for help, also. See them on the Board of Directors page of this web site.