Official newsletter of the Ocala Macintosh User Group which meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Multipurpose Senior Center

Volume 68, May 2004

Point of View
Mike Bridge, OMUG President

May begins a new and exciting year for our club. I would like to thank Tim Rankin and last year’s officers, volunteers, and members for a great year. With the hard work of the new officers and members this year could be a repeat preformance for OMUG. Our work is cut out for us, it’s a tough act to follow.

Using our computer of choice in a Windows world is becoming more of a challange as technology moves forward ever faster. Thankfully Apple has kept their design standards ahead of the competition and the operating system as elegant and functional as in the past. The complexity of using our Macs has become greater and the number of problems, choices and questions about hardware and software is increasing. OMUG is a shelter in the technology storm we live in today. Friendly faces and fellow Mac users trying to help one another through the maze of todays technical world provides the reassurance that we all are in the same boat.This is a welcome feeling to me each month as I anticipate our meeting. I hope this is what makes OMUG an important part of your life, as it does in mine. This months program is a good example of what I’m talking about.

Please contact any Board of Directors member with any comments or suggestions to make our club even better in the future.

May Program

Since our User Group is nearly 100% internet active, we will discuss the various internet service providers and field questions regarding search engines, browsers and navigating the internet in general. Mike Bridge and Tim Rankin will moderate the discussion with topics generated by questions from our group. In other words, if there are no questions we will have a very short program and you can plan on getting home much early than you normally do after an OMUG meeting. Seriously, we feel that many of you have burning questions regarding the many aspects of being online that can hopefully be answered in this session. There seems to always be things that people want to know regarding e-mail; such as spam, popup ads, adding attachments to e-mail, how to clean up a forward before sending it on, etc. So come on out to the meeting with your questions and if it is your lucky night there will be answers.

Book Review
by Tim Rankin

Macintosh-The Naked Truth
By: Scott Kelby (Author)
Paper Back: 240 pages
Publisher: New Rider
List Price: $19.99

An irreverent, off-the-wall, PC-slammin', totally-biased look at Apple, and what it's like to be a Mac user stuck in a Windows dominated world. Macintosh...The Naked Truth is definitely not another Mac how-to book; it's a mass-market, personality book about a computer platform and the people who love it, and the love/hate relationship they have with Apple. It's about what you feel, how you're treated (and mistreated), and what it's really like living life in the computing minority. The book, based upon the author's hugely popular magazine column, takes a humorous, evangelical look at Apple Computer and what it's like to be a Macintosh user living in a PC-dominated world. The success of Kelby's column lies in the fact that although it makes serious points about Apple's shortcomings, and what it's really like being a Mac user, it presents them in a humorous, often sarcastic, and occasionally sophomoric way that Mac users love. It's brash, unapologetic, insightful, controversial, outspoken, and often hilarious, peppered with 100% Macintosh attitude. Although it pokes light-hearted fun at everyone from Apple CEO Steve Jobs to the PC users manning the Apple section of CompUSA, each chapter contains an underlying message of Apple evangelism, and it can often be as inspiring as it is funny.

Apple announces SuperDrive eMac

A 17-inch eMac sells for $799 and includes:

1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor;
256MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM;
a 32x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;
five USB ports (three USB 2.0) and two Firewire 400;
ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB video memory; and
40GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive.

For $999 (US) you get the same things, plus:

an 8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) optical drive instead of the 32x combo drive
an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive instead of the 40 GB drive

It has a built-in antenna and card slot to support an AirPort Extreme Card (the card is $99)

For an additional $50 you can get an internal Bluetooth module.

In addition to the iLife suite, the new eMacs include AppleWorks, Quicken 2004 for Mac, WorldBook Encyclopedia 2004 Edition and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.
That seem like a real bargain for someone wanting to get started with a Macintosh computer.

PowerBooks and iBooks updates
On April 19, Apple announced upgrades to its entire line of laptops.

New PowerBooks
The new 12-inch PowerBook G4 has been increased to 1.33GHz, and its VRAM increased to 64MB. A 60GB drive is now standard. The Combo Drive model sells for $1,599 and SuperDrive model for $1,799.

The 15-inch PowerBook G4 is a 1.33GHz version equipped with a Combo Drive for $1,999. The 1.5GHz model comes with a 4x SuperDrive for $2,499. The 17-inch PowerBook G4 is available comes with a 1.5GHz processor and 4x SuperDrive for $2,799.

AirPort Extreme wireless networking and an internal Bluetooth module are now included standard with all PowerBook models.

New iBooks
The 12-inch iBook runs at 1.0GHz and comes equipped with 256MB DDR SDRAM, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400, VGA video out, 10/100baseT Ethernet, and slot-loading Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drives and a 30GB hard drive. The cost is $1,099.

The base model of the 14-inch iBook G4 models runs at 1.0GHz and comes equipped with 256MB DDR SDRAM, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400, VGA video out, 10/100baseT Ethernet, and slot-loading Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drives and a 40GB hard drive. The cost is $1,299.

Both of these models can be ordered with an AirPort Extreme card and an internal Bluetooth module.

The 14-inch model is also available with a 1.2GHz processor, 60GB hard drive, an included AirPort Extreme card and can be custom-ordered with a 4x SuperDrive . It's priced at $1,499.

New Software Updates
Apple has released iTunes 4.5, iMovie 4.0.1 and Quicktime 6.5.1. The new iTunes is a major update. Some of its new features are:

*After burning a CD you can create and print a label insert directly from iTunes.
*Now you can import WMA (Windows Media) files (unprotected files only)."
*Apple is now using new Lossless Encoder. This means you can import CDs into iTunes and the sound indistinguishable from the original recording. But. it will be about half the size.
*Songs in your iTunes library are now automatically linked to the iTunes Music Store. This will allow you to find more music by an artist you like.
*There is a new Smart Playlist. You had better visit the Apple web site for more information on this feature.
*iTunes can keep compilations grouped together when browsing.
*Also the new iTunes has new iTunes Music Store features:
*Each Tuesday selected singles will be available, for the next week, for free download.
*You can create a playlist of songs that you want to buy and then purchase them later.
*You can view videos for selected iTunes Music Service songs from within iTunes.
*Movie trailers from Apple's QuickTime website are also viewable from within iTunes.
*Quicktime 6.5.1 is required for the new iTunes.

If you have a question that you would like answered in the newsletter please send an e-mail to:

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 352-343-2813; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.

New Member Service Offered

Tired of feeling left out?
One on One Mac classes now starting.
If you are interested in Mac Basics, Ebay, Maintenance or Internet
Contact Joe & Susan Pipala 352-343-2813; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M

If you are interested in Scanners, PhotoShop or Digital Cameras call
Tim & Judy Rankin at 352-821-2201; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.

Check out the OMUG home page at

PowerBook G4 Ti For Sale
667 MHz
768 MB Ram
60 GB Hard drive
AirPort Card
CD/RW DVD-ROM Combo Drive
New Display
New top cover including track pad

Asking $1250.00 or best offer

Rick Carlsen
R. Carlsen


APRIL 2004

Bank Balance April 1 , 2004 text $316.78
Income: April meeting 2004-05 Memberships
50/50 Raffle Tickets
Donations to Projector Fund
Sale of USB cable
Total Receipts April meeting


text +$446.25


Expenses: April meeting Rent (Senior Center)
Speakers Fee
Projector Payment

Total Expenses:

Bank Balance April 30, 2003

text -$323.13

$ 439.90

xxx Projector Accounting

Balance Due April 1, 2004 $400.00
Finance Charge + 4.96
4/5 and 4/27 Payments Checks #1027 & #1033 - 204.96

Balance Owed 4/30/04 $200.00
(Plus finance charges)

Respectfully submitted:
Judy Rankin, Treasurer

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.