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

Volume 88, December 2005

From the President's Desk

The Way I See It

Tim Rankin, President

As all of you know, it’s December
and this is our Annual Christmas
Party and OMUG’s wish for you is
that you will have a very Merry Christmas and the
best of everything for 2006. For those of you who are
new OMUG members, we do not schedule a
presentation for this meeting, but rather concentrate on
some good food and fellowship, with Christmas music
and a fantastic slide show going on in the background.

We plan to have a gift for every member, the George
Lundy Memorial OMUG calendar which you will
want to keep beyond the year 2006. I am requesting
that you once again let the BOD know what type of
programs you would like presented next year and if
you would be willing to do a presentation in your area
of expertise on the computer. We actually were able to
have many of the requested presentations for this past
year. I am looking forward to seeing you on December
6th, for the Christmas Party.

Apple News

Flash Memory for Apple
Apple has announced long term agreements to
purchase Flash Memory from Hynix, Intel, Micron,
Samsung Electronics and Toshiba. To secure this
agreement Apples will pre-pay a total of $1.25 billion.
This will assure Apple of a supply for the iPods and
any other device they may dream up in the next few

Intel-based iBooks
Rumors are around that the first Intel based computer
from Apple will be a new iBook and it may be
announced at the Macworld Expo in January. There
will three models of the iBook and one of them will be
the Intel based model. The same rumor source states
they may also release a Intel bases Mac mini at this
time. We will have to wait and see.

AppleCare Arriving for Florida Consumers
It's been quite a wait, but Apple will finally qualify to
sell AppleCare extended warranties to consumers in
the state of Florida beginning on December 9th.
Previously, Apple was limited by the terms in
Chapter 634 of the Florida Statutes to selling
AppleCare only to businesses, agencies, nonprofit
organizations and educational institutions with a valid
Tax ID.

Slightly different warranty laws exist in Florida, aimed
at protecting the state's large elderly population from
"warranty scams."

Due to legal wording, sources say Florida Apple stores
and authorized resellers will carry a different
AppleCare retail box which reflects a small but
important wording change that will qualify the
warranties for sale.

December Program


Macintosh Hints & Tips

From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for
the San Diego Macintosh User Group’s newsletter.

Why Burn a Disc Image
Many data folders contain invisible data files that are
used by the application that creates and modifies the
contents of the folder. One example is iPhoto that uses
the iPhoto Library folder. These invisible files could
contain important information like the Keywords, or
the alias directory for the Albums of iPhoto.
Unless special steps are taken, simple burn processes
like “Burning in Finder View” will not capture these
invisible files. The CD produced cannot fully restore
the functionality of the original data. All images would
be preserved but some image identification information
can be missed.

A disc image of folders contains ALL the files, visible
or invisible. The disc image process takes more time
but all data is captured. Most data folders do NOT
contain important invisible files. “Burning in Finder
View” is sufficient for these folders. ~Jerry King
MacFriends Report, Naples, FL

Activity Monitor: Your Secret Ally
We use Apple’s Activity Monitor to help
troubleshoot problems in both Mac OS X 10.3 and
10.4 when our Macs are acting sluggish. Activity
Monitor lists applications and other processes that are
currently running on your Mac.

Click the pop-up menu at the top of the window and
choose “All Processes” to see everything that is
running, including hidden and invisible applications.
Click the “%CPU” column to sort the list according to
how much of your processor’s cycles are being used
by each process. The higher the percentage, the more
likely it is that you have found what is slowing down your Mac. You’ll find Activity Monitor in
Applications > Utilities. Design Tools Monthly


Once again, the regular meeting of OMUG was held
on Tuesday, November 1st, at the Senior Center , with
twenty one in attendance including guest Philip
Woodward. The 50/50 raffle tickets were selling like
hot cakes and Judy Rankin was busy accepting
membership dues checks and more OMUG mouse
pads were handed out. The pile is shrinking!

At 7:00 p.m., Tim Rankin began by announcing his
ingenious new method of having the BOD meeting - on
line via e-mail. Scheduling these meetings has
becoming increasingly difficult for everyone so with
all members responding in a timely manner, these
meetings can now be held with greater ease and

Next on the agenda was the Christmas Party to be held
on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and all agreed that finger food
only, once again, won out. Joan Greenwood will
coordinate this event with the help of Sally Smyth.
The rest of the OMUG Tri-folds were handed out and
Tim passed around some of the photos that will be
used in our 2006 Calendar which will be dedicated in
the memory of George Lundy. Discussion followed
on our need and the cost of a new pull down
projection screen.

Judy Rankin's program began with an introduction
and demonstration of Keynote which is Apple's
answer to Power Point. It comes as part of a package
entitled iWork ($79.00) which includes Pages, an even
more efficient rendition of Appleworks. If you've ever
used Microsoft Office's Power Point and gotten lost
and confused from the get-go, then Keynote is for
you. Judy made it all seem so simple and direct and
she even concluded her presentation with her own
retrospective of "Thirty Years of Cake Making"
accompanied by the a lovely melody sung by Josh
Groban. By the way, this was Judy's third
presentation in a month!

Merrill Anderson hooked up her iBook and shared her
latest slide show which she had compiled from photos
taken at a friend's soiree. The music she chose was the
romantic "You and I" by Michael Buble. It was

50/50 winners were Sally Smyth, Virginia Baldwin,
Earl Satterfield and Rudy Gasser. Special thanks to
Debra Bollinger for filling in for your Secretary at ourOctober meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sally Smyth
Secretary, OMUG

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.

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


NOVEMBER 31, 2005

Bank Balance Nov. 1, 2005 text $711.75
Income: Nov. 1 meeting 50/50 Raffle Tickets
Total Receipts: text +$57.00
Expenses: April 5 meeting Rent (Senior Center)
Newsletter (Oct. and Nov.)
Raffle Items
Hospice Donation (Dunn)
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance Nov. 30, 2005

text -$141.00

$ 627.75

Respectfully submitted:
by Judy Rankin for
Clint Jones, 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.