From the President's Desk
The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, President
Can you believe it! Its time for a new year to start and it just seems last month that we had our Christmas party. I guess you could say that time flies when youre having fun and we are having fun, arent we?
Just to bring you up to date OMUG is now officially listed as a bonafide Apple User Group so it will now be possible for someone looking up an Apple User Group to go to Apples web page and find us in their Locator
Database. Also, if the membership concurs, we will
upgrade our OMUG web page.
The upgrade would be in the form of a much simpler web address (URL) to locate our home page, probably something like www.omug.com and another upgrade we areconsidering is to pay a flat fee of $5/month and
eliminate the ads that appear when you attempt to
access the web site. We would still use angelfire.com
(basically a free web site) but with these
Consider whether or not we want to do
this and we will vote on it at the May meeting. There
is much good information on this web site and our web
master Ruth Williams constantly keeps it updated
even to the point that you will be able to see what the
other Mac Groups in the area are doing (at least when
& where they meet).
Other items of interest on our
web site would be the MUGSHOT newsletters both
past & present, Mac Hints & Tricks, mug shots of the
BOD, a map to our meeting location, items for sale, a
calendar with OMUG, VMUG & LakeMUGs dates,
useful links to great Mac sites, shareware, Mac tips, a
glossary of terms and members news. If you are not
regularly accessing the OMUG homepage, you are
cheating yourself because there is a tremendous
amount of excellent Mac material on this site.
MacBook Pro 17 inch
The newest arrival in the Mac Intel line of computers
is the 17-inch model of the MacBook Pro.
17-inch widescreen 1680 x 1050 LCD display
2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
1GB of RAM
120GB Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load 8x SuperDrive optical drive (double-layer
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 video
DVI-out port for external display
Built-in iSight video camera
Gigabit Ethernet port
Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking
ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot
Three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one
FireWire 400 port
One audio line in and one audio line out port, each
supporting both optical digital and analog
Scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard with
ambient light sensor
Infrared Apple Remote
68 watt hour lithium polymer battery
85 watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter
It is recommended that you upgrade the RAM to 2GB
for better performance, especially when running
applications under Rosetta.
The cost of this model is $2,799.00
We are indeed fortunate to have Jack Kraft, President
of VMUG, to present our program for this month.
Jack will do one of two programs depending on which
program he brings together first. One possibility will
be a Power Point presentation on Voice Over IP,
which is a relatively new concept of firing your local
phone company and making all your phone calls with
your computer and broadband connection. The other
possibility is a program on digital cameras and Jack is
an excellent photographer. You need to come to the
meeting to see which one of these two great programs
Jack presents to our group
More Apple News
Windows on a Mac
When the first Mac Intels were released there was
speculation as to whether the Mac Intel models would
run Window. The hackers attacked the question and
soon were able to run Windows XP on the Mac Intels.
The problem was that it was a long and involved
process and not for the faint-hearted. Along came
Apple and answered the question with the release of a
beta version of an application called Boot Camp. Boot
Camp allows you to partition your hard drive into a
Mac and a Windows drive. After you install Windows
XP Home or Pro you can boot up in either system.
The good news is that it is a fairly simple process and
it works quite well. The bad news is that you must
choose one system or the other to use. If you want to
change to the other you must reboot in that system.
To me this is not a problem, but if you are someone
that works in both systems it would be very
convenient to have both systems operating at the same
time and switch seamlessly between the two. This
process is called Virtualization Several companies are
working on this process and one has produced
something Parallels and it is supposed to work. You
must remember that a full version of Windows XP is
required. An update version will not install since you
will not have the original Window CD to insert when
The speculation is that Apple will release the finished
version of Boot Camp to be included in Leopard, the
next major upgrade of the Mac OS This is expected in
the fall. Another point of speculation is whether
Apple will offer Windows XP as an option when
ordering from the Apple Store.
Logitech Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
Logitech has introduced a new keyboard and mouse
combination specifically for the Mac. It is the
Cordless Desktop S 530 Laser. Included is an ultra-flat
keyboard and a high-performance laser mouse. It is a
white and silver design goes well with both consumer
and pro Macs.
The keyboard has dedicated One-Touch Controls
specifically designed to work with iTunes and iPhoto,
so that your can instantly access your music and
photos. Other dedicated keys launch SafariTM, Mail,
SpotlightTM, and all direct-access keys can be easily
reprogrammed with the included software.
One of the main features is the ultra-flat keyboard
which is less than 3/4 (19 mm) high to minimize
wrist extension, and the built-in palm rest provides
The sculpted mouse has a scroll wheel that lets you
scroll pages top- to-bottom or side-to-side and five
reprogrammable buttons let you control volume and
web browser back and forward without taking your
hand off the mouse.
Batteries are supposed to last up to 6 months. Both
keyboard and mouse has LED battery level indicators.
and it the mouse has an on/off switch to further
extend battery life.
The mini-receiver (which is not Bluetooth) plugs into
any Mac with a USB port. The mouse can be used on
a PowerBook or iBook you take it and the minireceiver
with you when traveling.
It is available from Logitech, the Apple Stores for
$99.95 and from Amazon for $79.99.
OMUG minutes for 4/4/06
Tim Rankin presented a program about "Organizing
Your Mac." He distributed an excellent handout and
told everyone "This is what works for me." He
reminded us that the fastest your computer works is
the day you first boot up-files slow it down. When
you download something, put it in a folder. Date your
folders.He also told us about a new Photoshop
Elements 4.0; things in your Dock; and recommended
Scott Kelbys Tips and Tricks for Macs.
Carolyn and Bob Docteur provided the snacks.
There were two $20 prizes for the 50/50. Claude (first
time guest), and Richard Rohde chose those two
prizes. Art Bjork and Frank Weyer won prizes off the
Joan Greenwood acting Secretary for