Official newsletter of the Ocala Macintosh User Group which meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Multipurpose Senior Center
Volume 58 - July 2003
The Way I See It
To OS X or not to OS X, that is the question and many of you in the Mac kingdom are trying to answer that burning question. For the few that may need some background in what is being discussed here, Mac OS X (affectionately known as Mac OS Ten) is the latest operating system for our beloved Mac computers and it is, without question, a departure from what most of us are used to in operating systems in the past. Many of you (and you know who you are) go back as far as OS 6.X and maybe there are a few still alive that go back even further. This was back to a time when gas was 25 cents per gallon, haircuts $1.00 anyway you get the picture. I, too, resisted moving forward and embracing the latest and greatest but it was from a lack of a modern Mac that the operating system would work on. My dilemma was solved with the help of some good friends and I am now capable of finding out what its all about. Believe me once youve had an opportunity to work with the best operating system out there you wont want to turn back. Is learning this new system going to take some work on your part? You bet it is but if you are honest, it took some work to learn the first operating system you used and you did it remember.
OMUG July Program
Dont plan to be anywhere else beside the Senior Center Tuesday night or youll miss one of the best programs of the year. We are privileged to have one of our members, Vernon Murray share with us why he moved to a digital camera from a film camera, which he had used successfully for many years. Vernon is a professional photographer in every sense of the word and he will share some of his top images with us via the computer and possibly some of the archival prints that he offers for sale. To say that he has mastered going digital is an understatement and you will have to experience for yourself what his accomplishments have been. He also plans to show us how he uses Adobe Photoshop to tweak his images and bring out the best in them. Lets all plan to attend Tuesday night, July 1st and find out how photography is done digitally
Big News from WWCD
Monday was an exciting time in San Francisco at the annual World Wide Developers Conference. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, delivered the keynote address and introduced several new and exciting Apple products. Among them were three new Power Mac computers, version 10.3 of the operating system, a new audio/video version of iChat and a video camera called iSight to be used with iChat, and a final version of Apples web browser known as Safari.
One of the most important events was the introduction of the Power Mac G5, Apples new super duper computer billed as the worlds fastest personal computer. The heart of the new Power Mac is the new CPU-- a 64-bit microprocessor developed by IBM.
Mac OS X Panther (version 10.3)
Steve Jobs drew a lot of applause when he introduced Panther, the latest version of the operating system. Panther has over 100 new features but the major ones are: new Finder, iChat AV, Exposé, FileVault, Pixlet, faster searches, colored labels, and an improved Mail.
There is now an Action menu that gives you access to contextual Finder commands. Hold down the control key while clicking on an item to open this menu. Using the new Label feature will make it easier to identify folders and documents.
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.
New Member Service Offered
Tired of feeling left out?
See the news about Panther.
Check out the OMUG home page at http://angelfire.com/zine2/omug/mugshot.html
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 gif file.
These Hints and Tips are compiled from Mac User Group newsletters from across the country and other sources and are brought to you courtesy of Mac Hints & Tips.
Software Update can be a real nuisance. Its in-your-face attitude has made it many enemies, including my father, my grandmother and my sister. thankfully, its easy to turn off the automated software check. Choose System Preferences from the Apple Menu, and click Software Update. Now uncheck the option to automatically check for updates when you have a network connection, and close System Preferences. Software Update will no longer interrupt your wifes work. You can check for new updates at anytime, though, by going back to the Software Update System Preference and clicking Check Now.
Ocala Macintosh User Group
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322 Judyrookh@aol.com
CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373 email@example.comGeneral 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.