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
May begins a new and exciting year for our club. I would like to thank Tim Rankin and last years 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, its 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 Im talking about.
Please contact any Board of Directors member with any comments or suggestions to make our club even better in the future.
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.
Macintosh-The Naked Truth
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
New Software Updates
*After burning a CD you can create and print a label insert directly from iTunes.
If you have a question that you would like answered in the newsletter please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
Check out the OMUG home page at http://angelfire.com/zine2/omug/mugshot.html
PowerBook G4 Ti For Sale
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 email@example.com
PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322 Judyrookh@aol.com
CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373 firstname.lastname@example.orgGeneral 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.