From the President's Desk
The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, President
As all of you know, its December
and this is our Annual Christmas
Party and OMUGs 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.
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
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
Slightly different warranty laws exist in Florida, aimed
at protecting the state's large elderly population from
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.
Macintosh Hints & Tips
From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for
the San Diego Macintosh User Groups 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 Apples 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 processors 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. Youll 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
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.