FROM THE PRESIDENT'S CORNER
The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, President
Recently someone in our group asked me to suggest a antivirus program for their mac. I gave them my normal
answer that generally speaking you have very little worry about a virus attack on a Macintosh, that this is more
of a worry on the Windows side. Upon reflecting on
my answer, I need to expand somewhat on that quick
reply. There have been some scattered incidents of
relatively non-malicious viruses on Macs using OS X.
Im making no recommendations, since at present I
dont use any antivirus programs, but the two
programs that I see listed in one of my many discount
Mac catalogs is (1) Norton AntiVirus 10 for
Macintosh, which I believe will work with the new
Intel Macs and (2) Integos VirusBarrier X4 which
also works with the Intel Macs as well as the G5 IBM
processor Macs. Those who have broad band (High
Speed) internet connections and those who are or will
be running both Mac OS X and Windows XP are the
most at risk for virus problems and will more likely
need to look into a good antivirus program.
13 Inch MacBook
The big news from Apple this month is the
introduction of the 13-inch MacBook, the replacement
for the 12-inch PowerBook and all models of the old
iBook. The display is the 16:9 format instead of the
usual 4:3 format. The new display is called glossy. It
is supposed to make for more vivid colors but it also is
subject to glare from reflections. I suppose you would
have to see it in person and judge it for yourself. The
MacBook comes in three models and all models are
equipped with 512MB RAM, built-in iSight camera,
one Firewire 400 and two USB 2 ports, a mini-DVI
port for video out, optical digital audio in/out, gigabit
Ethernet, Airport Extreme and Bluetooth.
The low end model is white and equipped with a
1.83GHz Intel Core Duo CPU, a 60GB hard drive and
a Combo drive and sells for $1,099. The mid price
model is white and equipped with a 2.0GHz Intel Core
Duo CPU, 60GB hard drive and a SuperDrive and sells
for $1,299. Last but not least is the high end BLACK
model. Yes its black. It comes equipped the same as
the mid level model except it has an 80GB hard drive
and sells for $1,499. A lot of discussion is taking place
on the internet about the black model. Some people
like it and some dont but they cannot understand why
they should pay the $200 difference for a little larger
drive and the black color.
A feature of the MacBook that excites most people is
the ease of installing RAM or a different hard drive.
You just remove the battery from the bottom the
remove another plate from the interior of the cavity to
expose the RAM and the hard drive. That is an
oversimplification of the process but it looks very
easy to do. For detailed instructions in the form of a
QuickTime movie go to otherworldcomputing.com.
Click on the Tech Support tab, under Technical
Info select OWC Product Installation Videos, under
Memory Installation select MacBook 13.3
(Intel).. The movie comes in three resolutions, select
the one that suits you. The movie shows how to
change RAM and the hard drive. If you have
QuickTime Pro you can save the movie for viewing at
a later time.
Visit the Apple site for more detailed information and
visit the Apple store to see the custom order
configurations with more memory and larger hard drives.
May 1st was the beginning of our new OMUG year and and that means its once again time to pay our membership dues. As you can see from the treasurers report above it takes a couple of paid memberships per month just to pay our rent and newsletter. Everyone looks forward to the refreshments & nice raffle items which add to our monthly expenses.
The following is a list of paid memberships for 2006-07, is your name on this list?
Edward & Merrill Anderson
Robert & Carolyn Docteur
Rudy Gasser & Sonja Lier
Robert & Rosemary Ostrander
Ray Petro (Charter Member)
Tim & Judy Rankin
Bob & Sally Smyth
The gods have smiled on us again as we have Rick
Carlsen returning once again to present our program
for the month of June
What is Ricks topic you ask? He will bring us a
program on Digital Photography and if you dont
already have a digital camera, you will want to rush
out and buy one after Ricks presentation.
MACINTOSH HINTS AND TIPS
The articles were taken from the Hints&Tips
newsletter published by www.mac-hints-tips.com.
Exporting from iPhoto
Q: While pulling photos out of iPhoto to copy onto a
CD, I discovered that several of them have the same
name. This happened because, unknown to me, my
new digital camera had been resetting the photo file
name back to 1 every time I change memory cards.
This doesnt appear to be a problem within iPhoto; it
seems to know the difference between the image files.
It becomes a problem only when I try to copy photos
out of iPhoto and place them into the same folder.
The solution to this stumper is to use iPhotos
Export command. First, create a new photo album
and give it a name youd like to see as the file name.
Choose the pictures you want to export and drag them
into the new album. Now click the album once to
highlight it and choose Share> Export. Set the
resolution (if necessary) and, under Name, choose
Use Album Name. Click Export, choose a folder,
and then the click OK. The exported images will
now be renamed using the album name: Vacation01,
Vacation02, and so forth.
Tuesday, May 2
Once again, our monthly OMUG meeting was held on the evening of May 2nd at the Senior Center, adjacent to
the Millennium Dog Park, Woof!
We were twenty three in attendance, including Tim Rankin's old friend and guest Art Johnson, guests Dorothy Whitlatch and Bob Smyth. Diane and Jack Kraft were there as well as Jack was to be our "Presenter". Judy Rankin was at her usual position at the table, this time collecting 2006~2007 Dues (they're due, boys and girls), and Treasurer Clint Jones was eagerly selling 50/50 raffle tickets.
Tim began the meeting by announcing the Earl Satterfield was down with a virus and then asked if anyone had heard from Alan Gold who seems to by MIA for the moment. Also, no one has heard from Jim Alexander since the
Christmas Party and, as he was on the BOD as V.P., we can only assume that he has moved and/or gone missing
in some capacity.
Next was the discussion of our Webpage, artfully kept up to date by Ruth Williams.
Our current anglefire page ~ http://angelfire.com/zine2/omug/mugshot.html ~ is free.
Brought up for a vote was the decision to change our page to a simpler OMUG.org address, costing roughly $60.00 for three years. We will keep the angelfire but will add an additional $4.95 per month which does away with those pesky ads. The vote was unanimous to go ahead with the changes.
Tim submitted that we no longer have the Freedom Library Chit-Chat on Thursday as our leader Jake Jackson has moved north. Should we revitalize it? Anyone interested in
starting a Chit-Chat anywhere? Contact Tim.
Our virtual BOD meeting was held in April and unanimously, we agreed to keep the same slate of officers as in 2005~2006. HOWEVER, we are vigorously seeking a V.P. as Jim Alexander has vacated that post. STEP ON OUT THERE, YOU!!!
The motion to keep the current BOD was seconded and so we stay put.
Bob and Carolyn Docteur offered to stay on as refreshment hosts for another year. Thank you, you two. Anyone out there willing to come a little earlier to help set up would be really appreciated.
VMUG.s Jack Kraft, using a well organized Power Point format, began our program by comparing telephone
usage prices; Sprint vs. VOIP ie., Broadband or DSL computer generated phone systems. His choice was
SUNROCKET IPS (internet phone service). Its advantages are that it is less costly, free U.S and Canada
access, less costly local and long distance charges. additional features, call waiting, caller ID, are included at no cost. He suggested keeping your cell phone and doing away with your land line and it's add ons, add ons, add
ons. Google SUNROCKET IPS and compare.
Q and A..... A question from the floor about backing up iTunes and the consensus was to use DVD's (much
more memory) for the job.
The 50/50 Raffle winners were; Bob Smyth and Tim Rankin (they took the money) and Art Bjork selected an
item from the goodie table.
Small observation by your Secretary ~ not ONE OMUG member wore a name tag.
Come on y'all!!!
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.