From the President's Desk
The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, President
Folks here are some tips from several sources that will
go right along with the August program by Bob Wood
on Basic Macintosh:
Burning a CD Right From Your Finder Window
If youve loaded a blank CD (or a DVD) into your
Mac, youll see it appear in the Sidebar of any open
Finder window. Youll also notice a little Burn button
appears to the right of the blank CDs name (which is
untitled CD by default). So now, when youre ready
to burn that disc (maybe youre using this disc to back
up some files), you can simply press the tiny Burn
button that appears right within the Sidebar. Burning
doesnt get much more convenient than that.
Locate Your Macs Serial Number
Use the About This Mac window to find the serial
number of your Mac running OS X 10.1 or later.
1. Click on Apple Menu - About This Mac
2. Double-click on the version text (for example
3. Your computer's serial number is displayed
where the version text had been
Cutting Through the Window Clutter
Its not only arguably the coolest feature in Panther,
its probably the best thing that happened to any OS
since icons. Its called Exposé, and when you invoke
it, it instantly (and I mean instantly) shows you
miniature versions (thumbnails) of every open window
in the Finder and all open applications. That way you
can instantly click and go right to the window you
want. Honestly, theres no way to adequately describe
this feature, so go try it once and it will instantly (and
I mean instantly) make sense. Heres how: Open a few
Finder windows, then open a couple documents in an
application. Then press the F9 key, and every window
temporarily miniaturizes. Click on the window you
want it comes to the front, and everything else
returns to normal. Is that slick or what?
World Wide Developers Conference
On August 7 the World Wide Developers Conference
will start. The new Mac OS X 10.5, named Leopard,
will be previewed. Although It will not be released
until later this year or the first of next year Mac users
everywhere are waiting to see the new features.
Rumors are floating around concerning other
announcements for the WWDC. It is expected that
Apple will release the new Intel replacement for the
Power Mac G5 model. The rumor mill says that it will
look very similar to the present model with the big
changes taking place inside.
Will there be a new MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac or
Mac mini? I have not found any mention of this, but
who knows what will happen.
Windows on Intel Macs
Is anyone running Windows on their Intel Mac? There
are now, or soon will be, three ways to do this. The
first is by using Apples Boot Camp. This application
is available for download. Please notice that this is a
beta version, meaning that it could have some glitches
in it. With Boot Camp you partitions your hard drive
with one partition dedicated to the Mac OS X and the
other to Windows XP. You must have a licensed
version of Window XP to do this. As I understand it
Microsoft has some built-in protection to keep you
from installing pirated software. With the installation
complete, you can boot into either system and run
your applications. Apple will probably have the final
version ready soon.
Another applications that works with Windows is
Parallels Desktop for Mac. This program is different
because it allows both Mac OS X and Windows to
run at the same time. something that makes Parallels
Desktop unique is its ability to run any version of
Windows, including 3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT,
XP, 2003, Linux apps, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2,
eComStation, or MS-DOS. Parallels Desktop sells for
$79.99. Go to www.parallels.com for more info.
Next is an applications CrossOver from Codeweavers.
It allows you to run certain Windows applications
without installing any Windows operating system.
This software is to be released soon and will sell for
$59.99. There seems to be one drawback. If I read the
information correctly it will run only some of the older
versions of Windows applications. Visit
http://www.codeweavers.com for more info.
iTunes and Movies
Other rumors say that there will be an announcement
of movie downloads via iTunes. There is a debate over
whether this will be for purchase or rental. We will
soon find out.
We are fortunate to have Bob Wood, a member of
VMUG to present our program for this month and its
one that we all need. Bob will show you the nuts &
bolts of using Mac OS X with his presentation of
Basic Macintosh. There are so many aspects to this
awesome Operating System that we never use because
we dont know where they are and what we can
accomplish using them. Phil Sullivan, our e-mail
webmaster, sent out an outline of Bobs program in
advance of this newsletter and what we suggest is that
you print out the outline and bring it to the meeting
with you to make it easier to follow the presentation
and make additional notes. If you did not receive this
outline in .pdf format from Phil let him know and he
will resend it (OMUG1@att.net). We will have some
hard copies available at the meeting as well. Please
dont miss this presentation!
This is Joan Greenwood doing the minutes for the
vacationing Sally Smyth. Before introducing our
speaker, Tim Rankin called our attention to a note in
Julys Mugshot about Take Control Books. These are
e-books and they cost between $5 and $10, some are
$20. Tim also brought to our attention an upgrade on
Curtiss Besley presented a program on using
Appleworks. He showed how to make a header, create
a frame, and insert pictures or even a short movie in
the frame. He was using 6.2.9. Curtiss also answered
questions about how to use a spreadsheet and data
base for businesses.
We had two new guests: Paula Legett and John Bauer.
Tim suggested that club members donate their used ink
cartridges to go towards funding prizes for the drawing
held at the end of each meeting. Staples will issue a
coupon worth $3 for each cartridge turned in. It was
suggested that for each cartridge donated, the member
will receive a raffle ticket. There was a general
consensus to do this.
Refreshments were set up by Carolyn and Bob
In the open question session we had a good discussion
about up grades. One member wants to be able to print
addresses on post cards. Someone mentioned that
Widgets has a program for doing addresses, but you
have to have 10.4 in order to use this. Apple stores in
Orlando were discussed. Another member wanted to
know if speakers from her old computer would work
with her new one.
Earl Satterfield and Charles Chatterton won the 50-50
drawing; each receiving $18. Dorothy Whitlatch and
Paula Legitt each won a choice of a prize on the table.
The following is a list of members who have renewed their membership as well as several new members who have joined our group. We hope your name is on the list! As you can see, it does cost to keep the group operating and provide the programs and help that most of us need to keep us happy with our computers.
Greenwood Joan M
Rohde Richard "Dick"
Sizemore N. C.
Weyer Rose Marie