9/17 New Apple Hardware

September 28, 2017

Todd Derek talked with us about the new Apple hardware coming out; Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X, Apple TV 4K.

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6/17 Apple Mac OS Sierrs and iOS 10.3

June 25, 2017

Todd Derek gave us a presentation on Apple technology Mac OS Sierra and iOS 10.3, based on:  

  • Security: Password management, what is 2-step verification, security questions & answers, iCloud keychain syncing
  • iCloud: Paid and free services including iCloud syncing, Photos, Drive, Apple Music, iTunes Match, iTunes and App Stores
  • Backing up: Time Machine, External Hard Drives vs. Time Capsule
  • AppleCare+ for Mac now available: How is it different from what was available before known as just AppleCare
  • How to stay in front of the technology curve: What happens to technology after five years, trade-in program

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5/17 Getting the Most from your iPad – Handout

May 25, 2017

Evan Schweikert gave us a presentation on Getting the Most From Your iPad.
Evan talked to us about new features, and some concepts that may be useful to iPad users.  Evan is a local student who also provides one-on-one help with your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, printer, or other devices.

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4/17 Common Problems

April 27, 2017

Mike Davis gave a presentation on Common Problems encountered by computer users.  In his every day work as an Apple computer consultant, Mike encounters common issues, and can offer suggestions on minimizing those problems, or avoiding them if possible.

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2/17 Quick Lessons – TheMacU

February 23, 2017

Yvonne Fried introduced us to TheMacU, by Drew Swanson, and shared some of his Quick Lessons with us on the following topics:

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1/17 Understanding iCloud and iCloud Drive

January 26, 2017

Evan Schweikert gave us a presentation on “Understanding iCloud and iCloud Drive”. 

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12/16 Financial Applications

December 13, 2016

Yvonne Fried updated us on her experiences with various financial technologies such as Quickbooks and online banking.

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11/16 iCloud

November 10, 2016

 Joshin Yamada (President of the Portland Mac users Group) gave us a presentation on  “What is iCloud and what does it do for me?”

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10/16 Filemaker Pro

October 11, 2016

Michael Braden gave us a presentation on Filemaker Pro.  Michael Braden has been using Mac computers since about 1985. He has applied his Mac computer expertise as an administrator in a broad variety of businesses, as a consultant, and as an instructor of Macintosh applications.

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05/16 Marcia Bolsinga – Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps – Handout

Marcia Bolsinga gave a presentation on various Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps she uses for her entertainment media; music, video, TV, photos.  A demonstration of the Apple TV was done.

Click here to view or download her presentation slides and notes.

In addition, Peter Degroot has created a pdf depicting a comparison between Apple TV and Broadcast/Cable TV.  Click here to view or download.

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04/16 Nick Viani – Photos for Apple – Link to Handouts

Nick Viani gave us a presentation on the Photos app for the Apple computer, and iOS devices.  Nick is a retired educator, Macintosh consultant, genealogist, blogger, and avid photographer. He loves to take computer and photo users to the next level, and has a knack for converting those annoying techie terms into language that everyone can understand.

You can find his presentation at http://viani.us/training.  It’s titled “ASHMUG: The Photos App: Installing, Editing, Importing, and More”.

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03/16 David Vanderlip – Photo Organization & Image Management

David Vanderlip, professional digital photography teacher, trainer and author in Southern Oregon with over 35 years experience, provided an overview of Photo Organization and Image Management.

For more information about David, please visit his website: www.davidvanderlip.com.


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02/16 1 Password Version 6

 We viewed a Screencasts Online presentation about 1Password 6, the newest version of an app for creating, managing and automatically entering secure, unique passwords for all your web logins and more. 1Password can also organize, store and protect many other kinds of information; bank accounts, credit cards, social security numbers, email account settings and more.

If you’re interested, Screencasts Online can be accessed at https://www.screencastsonline.com.  There is a fee associated with membership, but they do offer a free trial.


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01/16 Banking in the Digital Age

Banking in the Digital Age – Yvonne Fried shared her in-progress experiences and workflow with digital banking including: online bill pay environments, “going green with electronic invoices”, local versus national banks, automatic clearing house transactions, the use of traditional credit card machines vs the “square” to receive business payments, the use of credit cards to pay for goods and services as well as capture information and receive points, rewards, airline miles, etc….AND…..the software that can help digitize and connect your banking environment: Quickbooks Online, Intuit Online Payroll, FileThis, 1Password, Numbers.

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12/15 OS X El Capitan – Part 3 -and – Ghostery

OS X 10.11 – El Capitan – A Screencast by Don McAllister on El Capitan was presented. At this meeting we saw the first 3rd of a 3-part series.  This series of tutorials provided an overview of the changes and enhancements to Mac OS X in El Capitan.

In addition, building on a portion of the presentation dealing with ad blockers for Safari, Peter Degroot provided information on a Tracking blocker for Safari.  Peter demonstrated the use of Ghostery, an extension for your browser which lets you know who is tracking your activity on different web sites, and allows you to disable those you don’t want tracking you.


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11/15 OS X El Capitan

OS X 10.11 – El Capitan – Yvonne Fried presented a Screencast by Don McAllister on El Capitan. At this meeting we saw the first 2 of a 3-part series, with the last part presented at our December meeting. This series of tutorials will cover the changes and enhancements to Mac OS X in El Capitan.


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10/15 iOS9

Todd Derek gave a presentation on the new Operating System for Apple mobile devices, iOS9.  

He covered the new features of iOS9, as well as improvements in existing features.  You can see the Apple page he worked from here, and he encourages you to click further through the links on the page to learn more.

You can see Todd’s site at: toddderek.com

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5/15 Using iMovie with your photos, videos and music – Handout

Using iMovie with your iPhoto pictures and video clips, and iTunes Music – Nancy Rothermel demonstrated how to use iMovie with your iPhoto pictures & video clips and iTunes music to create movies to share your travels or other significant events with family and friends.  Nancy has taught a more extensive class on this at OLLI, and has provided us with a detailed handout from that class.

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4/15 Improving Your Mac Experience – Handout

Improving your Mac Experience – by Evan Schweikert

Evan Schweikert, an Ashland resident and Apple user for ~4 years, gave a presentation on apps, tips and tricks to improve your overall Mac experience.

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The Big Three Email Nuisances: Spam, Phishing, and Spoofing

Spam – it happens more and more often, and continues to be a problem, trying to determine what’s real and what’s not.  One of our members came across this great article from Lavasoft that helps us better understand and recognize the three big email nuisances; spam, phishing and spoofing.  Use this as a reference when you receive something in your email that you’re not sure about.

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