Batch Change Photo Titles in Photos App (Handout)

iPhoto had a very handy Batch function where one could re-title a batch of photos while appending a sequential number to the end of each title. Unfortunately this feature is missing in Photos. However, a couple of clever mac users have written an AppleScript and Automator Application that restores this capability*.

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9/16 iPhone 7 and iOS 10 -Handout

Peter Degroot gave a presentation on iPhone 7: Addition and Subtraction.  An overview of the new iPhone 7, introduced at the Apple Event of 9/7/2016. 

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6/16 Peter DeGroot – Using Apple Mail – Handout

Peter DeGroot gave a presentation on Using Apple Mail: Features, Foibles, Tricks, Traps and Stuff Hidden in the Nooks and Crannies. 

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Really Highlight Visited Web Sites

Safari changes the color of sites you have visited, but it is a rather subtle change from a dull dark blue to a dull purplish blue. My old eyes have trouble with that, and of course my old brain can barely keep up with where I am, much less where I’ve been. The solution is to highlight visited sites in a much more distinctive color. Unfortunately there isn’t a simple preference for this, but it can be done pretty easily with what’s known as a Style Sheet or .css file. Here is how to do it.

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9/15 1Password and password security – Video, Links, Handout

Peter DeGroot gave a presentation on 1Password, 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. The presentation is based on some video tutorials available on the web, interspersed with comments, tips and further information from Peter, based on his experience with 1Password over the last nine years.  Click on the movie icon for a recording of the presentation.

The technology of password cracking seems to be outpacing password security. The “traditional” recommendation for a human-generated string of  at least 8 characters, a mix of upper and lower case plus numbers and symbols, while easy to remember, may not be secure enough any more. Long, truly random strings of characters like the passwords generated and remembered for you by 1Password are much more secure. Here are some additional resources to go with the presentation.

Links to additional information:

David A. Cox 1Password Tutorial

Security of Master Passwords for 1Password

Better Master Passwords

Password Cracking Time Estimator

How Passwords Are Really Cracked

Human- vs Computer-Generated Passwords

1Password iOS version Pro Features

Enable the 1Password Safari extension in iOS 8 

iOS apps that are 1Password-enabled


PDF iconAnd finally, you can download some illustrated step-by-step instructions for three common 1Password tasks: Create a 1PW Login for a new web account, Create a 1PW Login for an existing account not in 1PW and Change an existing password and update it in 1PW


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Want To Keep Using iPhoto?

If you upgrade to Yosemite 10.10.3, you also automatically get the new Photos app and your iPhoto library is automatically migrated to Photos. Although there are some important bug fixes in the 10.10.3 upgrade, you may for various reasons want to opt out of Photos and continue using iPhoto at least for the short term.

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Buried in the Ad-valanche

AdvalancheHave you noticed there seem to be more and more pop-up and other ads while you are browsing the internet? Your Mac may be infected with adware. Fortunately, there is something you can do about this annoying scourge.

The line between adware, usually just annoying, and malware, usually destructive, is becoming blurred. Multiple adware infections and/or aggressive adware can compromise the operation of your Mac as badly as malware that is actually designed to disrupt your computer use.

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5/14 Backup! – Handout

Peter DeGroot discusses and recommends a backup strategy for the Mac and for iPhone/iPad/iPod.

There are many factors to consider when recommending a backup strategy; types of users, devices, data, what to back up, how recoverable is it, and more. It might seem to be a difficult task to find a backup strategy for everyone, but using Time Machine as the basic backup and recovery application and adding a few additional backup tools gives a strategy that will cover almost everyones needs. Backup of iOS devices both to the Mac and to iCloud is also discussed.

Click the Icon to download a .pdf copy of the presentation.PDF icon

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New Ford Gags on USB MP3 Drive

C-Max UpchuckI loaded a small Windows- formatted (FAT-32) USB with selections from iTunes for use in the audio system of my Jeep. Worked great, so I thought I’d do the same for my wife’s new Ford C-Max. It upchucked with a “This file is corrupted and cannot be played” message. The Sync by Microsoft logo on the dash should have been a clue. However, I found a fix.

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A $6 Large Format Printer

Large Format PrinterHave you ever wanted or needed to print something bigger than a single 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet of paper, perhaps a scale drawing or a sign or poster? One way to do it is to take your image file to an outfit like Kinko’s or Printfast and have them print it on their large format printer. It will look professional and be priced accordingly (about $20 for a 1 ft x 1 ft to $60 for a 3 ft x 4 ft). But there is a much less expensive (and faster) solution.

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Keep The Keys!



Your software license keys, that is. If you ever have to do a “clean” reinstall of OS X, that is, completely erase your hard drive and install a new copy of OS X, you will probably be presented with windows like the one shown below when you try to run some of your software after restoring your data from a backup.

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3/13 – Snapheal – Handout

Main Presentation – Peter DeGroot presented a demonstration of Snapheal,  an inexpensive but powerful application for editing and enhancing images.

PDF iconClick the PDF icon to download a handout of the presentation.


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Google Maps for iOS: Semi-Lost in Space

The Google Maps iOS app finally has turn by turn navigation and it’s had good reviews, but one of the reasons I mostly use a stand-alone app (Navigon) is that it does not require a wifi or cellular connection. Google Maps does, at least to set up a route initially. The answer as to whether it needs one after that is both Yes and No.

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Speeding Through a Scroll Zone

Do you get tired of scrolling down long lists? When you are filling out an online address form do you ever wish you lived in Alabama or Alaska instead of Oregon? (Hey, could be worse, you could live in Wyoming.) You don’t have to scroll down those long lists. Here’s how to zip right to where you want to go.

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Speech-To-Text: Apple vs Dragon Dictate

I tried out Apple’s new Speech-to-Text capability built into Mountain Lion for dictating the notes for a Keynote presentation and it seemed to me there were a lot of errors. I’ve used Dragon Dictate for Mac for a few years. I haven’t been too impressed up to now, but I just got the new version, 3.0, which supposedly fixed many of the shortcomings of earlier versions, so I was interested in comparing it to Apple’s Speech-to-Text capability.

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Location, Location, Location

The three most important factors in selling a piece of property. It’s the real estate agent’s mantra. I’ve come to think they are the three most important features of the iPhone camera as well.

I’ve found the iPhone camera disappointing in many ways. It’s hard to hold steady, no exposure control, digital rather than optical zoom (there goes the resolution), wavy video artifacts if you pan, and more. There are some good points as well, but I really mostly use it when I don’t have one of my other cameras available.

But the iPhone has one great feature. It’s the iPhone Location Services, aka GPS, that tags every photo and video with a geolocation, and the iPhone GPS blows away the GPS in either of my cameras.

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Hidden Gem: Disk Use Summary

OS X has such a multiplicity of features (and new ones are added with every update) that no one can be aware of them all. Within this vast array I often come across one that is new to me and very useful.



This particular hidden gem was, as far as I know, introduced in Lion. It is a really handy overview of the amount of storage available on all of your hard drives, internal and external.

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6/12 – Two Free Mac Antivirus Apps

There has been a lot of publicity about the recent Flashback Trojan threat to the Mac. Headlines like “600,000 Macs infected” have some Mac users worried that the Mac is going to become as prone to virus and other Malware attacks as the Windows system. I think the threat is highly overblown, and much of the hype is from Windows antivirus software developers. Within the last year several have offered new free antivirus apps for the Mac, possibly as a way of getting their foot in the door for future paid versions.

In my opinion the threat to the Mac is minimal, but there are two reasons that you might want to run Antivirus software on your Mac. 1) A feeling of reassurance (particularly if you are an ex-PC user and used to the extreme level of threats in the Windows world, and 2) To prevent the spread via email or other means of Windows viruses and other malware  to friends’ PCs, even though they won’t harm your Mac. Should you choose to run antivirus software, it should have a nearly imperceptible impact on computer performance while protecting against realistic threats. Both Sophos and ClamXav can do this.

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Sync Squared – Chronosync to DropBox

My wife has a MacBook and I have three Macs, plus we each have a couple of IOS mobile devices. I’ve used Chronosync for years to keep selected information on our Macs synchronized. We each also use our separate DropBox accounts to keep selected data synched between our computers and IOS devices. It recently dawned on me that Chronosync can sync between DropBox folders or folders inside DropBox folders just as easily as between any other folders or files. This is very useful for data that we want to share in common on our mobile devices.

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Smart Phone, Slow User

Last week I had another one of those Duhreka! moments; a combination of Eureka!, I found it, and Duh!, it should have been obvious, you moron.

Myrl had gone back to Texas for a week on a family matter, and she left me a list of phone numbers where she could be reached. I started creating a group of temporary Address Book entries for the hotels and other places that weren’t already in my Contacts, when I realized there was a much simpler way.

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