Membership

It’s that time of year, folks.

Time to renew your membership, or sign up for the first time. We need support from y’all to keep operating: acquiring drawing prizes, keeping the Web site and mailing lists going, and the various and sundry other little things that keep us up and running.

Dues remain $30.00.

If you are so inclined, you can mail a check, made out to SGVAUG, to:

   SGVAUG
   449 W. Foothill Blvd., #523
   Glendora, CA  91741

If you prefer to use an iOS device, there are a few options: Apple Cash, Apple Pay, PayPal, and Zelle:

Set up Apple Cash: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207886.

Send money with Apple Pay: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207875. For the contact info to use, or for any other questions, drop an e-mail to membership@sgvaug.org.

Thank you kindly for your consideration.

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, we missed you! Hope to see you next month.

At the Meeting after the Meeting, we touched on Weird Al; YouTube; Microsoft 365, Office, and Outlook; swimming at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center; Apple Watch fitness badges; exercise; W C Fields; and the Apple Silicon roadmap.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
As I’m sure y’all have heard by now, the Pasadena Library is closed to the public until further notice. Never fear, we are planning to keep holding general meetings. As of now, they will follow our long-standing schedule, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

We will be conducting the meetings on-line, using Zoom. The Zoom client is available for Mac and Windows (via your browser) and iOS and Android (on their respective stores). PYBT to download the client for your computer: Zoom client.

The meeting link and password will be posted closer to meeting time in the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post. Keep your eyes peeled.

The Meeting after the Meeting is also virtual (for now). We stick around in the Zoom chat room after the General meeting and have at it!

February 2022 21st third Monday
March 2022 21st third Monday
April 2022 18th third Monday
May 2022 15th third Monday
June 2022 20th third Monday
July 2022 18th third Monday

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Save Yourself from Auto-Correct

Auto-correct: good news/bad news! I’m not going to share any horror stories; we’ve seen more than enough, I’m sure.

There is hope on the horizon, however: Heather Kelly, from The Washington Post, posted a great article with tips and tricks on dealing with it.

PYBT: How to fix auto-correct’s annoying quirks.

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Who Are You and What Do You Do?

At The Sweet Setup:

In this series, we post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better.

Today’s victim, er, interviewee:

I’ll start by apologizing: October 5th, 2021 is the last time I dove deep into my Mac setup, boring everyone to the ends of the earth about how I use a Mac at the accounting office. I’m sorry for dragging you through that a few months ago.

But now for my justification: This little interview series may well stand as a testament to how far Apple has pushed the Mac in the last 12 to 24 months or so. Where I had to run both a Mac (personal) and PC (business) side-by-side two years ago, I can now run everything on one laptop with two operating systems, all-day battery life, multiple external displays, proper I/O, and a great keyboard.

There was a time where this sort of Mac setup felt like a far-off dream.

Here is how I have transitioned my accounting iMac setup from October 2021 to a portable powerhouse M1 Pro MacBook Pro setup for 2022.

You can catch Josh’s complete story here: Josh Ginter’s M1 Pro MacBook Pro Accounting Setup.

“Back issues” can be found here: Sweet Setup Interviews.

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January 17th General Meeting

New Apple Products

We’re baaaack! Happy New Year! And how long will it take you to not write 2021 (particularly on checks!)?

It’s a new year, Apple has⁄will have more new stuff, and you need to know! We’ll let you know.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing. Be on the lookout, on the Web site, for the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post, which will have the all gory details on how the drawing (among other things) should work.

The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. The gory details have arrived: Tech Check!

The Meeting after the Meeting is back with us. Hang on in Zoom, after the General meeting, and chat with everyone!

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, our holidays will be merrier!

At the Meeting after the Meeting, it was all about Thunderscan, HyperCard, Bill Atkinson, LastPass weirdness, odd programming results, idiot responses in chat, booting from externals when you have a solid state drive, and Migration Assistant issues.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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November 15th General Meeting

Preparing for the Holidays

You do need to know all of the cool potential gifts that will be available for the holidays, right?

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing. Be on the lookout, on the Web site, for the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post, which will have the all gory details on how the drawing (among other things) should work.

The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. The gory details have arrived: Tech Check!

The Meeting after the Meeting is back with us. Hang on in Zoom, after the General meeting, and chat with everyone!

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Apple Product Design

In BloombergBusinessweek yesterday, Alex Webb posted a most interesting article on the good news/bad news of Jony Ive and Apple product design:

At one time, even broaching the idea would have been sacrilegious. But here goes: might Apple Inc.’s product design have improved since the departure of Jony Ive?

The Apple of today would not exist without Ive. He was the creative leviathan behind the look of the iMac, iPod, iPad and, most significantly, the iPhone. Apple’s design-led approach to product development was considered pioneering. But there was often a tension between form and function: whether a device’s appearance took precedence over its ease of use.

There was a sense that, without the moderating influence of the late Steve Jobs, perhaps Ive started to prioritize aesthetics a little too much. Since he stepped down as chief designer at the end of 2019, Apple seems to have reemphasized function. From the iPhone to Apple TV to the Macbook, gone are the days of “The user be damned, we think this looks cool. ”

For the full report, PYBT: Apple’s Product Design Has Improved Since Jony Ive Left

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you’re even further behind on computer/device security.

At the Meeting after the Meeting, Intel chip support, iOS options, “ownership” of external drives, photos of the moon, Zoom backgrounds, may God bless and keep the Czar…, iPhone 13 Pro camera, zapping the PRAM, resetting power management, broadcast TV in the modern era, tankers lined up in harbors, politics and moving, varieties of Mexican food, Apple vs Microsoft.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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