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Calendar
Feb 6, 2008
Regular 7 PM meeting at the Terrace
Feb 20, 2008
Regular 7 PM meeting at the Terrace
Mar 5, 2008
Regular 7 PM meeting at the Terrace
Mar 19, 2008
Regular 7 PM meeting at the Terrace
Apr 2, 2008
Regular 7 PM meeting at the Terrace (Last meeting this season.)


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Meeting Notes
Feb 6, 08
Agenda
Meeting Notes
Jan 16, 08
No Agenda Published
Meeting Notes
Mar 7, 07
Agenda
Meeting Notes
Feb 21, 07
No Agenda Published
Meeting Notes
Jan 31, 07
Agenda
Meeting Notes
Jan 24, 07
Agenda
Meeting Notes


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Members' Skill List

Please send corrections to this section to Bob Proctor.

Allen Schoen

mysunshine@alum.mit.edu

VM-Ware Fusion

Photo Editing

Skype

George Bolles

dekanb@earthlink.net

 

Bill Morrison

mwhmorrison@aol.com

 

Wally Spitzform

walbarb@embarqmail.com

Financial software

Skype

Johann Wiggers

johanneliese@aol.com

 

Bill Dennis


captainiowa@gmail.com


Adobe Dreamweaver

Photoshop / Photography

Microsoft office products (basics)

Parallels

Jonathan Shopiro

jonathan@shopiro.com

C++

Novell

Apple Script

Kay Rendahl

wereontheroadagain@sbcglobal.net

 

Mitzi Proctor

mitzip@earthlink.net

 

Bob Proctor


rproctor@together.net


perl / ftp / script

html / bbedit

Final Cut Express / Live Type

Photoshop Elements 4.0 / Aperature

iMovie / iPhoto / iDVD / Numbers / Pages

Skype / SuperDuper!



Mike OShea

michaelaoshea@comcast.net

 


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Recommend Applications
Function
Contact
Application
File Manager
Bob, Bill
Path Finder (Trial, then $30)

Download PathFinder

Video Podcast: Macbreak-038
Browser
All
Firefox
Internet Telephone
Bob, Wally
Skype
Text Editor
Bob, Bill
BBEdit (30 day trial then $$)
CD & DVD Burning
Bob, Johann
Toast 8
DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter
Bob
HandBrake
Disc Cleanup
Duplicate File Finder
Bob
TidyUp
Disc Cleanup
Show file size, sort by size
Bob
Whatsize
is a simple tool that allows the user to quickly measure the size in bytes of a given
folder and all subfolders and files within it.

Download Whatsize
Application Launcher
Bob
QuickSilver (Free)

Download QuickSilver

Video Podcast: MacBreak-012
VNC (Remote Desktop)
?
Chicken of the VNC (Free)
Instant Messaging Application
Bob
Adium


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Places To Buy Stuff
MacMall
Great place to buy. Authorized Apple Reseller.
MacConnection
Great place to buy. Authorized Apple Reseller.
SmallDog
Authorized Apple Reseller based in Vermont.
Apple
Buy directly from Apple
NewEgg
Good site to buy electronics equipment.
MacHeist
Software bundle: 14 applications for $49. Offer has expired but will be available again soon. Sign up for info.


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Info & Podcasts
SmallDog Newsletters
Weekly Newsletters with Apple News, Tips, Tricks.
MacWorld Magazine
One of the best Mac Magazines in my opinion.
TWIT TV
Macbreak Weekly Podcast with Leo Laporte and friends. Also many other Podcasts.
Apple.com
Many video tutorials ond other information.


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Topics For Future Meetings
Apple Script
Automatically do things you normally do manually.

Show sample script, tools for scripting plus method for use.
Virus protection software
Is it needed for Mac?
Which one to use?
File Finder
Replacement for the Finder which has a huge number of features not available in Finder.
BBEdit
Text and HTML Editor with huge number of features.
Automator
Automate all sorts of things you frequently do.
Locking photos
Is there a way to lock photos in iPhoto so some so some people (the kids?) won't have access and can't see certain pictures.
Security measures
Some simple things to make Mac more secure
Joomla
Content Management for Web Pages.
Quicksilver
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Last updated: Feb 12, 2008

  1. Send any suggestions or updates to this page to
    Bob


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Agenda: Purpose of Club


The Cypress Cove Apple Club is a group of folks who meet to discuss issues
related to Mac Computers and Apple Products. The club is for new Mac users, PC
users who are considering moving to Mac, and experienced Mac users. Many
users do limited things with their Mac and are interested in expanding
what they can do. Meetings will have general discussions of issues of
interest, demos of some key programs and will be a place where members
can find help. We'll try to link up people who need help with people who
can help. We'll will 'work one one' for special issues outside the
meeting. If you need some help with an issue then mention it at a
meeting, contact Bob Proctor.
Quick problems may be worked on at the meetings but
more complicated problem solving will be handled 'one on one' outside the
meeting.


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Agenda: 2/06/08


The Cove Apple Club will meet at 7PM - 8PM on Wednesday, Feb 6, 2008 at the Terrace.

Planned agenda:

  1. General Discussion and introduce new members. Each member will be asked to mention
    any problems they are having. Once we know the problems, we will either give a quick
    answer or try to setup a 'One On One' meeting to try to fix the problem.
  2. Skype review. (Skype is a version of Internet Telephone)
  3. General discussion on photo manipulation techniques.
  4. Demo of iPhoto
    1. Transfer of images from a digital camera into the computer
    2. Import into iPhoto
    3. Organizing images
    4. Slideshows
    5. E-Mailing Images

Please feel free to drop by and talk some Apple Talk! I'm at Lot #105.

I have recent issues of Macworld magazine and you can borrow them if you want.

Look at: http://bobshomebrew.net/CypressCoveAppleClub/

-Bob

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Notes: Meeting: 2/6/08


Meeting attendees: Allen, George, Bill M., Wally, Bill D., Johann, Kay, Mitzi, Mike, Jonathan and Bob.

The meeting was held at the Terrace at 7PM on 2/6/08 with 11 people attending.
The meetings will be held on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 7PM at the Terrace and will
continue until April 2, 2008.

If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please tell them about the club
and the meeting dates.

There is a web page for the club:

http://bobshomebrew.net/CypressCoveAppleClub/

Check out the page and send any updates or corrections to me.

Meeting summary

  1. Everyone had a chance to introduce themselves to our new members and to mention
    their level of experience with Mac, plus problems and issues they are having.
  2. Short discussion on Apple Script. Johathan described a simple script that reads
    a comma delimited file from an old address book, parses the file and creates
    entries for the Mac Address Book.
  3. Suggestions for the club web page and e-mails
    1. Wwe need a list of member names and E-Mails including
      areas of expertise. This will make it easier to know who to contact in
      specialized areas.
    2. Add a section describing the purpose of the club.
  4. A number of topics were briefly discussed and many of them could be topics for
    future meetings.
    1. Virus protection software: Is it needed for Mac? Which one to use?
    2. Security measures: Some simple things to make Mac more secure
    3. Using older programs on a newer machine. Migrating forward to newer machines.
    4. Locking photos: Is there a way to lock photos in iPhoto (or other applications) so some
      so some people (the kids?) won't have access and can't see certain pictures.
  5. Demo of iPhotos Features
    1. Turorials available from the Apple Web site.
    2. Showing various chips that camers use
    3. Loading pictures into iPhoto
    4. Creating events
    5. viewing events
    6. Creating Slide Shows
    7. Various slide show settings, including Ken Burns

  6. We didn't decide the topic of the next meeting, but there will be one! Jonathan will not be attending the
    next meeting so we won't have him for digging into Apple Script.

  7. Meeting ended at 8:50 PM.

Hot off the press!!

  1. The Leopard version of SuperDuper! is now available. It's V2.5

    SuperDuper! is a program that can copy your entire hard disc for backup purposes. The new version
    works with the Time Machine of Leopard.
  2. True Crypt is now available for the Mac.

    This is a program that creates an encrypted volume for keeping
    data secure. There can be an encrypted volume inside an encrypted volume for even better security.

Please send comments or suggestions to Bob Proctor at rproctor@together.net.
I'm usually around the Cove somewhere. Feel free to drop by... I'm at Lot #105.


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Agenda: 2/06/08


The Cove Apple Club will meet at 7PM - 8PM on Wednesday, Feb 6, 2008 at the Terrace.

Planned agenda:

  1. General Discussion and introduce new members. Each member will be asked to mention
    any problems they are having. Once we know the problems, we will either give a quick
    answer or try to setup a 'One On One' meeting to try to fix the problem.
  2. Skype review. (Skype is a version of Internet Telephone)
  3. General discussion on photo manipulation techniques.
  4. Demo of iPhoto
    1. Transfer of images from a digital camera into the computer
    2. Import into iPhoto
    3. Organizing images
    4. Slideshows
    5. E-Mailing Images

Please feel free to drop by and talk some Apple Talk! I'm at Lot #105.

I have recent issues of Macworld magazine and you can borrow them if you want.

Look at: http://bobshomebrew.net/CypressCoveAppleClub/

-Bob

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Notes: Meeting_05 1/16/08


Meeting attendees: Johann, Bill, Doreen, Larry, Gerd, Harry, Wally, Mitzi, Bill, Kay and Bob.

The meeting was held at the Terrace at 7PM on 1/16/08 with 11 people attending.
The meetings will be held on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 7PM at the Terrace and will
continue until April 2, 2008.

The club is just getting going now and the meeting was not in the January
calendar. It will be in next month's calendar.

If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please tell them about the club
and the meeting dates.

There is a web page for the club:

http://bobshomebrew.net/CypressCoveAppleClub/

This is the page from last year and I'll update it sometime soon. It has some
useful information so you might want to bookmark the page. I'll send an E-Mail
when the page gets updated.

Meeting summary

  1. Discussion on the purpose of the club. The club is for new Mac users, PC
    users who are considering moving to Mac, and experienced Mac users. Many
    users do certain things with their Mac and are interested in expanding
    what they can do. Meetings will have general discussions of issues of
    interest, demos of some key programs and will be a place where members
    can find help. We'll try to link up people who need help with people who
    can help. We'll will work one on one for special issues outside the
    meeting. If you need some help with an issue then mention it at a
    meeting, send an E-Mail or come over to my RV which is at Lot #105
    here at the Cove. Quick problems may be worked on at the meetings but
    more complicated problem solving will be handled one on one outside the
    meeting.

  2. We had introductions to get to know each other. As we went around the
    table, we heard what everybody is doing with their computer and what they
    are wanting to get out of the club.

  3. Bob led a discussion on Leopard installation and some of its new features.

  4. Discussion on the announcements made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the Macworld
    Conference and Expo which is going on right now in California.
    1. MacBook Air, the thin, light laptop computer which is wireless only.
    2. Time Capsule for storing backups while using Time Machine
    3. Movie rentals in iTunes
    4. Apple TV upgrades for buying, downloading and playing movies
    5. New software for iPhone, iPod Touch and Apple TV.

  5. Overview of iLife programs: iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb and GarageBand. For
    a more comprehensive presentation of what these programs do, go to Apple.com
    and search for iLife. There are some nice videos which demo the programs.

  6. Mention of the iWork programs: Numbers, Pages and Keynote.

  7. Sources of information:
    1. Macworld magazine: You can borrow past issues from Bob
    2. Podcast: 'Macbreak Weekly' you can subscribe for free from
    3. The club is a source of information. Just ask for help.

  8. Discussion of concerns of the members of the club
    1. Skype (getting it working). We know that Joe from the PC Computer
      Club uses Skype so he might be a resource. A challenge for this week
      is to try to install Skype on your computer. We'll talk about this
      at the next meeting.

    2. Using computer for new things.

    3. Learning the things that can be done with a computer.

    4. Hooking up a new printer. Would the person who was wanting help please
      give me a call.

    5. virus protection: Is it necessary? Which one to use?

    6. Installing new programs: New programs are presented in many different
      ways. How to correctly install the program and what can be deleted
      after installation.

    7. signal strength of WiFi: We know signal strength and connection speed
      decreases with distance from the tower. You can not tell the speed
      by the number of bars of signal strength.

    8. Speed Test for Internet: There are a number of ways to check internet
      connection speed. I use 'speakeasy'
      http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
      You can have a fast connection
      with low signal strength and also have a slow connection speed with
      a strong signal.

    9. Internet speed issues here at the Cove: With more people downloading
      movies there will be a continuing issue of speed. There are new
      towers but it may be necessary to get your own broadband connection.
      I use DSL. Other people use DSL on BrightHouse.

    10. Purchasing a refurbrished Mac: Check what's available from the Apple
      web site:
      http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore

      Scroll down to near the bottom and look near the left side for a
      section called 'Special Deals.'

    11. Photo manipulation issues including iPhoto and Photoshop: iPhoto is a
      tool for organizing photos and minor updates. Photoshop is the state
      of the art tool for editing individual photos or collections of
      photos with the scripting language. Normally it takes an experienced
      user to do anything with Photoshop. We may have a demo at a future
      meeting of some simple things that can be done in Photoshop.

  9. We agreed on the topic for next meeting after menitoning a number of possible
    topics.
    1. Photo manipulation: This is something most memebers either do or want
      to do. There will be a demo importing photos from a digital camera
      into iPhoto and manipulation of the photos in iPhoto.

  10. Meeting ended at 8:30 PM.

Please send comments or suggestions to Bob Proctor at rproctor@together.net.
I'm usually around the Cove somewhere. Feel free to drop by... I'm at Lot #105.

Bob Proctor


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Notes: Meeting_04 3/7/07


Meeting attendees: Bill, Mike, Ingrid, Bob

Meeting started a few minutes late as Bob was starting a video tape for the Cove Spring Show.

A discussion of differences between iMovie and Final Cut Express (FCE).
iMovie comes pre-installed, FCE is a $300 application. iMovie stores video clips in project files while FCE
stores video files on disc and then points to them. This keeps project file size quite small. FCE can have
a number of projects open at once.

The workflow for creating a DVD is slightly different between iMovie and FCE but both rely on
DVD authoring with iDVD and burning with Toast 8.

Bob has experience with both applications and could give a demo if anyone is interested.

Wireless speed was discussed and Bill showed an application called Myspeed from visualworks
to check download and upload speed.


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Agenda: Meeting_04 3/07/07


The Cove Apple Club will meet at 7PM - 8PM on Wednesday, March 7 at the Terrace.

I plan to tape the Dress Rehersal of the Cove Spring Show which starts at 7PM, so I'll start the video tape, then be at our meeting a couple minutes after 7.

Planned agenda:

  1. General Discussion
  2. Vista on Parallels on a Mac
  3. AppleScript (Please glance at the AppleScript HELP files)
  4. Automator (Please glance at the Automator HELP files)
  5. Final Cut Express vs. iMovie
  6. iDVD (for authoring and burning DVDs)
  7. Toast 8.0 for burning DVDs.
  8. Activity Monitor

Please feel free to drop by and talk some Apple Talk!

I have a couple recent issues of Macworld. They are available if anyone wants to borrow them for a couple days.

Look at: http://bobshomebrew.net/CypressCoveAppleClub/

-Bob

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Notes: Meeting_03 2/21/07


Meeting attendees Bob, Johann and Kay

Notes

  1. We discussed purchasing new Apple equipment at the Apple Store, and then
    we got into the kind of support we can get at the Apple Store.
  2. Discussion on how to transfer data to a web page with ftp.
  3. Demo of an example Web Page designed with joomla. Bob has built
    a sample web page
    using joomla. When the page is working properly, it will be discussed
    again at a future club meeting.
  4. Bob showed DVD video of clips from past performances by Maggi. He will be
    showing this video at the Cove Spring Show. We discussed some of the '
    programs used to rip DVDs and VHS tapes and then put the clips back
    together for this DVD.
  5. A Discussion on automation started. We got into Apple Scripts and the automator.
    We dicided that this would be a good topic for the next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 9 PM

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Notes: Meeting_02 1/31/07


Meeting attendees Bob, Bill and Kay

Notes

  1. Bob reviewed some new programs found while at the Apple Store in a ProCare class session:
  2. We had a demo of iMovie showing basic functions and editing tools.
  3. Bill and Bob will be playing with Final Cut software for video editing and movie making in the next few weeks.
  4. The next meeting will be cancelled as a few of us are going bowling.
  5. The web page is now available and will have the schedule for future meetings. The page can be used
    to add links to applications we discuss at the meetings.


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Agenda: Meeting_02 1/31/07


The next meeting of the Cove Apple Club will be Wednesday, 1/31/2007 at 7 PM in the Terrace.

Regis has included a short notice about the club in flyers. We're looking for more members so if you know somebody who is interested in the Apple Computer, please tell them about the club.

Meeting Topics:

  1. Introductions for any new members
  2. set the agenda (if necessary) for this meeting with ideas from members present
  3. Sugested from last meeting: I'll give a short demo on video editing
    1. iPhoto
    2. Capturing techinques from DVD and VCR
  4. Killer Applications for Apple: We can have some fun with this! I'd like to get everyone's ideas on the best programs to use for the normal things we do on the computer. For example:
    1. Chat and video conferencing
    2. Internet Phone
    3. Photo Viewing
    4. Photo Editing
    5. Browsing: We talked about Firefox last week.
  5. I'd like to discuss results of my 'Pro Care' class of last Friday at the Florida Mall. I'll talk about the
    1. User Accounts w/ vs. w/o Administrator rights
    2. Path Finder (value added application to improve OS-X Finder)
    3. QuickSilver (application for launching and communicating with applications)
    4. BBEDIT (text editor)
    5. AquaMacs Emacs (text editor)
    6. NeoOffice (Free, Open Source implementation of Microsoft's Office software)
    7. CyberDuck (Open Source ftp application)
    8. Cocoa vs. Carbon (base software for OS-X)
    9. XAMPP (Apache / MySQL / PHP)
    10. fink.sourceforge.net (Unix Utilities)
  6. Podcasts for Apple Users, plus other sources of information on Apple Computers.
  7. General discussion as time allows.


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Notes: Meeting_01 1/24/07


Meeting #1 Notes - 1/24/07 Wednesday at the Terrace, 7 PM

Meeting attendees: Bob, Bill, Kay, Mike and Johann

Bob and Mike brought their laptops.
Notes

  1. Introductions: We got to know each other with each member discussing background and how the Apple Computer is being used.
  2. Mike gave a quick demo of iChat with a wireless connection as he talked to his wife who was calling in from out of state.
  3. Bill gave a demo showing how to attach photos to E-Mails using the Apple MAIL tool.
  4. Discussion on various ways to purchase Apple Computers.
  5. Bob showed the 'Expose' desktop feature
  6. Kay discussed a good recent experience he had while taking an Apple Class at the Apple Store.
  7. Discussion on prchasing a new computer. While computers can always be purchased new, it's interesting that almost-new machines can be purchased on-line from the Apple Store.


    Apple Store
      For example:
      Refurbished MacBook Pro, 17-inch, 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
        Original price: $2,799.00
        Your price: $1,999.0
        Save 29% off the original price
      
      Refurbished iMac 20-inch 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SuperDrive
        Original price: $1,499.00
        Your price: $1,299.0
        Save 13% off the original price
                 

      <.ol>

    1. Suggested topics for next meeting:
      1. Video Editing with iMovie
      2. Give demos of new software
      3. Slide Show on TV. Is there software for that?
      4. Next Meeting: Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007
      5. Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM


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    Agenda: Meeting_01 1/24/07


    Apple Club Meeting Notice

    1. Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    2. Dates: Wednesdays (except for the BAU 2nd Wed Computer Club Meetings)
    3. Place: The Terrace (next to the Cove Office)
    4. Starting: 1/24/07
    5. Ending: 4/18/07 (this is when I'll be heading back to Vermont)

    I met with Regis and set the meeting time and dates. These could be changed if we
    decide other times/dates are better. As of today there are 5 people interested in
    the club: Johann, Bill, Mike, Kay and myself.

    Regis will be posting meeting notices around the Cove so there may be more interest.

    I'll bring my MacBook Pro. Others are invited to bring machines if there is something to show.

    Purpose of the club:

    1. Have some fun with our Apple computers
    2. Increase skill level of all members (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
    3. Meet others with similar interests
    4. Help others solve problems
    5. Provide forum for finding help
    6. Briefly discuss recent Apple News stories
    7. Give quick summaries of new software and hardware

    Not the purpose of the club:

    1. Solve detailed problems.
    2. telling long war stories of interesting issues or problems.

    Some things I'd like to quickly go through include:

    1. Introductions including your Apple experience, machines you use, interesting projects underway, any problems or burning issues?
    2. Podcasts
    3. Steve Jobs Macworld 2007 Keynote adress speech
    4. Parallels
    5. Quicksilver (command launcher)
    6. Apple - Mac OS X - Automator
    7. Apple Scripts
    8. Are the meeting times and dates OK?
    9. Your ideas and suggestions

    Please send any ideas or comments to me...


    Bob


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