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!

December 2020 —- NO MEETING
January 2021 18th third Monday
February 2021 15th third Monday
March 2021 15th third Monday
April 2021 19th third Monday
May 2021 17th third Monday

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November 16th General Meeting

Preparing for the holidays: Apple products to lighten your wallet

It’s that time of year, folks! Come on in and find out what you need to 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 includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a WYZE Plug smart plug, NXT Screen Cleaning Travel Wet Wipes, an XXL Buddy Pouch (with middle magnets), a Carbon Flyer, and a mystery iTunes gift card. 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, you missed out on some interesting hints on Apple homes, and just how splendidly iPhone 12s mesh and meld into that.

At the Meeting after the Meeting, it was all about getting older versions of MacOS, a bit of politics, old/no longer available e-mail addresses, AppleLink Personal Edition, CompuServe, SCSI drives, 5G cellular issues, Netflix & Disney, Hogan’s Heroes. Seriously! Would I lie about a thing like that?

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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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:

My name is Nate Dunn, and I run my cycling coaching company Data Driven Athlete from my home in Sacramento, CA. The sport of cycling has a long relationship with technology. In the last few decades, this relationship has been primarily mediated by the power meter.

A power meter is a device embedded in a bicycle crank that measures your power output (in watts) then transmits this data stream to a small computer on your handlebar.

Your power output is different from other classic cycling metrics (like speed or HR) in that it serves as an objective measurement of exactly how hard you’re riding, regardless of environmental factors like wind or terrain.

If you combine a cyclist’s power output with other metrics like heart rate, speed, and cadence (revolutions per minute), you can effectively turn a bike into a mobile exercise physiology lab. It’s truly amazing stuff.

All of this data gets pushed to various cloud-based training platforms enabling a coach to remotely analyze, offer feedback, and ultimately design a custom training program to support a cyclist in reaching their goals. That’s my job in a nutshell.

You can catch Nate’s complete story here: Nate Dunn’s Mac and iOS Setup.

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

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October 19th General Meeting

How to set up a perfect Apple environment in your home

Who needs Alexa, or Google Home? We’re gonna have Apple (at) Home!

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 includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a HYPE Retro Bluetooth handset, Staples Premium 4×6 Gloss Photo Paper, a Carbon Flyer (an iPhone-controlled aircraft), a Star Wars Artoo-Detoo 2200 mAh Power Bank, and a mystery iTunes gift card. 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, you joined us in missing Apps & Traps (Dave’s schedule whacked him over the head) and another fascinating presentation. Who knew there was so much, from so many, to know about Zoom?

At the Meeting after the Meeting, we dwelt on Apple stores open (or not…), new Apple products, updating iDevices, and spam messages in Chrome.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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September 21st General Meeting

The Elements of Zoom

Virtual meetings, classes, seminars, etc. are becoming a way of life. All the details you need, and more!

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 includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a Patriot USB-C to USB-A 3.0/2.0 3-port hub, a Klear Key Touch Free Door Opener/Button Pusher Key Ring, a Rocksoul Magic Mouse for Mac, and a mystery iTunes git card. 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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Had You Heard?

iPhone 12 is coming! I’m certain y’all have heard plenty about all the new features and capabilities. David Goldman, at CNN, brought up an interesting point:

The new iPhone 12 is probably going to have the expected upgrades: a faster processor, the latest iOS software, 5G wireless connectivity and a host of other updates that should make the iPhone 12 the fastest smartphone Apple ever produced.

But more than any other new bell or whistle, one new feature could make the iPhone 12 feel significantly zippier: A high-refresh-rate screen.

Nope! Never would have contemplated that one!

PYBT for the whole story: The killer feature that could make the iPhone 12 feel much, much faster.

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Did You Know?

Every now and again, you might need to know the resolution of your Mac’s screen(s). As Benj Edwards makes note, on How-To Geek:

The resolution (in pixels by pixels) of your Mac’s display determines how much information you can fit on screen and how sharp the image is, so it’s important to know. If you run a full-screen game or application at native resolution, the image will look its best, so here’s how to find out what it is.

How to Find Your Mac’s Screen Resolution has all the gory details.

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Billion Dollar Apple

I was blown away when I learned Apple had become the first trillion-dollar company in August 2018, and I’m flabbergasted to learn that — at least as of Wednesday morning – the company was worth over $2 trillion.…

Thus begins Larry Magid’s piece on Apple history, Apple’s bumpy path to becoming $2 trillion company, in The Merc. Check it out!

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