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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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed another great Apps & Traps and an utterly informative and interesting, to say nothing of greatly discussed, presentation on cloud storage! We got so into cloud storage, we totally forgot about new Apple products. Wow!

At the Meeting after the Meeting, further cloud storage, singing (and listening thereto) in foreign languages, a little bit of this, and a little bit of that prevailed.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Learn More Stuff

Y’all might be interested in attending the LAPUG (Los Angeles Portable Users Group), too! They get a bit techy-er than we do, but I’m told the meetings are pretty interesting!

Their next meeting is tomorrow, 10 August, at 7:00p.

PYBT: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84246329692?pwd=eENlNzUxN1F4Y2xxUVNWb0VqOG9odz09 tomorrow evening to Zoom in and check ’em out.

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August 17th General Meeting

Cloud-based storage: iCloud, DropBox, other applications

Keep your stuff where you can access it all the time (as long as you have an Internet connection).

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 Sabrent Mini 4 Port USB 2.0 Rotating hub, an 1800 MAH Carrabiner Power Bank, a Billboard Universal Phone Tripod, an EZQuest USB-C/ Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.0, 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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Stock vs Products

So… should you buy products from your preferred providers, or buy their stock?

Never thought about such things? Neither I, until Phil Goodman brought this Web link up at the General meeting last night. Really interesting!

We’re talking about Yaron Yitzhak’s post on TNW, asking that question:

People don’t usually regret their first bit of exciting hardware. On the contrary, the majority of folks have strong nostalgic feelings about their earliest computer, game console, audio player, or phone.…

All this got me thinking. What would it take for us to give up those memories? Money, probably. Lots of it. So… what if instead of buying an old gadget when it was released, we bought the product’s worth in company stock instead? Would that be enough to overcome our nostalgia?

Interesting question, eh? For Yaron’s thoughts, and the dollar comparisons, PYBT: This is how rich you’d be if you bought Apple stock instead of its products.

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed massive hysteria in Apps & Traps and a great WWDC presentation. The best part about the WWDC? Everybody chimed in with notes, observations, additional pointers, and questions!

The Meeting after the Meeting didn’t really rev up; I think everybody was pooped out after WWDC.

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:

Every week we {aim to} 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:

Today’s interview features Christopher Lawley, who runs a YouTube channel called The Untitled Site. You can also find more information about Christopher and his projects on his website.

You can catch Christopher’s complete story here: Christopher Lawley’s iPad Setup (Video).

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

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July 20th General Meeting

WWDC Report

Yes, Apple is up to a lot of new stuff! We’ll have it all.

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 an iTunes gift card, ELIXAGE Ear Buds, a Guide Sensemart Chinese Design Gold Foil Bookmark, a Hornettek Qi Wireless Charger, an iHome Nylon Braided 6’ Lightning to USB-C Cable, and an iTunes mystery 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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Who Are You and What Do You Do?

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we {aim to} 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:

Several months ago, I took all the apps on my Home screen and moved them over by one so that my first Home screen was blank. While the totally blank first Home screen was nice, but it didn’t stick…

You can catch Shawn’s complete story here: Shawn Blanc’s iPhone Home Screen, Summer 2020 Edition.

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

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On the Other Hand…

…Microsoft is shutting stuff down…

In a major shift in its approach to retail, Microsoft said Friday it’s closing all its physical stores in a move that will result in a pretax charge of $450 million for the June quarter.

The charge, of 0.05 cents per share, includes primarily asset write-offs and impairments. The stores have been shuttered since late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The software giant had ramped up its retail presence over the past decade with locations reminiscent of ubiquitous Apple stores. Microsoft’s website lists 72 store locations in the U.S. and six others in Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.K.

On Deadline, Jill Goldsmith continues: Microsoft Is Closing All Retail Stores: Locations Shuttered Since March Not Reopening.

It’s Séan’s fault!

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