September 18th General Meeting

Antu chakra backup

Going forward while backing up

Keeping your computer stuff safe

It is a well-known, but too-often ignored, tenet of safe computing that you should back up your computer’s hard drive frequently and regularly. In fact, the more you use your computer, the more critical it is to run a backup. However, far too many users neglect this simple task until they find themselves searching for the latest revision of their “great American novel”, their calendar or address book, family photographs or movies — or worse yet, a blank screen.

Backing up your computer is very easy to do and requires only an external hard drive and a simple software application that can run in the background. It can do its work automatically. In case of fire, theft, or earthquake, at least one backup should be outside of your home, either in another location or in the cloud.

At the September 18th meeting of the SGVAUG, special guest lecturer Garry Margolis will walk us through some of the most common backup applications for Mac computers — Time Machine, Super Duper, and Carbon Copy Cloner — and explain the benefits and differences among them. He will also talk about off-site backup strategies and applications. So be sure to come to this meeting and learn which of these will work best for you.

But before you leave home, run a backup of your computer!

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.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a TRIP-LITE notebook peripheral kit, a Sabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 hub, an Emtec Screen Wipes Duo, an Apple USB power 10W charger, a Macally 360 Degree Swivel Desk Mount, a Quirky Powercurl  for 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro, a pen with laser pointer, and a Tek Power universal car charger with Lighting connector. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until the middle of next year. Please note that the January and February meeting do not fall on the third Monday of their respective months.

September 2017 18th third Monday
October 2017 16th third Monday
November 2017 20th third Monday
December 2017 18th third Monday
January 2018 8th second Monday
February 2018 5th first Monday
March 2018 19th third Monday
April 2018 16th third Monday
May 2018 21st third Monday
June 2018 18th third Monday

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed an amazing presentation and more seriously gorgeous artwork.

At Conrad’s, there was a lot discussion and sharing on streaming services. We also got thrown out early (cleaning the kitchen)!

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 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 Aaron Bielert, and I am the Network President & Founder of Sparkk TV. We are an original WebSeries TV Network.

You can catch Aaron’s complete story here: Aaron Bielert’s Mac, iOS, and Watch setup.

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

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August 21st General Meeting

Rob Sketcherman cityscape

©Rob Sketcherman

Rob Sketcherman

Creating great art with Procreate on an iPad

See how an iPad Pro can be an amazing tool for hobbyist artists as well as creative professionals. Rob Sketcherman, an iPad artist from Hong Kong, will be giving a short presentation and demonstration to showcase the app he uses to create his urban sketches and professional commissions. Join us on Aug 21 to get a glimpse of his processes and take a peek at what an iPad Pro+Procreate can do!

What’s in store for us:

  • An introduction to Rob and his work on the iPad Pro.
  • Why the iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + Procreate make a fantastic mobile digital studio.
  • A quick demo to explain Procreate’s user interface
  • Short demo of how Rob uses Procreate for urban sketching

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.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a TRIP-LITE notebook peripheral kit, aSabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 hub, an Emtec Screen Wipes Duo, an Apple USB power 10W charger, and a Tek Power universal car charger with Lighting connector. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Who are you and what do you do

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week 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 am Simon Severino, founder of strategy sprints, a management consultancy based in Vienna and Berlin. I love problems, especially regarding strategy and productivity. I actually hate email, but since I share my 12 favorite problems in my email signature, conversations are much more inspiring. My best days end with tangible results and a feeling of fulfillment and joy. My passions include my wife and son, maintaining a strong and healhy body in olympic triathlons, teaching strategy in MBAs, and producing the strategy show.

You can catch Simon’s complete story here: Simon Severino’s Mac setup.

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

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Who are you and what do you do

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week 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 Craig Camp, and I’m the General Manager at Troon Vineyard in Oregon. We make natural wines in the Applegate Valley in the mountains of Southern Oregon. I also publish The Wine Camp Blog.

You can catch Craig’s complete story here: Craig Camp’s Mac, iPhone, and iPad setup.

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

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Had You Heard?

iOS 10.3.3 is a major security update.

Alfred Ng, on CNET, reports the following:

Apple released a security patch on Wednesday that you should really consider updating to if you enjoy using Wi-Fi on your iOS devices.

So, you know, just about everybody should update.

The iOS 10.3.3 update addresses vulnerabilities with your Contacts, Messages, Notifications, Safari and other issues. One of the more potentially damaging exploits was hidden in the iPhone’s Wi-Fi chipset, where an attacker could take over a device remotely if it was searching for a signal.…

Sounds exciting, right? Just the kind of excitement you don’t ever want to know about. PYBT: If you use Wi-Fi on your iPhone or iPad, get this security update for the details.

And if you haven’t already, please update your device(s).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed some seriously gorgeous artwork, hysterical cartoons, and lots of really cool up-and-coming Apple stuff.

At Conrads, it was all about Spider Man, Dracula 2000, vacation in Mexico, Alexa/Siri/Samsung TVs and how much they listen to you (and remember), and where the money in the piggy bank went.

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 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 Dan Johnson, and I am a professional architect working in Alberta, Canada, for an international firm. I immigrated to Canada from the UK five years ago and used to run my own architecture practice back in England. As a result, I have amassed a lot of information, drawings, and photos that I need to manage and access.

I am also a keen blogger and maintain two main sites, one focusing on Architecture & Design (Architecture & Design Muse) and the other, my interest in all things Apple (How to…everything Apple).

You can catch Dan’s complete story here: Dan Johnson’s Mac setup.

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

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