Tech Check!

The November General meeting is coming up!

As we did last month, we’re meeting on Zoom and all you need is your computer or device, and the Zoom app. If you’re planning to attend on your device, download Zoom from the respective app store. If your computer is your choice, download the Zoom client.

The meeting itself will be from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, as usual (Monday, 15 November). However, since Zoom is such a new and different thing, Chris Keller will be hosting Tech Check before the meeting, starting at 6:30 pm. He’ll be answering questions, offering advice, and doing his best to make sure everybody has a grand time!

Presuming you have Zoom downloaded, PYBT: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7266439791?pwd=eE9nNVJpSTRzMkIvcVU5ZXlzZUF4UT09. You’ll also need the following bits of data:

Meeting ID: 726 643 9791
Password: 377070

When you arrive, you’ll be in the waiting room; Chris will open the door to the meeting room from there.

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Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing

Zooming
We are, once again, meeting on Zoom. It’s worked pretty well so far, best we can tell (if you attended, or tried to, and didn’t have a good time, please let us know).

If you’ve not been with us recently, or you’re planning to use another device, you’ll need to re/download the Zoom app.

On the iOS side of the house, you can use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has iOS 8.0 or later. To download the client from the App Store, PYBT: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307.

On the Android side of the house, PYBT: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings. And that’s all I know about that. If anyone has suggestions or corrections, by all means, let me know!

On the Mac and Windows (and Unix/Linux?) side of the house, proceed directly to the Zoom Download Center, https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting, and click the Download button.

When meeting time comes, PYBT (on your preferred machine): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7266439791?pwd=eE9nNVJpSTRzMkIvcVU5ZXlzZUF4UT09.

In case you get asked (you shouldn’t, but you know how that goes, some days…), here are the login credentials:
   Meeting ID: 726 643 9791
   Password: 377070

(Re)Joining and the Drawing
As you may have noticed in the meeting post, the drawing is back! We’ll be using the same ticket-drawing routine as we did in person, but the payment method will be a little different.

We’ll be using Apple Pay now. You’ll be sending funds to our intrepid treasurer, Mo! (as it used to be said, Go see Mo!), and they’ll make their way to the group from there.

If you’re on an Android phone, or don’t use Apple Pay for whatever reason, you can use Google Pay or Zelle.

Ticket prices have not changed: $1.00 for one, or $5.00 for six.

And yes, if you are joining us, or re-upping your membership, Go see Mo!! Dues are still $30.00 for the year.

To get ready to make payments on your iOS device, there are two steps: Set up Apple Cash and learn how to send money with Apple Pay:

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

Send money with Apple Pay: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207875. The number to which you’ll be sending the payment will be made available at the meeting.

Stay tuned for Google Pay and Zelle recommendations.

Depending on the source of the prizes, they may be physical, they may be electronic. If electronic, give/e-mail Mo! the e-mail address you’d like the info to be sent. If physical, we can either mail it or deliver it; you choose and, again, get the preferred address to Mo!

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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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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!

November 2021 15th third Monday
December 2021 20th not having a meeting; Merry Christmas!
January 2022 17th third Monday
February 2022 21st third Monday
March 2022 21st third Monday
April 2022 18th third Monday

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iOS 15 Update Issues

A YouTube video you should be looking at NOW if you’ve updated your iDevices to iOS 15:

Turn Off These iOS 15 Settings Now

Thanks to Dave Whitby for the heads-up and the YouTube link!

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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’m Josh Ginter, a new CPA located in Morden, Manitoba, Canada. I’m also the managing editor here at The Sweet Setup. I have two beautiful, rambunctious little girls, a patient wife, and a busy work schedule requiring constant calendar organization.

I have long worked on Macs, iPads, and iPhones for The Sweet Setup, but I was only able to transition to a Mac at the accounting office in the last year or so. It has been a year of testing new workflows and software. I’ve settled on an Intel iMac setup (for now) that has actually improved my productivity over past PC setups.

You can catch Josh’s complete story here: Josh Ginter’s iMac Setup for Accounting.

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

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October 18th General Meeting

Announcements, Updates, & Products from Apple

You know you want to know! And you need to know, too…

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 Apple gift card, an AirTag with a holder, an AirTag holder (just the holder), and Hallowe’en 3D-printed items. 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’re even further behind on computer/device security.

At the Meeting after the Meeting, GM electric cars, next month’s meeting, iPhone 13 upgrade?, Timex Sinclair, first computers, Army Corps of Engineers, computers with 80 MB of storage, Colossal Cavern(s), D&D-type games, really early flight simulator games, the Talking Moose, M1 can’t run Windows, various Motorola issues, re-inventing the floppy drive/disk, updated App& & Traps, building a boat in your garage, Marvel’s “What If&ldqou, and Steve Martin on Hulu were all we talked about.

I swear to God! That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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