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NVMUG MARCH 17, 2018 Meeting Report

Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group

Minutes of the March 17, 2018 NVMUG Meeting

Those attending the meeting were:

Gordon Alexander, Bruce Shields, Stephan Farber, Daniel Hollister, Jane Fuller, Warren Walker, Bill and Sonia German, Kathy Filkens, and Kelly and Geof Gonter

The meeting started off with a discussion about Chrome, the operating system, and the browser Google Chrome. The Chrome operating system can be run on Intel based computers, including computers that will run Windows and the Mac operating systems. For some schools with old equipment, it makes keeping their computers beyond the three, four, and fiveyear replacement cycles viable.

There was a question about changing to a new computer and/or a new operating system. "roaringapps.com" is a site that offers you lists of versions of applications and known issues with those versions with different operating systems. Some of you have recently updated to the latest version of High Sierra (10.13.4) may have noticed that you have gotten warning about using applications that are not 64 bit. At the next meeting I hope to discuss this more and show you how to find the applications that are not 32 bit.

It was mentioned that many companies are moving to subscriptions for their software usage. Adobe and Quicken are two companies that were mentioned. Some of the software will reside on your computers and some will reside in the cloud. This decreases the possibility of pirating commercial software. Some companies already have built in check-in with the parent website to allow it to run on the computer or number of computers properly licensed for the software,

Kathy was looking to upgrade her MacBook Pro. Daniel tried to install High Sierra on it, but the computer refused to boot to High Sierra. Checking with MacTracker it was determined the newest macOS able to install on the computer is El Capitan (macOS 11.11.6). It was successfully upgraded to that operating system.

Some attendees were having issues connecting to the network with their devices. As people signed off they were able to get connected. Looks like the hospital is limiting the number of devices on their Guest network.

Again, the purchasing of good cables for devices, as well power adapters. The cables and adapters sold in convenience stores are not always the quality as those from Apple, Belkin, Newer Technologies, and similar quality companies. The saying “you get what you pay for” applies to many of the cheaper aftermarket devices.

Daniel demonstrated the power of some Bluetooth speakers using his iPhone for the music source. They are now getting pretty good sound from amazingly small speakers. He also talked a bit about Apple’s Home Pods, which require Apple devices and the Apple Music store for using it.

There was a question about unrecognized USB flash drives. Use Apple’s Disk Utility to see if you can see it or other USB drives. If not, try Zapping the PRAM (holding down on the Option-Command-P and R keys, while restarting, and holding them until you hear three chimes from the computer) will reset your computer to recognize devices on your computer.

The next NVMUG meeting is on April 21, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Northeast Regional Hospital in room 224, starting at 10:00 pm. There will be a presentation on prepping your computer for future operating systems and some shortcuts you may not know about.

Geof Gonter

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