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NVMUG October 2021 Meeting Report

Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group

October 16, 2021

Meeting Minutes for the Northern Vermont Macintosh User Group

Held via Zoom online

Present - Midge Lubot, Jane Fuller, Neil Raphel, Stephen Farber, and Geof Gonter

Resetting the SMC - If your Mac is running slowly or erratically and nothing else — including resetting the NVRAM — has worked, you can reset the SMC (system management controller). I have found that if the computer is super slow, and not turned off for a while, restarting takes care of most issues. However if the fan is constantly running, your computer won’t start up after you shut it down, or has been shut off for a while (and is charged), or zapping the PRAM has not addressed the issue you should try resetting the SMC.

a) To reset the SMS on Mac laptops with the T2 chip:

• Shut down your Mac. 

• On your built-in keyboard you should press and hold the keys:

• Control and option keys on the left side of the keyboard and the right Shift key and the power button, at the same time, for 7 seconds.

• Wait a few seconds and restart the computer

b) If your desktop Mac has a T2 chip:

• Shut down your Mac, then unplug the power cord.

• Wait 15 seconds, then plug the power cord back in.

• Wait 5 seconds, then press the power button to turn on your Mac.

c) For laptops with non-removable batteries:

• Shut down your Mac. 

• On your built-in keyboard you should press and hold the keys:

• Control and option keys on the left side of the keyboard and the left Shift key and the power button, at the same time, for 10 seconds.

• Wait a few seconds and restart the computer

d) Macs that are equipped with Apple Silicon chips (the M1 and later):

• All you have to do is restart your computer

e) Mac desktop computers with an intel processor:

• Shut down your computer and unplug the power cord

• After at least 15 seconds, plug back in the power cord

• Wait at least 5 seconds to react your computer

New iPhone conversation -

After the recent release of the new iPhone 13 models, the difference and pros and cons of the series was discussed. We also discussed the updating to iOS 14.8 or iOS 15.x. I had just ordered a 13 Pro after using an iPhone 8 for 4 years.

Backups to external drives - We discussed the methods of backup, external drives and the Cloud

Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper (Cost for both) have been the standard in backing up you entire back up and making it bootable. However that changed with Catalina and Big Sur, as well with the T2 Security chip and the new Apple Silicon equipped computers. Prior to that it was pretty straight forward. There are other applications that will make a complete backup that is bootable on operating systems prior to Catalina (macOS X 10.15). The advantage is that the external drive will allow you to boot your computer, via USB, firewire, or Thunderbolt volume.

Time Machine will back up all your selected folders and they are available after a reinstall of the operating system, which allows you to recover important data as well as your applications and libraries. It saves old versions of data so you can retrieve old versions of files you may have been overwritten when you edited them for different use or deleted. It deletes the oldest files when the drive is full and runs out of space. So the larger the dive, the more old files will be present.

Cloud based solutions, such as iDrive and iCloud will allow you to back up selected folders to the cloud, but your computer must be open to transfer your data. Copying back your files may take a long time after wiping your drives or experiencing drive failure.

Excel ($) vs Numbers vs Open Office (Libre Office, WPS Office, Google Suite, and Think Free Office ($)) -

It was asked which is best Pages or Excel. Depends on what one wants to use it for. Numbers and WPS Office Spreadsheet do not have the relational capability that Excel and some of the other applications offer. But they do allow you to create tabs in the document so you can keep related data together in the same documents.

I have Excel on one computer, to use for issues that clients present, but I have Libre Office installed on the rest of my computers. It is capable of opening and saving Excel formatted files. It offers a relational database and drawing program over Excel and Pages.

Streaming services - TV and Phone capability -

We discussed more about the capabilities and costs for the various streaming services.

New Models on October 18? -

We discussed new possible announcements Apple was to make the following Monday. They did not fail to announce some big changes in the MacBook Pro, the Apple Silicon processors (M1 series), and the new operating system, Monterey, availability. You can browse on over to apple.com for the full scoop on the changes.

Supply chain issues -

We discussed the problems that the supply chain issues have on us now and possibility in the future. So far it seems like Apple is not affected. It might be because they use services. like FedEx, to transport their products.

Streaming ups and downs -

Speed issues with connections were discussed. Some experienced issues at certain times of the day and on certain days. It is also dependent on the type of service one has, DSL, cable, wireless, or fiber. I find that my own connection is faster late at night and until about noon on weekdays.

Stephen asked about recommendations for reference materials for The macOS and favorite Mac applications. Apple and other websites offer some pages with great information. In print, Peachpit and O’Reilly are the goto in the IT field. For the home user, David Pogue (https://davidpogue.com/books/) offers the missing manual series and other tech related reference books.

Jane talked about getting a new iPhone. She wanted to know if one can transfer the contact list and images from LG flip phone to iPhone. Geof found two websites to assist the users who want to make the transfer. (one is https://www.appgeeker.com/ios-android/how-to-transfer-contacts-from-lg-to-iphone.html) (This method requires cables for both devices). But, it is very possible the carrier’s representative can assist her making the transfer.

The next NVMUG meeting will be a Zoom meeting on November 20, 2021 at 10:00 am. The date for the December meeting will be December 18, 2021.

If you wish to attend, please send me an email by 9:30 am, on that date, so I can send send you an email invitation to the meeting. The meetings will continue to be online meetings instead of the meeting room at the Northeastern Regional Hospital in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. Right now that looks like it will not be before January 1, 2022.

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Geof Gonter




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