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NVMUG September 2021 Meeting Report

Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group

September 18, 2021

Meeting Minutes for the Northern Vermont Macintosh User Group

Held via Zoom online

Present - Midge Lubot, Jane Fuller, Bruce Shields, Stephen Farber, and Geof Gonter

A medical discussion started the beginning of the meeting. Part of the discussion was about the electronic and tech related items in the medical field. Stephen mentioned that many of the medical staff are wearing Apple Watches. Someone mentioned they noticed all the doctors that were treating them had iPads. Supposedly the latest Apple Watch, just introduced, has possible new features that help address reporting medical conditions.


BaseQ1 - (“BASEQI Aluminum microSD Adapter MacBook” on Amazon) adapter Is an adapter that allows additional drive capacity on computers with an SD slot (Pre M1 and the last MacBook do not have them). They use microSD cards and are flush with the side of the computer. I believe the limit size is 256GB. Kelly and I each have had one for at least five years and they work fine. This model fits flush with the side of the computer and can easily be removed, after ejecting, and one does not need to worry about bumping the standard SD card, which sticks out.

Steaming Costs - Monthly Costs on some were discussed:
YouTube (offers some local network stations) - $65 
Fubu - $65
Hulu - $65
Sling - $50
Apple + - $5.99
ROKU - Free limited channels, but offers premium channels for $
Philo - $25
DirectTV Stream - from $70 to $140 - great for regional sports
A great site for comparing the services, including a listing of included networks is https://clark.com/technology/tvsatellite-cable/best-streaming-tv-services/. It lists the included channels in each service.

Stephen asked about recommended cPort adapters. There is no shortage of available dongles/docks, but some are for special purposes and others that include multiple ports. Below are some adapters:
To type A USB - “JSAUX Adapter Compatible MacBook Samsung” on Amazon (2 pack). I prefer a cable connection.
Direct connection -“Syntech Adapter Thunderbolt Compatible MacBook” on Amazon (2 pack)

Hub - “atolla Aluminum Ports MacBook Chromebook” on Amazon
VGA - “Adapter Thunderbolt Converter Compatible” on Amazon
Ethernet - “UGREEN Ethernet Thunderbolt Converter Chromebook” on Amazon
HDMI - “Anker Aluminum Pixelbook Compatible Thunderbolt” on Amazon
Dock style - Ethernet, USB 3.1, HDMI and or VGA, and possible power or card reader - Examples:

“UGREEN Adapter MacBook Chromebook Pixelbook” on Amazon,

“Adapter MacBook Accessories Adapters Reader” on Amazon

“Anker Upgraded Delivery Pixelbook A83460A2” on Amazon,

“UGREEN Adapter MacBook Chromebook Aluminum” on Amazon

“Anker MacBook PowerExpand Thunderbolt Delivery” on Amazon

It was asked what wattage the cPort USB adapters are for each Mac model. They are 
30 watt - For13” Macbook Air 
61 watts - For 13” MacBook Pro
87 watts - For for the 15” MacBook Pro
96 watts - For the 16” MacBook Pro

I am playing with Zorin (An UNIX operating system) on old Mac hardware. Supposedly you can make it look like the Mac interface. I just installed it on a 2011 Uni-Body Macbook and have not had much time to work with it. I hope to have a report at the next meeting, so people with old hardware might have an alternative, that is safe and quick without hardware updates.

The next NVMUG meeting will be a Zoom meeting on October 16, 2021 at 10:00 am. The date for the November meeting will be November 20, 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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