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NVMUG December 2016 Meeting Report

Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group

 

Minutes from the NVMUG Meeting – December 10, 2016

Present: Hartley Jackson, Warren Walker, Gordon Alexander, Bill German and his wife Sonia, Neil Raphel, Midge Lubot, and Geof Gonter

The meeting opened with a discussion key commands. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201236 has a pretty extensive list of the available key combinations. For those commands within applications, they are available next to options in the pulldown menus.

The next item was passwords. Passwords are sometimes difficult to understand. There are several types of passwords and sometimes the dialog box that pops up for credentials is sometimes confusing.

Computer – This is the password used to install applications or make changes in the operating system, like deleting applications, preferences, and other files from the user or system libraries. This password is not stored where it is retrievable and cannot be easily changed. Depending on how you set up your computer during the original setup, the password may or may not be the same password as your icloud account.

iCloud – This password is your password to access your iCloud account to purchase from the App Store, access your email, utilize your iCloud storage, and syncing your Contacts and Address Book. This password can be stored in your browser and could be retrieved, if you told your browser to save it. It can also be in your Keychain Access application, if you authorized it saved on your computer when asked. In my experience, it is best and easiest to make changes in iCloud at icloud.com.

Email – If you are not using an iCloud account for email, this is the password you or your email provider set for your email. If you are using your browser for email, the password should reside in your browser settings or preferences. If you are using an application, like Apple Mail, Thunderbird, or Outlook, the password should be stored in your Keychain Access application.

Accounts on websites – These are specific to the site, such as online banking, utility accounts, and some social sites (such as FaceBook and Twitter). Most of these sites allow to change your password, if you forgot your password, by providing an email account where they can send you a website link for changing your password. Some may ask you a series of questions, to which you answered when you first signed up to use the website.

Password Applications – There applications for all devices that allow you to save and view passwords. LastPass allows access on all devices, desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. https://www.macupdate.com/find/mac/passwords provides a nice list of free and paid applications.

There was a general discussion of old computers and operating systems.

Neil Raphel is in the publishing and marketing business and consulting. Five years ago they used to print 1,000 copies of a books at a time, now when a book is ordered they print it.

Neil asked what people would recommend as the best portable computer for an iPad or s portable MacBook. Responses included the 9.7 inch iPad, the new base 13 inch MacBook Pro, the MacBook, and buying a refurbished Mac or iPad at the Store Store ( http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals ). A refurbished unit has the same warranty as a new Mac and is eligible for AppleCare. Not all are refurbished units. Once a box is opened and returned, they do not sell it as s new one.

The next meeting will be on January 14, 2017 in room 224 at the Northeast Regional Hospital. The meeting will start at 10:00 am and end around 12:00 pm..

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