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NVMUG December 16, 2017 Meeting Report

Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group

Those attending the meeting were:

Bill German, Midge Lubot, Bruce Shields, Joan Hickey, Warren Walker, Kelly Gonter and Geof Gonter

Warren Walker shared the Vermont Wildflower Calendar he has for sale each year. They are for sale if people are interested (email me if you are interested in purchasing any and I will pass the request on to Warren). He also talked about having to purchase a new printer as ink cartridges for his old printer are no longer available. Part of the hazards of holding on to old equipment, especially peripherals. Sometimes it’s finding drivers to support the equipment with new operating systems.

Bruce said that Ward’s Systems, Inc. in Morrisville has been bought out. Ward’s was a longtime supplier of office supplies and computers, supplies and service. At one time, they were a Radio Shack authorized dealer. Bruce someone has stepped in, but I don’t remember the name.

Joan had some questions about Mac based financial software. She wants it to handle investments and banking needs. She is not satisfied with the current software she is using and there seems to be a glitch in it that the developer has not addressed at this time. Bruce and Bill both use and recommend Quicken on the Mac platform. They talked about the latest features Quicken has to offer. Joan said she would have to take a look at it.

We got a bit nostalgic in a discussion of the early Apple products, including the Apple II and Motorola/IBM powered Macs. The prices of the early peripherals and models was brought up. Computers and peripherals, of all types, are much cheaper today. The capability of today’s computers, as well as the smaller size, is much better than it was was 25 years ago.

Joan is having issues downloading books from Overdrive (Through the library) and RBDigital. It was found that the iOS on her older iPod Touch does not support the current versions of the software required to download the books. There was a discussion about obtaining books and music from other sources that do not require DRM (Digital Rights Management), such as Amazon, CD Baby, etc…

 

There were more than enough Christmas treats for all who attended the meeting.

 

Again, the next NVMUG meeting is on January 20, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Northeast Regional Hospital in room 224.

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