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NVMUG June 14, 2014 Meeting Report

Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Meeting room 224, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Midge Lubot is always the first one to arrive at our NVMUG meetings. Everyone else arrives later, often much later. This time was different. Most members arrived on time, and Midge was late. We were worried, not sure if she was coming. Fortunately, Midge arrived not long after we started the meeting.

Homer May came in with Bill German and a new member, Mvfanwey Phillips (Myv) who lives in the woods in North Haverhill - all from New Hampshire.


New member Myfanwy Phillips (Myv)
Homer May







Larry Haley brought Frada Kaplan from Lyman, New Hampshire.

Gordon Alexander came from Quebec and the Vermont side of the border. Geoffry and Kelly Gonter came from their new home in Derby Line, also this side of the border in Vermont. Joan Hickey came from Holland, also in the northern part of the Northeast Kingdom. Others from Vermont were Jane Fuller, Midge Lubot, and me, Hartley Jackson.

Stephen Farber was at his daughter’s high school graduation, and wrote that he could not attend because his daughter, Katie, was graduating from Stow H.S this Saturday. Bruce Shields was busy taking on a new lister’s job.

Someone asked if the iPod Touch 4 would work with Yosemite. I am not sure who said, “The iPod Touch 4 is trash if you upgrade to Mavericks. It requires iPod Touch 5.”

Joan Hickey had two PCs die in one week. She went to Wild Branch’s office in Newport for help in getting her address lists off of both PCs. He copied them into the Contact list on her MacBook much faster than she could have done. However the person there had problems with other things she needed done, and when she went back he was is no longer there. Geof said their Wild Branch shop in Newport is closed. They are still working with the schools.




Joan Hickey

photo by Gordon Alexander





Geof might help Joan, though he is pretty busy with his work with the schools. They exchanged email addresses.

Someone else asked what was new in Yosemite. One good place to find the answer to this, and to what is new in IOS 8, is www.apple.com. The keynote speech, OS X Yosemite, and iOS 8 are at the bottom of the page.

You must be running Maverick on your Mac to install the free upgrade to Yosemite. Maverick was also a free upgrade. iOS 8 is also free and runs on iPhone 4 and up, iPod Touch 5th generation, and iPad 2 and up.

For more information check that page or any of dozens of other sources including Small Dog, andy many Mac web sites.

Kelly Gonter said her Mac runs much faster after Geof installed a hard disk. Now she has something else she wants him to do, but he is so busy with work. She reminded him, and us, “A happy wife is priceless.”

Homer May said the big advantage of Mavericks over the previous system was that, if your Mac has an Intel processor, it will run much faster when it is upgraded to Mavericks.








Joan Hickey, Jane Fuller, Bil German, yfansy Phillips,
and Homer May


Joan Hickey had problems migrating from PCs to her Mac because her music is not in a compatible format. She was migrating from a Toshiba to a refurbished Mac. Her car would not recognize the format on her old Toshiba USB flash drive. She now has her music in Snow Leopard from the Toshiba and copied to a CD. However, I believe she said, her Bose downlink would not recognize the music. Geof seemed to understand all this.

Homer May said, “Is this a lesson not to use a PC?”

I believe it was Geof who said, “No,”and something about VMware which allows creation of virtual boxes which will run PC programs on a Mac. I Googled “vmware” in Safari and found www.vmware.com a very interesting looking web site with information about Fusion software to run Windows on a Mac, vCloud Hybrid Service to extend you workloads on the cloud, a Virtual End-User Computing Trade Show - June 17, and fascinating video, “The State of Silicon Valley: Sustained Innovation and Growth.”

We took a break for a drawing for the iPod and Chill Pill speakers that were described in our meeting reminder. We collected $21 in donations for NVRH. Kelly Gonter won, and will give the iPod to Geof.

Jane Fuller has a problem with her track pad not working with her mouse. She listed many things that has been done to try to get it working right, including Radio Shack opening it and cleaning it out with air compression. She is using Mac OS X 10.7.


Jane Fuller, Geof Gonter, Frada Kaplan,
Larry Haley







They checked what is called “Accessibility” under System Preferences > View on my Mac, and made sure that “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad ins present” was not checked. The track pad is replaceable by Apple or at places like Small Dog.

Geof recommended, The first thing to do is to zap Pram which sets up preferences. Shut your computer down. Then restart while holding down Command - Options - P and R. When it restarts it should ring three times.This fixes many kinds of software problems.

Frada had a problem using AOL Mail to snend things to friends.


Geof Gonter helping Frada Kaplan with a problem


Photo by Gordon Alexander







Geof Gonter went over to help Frada, and and Kelly Gonter suggested that she could use Facebook and go to AOL in Facebook. She could share it so it would go to all of her friends. Or, my notes say, option link post, go to friends, and touch and hold copy link. Then touch it and paste to send to one place.

I used Safari to try to check my notes, and found’ “AOL Mail." There is an AOL Mail Help, but I do not know enough about either AOL or Facebook to check or clarify these notes. If anyone sends me more accurate or clearer instructions, i would be happy to send them to all our members, or to 'Frada.


Frada Kaplan and Larry Haley

Photo by Gordon Alexander









Myv asked, “When you get into iPhoto, how do you get rid of Faces?” One answer was, “Just live with them.”

Geof Gonter described a way to get rid of Faces in iPhoto using the Terminal. I asked him if he would email me the instructions so that i could send them to you.

Here are the instructions from Geof.

The command to show or delete faces in iPhoto:
1. Quit iPhoto
2. Open Terminal Application (Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)
3. Type the following (exactly as is):

defaults write com.apple.iPhoto PKFaceDetectionEnabled 0

(then return)

4. - Start iPhoto

If you ever need to re-enable faces, just do the same again and replace

the 0 with 1.


Someone said the battery emblem on the Mac heading used to show the hours left, and she would like to change the display to show hours left. No one knew a way to change the display permanently like she wanted, but you can see the hours left on your MacBook by clicking on the battery image and holding down. The drop down display will show either that the battery is fully charged or an option you can click to see the hours left. If it does not display, look at Energy Saver in System Preferences and be sure Show battery status in menu bar is checked.

Homer May said he turns off his Mac at night while others leave them on, and wanted to know if that was a good idea.

Geof said that desktops take take almost as much energy when you restart them as if they run for 3 or 4 hours. They leave desktop Macs on in school, or they use a timer control that turns Macs off at 5 p.m. and on at 7:30 on weekdays. He leaves his on all the time except for about two minutes a week. Just close it and it goes to sleep. Apple does recommend turning them off for at least two minutes a week.

Geof said that with any computer, the longer they are one you get static electricity that can jump legs on the clips (of the chips). If your computer is acting up, shut it down a minimum of once a week to negate those issues. (In a standard hard drive you lose 1 or 2 percent when you start up.)

Geof sent this in his email,

Battery recommendation from Apple:



Standard Maintenance
For proper maintenance of a lithium-based battery, it’s important to keep the electrons in it moving occasionally. Apple does not recommend leaving your portable plugged in all the time. An ideal use would be a commuter who uses her notebook on the train, then plugs it in at the office to charge. This keeps the battery juices flowing. If on the other hand, you use a desktop computer at work, and save a notebook for infrequent travel, Apple recommends charging and discharging its battery at least once per month. Need a reminder? Add an event to your desktop’s iCal. When your battery no longer holds sufficient charge to meet your needs, you may choose to replace it.

What I was talking about today:  http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1490

Many thanks to Geof Gonter for sending the instructions after the meeting, and to Gordon Alexander for sending the photos he took at the meeting.

If you have any comments, corrections, or additions concerning this meeting report, please send them to me, and I hope to see you at our next NVMUG meeting.

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