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NVMUG March 11, 2017 Meeting Report

Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group

Minutes from the NVMUG Meeting – March 11, 2017

Present: Hartley Jackson, Katie Farber, Stephen Farber, Joan Hickey, Bill and Sonia German, Bruce Shields, Midge Lubot, and Geof Gonter

Passwords were again discussed. They should be saved on a source other than the device which you are working on. Electronic options are to integrate with iCloud or utilize a service such as 1Password or Last Pass, or an application such as Pastor, Avast Passwords, Password Pig, or number of other password saving applications.

Joan Hickey said she took her five year old Apple MacBook computer to Systems Plus, in Lebanon, NH, for repairs. She did not expect service because it was not under any warranty. Systems Plus could not repair it, and suggested she send it in to Apple support, and they requested a box for it from Apple. When the box arrived in a couple of days, she sent her computer in to Apple. Apple repaired it, returned it in a few days, and there was no charge.

Bill German shared his schedule of computer exchanges he attends, including Sundays at MIT.

Geof asked how many of us had iPhones, and if we had backed them up. Kelly Gonter's iPhone was not backed up. She lost all access and her data was gone. Kelly managed to recover all of her information from iCloud. He recommended that everyone with iPhones, back them up in iCloud, as you get 5gb free.. If you keep your photos on iCloud you may need more memory, and there will be a monthly charge. The cost is $.99 for 50gb, $2.99 for 200gb, and $9.99 for 1.0tb per month.

People discussed programs to use to exchange text files. Several were recommended. One was TextEdit, (free on the Mac OS) which can open text files and save them. Use rich text format (RTF) if you need to include images in the document. Between Apple Preview and TextEdit, one can open most anything. There are other applications which will also open a large number of file formats.

The iTunes store and it’s use to see what was purchased was discussed. Most people use there iCloud credentials for their purchases.

The next meeting will be on April 8, 2017 in room 224 at the Northeast Regional Hospital. The meeting will start at 10:00 am and end around 12:00 pm. There will a short discussion about popup blockers, including one that seems to do a better job than some we’ve talked about in the past. We will also discuss Office alternatives, if time allows.

The next meeting will be on May 13, 2017 in room 224 at the Northeast Regional Hospital. The meeting will start at 10:00 am and end around 12:00 pm.

At our May meeting, on May 13, we will be raffling off the speakers below. These are quality speakers and have been donated by Hartley Jackson. If you need speakers for your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or computer, these are the speakers for you.

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