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NVMUG May 2016 Meeting Report

Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group
Present: Hartley Jackson, Gordon Alexander, Stephen Farber, Bill German, Homer May. Midge Lubot, Kelly Gonter, and Geof Gonter.

The discussion opened with a question on resetting the firmware password on a 2009 pre uni-body MacBook, previously set up to run. The firmware password can be reset by choosing “Disk Utility” on boot up from the 10.6.8 install media or a bootable USB flash drive. Select “Reset Firmware Password”. Or 1) Add or remove DIMMs to change the total amount of RAM in the computer. 2) Then, the PRAM must be reset 3 times. (Command + Option + P + R)

There was a question about the new MacBook and how well it runs. Midge described the experience with her MacBook.

It was mentioned that Photos on the newest OS was not well liked. If you have the last version of iPhoto on your old computer, you can copy it over to your new computer.

Between the April and May meetings, there was an email sent about a virus warning from a person who got a message from someone they sent a USB flash drive. If the USB flash drive was formatted FAT32, it could have contained a Windows virus from an email the user got or was downloaded to the Mac and transferred to the flash drive. An AV application on your computer will pick and remove PC viruses as well as Mac malware and viruses.

Browser toolbars tend to clutter up the browser window, can include malware, and can hijack your search vehicle.

It was mentioned that the newest versions of Word seems to have done away with the some of the simple key strokes. Right clicking with a mouse or Control - Touchpad Click to pull contextual menus on the screen and bring up options that may have been removed from the keystroke use. If you want to know what the keystroke combinations will do, use the Keyboard Viewer option in System Preferences/Keyboard/Keyboard tab to get it to show up in the menu bar.

There was a discussion about Linkedin and responding to requests from Linkedin. No one seems to use it, although several are registered. Most do not respond to requests from Linkedin.

There was a discussion about the Do Not Call List and the overwhelming amount of mail that was unsolicited. To be removed from the mailing lists, point your browser to http://www.directmail.com/mail_preference/faq/ and from unsolicited calls to https://www.donotcall.gov/.

A source for quality tools if you are going to work on your own computer: http://www.wihatools.com. The tools are available from Amazon.

Stephen gave away two books::"How to do Everything" and “Visually Macbook”

Raffle – DiskDill Pro was raffled off and Midge had the winning ticket. It was provided by www.cleverfiles.com. It is a data recovery application that is usable with any Mac running 10.7 or above and recovers data files from Mac, Windows, and Linux computers.

At the June meeting, I will have some books from my library that will be available. Most will be pertinent to OS 10.7 or newer, but I will have some books covering 10.5 and 10.6 available outside of the raffle.

There will be no July meeting this summer.


The next meeting is scheduled for June 25, 2016 in Room 224 in the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital from 10:00 am to 12:00 PM.


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