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NVMUG May 2022 Meeting Report

NVMUG Meeting 05/21/22

Via Zoom

Present: Janet Givens, Mischul Brownstone, Stephen Farber, Midge Lubot, Bruce Shields, Jane Fuller, and Geof Gonter

Introduction of attendees -
 As this meeting included new attendees, who not attended a meeting before, we introduced members as they came online.

Music (or iTunes) Playlists - 
 Janet had copied over a playlist to her iPhone, but only two songs in the playlist appeared when she went to play the list in her vehicle. It was mentioned that she should leave the phone attached for a longer time and then check the phone to see how many items were on the playlist. 
 Discussed also was the ability to view the number items in the library, an album folder, or playlist. The listing may not be visible in the Music/iTunes window by default. To view the status bar, at the bottom of the window, select “Show Status Bar” under “View” item in the top menu bar, while in the application.

Mischul computer question -
 Mischul talked about the ages of his computers and asked for recommendation on the possible purchase of a new device. He has a 2013 MacBook Pro and was wondering about the future use of it. There many 2009 and newer nonRetina MacBook Pros still in use and as the 2012 and newer can run Catalina, they are still quite secure. They may benefit from a SSD and increased memory. He said he is considering a Mac Mini with an M1 Silicon processor. He was advised to wait a couple months to see if Apple is going to add the M2 processor to the Mini.

MacChamp and NVMUG - 
 Mischul mentioned that he had been an active member of MacChamp, the defunct Burlington Mac User Group. As Geof and Stephen had been members of MacChamp in the 1990’s and several current NVMUG members had been involved with MACJam in the late 1990’s, there was plenty of reminiscing. Unfortunately MacChamp dissolved and the name is now used as a game. Two other Vermont user groups have disbanded since 2000.

Hybrid meetings -
 I recently attended an online Apple leadership meeting where the topic was hybrid meetings where three user group leaders gave presentations on their meetings. A couple meetings used locations that are quite well equipped or they have purchased equipment that make the meetings easily handled. As we have members who are distantly located or would rather not attend meetings because of health reasons, I will continue to pursue this to see if I can find a way to do it with our limited means. If you have input on this subject or feedback about using FaceTime for meetings, please contact me.

Speed on Network report - 
 I reported that Comcast had provided a new modem and increased my speed to a maximum of 600 Mbps. I have yet to drop below 150 and my upload speed is now 20 plus versus the 10 to 12 prior. There was no additional cost for the upgrade.

Adapters for data transfer -
 Stephen is interested in getting data from some older firewire hard drives to a computer equipped with Thunderbolt. It is possible using a number of adapters together to transfer the data, but can be costly. Adapters are available through third party supplies, but I’m not sure how well they work. Apple does have the adapters, but they are not inexpensive.

Unifying Apple ID to use with an Apple iDevices and accounts -
 Using the same ID for tying all together are becoming more import. These passwords are still a big problem for those who rely on their computers to save account information and do not store it in a secure location.

Deleting files from external drive -
 Stephen raised an issue with deleting files from the root account on an old bootable hard drive. He has changed the permissions on the files, which has been unsuccessful. He does not seem to have the root password for the computer. He is going to try to boot from recovery mode or an install enabled flash drive and see if he can set the root password.

Again, Information Request! -
 I am interested in what operating system members are running, so we know if we can use FaceTime for the meetings, instead of Zoom. You must be running 10.14.3 or higher (Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, or Monterey) to use multi users in FaceTime for up to 32 people, more people than we have attending the meetings.

The next NVMUG meeting will be a Zoom meeting on June 18, 2022 at 10:00 am, unless we find out otherwise. The date for the July meeting will be July 16, 2022.

If you wish to attend, please send me an email by 9:30 am, by that date, so I can send you an email invitation to the meeting. The meetings will continue to be online meetings instead of the meeting room at the Northeastern Regional Hospital in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. Right now that looks like it will be hopefully be soon, when we might be able access that location.

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Geof Gonter



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