NVMUG November 2021 Meeting Report
Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group
November 20, 2021
Meeting Minutes for the Northern Vermont Macintosh User Group
Held via Zoom online
Present - Jane Fuller, Bruce Shields, Stephen Farber, and Geof Gonter
Jane talked about her old MacBook Pro and the issues she has had with it. She wants to get it running properly again.
We talked about the change in Apple’s right to repair policy. As of now the start is with iDevices, iPhones and iPads. We assume other devices will follow, although the new Apple Silicon equipped laptops and iMacs have little that can be repaired. Batteries, cooling fans, and cables for the ports may be replaceable/repairable. The Fixit MacBook repair guides are for the antenna bar, battery, trackpad, lower case, and display assembly. The memory and storage modules are soldered to the board.
Battery life in the new iPhones seems to be an improvement. My iPhone 13 Pro lasts easily up to 5 days, with limited use. My iPhone 8 lasted at the most 2 days with the about the same usage. It will interesting to see how long the battery stays charged in the future.
Bruce reported more on his experience with Medical use with an iPad he has recently observed
After an interruption, with Stephen’s Apple email, his email filters, using rules, do not work. He is looking for a way to stop so much spam that he was filtering before.
Stephen provided a URL for a keyboard shortcuts cheatsheet (https://macmost.com/printable-mac-keyboard-shortcut-page-for-macos-monterey.html). While it is for macOS 12, many apply to other versions of the macOS versions as well. Look for keyboard shortcuts along side the actions in the Apple Menus as well as the keyboard viewer.
Screenshots are saved to the desktop on the Mac computers by default. If you take a lot of screenshots they take up a lot of desktop space. Jane was wondering how to save or store them to another location. There are applications like ONYX, Deeper, or Maintenance, that will allow you to set a folder (Mine is in Pictures in a “Screenshots” subfolder) for sending your screenshots to. With the applications you can also change the format you save screenshots in. It can also be done without these applications.(https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/change-screenshots-folder/ can walk you through it. It covers the older operating systems as well as the current ones.)
Stephen and I walked through placing items in the sidebar in the finder. I have dragged my Screenshots folder to so I can find it quicker.
Jane got a message that there was not enough room in iCloud to save more documents to iCloud. She has the first paid option Apple offers for iCloud, so she has 50 GB available, rather than the free 5 GB Apple offers. Stephen walked her through placing iCloud on her sidebar so she can access it to see what is present in her iCloud account.
Geof walked Jane through attaching files with the her Gmail account. That included browsing her computer to find the file she wanted to attach. Using an email application, such as Apple Mail, makes it easy to drag and drop, but some people like using the web interface to interact with their email. Just remember there is no right or correct way to connect. That is the beauty of using a computer. The user sets it up the best way it works for them.
The next NVMUG meeting will be a Zoom meeting on December 18, 2021 at 10:00 am. The date for the January meeting will be January 15, 2022.
If you wish to attend, please send me an email by 9:30 am, by that date, so I can send 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 not be before February 1, 2022
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