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NVMUG September 2016 Meeting Report

Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group


Present: Hartley Jackson, Stephen Farber, Warren Walker, Bill German, Midge Lubot, and Geof Gonter

Geof had a special program planned which would use the projector, but we decided to save it until more people were present. The presentation is on finding large folder sizes using GrandPerspective and then procedures for removing files, folders, and applications.

Geof said, standard packages of copier paper, many people use in their printers, are not so good for color images. Use either ink jet or laser paper designed for the printer, for better color, and photographic paper to print photos.

Using passwords was the next topic for discussion. Many people don’t realize how important it is, for computer usage, until they have something happen were they need it. To install applications that place files in the library, one needs to authenticate using their username and passwords. The Keychain Access, in Applications/Utilities, saves a lot your passwords if you told your computer to save them when you are asked. The browsers also save passwords, but if you need to view those or the ones in the Keychain, you will need your system password. Applications like Pastor, SaferPass, APG 2.2, are a few examples of free standalone applications to save your passwords. There are web based solutions like 1Password and LastPass are available. Stephen uses Keychain Access to create and save passwords.

Members kept hearing a cat sound as Geof worked on his computer. He uses USB Cat to notify him that things are happening to his computer, like Chromium updating itself, .dmg files expanding, and USB flash drives being inserted, ejected, or removed.

USB 3.0 was discussed. The general consensus is that USB drives are faster when copying to USB 3.0 hard drives and USB flash drives. The new Mac C port supports USB 3.1, which is twice the speed of USB 3.0. Thunderbolt 2.0 is still faster, but the items that use the protocol is not cheap.

There was also a small discussion about creating bootable USB flash drives, as was discussed at a previous meeting.

The meeting ended with some off topic discussions.

The next meeting will be on October 15 in room 224 at The Northeast Regional Hospital. The meeting runs from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

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