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OF THE MONTH
SOCIAL NETWORKING - YOUTUBE,
FACEBOOK, TWITTER, MYSPACE, ETC.
The phenomenon called Social Networking is less than
Social Networking………….…....1 20 years old, yet it has markedly affected the way people
Mac Tips #3........………………..1 work and live across much of the earth. YouTube,
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and MySpace are some of
MLMUG and NL Info......…......2-3 the better-known applications being used by people to
BookMarks .................…...…..4-5 connect with each other across the nation and around
Networking 2 Macs the Earth. Join Gene Makar for a lively program with a
blue-ribbon panel of professionals who will examine and
March Meeting Minutes………6-8
discuss how Social Networking is changing the world
Member On The Cover.…………8 around us. Should you jump on board, too?
MLMUG Lending Libraries……..8 * Gene Makar will present an overview of the Social
SPECIAL MLMUG MATTERS...8 Networking tsunami and outline some of the popular
applications being used today.
Simple Ways To Save When..9-10 * Dr. Adeline Smith, PsyD., a licensed psychologist and therapist, will discuss the
You Print unique social and behavioral pressures experienced by today's children and young
Macintosh Odds & Ends...…....11 adults who increasingly rely on social media to stay in touch.
* Cpl. Jon Nelson of the Pa State Police's Computer Crime Unit will outline how the
state's law enforcement professionals are protecting the public from cyber-criminals.
* Our own David Comeau will share his experiences how social networking apps are
evolving into true business tools in the corporate world.
Gene Makar has been a Mac user since around 1981, having started with an Apple II
Five Unexpected Uses……..….14
+. He's a sucker for almost anything that demands creativity, imagination, and
For The Control Key
strategic-thinking. He dabbles in local-theater acting and is trying to write a play. He
Our PC/Mac Guys..….........…..15 currently heads an environmental/sustainability consulting firm, Buckmill, Inc., which
Joy of Tech............….....…..…..15 helps U.S. companies identify and pursue opportunities in India, Brazil, and China.
AI and Humans............…....16-17
Fried Brains MAC TIPS #3 - APRIL 2010
Needed - Reviewers &…….…..17 Mac Tip #3: THE SIDEBAR. The Sidebar pane on left side of every Finder
Photographers window is an extremely useful navigation tool and time-saver. It’s a handy place
MLMUG Photo of the Month…..18 to put icons of everything, except discs, which you access on a regular basis.
APRIL LOCATION The icons, which include the name of the icon, are actually just aliases.
Good Samaritan Church, 212 You put new icons in the Sidebar by dragging them off the Finder Window into
West Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA any spot or any folder in the Sidebar. As your needs change, it’s easy to remove
19301. See the MLMUG web site an icon by dragging it out of the Sidebar. The item isn’t deleted, only the alias.
at www.mlmug.org/ You can also rearrange the icons by dragging them up and down the list. I
GoodSam.html for location map rearrange the order several times a month as my work varies.
It’s easy to eject a disk by just clicking the arrow button next to its icon.
Lastly, consider putting folders or applications in the Sidebar rather than the
Dock so they’re easier to see and access.
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New Users SIG
Now you don’t have to wait a whole month to get
answers to your basic Mac questions! Get together with other
members on the fourth Saturday (i.e., two weeks after each
regular meeting) for the Startup Folder Lite.
Many new users have said that they can learn much
more from face-to-face meetings than they do from manuals
or other sources. That’s what this meeting is all about. Go to
www.mlmug.org/sfl.html for details.
Usual Meeting Agenda
Second Saturday of each month
See www.mlmug.org for the meeting’s topic. Genealogy SIG
The MLMUG Genealogy SIG (a.k.a. “Main Line
9:00 - 9:05: Call to order in main meeting room. Welcome Genealogists”) meets the second Thursday of each month at
extended to new visitors. 1:00 PM at the Easttown Library in Berwyn. The Library is on
First Avenue between Bridge and Waterloo Avenues. All who
9:05 - 10:00: Three Concurrent Special Interest Groups are interested in genealogy are welcome. It is not platform-
(SIGs) convene in separate rooms. The three specific; both PC and Mac users are welcome. For further
current SIGs are: information or directions, or to join the mailing list, contact
Craig TenBroeck at email@example.com.
Beginners - We cover the most basic
questions you may have about your Mac
and how to use it. Macintosh Programming SIG/
Philly Mac Programming Group
Multimedia - We discuss using your Mac
The objective of this group is “to help members
for digital photography, video and audio. become more familiar with the concepts of Macintosh
programming,” i.e., the elements of the Macintosh GUI, user
Intermediate and Advanced Users - We interaction, file system, etc., and the main Mac programming
discuss using Apple’s current operating tools: AppleScript, Java, C, and Objective C.
systems (Leopard and Snow Leopard) and The Philly Mac Programming SIG meets at 10:30 AM
various applications plus Q&A. on the first Saturday of the even numbered months -
February, April, etc. Meetings are now held at Bear Rock
10:00 - 10:05: Break. Time to return to the main meeting Cake, 192 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA.
10:05 - 10:30: Alternative months - MLMUG Email list
Ask the Experts Panel - Open Q&A or The Main Line Macintosh Users Group has its own
Snow Leopard Features. email list. Compose your letter and email it to
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suggest you consult the following article by an Intel engineer.
Consider the two networking alternatives. The ﬁrst is a wired
BookMarks network, either Ethernet or FireWire. The alternative is a
By Mark Bazrod, Editor wireless Wi-Fi network. In addition, there is no reason you
canʼt have a wireless network at times and a wired network
Networking 2 Macs at other times. I network 2 Macs through an Ethernet cable in
my ofﬁce, whereas at home I access my MacBook Pro
wirelessly through an older and smaller PowerBook G4.
Wireless networks are slower and less reliable than wired
It always surprises me how many MLMUG members have
connections, but they are not hard to set up and they donʼt
more than one Mac. This column shows you whatʼs
require stringing cables throughout your house. Ethernet or
involved in networking 2 Macs, both using Snow
wireless speeds are sufﬁcient for general operations. If your
Leopard. Networking a Mac running Snow Leopard with one
network will involve working with video and multimedia, you
running Leopard or Tiger requires somewhat different steps.
are better off with a FireWire connection.
This column hopefully cuts through the haze of technicalities
and leads you to the promised land of simple networking.
Lastly, what equipment do you need? For a wired network,
youʼll need an Ethernet cable or FireWire cable. If you are
going to network just two Macs, standard Ethernet cable will
A member reports that it can take up to 5 minutes for Tiger sufﬁce; there is no need for a crossover cable. If youʼre going
OS to see and accept a Mac running Leopard or Snow to network more than two Macs, youʼll need a hub or router.
Leopard OS X. Sometimes it requires a restart, depending For a wireless network, you will normally only need a
what the network was doing on a speciﬁc machine before wireless router (such as an Apple Airport Express or
trying to connect to another “unlike” OS X/Mac. So Extreme) and wireless cards for your Macs.
networking Macs running different operating systems
requires a bit of patience and is to be avoided if possible. SETTING UP THE NETWORK
You can use the existing accounts on your Macs or you can
set up new accounts if you prefer.
The ﬁrst issue is why would you want to network your Macs.
The answer most often is to share ﬁles, printers, scanners, The ﬁrst step in networking is to turn on File Sharing in
Internet connections, music, photos, etc. Speciﬁcally, you System Preferences > Sharing. If you do nothing else, any
might want to have access to and make changes in ﬁles on user who can access your network (either because it is not
your main Mac from another Mac, or vice versa. Other password-protected or youʼve given the network password to
reasons include allowing the world or speciﬁed users to see the user) will be able to access whatever ﬁles youʼve put into
the ﬁles in your Public folder or to send you ﬁles for your your Public folder (in your Home folder). Those same users
Drop Box. You might want to let members of your family will be able to put ﬁles into your Drop Box folder (in your
have access to selected ﬁles. You might want to use more Public folder).
than two monitors and you might want the ability through
screen sharing to troubleshoot someone elseʼs Mac, If you want other users or groups of users to be able to
particularly your familyʼs. access some ﬁles, you have two options - use the Get Info
window or use System Preferences.
Next, letʼs understand network speeds, although the given
speeds are probably only attainable on the moon where Get Info Panel. See the graphic on the next page. You can
there are no obstructions. give permissions to other users by using the Get Info panel
802.11g - 54 Mbits/s(million bits per second). for selected items (disks, folders or ﬁles). Highlight the item,
802.11n - 200 Mbits/s. choose Get Info (File > Get Info or Command I), go to the
Ethernet Cable (CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6) - 10/100/1000 Sharing & Permissions panel at the bottom to add users and
Mbits/s. Typical max is 100 Mbits/s. give them the permissions you desire.
FireWire - 400 or 800 Mbits/s. Very, very fast.
To add users, click the + sign at the bottom of the panel
Cable Speed 1-15 Mbits/s. Note how much slower!
which will give you a list of accounts, as well as names and
As you can see, download speeds from the Internet are
groups in your Address Book. Selecting a name puts it in
much, much slower than speeds on an internal network. If
the list of recognized accounts. That user now has Read
you want to know more about networking speeds, we
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only permission as a default setting. Click on the little
arrows and select other permission choices if desired. The
choices are Read & Write, Read only, Write only (Drop Box),
and No Access.
Note that the Action button at the bottom of the panel
contains “Apply to enclosed items” which will apply the
indicated permissions to all the subfolders and ﬁles in a disk
or folder. Thus, if you want to give another user permission
to read and write all the ﬁles in your Documents folder, you
go to the Documents folder in the Finder, select Get Info, go
to the Action button and select “Apply to enclosed items”
and the permissions will apply to all ﬁles without you having
to go to each folder or ﬁle separately.
Alternatively, you can go to the Go menu item in the toolbar,
click on it to access the drop-down menu and then select
Network. Connect to Server, or Connect to Folders,
depending upon your needs. I understand for many users,
the “click” of choice for latching onto a network is the Go
If one of your Macs uses Tiger (OS X 10.4), setting up the
network is a bit different. Access for wired networks is
through the Finderʼs Go menu item. Wireless access using
Tiger is through the Network icon at the top of the Sidebar;
select the Mac you want to connect to and click the connect
button to the right of the named Mac. Remember it may take
a while for the Mac running Tiger to see and accept the Mac
running Snow Leopard.
What I have tried to do is to give you a usable nuts and bolts
System Preferences > Sharing. Turn on File Sharing. You view or instructions as to how to network two Macs. For
can set shared items, users and permissions in the Sharing more detailed information, I suggest you go to the Missing
window of System Preferences, as indicated below. In the Manual books for Snow Leopard, Leopard or Tiger. Also,
ﬁrst column, titled Shared Folders, you can add disks, take a look at the videos on YouTube to see how users
folders and files for users to access by clicking the + sign network Macs. Try using network, Macintosh, and ﬁle sharing
which will open Finder for you to select such items for as search terms.
sharing. You can give the same user different permissions
for different items in your Mac. For example, you might give CONCLUSION
yourself permission to see your entire hard drive or Home
Networking your Macs is not as difﬁcult as you might think.
folder. You might give a friend permission to read your
There may be some hitches as you go along, but if you print
Documents folder, but give that user permission to read and
out a copy of this column to use as a guide, you should be
write to ﬁles in a selected subfolder.
able to establish a network in a reasonable amount of time.
In the second and third columns, you can add users and
permissions, as in the Get Info panel.
Note - Mac operating systems often give you several
different ways to do the same thing. Steps can be menu
The instructions above pertain to both wired and wireless
driven, graphic icon driven and keyboard driven. So you may
take a different path to take the indicated steps.
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• Users have seen that the failure rates are higher on the
larger drives and that the warranty times are less than in
MLMUG Meeting Minutes the past.
for March 13, 2010 • Some members have seen lightning knock out all their
electronic gear, including TVs, refrigerators, and
microwaves. Possible safeguards include disconnecting
By Jim Berray expensive electronic gear when there is a potential risk
of lightning, using line conditioners which are now in
many battery backup servers, and getting a full house
surge protector. One member said she had a house
The MLMUG meeting was called to order by Tony DiPiano at protector installed at a cost of about $200 plus
about 9 a.m. Members either stayed for the Intermediate/ installation. A rider may be available for your home
Advanced (I/A) Special Interest Group (SIG) or moved on to insurance policy to cover electronic equipment.
attend the Newer Users or Multi-Media SIG meetings. In
attendance were 63 members. • Surge protectors - Check these periodically. One member
says he replaces them every two years. 600 joules is
I/A SIG with Stan Horwitz & Ben Romney useless. Go for at least 2,500 joules.
External Hard Drives and Storage • Ben recommends online backup, at least for your most
important documents. The article on online backup in
• John Krause gave an extended presentation of a number
Macworld is very informative. It reviews seven backup
of external hard drives to be used for backup storage. He services, most of which provide limited storage for free.
noted that all hard drives will eventually crash. It’s only a He uses MobileMe.
question of when.
• Dropbox is a free/paid service which provides for syncing
• Apple’s Time Capsule unit is an excellent device for
of selected files between computers.
automatic backups using Time Machine and can be
used with multiple Macs wirelessly. It costs $499 for 2 Final Cut Pro and The Use of DSLR Cameras with Rob
TB for $499 and $299 for 1 TB. Parker
• There are now many 1 TB - 2 TB hard drives available. In
Rob is an NFL Videographer who has received several awards
fact, LaCie offers up to 10 TB network storage units. 4 including three Emmys. He’s also a co-founder of the
TB costs $750, while the 10 TB unit costs $1,680. Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group (http://PPUG.net).
• Networked attached storage is becoming more available Additionally, he teaches Final Cut Pro (FCP) at Temple
for personal computers. University. His students come to his classes without any
experience with video editing software.
• Smaller portable hard drives are now available in the $100
- $200 range. LaCie, Iomega, Western Digital and His presentation demonstrated how easy it is to use Final Cut
Seagate are among the major suppliers. Pro to create professional-looking videos. Final Cut Express
• Newer Tech’s Voyager Hard Drive Docking Stations enable and Final Cut Pro, both offered by Apple, are very similar.
you to insert raw hard drives, something like a toaster.
It’s very handy for users who have multiple drives and so Rob talked about the old days of linear video editing when it
don’t need to have an enclosure for each drive. was done using magnetic tape. However today, with
programs like Final Cut Pro, the editing process takes place in
• The Drobo unit holds four drives, each of which can be up
the computer and, unlike the old days, is “non-linear”.
to 2 TB. The drives need not be of the same size and the
unit handles both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0. Drobo After some general comments about his career and teaching
thinks its technology is better than a mere RAID array. at Temple, Rob started with an introduction on how to use
The drives are hot swappable. Final Cut Pro. He mentioned that once you open the
Ben Romney and Q&A application, you might not know what to do with it. Rob noted
that lynda.com is a tremendous source of on-line tutorials
• The new portable Western Digital hard drive uses a
including Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, and Word. The cost is
special non-standard cable with a microadapter. Check approximately $350/yr – money well spent for a professional.
what the connectors are before you buy these drives to
make sure you have the required cables. The Mac he’s using houses a 120 GB Solid State Drive (SSD).
It’s ridiculously fast compared to mechanical drives because it
has no moving parts. His machine boots in about 20 seconds.
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He’s considering upgrading his home editing system to an When working in a creative area like video and photography,
SSD because video-editing systems are hard drive intensive. be aware of the balance, how things look, how things weigh
in the frame. Final Cut Pro’s transitions can be tweaked to
Most video that you see on TV is not complicated. FCP can make each clip fit your desired outcome.
handle projects like these. As you get more familiar with the
program, you can certainly advance to more involved videos. The Viewer provides a lot of different manipulations. You can
add video and audio tracks. You disconnect using the source
Rob took us on a walk-through of Final Cut Pro. Once the buttons. There is an insert and overwrite. You can click and
program is opened, several windows are presented on the delete a transition if you don’t want to use it. Toggle clip
screen. They may be difficult to understand at first, so where overlay button creates a black bar that changes the opacity of
do you start? He suggested going to Window > Arrange and the click; it allows more than one layer, which is most useful
select the standard layout. You can also save personalized for audio. A cross fade can be placed on top of an audio clip
arrangements. to slowly fade out. A name or title can be created in the
Viewer and dragged and dropped into the Timeline. Text can
There are four main areas: be made bold; the color and justification can be changed to fit
1) The Browser – this is where all your clips are placed. You
can drag and drop or import video and other objects such as Rob used some of his own projects to show how to edit video
photos and audio into the Browser. and audio using the Insert, Overwrite, and Clip Overlay
functions. The various tracks in FCP came into play for this
2) The Viewer – this is where you manipulate your clips. You demonstration. One of the video productions he played
add effects, slice up the video objects and create titles in the showed the use of manual pan and zoom to create movement
viewer. It’s your workspace. in a single camera shot.
3) The Timeline – this is where you stack all your video clips It was noted that your productions could be shared by
so they go end-to-end. Your project is represented here in a exporting to a number of formats including QuickTime,
linear form. Using a final product, Rob showed how to use Podcast and DVD.
the “Mark In” and a “Mark Out” features to select the length
of the clip you want and drop the clips into the timeline. This Next, Rob moved to a discussion about the Digital Single
is a basic operation in video editing. Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras.
4) The Canvas – this window in the upper right is a visual Video capture capability is now on more and more still
representation of the timeline. cameras. Canon’s 5D, released a couple of years ago, had
HD. It sparked interest in a range of consumers from the
Some comments: home user to the pro. When shooting films, you need to
• The Space Bar can be used to play and pause the change aperture to control the depth of field.
• QuickTime 7 allows you to use many of the same The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR ($1,695 body only) can do
keyboard shortcuts that FCP has. things that a typical camera cannot do. It also has a HDMI
• The new iMovie is quite useful for people who don’t jack so you can plug it into your Hi-Def TV. These cameras
have experience in video editing. It features several are small and unobtrusive. So much so that he used one to
effects including the “Ken Burns effect” which creates shoot a medical surgery documentary.
the illusion of movement using still photos. Final Cut
Pro doesn’t come with this effect; it has to be done Rob played a few videos taken by a 7D. They looked as if
manually. they were taken by a motion picture camera, not the digital
still camera that the 7D is.
Once the basics were covered, we learned how to use the
Browser’s effects tab to create various transitions, e.g. For converting between various video formats, MPEG
dissolve, between your clips. You select a transition from Streamclip, a free download from www.squared5.com, is
various effects, which can be dropped between two video Rob’s recommendation. The Batch convert function is handy
clips to create a transition. Rob demonstrated the use of the for converting multiple videos in a single action.
Page Peel transition, which was pretty cool. He showed how
to change the direction and duration of the transition. The If you’re taking long videos you need to be aware of length
results were viewed in the Canvas. restrictions due to file size limitations. A Compact Flash card
formatted as FAT32 has a max file size of 4 GB. That’s about
12 minutes of video per file. So if you have a 16 GB card, it
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can hold a bit less than an hour, but not contiguously. You’ll
have to stop every 12 minutes or so and start a new file. The MLMUG Book and Video Library
By Helge Gunther, Librarian
In the old days a ‘clapper board’ was used to synch the audio One additional benefit of coming to MLMUG’s monthly
with the video. In today’s digital world, a program such as meetings is the opportunity to borrow books and videos
PluralEyes is used. It works with long clips and multiple from MLMUG library. Most of the videos are tutorials on
cameras to synch the video with the audio perfectly. It’s various software applications.
available from Singular Software for $149.
To borrow books and videos, visit my Library Table at the
For the audio recording Rob uses a Zoom H4N audio meeting, where you can see the actual items. You borrow
recorder. them this month and return them next month. All you have
Zacuto makes beautiful, but expensive, accessories. The one to do to borrow a book is to sign and date the index card
Zacuto product that Rob uses is the Z-Finder ($395!). It’s a inside the selected book’s back cover and give the card to
viewfinder that fits onto the camera screen and is very useful me. To borrow a video just sign a sheet indicating which
when shooting in the sun. Their products can be seen at one. When you return the book or video, hand it to me.
www.zacuto.com. There is no particular limit on the number of books / videos
Rob also talked about other accessories that he uses. you may borrow at one time – it is first come, first served.
You may even take out a book/video for an additional
He concluded his presentation with some interesting videos month provided nobody else has reserved it.
by Philip Bloom and Joe Simon. Although shot with
inexpensive (by Hollywood standards) digital cameras, they We are somewhat restricted by how many books can be
looked amazing. Create a $500,000 project for only $50, 000. ‘lugged’ in to every meeting. Fifty is about the limit. A
The videos included a wedding, one shot in Dubai, and one suggestion: if you come across a book or video that
shot at the Skywalker Ranch, a beautiful and secluded place you have found really helpful and which you think might be
where video makers can go and work. View it on the web at useful to other members, let us know and we will try and
http://vimeo.com/8100091. get a copy for the library.
After the free raffle, the meeting was adjourned at For a listing of the books and Take Control Ebooks, go to
approximately 12:15 p.m. www.mlmug.org/mlmugsecure/BookLib.html; for videos, go
Note from Jim - Thanks to Tony DiPiano who wrote up the
minutes from his notes, my notes, and the audio. I did some
minor editing. Also, thanks to Mark Bazrod for the I/A SIG
portion of the minutes.
MLMUG SPECIAL MATTERS
1. By-Laws Amendment. Bob Barton posted a special
email on March 30th that the MLMUG Board had
amended the By-Laws to provide for electronic voting
in addition to the usual voting at a physical meeting.
The amendment is available at www.mlmug.org/
2. Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will be our main presenter at our
May 8th meeting. MacOutfitters is sponsoring a $250
Raffles. Buy your raffle tickets while some are still
available. On May 7th, we’re having a dinner for Bob at
the Bahama Breeze Restaurant near the King of Prussia
movie theater. Sign up now at tinyurl.com/ydo4zfc.
3. MLMUG’S picnic will be first Saturday in June not the
second because the Scouts managed to scoot in
ahead of us.
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without any extra exertion. Some printers do this
automatically (for example, the HP Officejet). Often you just
need to choose the option. In the Print dialog box, choose
Layout from the Copies & Pages pop-up menu. A Two Sided
menu will appear at the bottom of the dialog box. Choose
Long Edge Binding or Short Edge Binding depending on the
orientation of your pages.
Others printers require that you print odd sides first, flip the
pages, then print even sides. To do this, select the Copies &
Pages pop-up menu and choose Paper Handling. You can
select odd or even pages from the menus there. You’ll need to
test this, however, to make sure you know exactly which way
to flip the pages in your paper tray to get the printing right; do
it with a two-page document first before printing out that long Changing your page layout lets you print multiple pages per
report. sheet, and saves paper and ink.
Print more than one page per sheet When you just need to Print smart and you can save a bundle on ink and toner. All
print out a document to see how it looks—to check its layout, you need to do is take a few of these simple steps.
not to read it in detail—try printing more than one page per
sheet. To do this, press Command-P to bring up a Print dialog Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn writes about more than just
box, then, from the pop-up menu labeled Copies & Pages, Macs on his blog Kirkville.
choose Layout. Choose a number from the Pages per Sheet
popup menu. This can be from 2 to 16. Choose a layout
direction to get it just right. Printing more than one page per
sheet is a great way to see an overview of your document.
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MACINTOSH ODDS AND ENDS MACINTOSH ODDS AND ENDS
Buy the 3G-Capable iPad. If you’re thinking of getting Spring Cleaning Your Mac. Macworld’s Chris Breen has
an iPad, wait a couple weeks, spend $130, and get the a very watchable 5-minute video podcast (vodcast) on
3G capable version - so says Jason Snell of Macworld. cleaning up your Mac. tinyurl.com/yct4aey. The steps
Apple cut a great deal with AT&T. You’re not committed include: 1. eliminate desktop icons by putting them into
to use 3G, you can use it for a month, and even have it one desktop folder; 2. create an alias of the downloads
automatically cancelled at the end of the month. The folder and put that on the desktop, keep it in list view
$130 is the price of the option to use it if necessary. and sort by date created, making recent downloads
tinyurl.com/yjcnj8p. readily available; 3. use a smart folder or other utilities to
find very large files and trash or archive them, freeing up
iPad Video Guided Tours. Apple released 12 videos on internal disk, 4. trash Apple loops for GarageBand,
the iPad. They are fun to watch even if you don’t buy iPhoto cache folder, and iPhoto Trash; 5. move old Mail
one; helpful if you’re considering buying one, and to Old Mail mailbox which you then can archive; 6.
informative if are going to buy one.www.apple.com/ipad/ remove attachments from mail messages; and 7.
guided-tours/. periodically empty trash.
iPad Replace Many Computers? A reader responded Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. Hah! The
to a blog by Brooke Crothers at CNet News thusly: "I Economist contains a very thoughtful article arguing that
can see the iPad and future versions of the concept there may be “as much variation within the digital native
taking over home computing. Yes, there probably will still generation as between the generations”. A study
be professionals that will continue to need a 'full' laptop cautions that the idea of a new generation that learns in
but for everyone else I am convinced that the simplicity a different way might actually be counterproductive in
of the iPad will see it replace the normal MacBook." I bet education, because such sweeping generalizations “fail
this rings a bell for many users. tinyurl.com/y9ssx6j. to recognize cognitive differences in young people of
iPad - A superbly written, expertly informative review. different ages, and variation within age groups”. If
If you want to read an outstanding column on why the correct, those of us over 40 still have a chance in today’s
iPad could change our use of computers, books and TV, world. tinyurl.com/y9nvobw.
you have to read the column by Daniel Lyons in The Future Will Not Be Free. A Newsweek article states
Newsweek. For example, “But the very simplicity of the that Stewart Brand did merely say that “information
iPad masks its transformational power. Some say the wants to be free”. The full quote was: "On the one hand,
iPad heralds a new era of computing, and I'm inclined to information wants to be expensive, because it's so
believe them.” “Today we talk about 'getting on the valuable. The right information in the right place just
Internet,' but with iPad you can have a persistent online changes your life. On the other hand, information wants
connection, and that's a pretty profound shift.” “The to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting
iPad could eventually become your TV, your newspaper, lower and lower all the time. So you have these two
and your bookshelf.” Powerful stuff. fighting against each other." Expect to pay for
www.newsweek.com/id/235565. newspapers, etc. on the Internet.tinyurl.com/y9lf82v.
How Woz Multitasks on His iPhone. Quoted from the Freemium. If you want to understand freemium pricing
Cult of Mac: “Ever the genius engineer, Woz has figured with examples from Pandora, Dropbox, Evernote,
out a simple and elegant way to run two iPhone apps Automattic and MailChimp, take a look at tinyurl.com/
simultaneously (otherwise known as multitasking). He ydc9wwo.
has two iPhones. Having two iPhones also doubles his
battery life. Is that cool or is that cool! tinyurl.com/ Online Backup Services. Macworld contains an
y9k4teq. extensive article on online backup services by Glenn
Fleishman, a Macworld regular and Take Control Books
Banish 7 Bad Tech Habits. CIO magazine had an article author. His opening sentence says it all - Backups work
about tech bad habits. A number related to Mac users, best when you have multiple copies, at least one of
including storing passwords in an unprotected file, which is both current and offsite.“ He reviews services
carrying an unencrypted flash drive, blindly clicking from Backblaze, Carbonite, Central, Home, Jungle Disk,
“Next” when installing software, and relying on a single Spider Oak, and iDrive. If you are at all interested in
backup method, and creating too much desktop clutter. exploring offsite backup, this article is a must read.
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Strategy Wizard to make setting up your searches easier.
Instead of checking boxes and adding search strings, the
In an ideal world, our Macs would be impeccably organized,
Strategy Wizard helpfully (and in plain English) identifies
not stuffed with old versions of Word docs and umpteen
parameters for your searches.
copies of the Beastie Boys’ “Hey Ladies.” Hyperbolic’s Tidy
Up offers powerful tools for identifying (and dispatching) After you’ve run your search, Tidy Up presents a
duplicate files, helping us get closer to that ideal Mac by comprehensive list of files with a preview window that can
sorting and disposing of unneeded bytes. even play back media. We appreciated the app’s useful Smart
Baskets (think Smart Folders), which helped us parse search
In Basic Mode, Tidy Up provides a list of predefined searches
results by grouping files by location or ensuring that just one
out of each set of dupes remains behind when clearing out
the extras. The app also gives you the option to move dupes
to another location or burn them to a disc so you can clear off
your machine while still maintaining a backup.
Because its powers run so deep, Tidy Up can be complex to
use. We spent a good deal of time digging into the
documentation before we felt comfortable with anything
beyond basic functions. Even then, some of the concepts
weren’t clear until we fiddled around for a while, playing “what
happens if I do this?” A simple task like housecleaning on
your Mac really shouldn’t require this much effort and study.
to find the most common kinds of duplicate files. You can, for We cleaned up our act and our hard drive with Tidy
example, search by filename, find duplicate copies of music Up, but only after we spent a lot of time wrapping
files in your iTunes collection, or sift through iPhoto or our brain around the app's complex and sometimes
Aperture libraries for duplicate images. Tidy Up can also convoluted options.
search your files’ metadata, such as track names for music or
modification dates of a text file, and it can locate either exact Tidy Up
matches or files with similar names. That’s handy for finding COMPANY: Hyperbolic Software
old versions of frequently revised documents. CONTACT: www.hyperbolicsoftware.com
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.3.9 and up
Tidy Up can search your startup drive and any external
Scours your Mac for duplicate files. Allows you
drives or removable media mounted on your Mac.
to move or archive extra files to removable media or
If Tidy Up already sounds deep, the app lets you go much simply delete them.
deeper by creating complex search queries in the Advanced User interface can be confusing. Documentation
Mode. These quickly drill down to the exact files you’re is sometimes unclear.
searching for by using file names, sizes, and more obscure
characteristics like creator codes and resource-fork
information. Because Tidy Up’s extensive options can quickly
become confusing even for advanced users, you can invoke a
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AI and Humans without warning to non-teenage citizens in the vicinity.
Notorious local, Jihad Jane is another example of
By Kathy Garges cyberspace connections that create real-world dangers.
Efforts to outlaw cell phone use and texting while driving are
gaining momentum. (Perhaps the auto companies could
add a feature, similar to the key-in-the-ignition buzzer, which
identifies and switches off cell phones and other electronic
devices when the engine is running.)
Social media seem to offer the greatest potential for
When I was a new attorney, I observed a scary phenomenon
addiction. Will we some day be claiming that these websites
in some of my “elders at the bar” who had been in practice
deliberately addicted us? Anita Say Chan reports her study
more than twenty years. Like stereotypical absent-minded
of human addiction to Slashdot, a technology and science
professors, they seemed to exist only marginally in their
news website. Slashdot’s motto is “News for Nerds. Stuff
bodies, living actively in their heads in some timeless realm
that Matters.” The site posts news stories suggested by
of legal conundrums. Another new attorney I worked with at
participants and encourages posting of online comments. It
the time liked to say that he was already a “disembodied
relies on our human desire to respond to controversy and
brain.” I privately dubbed this hazard “fried brains,” and
get our two cents in. Chan defines addictive activity as
resolved never to succumb.
activity that doesn’t constitute substance learning, and
“users” as those who are in a stable state, in contrast to
Now all of us are facing the disembodied-brain peril in the
“addicts,” who are helpless and show a continuing decline
form of overuse or misuse of computers and other
requiring intervention. Website addiction tends to start with
electronics. Without our conscious awareness, or theirs, the
an intention to check a site briefly, but then the user gets
machines can lure us into a human-machine “artificial
involved and finds that time has passed. Unlike another
intelligence” entity which is less than beneficial to the
addictive technology, television, cyberspace doesn’t even
human component. A couple months ago, a fellow
include commercials to break our connection. Chan reports
MLMUGer offered the term “CrackBerry” to describe human
that addicts feel a need to see rapid changes to Slashdot as
addiction to electronic devices. Another MLMUGer recently
new comments (called “Freshmeat”) are posted. They worry,
posted to the listserv to request help in blocking a computer
irrationally, that they could be left behind.
game he spent too much time playing.
In a feat of journalistic bravery, I accessed Slashdot for the
These examples pale in comparison with a news report that
first time. I’m not a nerd (well, you may think otherwise), but
a South Korean couple let their 3-month-old starve to death
I did find a reference to an interesting book on AI ethics. In
because they were addicted to an Internet game about
addition, one of the six articles recently posted on AI was
raising a virtual child. The couple reportedly met at an
interesting: “Does this Headline Know You’re Reading It?”
Internet chat site. I kept double-checking to make sure this
The article claims that Apple has already purchased Tobii’s
story wasn’t a hoax.
eye-tracking hardware, for reasons unknown. This article
received 140 comments, many of which were comments on
If you’re in doubt as to whether you’re technology-addicted,
the commenters and the discussion process itself rather
you can take online quizzes to assess your level of
than on the technology. In-jokes lure participants deeper. I
dependence. (The URL for one such quiz is at the end of
refrained from opening an account to comment on the
this column.) The possible causes and cures are more
article, or on the comments.
difficult to analyze. Human overindulgence in repetitive,
time-wasting activities has always been with us. As a
Alas, I am unable to provide information on Facebook
twelve-year-old, I became addicted to a game called Hi-Q, a
addiction. The primary website for Facebook Addiction
plastic tray with holes for plastic pegs that was played by
Disorder is on Facebook and requires membership. I didn’t
jumping and removing pegs. Just one more try and I might
want to risk addiction by joining.
win! After I won, I needed numerous tries to win again to
prove that the first win wasn’t a fluke. The next day I needed
Many websites offer advice for curing technology addiction,
to prove that I was just as sharp as I’d been the previous
but they’re the usual suggestions for handling any kind of
day(s). It was probably only the excitement of a new TV
bad habit or compulsion. Learning more about how our
season that broke my connection to the game.
brains work may help us with technology addiction. Humans
have a hunger for interaction and connection, probably
Technology addiction problems can affect the real world.
stemming from biological survival needs, perhaps instinctive
The power fantasies of hackers can become viruses, worms
hunting and foraging behavior to locate food. University of
and security breaches. Recently, there’s been a rash of
Edinburgh professor, Andy Clark, suggests that there are
teenage flash mobs in Philly that arise via Twitter invitations,
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“open channel” activities that we engage in, like dancing, Sherry Turkle, editor and introductory essay, The Inner
which use short-term memory without creating models in History of Devices, The MIT Press, 2008, and especially,
our brains. We’re connected neurologically to our Anita Say Chan’s contribution, “Slashdot.org.”
perceptions during the activity. Cyberspace could access
these channels frequently. In addition, for rational thinking,
we humans often use physical space to organize and order
our brain processes. Cyberspace is outside of physical Kathy Garges is a member of MLMUG who practices
reality, and doesn’t contain the personal markers that we law as an independent contract lawyer. She especially
usually use in navigating our world. No wonder we lose enjoys working on information technology business
track of time online. The risk-reward loop, which operates transactions. Kathy also uses her Mac for writing
below the conscious level in humans and doesn’t involve poetry, fiction and screenplays. Her magnum opus,
reasoning, is another possible culprit in the onset of novel-in-progress features several intelligent robots.
These insights into human brain function suggest that better
organization could help us with technology addiction. The
next column will examine how artificial intelligence can help
us with handling information overload and “getting things
done.” Meanwhile, here’s a suggestion for redirecting your NEEDED
technology fixation towards more benign technologies, or at
least choosing your poison. If you’re spending too much New Product Reviewers. If you want to
time online, try turning on the TV, or, better yet, make sure obtain a free Mac-related application, hardware, book,
you have plenty of computer work from your day job to accessory, or training package, all you have to do is
bring home at night. review them for the Newsletter. Just contact Mark
Bazrod, our new Vendor Liaison, at email@example.com
Readers’ Bonus: with the product’s name and the vendor’s URL. He will
try to get you a review copy. You keep what you review.
Highlights of the First Robotics Philadelphia Regional
competition in March:
1. One of the robots caught on fire during a seeding match. Old Product Reviewers. If you would like to
Perhaps an overly-snug fit of the plastic sheet lid, used by write a review for a product you are currently using,
many contestants this year, caused robot fever. p l e a s e c o n t a c t t h e Ve n d o r L i a i s o n a t
2. Contestants got extra points for elevating themselves firstname.lastname@example.org. We all could greatly benefit from
above the field at the end of the match. They used creative someone else’s experience.
acrobatic moves like chin-ups, flip-ups and handstands.
Wouldn’t it be great for a robot to be able to store itself on a
closet shelf at the end of the day? Photographers for the MLMUG Photo of the
3. After the seeding matches, two AIs (Roombas by their Month column or MLMUGERS Caught-in-the-Wild. You
appearance) vacuumed the field carpet as they were don't have to be a professional photographer. Contact
cheered on by a rhumba-line of competition officials. o u r G r a p h i c s E d i t o r, S a l l y B a z r o d , a t
Sources and additional information:
Gizmodo Quiz: Are You Addicted To Technology?,
Associated Press, “Tending virtual child, they let baby
starve,” March 7, 2010,
Andy Clark, Supersizing the Mind, Oxford University Press,
Apple information on Slashdot: http://apple.slashdot .org
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MLMUG PHOTO OF THE MONTH
EAST CONSERVATORY - SPRING FLOWERS
Submitted by Bud Spitzer
Such lush beauty available in the cold month of January is a rare treat and worthy of a showing in this
warm April month. Longwood Gardens never disappoints.
Sally Bazrod, Photo Editor
Camera: Nikon D5000
Date: January 24, 2010
Max Aperture Value: f/4.9
Focal Length: 34 mm