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    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 GENERAL MEETINGS SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH WWW.MLMUG.ORG SOCIAL NETWORKING - YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, MYSPACE, ETC. WHAT’S INSIDE 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 Reviews state's law enforcement professionals are protecting the public from cyber-criminals. The Non-Designer’s………..…12 * Our own David Comeau will share his experiences how social networking apps are Presentation Book evolving into true business tools in the corporate world. Tidy Up…………………....12-13 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. and directions. 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. Page 1
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 Main Line Macintosh Users Group Founded May 13,1989 by Donald B. Houghton (1918-1990) President Membership Information Tony DiPiano Membership dues are $25 for individuals mlmugs@gmail.com and $35 for families. Memberships are Vice President & Promotion Director based on your anniversary date, which Ed Stevens is the month you joined. You will be e- ejstevens@gmail.com mailed a reminder when your Newsletter Editor Recording Secretary membership fee is due. Mark Bazrod Jim Berray Jmar56gmail.com Graphics Editor If you’re just visiting to check us out, or Treasurer, Beginners SIG Chair, Sally Bazrod Deputy Webmaster if you’ve been visiting for some time, but Bob Barton haven’t joined, consider these benefits Copy Editor bartonbob@comcast.net of membership: Deane Lappin Member-at-Large, Intermediate & Contributors & Authors Adv. SIG Co-Chair, & List Mom •Monthly meetings, where you can Maria O. Arguello Stan Horwitz stan.horwitz@gmail.com learn, share, and meet everyone from Jim Berray working Mac professionals to new Mac Kathy Garges Badge/Meeting Signs Coordinator Wolfgang Gunther users from all backgrounds. Florence Ion wolfgang@gunther.com •Monthly newsletter, which is full of Kirk McElhearn Book & Video Librarian interesting Mac news, tips, and Sharon Zardetto Helge Gunther information. helge@gunther.com •Useful free items at the monthly MLMUG Journal Masthead Designed by Marc Robinson Educational Liaison & Multimedia Raffles. Auctions at much less than SIG Co-Chair retail prices. Based on designs by Steve Evans Linda McNeil and Bobby Foster lmcneil@brushcolor.com •Web Site with 12 months of MLMUG newsletters, links to important Mac Previous Editors Facilities Coordinator Eugene L. Coggins web sites, meeting information, a Gene Makar Elaine Packer elcoggins@bee.net member directory, directions to our Stan Horwitz Marc Robinson Intermediate & Adv. SIG Co-Chair meetings, and much more! Our web Steve Evans John W. Linton Ben Romney site is www.mlmug.org. Blanche Johnson Craig TenBroeck bromney1@gmail.com •MLMUG Mailing List, to post John Clutz, Jr. Courtland Smith Multimedia SIG Co-Chair technical questions or comments to John Donnelly Dale Fletcher each other and the experts within the MLMUG Journal is published monthly cryptobyte@aol.com group. by the Main Line Macintosh Users Group Newsletter Editor & Vendor Liaison and is available online. It is produced Mark Bazrod msb@lpilease.com Are you ready to join? Please make a using Apple Pages, with a Helvetica Newsletter Graphics Editor check payable to MLMUG and bring it Neue font. Sally Bazrod to a monthly meeting or mail it to: Permission is granted to nonprofit sallybazrod@mac.com groups and other Macintosh User Program Director Treasurer, MLMUG Groups to reproduce items in this Gene Makar P.O. Box 1374 newsletter. Please include the author’s or Genemakr@verizon.net Southeastern, PA 19399 artist’s name, the MLMUG Journal title, Social Secretary and our copyright notice. A copy should Gail Montgomery also be mailed to: Editor, MLMUG Web Site Hosted By gailemontgomery@aol.com Journal, P.O. Box 1374, Southeastern, Special Programs Director PA 1 9 3 9 9 o r e m a i l e d t o Maria O. Arguello msb@lpilease.com. arguello10@comcast.net (c)2010 Journal content not written by Webmaster members is included courtesy of the Moe Comeau sources. Product names & images are mlmug3@gmail.com trademarks or copyrights of the Past Presidents respective owners. Craig A. TenBroeck John W. Linton Moe Comeau Maria Arguello Mark Bazrod Page 2
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 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 craigten@comcast.net. 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. room. 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 mlmug@yahoogroups.com and your message will be sent to 10:30 - 11:50: Main Presentation (by a member or guest) everyone on the mailing list. Posting to this list is restricted to MLMUG members. Contact Bob Barton if you are a member 11:50 - Noon: Raffles and silent auctions. and you are not on the list. Rules of etiquette should be observed. See the Yahoo Come join some fellow MLMUG members for Groups Terms of Service. The MLMUG list may be used to post Apple/Macintosh-related items for sale, but any lunch after the meeting at a nearby solicitation of members through the list is strictly forbidden restaurant. without the express written consent of a MLMUG officer. The list is hosted at Yahoo Groups. Page 3
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 suggest you consult the following article by an Intel engineer. tinyurl.com/499p2. 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 WARNING 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 ISSUES 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 Page 4
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 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 menu. 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 networking. take a different path to take the indicated steps. Page 5
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 • 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. Page 6
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 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 your clip. 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. video. • 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 Page 7
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 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 to www.mlmug.org/mlmugsecure/VidLib.html 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/ BylawX.html. 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. Page 8
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 In the example below, an article from a news Web site would The following article was written by Kirk McElhearn and was take up three printed pages, but the actual content ends at posted to Macworld.com on December 4, 2009 and appeared the bottom of the second page. If you’re using Apple’s Safari, in the April issue of Macworld. © 2010 Future USA Inc. you can leaf through the pages beforehand. You’ll see a tinyurl.com/ybhw6kb. He has appeared many times on Tech preview of the document in the print dialog box. Click on the Night Owl podcasts, written numerous Take Control eBooks, arrow buttons below the preview to view the pages. Then and is one of my favorite authors. choose which pages to print by changing the Print option from All to From and entering page numbers. (Some Simple Ways To Save When You Print programs, including Mozilla Firefox, don’t show a preview of your pages in the Print dialog box.) By Kirk McElhearn, Macworld.com Excellent printers cost only a pittance these days—you can get a good laser printer for around $50 and an all-in-one printer/scanner for less than $100. But they’ve become the razors to the blades, which are ink and toner. The initial prices are deceptive. The real cost of printing is the ink. It won’t take long for you to spend more buying new ink than you did on your new printer. With this in mind, here are some ways to save. Print only what you need The best way to save money when printing is to print only what you need, when you need it: E-mail messages Do you really need to print that e-mail you got from your boss or a client? If so, do you need to print the whole thing? If you don’t need the whole message (long signatures and all), you can usually just select the important Before you print that Web page, take a moment to check how paragraphs, paste them in a new word processor document, many printed pages it will occupy. If I print everything in this and then print that out. If the document runs a few lines article, I'll end up with one nearly blank page and an longer than one page, select all the text and reduce the font additional page filled with only links. size by a point or two. You’ll also find that some Web sites offer special pages Alternatively, you could save some space by reformatting the formatted for printing: you can usually access them by e-mail message to get rid of line breaks. Download and install clicking on a Print link, or on a special printer icon. Web sites Devon Technologies’ free WordService 2.7 to do this in a jiffy create these layouts to spares you ads and awkward page with its Reformat service. This service can easily reduce a breaks. However, many Web sites set these pages up with a message from 80-lines to 50, because e-mails, depending on larger (more legible) font. If you’re trying to cut back on your how they’re sent, can be formatted with fixed line lengths. paper use, check the preview in the Print dialog box to see if you could handle smaller text. If so, click on Cancel to get out You can also shrink the size of a message you print using of the Print dialog box and then press Command-minus sign Apple’s Mail by selecting the Print dialog box’s Scale (-) to reduce the Web page’s font as you like. Doing this Message To Fit option. (Don’t see it? Click on the disclosure before you print can save you an extra page or two. triangle next to your printer’s name and the Print dialog box will expand to reveal more choices along with a preview of Maximize your paper use your message.) This option reduces the message’s font size Printing less is one thing, but there are also a few good ways to make it print on fewer pages. (The option below that one, to make the most of the paper you use: Rewrap Message to Fit, actually enlarges fonts to fit the page width, so it makes you print more pages.) Empty the recycling bin Unless you print documents mostly for reports and presentations or you store documents away in Web pages When you print a Web page, you may end up an archive, you probably have a big pile of printed pages with a bunch of paper—only one page of which includes the sitting (hopefully) in the recycling bin. One easy way to save content you wanted. Depending on how a Web page is laid money is to put these to use. Flip a stack over and stick it out, Apple’s Safari and other Web browsers may want to print back in your printer so you can use the clean side. it in strange ways. You may find that side columns end up printed below the main content, or that large swaths of Print on both sides If you have a newer printer, make sure content at the footer of a page may create an entirely new you’re using its features. Many printers will print on both sides page. of the page, which means you can save paper in a big way Page 9
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 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. Page 10
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 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. tinyurl.com/yhylv7p. tinyurl.com/nn5kwx. Page 11
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 BOOK REVIEW The best part for me was the way Robin Williams organized the ending. I found that the title of Section IV, Final Thoughts By Maria O. Arguello on Presentation Design, encapsulated several points mentioned throughout the book. These are: Learn Your Software; Handouts; Ignore these Rules; and Listen to your Product: The Non-Designer’s Presentation Book– Eyes, which includes a quiz on the various points made Principles for effective presentation design throughout the book. And finally, there is a Checklist for info; Author: Robin Williams Checklist for slides; and Sources for fonts/images/video/ List Price: $24.99 sound. Publisher: Peachpit Press It is emphasized everywhere in the book to spend time ISBN-13: 978-0-321-65621-6 outlining your thoughts BEFORE learning the software. The more time spent on the details of a great presentation, the ISBN-10: 0-321-65621-0 better the chance that it will yield the best outcome. Quoting Pages: 158 John Tollett, “Preparation works better than optimism.” Publication Date: March, 2010 Buy this book. It’s a must-have for all presenters, especially Reviewer's Rating: 5 out of 5 Apples. for Apple User Group members who need to make presentations to our groups. I learned a lot from it and expect my next presentation to be unforgettable. In a good way! The Non-Designer’s Presentation Book by Robin Williams is a book destined to be useful to all presenters, be they Maria has been president, beginners, intermediate, or advanced. The author focuses member-at-large, vendor liaison, mostly on digital presentations, but takes care to differentiate program co-chair, and special between a presentation, a speech, and a lecture. A projects director for MLMUG. presentation by its very nature implies the use of visual aids— She is an active member of enter Microsoft’s PowerPoint, Apple’s Keynote, Google’s several user groups. A retired Presently, or OpenOffice’s Impress. However, the presenters teacher, she enjoys learning are not limited to software. They may also use a flip chart, about the diversity of the user chalkboard, or whiteboard, and “great handouts.” What is group community. She is the used depends on the content of the material and the Apple User Group Regional audience. Liaison for the Northeast. She has a daughter and three grandchildren who are all Mac Robin Williams has had years of experience not only writing users. great books, but also giving presentations—technical, biographical, or theatrical. She has wanted to write this book for years. And we now thankfully have a guide for all of us who wish to be better at sharing our knowledge. She has a knack for turning complicated material into a fascinating yarn. SOFTWARE REVIEW It is encouraged to be precise as to what we have liked about By Florence Ion good presentations and about those that were not so good. By focusing on the specifics of the not so good (monotone Product: Tidy Up!2 and low voice), it is hoped that we can avoid replicating the Manufacturer: Hyperbolic Software annoying things and enforce the positive aspects (expressive and humorous). URL: hyperbolicsoftware.com/ List Price: $30 The book guides the reader from how to design slides to discerning the best content for the audience. There are tips System Requirements: OS X 10.5 or later. galore to avoid pitfalls, from the delivery of a great Version 1 is for earlier OSs. presentation to designing beautiful and useful slides. The Reviewer's Rating: 3.5 out of 5. color illustrations pop throughout the book. The following article was written by Florence Ion and was posted to Maclife.com on March 18, 2010 and appeared in the April issue of MacLife. © 1994-2010 Mac Publishing, LLC. Page 12
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 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 PRICE: $30 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 Page 13
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 The following article was written by Sharon Zardetto and Command-Control-Up Arrow opens the parent folder in the appeared in April, 2010 issue of Macworld. © 1994-2010 Mac same window. Publishing, LLC. She’s been writing about the Mac since 3. Get a summary of info 1984, including a number of Take Control eBooks. Google her. She’s excellent. Select an item in the Finder, press Command-I, and its Info window opens replete with both basic and “meta” information Five Unexpected Uses For The Control Key such as how many pages are in a PDF document. Start with By Sharon Zardetto, Macworld.com two or three items selected, and you get two or three Info windows. Want the total size of all the files? Add up the If you’re like me, you’ve nearly worn out your Mac’s Control numbers in the Info windows. Or, select multiple icons and key (often labeled CTRL), using it to open contextual menus. press Command-Control-I for a single window, labeled It’s true that Control-clicking on anything from a Finder icon to Multiple Items Info; this Multiple Item Info window gives you a window’s title is an amazingly handy way to access a pop- the total of the files’ sizes. (Previous to Snow Leopard, doing up menu of targeted options. But you can also add Control to a standard Get Info on more than ten selected files common key combinations for variations on the original automatically opened Multiple Item Info, but that doesn’t functions. seem to be the case anymore.) 1. Open a folder in a new window Using the Inspector window (Command-Option-I) for multiple Set your Finder Preferences (Finder -> Preferences) to Always files also gives the total file size, but there are some key Open Folders In A New Window, and each double-click on a differences between a Summary window and the Inspector. folder opens a new window, cluttering even a big screen in There’s only one Inspector window, and it’s “live”: Change the short order. With the option unchecked (as it is by default), a selection and the information in the Inspector changes to double-clicked folder shows its content in the current window reflect the new combined information. The Summary window, (replacing whatever was displayed in the window before). This in contrast, stays “locked” on the selection you made when is the better default setup because it cuts down on clutter. you opened it. You can select other items and open a You can always Command-double-click on a folder those Summary window for them; the Summary window for the times when you want to see its contents in a new window. original selection remains open and unchanged (handy when you want to compare two groups of files). But what about us keyboard junkies? I select a folder by typing, and open it by pressing Command-O or Command- 4. Access a restart, sleep, and shutdown shortcut Down Arrow. I’d have to reach for the mouse to use the You can restart, sleep, or shut down your Mac using the Command-double-click method. So when I want to open a commands in the Apple menu, or you can just press Control- folder in a new window, I add the Control key: Command- Eject to open a Restart/Shutdown dialog box. You can then Control-O or Command-Control-Down Arrow opens a folder use a single key to indicate your button choice: R for Restart; into a new window. S for Sleep; C (or Esc, or Command-period) for Cancel; or Note that the Control key effectively reverses your Return/Enter for Shut Down. Preferences setting. If you use the Always Open Folders In A 5. Jump to the Spotlight Preferences command New Window option, a Command-double-click or Command- Control-O will display the folder’s contents in the current Your Spotlight menu is open, showing hits for your search window instead. term, but you’re tired of its including, say, five e-mail messages, which limits the number of documents it can list. 2. Open a new window for the enclosing folder You need a trip to Spotlight Preferences to change the Search When you’re looking at the contents of a folder in the Finder, Results parameters, and there’s a quick way to get there. pressing Command-Up Arrow opens the enclosing, or When the menu is open with anything listed in it (that is, when “parent,” folder. So, for instance, if you’re in a subfolder in more than just the Search field is showing), press Control- your Documents folder, you can easily move up to the Down Arrow to select the last item—Spotlight Preferences— Documents folder and see its other subfolders. With the and then press Return. Control-Up Arrow always selects the preferred Finder preference setting of Always Open Folders In first item, Show All, which opens a Finder window with the A New Window checked off, however, moving up in the search results in it. hierarchy means the contents of your window changes. What Beware: the Control key plus arrow keys are also default if you want that subfolder window to remain open? Add shortcuts for moving around in Spaces. If you’ve enabled Control to the keyboard command: Command-Control-Up Spaces and left these shortcuts active, they’ll take Arrow opens a new window for the enclosing folder. precedence over the Spotlight menu shortcuts. As with the basic Command-O for opening a window, the Sharon Zardetto’s latest ebook is the Snow Leopard edition of Control key reverses the preference setting. So, if you have 33 Things to Customize in Mac OS X. Always Open Folders In A New Window checked on, Page 14
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 JOY OF TECH The Joy of Tech is reprinted with the permission of Nitrozac and Snaggy. Please visit their Web site, www.geekculture.com, and check out their great Mac T-shirts, caps, beanies, buttons, posters and other paraphernalia! Page 15
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 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 Fried Brains 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, Page 16
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 “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. technology addiction. 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 msb@lpilease.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 msb@lpilease.com. 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 sallybazrod@mac.com. Sources and additional information: Gizmodo Quiz: Are You Addicted To Technology?, http://gizmodo.com/5453262/quiz-are-you-addicted-to- technology Associated Press, “Tending virtual child, they let baby starve,” March 7, 2010, http://www.philly.com/inquirer/world_us/86738222.html Andy Clark, Supersizing the Mind, Oxford University Press, 2008.http://is.gd/be5H9 Apple information on Slashdot: http://apple.slashdot .org Page 17
    • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 APRIL 2010 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 Technical Specs: Camera: Nikon D5000 Date: January 24, 2010 Max Aperture Value: f/4.9 Focal Length: 34 mm Flash: Auto Page 18