January 23, 2017 Meeting Notes
Qualcomm makes the Broadcom chip used to provide cellular service on Smartphones.
Download patches for iOS, MacOS, and WatchOS.
Mom and Pop outfits set up cheap web sites, that rely on Flash. So Flash problems are not going away anytime soon.
D-Link is not proactively upgrading routers and IP security.
“Look idiots, you are making devices anyone can hack. Please stop.”
AAPL continues slight uptrend ($120.08 today)
Another Analyst Bullish on AAPL (grain of salt recommended)
Sales of iPhones and Macs over Christmas was good.
Apple Annual Meeting 2/28/17
Introduction was made at MacWorld SF.
Yahoo Sale to Verizon (Delayed…)
(could effect our mail list)
Will the new Apple campus be ready in time for the Annual Meeting? No. Apple has mailed update to shareholders that the meeting will be at Infinite Loop.
Logic Pro X
GarageBand for iOS
could create 50,000 jobs. Cost: $7 billion.
New iMacs, iPads & MacBooks also Rumored
Lynda Gousha 1/23/17
Lynda has slide show
Dan Foy - relates personal experience as podcast author.
— uses Overcast
Dan Foy - Open Source - Firefox Focus
SVMUG January 2017
WHAT MAKES A GOOD PODCAST?
➤ Obviously, as Individuals, our Tastes will Vary
➤ These Criteria, are Mine - Yours Likely will be Different
➤ Signal to Noise Ratio
➤ Less ‘Bashing’ More Intelligent Commentary, Pro or Con
➤ Useful and/or Interesting Information
HOW I LISTEN (RARELY WATCH)
➤ Old Fashioned iPod Classic
➤ Overcast App on iPhone
‘OLD FASHIONED’ IPOD
➤ My Car & ‘At Home’ Speakers
have 30 pin Dock Connectors
➤ 160GB of Space
➤ Still works fine
OVERCAST ON IPHONE
➤ Downloads Podcasts *Very
➤ Has ‘Voice Boost’ for
➤ Back & Forward Variable
Times for Skipping
Commercials or Repeating
what you missed
HOW TO FIND PODCASTS
VERY FAVORITE PODCASTS
➤Mac OS Ken - Ken Ray (5 Days/Wk)
➤Nosillacast - Allison Sheridan (Weekly)
➤ Especially ‘Security Lite’ segment w/Bart Busschots
ALMOST NEVER MISS PODCASTS
➤ In Addition to MacOS Ken & Nosillacast
➤ Let’s Talk Apple - Bart Busschots (Monthly News Recap)
➤ Daily Tech News w/Tom Merritt
➤ Daily Tech News Headlines w/Tom Merritt
➤ The Talk Show - John Gruber (Does contain extraneous talk)
➤ Mac Geek Gab - Dave Hamilton, John Braun (Weekly)
➤ MacCast - Adam Christianson (Weekly)
➤ ScreenCasts Online - Don McAllister; is Video, Costs $
➤ Macintosh Folklore Radio - Not updated, but Great History
➤ Mac Power Users (David Sparks & Katy Floyd)
➤ Mac Observers Daily Observations (Jeff Gamut & Guests)
➤ Mac Observers Context Machine Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamut)
LIST OF PODCASTS FROM DEAN
For Mac Eyes Only
Komando on Demand
Mac Power Users
Mac Cast (Enhanced)-For Mac Geeks,
by Mac Geeks
Mac OS Ken
NosillaCast Mac Podcast
Tech News Today
TEDTalks (various-currently listening to
The Apple Byte
The Checklist by Secure Mac
The Dalrymple Report (on hiatus?)
The Digital Story Photography Podcast
The Mac Observer’s Mac Geek Gab
The Mac Observer’s Daily Observations
The New Screen Savers
The Tech Guy
This Week in Law
This Week in Google
This Week in Tech
This Week in Photo
Your Mac Life
CHARLES’ FAVORITE MAC/TECH PODCASTS
➤ MacOS Ken
➤ EyeChart Radio
➤ Checklist (Mac Security)
➤ Apple Conference Calls (Financial)
CHARLES’ FAVORITE NON APPLE/TECH RELATED
➤ The Incomparable
➤ Mission Log (Star Trek)
➤ Lazy Dr. Who
➤ Audio Guide to Babylon 5
➤ This American Life (NPR)
➤ Planet Money (NPR)
➤ 50 Things that Made the Modern Economy
DAN’S FAVORITE TECH PODCASTS
➤ Mac Power Users
➤ Ctrl-Walt-delete (w/Walt Mossberg)
➤ l-Alt-DeleteSecurity Now
DAN’S FAVORITE NON TECH PODCASTS
➤ Gardening Podcasts
➤ Slate’s Political Gabfest
➤ ‘This Week In’
➤ Insomniac Podcast: ‘Sleep with Me’
ONE MORE FROM DEAN
➤ MacMost Now - Mac Tutorials
1. looking for cases for iPad Air 2
Go to Central Computing - they have many inexpensive cases.
The Infinity cases ($10) are recommended.
Take a look at e-grips.
2. Mac Mini is getting SMART alerts for its SSD drive. The alerts are for a high wear level.
You must replace the drive immediately.
Make a backup now, then replace.
3. MacLife Magazine mentions Little Snitch. What do members think?
A member is using it. It monitors outbound network connections. It allows you to configure trusted applications for outbound connections. It is essentially a more configurable firewall.
4. How can I make a bootable backup on an external drive, with encryption.
We suggest making a non-encrypted boot drive, and separately back up the critical data.
Meeting Notes - February 27, 2017
CloudFlare provides a content delivery network and also protection against denial of service attacks. This is done by distributing the content over a network of servers, choosing the least impacted server to deliver content to an end user when requested.
This mainly concerns office printer installations, which may have cached documents on a hard drive. At home, this is typically not the case.
They collected data, which was identifiable down to the household, and sold this data. This data consisted of the family viewing habits, including the specific shows watched, the times watched, and so forth. They used pixel sampling matching, so that they know if you are watching a DVD, or video from your computer, and can tell what it is.
Do not panic — you need to install malware first, which you can avoid by keeping your apps up to date. In addition, these are targeted attacks, which likely does not include any of our members.
AAPL closes today at ‘all time high’ $136.93
Warren Buffet has a lot of AAPL - Speaks of $1 Trillion Mkt Cap
Presentation: Wally Cherwinski on iPhone videography.
Dr. Wally Cherwinski is a Videographer based in Ottawa, Canada. Originally trained as a scientist, he spent a portion of his career in research and teaching at the University of Cambridge, England while doubling as a freelance photographer and writer. Later, he joined Canada’s National Research Council and spent many years managing communications for the Canadian Space Program.
Starting with 16mm film, he has written and directed numerous documentaries and television features, including projects with Canada’s National Film Board. More recently, he has combined his passion for video with his love of travel.
Wally has been a Mac user since the original 128K in 1984 and his Apple “museum” includes over 30 Macs (not to mention Newtons, iPods, iPhones & iPads). He has delivered video workshops at several Macworlds, at Macintosh User Groups in the U.S. & Canada and on three MacMania cruises. He also writes a regular video column in the ScreenCastsOnline monthly magazine.
On holiday, most people take a lot of photos, not so much video. We are used to taking pictures, but not video.
A few years ago, you would have to buy a dedicated video camera (expensive) and carry it with your still camera.
But now, both still and video are built into smartphones, especially the iPhone.
Video is becoming more popular. People are doing one-off clips, posting to Facebook and other social media.
iPhone Video to Go
A photo snaps an instant of time
Clip captures moments
Video captures stories.
“The best video camera is the one in your pocket” — smaller video cameras are better than big ones, when capturing spontaneous stories.
good optical quality
Slo Mo, Time Lapse
and has good accessories
But no continuous zoom
weak in low light
screen hard to see
battery life problem
In photos and camera settings, you have four choices:
720p at 30 fps
1080p HD at 30 fps
1080p HD at 60 fps
4K at 30 fps
A minute of 4K takes 378 MB.
Hold the iPhone horizontally. A round red button means you are not recording, a square red button means you are recording. The round white button allows you to simultaneously take a photo.
A 4K image is 3840x2160 pixels. By shooting 4K, you have the ability to crop the 4K image into three versions of the same scene at 1080p presentation.
The still photos are basically an 8 MP photo, but that is not bad.
Apps like SnapMotion will extract still photos from a 4K video.
The case should have an attachment point for a lanyard. Ringke Max
ergonomic grip - Shoulderpod S1
tripod - Joby Gorillapod, Square Jellyfish, Ultrapod II
Zlylus.com - Journalist Kit - grip and mini tripod system.
iKlip Grip Stand
portable microphone - Rode VideoMic
Day Packs - Mountainsmith Day, mountainsmith.com
Metrosafe Sling, pacsafe.com
Nat Geo “Africa” sling, manfrotto.com
Also consider bringing
a shooting buddy (wife, friend)
second iPhone or camera (GoPro perhaps)
portable charger, cable
big pockets (vest, tactical pants, etc.)
No lens kit for iPhone 7, 7+
For the other iPhones, look for a lens kit with
protective case, easy on/off
wrist strap, accessories
lens choice - tele, wide, fisheye, macro, circular polarizer
optical quality (no vignetting, no chromatic aberration, no distortion)
iZZi Slim lens kit - izzigadgets.com
olloclip - oloclip.com
There is an Ollo Case for the 7+ at $200 for case and active lens set.
Ztylus is Wally’s favorite - Z Prime kit and the Revolver 4-in-1
For 7+ Ztylus offers the Zamera Zoom lens Kit
iOgrapher - portable studio camera
Settings - keep it simple
shoot the works
easy on the moves
play the angles
Settings - really no need to do color balance, etc.
but if you must, get Filmic Pro on the App Store.
shoot the works
do not hesitate to shoot,
you never know what will be good.
start with the rule of thirds,
but explore from there
easy on the moves
it is not easy to pan, dolly,
so avoid that
play the angles
try different angles on your subject
think about sequences
Selfies are allowed.
Wally Cherwinski - Magic 22
ScreenCastsOnline Monthly Magazine
For editing, Wally hates iMovie, but does like the trailers feature of iMovie. Day to Day editing, he uses FCP X.
1. iMac headphone jack mutes all audio when the headphones is plugged in. No sound at all.
something goofy happened — we do not know.
2. updated iPhone to current iOS, and found the location services icon is always there. Can I suppress the location services?
You can turn location services off in general, or app-by-app.
Look in settings -> privacy -> location services.
By the way, location services does suck up battery power.
3. I have a bug in preview that prevents me from adding or removing notes from documents. What is the best solution for annotations?
4. When I plug my iPhone into my MacBook Pro, it says “not trusted” every time. There is no prompt on the iPhone.
Just use touchID or passcode entry to get the iPhone to accept the MacBook Pro.
5. What changes is Apple making that could cause old applications from running?
The app trust certificate might expire unexpectedly, because of developer neglect.
32 bit is being deprecated, again because of developer neglect.
SVMUG Meeting September 19, 2016
Nothing REALLY to about == but Dropbox is now compatible with Accessibility tool under MacOS. Problem: it did not ask the user’s permission first. It is used to allow MS Office to save documents to Dropbox, along with other applications. Apparently it will re-install if you take if off manually. It seems to have been an oversight.
Google is being spoofed in texts, in an attempt to gain access to accounts that are protected by two factor authentication.
Tim Cook is paying special attention to China, as he must do because China is a difficult market to crack.
iPhone 7 is successful beyond belief, at least the limited belief of analysts. Curiously, analysts like the Airpods.
iOS 10.0.1 - Note, iOS 10 is also a security update
Watch OS 3
The PDF files created with Scan Snap may not be compatible with MacOS Sierra — the pages in the file will display as blanks.
NOTE: CHANGE MEETING ROOM FOR OCT. 17
Presentation - Tech Tool Pro by Micromat, Inc.
The demonstration was performed under MacOS Sierra.
Tech Tool Pro is a hardware diagnostic, disk utility, and disk optimization tool.
Runs five tests on starting the application: USB, cache, processor, network, Thunderbolt.
The Suite of tests available include memory tests, file structures, surface test, SMART check, Partition Map, video test, battery check, fans test, sensors test, Bluetooth, and others.
The battery test includes a cycle count, which is an indication of when the battery might need to replaced.
Tech Tool Pro can detect slow developing problems on drives that are otherwise missed.
Volume repair / partition repair
Uses same methodology as Diskwarrior but each tool has its own strengths.
— but remember, no repair tool will be as reliable as having a full backup of the disk!
eDrive is used to create bootable partitions on any drive, except the main system drive. It can be on an external drive, or an SD card, or whatever else can be a mounted file system upon startup.
Tech Tool Protogo (“Pro to go”): make a customizable bootable disk, on USB or Firewire or whatever.
Volume Cloning - one to one clone - make a bootable clone.
Data Recovery - for magnetic drives, not solid state drives.
Wipe Data - for security
Volume Journaling - enable or disable file system journaling - the journal file is a log of the changes made.
Processor check - tests processor against known benchmarks.
Audio and Video tests.
…and Reports of all of the above.
Micromat, Inc. is based in Santa Rosa. It employs ten people.
Upgrade pricing is available from any previous version $39.99
Regular price $99.99
SVMUGOFFER916 is a coupon code for 20% discount - expires October 31, 2016. Go to the online store at www.micromat.com.
KeePass - keepass.info
Questions and Answers
1. Problems using BCC in a contacts group for the purpose of a mailing list. The mail is composed in Apple mail, and sent via a basic ISP.
Apparently Apple Mail is not expanding a Goup name into addresses when the Group has been placed into the BCC field.
Maybe you need to delete the “previous recipients” list in Apple Mail.
2. Is Quicken 2007 Lion Compatible, also compatible with Sierra?
No one has confirmed or denied.
SVMUG Meeting August 15, 2016
News and Events
Expects to pay no repatriation without “Fair Rate”.
35% would be paid if off-shore money was brought into the USA.
He points out that most of Apple profits are generated from overseas sales.
Beware of emails that appear to be from Apple
claiming that help is available on a web site to
recover a stolen iPhone. They are actually trying
to obtain your Apple ID password.
up to $200,000 for reports of bugs
in iOS and iCloud. But the offer is
only for invited researchers, of known
forward phishing emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
other suspicious emails to email@example.com
up by 55%
will make $3 billion from the Pokémon craze
It was another company, mistaken for Apple
Rumors of new Macs in the Fall.
Steve Jobs did not put much effort into enterprise customers
but new business is coming from enterprise customers for iPads, iPhones.
from their solar panels
Public Betas Updated
Home Automation - Doorbell - www.ring.com
Jamie Siminoff — CEO of Ring - firstname.lastname@example.org
The product is an intercom/camera/doorbell that communicates over the internet.
WiFi enabled doorbell with one-way video, two-way audio
+ additional cameras for use in the home.
The original was the “doormat” which he built for himself for his needs, not expecting to turn it into a company.
Launched in 2012 at the Paris Web event.
$199 full retail price classic
$249 full retail price Pro version
They appeared on “Shark Tank”, which brought in publicity and sales.
Doormat was shipped at the end of 2013, but they realized it was really a beta product.
They retooled and built Ring, bringing it out in 2014.
Sir Richard Branson has invested.
They are now in stores like Target, CostCo, Amazon, Lowes, …
Q: IoT providers are not usually security conscious. What do you do to protect the device from hackers intruding via the network?
A: There is a big financial gain for us to lead in security.
The system will be streaming video in 600 milliseconds, sent to the cloud servers.
A member comments that he knows of users who have found the system to be too slow.
The auxiliary cameras - stick up cameras - are battery powered as well.
The cloud storage costs $3 per month or $30 per year, and the videos are saved for six months.
They will be compatible with the forthcoming release of HomeKit.
Under normal use, the battery only needs to recharged every six to twelve months.
Peer-to-peer operation is expected in a few months.
Are you concerned about China manufactured knockoffs? You have to out-execute the competitors who are making knockoffs.
California is an All Party Consent state — http://www.bc-llp.com/illegally-recording-conversation/
Classic: dual powered door camera - uses both battery and wired powered.
Pro: works only off doorbell wires
A solar panel can be installed to trickle charge the doorbell.
You may share access to your door camera and videos with others, e.g. a neighbor.
Motion detection by heat detection can be filtered on the Pro version to reject non-human events.
SVMUG discount code: 9svmug
The Markdown text formatting syntax standard.
1. Is there a replacement for AppleWorks for drawing?
EZDraw. — available in the App Store or at the web site.
There is a trial license available. Look into Libre Office as well.
2. AlternativeTo.net — will pull up alternative software
3. Measure upload speed of my connection.
4. Why is the Apple iTunes Store unreliable — outages of one to four days.
It may not be the ITS, but could be your ISP.
Try using LTE instead of WiFi.
5. iOS and iCloud Photo Sharing. Can the cache size setting be adjusted.
We will have investigate.
April 18, 2016
News and Events
Note that there were three vectors i) fake hotel network, and ii) downloading a file (via text), plus one ‘Bluetooth Driveby’
proficient hackers demonstrated hacks.
man in the middle using fraudulently WiFi hotspot
Defense: environmental awareness, and use a VPN.
throw away such messages — it is a fraud.
Bryan will cover this in his presentation tonight.
empower judges to force companies to assist law enforcement
over orders to reveal customer’s emails and a gag order on those orders
Presentation — Bryan Chaffin
FBI versus Apple and The People
1990’s - crypto wars, our intelligence agencies try to prevent encryption technology from being exported.
— so the foreign tech companies developed their own.
— now twenty years later, we are making a similar mistake.
is there a way to let only the good guys to snoop? Reason dictates that is not possible. If keys exist, everyone can look for those keys.
Also, if you give the government the ability to spy secretly on anyone anytime, how long until they get around to spying on you?
Open Source — GnuCash
Questions and Answers
1. Preview has a memory leak when dealing with PDF files. Recently I had to do a lot of work with PDF, and lost 40 GB of disk space. How do I recover this space.
We think it should be a cache file management problem. Also Preview may be saving versions of files, but that should be visible. Maybe virtual memory files are eating disk space. Perhaps a disk optimization program might find the missing space. Use the console to check for recurring errors. Perhaps the logs are increasing without limit.
2. Booting up MacBook Pro, it seems to always use a WiFi connection rather than an ethernet connection, even though the ethernet is plugged in and ready.
In Mac System Preferences -> Network Settings, you can enable several different connections simultaneously. The priority by which each will be used is set by the order in the list of connections in the network settings control panel. If you wish ethernet to have the highest priority, simply drag the ethernet item to the top of the list.
By the way, the same is true for setting the priority of WiFi connections, should more than one WiFi “hotspot” be available in a given environment. Simply drag the item for the most preferred hotspot to the top of the list that is found under Network -> Advanced settings.
(Flash, Java, Silverlight)
No actual damage done for three reasons:
1) the malware was designed to stay dormant for 72 hours (presumably to make it harder to figure out where it came from)
2) Transmission, the vendor, responded promptly with clear and accurate messages to users, and, with an updated version of Transmission that removed the malware. (Bad Version only there for 36 to 48 hours)
3) Apple responded quickly by revoking the developer cert used to sign the malware, and adding the malware itself to XProtect. Revoking the cert stopped the malicious installer from passing gatekeeper, and adding the malware itself to XProtect prevents it from running, even on systems that installed the malware before the dev cert was fixed.
The end result of all this is that it seems like none of the few thousand people who contracted this malware lost any data. So – in real terms this was not actually a major disaster, it was however a near miss!
from Bart Busschots on podfeet.com
FBI Could Crack the Phone…. Here’s how
iOS 9.3 - must have for security
OS X 10.11.4 -
iTunes 12.3.3 -
Watch OS 2.2
Marcus Aiu and Jeff Parker from Quicken presenting.
sneak preview - right now have a per month budget. New: budget over a full year. Currently, this is “alpha” code.
New: direct connect bill pay.
Buy: quicken.com/mac and the Mac App Store.
and vote for new features.
Raffle: a copy
1. Limit the number of emails that are displayed in the recent emails of the iPhone.
Limit the downloading of emails to the iPhone. Try creating folders for different categories of mail, using the tools on the server.
2. When you click on a purchased TV program, can you set the preferences to show only the most recent episodes, rather than the whole list of episodes? Otherwise you do a lot of right swiping to find the desired episode.
We are not sure
The download buffering estimate seems wrong.
This is because of the way Apple TV attempts to estimate, based on the first few bytes, and the byte rate average.
3. When I add events to my Gmail calendar, the events show up in my iPhone calendar, but not vice versa. Can I fix this to work both ways?
On the iPhone, under calendar settings, set default calendar to Google.
The iPhone fetches data from multiple calendars, but creates events in only one calendar.
4. How do I delete a recovery disk (recovery partition).
Normally, you only see the Mac partitions — the recovery partitions are only shown if you use an “option” boot.
Frankly, you should not delete the recovery partition. It is necessary.
5. Is there a way to prevent iCloud from opening upon startup? I have an ATT cell phone modem, called “ATT All Access”. I am shown two successive iCloud sign-in windows, which takes forever to connect.
SVMUG November 16, 2015
Still More on 1Password Metadata (Scroll down to ‘Security Lite)
iPad Pro is Available (Robert has one!!)
Swift Programming for the non-programmer
What is a programmer?
Flexibility, ease of use, portability, and speed
languages before Swift: problems and solutions
What is Swift? How is it different?
Programmers create instructions intended to cause a computer to do some work.
Users are just programmers who believe anything you tell them.
stored instructions: program, playlist, bookmark, app, Macro, script, shortcut, … html, document…
Programmers care about flexibility, ease of use, portability, and speed.
The Facebook web interface makes it very easy to share a post on Facebook,
but you can’t use it to write a program to solve a math problem.
Using Assembly language you can write a program to do anything,
such as posting to Facebook,
but it takes much much more work then using Facebook.
Trade-off: ease of use versus flexibility
Portability is also a concern. Where can I run the program?
Facebook runs everywhere (via web browser).
But assembly language is very specific to the platform.
Speed is also important: how fast is a program after I write it.
— Find the Middle Ground —
Flexible enough yet easy enough
portable enough yet fast enough.
Control Flow: specify the order of execution of program statements
Spaghetti code: a program where the control flow is hard to follow.
With spaghetti code, different parts of your code can be meshed with each other,
so that changing one piece might break some other piece, especially in unexpected ways.
Excel Macros are flexible but not easy to use — makes spaghetti code inevitable.
Furthermore, it is not portable (works only in Excel), and not particularly fast.
— create anything
— easy to create simple elegant code
— portable - everything has a C compiler.
— Speed - very fast
[Sidenote: a compiler takes readable code, e.g. English, and converts it into machine code (or “byte code”).
“The nice thing about C is that you can do everything. The bad thing about C is that you must do everything.”
Solution: object oriented programming: objects encapsulate data with the code that operates on that data.
— code becomes a loose collection of objects.
— the objects are replaceable without great modifications to the rest of the code.
— objects encapsulate code
Objective-C is a strict superset of C.
— perhaps not quite as easy as plain C
— it was designed to portable, but really only used for Apple devices
— fast, but not as fast as pure C
Apple’s Goals for Swift
- open source
- No “silent consent” for unexpected conditions
- Better memory protection
- No selectors.
If Objective-C encounters an unexpected condition, e.g. null pointer, it does nothing, generates no exceptions, no errors.
Swift will deliberately crash the program. This prevents problems later.
Memory Protection: C can wander around in memory, changing stuff that should not be changed.
Swift will enforce array bounds, rigorously check for overflow, and uses no pointers by default.
In C, C++, or Objective-C, it is easy to accidentally modify memory.
Swift does not support selectors. This allows for the creation of private code that other objects are not allowed to call.
Modern: “when Swift was release, everyone said it was just like their favorite language”
— modern nice syntax
— Swift source code is usually shorter than Objective-C source code.
Fast: significantly faster then Objective-C.
Interactive: not a feature of the language, but of the creation tools (Xcode).
— playgrounds execute code automatically.
— — see the results instantly
— — can use Apple frameworks
— — can use image and sound files
— — no need to embed code in complex programs, to see the results.
Open Source: at WWDC 2015, Apple announced that Swift would be made open source by the end of the year.
— it is not the end of the year, yet.
1. Best Swift book for novices is the Apple Swift book. (Currently version 2.1 in iBooks.)
2. How to speed up file sharing between two Macs?
— Use WiFi for the connection.
— AirDrop is also very quick.
3. I am getting restarts in Yosemite. Is this a bad sign? No problems are found in diagnostics. “Your Mac restarted because of a problem.”
— possibly the HD is starting to fail.
— use Disk Utility to read the SMART data on the drive.
— Google kernel restarts - there is an Apple Support Document.
— try EtreCheck
4. How do I view an email in ‘source text’ without opening it?
— you have to open it.
— in the mail list, force touch the mail item or use the menu “view” -> “message” -> “raw”
5. Suggestions of where to start learning programming?
— pick something simple, write it.
— then move on to more complex things.
6. I can calibrate my monitor using the Apple tool. What can I use?
— Use Spyder Pro, X-Rite Pro, etc.
7. New iPhone 6+ — try to transfer my SIM card, but AT&T says I need a new SIM card for new features. What are these features?
— only AT&T knows — ask them at the retail store.
— it might be the WiFi calling, and HQ calling.
SVMUG October 19, 2015
YiSpecter Malware - for iOS
distributed by enterprise administration, not via iOS App Store
Apple Removes ‘Continue Button’ (iOS9)
Enterprise administration can get around this.
Flash - of course - Advice on Flash
Apple Removes Apps that Could Spy
Safari 9m iOS 9.02
iWork for iOS & El Capitan
Apple Ordered to Pay U of Wisconsin
Apple to Report Earnings Oct. 27, Call @ 2PM
Figuring Costs on New iPhones
Gary Allen, Founder of IFO Passes On
Apple Initiates Help for Apple Music via Twitter
El Capitan problems with Office ‘Apple’s Fault’
Apple Launches Program for MacBooks with Screen Issues
IBM Likes Using Macs Photo from the Past
‘ChipGate’ - Much ado about Nothing 1
‘ChipGate’ - Much ado about Nothing 2
Steve Jobs Movie
Economist Review of Steve Jobs Movie
‘Old News’ - Ron Johnson and a Startup
Harry Potter Books on iBooks
1. Is there a browser that will reflow text when you zoom in on a page?
This is, today, mostly related to the coding of the web site: is it “responsive”.
Try using landscape mode to help.
2. I have some old Adobe Type Fonts. Is anyone interested in these?
3. System Report: storage tab displays a lot of device images in “/tmp” with BSD names.
Perhaps you have some old disk images still mounted? Use Disk Utility to locate the offending items, and eject these.
4. What is the safest way to dispose of SysQuest or Bern. disks, with sensitive information?
Drill a physical hole through the disk.
Rumor: Steve Jobs wanted to make a car — he was in to cars.
Tim Cook: a car is the ultimate mobile device.
Software has become more important than mechanics.
Apple is the best software company on the planet.
(Apple has NOT become Microsoft, because Apple doesn’t suck.)
Google may beat Apple with having a ready-to-go car.
But it will not be as “pretty” as Apple’s. Or “neat” as Apple’s.
(Before Google, Larry Page has been thinking about
self-driving cars since the early 1990’s.)
Apple has special experience in power conservation.
The Apple car will a luxury item, maybe at $70,000.
August 17, 2015
Silly season: DefCon and Black Hat conferences
An attack using Thunderbolt cable chips as a infection vector.
However, it is a low impact.
Screen shot of a scammer attempt
— this ransomware that targets naive Windows users.
— completely bogus
Screen shot of Apple Fixing bad stuff
“Installer” will damage your computer. You should eject…
— this is a real warning, generated by the Apple malware scanner.
— pay attention if this pops up on your computer.
Zero Day Privilege Escalation Bug in OS X Yosemite (patched)
has been patched in 10.10.5
Cyber Flashing & How to Stop It
A woman on the London subway opened her phone
and saw a genitalia image (a human flasher). The
vector was AirDrop, so it was a naive user enabled
Be sure to update.
Don’t run Flash unless you have to.
And just today, an Italian research found a theoretical
vulnerability. He notified Apple, but then one hour later,
released the details to the public. Normally, such a
researcher would wait for the company to respond.
This was very bad on his part.
10.10.5 - Very important - contains lots of security fixes
iOS 8.4.1 - also lots of security fixes
— beat estimates in revenue and eps,
but not for iPhone unit shipments.
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Presentation - Home Automation
by John Rich, author and journalist and photographer, www.JasonRich.com
Download this presentation from www.JasonRichClasses.com
Automate your home and vehicle using smartphone or tablet, with technology that is available today.
Your iPhone and/or iPad can become a powerful remote control for many other devices and appliances.
Door Locks & Doorbell
Television & Stereo
Vehicle Navigation (GPS)
Hands-Free Cell Phone
Q and A
1. Thunderbird email app - accidentally closed inbox viewer. How do I get it back?
— we will investigate
2. When I expand Finder column widths, it does not persist when I open new Finder windows.
— hold the option key when dragging the column borders.
3. Apple ID - cell texts go arbitrarily to either Messages or email. How do we set this?
— Messages will try to use the relay of “Messages to Messages”, but if you are offline, it will use a secondary method, e.g. email, cell SMS.
4. I need help loading 10.5 onto a G4 Powerbook.
— 866 MHz CPU and 512 MB RAM is required.
5. When I copied a file, the file size was different on the copy. Why?
— Maybe block sizes are different. Maybe the metadata was changed. Maybe the copy is more efficiently de-segmented.
July 20, 2015
Earnings for FY Q3 Tomorrow
iTunes 12.2 NOTE: NEW TCO BOOK OUT, See Discount code on Agenda
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Apple Music - Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor of MacObserver
Apple Music is part radio station, part streaming music, part music storage, and part musician social network. That’s a lot for for a single new online music service, and depending on how you use Apple Music, it can be a little confusing. Jeff will show us the new features that Apple Music gives us and point out what’s changed from iTunes Radio and iTunes Match. We’ll also find out which devices support listening to Apple Music.
Via Skype and the MacObserver Web Site.
Catch Jeff’s weekly podcasts.
What is Apple Music, as compared to iTunes, iTunes Radio, iTunes Match?
1. Beats One — Apple’s own Internet radio station
much like a traditional radio station,
with DJ’s, music, interviews, call in requests, etc.
“old school radio station”
Zane Low is the station manager.
Beats One focuses on Pop Music.
Maybe in the future, there will be a Beats Two, Beats Three,
and so forth for separate genres of music.
2. Apple Radio — this is iTunes Radio retooled.
This is a genre selectable streaming service.
A computer algorithm put together the stream
for iTunes Radio, and made odd choices at times.
However, human curators put together the streams
for Apple Radio. The ideal is to hear a mix of songs
that you already know with news songs that you do not.
3. “For You” music collections — hand curated recommendations.
iTunes Match vs. Music in the Cloud
iTunes Match — takes your purchased library and puts it in the
cloud so that it is available from the Cloud on any of your devices.
The purchased library includes CD’s that you have ripped into your
library. The artist royalty was paid out of your original purchase price.
Apple Music in the Cloud — you can listen on demand to any item
in the catalog of iTunes, and the artist is paid a per-play fee.
This is a subscription service.
Apple chooses the music curators very carefully,
looking for expertise in the given genre.
DRM - Digital Rights Management — Apple Music allows you to download music for per-play-fee listening, under your monthly subscription. So it has copy protection. This means that should you end your subscription, any downloaded songs still present on your hard drive will be unplayable.
If you have a given item in your purchased library, you will play the non-DRM file. If you do not have the item in your purchased library, you will download and play the DRM file.
Without Apple Music Subscription, you get these services:
listen to any music you've purchased, ripped, or uploaded to your device.
(If you pay $24.99/year for iTunes Match, you'll be able to listen to any music
you've uploaded to iCloud, regardless of whether it's on your device or not.)
listen to Beats 1 radio, view and follow an artist's Connect stream,
listen to ad-supported Apple Music radio stations
(which replaces the current iTunes Radio interface)
—though you'll only have limited song skips available.
With Apple Music Subscription, you get these additional services:
Apple Connect — a social network for artists to interact with fans
(but not for fans to interact with artists).
It is the modern version of “liner notes”.
Jeff believes that Apple Music is aware of your connection method, e.g. LTE versus WiFi, and will appropriately choose the best bitrate for the given connection. So you LTE data plan will not be overwhelmed.
The CrossWire Bible Society is an organization with the purpose to sponsor and provide a place for engineers and others to come and collaborate on free, open-source projects aimed at furthering the Kingdom of our God. We are also a resource pool to other Bible societies and Christian organizations that can't afford-- or don't feel it's their place-- to maintain a quality programming staff in house. We provide them with a number of tools that assist them with reaching their domain with Christ.
The heart of most projects here at CrossWire use a common technology called The SWORD Project.
— a Bible reading and study app for iDevices
— by CrossWire Bible Society
It is more than just Bible study. It provides for language studies,
learning foreign languages, learning grammar of your language.
Runs on desktops (Linux, Windows, Mac), and on smartphones.
There is a Java version as well.
Eloquent (formerly known as MacSword) brings the power and versatility of The SWORD Project to users of OS X, along with a beautiful Aqua interface.
Discussion: “does not seem to have been deployed”
Windows Update Cautions - Sequence is Crucial this time
More (Update) on Superfish - Government Certificates not an issue AFAIK, Superfish is an issue
“… it took about 3 hours to reverse engineer the Lenovo/Superfish certificate and crack the password. In this blog post, I described how I used that certificate in order to pwn victims using a rogue WiFi hotspot. This took me also about three hours.”
— stolen credit cards are used by thieves on their own Apple Pay
— not really an Apple Pay problem
Apple Updates for FREAK Vulnerability & More (Note, this is iOS, Mac OS & Apple TV)
Tim: Tell us how/where we can do better http://apple.com/feedback
The Internet of Things
Withings scale, Nest thermostat, …
Previously at Frog Designs.
You do not want separate apps for each smart device.
How about URL’s instead?
The growth of smart devices will be exponential, and getting more apps is not going to scale with that growth.
Furthermore, apps are being drown in the number of App releases.
40% of apps on the Apple store have NEVER been downloaded!
The goal is to get the controls of smart devices to scale like the web scaled.
The smart device sends a bluetooth code to bring up its web page. It is a discovery service for the devices in your immediate environment.
It has to be decentralized.
Discover - Rank - Interact
It is not a Google product — it is a web product.
Bluetooth LE sends out an advertising packet, once each second.
The packet is a URL, e.g. “http://coke.com/v/23432” from a coke machine.
A phone comes by and checks what is nearby, e.g. the coke machine.
These physical devices create the physical web.
Bus stops, vending machines, restaurants, groceries, home controls, etc.
But it only shows you things when you ask to be shown.
Users can opt-in to letting the system gather anon. data.
Your past behavior will be used to rank the most interesting things for you.
It is like QR codes, only broadcast over Bluetooth LE.
The web site, e.g. http://coke.com, can send instructions to a vending machine, that you have paid with ApplePay, and you want a Diet Coke.
simple web: smart device sends you a link to the web
triangular web: the web server tells the smart device what you want.
direct connect: your phone talks to the web server, and also to the smart device.
The project is on Github, with more than 3400 developers watching, participating.
physical web is available on the Apple iOS store.
1. Odd email problem with Apple Mail on my computer, Mavericks.
Outbox items are not being sent.
This might be a known problem with Gmail, where the SMTP server keeps dropping off the list.
Maybe check the Taking Control of Apple Mail book.
Some big providers, e.g. Comcast, are not letting mail work except on their network.
2. My old printer is not working under Yosemite. It is a Canon.
Apple Support may be able to help — call the support number.
Try generic printer driver.
Keep checking the Canon site for new driver downloads.
3. When I use Siri to initiate a phone call over a bluetooth headset, it drops the headset just as the call starts.
Check your preferences, and make sure you preference is to use the headset for phone calls.
4. QEMU - running Windows programs on Mac. http://wiki.qemu.org/Main_Page
5. Best practices for Time Machine backup:
external drive direct connect is the best, using Thunderbolt.
WiFi network drives allow multiple machine backups.
6. Under Yosemite, can I have an app start up automatically?
Yes -- under Users account, set up in login items.
and also by using contextual menu on a Dock icon.
7. How do I uninstall MacKeeper?
Go to www.thesafemac.com for instructions.
Also try "App Delete" or "App Zapper".
Do not trust the MacKeeper provided uninstaller.
Pages by Michael Cohen
Author of Take Control of Pages
Why was Pages rewritten by Apple?
— because the market is now been led by iDevices as opposed to desktops or laptops.
— Apple wishes to have continuity of appearance and operation between iOS and Mac OS X.
Part of the cross compatibility is that Pages will recognize when a given device does not have a font which is used in a document, make the appropriate substitution, but without changing the original font assignment.
Alas, we lost newspaper style column flows, mail merge, and other utilities.
So many people are complaining that “Pages was dumbed down”, but this is unfair. Pages remains a sophisticated document authoring tool. The new Pages is not stupid.
1. Bluetooth keypad (LMP) is not communicating with my Mac. The connection was lost suddenly. The battery is fine. It will not pair with the computer.
— try leaving the battery out for more than 24 hours, to clear out residue data in the memory.
— in the Mac, tell it to forget the given bluetooth device, and discover it fresh.
2. If I have 5 GB in Dropbox, when I install Dropbox on my iOS device, will it take up 5 GB? Can I selectively sync only certain folders of the Dropbox?
— yes, you can choose, on each device individually, which folders will be sync’ed.
— we will investigate.