Meeting Notes

NEWS January 28, 2019 SVMUG

posted Jan 28, 2019, 5:55 PM by Lynda Gousha

How to Instantly Share Your Wi-Fi Password


Collection #1

Phone Phishing Calls Imitate Apple

Malware in Ads Direct Mac Users to Update to Pwned Flash 

Tim Cook Calls for Privacy Protection

How to Avoid Getting Hacked After Data Breaches


General News:

Smart TV Makers Support AirPlay 2 & iTunes videos

iOS12.1.3 Causes ‘No Service’ Issues for Some

Apple to Pay ‘Shot on iPhone’ Contest Winners

Apple Brings Microsoft Office to Mac App Store

January 24 - Mac Turns 35

Apple Moves. 200 People Off Project Titan

Target to Get Apple Pay & Others

Johnson and Johnson to Study AppleWatch for Heart Issues

AppleWatch to Be Available for Medicare?

Apple Releases Battery Cases for iPhone XS & XR

DuckDuckGo is Using Apple Maps



Apple ‘Warns’ - Stock Goes Down Hard

Analysts Shift Price Targets DOWN

AAPL Reports Earnings Tomorrow, Tuesday



Apple Halts Sales of Older iPhones in Germany - Qualcomm Court Order

Summary Article, Qualcomm v Apple

FTC Lawsuit re Qualcomm 



Security Update for Sierra & High Sierra

Safari 12.0.3 for Sierra & High Sierra

macOS Mohave 10.14.3 (Public Beta is out for 10.14.4)

iOS 12.1.3 - iPhone & iPad - WiFi Issues?

watchOS 5.1.3



iOS13 is Coming - duh? Somebody is using it… ?

New iPads Coming?

Possible News Magazines Service Coming


Lynda Gousha 1/28/19


NEWS December 17, 2018 SVMUG

posted Dec 17, 2018, 5:21 PM by Lynda Gousha


December 17, 2018 SVMUG

Apple Support Video - How to Identify & Avoid Phishing


SuperMicro Review Shows No Malicious Chips

Zero Day Flash Exploit - Out of Band Patch 

Apple’s ‘Experimental’ Safari adds USB Security Key Support

Marriott Hotel’s Starwood Group Suffers Enormous Breach

Australia Passes Law to Thwart Strong Encryption

Australia’s ‘anti-encryption’ Bill Generates Blowback

AirDrop Assaults ‘On the Rise’ - Change Settings

DriveSavers Announces Data Recovery from iPhones (?)


General News:

Apple Releases watchOS5.1.2 with ECG Feature

‘Gizmo’ Tracks UV Skin Exposure - Reports to iOS App

Costco Now Selling Macs - Some with Discounts

Amazon Alexa Now Supports Apple Music

Reminder - $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Ends 12/31/18

Apple Offers ‘Extra Credit’ for iPhone Trade-ins Toward New Phones

Apple Removes Hundreds of Apps from China App Store

Apple has 3 Ads on Adweek’s 25 Best Ads of 2018

Apple Building $1 Billion - Campus in Austin TX

Wet iPhone Works, Helps Save Lives

Pegatron May Move iPhone Production Out of China

Foxconn Considers iPhone Plant in Vietnam



AAPL Stock Down on Trade War, etc.



Apple & Qualcomm Battle on in China



iOS 12.1.1

AND iOS 12.1.2 - Released today

macOS Mojave 12.14.2

tvOS 12.1.1

Shortcuts 2.1.2

HomePod 12.1.1

Swift Playgrounds 2.2

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4

Compressor 4.4.2

Motion 5.4.2



Apple May Be Working on Sleep Monitor


Lynda Gousha 12/17/18


News November 19, 2018

posted Nov 20, 2018, 11:19 PM by Lynda Gousha   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 11:19 PM ]


November 19, 2018 SVMUG

Apple Support Video - How to Use Find My iPhone 


Update Flash - As Usual

Apple Kills Graykey

Apple Calls for Bloomberg to Retract Chinese Chip Hack Story

Apple’s T2 Chip - Brouhaha and Facts 1 - Booting into Linux

Apple’s T2 Chip - Brouhaha and Facts 2 - Repairs Only from Authorized Suppliers

Apple Lock Screen Access Vulnerability 

Update Your Router - Botnets Abound

Google Will Block Sites with Dodgy Ads

Apple’s Anti-Tracking in Safari Upsets Advertisers

Understanding New Dialog Boxes in Mojave

Don’t Open Unexpected M/soft Word docs


General News:

Apple’s ‘There’s More in the making event’

New MacBook Air

Mac mini

New iPads

New Apple Pencil

Real Photoshop coming to iPad

Apple & Amazon Make Peace to Sell Things

Apple Watch OS Update Bricks New Apple Watches

Apple Adjusts Returns & Refunds Policy for Holidays

“Items purchased at the Apple Online Store that are received between November 14, 2018 and December 25, 2018, may be returned through January 8, 2019.” 

Apple Begins Repair Program for iPhone X Displays

Apple Launches Repair Program for Some 13” MBP SSDs

Jeff Gamet Moves to Smile



Apple’s Financial Results, Q4, 2018

Financial Press on Apple Results

Apple Stock ( & Other Tech Stocks) Down Significantly

Apple Analyst is Upbeat on Services



Security Updates for iOS, MacOS, Safari & More

Update for New MacBook Air



Apple to Hold Black Friday Event

Apple ’Slashed’ Orders for New iPhones


Lynda Gousha 11/19/18



Trending OSS Technologies for 2018

10. Distributed Messaging (Apache Kafka)

9. Apache Spark

8. Internet of Things

7. The Blockchain

6. Artificial Intelligence

5. Containers

4. Anything as a Service / Cognitive Cloud

3. R programming language

2. Progressive Web Applications

1. OpenStack

Meeting Notes August 20, 2018

posted Aug 20, 2018, 9:13 PM by Robert Brown

SVMUG Meeting Notes August 20, 2018


presented by Lynda Gousha

Apple Support Video - VIP 

All about smart mailboxes in Apple Mail on iOS devices

Look for the YouTube Channel “Apple Support”


D-Link Routers Send Users to Fake Banking Sites

check for your model of router, and replace or update it, if needed.

Black Hat Conference Shows Fixed Mac Vulnerability

The Apple exploit shown at the conference has been fixed.

Australian Teen Hacks Into Apple’s Systems 

No customer data was stolen or affected.

The teenager thought this would get him a job.

He is now facing criminal charges.

Look for the MacMostNow podcast on the iTS.


General News:

Apple Reports 2Q Results

Good news for Apple. All time high on Friday.

Apple has exceeded $1 trillion dollars in market capital.

AAPL Hits All Time High

AAPL Hits $1 Trillion Market Cap 1

AAPL Hits $1Trillion Market Cap 2

iPhone X Retains More Value

New MBPs Repair Challenged ‘Till Sept

Repair parts for MacBook Pro are limited at this time.

Macstock Report - Lynda & Charles

Theme was on productivity. 

‘Love Notes to Newton’ Movie

iMac G3 20th Anniversary 

Cook & Trump have Dinner Together

Apple Boycott in Turkey

political activists smashing their iPhones

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan 

announced a boycott of American electronics

Apple Marks ‘World Emoji Day’

Apple Opens New Walnut Creek Store

Samsung Tries to Make Apple Look Bad - Response

Chinese Apple Customers’ Data Now Local to China

Gorilla Glass 6 is Coming

CMD-D Conference on Automation - Sal Soghoian & Ray Robertson - Oct. 15-17, Cartersville, GA

Macstock Has a Digital Pass ($79.00) Schedule Here

Discounts on O’Reilly AI Conference in Sept. on Table



Mac mini Getting an Update in the Fall



Bert Monroy :

TOPIC & DESCRIPTION: Workflows & tips for creating hyperrealistic paintings

In 1984 the Mac was promoted as a graphics computer. Bert will prove that claim by showing the progression from MacPaint to Photoshop. He will also take us through the process he employs while creating his works of art. We’ll see how the computer plays a major role in his work flow from the preliminary research to the final art piece. Bert will be here in person to demonstrate how, with little effort, amazing effects can be created!


Bert discovered computers with the introduction of the Apple Macintosh 128 in 1984. He embraced the computer as an artistic medium and is now considered one of the pioneers of digital art. His work has been seen in every major trade publication of the computer industry and featured in books which include Making Art on a Macintosh, The Photoshop WOW Book, The Illustrator WOW Book, The Art of Digital Painting, The Grey Book and The Photoshop A to Z in Japan. You’ve probably also seen his artwork during these software product introductions: Photoshop, VideoWorks (predecessor to Director), PixelPaint, SoundCap and ImageStudio (predecessor to Painter). Bert is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bert is an accomplished teacher and lecturer and currently teaches at San Francisco State University. He has an extensive library of video tutorials on He was a monthly regular on Tech TV and he hosted Pixel Perfect with Bert Monroy, a weekly Photoshop podcast for He consults with and trains corporate clients, including Pixar and Disney Animation. Film credits include work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Associates. His installed base of clients includes Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Epson, and Wacom.

“Bert’s presentations have been described as “riveting” "  according to Anne Griffin-leader of DVMUG

Notes from the presentation

Creating photo realistic images from painting and compositing.

Example: creating a Photoshop brush for painting realistic peppers in a glass pepper shaker.

Some pieces have taken four and a half years to create. 

But things that used to be very expensive to do, are now both easy and cheap.

Film grain is effective — use the add noise filter.  Add the noise to the blank canvas. Then use the blur more filter to add grays. Use the histogram to move the whites and grays in the fourth quadrant of the luminance distribution. Add motion blur, and you will obtain an overlay that looks like falling snow.

Use this as a screen layer — anything on lower layers that is lighter shows through. 


Bert started on a Mac 218, at an ad agency in New York. He began painting in MacPaint. 

started working on the first computerized comic book. “Shatter”

Then got into MacDraw. Illustrator. ImageStudio (Letraset). ImageStudio introduced retouching. The program went to color with the introduction of the Mac II. ImageStudio evolved into Painter. 

Bert was the go-to guy for testing graphic software. He got all the great tools: programs, scanners, etc.

Adobe Photoshop took over the market. That changed the whole landscape. Everybody went digital because of Photoshop. That was 1990 (version 2). Bert wrote his first Photoshop book. “The Official Photoshop Handbook”


Google Earth and Google Maps are great for examining real world scenes for inspiration and details. From that Bert builds little cardboard models of the scene. A mirror and camera combination is used to see what an eye view might look like.

That gives the perspective for the painting, and he paints based on that.


Attention to detail is important. For example making a bin full of clams for an open air market or restaurant.

Fill a blank canvas will a brown fill.

Create some noise, and add motion blur and make really drawn into horizontal streaks. 

Clip into clam shapes, warping into realistic shell shape. Dodge and burn to add three dimensionality. Create about six different ones, Duplicate into a pile of clams, and add the shadows.


isolating images.

Use 8-bit alpha channels.

cloning trees into image

Use the splatter brush with cloning.


Imagination and knowledge of the program can go a long way.


recommended beginner’s tools: maybe GIMP, but Photoshop is the main tool, even for beginners. 


Open Source

In the ongoing proof that everything can provide an open-source alternative, we turn our attention to flow charts! The simplest to the most complex diagrams, charts, and even potentially mind-mapping can be done with MermaidJS. Dan Reed takes a look. 

Flow charts are great  for explaining processes. A live editor allows you to see the diagram as you add stages and decision nodes.

A simple syntax is used to define the diagram as a series of text directives. The graphic version is shown by live parsing the commands as entered.

Mermaid is a web based editor.


Q and A

1. How do I get rid of passwords on my old system — system 10.7.5 — I am giving the computer away.

Delete the old user accounts. You can also delete the apple.setup file in the system library. 

Meeting Notes July 16, 2018

posted Aug 13, 2018, 7:46 PM by Robert Brown


July 16, 2018 SVMUG


Apple Releases USB Restricted Mode w/iOS 11.4.1

(How To)

Update Flash AND Adobe Acrobat & Reader 

WiFi Update for Boot Camp 6.4.0 - Security

‘Net Connected TVs Collect Privacy Data

Dell Phone Scam - An Example…

New Security Feature in Latest Chrome Browser

CA Passes Privacy Law

SD Cards - Wipe, or Destroy Your Old Ones

Extortion Plot Uses Stolen Names & Passwords, etc.

A Hacker Story - What Happens When You Don’t Change Router Password



Apple v Samsung Settled 

Qualcomm Case Still On….


General News:

New MBPs - and Here T2 Coprocessor Included

Macworld on New MBPs - 

Gruber on Keyboard Controversy & New MBPs

Apple’s Keyboard Repair Program

2015 MBP Going, Going…..

Former Google Person Hired by Apple for AI, Siri

Quartz Says Apple Won the World Cup….

Apple Q3 Earnings Will Be Announced July 31

Apple & Google Auto Systems Safer…. 

Apple’s Health Records Feature Coming - Details Here

Macstock Has a Digital Pass ($79.00) Schedule Here

Discounts on O’Reilly AI Conference in Sept. on Table



New iPads & iPhones On the Way

Apple Updating Everything - Incl. Mac mini

Apple Reworking Maps



iOS 11.4.1

MacOS 10.13.6

Safari 11.1.2

iTunes 12.8.0

iTunes for Windows 7.6

WatchOS 4.3.2

tvOS 11.4.1

HomePod 11.4.1

iTunes Remote App 4.4


Any recommended speakers, see me.

Lynda Gousha 6/18/18


Main Presentation

SmallCubed Software

Presented by Beth Wall

Started in 2006. Worked with Little Known Software in 2013. Branded as SmallCubed in 2015.

Mail ActOn

— advanced mail rules for both incoming and outgoing messages. On demand rules. Add tags automatically. 


— add tags, calendar flags, notes to incoming messages. Search by tags (project name, keywords, etc.) 


— make small windows that display continuously on the desktop. A menu bar counter indicates the number of unread messages,

Sig Pro

— provides dynamic graphic and text signatures, based on outgoing account. Uses AppleScript and shell scripts 

The ActOn commands allow mail management from the keyboard, without needing to use the mouse to select and drag.

Tea leaves integrate FusionSoft (a customer management system) into email. (A rather specialized app)

Under Mac OS X Mojave, the plugins will be consolidated as one plugin. In addition, SmallCubed plans to often their own email client, for both Mac OS X and iOS.

User group discount for the suite: 50% OFF, using the code handed out during the meeting. Expires on September 15. If you purchase before September 15, you will get a free update for the Mojave version.

The suite is normally $60.

Individual apps are $30 each.

Not available in the Mac App Store.

The Mojave version will be backwardly compatible for 12, 11, and maybe 10. If you have the Mojave version, you will receive the email client when it comes out in 2019.


Open Source

Tim Berners-Lee is very disturbed by the misappropriation of the web from a tool used to freely exchange information into a means of profiting off the sale of personal information. 

Very soon, 4 billion people -- half of the World -- will have internet access. They will have personal information such as résumés, political views, health data, and even DNA codes stored and available via centralized servers on the internet. 

The web is useful for the sharing and hyperlinking of public information. But why should every information provider insist on obtaining and storing the personal information of the consumers?

One solution is to decentralized the storage and access to personal and other private data.

Tim Berners-Lee is working on a new platform to run on the internet. This platform is open source (as was the web platform). The new platform, named "Solid", will provide a means for persons to store their personal information and completely control the access to this information. 

Solid is a platform, not code. Anyone is free to create applications that adhere to the Solid protocols. There are three principles.

  1. "Users should have the freedom to choose where their data resides and who is allowed to access it."

  1. "Users will be able to avoid vendor lock-in, seamlessly switching between apps and personal data storage servers, without losing any data or social connections."

  1. Data can be reused between applications.

"social linked data"

Replacements for Circus Ponies



Keep It

Google Keep


Meeting Notes June 18, 2018

posted Jun 22, 2018, 9:56 AM by Robert Brown

June 18, 2018 SVMUG

Have you used the Apple Support Channel on YouTube? There are many current tips, with new ones posted each week.


GrayKey Update1 — bypasses the attempts limitation of signing in with passwords on iOS. Apple is patching this.

GrayKey Update 2 — Marketing Bluff? The company that makes GrayKey claims that have a means to bypass the new patch.

FBI Says ‘Reboot Your Router’ — some security experts say this not sufficient. Try to get a firmware update. 

FBI Overstated Number of Locked iPhones — they said 7000. The actual number is 1200. 

Office 365 Will Block Flash — and Silverlight, too!

Reminder - Cell Phone Location Data is NOT Secure — the carriers are selling your location to third parties.

Robo Call Pair Sued by FTC

Apple Bans Harvesting Contacts Databases



Apple v Samsung - Apple Wins, BUT…

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Apple Monopoly Case


General News:

WWDC - One Overview 

Hardware Issues with 2017 MBP 13”

Apple Signs Oprah Winfrey for Something



AppleWatch Series 4 Rumors

New Macs Coming?



All of these contain Security Updates:

iOS 11.4 

Mac OS 10.13.5

WatchOS 4.3.1

tvOS 11.4

Safari 11.1.1


Pages for Mac & iOS

Keynote for Mac & iOS

Numbers for Mac & iOS


Presentation by Jeff Gamet (managing editor for The Mac Observer) on WWDC reactions.

— no hardware announcements (except for the Pride watchband).

— Tim Cook started with telling us “it is all about the software”.

— The focus was on high visibility features of the forthcoming iOS, Mac OS

— Memoji will sell iPhones — the iMessages platform is expanding. 

— — Apple wants to “own” messaging.

— — but isn’t “memoji” trademarked by Nintendo? 

— Apple is getting us incrementally close to where an iPad will be a viable alternative to a laptop.

— — not for everyone of course, but for most.

— Shortcuts is very exciting — evolution of Workflow — Workflow allows you to create a sequence of automated actions. For example, taking a set of pictures with the camera, which is then converted to a GIF, posting it for you. Shortcuts ties this into Siri and Homekit. For example, “Hey Siri, I am going home” will cause Siri to send an alert to someone, calculate the ETA, turn on lights, start a music playlist. 

— This will get third party developers into Siri, to enable their apps for Shortcuts.

— Multiple people on FaceTime — it is about time, already! 

— Safari anti-tracking provisions. Apple uses generic profiles when a web site asks for a user profile.

— Augmented Reality — really stepping up — Lego! — gaming was up front, but it is so much more than just gaming. — first AR will be thoroughly debugged on iPhone/iPad, but Apple Glasses are coming. Adobe is on-board with this. A standard will be created. 

— Dark mode — a darker color scheme for the user interface. 

— not in the public keynote: keychain and passwords — the password management is being enhanced. The OS will be able to recognize and handle two factor authentication. Third parties (e.g. 1Password) will be able to hook into the keychain at the system level.

— iOS apps on Mac OS — no, this is not a sign that Apple is dumping Mac OS. 

— The best developer thing — diversity — the conference was not just for white guys.

Meeting Notes May 21, 2018

posted Jun 11, 2018, 8:10 PM by Robert Brown

May 21, 2018 SVMUG



Email/PGP/SMIME Vulnerability

Efail Explanation 2

Change Twitter Passwords

How to Download Info Apple Has On You

Q & A re GDPR - EU Regulation Begins May 25, 2018

The big impact is that you will need to 

confirm your privacy choices with each vendor.

Apple Removing Apps That Share Your Info

On Passwords and GrayKey (& Good Password Generation)

Cat & Mouse w/GrayKey - Apple Moves

It is believed that GrayKey cracks iPhone

passwords, somehow avoiding the login

attempts limit. 

Senate Votes to Keep Net Neutrality

EFF Backs Encryption Bill

Windows & Adobe Flash Security Updates

Google Will Require Security Updates on Android

How to Increase Privacy on Twitter 



Apple Q2 Results - Stock Up

Dividend Increase, Stock Buybacks



Apple v Samsung Goes to Jury

MBP Keyboard Issues Prompt Lawsuit

US Told No - You Don’t Get to Help Apple re EU Tax Fight

AT&T and Verizon Under Investigation

The two comm carriers have colluded to block the adoption of eCards for SIM phone activation. Apple may be the party that has brought forth the investigation.


General News:

WWDC, AltConf, Layers, & LoopBash

Battery Replacement for SOME 13” MBPs

Apple Has Self Driving Cars in CA

Apple iPhone HUGE Contributor to World Economy

HomePod Not Doing All that Well

Apple Watch Credited with Saving Girl’s Life

Greenpeace Not Happy w/Apple’s Earth Day Efforts

Apple Airports Selling Out (They’ve Been Discontinued)

Ralph Nader Criticizes Apple Stock Buyback 

Tim Cook Shares Different View with Bloomberg

James Comey on Apple & Encryption

He says Apple should have a backdoor, for law enforcement purposes.



Apple to Launch News Subscription Service?

Updated iPhone SE On the Way?

Apple’s Next HQ - Maybe VA, Maybe NC



iOS 11.3.1 - Security update

Mac OS 10.13.4 - Security update



Bryan Chaffin — font of knowledge and prime pundit for The Mac Observer — 

stops in before WWDC to give us some perspectives on current Apple events. 

Apple’s $100 billion stock buyback. Self-driving cars. Apple ride-sharing service?? And your questions! 

Share buyback: $100 Billion buyback, using money brought back to USA from off-shore.

Apple is finishing a previous buyback plan now, nine months early, and starting this new plan.

This very aggressive, which is uncharacteristic of Apple. 

Warren Buffet may have influenced Tim Cook.

It is expected that the new buyback will occur over the next four financial quarters.

The driving incentive is that Apple sees its stock as undervalued.

This might be a signal that Apple has a new product line coming out next year.

Medical devices? Apple car? Maybe in the next 18 to 24 months?

It is something that will “move the needle” - some new product yto take everyone by surprise.

Share buybacks make a company look better. Ralph Nader thinks that was the only reason. 

But Apple might be preparing for a dramatic stock increase based on this new product introduction.

Concerning iPhone manufacturing - when it is fully robotic, Apple will bring the fabs into the USA.

AR - Apple goggles? The hardware is not acceptable. AR must be “not in the way” of everyday life.

Cars - 51 to 61 Apple cars are driving around California. Tim Cook says there are three interesting things

happening: self-driving, electric driving, and ride-sharing. Maybe as a planet, we are headed to using

shared vehicles, with private ownership being a rich guy’s toy.

Cars will make the transition from property to service, same thing as music!

Apple partnered with Alcoa to introduce a new aluminum smelting process, that is much cleaner than previously.

Apple sapphire - has apple turned away from using sapphire? 

April 17, 2018 Meeting Notes

posted Apr 16, 2018, 10:09 PM by Robert Brown

Meeting Notes   April 16, 2018 SVMUG



Tim Cook Interview (FaceBook Comments)“The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer — if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.”

Zuckerberg Responds — Zuckerberg  says that Tim Cook is being glib. 

Some Intel Chips Won’t be Fixed - Spectre — this relates mostly to PCs, not Macs.

(Naked Security Article on Same)

iMore - Opinion - on FaceBook

Apple & GDPR (May 25, 2018) — privacy regulation which supersedes the previous “right to be forgotten”. Individual users have privacy rights in Europe whereby they can review and correct information. Apple will extend this policy Worldwide, including the USA. 

iOS ‘Bug’ Lets Siri Read Email & Chat Aloud — “Hey Siri, read me my email” will not require unlocking the iPhone first. This is going to patched.

Cloudflare Intros New Privacy Focused DNS Service++

GrayKey Device for Law Enforcement Unlocks iPhones

Some Android Phones Skip and/or Don’t Update Security Patches

Panera Leaks 7 Million Customer’s Info  


about our presenter:  ++Allison & Bart Busschots have an episode of ‘Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite’ # 533 on choosing  a DNS Resolver



iPhone ’Slowdown’ Cases go to One Court


General News:

Apple Education Event

WWDC Dates & Rumors

Apple Q2 Earnings Report May 1

Apple Accepts Watch Trade-Ins at Apple Stores

Warnings: i) 32-bit Apps Not supported in next MacOS

      ii) Watch OS 5 Will Drop Support for Older Apps

Next Mac Pro in 2019

iPhone 8/8Plus Product Red

iOS 11.3 Issues w/3rd Party Screens

Apple 100% Powered by Renewable Energy

Apple to Do a Video Series on Asimov’s “Foundation” Trilogy

Woz Leaves FaceBook

Space Gray Mac Accessaries Available from Apple

Apple Buys Texturemedia aggregation app that currently allows access to a wide range of publications for a monthly fee of $10 a month

Apple Increases Number of Self-Driving Cars

Apple Hires Google’s AI Chief



Apple to Use Own Chips for Mac?

Apple Developing Foldable Phone?  



iOS 11.3 - includes battery health monitor

watchOS 4.3

tvOS 11.3

Swift 4.1

HomePod update

Final Cut Pro


Main Presentation

Allison Sheridan — of the NosillaCast podcast — has been dipping her toes into automating things on her Mac. From using TextExpander to Hazel to Automator, Allison will show us a whole bunch of things that have made her more efficient and productive. 

Podfeet Podcasts — 13 years of episodes, not a single week has been skipped.

Command D conference - hosted by Sal Soghoian, the founder of automation on the Mac! Allison discussed code-free automation.*

* code free until you are ready.

Allison has a masters in engineering, with an emphasis on kinematics. She has an overwhelming need to automate things.

Problems to be Solved

naming files consistently

triaging large audio files to NAS

Live show setup - so many apps to launch

tedium of moving windows to correct spot

copy/paste dance to plug my blog posts

adding a drop shadow to images


TextExpander - standardized episode names

She sets up TextExpander to expand “NC_” by adding the date.

So when she saves a file, she types “NC_” into the file name dialog box,

and it is automatically expanded to (for example) NC_2018_04_17 and so forth.

To triage the large audio files, the audio files are moved after two weeks to NAS.

The application is Hazel. Hazel will watch a folder, and follow rules to clean up 

the folder. See

Automator is used to open the applications for a given workflow, e.g. performing the podcasts.

Moom is an application that arranges windows in a pre-defined manner.

Using AppleScript and Automator, a automatic copy/paste can be used.

For example, 

tell satire to find the URL and title of front document

trimText to remove unwanted glop off the end o the title

She wrote her own app to provide drop shadows. 

Found command-line tool ImageMagick

install via

created an automator action to splat commands 

My favorite AppleScript: 

using automator, tell application Finder to sleep.

Open Source corner

We take a break from Open Source Software… and talk Open Source Agriculture! Dan Foy has been looking into the new Open Source Seed Intitiative, and gives us a run-down on a project to help safe the future.

The Open Source Seed Initiative

Today, only a handful of companies account for most of the world’s commercial breeding and seed sales. Increasingly, patenting and restrictive contracts are used to enhance the power and control of these companies over the seeds and the farmers that feed the world.

Patented and protected seeds cannot be saved, replanted, or shared by farmers and gardeners. And because there is no research exemption for patented material, plant breeders at universities and small seed companies cannot use patented seed to create the new crop varieties that should be the foundation of a just and sustainable agriculture.

Inspired by the free and open source software movement that has provided alternatives to proprietary software, OSSI was created to free the seed – to make sure that the genes in at least some seed can never be locked away from use by intellectual property rights. 

Patented and protected seeds cannot be saved, replanted, or shared by farmers and gardeners. And because there is no research exemption for patented material, plant breeders at universities and small seed companies cannot use patented seed to create the new crop varieties that should be the foundation of a just and sustainable agriculture.

The OSSI PledgeYou have the freedom to use these OSSI- Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this Pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.

The OSSI Pledge ensures the Four Open Source Seed Freedoms for this and future generations:

  1. The freedom to save or grow seed for replanting or for any other purpose.
  2. The freedom to share, trade, or sell seed to others.
  3. The freedom to trial and study seed and to share or publish information about it.
  4. The freedom to select or adapt the seed, make crosses with it, or use it to breed new lines and varieties.


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