Meeting Notes

January 22, 2018 meeting notes

posted Jan 22, 2018, 10:21 PM by Robert Brown


January 22, 2018 SVMUG


Meltdown & Spectre

Meltdown Explanation (Apps can Get Into Secure Parts)

∙ No Known Exploits

∙ Stay Patched

Apple Specific Info

What Vendors (Incl. Apple) are Doing

Windows Test from GRC

Text Bomb 

How to Protect iOS Devices - iMore

Apple’s Two Factor Auth - How To


General News:

iPhone Battery Brouhaha

Previous Claims About Slowdown

Possible Implications or Maybe Not

  Apple’s Efforts


Government Action - Especially Italy (with Samsung)

Apple Invests Lots of Money 


Wall Street Likes It

Apple Annual Meeting Feb. 13

Apple Does Well During Holidays

Apple Gets Fortune’s Most Admired Award (Again)

One FBI Rep Says Apple are Jerks


One ‘BigWig’ FBI Rep Likes Apple

Apple Gets FCC Approval for HomePod

HP & Apple Lead PC Marketshare

Apple Watch of the Future

In Chicago, Ice Falls from Buildings   



High Sierra 10.13.2

Safari 11.0.2. (El Capitan & Sierra)

iOS 11.2.2


Any recommended speakers, see me.

Lynda Gousha 1/22/19


Mac Developer and Podcaster Brett Terpstra

Get the most from your Mac without taking your hand from the keyboard.

Keyboard Efficiency

You should use your keyboard more than your trackpad.

Traveling from keyboard to mouse/trackpad is inefficient.

You can hit key combinations instead.

On Dialogs

Turn on “Full Keyboard Access” in Keyboard settings

In a dialog, tab will navigate through the options.

“Enter” selects the default button

Space selects the focused  button (outlined)

Space on a dropdown will open it and can navigate with arrows.

Escape will usually close a dialog, or hit a cancel button if one exists.

Use cmd-? to search for the menu item

   Look for the keyboard shortcut that will be shown to the right.

cmd-[comma] will preferences in any application.

cmd- c/x/v/a/n/o/w/q are well known

cmd-h will hide, option-cmd-h will hide others

Brett’s Favorites

cmd-[tab] to bring up app switcher

  hold cmd down and hit [tab] repeatedly to move through the app icons

  hold cmd down and  hit shift-[tab} repeatedly to in the reverse direction

Use left-right arrow keys to navigate folders in a finder window

highlight a file

       hit cmd-c to copy a file

hit cmd-v to paste a file

cmd-shift-g is the Go to Folder command


ctrl a/e

ctrl n/p

ctrl t

Creating your own shortcuts

Open System Preferences -> Keyboard -> App shortcuts

Use + icon to choose application and menu item and your choice of shortcut.

For Unix users

System level key bindings

— a bit of a hack —

Look in user library for KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict

In that file, in plist format, you can edit the shortcuts for system level commands

— these are the Cocoa commands that applications call for various text tasks.

Apps for Keyboard Shortcuts


LaunchBar or Alfred


Keyboard Maestro

Karabiner Elements  

Hyper Key

Regretfully, none of these are available in the Mac App Store, because these are system modifying applications. But these are developer signed applications, which you can obtain from the developer and install on your Mac computer. 

Brett’s book is available in the iBooks Store.

==== Break ====

Q and A

1. Updated iPhone - need to update hundreds of apps - this takes hours! 

     Update all tends to stall. 

Try updating ten at a time. 

2. Time Machine has unexpectedly stop working. I could restart it without losing the backups. Why is this happening?

3. Xserve - want to more than 2 TB volumes via Xserve.

Xserver (not to be confused with Mac OS X Server) is a deprecated product. Nothing can be done.

4. Is there a method to select a bunch on iPhone, and moving these into email.

Apple has a tip on that. 

Meeting Notes January 23, 2017

posted Oct 17, 2017, 8:58 AM by Robert Brown

Meeting Notes January 23, 2017 



Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1Billion

Qualcomm makes the Broadcom chip used to provide cellular service on Smartphones. 



Apple Patches Zero Day - When it Matters

Download patches for iOS, MacOS, and WatchOS.

Flash - As Usual

Mom and Pop outfits set up cheap web sites, that rely on Flash. So Flash problems are not going away anytime soon. 

D-Link Routers Sued by FTC

D-Link is not proactively upgrading routers and IP security.

“Look idiots, you are making devices anyone can hack. Please stop.”

Apple Extends HTTPS Deadline for Developers



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.

Next Apple Conf Call - Q1 2017 - January 31

Apple Annual Meeting 2/28/17


General News:

10th Anniversary of iPhone

Introduction was made at MacWorld SF.

Yahoo Sale to Verizon (Delayed…)

(could effect our mail list) 

Samsung Announces Result of Investigation into Fiery Phones

Apple Music Has Radio Stations - Like CBS Sports

Apple to Offer Original Video Content

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. 



Microsoft Office for Mac

iOS 10.2.1

Mac OS 10.12.3 Sierra

Logic Pro X

GarageBand for iOS




Foxconn to Build US Plant - Apple Gear?

could create 50,000 jobs. Cost: $7 billion.

Inductive Wireless Charging for iPhone 8?

Mysterious Wireless Device from Apple?

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

Lynda Gousha


➤ 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


➤ Old Fashioned iPod Classic

➤ iTunes

➤ Overcast App on iPhone


➤ My Car & ‘At Home’ Speakers

have 30 pin Dock Connectors

➤ 160GB of Space

➤ Still works fine


➤ Downloads Podcasts *Very


➤ Has ‘Voice Boost’ for

Increased Volume

➤ Back & Forward Variable

Times for Skipping

Commercials or Repeating

what you missed




➤Mac OS Ken - Ken Ray (5 Days/Wk)

➤Nosillacast - Allison Sheridan (Weekly)

➤ Especially ‘Security Lite’ segment w/Bart Busschots


➤ 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)


Bay Curious

For Mac Eyes Only

Fresh Air

Ham Nation

iOS Today

Know How

Komando on Demand

Mac Power Users

Mac Voices

Mac Cast (Enhanced)-For Mac Geeks,

by Mac Geeks

Mac OS Ken

MacBreak Weekly

MacMost Now

NosillaCast Mac Podcast

Open Apple

Planet Money


Scam School

Security Now

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


Windows Weekly

Your Mac Life


➤ MacOS Ken

➤ EyeChart Radio

➤ Macworld

➤ MacVoices


➤ Checklist (Mac Security)

➤ Apple Conference Calls (Financial)


➤ 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


➤ Mac Power Users

➤ Canvas

➤ Ctrl-Walt-delete (w/Walt Mossberg)

➤ l-Alt-DeleteSecurity Now


➤ Gardening Podcasts

➤ Slate’s Political Gabfest

➤ ‘This Week In’

➤ Insomniac Podcast: ‘Sleep with Me’


➤ MacMost Now - Mac Tutorials


Q and A

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 April 17, 2017

posted Apr 19, 2017, 8:23 AM by Robert Brown

April 17, 2017 SVMUG


MSFT Windows Escapes NSA-Related Zero Day Flaws

For every “supported” Windows OS, 

everything is patched.

This does not include XP or Vista.

April 7 Passes, Nothing Happens (Background)

Apparently the threat from a hacker group

was just a bluff from the Turkish Crime Family.

Apple Says Apple ID Database Not Breached

UK Arrests Possible ‘Turkish Crime Family’ Member

Flash Update - Mac, Win & Linux Versions (Last Tues., 4/11)



Apple Earnings Call May 2 - 2PM

Analysts Still Bullish on AAPL - Example



Apple Wins One in China

A China court upheld Apple claims.

The contesting company is bankrupt.


General News:

Apple Resets on Mac Pro

The cylindrical design will be replaced

with a full redesign in late 2018, early 2019

Of course, an alternative is the forthcoming

Pro level iMac.

Wells Fargo Offers iPhone-based ATM Withdrawals

New ‘Value’ iPad

New iPhone SE Ends 16GB Options

Product RED iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Clips - Video Editing App Released

Apple Buys ‘Workflow’ iOS App - Now Free

Developers Can Respond to Reviews in App Store

Sometimes it just takes a little explanation

to get an app to work properly.

Apple Closer to 100% Renewable Energy Worldwide

They are also working with their suppliers.

(Old News) Burglary Suspects Arrested

The SUV car crash and grab at Apple Stores.

Maker Faire Bay Area May 19 - 21 

Apple is working on an non-invasive diabetics test, 

via a wrist wearable.



iOS 10.3 (&10.3.1)

macOS 10.12.4

watchOS 3.2

tvOS 10.2

Pages, Numbers & Keynote for Mac & iOS

Final Cut, Motion & Compressor


iTunes 12.6



Apple Car Revived?

Apple has a permit from California to test

self-driving cars. 

Apple Having Trouble with Fingerprint Reader in iPhone 8

So says an analyst who heard from a supplier.


Presentation - WiFi Router - eero

eero is the world’s first home WiFi system, powered by TrueMesh™. A set of three eeros covers the typical home. They work in perfect unison to deliver hyper-fast, super-stable WiFi to every square foot of your house. It’s simple to set up. Easy to manage. And gets better over time with new features and improved performance. Stream video, get work done, or swipe right in any room — not just next to your router. Finally. WiFi that actually works.

Presented by Ryan Okimoto and Scott Wagner

Ryan is the national training manager.

eero was started in 2013, as a “living room” business.

The full launch was 2015.

150 employees based in San Francisco

manufacturing in China.

Designed for non-technical people to setup and use.

Best in class support.

The eero app lets you manage your network from the palm of your hand, so you’ll know how many devices are connected and the Internet speed you’re getting from your ISP. The app also allows you to configure advanced settings like DHCP, NAT, DNS, UPnP, Port Forwarding,

Dual-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless, 2x2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® Smart Ready

Setup is iOS/Android app based. 

The app allows you to constantly monitor who is on your network — and you can block an unknown device.

Guest access

family profiles

NAS is not yet available, but is planned for the future, via firmware update.

The NAS drive may be connected via ethernet port or via USB 2. 

IPv6 will be a firmware update as well. 

(eero uses AWS for their cloud)

Home WiFi System | 3-pack

Perfect for most homes

$ 399.00

Starter WiFi System | 2-pack

Covers small homes and apartments

$ 299.00

Individual eero

Perfect for a studio apartment or office

$ 199.00

everyone at the SVMUG meeting gets a 15% discount, good for the next two weeks.


Open Source


Accelerated Mobile Pages

by Daniel Reed

AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages, a Google-backed project designed as an open standard for any publisher to have pages load quickly on mobile devices. On Feb. 24, 2016, Google officially integrated AMP listings into its mobile search results.

Pages making use of AMP coding appear within special places in the search results and/or with a special “AMP” designation.

AMP has three parts: AMP HTML, AMP JS, and Google Cache. You are not allowed to use any other Javascript other than the AMP JS.

You will have to maintain at least two versions of any article page: The original version of your article page that users will typically see, and the AMP version of that page


March 20, 2017 Meeting Notes

posted Apr 10, 2017, 1:03 PM by Robert Brown


March 20, 2017 SVMUG

New people

Dave Wilson

came because of Derrick Story mailing list

Answer to Question from Last Meeting:

Storage for iPhone - From Wally Cherwinski


Jonathan Zdziarski Joins Apple

Pwn2Own Hackers Find 2 Zero Day Safari Exploits

iPhone Thieves Attempt to Phish Victims for Apple IDs

WikiLeaks Publishes CIA Hacking Docs 

Apple Has Already Patched Most WikiLeaks/CIA Flaws

Stolen Software Causes Permanent Encryption (Mac)

US Justice Dept. Charges Russian Hackers & Spies



Apple Annual Meeting

Wall Street Analysts Like iPhone Prospects



Apple Sues Qualcomm in UK

Apple Opposes Right to Repair Bill


General News:

New Apple Campus ‘Apple Park’

Tim Cook on Globalization & Privacy in China

Apple Updates HomeKit Page

Apple Tops Ratings for Laptop Support

SJ Autographed NextWorld Poster

Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai Have Dinner

AppleCare Window Now 1 Year for iPhones

Maker Faire Bay Area May 19 - 21 



Microsoft Updates Cortana for iOS

Microsoft & Adobe Patch, But…

Microsoft Wants Users on Windows 10



Next iPhone to have OLED Display

MacRumors Debunks Rumor


Lynda Gousha 3/20/17

7:30 Main Presentation

Apple’s Photos app… the oft-maligned, built-in approach to dealing with photos on your Mac. Worth using? Yes!!! Fabulous photo professional Derrick Story is here to show us Photos’ current functionality and usefulness. It’s more powerful than you think. 

Tim Cook said “we care about the Pro users”. Yet it seems recently turned away with the discontinuing of Aperture and the languishing of FCPX.

But we do have Photos - and it is surprisedly good. There was no real transition from the old Aperture to Photos. It upset a lot of folks in photography.

Photos is a blessing for iPhone photography. 

Derrick had been consultant for the design Aperture. 

He became a champion of Aperture during its development,

even though Photoshop is the top editor.

He was not sure at first, if he would jump on the Photos bandwagon.

Common complaints: 

no star ratings

no color tags

Apple was actually doing some good stuff under the hood, but were not being very good about promoting it. Apple was concentrating on the meta-data as a means to organize photographs in Photos. They have facial and object and location aware indexing.

Photos is significantly more powerful with extensions

DxO OpticaPro for Photos provides lens distortion corrections for many common camera and lens combinations. 

EdgePhotos provides for advanced cropping and framing and texturing.

Noiseless provides for smoothing at eight selectable strength levels.

February 27, 2017 meeting notes

posted Feb 27, 2017, 9:25 PM by Robert Brown   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 6:58 PM ]

Meeting Notes - February 27, 2017



CloudFlare / CloudBleed

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. 

1Password and Cloudflare

1Password’s Blog on Cloudflare

Printer Vulnerability - 150,000 Get Security Warning

This mainly concerns office printer installations, which may have cached documents on a hard drive. At home, this is typically not the case.

Vizio TV’s Caught Spying - Get Slap on Wrist

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.

iOS Apps Vulnerable to Data Interception

Russians Now Attack Macs 

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. 



Apple Q1 Earnings Results are Good

AAPL closes today at ‘all time high’ $136.93

Warren Buffet has a lot of AAPL - Speaks of $1 Trillion Mkt Cap

Apple Annual Meeting Tomorrow 


General News:

Apple & Other Tech Companies on Trump’s Immigration Ban

1Password, PDF Pen & Other Apps Fail to Launch Due to Expired Developer Certs

Apple Joins Partnership for AI

3rd Party iPhone Screen Repairs No Longer Void Warranty

Apple Extends MBP Anti Glare Coating Repair Program

Apple Fixes iPhone 6/6s Battery Issues



Flash (for Mac too), as Usual

GarageBand Gets Security Update

Logic Pro




Foxconn to Build US Plant - Apple Gear?


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.


light, portable

good optical quality

shoots 4K

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.

Top accessories

protective case

wrist strap

ergonomic grip


The case should have an attachment point for a lanyard. Ringke Max

ergonomic grip - Shoulderpod S1

tripod - Joby Gorillapod, Square Jellyfish, Ultrapod II - Journalist Kit - grip and mini tripod system.

iKlip Grip Stand

portable microphone - Rode VideoMic

Day Packs - Mountainsmith Day,

Metrosafe Sling,

Nat Geo “Africa” sling,

Also consider bringing

a shooting buddy (wife, friend)

second iPhone or camera (GoPro perhaps)

portable charger, cable

big pockets (vest, tactical pants, etc.)

lens kits

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 -

olloclip -

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 

Shooting Tips

Settings - keep it simple

shoot the works

stay composed

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.

stay composed

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

Twitter: @wa11_y

YouTube: wski55

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.


Meeting Notes September 19, 2016

posted Sep 20, 2016, 2:32 PM by Robert Brown

SVMUG Meeting September 19, 2016


FBI Sued for Info on iPhone Hack



FBI Issues ‘real’ PSA re Ransomware

Dropbox ‘Kerfuffle’ 1

Dropbox ‘Kerfuffle’ 2

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. 

Flash (of course)

Be Suspicious of Texts Requesting Security Codes

Google is being spoofed in texts, in an attempt to gain access to accounts that are protected by two factor authentication. 

Android Has a Bad Week



Tim Cook,Apple, & China

Tim Cook is paying special attention to China, as he must do because China is a difficult market to crack.

Analysts Reaction to iPhone 7, etc.

iPhone 7 is successful beyond belief, at least the limited belief of analysts. Curiously, analysts like the Airpods.

Analysts Like AirPods


General News:

Apple Buys AI Company, Turi

Samsung Note7 Problems May Help Apple

Samsung Effort to ‘Beat Apple’ Led to Recall

Apple Event September 2016 Report

Sierra Launches Tomorrow

iOS 10 T-Mobile Bug Fixed



iOS 10.0.1 - Note, iOS 10 is also a security update

Watch OS 3  

Note Warning on Sierra & Scan Snap s/ware

The PDF files created with Scan Snap may not be compatible with MacOS Sierra — the pages in the file will display as blanks.



October Event for iPads & MacBook Pros?



How to set up Spam Call Blocking


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.

Version 9.


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 


Open Source

KeePass -

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.

August 15, 2016 Meeting Notes

posted Aug 19, 2016, 9:05 AM by Robert Brown

SVMUG Meeting August 15, 2016

News and Events


Apple (Cook) Holds Firm on Taxes

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.



iPhone Theft Victims Beware of Phishing Attempts

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.

Link Explaining More re iPhone Theft Victims & Phishing

Apple Begins Bug Bounty Program

up to $200,000 for reports of bugs

in iOS and iCloud. But the offer is

only for invited researchers, of known


Apple urls for reporting phishing emails & iCloud emails

forward phishing emails to

other suspicious emails to

Some Ransomware Does Nothing When You Pay

Rival Ransomware Gang Sabotages another

Site for Recovering Data w/out Paying Ransom

Tech Companies Use Anti Drone Techniques?



Berkshire Increases AAPL Holdings

up by 55%

Apple Makes $ on Pokémon

will make $3 billion from the Pokémon craze


General News:

No, Apple is NOT Making a Tank

It was another company, mistaken for Apple

Complaints about ‘No New Macs’

Rumors of new Macs in the Fall.

Apple Getting More Corporate Business

Steve Jobs did not put much effort into enterprise customers

but new business is coming from enterprise customers for iPads, iPhones.

Tim Cook Interview 

Tim Cook’s Apple

Apple Selling Wholesale Energy

from their solar panels



iOS 9.3.4

Public Betas Updated 



Apple Watch Fall Update w/GPS & More!


Home Automation - Doorbell -

Jamie Siminoff — CEO of Ring -

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 —

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 

Open Source

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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. — 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 Meeting Notes

posted May 2, 2016, 3:08 PM by Robert Brown

SVMUG Notes 

April 18, 2016

News and Events


60 Minutes Phone Hacking Story

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.

“Apple ID due to expire….” - Text Phishing attempt

throw away such messages — it is a fraud.

Apple Fixes Bug That Allowed Access to Contacts & More

0Day Flash Flaw Used for Ransomware (Windows) But….

Apple Says ‘Most Effective Security Organization in World’

Windows?  Uninstall QuickTime

Do NOT Pick Up USB Sticks…. DANGER!

ARRIS SURFboard Cable Modems Need Updating


FBI Drops San Bernardino Case Against Apple

Bryan will cover this in his presentation tonight.

‘Grey Hats’ Help FBI Crack San Bernardino Phone

No Useful Info on San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone 5c

Apple Quotes FBI in Boston iPhone Case

DOJ Continues Appeal of NY iPhone Case

No Obama Support for US Senators Feinstein & Burr Anti-encryption Bill 

empower judges to force companies to assist law enforcement

Bloomberg on Background to FBI v Apple

Paris Terrorists Used Burner Phones

Microsoft Sues US Gov’t 

over orders to reveal customer’s emails and a gag order on those orders

Apple & FBI Testify to Congress - Again

General News:

Bill Campbell Passes On

WWDC Dates, Lottery Announced 

Enterprise Employees Choose Apple

Apple Grows Share of Worldwide PC Market


Stock Down on Supply Chain ‘Concerns’


Next iPhone May be Glass

Apple Doing More Original TV?

New MacBook on the Way?


Office 2011 for Mac - Security Update

iOS 9.3.1 - Fixes Link Issue with 9.3

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.

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