Meeting Notes


April 17, 2018 Meeting Notes

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


Meeting Notes   April 16, 2018 SVMUG

News 


Security:  


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  


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


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Legal:


iPhone ’Slowdown’ Cases go to One Court


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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


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Rumors:


Apple to Use Own Chips for Mac?


Apple Developing Foldable Phone?  

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Updates:


iOS 11.3 - includes battery health monitor


watchOS 4.3


tvOS 11.3


Swift 4.1


HomePod update


Final Cut Pro


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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.

https://podfeet.com 


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


Solutions


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 https://www.noodlesoft.com/


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 http://imagemagick.com

install via homebrew.sh

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.

https://osseeds.org



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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March 19, 2018 Meeting Notes

posted Mar 20, 2018, 8:14 AM by Robert Brown

March 19, 2018 SVMUG


News


Security:  


Treasury Dept. Warns re iTunes Card Scams


Celebrate Claims it can Unlock iOS 11 & iPhone X


Grayshift Claims it Can Unlock iPhone 8 & X


Texas Woman Stalked Due to iPhone Settings(?)


Update Flash (& Windows)


Stolen iPhone Attempt at iCloud Login


Look Alike Domains - Problem & Solutions


General News:


Apple Event in Chicago, March 27


WWDC Dates Announced - June 4-8


Old Story? Upcoming OS’s Emphasize Stability


Apple Solves (?) Problem of Walking into Glass Walls


CHP Using Decoy Busses to Catch Shooter(s)


Former Apple Exec Leads Computer History Museum


24 Hour Boycott of Apple & Amazon because NRA TV


Good Article re Private Browsing


Apple Launching Health Care Clinics for Employees


Steve Jobs’ Job Application Sells for $174,000


Rumors:


Apple Developing MicroLED Displays? 


Rumor Rundown for March Event


Updates:


Logic Pro X


Presentation


iMazing - presentation via video stream from Switzerland.

Zanon Gregorio


https://imazing.com


Problem: iTunes was conceived nearly 20 years ago. The mission was to manage music. The syncing was not designed at the beginning to handle arbitrary data. Datasets were added ‘ad-hoc’. But still did not provide actual browsing of data on the device.


The first iteration of iMazing was called TuneAid. Its mission was to rebuild an iPhone library in the event of a crash.


Both Apple and iMazing care about your privacy. So they are happy to work within the “iOS garden” set up by Apple. 


iOS file system is closed. So the only access to individual files is via backups. This requires a backup browser.


Full and customizable backups of iPhone data to computer. Can be scheduled. Works over WiFi, with good security. Save the backups to your choice of drives. Up to one year of backups are archived, or you can choose to not delete old backups at all. 


Manage your iPhone. Your way.

Get a trusted software to transfer and save your music, messages, files and data. Safely back up any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Powerful and user-friendly, iMazing is simply the best iOS device manager for Mac and PC.


Transfer your data to your new iPhone 8 or X

Quickly transfer your data to a new iPhone. Without iCloud or iTunes, you can copy everything or select the right content to transfer. Drag and drop any file from the backup to your desktop. This includes items like messages, attachments in messages (emoji, stickers), live photos as a movie, and so forth.

The backup archive acts as an iOS time machine.

Simpler music transfers

Freely copy your music back and forth between your iPhone, iPad, iPod, and your computer. No more iTunes syncs. 

Easy access to your photos

Export your pictures and videos, without iCloud or iTunes. Save your favourite moments on your Mac or PC. 

Smarter backups ( Free! )

Store your iPhone and iPad data thanks to a unique technology. With iMazing, you safely back up your device, even wirelessly.

Keep precious messages

Save, export and print your iPhone messages. Text messages, MMS, iMessages and attachments are safe with iMazing.


Transfer your files and documents

Move files and folders between your iPhone or iPad and your computer. See File System


Manage your contacts

Directly copy all your contacts between your iPhone and your Mac or PC. See Contacts


Exclusive app management solution

Download your apps (.ipa) to your computer. Back up and transfer app data. See Apps


Your other important data

Access your iPhone voicemail, call history, voice memos and notes. See Other data


Transfer and manage your Books

Export your eBooks or PDFs from iBooks, import books from your computer to your iPhone or iPad. See Books


iOS Advanced Management

USB or Wi-Fi connectivity, manage pairing, erase devices, re-install iOS, diagnostics... See iOS management


Transfer your files and documents

Move files and folders between your iPhone or iPad and your computer. See File System


Manage your contacts

Directly copy all your contacts between your iPhone and your Mac or PC. See Contacts


Exclusive app management solution

Download your apps (.ipa) to your computer. Back up and transfer app data. See Apps


Your other important data

Access your iPhone voicemail, call history, voice memos and notes. See Other data


Transfer and manage your Books

Export your eBooks or PDFs from iBooks, import books from your computer to your iPhone or iPad. See Books


iOS Advanced Management

  1. USB or Wi-Fi connectivity, manage pairing, erase devices, re-install iOS, diagnostics... See iOS management
  2. Transfer your files and documents
  3. Move files and folders between your iPhone or iPad and your computer. See File System
  4. Manage your contacts
  5. Directly copy all your contacts between your iPhone and your Mac or PC. See Contacts
  6. Exclusive app management solution
  7. Download your apps (.ipa) to your computer. Back up and transfer app data. See Apps
  8. Your other important data
  9. Access your iPhone voicemail, call history, voice memos and notes. See Other data
  10. Transfer and manage your Books
  11. Export your eBooks or PDFs from iBooks, import books from your computer to your iPhone or iPad. See Books
  12. iOS Advanced Management
  13. USB or Wi-Fi connectivity, manage pairing, erase devices, re-install iOS, diagnostics... See iOS management

iMazing Speaks

English 

Deutsch 

Français 

Español 

Italiano 

Português 

Pусский 

العربية 

中文 

日本語 

한국어


Coupon Code:  IMAZING-SVMUG for 20% off. This is valid for a couple of months.



Open Source


  • OpenToonz is a digital emulation of traditional animation techniques.
  • Website https://opentoonz.github.io/e/
  • It is an open source version of a professional package named "Toonz"  Digital Video S.p.A. in Italy.




Q and A











January 22, 2018 meeting notes

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


NEWS 

January 22, 2018 SVMUG


Security:  


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


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General News:


iPhone Battery Brouhaha

Previous Claims About Slowdown

Possible Implications or Maybe Not

  Apple’s Efforts

Lawsuits

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   


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Updates:


High Sierra 10.13.2


Safari 11.0.2. (El Capitan & Sierra)


iOS 11.2.2

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Any recommended speakers, see me.


Lynda Gousha 1/22/19



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Mac Developer and Podcaster Brett Terpstra  http://brettterpstra.com

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


EMACS COMMANDS

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

TextExpander

LaunchBar or Alfred

BetterTouchTool

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.


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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 

NEWS 


Legal:


Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1Billion

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

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Security:  


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


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Financial:


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

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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. 

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Updates:


Microsoft Office for Mac

iOS 10.2.1

Mac OS 10.12.3 Sierra

Logic Pro X

GarageBand for iOS

 

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Rumors:


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


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Lynda Gousha 1/23/17


Podcasts

Lynda has slide show


Dan Foy - relates personal experience as podcast author.

— uses Overcast



Dan Foy - Open Source - Firefox Focus

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ON PODCASTS

SVMUG January 2017

Lynda Gousha

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

➤ iTunes

➤ 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

Quickly*

➤ Has ‘Voice Boost’ for

Increased Volume

➤ Back & Forward Variable

Times for Skipping

Commercials or Repeating

what you missed

HOW TO FIND PODCASTS

DEMO

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

OTHER FAVORITES

➤ 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 $

HONORABLE MENTION

➤ 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

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

RetroMacCast

Scam School

Security Now

Tech News Today

TEDTalks (various-currently listening to

Business)

Tekzilla

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

Enhanced

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

Triangulation

Windows Weekly

Your Mac Life

CHARLES’ FAVORITE MAC/TECH PODCASTS

➤ MacOS Ken

➤ EyeChart Radio

➤ Macworld

➤ MacVoices

➤ HDTV

➤ 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

➤ Canvas

➤ 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

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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.


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Meeting Notes April 17, 2017

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

April 17, 2017 SVMUG



Security:  


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)

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Financial:


Apple Earnings Call May 2 - 2PM


Analysts Still Bullish on AAPL - Example

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Legal:


Apple Wins One in China


A China court upheld Apple claims.

The contesting company is bankrupt.


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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.


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Updates:


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


iMovie


iTunes 12.6

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Rumors:


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.


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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.




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Open Source


A.M.P.


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

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March 20, 2017 Meeting Notes

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


NEWS 

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


Security:  


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


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Financial:


Apple Annual Meeting


Wall Street Analysts Like iPhone Prospects


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Legal:


Apple Sues Qualcomm in UK


Apple Opposes Right to Repair Bill


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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 


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Updates:


Microsoft Updates Cortana for iOS


Microsoft & Adobe Patch, But…


Microsoft Wants Users on Windows 10


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Rumors:


Next iPhone to have OLED Display


MacRumors Debunks Rumor


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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.

http://thedigitalstory.com/ 


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

 

Security:  


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. 


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Financial:


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 

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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


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Updates:


Flash (for Mac too), as Usual


GarageBand Gets Security Update


Logic Pro


 

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Rumors:


Foxconn to Build US Plant - Apple Gear?


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Presentation: Wally Cherwinski on iPhone videography.


HTTPS://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/speaker/wally-cherwinski


http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0156163/


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.


iPhone

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

tripod


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.)

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 - 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 


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. 

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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?


PDFpen

iBooks 

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.



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Meeting Notes September 19, 2016

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

SVMUG Meeting September 19, 2016

Legal:


FBI Sued for Info on iPhone Hack

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Security:  

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

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Financial:


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

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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


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Updates:


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.

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Rumors:


October Event for iPads & MacBook Pros?


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Tips:


How to set up Spam Call Blocking


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.


Version 9.


Tests:


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. 


Tools:


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. 


Break


Open Source


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.





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