Meeting Notes

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.


March 19, 2018 Meeting Notes

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

March 19, 2018 SVMUG



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


Apple Developing MicroLED Displays? 

Rumor Rundown for March Event


Logic Pro X


iMazing - presentation via video stream from Switzerland.

Zanon Gregorio

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












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
  • 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


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.


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