Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until the middle of next year:

July 2016 18th third Monday
August 2016 15th third Monday
September 2016 19th third Monday
October 2016 17th third Monday
November 2016 21st third Monday
December 2016 19th third Monday
January 2017 9th second Monday
February 2017 6th first Monday
March 2017 20th third Monday
April 2017 17th third Monday
May 2017 15th third Monday
June 2017 19th third Monday

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Apple’s New File System

hard drive icon

From Steve Sande, on OWC (Other World Computing)’s blog, Rocket Yard:

Without a file system, your Mac, iPhone, iPad or even your Apple Watch would not work. A file system is used by an operating system like macOS and iOS to read from and write to some sort of storage, whether it’s a huge hard disk drive or a speedy solid-state drive (SSD). All Macs currently use a file system called HFS+ (Hierarchical File System Plus), an outgrowth of the original Hierarchical File System that was introduced in 1985 with Mac System 2.1. With the roots of the file system now over 30 years old, Apple just announced a new file system called APFS (Apple File System) that will be shipped on all new Apple devices starting in 2017. As new versions of Apple operating systems roll out later in 2016 — macOS Sierra, iOS 10, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 — existing devices will use APFS. (Note: You can read Apple’s APFS documentation here and watch an introduction video here.)

For the whole article, PYBT: Tech 101: Explaining the New Apple File System (APFS).

Graphic from the Rocket Yard post

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed some very interesting speculation, prognostication, demonstration…

At Coco’s, AAA (the Auto Club), Lenovo’s CEO, piggy banks, wildfires, and Siskel & Ebert were all the rage, at least at my end of the table.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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June 20th General Meeting

 

New Apple Developments from WWDC

Whatever is Apple up to now?

Apple’s WWDC is the Big Event of the year for software developers. In the past, tickets were on a first-come first-serve basis and they sold out in less than a minute. Now they are made available through a lottery, and you know how well that works…

The WWDC is where Apple shows us where they are going with their operating systems, computer languages, software tools, and hardware. These developments shape what developers can do and open new vistas for software development. The things shown here will drive the apps and software that users will be working with in the coming year.

If the past is any guide, we can expect Apple to announce new versions of iOS and OS X along with possibly announcing exciting new hardware. But the WWDC is “like a box of chocolates - you never know what you’re going to get”, though we can be sure that the news will give us a tempting glimpse at the software and hardware we’ll be lusting over in the coming year. {And if you’re someone who gets excited by discussions of programming language nuances, then the WWDC will leave you breathless and itching to do some coding.}

Warren James will be attending the WWDC remotely - spending the week glued to his monitor watching live streaming videos from the various conference sessions. He will report about Apple’s news and announcements and will tell us - within the constraints of Apple’s NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) - what we can expect in the way of new software and hardware in the coming year.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes CleanMyMac 3, a 10-pack of Memorex DVD-Rs, a Merkury USB Nightlight Wall, a MacAlly USB mouse, a Quirky PowerCurl Power Cord wrap for 15″ to 17″ MacBook Pro, and a $25.00 iTunes gift card. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for our drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Coco’s Restaurant, 77 N. Lake Ave. (between Union St. and Colorado Blvd., at the southwest corner of Union and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, we know a LOT more about cool ways to communicate than you!

At Coco’s, Uber drivers vs strippers, Fotomat kiosks (remember those?), the Passport Booth app, and preppers dominated the conversations.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Who are you and what do you do?

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we try to post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better.

Today’s victim, er, interviewee:

I am Nicholas Cole-Farrell, and I work as the Director of Technology at The Brandeis School of San Francisco, a K-8 independent school in California, USA. My passion is empowering students, teachers, and staff with tools to grow their understanding of the world. I direct our IT, EdTech and Library/Media programs, but it has been our burgeoning Maker/tinkering program that keeps me up at night, in a good way.

You can catch Nicholas’s complete story here: Nicholas Cole-Farrell’s iOS setup.

“Back issues” can be found here: Sweet Setup Interviews.

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May 16th General Meeting

 

Internet Messaging

If you send a message to the Internet, will it send you one back?

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes an Insignia Bluetooth stereo speaker with Power Bank; CleanMyMac 3; an Apple sports bag, with water bottle and pen/stylus; a Wacom Bamboo Solo stylus; a 50-sheet pack of Epson 4″ x 6″ glossy inkjet photo paper; and a Verbatim CD-R 10 pack. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for our drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Coco’s Restaurant, 77 N. Lake Ave. (between Union St. and Colorado Blvd., at the southwest corner of Union and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a great presentation with ever-so-valuable information.

At Coco’s, we touched on radiators in space; (mountain) lions, tigers, er, skunks, and bears; rocks on the roof; train tunnels; and stupid movies and TV shows.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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April 18th General Meeting

 

Spring Cleaning

No… not the house.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes CleanMyMac 3; MacPilot (donated by Koingo Software, Inc.); a Gear Head Optical Travel Mouse; a Lithium Card Rechargeable HyperCard; an Extreme Klean Air Duster; and an Apple sports bag, water bottle, and stylus/pen. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for our drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Coco’s Restaurant, 77 N. Lake Ave. (between Union St. and Colorado Blvd., at the southwest corner of Union and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed lots more good El Cap tips, tricks, and observations.

At Coco’s, we touched on cloud formations that look like…, sunsets in Arizona, and Vikings (not the football team).

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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