Upcoming Mac and iPad Classes at Di-No

Di-No LogoDi-No Computers, in Pasadena, hosts a rotating set of Mac classes on Tuesdays from 2:00p to 3:30p; and iPad classes on the first and third Mondays of each month, also from 2:00p to 3:30p. These classes are all no-cost; feel free to contribute to the tip jar, though, if you feel so moved! The schedule for the next five weeks is as follows:

22 September 2014 iPad basics This class will focus on Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
23 September 2014 Mac Work TBA
30 September 2014 Mac Play TBA
6 October 2014 iPad Basics This class will focus on the essentials of the iPad: gestures, settings, and using basic apps
7 October 2014 Intro to the Interface This class is an introduction to the Mac
14 October 2014 Navigating the Interface This class focuses mainly on organizing files and dealing with the Finder
20 October 2014 iPad Basics This class will focus on Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
21 October 2014 Mac Work TBA

Call Jordan at Di-No for further details, including what you should bring with you, etc. To subscribe to Di-No’s class-schedule calendar, click here.

Di-No Computers
2817 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 795-6674

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Safety First for Bank Cards

As mentioned in Q&A last night, here are a couple of steps to use to add security and protection to your bank cards:

Last week, Kim Zetter posted, on Wired, a short-but-informative piece, How to Protect Yourself From Big Bank-Card Hacks. See what you think about her suggestions.

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you shoulda known better! Billy had a lot to say about the new Apple equipment, and Gautam bowled us over with home automation possibilities; wow!! The Apps & Traps lead-ins were beyond hysterical.

At Coco’s, we mulled over working mutiple voices for an audiobook in GarageBand, why you might want an Apple Watch, what to do with older equipment that still works just fine but is sooooo out of date, opera wars, and a certain somewhat-bawdy British drinking song (thank you, Mr Key).

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Some Do-It-Yourself Advice

Spotted in my inbox this morning: Common Fixes for Minor Mac Problems, tidbits from Edward C Baig’s Macs for Dummies. Amongst the topics:

  • A jumpy mouse
  • SOS for DNS
  • Kernal clink

For all the rest, PYB to the first link above. Enjoy!

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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:

My name is Sruli Loewy. I am a student and run SrulTech Solutions, a general technology support and web design company I founded. When I’m not helping people pick out their next computer or fixing their broken laptop, I can be found designing websites or writing posts for my blog.

You can catch Sruli’s complete story here: Sruli Loewy’s sweet Mac setup.

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

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Reminder: Mac Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the Navigating the Interface class at Di-No Computers.

Di-No Computers
2817 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 795-6674

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Smart Homes

Smart what?!??! What will they think of next??

Actually, having computerized functions in your house can be pretty cool. You can automated the thermostat, lights, even the lawn sprinklers. Dann Albright has a great smart home summary, What Is a Smart Home?, at MakeUseOf, with a ton of links to other pages at MakeUseOf that get into some depth.

Conveniently enough, he mentions Belkin’s WeMo system, and, of course, we’ll be getting an up-close-and-personal presentation at the general meeting Monday.

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New to the Mac?

Welcome to the club!! (hehehe…) Moving over from Windows? Has Tim Brookes, at MakeUseOf, got the deal for you:

There are times in life when you find yourself having to use something other than your first choice, out of necessity. This is true for computer operating systems, too.

Most Windows users will probably come into contact with Mac OS X at some point in their lives, and most of them will never have used it before. Luckily, we’ve put together a quick start guide for any Windows users daunted by the sight of an Apple operating system.

Tim, a switcher himself, deals with everything from basic differences to turning the darned thing off when you’re done. For the whole thing, PYBT: A Quick Guide To Using A Mac For Windows Users.

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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’m Shahaf Levi, otherwise known as Sl. I’m a developer and writer, and I aim to make apps that can make people’s lives better using Apple hardware and software.

To fulfill this goal, I founded my company, Sl’s Repository Ltd, two and a half years ago on January 2012. It’s my place on the web, it’s the place where all the things I make, discover, like, and think are posted. I also work as a Network Technician in an underground location most of the week where my iPhone and iPad don’t have reception most the time, so I usually develop/write over the weekends.

You can catch Shahaf’s complete story here: Shahaf Levi’s sweet iOS setup.

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

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Reminder: Mac Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the Intro to the Interface class at Di-No Computers.

Di-No Computers
2817 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 795-6674

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