Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a most informative Safari and lots of great Q&A.

At Conrads, discussions including Cheers and Final Jeopardy; the library’s sound system; boots and the Titanic; Saturn’s moon, Pan, and Cassini; Wally’s invention on Dilbert; and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen were heard around the tables.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until June.

May 2017 15th third Monday
June 2017 19th third Monday

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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 Stephen Biggerstaff, a freelance iOS Developer from sunny Scotland.

You can catch Stephen’s complete story here: Stephen Biggerstaff’s Mac and iOS setup.

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

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cyberBOLO

Be on the lookout…

Scams – PSA

Folks, there has been an upswelling of scams via e-mail and phone calls. Please don’t fall victim to these, people. Here are a few tips:

1. Never provide private personal information via e-mails or phone calls from unknown people.

2. Be wary of calls claiming to be from law firms saying they have a claim against you. Google the callback phone number.

3. Don’t pick up calls from unknown numbers. If you must, do not answer “yes” if asked “Can you hear me?” or any other odd question. They are looking for you to say ”Yes“ to record it for bogus reasons.

4. Keep in mind that all legal matters are handled via hardcopy mail through the US post office. Scammers don’t often use US mail because it’s expensive and can be traced.

5. Never pre-pay for anything regarding winning a cash prize or items. Again, Google the information to check into them.

 
Kyped, with permission, from my bud, Jake Madrid’s Facebook page.

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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 Steve Cholette, and I am a full-time Fire Fighter/Paramedic for a suburb city near Detroit, Michigan. I have been an Apple fanatic for quite some time and I use my setup for home/hobbies.

You can catch Steve’s complete story here: Steve Cholette’s Mac, iPhone, and Watch setup.

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

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Did You Further Know?

Sir Tim is also not content to let (wonderful as they might be) matters lie. From Wired this morning:

…When Berners-Lee created the web, it was a decentralized platform. Anyone could publish a website and link to any other site. But as the web has grown from an obscure research-sharing tool for the scientific community into a global medium for commerce, communication, journalism, and entertainment, the power dynamics have shifted. Today, huge companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Netflix dominate the web. These corporate giants enjoy an enormous amount of control not only over what people see and do online but over users’ private data. These days, Berners-Lee is working to reverse that trend as the co-lead of the Decentralized Information Group at MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL).

On the better web Berners-Lee envisions, users control where their data is stored and how it’s accessed. For example, social networks would still run in the cloud. But you could store your data locally. Alternately, you could choose a different cloud server run by a company or community you trust. You might have different servers for different types of information - for health and fitness data, say - that is completely separate from the one you use for financial records.

“It’s kind of like when you had floppy disks and you had one disk for the application and another the storage,” he says.…

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Plots a Radical Overhaul of His Creation has the whole story.

N.B.: Wired has a massive bug up… about ad blockers. If you want to read the article, you have to disable ad blockers to do so. You’ve been warned.

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Did You Know?

The inventor of the World Wide Web, as opposed to the inventor of the Internet, is alive and well and being richly-rewarded for his pioneering efforts: Sir Tim Berners-Lee is this year’s recipient of the A.M. Turing Award, the computer-geek equivalent of the Nobel Prize. From CBSNews.com today:

…Starting in 1989, Berners-Lee began working on ways digital object could be identified and retrieved through browser software capable of rendering graphics and other images.

In August 1991, he launched the world’s first website.

Besides coming up with the web’s technical specifications, Berners-Lee “offered a coherent vision of how each of these elements would work together as part of an integrated whole”, said Vicki Hanson, president of the Association for Computing Machinery.

In an even more significant move, Berners-Lee decided against patenting his technology and instead offered it as royalty-free software. That allowed other programmers to build upon the foundation he’d laid, spawning more than a billion websites today that have helped lure more than three billion people online.…

PYBT for the complete article: World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee wins Turing Award, the “Nobel Prize” of computing

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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 Thibaud De Clerck, and I live in Belgium. I’m in charge of communications within the family company. During my free-time, I write my own blog: thibaudd.be. I also write tech news for rewopit.net.

My setup (especially my iPhone) is so important because it is the central point of my organization. Every day, I have meetings, I manage communication, and I have tasks to accomplish - my iPhone ensures I don’t forget anything.

You can catch Thibaud’s complete story here: Thibaud De Clerck’s iOS and Watch setup.

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

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April 17th General Meeting

on Safari

 

An Introduction to Safari

Come on, on Safari, with us!

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.

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card; a GP Charge & Save battery with 4 rechargeable AA batteries; a Cirago 2.4A car charger for iOS devices; a SABRENT mini 4-Port rotating hub specially designed for iMac, MacBook, and Mac Mini; and a Ten 1 Design Blockhead for all current MacBooks and iPads. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the 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 Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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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 Edwin Leong, and I’m a Senior Compliance Analyst with the British Columbia Securities Commission in Vancouver, Canada. My agency regulates the securities industry in the province – e.g., the stock market and stock brokers. My department visits assets managers (portfolio and mutual fund managers) to assess their compliance with the provincial Securities Act.

My professional life has nothing to do with my use of Mac computers, but in my personal life, my Mac systems are key. I used to be a weekend warrior wedding photographer over a decade ago, which required investing in good photography equipment and computer systems, as digital imaging became widely accepted in the mid-oughts. However, I cut my teeth as a photographer with film, that quaint analog medium that no one born since 2000 likely has any memory of.

I left wedding photography many years ago, as having four kids means having a busy family life. However, I keep the photography hobby alive by photographing my sons playing hockey. Although I bought my first Mac in 2008, I didn’t become a 100% Mac user until 2015 when I bought a 2013 Mac Pro to replace an old, custom-built Windows PC.

You can catch Edwin’s complete story here: Edwin Leong’s Mac and iOS setup.

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

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