Membership Special Redux

It’s that time of the year: If you are a potential new member, or a previous member who hasn’t re-upped for 2016, have we got a deal for you! By presidential fiat, from now until the end of the year, pay $40.00 for both this and next year!

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We’ve Got Golden Tickets!


Wow! An Apple TV ($150.00 value) for a special drawing at the October general meeting! Really!!

This, as you might expect, is a bit special, and will be treated a bit differently than our usual prize drawing:

  • We will start selling tickets at the August general meeting, and they will be also available at the September and October meetings
  • These will be different tickets than the usual white and red drawing tickets
  • You must be a member in good standing to purchase these tickets
  • You do not need to be present to win, but you must make sure to leave your name and contact info with Mo! at the back table
  • These tickets are $5.00 each, or six for $25.00

Important notice: The Apple TV has only an HDMI output, so you will need an available HDMI input to connect it to your audio/video system. IF your system does not have an available HDMI input, you will need to purchase an appropriate converter (e.g., HDMI-to-VGA or -Composite Video with analog audio).

Golden tickets for an Apple TV! Well, the tickets are really yellow… but you get the idea!

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until the middle of next year. Please note that the January and February meetings are not on the third Monday: January is on the second Monday and February is on the first 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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Reminder: Mac Class at Di-No

Tomorrow, at 2:00p, is the Mac Work class, subject TBA, at Di-No Computers.

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

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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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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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September 19th General Meeting


Apple’s Accessibility Options

Something for Everyone

Our Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods are an indispensable part of our lives, whether it is for listening to music, staying in touch with other people through e-mail and social media, or doing computational tasks that would have previously required multi-million dollar mainframes. 

But what about people who can’t see the screen on a Mac or a iPad? Or people who are troubled by flashing lights, dancing icons, or specific color combinations? Or people who cannot hear?

Apple does much to make iOS and MacOS accessible to those people through their appropriately-named Accessibility Options. These tools allow the computers of blind users to speak to them. They allow users to control how motion is used on iOS screens so that susceptible individuals are not made nauseous or driven into epileptic fits. Persons who can see but not hear can adjust their computers so that audible messages and warnings are displayed as on-screen text.

But accessibility options are not just for people with physical challenges; they are useful to all of us. They give us control over the user interface in ways that go far beyond the normal controls. If you have trouble reading the lovely, but oh-so-delicate, fonts of the latest iOS release… no problem… just use Accessibility Options to make them thicker. If you want to save some battery power, then you can use Accessibility Options to turn off the parallax view on iOS.  

In many ways, Accessibility Options are the key to making iOS work the way you want it to, even if you aren’t facing special physical challenges.

In our presentation this month, Dave Whitby and Warren James will show you how to use Accessibility Options to improve the iOS and MacOS experiences for all users.

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


Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 Best Buy gift card, a Mybat iPhone 6 Plus case, an Insignia Bluetooth speaker with Power Bank, and iHome anti-static cleaning wipes. 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 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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Stop, Look, and Listen!!

From TidBITS, 25 August:

Less than a month after the release of iOS 9.3.4 (see “Apple Releases iOS 9.3.4 with a Single Security Fix,” 4 August 2016) Apple has released yet another security-focused iOS update: iOS 9.3.5.

Josh Centers continues:

The New York Times reports that this rapid release comes in response to what appears to be a government attempt to compromise the iPhone of Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights activist based in the United Arab Emirates. Two weeks ago, he reported several suspicious SMS text messages to researchers at the digital rights watchdog group Citizen Lab.…

For the whole story, PYBT: iOS 9.3.5 Blocks Remote Jailbreak

For further info, and possibly different takes on the matter, PYBT:

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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 couple weeks is as follows:

23 August 2016 Mac Play TBA
6 September 2016 Intro to the Interface This class is an introduction to the Mac
13 September 2016 Navigating the Interface This class focuses mainly on organizing files and dealing with the Finder
20 September 2016 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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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 Gerry Hayes and I run Haze Guitars in Dublin, Ireland.

I repair and build guitars. I also write about guitars. I’ve released a number of free eBooks and have just launched a series of guitar and bass setup guides called Sketchy Setups which are all hand-drawn before being digitised and coloured.

I also write a newsletter and blog about guitar repair and maintenance. I’m currently working on a new book on guitar and bass wiring that will be released soon (I hope - turns out it’s a lot of work).

You can catch Gerry’s complete story here: Gerry Hayes’ Mac and iPad Pro setup.

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

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a lot of stuff your iDevices need you to know, and a chance to buy the winning golden ticket!

At Coco’s, it was AES and Schrödinger’s cat.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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