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Bournemouth — Jun 18th 2013

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Not to pre-empt the Q&A session scheduled for later, Alan opened the meeting with an answer to an unasked question, explaining the reasoning behind Apple's choice of name for the next incarnation of OSX, "Mavericks" - it involves a Californian beach and a dog apparently.

Mick then took the floor with a talk explaining the principles behind Cloud Computing, starting with a bit of history about how the needs… Read more…

Dorchester — Jun 11th 2013

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[bold]Topics: Instant alpha & Printing labels from Address Book/Contacts.[/bold]

As John was away, Mark introduced the meeting with 20 members present.

First off was Euan, who offered us 'a cup of Instant Alpha'.
Apple's 'Instant Alpha' in Pages, Numbers and Keynote with 'Smart Selection' in Preview are two related and useful technologies. Euan covered the concepts of Channels, Masks and Adjustment layers -- with a brief exploration of… Read more…

Salisbury — May 29th 2013

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Martin came along to talk to us above viruses and malware. As usual it was a well planned and laid out talk presenting arguments both for and against running some kind of anti-virus software. Most members seemed to be ambivalent and would be prepared to run some from time to time but accepted that the major threat to Macs was the user being careless about security. Perhaps the best reason for running some is… Read more…

Fareham — May 25th 2013

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We welcomed Micheal Corgan and Lionel Ogden as speakers to our meeting.

Lionel spoke first describing how he used Numbers to control the finances of WAMUG. He used a dummy setup of the spreadsheets to protect the innocent.

For a full description of his talk see the Meeting notes of the Bournemouth group meeting on the 21st of May when Lionel gave this talk.

Michael then gave us a… Read more…

Bournemouth — May 21st 2013

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After a brief Q&A session dealing with a couple of Mail-related queries, the first presentation was by Lionel on how he uses Numbers to manage the WAMUG accounts. For confidentiality reasons, this was demonstrated using the accounts of Cybergeeks, an organisation with a most intriguing membership list which, spookily, happens to use precisely the same accounting structure as WAMUG.

Lionel has set up separate sheets within the same document to… Read more…

Dorchester — May 14th 2013

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TOPICS: Photo management, Keynote

The Dorchester meeting on May 14th was opened by John. 20 people were in attendance, including two from an embryonic group in Beaminster.

Michael spoke first on Alternatives to iPhoto.
His requirements were to store photos in large numbers, with the ability to keep, file and find them.
He doesn't use iPhoto, and wanted a more "transparent" system, which stored the… Read more…

Fareham — Apr 27th 2013

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Fifteen attendees, including some members from other WAMUG groups, listened to a very interesting talk by Dan Dilloway of Dataquest International

Dan explained how Data quest International were a Portsmouth based company that specialises in data recovery from disc drives. The company has recovered data from many thousands of drives that were in varying states of distress.

In the main they attempt to recover the data at the bit level to an… Read more…

Salisbury — Apr 24th 2013

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Martin came to talk to us about maintaining our Macs and it was a great relief to all to find out that Macs now do an excellent job of maintaining themselves without our intervention! Indeed, Martin pointed out that intervention was likely to be either a placebo or just plain wrong.… Read more…

Bournemouth — Apr 16th 2013

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Alan opened by giving the 15 attendees details of the meeting being held at Fareham on 27th April when Dan Dilloway from Dataquest will be giving a talk on data recovery from hard drives and SSDs etc.

Tony Still then gave a presentation on WiFi Basics, explaining that this was concerned with communication between a computer and a base station, usually a WiFi Router. Showing how networks are designed in layers, with WiFi… Read more…

Dorchester — Apr 9th 2013

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John opened the April meeting with 23 members present.
It appears that we may be victims of our success in attracting new members, in that we are investigating methods of providing local displays of presentations, in addition to the main screen so that people, seated at the back have a good view of what is going on. This month's research (following March's exciting episode) was into screen sharing, which was explained by Martin, and… Read more…
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