August 20, 2012 - Hammondsport Mac Users Group

ATTENDING: Tom B, Jerry L, Bob S, Diane B and Gene N.

 TOPIC: Q + A (Part 2)


The group shared more questions from our Mac experiences.


What would be a good anti-virus software for my Mac computer? Can it protect Windows running via Bootcamp as well?

          A - Mac OSX and Windows running via Bootcamp (or Parallels) are in separate universes and will not affect one another. Therefore each needs its own anti-virus software. ClamXav 2 for Mac is free. AVG Free for Windows is free.


How can I transfer all of my iPhoto images to another place such as a CD or external drive?

          A - Open iPhoto, go to Photos, select all images, then Export Originals (Menu >File >Export. Choose the destination)


How do you use the fn key on a Mac keyboard to increase productivity?

          A - Helpful directions can be found at the Apple support site here.


How many SQUARES can you find in this image?

          A - 24? 25? More?


How can I re-install a specific app or utility from my install disc without doing the complete thing?

          A - Download and use the shareware Pacifist (free trial) - easy to extract a specific Package, file or folder.


How can I use my old HP940c printer with Mountain Lion?

          A - Plug the USB printer into your Mac or into a wireless AirPort base station. Add a new printer. In setting up, select the 'HP Series' as driver for Black and Color printing capability.


Is it possible to connect to the internet using a dial-up ISP number with Mountain Lion?

          A - In situations such as power outages or absence of ethernet cable service, you can connect to the internet via old-fashioned telephone landlines if you have a modem and and an access phone number provided by your ISP. Read how here.


How can I configure an old AirPort Extreme Base Station using Mountain Lion? The AirPort Utility can't seem to find the base station to configure.

          A - You will need to download an older version AirPort Utility 5.6 for Lion and install it on your Mac. Keep the newer version as well.


How can I swap or share large files between different accounts on my computer?

          A - On your own computer, try using the 'Shared' folder (HD > User > Shared ) - Simply drag your file or folder into it. Then log out and back into a different account. Go to HD > Users > Shared in that account to access your shared file. If you want to make changes in the file, copy it to the new account.


How can I securely and easily exchange very large files with friends via the internet?

          A - Try the free utility Dropbox - it works great and is fast and effortless for transferring big files!

Note: Dropbox is NOT an external disk - therefore do not drag files or folders into it, thinking you are copying them to Dropbox - you need to copy or duplicate first, then put the copy into the Dropbox folder which is then mirrored on-line to be shared with whomever you designate.


Where can I find free apps that will run on older Macs?

          A - Try Thriftmac - Games - Internet - Text - Graphics - Utilities - Organizers - AudioVideo - iPod


How can I completely uninstall an application and all its parts that I don't want anymore?

          A - Download and use the free AppCleaner - use version 1.22 for Tiger OSX 10.4 - version 2.1.0 for Leopard to Lion.



Mac users at our meeting shared 'one other thing' (besides Macs and family) in which they have a fervent interest.

Jerry shared his love of history with a wonderful video/slideshow of the ride he recently took in a restored B-17 bomber over Keuka Lake. View his movie of the event (9m28s).

Jerry also showed us the historical book about the village of Penn Yan that he and his wife Sue have recently published entitled 'A Walk Along Penn Yan's Main Street.' It sells for $23.95 (plus tax) at Longs' Card and Books, Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society, and Millie's Pantry, all in Penn Yan. Also available directly from the Yates Heritage Tours via email at (plus tax and shipping if applicable)

Bob showed us a great (and inexpensive) 4-port USB hub which he uses to expand his MacBook's useability with USB devices.

Tom shared a handy guide to help read the Bible through in one year.

Larry wrote:
I was visiting my son and daughter-in-law last night, when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.
'This is the 21st century, old man,' he said. 'We don't waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.'
I can tell you, that ugly fly never knew what hit it...........


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