July 29 , 2013 - Hammondsport Mac Users Group

ATTENDING: Tom B, Ed W, Nancy C, Shelley M, Bob S, Dottie E, Jerry L, Gene N, Ed M, Jan S.



A wide variety of questions, topics and comments were shared at the meeting.

Jerry brought a small, bottomless box of interesting gizmos and gadgets he has found useful:

  • Ultrasonic dog training aid - Pet Parade Dog Repeller and Training Aid - $7.45 Amazon -This and very similar models are sold  for $30 or more.  The reviews are similar for most of them, $7.45 is worth the gamble.  Not all dogs will respond to this.  Some are just plain stubborn.  Jerry said his dog is a wimp and responds well.
  • Pantone huey MEU101 -  Amazon $40.  eBay is best bet, $20-30. Designed for calibrating and profiling all types of monitors--LCD and CRT. Each individual package includes a huey measurement device (emission only colorimeter) with ambient measurement capabilities, and software for monitor calibration.
  • huey corrects the color on your monitor so photos and designs print more accurately, game graphics are more intense and movies are more true–to–life. Easy–to–use right out of the box, huey adapts your monitor for changing room lighting and applies your personal preferences for viewing accurate color all of the time.
  • GPS Adapter for Nikon camera - Aokatec AK-N7000: Bluetooth GPS for Nikon DSLR D3200, D7000 & New Nikon D600, D5200 (also worked on my old D90) Amazon $64.95.
  • GlobalSat BT-368i Bluetooth GPS Receiver - $61.89 - Amazon.  Takes a while to get the satellite lock,  but really hangs onto it once locked.
  • USB Power Battery Pack - Tekkeon MP1580 TEKCHARGE Mobile Power Pack and Battery Charger - $23.93 - Amazon. This uses 4 AA batteries, many use high powered Li-Polymer batteries, a LOT more bang!  I liked the ability to change batteries. Not using it for any high power drain devices like a phone so the high powered types aren't needed.  But, use good batteries.
  • Portable Hard Drive - from OWC (Other World Computing)- On-The-Go Pro.  Capacities from 320 GB to 1.5 TB, USB 3.0 and 2.0 or USB 3.0&2.0/FireWire 800.  $77.99 to $197.99 depending on interfaces and speed.
  • SATA Drive dock for above hard drive - Voyager $37.99 or $74.99 depending on the interfaces.  Available bundled with a hard drive, 3.5" size (not the small 2.5 " shown) with capacities up to 4TB - from OWC.
  • Jerry also brought a disassembled 2.5"HD to pass around so we could all touch and see what goes on inside that mysterious little device - ooooooo - shiny! Some discussion followed regarding the pros and cons of the new solid state drives which have no moving parts and are lightning fast.



ClamXav - Tom noted that this free anti-virus application has a handy feature called 'Sentry' which allows you to run a continuous guard on specific folders such as Mail, Download, etc and will alert you to any suspicious files. Read more about setting the up Sentry feature here.

How to Test Your Anti-Virus Software - the simplest way to test ClamXav and its Sentry feature is to simply download a file called the EICAR test file. This file, actually a harmless text file, is an industry-standard test designed to activate antivirus applications. If your antivirus protection reacts to it, chances are that it is configured properly and working as expected. Download a 'test virus file' from EICAR. To get it, go to this page and download the files listed at the bottom, from the left to the right. These are basically the same file but it is increasingly disguised, zipped, and stealthed to make it harder for your antivirus to detect it. ClamXav should detect all the files in a flash and warn you about them.

The Safe Mac - great Mac malware guide with many excellent links to ways of protecting your Mac from bad stuff.

Mac OS X Security Guides for Apple operating systems (10.6, 10.5, 10.4, 10.3)

Ed asked how one might find an older version of a particular software for his scanner. The best answer seemed to be to go to the scanner manufacturer's website and search for drivers for the model you need. Often older drivers and apps are still available but tucked away in the support pages. Another great source for earlier versions of apps is the website Old Apps for Macs

Target Mode - two Macs can be connected via a Firewire cable for convenience and speed during installation of large files such or a new operating system. This is especially useful, for example, if the targeted Mac does not have a DVD player. Also see Apple's help site on using target mode.

MONOPRICE is a great place to buy FireWire cables for a few bucks - for example, the 6 ft. 400/800 bilingual firewire cable shown sells for $4.75 + $3 shipping.

Digital Color Meter - Apple's handy utility built into all Macs - very helpful in identifying exact color hues




Pixelmator - Tom highly recommends this inexpensive app ($14.95) for retouching photos - available at the Apple App Store - he showed how to retouch a photo a pixel at a time to remove a fire hydrant

VirusBarrier Express - free anti-virus app from Mac App Store (1.9MB) - easy to use

Carbon Copy Cloner - clone your entire Mac HD onto a bootable external HD - programable for auto or manual backup - current version is $39.95 - earlier versions were free and will still work on Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5.




Cockroaches to the Rescue - future of search and rescue?

False Memories Can Be Planted in Brain Say MIT Scientists - do you recall reading this before? heh-heh. Scary stuff.

Computing Pioneer Douglas Engelbart Is Dead at 88 - invented the first mouse - watch a really fascinating presentation made in 1968 to the science crowd of the day - see the 'Mother of All Demos' (1 hour 41min)

Sunday Afternoon On The i-Pad of La Grande Jatte?


Hammondsport Mac Users Group - Hammondsport, NY 14840 -