May 2, 2016 - Hammondsport Mac Users Group

ATTENDING : Tom B, Jim P, Jerry L, Al J, John M, Russ C, Larry T and Gene N.



At our meeting today we discussed a variety of questions, comments and experiences, starting with our first memory of using computers and some of the dumb things we thought and did out of ignorance. It was quite humorous.




Mini Display Adapter

Connect a large digital monitor to your laptop

Jerry shared how helpful it is to attach a large monitor with sharp resolution to your laptop - also how the price has come way down on these units in recent months - he recent purchased this 27" model - you will also need a Mini-Display-Port to HDMI (or VGA) adapter for your Mac and the appropriate cable to connect the monitor to your computer.


Share a very large file using Dropbox

Jerry explained how he was able to share an extremely large 7GB video file by using Dropbox - it took 22 hours to upload due to the limits of his internet upload speed (1 Mbps) - Gene mentioned that Empire's new fiber optic cable in local communities such as Corning, Bath and Hammondsport are capable of 100Mbps downloads and 20 Mbps upload speed (read more).


How to delete emails in Mail so they don't keep reappearing via IMAP.


RCA Line Out

Digitize old vinyl records using an inexpensive turntable such as Crosley Cruiser ($59 at Target).
Tom will give a demo of this process at the next meeting in June.


CD vs. Vinyl Record - comparing Compact Discs (CDs) to vinyl or gramophone records is the musical equivalent of comparing digital photography with film photography - read more.

Audio Frequency Range of CD vs LP - interesting YouTube demo (7 min)

Did you know that 'standard pitch' tuning using 440 Hz as A4 did not become a world standard until 1955? Also many modern musicians feel that 432 Hz would be a better pitch more 'in tune' with the natural vibrations of the earth.


Wood glue can be used to clean out the grooves of an old vinyl LP record - read more.



6 Ways to Speed Up Your Mac (Yosemite) - read more

Speed Up My Mac - Turn Off Spotlight - read how (and why)

1) by using Privacy Preferences

2) by using Terminal command (in Admin account)

Disable Spotlight: sudo mdutil -a -i off
Enable Spotlight: sudo mdutil -a -i on


5 Things You’re Doing Wrong on Your iPhone - watch video

Free Up Space on Your iPhone or iPad - watch video


iMessage - a very secure way to communicate (read TidBits article)

6 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With iMessage - read more


Intecept Radio - listen to live scanner feeds from around the country - listen live sample

QR CODE GENERATOR - go to this site, type in your own URL - then generate a QR CODE - copy it with COM-SHIFT-4 to print it to use it anywhere - try it out by using a free app called QR Reader in your iPhone

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