Al shared some photos he took on a recent trip to Panama City.
Did you know that one travels NW to SE through the Panama Canal to go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean?
Did you know that recently the gates of the locks were changed from swinging style to sliding open and closed (like an automatic door) to accomodate longer ships?
< Old swinging gate style
New sliding gate style
More facts about the canal
AUTO LOGIN - Be sure that it is turned OFF on your laptop, iPad or iPhone.
Go to System Prefs > Users & Groups > Login Options > Automatic login - select OFF
STRONG PASSWORD - use a mixture of Letters, Numbers, Symbols - avoid using a word found in the dictionary - use a Zero in place of letter O, number 1 for letter L, etc.
MNEUMONIC DEVICE (use first letters of a phrase
Example 1: Order of Planets from Sun: M V E M J S U N P
My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas
Example 2: A Stitch In Time May Save Nine! = A s i t m s 9 !
USB Encrypted Flash Drive - copy all your important documents, passwords, ID numbers into a portable safe, encrypted so that only you can open, see, edit or write to - password guarded so if lost or stolen, it cannot be opened.
HOW TO ENCRYPT USB FLASH DRIVE
Insert the drive into yor Mac - right (Control) click on USB disc image - in the contextual menu, select Encrypt - add a Password - eject disc and re-insert to activate encryption - to Decrypt just repeat the above process.
NOTE: If Encrypt option is missing in contextual menu, use Disk Utility to format your flashdrive for Mac using the Scheme GUIDE PARTITION MAP.
Watch a video tutorial of the above procedure at MacMost
VPN (Virtual Private Network) - Gene gave a short demo of how he setup a VPN on his MBPro.
What is VPN? MacMost tutorial 1
How to use VPN on your Mac - MacMost tutorial 2
Find Mac Help - Finder > Help > MacHelp > search VPN
Best VPNs 2019:
See a very detailed chart comparing 186 VPNs (2018)
Pricing example of VPN :
one of many VPN subscription services
unlimited plan ($9.99/mo) ($99/yr)
or special limited 5GB ($2.99/mo)
1-week pass ($3.99)
Use Ethernet ( if available) rather than WiFi in hotels for more secure internet connection - just carry a spare Ethernet Cat 5 cable in your laptop case.
Use Preview Tools to Edit a Photo - fixed edits can be erased (covered up) by using rectangle tool with same color background - see how. (thanks Daniel)
BACKUP YOUR iPHONE & iPAD PHOTOS WHILE TRAVELING
iXpand Flash Drive (16GB) - $25 ebay - works with iPhone or iPad (Lightning to USB 3.0)
IN THE NEWS
600 miles per hour !
MagLev Trains - $2 million study proposed for 1/2 hour train trip Pittsburgh to Philadelphia (news article) - Elon Musk's hyperloop concept (read article)
How can magnetism be used to propel a train? (video) - Is this Atlas Shrugged Redeux?
Weather Widget - stopped working?
Reason: Dashboard App not being updated anymore by Apple
Workaround: Use Notifications Weather locations instead
NEXT MEETING - first Monday of each month
Hammondsport Mac Users Group - Hammondsport, NY 14840 - www.hportmug.com