Saturday, December 31, 2011

NCC-Mac December 2011 Non-Meeting

There was no NCC-Mac meeting for the month of December 2011. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2012, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library. Happy New Year!


Here is a list of some of Apple’s software that was updated during the month of December. I copied these from <http://support.apple.com/downloads/>, which is a good place to go once in a while, but setting up Software Update to automatically check for updates is a good idea as well.


Keynote 5.1.1

This update addresses issues when working with large Keynote presentations on OS X Lion. It also includes improvements in stability and accessibility for Keynote.

December 01, 2011 - 29.94 MB


Aperture 3.2.2

This update resolves an issue that could prevent auto-imported Photo Stream images from being displayed in the library after your Photo Stream hits 1,000 images.

December 08, 2011 - 635.72 MB


Logic Pro 9.1.6

This update improves overall stability and addresses some minor issues.

December 08, 2011 - 195.34 MB


Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update

This update addresses a fan noise issue affecting a small number of Apple Thunderbolt Displays.

December 12, 2011 - 942 KB


iTunes 10.5.2

iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs.

December 12, 2011 - 102 MB (Mac) 66.13 MB (Win 32) 68.01 MB (Win 64)


Brother Printer Drivers 2.8

This update installs the latest Brother printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS vX 10.6.

December 13, 2011 - 149.61 MB


Logic Express 9.1.6

This update improves overall stability and addresses some minor issues.

December 13, 2011 - 140.58 MB


Lexmark Printer Driver 2.7

This download includes the latest Lexmark printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6.

December 13, 2011 - 182. 93 MB

Sunday, December 25, 2011

iPod nano Reboxing

Back in November Apple recalled the 1st-Generation iPod nano because of a potential battery fire hazard. We finally received the return-shipping materials on December 23.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's FREE Eclectic Holiday Music Time!

Amazon.com is once again doing their "25 Days of Free Holiday Music" thing.

Also, check the iTunes Store every Tuesday for one or more free Holiday songs.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NCC-Mac November 2011 Non-Meeting

There are no NCC-Mac meeting for the months of November and December 2011. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2012, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library. Happy Holidays.


Here is a list of some of Apple’s software that was updated since the October meeting. I copied these from <http://support.apple.com/downloads/>, which is a good place to go once in a while, but setting up Software Update to automatically check for updates is a good idea as well.


HP Printer Drivers v.2.8 OS X

This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6.

October 27, 2011 - 515.44 MB


Epson Printer Drivers v2.9 OS X

This download includes the latest Epson printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6

October 27, 2011 - 972.36 MB


Java for OS X Lion Update 1

Java for Mac OS X 10.7 Update 1 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29.

November 08, 2011 - 62.53 MB


Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29.

November 08, 2011 - 75.45 MB


Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.9

This update adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11.

November 10, 2011 - 7.20 MB


MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.5

This update resolves an issue where a MacBook Pro being used with a power adapter may unexpectedly shut down under heavy workload if the battery charge level is near empty.

November 10, 2011 - 730 KB


AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6

This update is for all 802.11n AirPort Express, 802.11n AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models.

November 10, 2011


iTunes 10.5.1

Introducing iTunes Match. Store your entire music library in iCloud, including music you've imported from CDs, and enjoy your collection anywhere, anytime, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, computer, or Apple TV.

November 14, 2011 - 107.97 MB (Mac) 65.59 MB (Win 32) 67.29 MB (Win 64)


MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0 (Snow Leopard)

This update addresses an issue where MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video.

November 14, 2011 - 51.45 MB


Thunderbolt Software Update 1.1 (Snow Leopard)

This update addresses an issue that causes some users of the Apple Thunderbolt Display to experience intermittent black screens. It also includes stability improvements for Thunderbolt devices.

November 17, 2011 - 53.23 MB


Safari 5.1.2

Safari 5.1.2 update contains various improvements, including fixes that: Improve stability, Address issues that could cause hangs and excessive memory usage, Address issues that could cause webpages to flash white, Allow PDFs to be displayed within web content.

November 29, 2011 - (38.7 MB OS X Lion) (47.1 MB Snow Leopard) (36.5 MB Windows) (54.9 MB QuicktimeSetup)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NCC-Mac November 2011 Non-Meeting Non-Reminder

There's no NCC-Mac meeting this month. Happy Thanksgiving.
There's no meeting in December either. Merry [Christmas|Hanukkah|Kwanzaa|Festivus|Yule] and Happy New Year.

We should be back on schedule January 2012. In the mean time, run Software Update now and then or check <http://support.apple.com/downloads/>.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Get your hot Java here!

http://support.apple.com/downloads/


Java for OS X Lion Update 1

Java for Mac OS X 10.7 Update 1 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29.

November 08, 2011 - 62.53 MB


Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29.

November 08, 2011 - 75.45 MB

Friday, October 28, 2011

Upcoming Mac OSX Lion Webcast

Mac OS X Lion: Pogue's Take
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
10:00 AM PDT
Duration: Approximately 60 Minutes
Cost: FREE

Register Here.

Thanks to Bob Clifford for making me aware of this webcast.

STOP THE PRESSES! More October 27 Apple Software Updates

HP Printer Drivers v.2.8 OS X
This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6.
October 27, 2011 - 515.44 MB

Epson Printer Drivers v2.9 OS X
This download includes the latest Epson printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6
October 27, 2011 - 972.36 MB

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Outline of October 27, 2011 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements

If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.

Some of Apple's software updated since the September meeting

Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads

iTunes 10.5

iTunes 10.5 provides a number of improvements.

October 11, 2011 - 102.51 MB (Mac) 66.71 MB (Win 32) 68.41 MB (Win 64)

iOS 5 Software Update

This update contains over 200 new features, including bug fixes.

October 12, 2011

OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 (Client)

The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud.

October 12, 2011 - 768.84 MB

Lion Recovery Update

The Lion Recovery Update includes improvements to Lion Recovery and addresses an issue with Find My Mac when using a firmware password.

October 12, 2011 - 431.91 MB

Security Update 2011-006 (Snow Leopard)

Security Update 2011-006 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.

October 12, 2011 - 136.28 MB

Safari 5.1.1

Safari 5.1.1 for Windows includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services. iCloud stores your Safari bookmarks and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices. Safari 5.5.1 for Snow Leopard contains various bug fixes and improvements to performance, stability, compatibility, accessibility and security.

October 12, 2011 - (47.05 MB Snow Leopard) (36.52 MB Windows) (54.85 MB QuicktimeSetup)

Xcode 4.2 for Snow Leopard & Lion (App Store)

FujiXerox Printer Drivers v2.2.1 for OS X

This update installs the latest software for your printer or scanner.

October 20, 2011 - 50.06 MB

Canon Printer Drivers v2.7 for OS X

This update installs the latest software for your printer or scanner.

October 20, 2011 - 324.08 MB

MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0

This update addresses an issue where MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video.

October 24, 2011 - 70.97 MB

iMac EFI Update 1.7

This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection and includes fixes that resolve issues with Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance on iMac (early 2011) models.

October 26, 2011 - 3.69 MB

Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.4

This update fixes several issues to improve the stability of Mac mini (mid 2011) computers and is recommended for all users.

October 26, 2011 - 4.01 MB

MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.2

This update fixes several issues to improve the stability of MacBook Air (mid 2011) computers and is recommended for all users.

October 26, 2011 - 4 MB

Macbook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.3

This update fixes several issues to improve the stability of MacBook Pro (early 2011) computers and is recommended for all users.

October 26, 2011 - 4.17 MB

iPhoto 9.2.1

iPhoto 9.2.1 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues.

October 26, 2011 - 357.18 MB

Thunderbolt Software Update (OS X Lion)

This update provides support for the Apple Thunderbolt Display and bug fixes for Thunderbolt device compatibility.

October 26, 2011 - 72.53 MB

The next meeting will be held Thursday, January 26, 2012, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

(subject to confirmation)

"I wish I'd known that before I upgraded to Lion."

system_profiler SPApplicationsDataType >~/Desktop/MyFileTypes.txt

Enter this command in a Terminal window. open MyFileTypes.txt in TextEdit. Search for instances of "PowerPC". These applications will not run under Lion. Discard or replace them.

Also, AppleWorks and a few other applications not play well under Lion.

Run Software Update. Update old applications and drivers.

Create a "Things from my Desktop" folder on your Desktop. Drag any loose files and folders from the Desktop into it.

Run Time Machine and/or other backup software.

Download Lion from the App Store. If Install Mac OS X Lion.app auto-starts, quit it.

Run Time Machine and/or other backup software again. Unmount and switch off backup drive.

Launch Install Mac OS X Lion.app. Follow Instructions. Wait.

You may need to install Java. OS X Lion does not provide a Java runtime by default.

support.apple.com—DL1421

You may want to activate iCloud.

Run Software Update.

If after a while everything looks OK, switch Time Machine back on.

Questions? try Take Control of Upgrading to Lion and Take Control of Using Lion.

www.takecontrolbooks.com—catalog

Q&A, General Discussion


Saturday, October 22, 2011

NCC-Mac October 2011 Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, October 27, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month's topic is "I wish I'd known that before I upgraded to Lion." I'll be sharing a few tidbits I picked up here and there, as well as a couple I haven't seen in other hint lists.

We also may have a brief mystery topic.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thanks Steve

"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

-- Steve Jobs at the Stanford University commencement address in 2005

Friday, September 30, 2011

Outline of September 29, 2011 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements

If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.

Some of Apple's software updated since the August meeting

Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8

This update adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11.

August 31, 2011 - 6.91 MB

Lexmark 2.6 Printer Driver

This download includes the latest Lexmark printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6.

September 08, 2011 - 133.99 MB

Security Update 2011-005 (Lion)

Security Update 2011-005 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.

September 09, 2011 - 15.59 MB

Security Update 2011-005 (Snow Leopard)

Security Update 2011-005 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.

September 09, 2011 - 869 KB

The next meeting will be held Thursday, October 27, 2011, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

(subject to confirmation)

Bento 4

Upgrade any previous version of Bento to version 4 for $9


www.filemaker.com—features.html

Google+

plus.google.com

Q&A, General Discussion


Saturday, September 24, 2011

NCC-Mac September 2011 Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, September 29, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This time we'll be taking a brief look at Bento 4 database application, which has a pretty generous upgrade deal going on right now.

Google+ just opened to the public, so we'll be taking a look at that too.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Public Service Announcement (No Mac Content)


BLM Seeks Volunteers for Beach Cleanup

BANDON, Ore. – Anyone interested in sprucing up an area beach is invited to Floras Lake, south of Bandon, on Saturday, September 24 to participate in the Bureau of Land Management’s annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) volunteer event.

Volunteers will be pulling noxious weeds, picking up litter, and removing European beach grass to improve wildlife habitat. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Individuals, families and community groups of all ages are welcome. All tools, safety equipment, and materials for the projects will be provided. Volunteers should wear outdoor work clothes and bring sunscreen and water.  In appreciation for their work, volunteers will receive a T-shirt, hat, and lunch. 

As the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event in support of public lands, NPLD hosts more than 2,000 sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia with a wide array of activities. Volunteers’ one-day efforts will equal more than $15 million in improvements. 

For more information, contact Kip Wright with the BLM at 541-756-0100. Additional information on NPLD can be found online at www.publiclandsday.org

About BLM
The BLM manages more land – 245 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Macintosh Security: ZeoBIT MacKeeper Crapware Marketing Moron Attack

http://mac-security.blogspot.com/2011/08/zeobit-mackeeper-crapware-marketing.html

ZeoBIT MacKeeper Crapware Marketing Moron Attack

--
Yesterday I got hit with my first ZeoBIT MacKeeper bomber page while searching on Google. I call it a 'bomber' page because it uses JavaScript (the sworn enemy of web security) to force a popup page into your web browser, despite your popup settings. When the nasty page appeared and blared its rhetoric at me, I thought I must have found a new version of MAC Defender. But no, this is a legal Mac software suite being foisted at you via offensive marketing moron methods.


The nasty ZeoBIT MacKeeper popup page attempted to tell me that the Google result page I had open was considered potentially dangerous. Right. Therefore, I used Google again to find out what this crapware really was. I was pleased to discover that my net colleague Thomas Reed had created an excellent write-up about this crapware last week. Thomas and I work together in a Mac malware discussion group on the net. Enjoy:


I also found an article about MacKeeper provided by Daniel Feeney:


To quote one comment from Daniel's initial review of MacKeeper:

Mostly what they do is take existing features of your operating system and put it in one place, and make you pay for the privilege. Add in their aggressive marketing, the fact it uses Wine (classic half-assed windows developers trying to cash in on gullible Mac users), and the reports of horrible system performance after installing this crap, and well, do you really want to deal with it?
Needless to say:
I suggest that NO ONE install MacKeeper or believe a word ZeoBIT spew at you via their marketing moron attack methods.


[Marketing Moron: Any human who uses abusive or disrespectful methods of selling or promoting a product or service. Antonym: Marketing Maven. Use in a sentence: 'The decay of the modern business practices is morbidly illustrated by the unprecedented increase of marketing morons, self-destructive brigands who treat customers with contempt. ]


Friday, August 26, 2011

Outline of August 25, 2011 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements

If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.

Some of Apple's software updated since the July meeting

Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads

Brother Printer Drivers v2.7

This update installs the latest Brother printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS vX 10.6.

August 03, 2011 - 136.55 MB

Samsung Printer Drivers v2.2

This download includes the latest Samsung printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS vX 10.6.

August 03, 2011 - 26.86 MB

HP Printer Drivers v.2.7

This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6.

August 03, 2011 - 494.47 MB

QuickTime 7.7 for Leopard

QuickTime 7.7 improves security and is recommended for all Mac OS X Leopard users.

August 03, 2011 - 68.85 MB

Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without the need for a physical disc.

August 08, 2011 - 1.07 MB

Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Leopard

This update addresses an issue with the Migration Assistant application in Mac OS X Leopard that prevents transfer of your personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Mac OS X Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion.

August 10, 2011 - 4.98 MB

OS X Lion Update 10.7.1 (Client)

The 10.7.1 update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability and compatibility of your Mac

August 16, 2011 - 79.29 MB

iTunes 10.4.1

iTunes 10.4.1 provides a number of improvements.

August 22, 2011 - 90.26 MB (Mac) 77.47 MB (Win 32) 78.32 MB (Win 64)

Epson 2.8 Printer Drivers

This download includes the latest Epson printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6

August 23, 2011 - 961.5 MB

The next meeting will be held Thursday, September 29, 2011, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

(subject to confirmation)

Q&A, General Discussion


Thursday, August 25, 2011

TidBITS Tech News: The Steve Jobs Resignation FAQ

http://tidbits.com/article/12447?rss

The Steve Jobs Resignation FAQ

When important Apple news bubbles up to the mainstream media, it's often distorted — or flat-out incorrect — by the time it pops out at the surface. Steve Jobs's resignation from Apple yesterday made the front pages of major news outlets, and the amount of ill-informed "analysis" is piling up.

So here's an overview of the facts, broken down into questions and answers, to make it easy to answer a friend, family member, coworker, or anyone else who doesn't follow Apple and has only heard quick news snippets. Feel free to send them this article by clicking the Email button above, or by copying this link and pasting it into your favorite email program: http://tidbits.com/article/12447

Question: Is Jobs no longer involved at Apple?

Answer: Although he has stepped down as CEO, Jobs was elected by Apple's board of directors to be Chairman of the Board. Apple has said that he will continue to contribute to Apple's products and directions, no doubt on his own schedule.

Question: Who is replacing Jobs? Is he any good?

Answer: Apple's board of directors announced that, following its succession plan, Jobs will be replaced by Tim Cook, previously Apple's chief operating officer. Cook has worked at Apple for 13 years, and each time Jobs has taken a medical leave of absence, Cook has ably taken over Apple's reins.

Q: Does this mean the iPhone 5/iPad 3/Mac Pro/iPod touch will be delayed?

A: No. Apple has been functioning without Jobs as the active CEO since January 2011, and they've done quite well, both in terms of releasing products and in continued stellar financial results. (See "Apple Reports Q3 2011 Record Financial Results ," 19 July 2011.)

Q: What about future products? Can anyone replace Jobs's vision?

A: No one can be the "next Steve Jobs," and neither Jobs nor Apple seems interested in finding one. Instead, new CEO Tim Cook and the rest of the executive team will guide Apple according to their own strengths. As John Gruber so aptly put it, "Jobs's greatest creation isn't any Apple product. It is Apple itself."

Q: Is Steve Jobs's health suddenly dire?

A: We don't know, and frankly, extensive speculation by anyone other than Jobs's family and doctors is irresponsible. It's possible that Jobs is pulling back to focus on other things, or that his health has gotten worse. Jobs has received treatment for pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant, and he stepped away from active duty as CEO in January 2011 due to health reasons. But he also appeared on stage to introduce the iPad 2 in March 2011 and at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June 2011.

According to an article by Walt Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal, "To be very clear, Jobs, while seriously ill, is very much alive. Extremely well-informed sources at Apple say he intends to remain involved in developing major future products and strategy and intends to be an active chairman of the board... His health is reported to be up and down, and even an active chairman isn't the same as a CEO."

Q: Is this the End of Apple as We Know It?

A: Certainly not. The executives that Jobs has surrounded himself with have been with the company for many years and have been executing Apple's vision both while Jobs has been the day-to-day CEO and during his leaves of absence.

Also, if you look at Apple's recent history of products, you'll see that years of groundwork were laid to reach the point we're at now. Consider the iPad as an example. Apple began work on the iPad well before 2007; the multi-touch interface and a few initial apps showed promise, but the company chose to take that work and develop the iPhone instead. The lessons learned from the iPhone, and the foundation for creating and running the App Store, led to the iPad in 2010. Compare that to companies like HP, Samsung, and RIM, who have unsuccessfully rushed tablets to market since the iPad was introduced.

We're certain Apple has a secret roadmap that extends a few years into the future. And the company has been actively working to sustain its unique corporate ethos. In 2009, former Dean of the Yale School of Management Joel Podolny joined Apple to head Apple University, which, according to an extensive feature in Fortune magazine is an internal program that documents and teaches how the company functions and makes important decisions.

Of course it's possible, even likely, that Apple will change over the years, but that's to be expected. The Apple of today is significantly different than the Apple of 1985, when Jobs last left Apple, the Apple of 1996 when he returned to Apple, and even the Apple of 2006, before the iPhone was released. But change is one of the things Apple has done best.

As ever, we wish Jobs the best possible health, and if you have any other questions, please ask them in the comments and we'll address them as is feasible.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

NCC-Mac August 2011 Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, August 25, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This time we're having a prolonged Q&A session focusing primarily on "How the heck do I get this done?" type of problems. Think of it as Stump the Moderator day. In order that the moderator isn't totally stumped, it would help a lot if we could get a few questions in advance. Either reply to this message or email you question(s) to .

Also, due to the unwitting generosity of Macworld, we have a valuable door prize this month.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

AppleInsider | Apple offers buyback program for old iPhone, iPad, Macs

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/08/09/apple_offers_buyback_program_for_old_iphone_ipad_macs.html

AppleInsider | Apple offers buyback program for old iPhone, iPad, Macs

By Daniel Eran Dilger

Published: 07:00 PM EST
Apple has enhanced its recycling program to add a new "reuse" option that pays owners of existing iPhones, iPads, Mac or PC desktop or notebook computers a fair market value for their old equipment, paid via an Apple Gift Card.

Apple continues to offer a variety of recycling programs: a place to dump unwanted electronics of any kind at its Cupertino, California head quarters (which it has operated since 2002); free recycling of Mac batteries at any of its retail stores; and free pickup and disposal of any brand of computer or display contracted through WeRecycle!, which user can obtain a free prepaid shipping label from at www.werecycle.com.

Now, users who own an iOS device or a computer from any manufacturer can obtain a credit for the fair market value of that device, calculated by PowerOn, a third party company Apple contract with to run the reuse program.

While recycling old products dismantles them and harvests valuable components such as metal, plastic and glass for recycled use in new products, reuse is an even greener option, as it extends the useful life of products that have value in the second hand market.

"If your product qualifies for reuse — meaning it has monetary value — you'll receive an Apple Gift Card equivalent to its fair market value as determined by PowerON," Apple states on its new recycling program website.

"You can use the gift card for eligible purchases at any U.S. Apple Retail Store or the U.S. Apple Online Store. If your product does not have monetary value, we'll recycle it at no cost to you."

Users can get a preliminary valuation for their old devices online, then arrange to ship them to PowerOn at no cost. The company will then contact the user if the apprised value is different than what was quoted online, a figure based on the user's own description of the product's condition.

If the user chooses not to accept the final value, it will be returned at no charge. Otherwise, PowerOn will arrange to credit the user via an Apple Gift Card within three weeks of receipt. The company also securely erases all data remaining on the devices while preparing them for resale.

PowerOn's estimated value of a functional, first generation iPad in very good condition is $165, for example. Users may likely be able to find their own second hand buyer for relatively new products in good condition, and fetch a higher price.

However, for older devices with some damage or dysfunctional features, the reuse option may provide an easier, more convenient option that still recoups some value they can then reinvest in new Apple gear.

Friday, August 5, 2011

How Martha's iMac spent its summer vacation

Details here. The moral of this story: It can be a real bitch when the closest repair shop is in Far Far Away.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Outline of July 28, 2011 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements

If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion was released July 20.

www.takecontrolbooks.com

Some of Apple's software updated since the June meeting

Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads

Before Lion Release

Canon Printer Drivers v2.6 for Mac OS X v10.6

This update installs the latest software for your printer or scanner.

July 07, 2011 - 307.39 MB

GarageBand 6.0.4

This update supports general compatibility issues, and addresses overall stability and performance issues.

July 11, 2011 - 53.72 MB

iPhoto 9.1.5

This update supports general compatibility issues, and also addresses overall stability and performance.

July 11, 2011 - 220.83 MB

iMovie 9.0.4

This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues.

July 11, 2011 - 76.20 MB

iWeb 3.0.4

This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues.

July 11, 2011 - 178.57 MB

iDVD 7.1.2

This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues.

July 11, 2011 - 36.12 MB

Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard

This update addresses an issue with the Migration Assistant application in Mac OS X Snow Leopard that prevents transfer of your personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion.

July 19, 2011 - 714 KB

Apple Remote Desktop 3.5 Client

The 3.5.1 update is recommended for all Apple Remote Desktop clients and addresses several issues related to overall reliability, usability and compatibility.

July 20, 2011 - 3.74 MB

Safari 5.0.6 for Leopard

This update contains improvements to stability, compatibility, and security.

July 20, 2011 - 52.21 MB

Safari 5.1

This update contains new features and improvements.

July 20, 2011 - (47.47 MB Snow Leopard) (54.53 MB QuickTime) (36.06 MB Windows)

iWork 9.1

This update adds support for Mac OS X Lion.

July 20, 2011 - 79.66 MB

iTunes 10.4

iTunes 10.4 is now designed for OS X Lion.

July 20, 2011 - 90.23 MB (Mac) 77.72 MB (Win 32) 78.58 MB (Win 64)

Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1

The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

July 25, 2011 - 1.09 GB

Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update

The Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

July 25, 2011 - 10.19 MB

Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update v.1.1

The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

July 25, 2011 - 453.55 MB

For Lion

Java for OS X Lion

This release installs Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_26

July 20, 2011 - 62.53 MB

Xcode 4.1

itunes.apple.com—id448457090

The next meeting will be held Thursday, August 25, 2011, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

(subject to confirmation)

Setting Up Blogger

iPhoto '11 Help

Q&A, General Discussion


Sunday, July 24, 2011

NCC-Mac July 2011 Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, July 28, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

One of our Macs is in the shop for the repair of a repair, and the shop is in Far Far Away. Wish us luck with that.

If things go well, we will be attempting to create a Blogger site in real time. If things don't go so well, I have a canned demo of iPhoto basics.