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    I've been AFK most of the day today. Look for the Mac-Forums video chat tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. (Midnight GMT instead). I'll post a link later tonight.
    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Join me tonight for the Mac-Forums Sunday Video Chat at 7:00 p.m. US Central Time (Midnight GMT). We'l have the usual forum roundup, and a few Mac tips and tricks. I'm still working on the specific tips for this week but the forum roundup will included some thoughts on the value of UPS units and one or two key features to look for when purchasing them. Wan't to identify bogus Magsafe chargers I'll have some tips on that as well.

    Show Notes

    There's another forum thread about the use of anti virus software on the Mac. This post by member Randy B. Singer has links to a few free and practical guides to Mac security. Thanks Randy.

    If you need your Mac to show characters in something other than your main language this thread explains how its done. This is a feature I often forget about. Thanks for the reminder Charlie.

    If you have been dual boot Linux and Mac OS you may have difficulty booting into MacOs if the Linux partition is removed. The issue often boils down to GRUB overwriting/changing the EFI partition that the Mac normally uses to boot. This thread gives you a solution. Hint: It's not sufficient to merely boot into the recovery partition. You are probably going to have to completely reformat the drive. You have a backup don't you?

    Member Randy B. Singer points out that when looking for a new UPS unit one feature you might want to look for is automatic voltage regulation. This feature can be very helpful in evening out power where so you are not experiencing power spikes and sags.

    Identifying phony MagSafe adapters

    Pairing Bluetooth keyboards with IOS devices This should work for any bluetooth keyboard. I might try this with one of the keyboards that ca pair with multiple devices at the same time. You can rotate through the paired devices depending upon which key is pressed.

    If you are experiencing battery drain on your IOS devices take a look at this tip. It's important to determine whether there are any apps set to do background refresh. This is common among some social media apps and other things such as weather apps that can be set to request frequent data updates. Turning this features off for those apps that don't really need background updating can save you quite a bit of battery life. Especially if you are in a setting where your iPhone/iPad has to search for a network connection.
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    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

  3. #513

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    This week's Mac-Forums video chat will be on Monday July 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. I'll post a link as well as a more complete rundown sometime tomorrow.
    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Hey Sly...

    Would appreciate it if you would mention about the Premium Membership billing problem. I guess it depends on who joins the chat but most of the folks who like to chat are also Premium Members.

    Thanks.

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    Thanks for the reminder. That hadn't occurred to me. I'll be sure to mention iy.
    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Join me at 7:00 p.m. tonight (Midnight GMT) for the Mac-Forums video chat. We'll have the usual forum roundup, a few MacOS tips, and probably an IOS tip or two. I'm working in the specific tips so tune in tonight to see what I'm up to.

    I'm having to re-record last nigh's show because something went wrong saving the file. I'm not sure what time today I'll do that but I'll post here when the recording is done. Look for several iTunes tips, and an IOS tip for the camera.
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    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Join me at 7:00 P.M. tonight (Midnight GMT) for the weekly Mac-Forums video chat. In addition to the usual forum roundup I'll include some thoughts about using your IOS device as a presentation tool.

    I'd planned to include some thoughts about using your IOS device as a scanner but I think I'll push that to next week so the show doesn't run too long.

    Show Notes

    If you are interested in an alternative to the Mail program Apple includes in MacOS check out some of the programs that are available. Thanks to Forum member Randy B. Singer for the links to some of the options.

    Also be aware that Apple has recently released updates for macOS Sierra (not the High Sierra beta), IOS 10, and iTunes. The IOS update includes some important security fixes.

    Apple recently announced that beginning in 2018 App Store submissions will need to be for 64 bit apps. See Here. That does not mean that 32-bit apps will stop working on the Mac immediately. There will come a day though where 32-bit apps will no longer work with a future OS Here's a search technique to identify 32 bit apps on your Mac and identifying things that will eventually need replacement.

    If you watch the video I demonstrate how to add additional search criteria to the ones which appear if you use Command F to initiate a search in the Finder.

    If color-blindness makes using IOS devices difficult for you or someone you know
    try the following tip from Conner Carey at iPhone Life:
    1. In your IOS device go to Settings>General then select Accessibility.
    2. Tap Display Accommodations then select Color Filters to turn the filters on.
    3. This leaves you with five choices for color tints that can be applied. Choose the one that meets your needs.

    How to save web pages to the reading list in the IOS version of Safari.

    I spent a few minutes talking about several tips for0 using your iPhone as a presentation tool. If you need to connect to an interactive whiteboard or projector this segment may be useful to you.
    Last edited by Slydude; 07-25-2017 at 04:10 PM. Reason: Updated links Show notes to follow shortly
    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Join me at 7:00 P.M. tonight (Midnight GMT) for the weekly Mac-Forums video chat. In addition to the usual forum roundup I'll include some thoughts about using your IOS device as a document camera and scanner.

    We had numerous technical issues tonight. Some were technical/crashes and some were PEBCAK issues. I will post a good recording tomorrow. Look for it and the show notes by early afternoon.
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    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Join me at 7:00 P.M. tonight (Midnight GMT) for the weekly Mac-Forums video chat. In addition to the usual forum roundup I'll include some tips for the Calendar and Preview apps and an IOS tip for identifying apps that may not longer be updated.

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    If you are scanning things with your Mac and find that the file sizes are rather large this can usually be corrected somewhat. One good way is to adjust the scanner settings in software. You can also try the following in Preview (free in the Applications folder on your Mac);
    1. Open the file you want to shrink in Preview and save it as a PDF if it isn't one already.
    2. Chose File>Export
    3. Change the Quartz Filter setting from "None" to "Reduce File Size" and save the file.

    I used a 269K .jpg and it initially became a 273k pdf. Applying the Reduce File Size filter dropped the finished file size to 29k.I suspect that the degree of size savings depends upon how many graphics there are in the original file.

    The other formats available are graphics formats. Changing the file size involves adjusting either the number of pixels per inch or compression quality. See this thread.

    Thoughts on choosing the right charging adapter for your Apple gizmos. See here and here.

    When you are trying to import events/calendars into the Mac Calendar program the dialog can make it appear that single events are being imported rather than an entire calendar. This is not entirely accurate. If the ics file you import is a calendar then all of the events in the calendar are imported.

    If you want to merge multiple calendars into a single calendar right click the first calendar to be merged and selected the calendar it will be merged into. The calendar you will be merging into must already exist so create it first if necessary. See here.

    Identifying IOS software which may no longer have updates available.

    10 Apple TV apps for watching free movies and TV online - legally. Even if you don't have an Apple TV some of these apps have iPad /iPhone versions.
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    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Join me at 7:00 P.M. tonight (Midnight GMT) for the weekly Mac-Forums video chat. In addition to the usual forum roundup I'll include some information on Apple-related phishing scams, and we'll look at two methods for disabling Air Drop on your IOS devices.

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    We've had a number of apparent instances of trolling in the forum recently. Most of this has been handled behind-the-scenes by forum staff. Recently someone has created usernames very similar to those of some staff members. If you receive a PM or other contact from someone, please check carefully to make sure that the PM is someone from someone on the staff. If you are not sure contact one of the staff directly. See this thread for details.

    If you're new to the forum and writing your first post this thread will help you write a quality post with the kind of information we need to help solve your problem a little faster.

    Apple's thoughts on avoiding phishing scams.

    Think your Apple ID has been disabled these tips may help.

    Some scammers have started spoofing their phone number to match that of Apple's flagship NYC store. See here.

    Transferring iMessage history from one machine to another.
    1. In iMessage Preferences check "Save history when conversations are closed"
    2. From Finder's G0 menu select Go To Folder (Apple, Shift, G) and enter ~/Library/Messages
    3. Move the folders Archive, Attachments, and the file chat.db to the same location in your user library on the new machine.

    Some users have begun sending inappropriate content to other users via the AirDrop feature See here You can solve the problem by swiping upward on your IOS device to access the control center. Change your AirDrop setting to either "From Contacts Only" or "No one" You can also control AirDrop settings by enabling restrictions on your IOS device and turning of AirDrop Access. I do a quick demo of both in the show. Directions for enabling restrictions are here.
    Last edited by Slydude; 08-13-2017 at 10:00 PM. Reason: Added Show Notes
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