How To: Technology Hurricane Preparedness

Written By Rick Ortiz, Courtesy of Maui Apple Users Society (Maui Mac)

Preparing your technology for a hurricane

With Hurricane Lane fast approaching, it is time to get your technology prepared for such an event. Some key areas to think about are: backups, batteries/power, and other tech tips. 

Backups

Now is the time to make sure your computer backup is in place and completed. This is typically an external backup drive or your data in the cloud. If an external backup drive, do one final backup and then unhook it and put it in a safe place. If you have access to a weatherproof safe, that would be ideal. If not, placing it in a ziplock bag or some place that can avoid water damage can help protect your data. If you are required to evacuate, take your backup drive with you. If you have a mobile phone, you can back it up to your computer as well, or use the cloud service backup built into the phone. Remember the 3-2-1 rule of backing up. Data in 3 places, 2 locations, 1 offsite. 

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Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue.

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Macworld: What You Need to do When You Inherit a Mac

In June, Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor for Macworld, wrote a great Mac911 column that could make for an interesting and useful meeting topic. The title? What you need to do when you inherit a Mac: Avoid a huge headache and do these things before you accept or buy a Mac from the estate of a deceased person.

Check it out!

https://www.macworld.com/article/3279732/macs/what-you-need-to-do-when-you-inherit-a-mac.html

How-To: Live Streaming Computer Group Meetings by Graeme Moffatt

The premiere of Graeme Moffatt’s ‘Mr Mainline Steam’ documentary was shown a little over two weeks ago and received amazing reviews. Here is a How To written by filmmaker Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. Mr. Moffatt is also the Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania.

By Graeme Moffatt:

I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.

This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.

I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish (more…)

Meeting Idea: Apple’s How to Shoot on iPhone Series

Photography is a popular subject at many Apple User Group meetings. Did you know that Apple has an entire section dedicated to helping users take great photos with their iPhones? Each video tutorial is under a minute and a series of videos could make for a great “How To” meeting topic and discussion. Ever wanted to take a bouncing live video? There’s even a tutorial for bouncing live photos and another for experimenting in color.

The How To Shoot on an iPhone series includes videos that show how to:

  • shoot a portrait selfie
  • edit a Portrait
  • create a bouncing Live Photo
  • shoot in black and white
  • adjust slo-mo timings
  • shoot an overhead
  • experiment with framing
  • experiment with color
  • compose with telephoto
  • shoot with Portrait Lighting
  • shoot a close-up
  • shoot a vertical Pano
  • shoot with out a flash
  • shoot action
  • shoot a selfie with the timer
  • capture a unique angle
  • shoot stills while filming
  • shoot with street light
  • shoot a bold and simple image
  • shoot during golden hour
  • shoot a one-handed selfie
  • shoot a sunset silhouette
  • capture an intimate moment
  • shoot a group portrait
  • shoot a horizon
  • shoot a backlit subject
  • And more…

Check it out!

https://www.apple.com/iphone/photography-how-to/

Meeting Ideas: Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories

Looking for a short presentation on Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories for your group’s meeting? Apple Support and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

This month ASW offers a look at Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories (L574614A-en_US) to help your members learn about the many Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories available for iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook, and explore what can be done with them.

And, if your members are not sure whether an email about an App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music purchase is legitimate, Apple Support offers tips that can make for a quick and valuable meeting topic.

Ambassadors: March is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Identify legitimate emails from the App Store or iTunes Store

https://asw.apple.com

How-To: iCloud Sharing

By Rick Ortiz

With the introduction of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple has added some new features to iCloud Drive, offering the ability to share files. iCloud Drive is now offering sharing services similar to what DropBox and Google Drive offer. In the past iCloud drive was designed for personal access to files. For a user group, they can now create or use an existing iCloud account and share files with members or allow board members access to files.

iCloud Drive History:
Apple’s iCloud file services originally began as cloud storage for your iWork files. With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, it expanded to offer you storage of files and folders beyond iWork. In fact you can now access your Desktop and Documents folders in the cloud and on other devices. But in this article we are going to focus on the sharing features. As each macOS update has come along, Apple has continued to expanded its iCloud offerings. (more…)

Meeting Idea: Swift Playgrounds

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible. Over the last few months we have featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, Apple Teacher, Keynotes, and Apple Sales Web, five incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a sixth great resource, Swift Playgrounds.

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How-To: the Apple Teacher Program

 

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible. Last month we featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, and Apple Sales Web, three incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a fourth great resource, the Apple Teacher program. You don’t have to be a teacher to sign up, and each educational activity is paired with a badge you can earn and display. Earn eight badges for either iPad or Mac, and you achieve Apple Teacher status, including access to Swift Playgrounds, a free app for first-time coders featuring Learn to Code and lessons that make getting started fun and interactive. Provided resources include Apple Teacher Starter Guide books, online help and Apple Store workshops.

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