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May Meeting April Meeting - Long Island Mac Users Group
April Meeting
Donald Hennessy
A not-for-profit,
This month we will play host to
Lesa Snider , author of Photoshop
The Missing Manual. The
multi-talented Lesa, a well known
author, magazine contributor,
graphics educator and corporate
trainer will demonstrate editing
digital photos and creating
documents with the premier image
editing software application, Adobe Photoshop CS4. Lesa
spent many, many months before the software’s release
writing what is sure to become
one of the standard references
for Photoshop CS4, receiving high
praise from none other than
Photoshop Insider’s Scott Kelby,
“…it is the new Photoshop Bible.
Way to go Lesa!”
As usual, the meeting begins
with the two Q&A sessions followed by the main presentation. Next come announcements
and the rafffle, then the SIG sessions round out the meeting.
This month is sure to be a real crowd pleaser, so make
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MAY 2009
May Meeting
LIMac Inc.
Rick Matteson
April’s presentation featured Tom Abruzzo from the
Walt Whitman Apple Store. It is always a treat to have Tom
as a presenter, because he not only shows the product’s features, but exactly what you can do with each of them. This
time Tom showed the new iWork ’09. I am presently using
the suite, (in fact I am using it to write this review) and
many of Tom’s tips were quite welcome.
Tom started by showing the Pages word processing
module (as many of you know, it also includes a page layout
module). The first thing Tom showed was the many templates included in Pages. These are basically pages set up
with a lot of place holders, so you don’t have to bother with
formatting, to include such things as; addresses and phone
numbers. You can remove what is there and later insert
your own information without having to adjust the formatting. Next Tom showed how to use the contextual formatting bar. This allows you fine control over spacing, font size,
style, alignment and more.
Next Tom showed how to include a picture (or graphic)
in your document. In addition he showed the many effects
that can be added to your picture such as: drop shadow,
reflection, and even a border. Tom also showed how (and
when) to use instant alpha to remove the background of a
photo or graphic. You can then wrap text around it, or
place it in a background you create.
Next on the menu was Keynote. Interestingly he went
from Pages to Keynote because there was a theme to his
presentation. It was starting a business. First, letterhead
created in Pages, and then a presentation created in
Keynote. He demonstrated how to make the presentation, add graphics, add builds (effects on single slide)
and transitions (effects from slide to slide), and even add
graphs created in Numbers.
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(Program Coordinator)
Bill Medlow
Scott Randell
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Bradley’s Tech Session
General meeting time schedule:
Meetings are held at The New York Institute of
Technology, Building 300 (Anna Rubin Hall),
Old Westbury, Long Island.
Meetings start promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Bradley’s Q&A: 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
MacBasics Q&A: 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
More on iWork: working with and modifying templates
in Pages; a brief look at Numbers; creating a simple
presentation with Keynote.
Featured Presentation: 7:30 – 8:20 p.m.
followed by announcements and raffle
SIG Meetings: (Special Interest Groups)
DTP/Photoshop SIG 2009: 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
The Mac Coloring Book: Create a line drawing from a
photo and color it again like a kids coloring book.
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| The next LIMac board meeting will be at
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Wednesday, February 18th, at 7:45 p.m.
Bradley Dichter
Technical Advisor
[email protected]
| Do you need to defragment your hard drive?
I heard the Mac operating system does this for
you. And if so, how can you do that?
■ Most people don’t need to. For those who need to know
more, I’ll elaborate: Say you create a new text document as you
start a term paper, and call that Chapter 1. Then you create and
save a second file, called Chapter 2. Later you do back to add
more text to Chapter 1. The new text has to be saved to disk
after the Chapter 2 data as Chapter 1 was constrained to a small
allocation block of disk space. (A allocation block is the smallest
portion of the disk a file can take up, even if not all of it is actually in use. You may see a 62 byte alias taking up 4 KB because
of the allocation block size.) So the Mac OS X keeps track
of these ‘extents’ for each little piece of your files, which can
get longer and longer as you edit random files. The problem
with a fragmented file is two-fold. If there is extensive directory damage, a fragmented file cannot be recovered as the Mac
cannot locate the various pieces (extents) of the file. Perhaps a
bigger problem for time sensitive audio and video editors is the
time it takes for the hard drive to seek the various parts as the
file is loaded into memory. Ever since Mac OS 10.2, the system
has had delayed allocation which combined a number of small
disk allocations into one larger allocation thus avoiding some
fragmentation. Also since Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) the system
has had hot file adaptive clustering which will defragment slowgrowing files. It will transparently defragment files smaller
than 20 MB and broken into eight or more pieces as the file is
opened. Many modern applications will rewrite your data files
as they are saved rather than appending new data which will
avoid fragmentation as well. Of course your hard drive is mostly
filled with static small files, perhaps parts of application packages. You could easily get these non-user files fragmented by
an updater program. Still the graphic, audio and video professionals who make large files can benefit from defragmenting
or optimizing their hard drive’s files and the free space around
them. Say you were running low on disk space on your startup
drive and Photoshop is reporting that the scratch disk is full, so
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President’s Message
Bill Medlow
[email protected]
LIMac has a number of great presentations that
will be running through the summer months.
Just check out our web site calendar by looking under the Monthly
heading for the calendar
Computer software only gets bigger, better, faster, more elegant
and consume more of your time and it changes every 16 months.
This is probably why so many members still use AppleWorks. In the April
meeting, Tom Abruzzo showed
us how we could use the suite of
applications called iWork ’09. This is
composed of Pages ’09 (word processing), Numbers ’09 (spreadsheet)
and Keynote ’09 (presentation). It
is much easier to use than Microsoft
Word and possibly more efficient for
just writing a letter. For getting the word out, do you really need
that 900 pound gorilla? It imports and exports all the big stuff. Try
it, you may like it.
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you delete some files to free up more space, but Photoshop still
complains. This is because Photoshop needs contiguous free
space, and your free space is scattered around the hard drive.
Even everyday people can take advantage of a defragmented
large file. My Microsoft Entourage (email) database is 5.57 GB
and fragmented. It takes a fair amount of disk accessing when
I do a search. You can see a pause as you scroll through your
Microsoft Word file you’ve been working on for 20 years.
You cannot properly optimize the free space on your drive
while you are booted up off it, so you need to boot either from
another partition or drive with a System on it, or the CD/
DVD that one of the utilities comes on. As I’ve said Apple
doesn’t include any software for this task, so you have to buy
either the $35 one-trick iDefrag from Coriolis Systems, or
the defragment function of either Micromat’s TechTool Pro
5.0.4 or Prosoft Engineering’s Drive Genius 2.1.1 or Intech
Software’s SpeedTools Utilities. (I think Intech is out of business now.) Some of you may be familiar with TechTool Deluxe
which comes with a AppleCare Protection Plan, but that limited
version lacks this and many other functions of the Pro version
(which you can upgrade to for $59). Folks with much older systems used to rely on the Speed Disk application part of Norton
Utilities and the SystemWorks bundle. Switchers to the Mac from
Windows are surprised to not find a defragmentation program,
as Windows has had Diskeeper since Windows 2000. Microsoft
licensed it from Executive Software as it was the most popular
third party program of this type back then. Norton’s SpeedDisk
also was popular.
The optimization process, if interrupted, could ruin
your data, so make sure you have a complete backup with
SuperDuper!, Carbon Copy Cloner or Time Machine first. Some
of these programs have two different procedures, one for file
fragmentation which combines all the various segments of each
file into one spot on the drive and another for disk defragmentation which combines all the files into one block so that
the free space is now in a second contiguous block. This is the
second step that may be most important to Photoshop’s needs.
In any case, you would probably be booting off the utilities
CD or DVD and optimizing your startup disk. You should use
one of the suite’s directory repair functions first and then perform the file and disk optimizations. With many terabytes of
Good Morning,
data, this will take a very long time, so be prepared to start this
before you go to sleep.
| Would you advise the average web surfing and email kind
of user to not defragment since the potential for disaster is
so great? It seems a lot of switchers from the PC realm were
indoctrinated to doing this regularly.
■ No. Heck I don’t do it regularly. I’d guess the average nonswitcher is not aware of the minor problem and doesn’t want
to know. Of course many basic users don’t have a backup of
their files and even more don’t have a battery backup or UPS
to keep their computer alive and well and their data safe. With
no included software from Apple, they assume it is not required
and leave the issue at that. I don’t recommend periodic defragmenting to most of my clients in that class. The graphic artists and video folks know about fragmentation and will fix it as
needed, maybe once or twice a year if they are very concerned
about the issue. With disk capacities and CPU speeds as they
are nowadays, it’s less of an issue then it once was. Even if you
have a disk and a battery backup and there were no bugs in the
defragmenter software, the speed improvement to be gained is
usually not worth the time to run the software.
| I have a 2.8 GHz iMac. Can it be used a server?
■ Yes. You can install Mac OS X Server software, replacing
the normal client version of Mac OS X or you can leave the
client version, use the personal Web Sharing function from
Apple or install any of the dedicated web server applications
like Abyss Web Server, Apache, LiteSpeed Web Server or Roxen
WebSever. The oldest (since 1995) http server for the Mac was
StarNine’s WebSTAR, which became 4D WebSTAR Server
Suite and then Kerio WebStar and discontinued last year. I’d
say start with what is free and there already with the included
Apache 2.2.6 server and the PHP 5.2.6 server. read this outdated 6 part article from O’Reilly’s macdevcenter at http://www. which is detailed. This was also useful: Your iMac should have a static IP address and your
home router would need to set port forwarding of HTTP port
80 traffic to it. Ideally you should get a static IP address from
your Internet provider and register a domain name and have it
point to your static IP address. Configure your router to for-
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Apple Adds Petite
Aluminum Keyboard
by Tonya Engst
Apple last week released a new Apple Keyboard, which
offers Apple’s sleek aluminum look and two extra USB
2.0 ports, but no numeric keypad. The keyboard costs
$49 and requires that you be running at least Mac OS
X 10.5.6 Leopard.
In the recent past, if you wanted a small aluminum
keyboard from Apple, you had to purchase the $79
Bluetooth-based wireless keyboard. It eschews a
numeric keypad and suffers from the hassle of dealing
with batteries and Bluetooth, though it does eliminate a cable from your life.
The new Apple Keyboard is noteworthy for people
buying a new iMac because it’s the default option
when you shop from Apple. For the moment, though,
you can substitute the Apple Keyboard with Numeric
Keypad at no extra charge (the default situation is
reversed for Mac Pro purchasers). For those buying a
Mac mini, both keyboards cost the same. The Apple
Wireless Keyboard costs an extra $30.
The Mac Turns 25:
Best Mac Ever?
by Adam C. Engst
When my friends at Macworld called and asked me to
contribute to their 25th anniversary issue, I jumped
at the chance. Steve Jobs is so uninterested in the
past that he had Apple’s famous icon garden not only
ripped out, but junked. I, on the other hand, find
it instructive to pay attention to the past because
it both informs where we are today and, hopefully,
enables us to avoid repeating our mistakes.
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ward all port 80 traffic to the static IP address of your iMac.
You may need to set it as a DMZ to allow all traffic to be forwarded. Alternatatively, without a static IP address for your
home, you should have a dynDNS account setup to give your
cable modem’s ever changing IP address a pointer to a static
domain name. See My D-Link router has a Dynamic DNS Tool to keep
their database up to the minute. Then just put your web files
into the Sites folder in your home folder. If you want to host
multiple domains, you just need to edit the two hidden files /
private/etc/hosts to define the domains and /private/etc/
httpd to point apache to the home folders for each domain’s
files. See
User Group News
George Canellis
User Group Ambassador & Vice President
[email protected]
| This iMac replaces a similar one that was stolen, but not
before it was backed up with Time Machine to an external
hard drive. Can I keep the old backup but still allow Time
Machine to backup to the same external drive?
■ Yes, because Time Machine backs up each computer to a
separate folder so there should be no conflict. The only issue
would be available disk space. So when you plug in the drive
and the new Mac asks to use it for Time Machine, just click
OK. By the way, network Time Machine backups are not in the
normal folder structure as used by direct backups. They use a
sparse disk image to hold the backup.
| I got an offering for the CheckIt System Performance Suite
from Smith Micro/Allume. Should I buy it?
■ I’d say NO. The TechTool Platimum is the older version
of TechTool Pro 4.6.2 but not updated and not supported by
Micromat. I did read a while back, that the older bundle had
version 4.5.1 which, if you paid $25 to Micromat, you would
get their Pro version which could then be upgraded to the current 5.0.4. The Suite also has Spring Cleaning 10, a dangerous
$50 valued product I would never use. I deletes things you
need but it doesn’t think so. You’d spend far too much time
reinstalling stuff to fix what it damages. Then it also moves on
to the lightweight Retrospect Express which was the bundled
variety nobody liked and discontinued (on the Mac) never supporting Leopard and besides, programs like SuperDuper! or the
free Carbon Copy Cloner outclasses. There is also the Stuffit
Standard 2009 which also sells to suckers for $50. Nobody
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stuffs anymore, and the free Expander expands any .sit or .sitx
file you may still find. The Standard edition lacks the Stuffit
Archive Manager and Magic Menu. Stuffit Archive Manager
lets you open and view the contents of archives, or add to
existing archives which most people don’t do and the Magic
Menu gives you keyboard shortcuts to stuff and unstuff in the
Finder. Deluxe also offered a archive by rename system preference panel, that again nobody used and it in fact caused the
Finder to repeatedly restart after you installed Security Update
2008-008 in Tiger. If you want to compress and have your
compressed archives be cross-platform, use the Finder’s File
menu .zip compressor. The only component possibly and not
likely useful is the ExecutiveSync. That is freeware anyway. As
it hasn’t been updated in 5 years and was designed for Mac OS
10.0, I wouldn’t touch it at all. So overall, a pile of junk for too
much money. I’d be wary of any offering from SmithMicro in
the future. They resell other companies stuff like crazy, perhaps
because they can’t develop anything worthwhile of their own
| Can you put all your utilities onto a bootable flash drive?
■ For starters, the USB flash drives officially will only boot
a Intel based Mac and the FireWire flash drives that can do
both are very expensive. I’ve heard of G4 and G5 models
booting from USB drives. PPC Macs have very slow USB performance, even the USB 2.0 on the newer models is much
slower than USB 2.0 on the Intel based Macs. Micromat sells
the $229 TechTool Protégé 2.0.1 but that has not been updated
in a while supporting version 4.6.2, but you could wipe it out
and attempt to put more modern software on it. Anyway, back
to the USB flash drive, considering that the software for one
utility and the Mac OS X comes on a DVD, I figure a 4 GB
drive might be tight, so I’d suggest a 8 GB one. Also most
garden variety el-cheapo flash drives are pretty slow performers,
I did some research and found the Kingston ultra-high speed
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have the best speed while retaining the slim form factor needed
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now has a Rally2 Turbo drive, in 4 and 8GB capacities that is
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So when asked the question of what the best Mac of all time
is, I didn’t have to think too hard - it’s the Macintosh SE/30.
Despite Andy Ihnatko’s sage comment that one’s favorite Mac is
one’s first Mac, the SE/30 was only my first Mac on the outside
- it started life as an SE that Tonya and I later upgraded to an
SE/30 with a motherboard swap in 1990.
My choice, shared by stalwarts John Gruber and John
Siracusa, was not based on the fact that the SE/30 can
in any way compete with a modern Mac, which Charlie
Sorrel seemed to think was relevant on Wired’s Gadget Lab
blog. It’s painfully obvious that the SE/30 has nothing
on any modern Mac. If the best Mac ever was simply the
most powerful, it would merely be a competition between
Apple’s current models, and it would change as soon as a
new Mac came out. Boring.
No, the SE/30 gets my nod as the best Mac ever for
more subtle reasons.
It offered, for the time, an amazing combination of power,
small size, and expandability, thanks to its 68030 processor and
PDS expansion slot. It wasn’t the first to be that fast or the
most expandable - both of those awards went to the Macintosh
IIx - but it opened our eyes to the possibility that we could
have a small Mac that made no compromises. The next Mac to
do that for me was the PowerBook 100, which might be my
runner-up for best Mac ever, thanks to what it showed was possible in a portable form factor.
That expansion slot was key, because it made multiple
monitors an obvious and financially realistic option for many
people. An SE/30 with a video card and an external monitor
was a lot cheaper than a Macintosh IIx with two video cards
and two monitors. Attaching a second monitor is one of the
easiest ways to increase productivity to this day, something
that New York Times writers noted back in 2006 and again
just a few weeks ago. Since that SE/30, every one of my main
Macs has had multiple monitors attached.
Even after I stopped using the SE/30 as my main
Mac, the expansion slot kept it useful, since I was able
to install an Ethernet card and use the SE/30 for various
Web and mailing list server duties until 2001. Sure, a new
Mac could have performed the SE/30’s tasks without difficulty, but I didn’t have to buy one for that purpose,
because the SE/30 remained useful for over a decade, running continuously updated software the entire time. No
other Mac I’ve owned has had such a lifespan, and with
Apple ever more focused on getting us to upgrade frequently, I doubt any Mac will enjoy such longevity again.
In short then, the SE/30 was a great package that
offered a glimpse of what the Macintosh could be in the
future and then stuck around to watch that future come
to life around it. And that’s why I keep my SE/30 around
to this day in a bookshelf, where it can see the new Macs
that trundle in and out of our offices and remind us of
where we started.
Tweakers: A Lot of Sound
in a Little Package
a review by Tom Piper
Whenever I travel, at least three iPods and an iPhone
go with me for audio and visual education and entertainment. Several sets of earphones accompany me,
but I would also prefer a set of speakers for my room.
A delightful and colorful unit caught my attention at
Macworld that were exactly what I needed.
The Tweakers Mini-Boom Speakers from Grandmax are
known as Pull-n-Play because of their cute and very functional retractable connecting cords. The ad says “pocket
size speakers with room-filling sound” which is a big
promise. With a built-in 430mA rechargeable lithium ion
battery, a frequency-tuned amplifier, and a pair of twistand-popup 2” speakers, it does deliver crystal clear sound,
even if the bass is a bit muted (a lot to expect of something so small).
I plugged it into my 8GB iPod nano at the office, and
played music for six hours without depleting the Tweakers
battery. It was easy to setup by pulling out the mini-USB
retractable cable and plugging it into the other speaker
(this is also the charger cable when a mini-to-fullsize USB
adapter is plugged into it, which can be plugged into a
computer or iPod charger). Then the 1/8” stereo plug was
attached to my iPod (or iPhone or MacBook Pro), and a
twist on the top of each speaker popped it up for a better
sound chamber. Finally, a press of the on/off switch on
the side of the speaker turns it on, and a separate volume
wheel adds more volume in addition to your sound source.
Disassembly is even easier with the retractable cables,
and magnetic bases to conveniently hold them together
(yes, these same magnetics could be used to attach them
to any iron-based metal).
Update: See the video of how these work by appleJAC
Member, Steve Mays:
If you can’t watch the video go to web site above
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says 480 Kbps transfer rate, don’t believe it. That is just the max
the USB 2.0 spec calls for. The fastest actual speeds are like 36
Mbps. Anyway, mount your flash drive and format it Mac OS
Extended Journaled with Disk Utility and install Mac OS 10.5
onto it. Boot from the flash drive (perhaps with the option key
held down in the future) and update to 10.5.6 and install your
selection of utilities. Remove stuff from the drive you don’t
need and put what you do need into the Dock. Besides Disk
Utility and System Profiler from Apple, I’d suggest TechTool
Pro, Drive Genius and Data Rescue II, and DiskWarrior. If you
like them, maybe iDefrag and iPartition. The problem comes
when real life interferes, the you-know-what hits the fan and
your hard drive is in bad shape and the repair utilities can’t
repair the drive and only offer to recover some data. You need
lots of space to recover to. For this reason, I stopped using the
flash drive and use a older USB and FireWire portable 60 GB
hard drive. I formatted/partitioned the drive on a PPC Power
Mac G5 with a Apple Partition Table and of course Mac OS
extended format volume so it can boot Power PC and Intel
machines and as I installed Leopard on the drive to support
the newer batch, this drive won’t boot up anything slower than
a 867 MHz G4. I got an even older drive for the older beasts
besides my CDs. Of course the flash drive is more portable, but
I always carry a ton of stuff anyway. So if you stick with the
flash drive or if you use a portable drive, don’t forget to update
the software on the drive when a new release comes out. One
other thing I should mention, having important software on
a FireWire or USB drive avoids using the optical drive, which
could be faulty on a Mac, so having this can make the difference when the computer is old and not all it’s parts are working
| I have a external hard drive with multiple ports on the back
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■ No. You could easy fry the FireWire ports on the computers
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can daisy-chain a second drive onto the first which then leads
back to the one computer. Many Macs have only one FireWire
port, particularly the small form factor types, so yes Apple is
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trying to save a port. This is often a space saving issue, since
many hard drives support daisy chaining. In order to support without the problems of daisy chaining, mostly that you
have to have the intermediate drives powered on to use any
downstream drives, you can purchase a FireWire hub like
the 6-port Belkin F5U526-APL. Watch out though, some
drives don’t like hubs and only work connected directly. For
desktop towers like the MacPro, there are PCI-e cards with
FireWire ports. This is faster than sharing the one external
FireWire port. The Sonnet Tango Express 800 comes to
mind but there are others. The other problem with daisy
chaining drives applies to mobile bus-power drives. The
FireWire port can supply enough power for one but not
two bus-powered drives, so daisy-chaining two of these
won’t work for power reasons. The desktop style and mobile
style drives with their optional AC adapters don’t have this
problem. And since I brought that up, I guess I have to also
mention that not every brand of FireWire nor USB cable
that is bundled with a drive is of top quality. When you daisy
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| I have a PowerBook G4 now running Mac OS 10.4.9.
Can install pieces from 10.4.11? The combo update is
rather large and I’m concerned it may cause problems.
■ Actually the combo update fixes more problems than the
smaller updates most people do with Software Update. More of
your operating system is replaced with good code, as opposed to
just a few things the delta update that Software Update usually
downloads and installs. I would suggest downloading the combo
update from Apple’s web site, disconnect any FireWire drives,
then restarting with the shift key held down to boot into Safe
Mode, logging in, then running Disk Utility’s Repair Permissions,
then installing the 10.4.11 combo update, which will then restart
the Mac perhaps twice, then run Repair Permissions again. Then
run Software Update to download and install the new stuff you
are now qualified to run that needed 10.4.11. Some will probably require a restart. Run Software Update again until there is
nothing more to update. Run Repair Permissions one last time
and then check your software for any problems.
| I was recently cleaning off the shelves of old stuff including
(Iomega) jaz and zips and found some floppy disk with fonts.
So I plugged in my USB floppy drive but it doesn’t seem to
work anymore with 10.4.11. What can I do?
■ I have a USB floppy drive and without any software installed it
worked fine with Mac OS 10.5.6. Assuming your drive is physically
good, I’m going to guess your micro-floppies are not the high density type. The HD disks could be labeled 2 MB, but the Mac formatted them as 1.4 MB. If you look at them, they won’t have two
holes, one being the one with the sliding piece of plastic to lock the
floppy and the other is a plain square hole so a high density drive
can detect that this is a HD disk. Besides a high density disk has
the HD logo on it. So what you need, as all the USB floppy drives
can only read high density disks, is to borrow the use of an old
Mac that can read both 800K double-sided disks as well as the HD
disks, so you can copy the old fonts from 800K unreadable disks
onto some newer HD disks. Of course a number of blank HD disks
too. Perhaps the old Mac has a zip drive and you have a USB zip
drive for your newer Mac and that could save time. All of this may
be a waste of time as the newer font management systems will flag
ancient format fonts as damaged and won’t load them. 0
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Speaking of numbers, that was the final part of his presentation, after
all, if you have a business you should be able to track your finances.
Tom showed how Apple made it much easier for even a beginner to
use a spreadsheet. He showed how to extend a series by dragging, and
how to add, and average just by selecting cells, and using the one click
formula feature. Next he showed how to create graphs from your data,
and even add titles and graphics to your spreadsheet.
As always, everyone loved Tom’s presentation. He adds his own
personal touch and fields questions in a relaxed manner. His answers
are always complete and easy to understand. He also pointed out
that there are great iWork tutorials on Apples website and on iTunes
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