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December 2009
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Quick Find Index
General club information
Apple Magic Mouse
Nikon D3000 DSLR
Altec Lansing Bass Speakers
Snow Leopard: the Missing Manual
vTech Cordless Phones
Google knows you
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West Side Senior SIG
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Each month, Apple Representative Greg Willmore
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Location varies.
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vary, please be sure to check their website.
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REVIEW: Apple Magic Mouse
By Irv Haas
The Review Guru
et’s be honest. Apple has never had a solid
track record with mice. This started with the
one-button mouse that was in place for years,
despite mouse improvements in the PC world. After
all, who needed a two-button mouse?
Apple has finally corrected this shortcoming by
releasing two button mice,
although they may have
not physically looked
like it. Last year’s Mighty
Mouse (excuse me, due
to a lawsuit it’s now called
the Apple Mouse) featured
one button scrolling that
worked well, but did take
some getting used to.
left sides of the mouse. Scrolling (right/left or up/
down) is done by just moving your fingers across the
mouse itself and pressing down (see photos).
If you were looking for a scroll bar, you are out of
luck. The whole mouse top is a scroll. If you are
used to holding on to your scroll wheel for positioning, good luck; the Magic Mouse
doesn’t have any!
This is the same with buttons normally found on other mice. Since I
do cutting and pasting frequently,
I have programmed my buttons accordingly and place my fingers on
one of the buttons for easy access.
Forget about that with this mouse!
With the introduction of
the latest iMacs, Apple has
once again released yet
another mouse, the Apple
Magic Mouse. This is the
sleekest mouse yet—and
yes it is a two-button
mouse, it just doesn’t look
like one!
This mouse is configured as a
one-button mouse out of the box.
However, if you go to System Preferences under Mouse, you have to
specify that you want two-button
If you consider styling
alone, this mouse beats them all. With its sleek, low
to the desktop stance, this is one of the best looking
mice from Apple or any other manufacturer. Yes, it
is a two-button mouse, but the whole mouse itself is
a button. However, everything goes downhill after
that, even for a wireless mouse.
For $69, you get a Bluetooth wireless mouse, but it is
missing certain key features that one would expect
on a mouse at this price point.
Since there are no “buttons” on this mouse, left and
right clicks are accomplished by pressing the right or
The best feature of this mouse is
that it is Bluetooth-enabled making connections with other Bluetooth devices simple. Add to this laser tracking
giving you 20X surface sensitivity.
With it’s Bluetooth capability, you do not need a
wired or USB transmitter to connect this mouse to
your Mac. Bluetooth doesn’t need a USB port Just
by installing the drivers (on a CD) you are taken to a
menu that “discovers” the mouse and lets you wirelessly connect without any receiver. If you have one
of the newer iMacs, this step is already completed.
Another “cool” feature is the on/off button at the bottom of the mouse. Just turn on your Magic Mouse
and you’re ready to go. The Magic Mouse comes
with 2 “AA” batteries. If they don’t have enough
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power, the light on the bottom of the mouse will not
come on letting you know they need replacement.
the earlier Mac OS X versions, presumably you can
use the mouse, but not have all of the programming
Installation of the mouse is very simple.
1) Install the 2 AA batteries
2) Install CD software drivers
3) Restart computer
4) Program buttons in System Preferences and
go to Keyboard & Mouse
5) Mouse is operational
The included CD drivers requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or
later. Apple asks you not to install the CD if you are
using a Mac earlier than 10.4.6. If you have one of
If you are using the Magic Mouse just to scroll the
Internet or a document, it is perfectly suited for
those tasks. However, if you are using this mouse for
anything more specific, forget it. The buttons themselves are not programmable for macro keystrokes,
for example. Both Logitech and Microsoft feature a
great variety of options that you can use to program
your mouse, but not Apple.
Apple has created one of the most ergonomic mice
on the market. If you want a mouse that looks “cool”
get the Magic Mouse, but if you want one that offers
more options, look elsewhere.
REVIEW: Nikon D3000 D-SLR Camera
By Irv Haas
The Review Guru
f you own a point-and-shoot digital camera,
you probably find it very convenient to find that
its small size makes it very easy to carry in your
pocket or purse. Better current resolution and
features make this kind of camera very attractive for
most buyers.
However, if you own a point-and-shoot camera, you
are probably aware of its shortcomings. The primary
problem is what is termed Shutter Lag. This is when
you press the shutter and it takes a few seconds for it
to actually take the picture. Shooting action pictures
can be a problem with shutter lag.
The second major problem centers on focusing issues. Due to the narrow size of these cameras, focusing can be more difficult. How many times have you
Max. Resolution
Dust Sensor Cleaning
Eye Sensor
taken a shot that looked perfectly focused on the
LCD screen, yet when you imported it into your Mac,
it looked somewhat fuzzy?
If these issues are serious problems you may want to
consider a D-SLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera.
These cameras use a mirror device that lets you see
your image exactly as the lens sees it. This eliminates
the shutter lag problem as well as focusing issues.
With Nikon’s introduction of the D40, D40X and
D60 models, they came up with a small body that
is slightly larger than many point-and-shoot cameras. They used this same size for their newer D3000
model just introduced in September.
Let’s compare these 4 models:
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As you can see, all three models have very similar
features. Although three of the four have better
resolution, the D3000 has some improved features,
usually found on more expensive cameras.
The key improvement is the LCD screen has been increased from 2.5” to 3.0”. In addition there are more
shooting modes available. Check out some of the
standard features in the D3000 which are also available in Nikon’s higher end cameras:
lDust Cleaning Sensor: This feature automatically cleans your sensor when you turn off the
camera, eliminating dust buildup.
lEye Sensor:
When you look
through the
the eye sensor automatically turns off
the 3.0” LCD
screen, saving
the battery
for you. When
you remove
your eye from
the viewfinder,
the LCD screen
turns on.
lIn-camera Retouch: With a wide range of options, you can create a duplicate image with
various photo effects, leaving the original
photo intact.
lD-Lighting: The D3000 can automatically adjust for bad lighting situations by correcting
lFilter Effects: Lets you explore with color and
light using the Red/Blue/Green intensifier effects.
Add flashes:
You can add all kinds
of flashes on the builtin flash mount and the
D3000 automatically adjusts for your accessory
just like the built-in flash.
The Nikon D3000 comes
with 2 basic configurations depending on
which lens you prefer.
The standard lens is the
18-55mm zoom lens included with the $599.99
l6 Automatic
Modes: Set the dial to Portrait, Landscape,
Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait.
A larger zoom lens is the
55-200mm lens for $249.99. Nikon has been offering
this second lens for only $149.99 if purchased with
the camera and primary lens making this total package of 2 lenses at $749.99.
lVibration Reduction Lens: The D3000 features lenses that automatically reduce vibration such as camera movement. This gives
you sharp pictures indoors or out.
lRAW Shooting Mode: Lets you have complete
editing functions of your images.
lVaried Shooting Modes: The Nikon D3000
lets you shoot standard JPEG or the newer
RAW format if you need more creative control.
You can choose aperture or shutter priority or
just plain manual if you prefer. Various closeup and auto flash settings are also included
Nikon frequently offers an additional $50 instant
rebate off of these lens configuration prices as well.
Check with your retailer.
There are other lenses from Nikon that can also be
used. The real advantage of an SLR camera like the
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D3000 is that you are not stuck with the original lens;
you can switch lenses easily.
Price: At $599.99 Nikon has priced this camera within the reach of most serious photographers. With
the above instant rebate, many retailers offer the
D3000 for $549.99, a bargain for a camera with so
many extras.
Menu: The
D3000 offers
more in-camera retouch
options than
even the
previous D60:
These include
Color Screen
Filter, Color Intensifier, Miniature Effect and
Color Outline.
There are 14
retouch items
in the D3000
compared to
10 in the D60.
Compared to the long list of features, the negatives
can be placed on a short list.
Movie Mode: There is none. If you want to shoot
short videos, the D3000 is not the camera for you.
However, the D3000 does offer stop motion movie
mode for creating simulated animation.
Size: As with all D-SLRs,
this camera cannot
be inserted into your
pocket or purse. You
just need to understand
that all the options the
D3000 gives you make
up for this size issue.
Larger LCD Display: The larger 3.0” display makes
it even easier to read to view your images and photo
Guide Mode: This on-board mode assists your when
shooting. Think of it as a Help menu.
The D3000 comes with
software to use with this
camera. But for Apple
users, it is unnecessary
especially if you have
iPhoto software installed
on your Mac.. Just connect the included USB
cable and iPhoto automatically starts up to aid
you in organizing and doing minor editing of your
For someone looking for a solid D-SLR with most of
the basic features without the frills, the Nikon D3000
is one of the best digital cameras (point-and-shoot
or SLR) on the market today, well worth its price.
But for many of us, a small point-and-shoot may be
a better solution. But if you are a serious photographer, this camera can do many tasks that larger and
more expensive D-SLRs can, but at a more affordable
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REVIEW: Altec Lansing expressionist™ BASS Speakers
By Irv Haas
The Review Guru
ant a two-piece speaker system with bass,
but don’t want to clutter your floor or
desktop with a separate subwoofer? Then
consider the Altec Lansing expressionist™ BASS
Speaker System (FX3022).
This revolutionary
speaker system has a 4”
bass speaker built into
the base of each speaker to produce robust
sound without the need
for a separate sub.
However, when I played a track with solid bass—
think Bruce Springsteen, for example, they really
performed. Using the Sound app in System Preferences, I could A/B between the two sets of speakers and truly noticed the difference. If I listened
to a track with standard
music, it was comparable, but with tracks
with a bass component,
the expressionist™ BASS
speakers boomed.
I’m sure that a premium
computer speaker with a
separate subwoofer would
sound even better than
this Altec Lansing set. But
if you don’t have a need
for powerful bass on your
Mac, these speakers will
not disappoint.
If you want to add bass
to your Mac speakers,
but don’t want the clutter of extra hardware,
seriously consider this
system. Besides the
sub speakers, the main
speakers are 1-1/2” drivers with startling clarity.
Included Items
The only controls are a power button at the top of
the right speaker and 2 volume controls (up/down)
adjacent to the power button. Installation is extremely simple: plug in the external power supply
and the included line-input cord to your Mac. Then
turn on the power and be ready to enjoy big sound!
1. Altec Lansing expressionist™ BASS speakers
These Altec Lansing speakers have an MSRP of
129.99, but can be found at a discount online, typically between $99 and $110. This is a very reasonable price point for speakers with this technology.
2. 3.5mm audio cable
3. Power adapter
4. User guide (very minimal!)
Size: 5.25” (w) x 5.25” (d) x 10” (h)
Weight: 6 lbs.
Audio Quality
Besides the hardware features, the most important
consideration is how do they sound? I did an A/B
test with my current Logitech Z-5 speakers and for
most basic audio sources, they sounded comparable.
The Altec Lansing expressionist™ BASS speaker
system is a generic one, not specific for Macs, but
they sound wonderful when connected to your line
output port. If you want great sound and space is a
consideration, these speakers may be just right for
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REVIEW: Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Missing Manual
By Irv Haas
The Review Guru
f you purchased Apple’s latest OS (operating system), Snow Leopard (10.6) you would guess that it
has minor updates compared to the previous OS,
Leopard (10.5), especially since Apple is only charging $29.99. In any event, there are sufficient updates
to warrant Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing
Manual by David Pogue ($34.99, O’Reilly, Oct. 2009,
885 pages).
Pogue, the New York Times’ technology columnist
has written this huge volume to answer all of your
questions about Snow Leopard. This is definitely not
bedtime reading material!
With many new features in Snow Leopard (Mac OS X
10.6), it’s hard to keep up with them, but Pogue does
an admirable job. Here is just a highlight of what the
book offers:
üShortcuts: Undocumented surprises await
the reader.
üPower Usage: Security, networking, Automator, macros, file sharing with Windows, and
exploring Unix.
There are 22 chapters in this book that covers more
parts of Snow Leopard than Apple can provide in
one volume. If it’s not in this book, it’s not in Snow
Leopard—it’s that simple!
Many of the basic topics are listed above, but check
out how thorough the 6-part Appendix is:
üBig-ticket changes: A 64-bit overhaul making everything faster. A re-written Finder, MS
Exchange compatibility, and new QuickTime
üSnow Leopard Spots: Demystifies the hundreds of smaller enhancements in all 50 programs that come with the Mac: Safari, Mail,
iChat, Preview, Time Machine, etc.
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¸ Appendix A: Installing Snow Leopard (Basic
kinds of installs and advantages of each)
¸ Appendix B: Troubleshooting (Frozen programs, renaming icons, startup problems,
¸ Appendix C: The Windows-to-Mac Dictionary (Direct comparisons of Windows to Mac
features). A big hit for switchers!
¸ Appendix D: Where to Go From Here: Web
sites, free email newsletters, advanced books
(as if you need even more help!)
fact, Steve Jobs said, “We’re hitting Pause on
new features.”
¸ Appendix E: The Master Mac OS Secret Keystroke List (invaluable!)
Instead the point of Snow Leopard was
refinement of the perfectly good operating
system that Apple already had in the previous
version, Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).”
Snow Leopard Anomaly
To give you an idea of Pogue’s easy to read style,
check out his introduction in which he explains why
Snow Leopard made so many changes in a “minor”
“The Max OS X
10.6, affectionately known as
Snow Leopard, is
a strange beast,
for a couple of
Pogue then goes on to explain the various refinements means fixing hundreds of little annoyances
like baffling error messages, etc. Refinement also
means making the OS run faster and doing major
corrections like rewriting
the Finder from scratch.
This book is designed for
all Snow Leopard users from the very basic
to the very advanced.
As an example, Pogue
explains clicking. How
basic is that? Mac OS X
Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual is basically
a reference guide for
everyone. Think of this
volume as a total guide
to your Mac, not just its
operating system.
The First has
to do with The
Law of Software
Upgrades, which
has been in place
since the dawn of
personal computing. And that
law says, “If you
don’t add new
features every
year, nobody will
upgrade, and
you won’t make
And to keep you
upgrading, the
world’s software
companies pile on more features with every
new version of their wares. Unfortunately,
this can’t continue forever. Sooner or later,
you wind up with a bloated, complex, incoherent mess of a program.
The shocker of Snow Leopard, though, is that
upping the feature count wasn’t the point. In
your Mac can do.
With Pogue’s humor and
expertise, it’s no wonder
that this has been the #1
Mac book for eight years
straight. Make no mistake, this book is must
reading if you want to
know more about what
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REVIEW: vtech DS6322 Cordless Phone System
By Irv Haas
The Review Guru
an’t decide if you want to use your cordless
phone system or cell phone at home? Now
you don’t have to with the new vtech DS6222
Cordless Phone System.
tion of your cell phone when making/receiving a call,
having multiple handsets is a real benefit.
This system uses the Bluetooth® capability of your
cell phone and lets you operate this phone system
much like a 2-line phone system. When you make
or receive a call, you have the option of connecting with just a
simple press of
a button—one
marked Home
and one
marked Cell.
Besides the Bluetooth™ feature, this phone system
has many standard features normally found on other
To put in simply, this system
lets you make
and receive
and cellular
calls on one
device! As
a multiple
handset system, you can
place your handsets anywhere in your home with
only one phone jack (for the landline connection, of
Vtech makes it very easy to download your phonebook directory from your cell phone, so you don’t
have to manually add it as you would on a standard
phone. Vtech lets you store 6000 directories from
four cell phones, although only two cell phones can
be active at any given time.
Even if you don’t have a landline connection, you
can use this phone system to provide extra handsets
around your house. Instead of trying to find the loca-
lDECT 6.0 technology for
the best sound quality
lAnswering system (14
minutes recording time)
lCaller ID/Call Waiting
(stores 50 calls)
lHandset speakerphone
lBacklit display and
lExpandable to 12 handsets (do you really need that
To add your cell phone, you need to have it next to
the vtech base and put your cell phone in the discovery mode so it can find your device. When this
is completed, you can then transfer your contacts
directly to the handsets without manually inputting
that information.
Unfortunately, you still need to manually input the
landline phone contacts.
This cordless phone system is priced comparable to
the competition. The pricing varies according to the
number of handsets. The 3-handset system is $99.99
while the 4-handset system is $129.99. Discounts
can be found online. Extra handsets (up to 12) can
be added for $24.95 each.
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The phone does deliver what it promises. The installation is fairly simple. Sound quality is crystal clear
as well. A plus is that when you add names to your
directory, you have the option of specifying where
the phone is located (Home, Cell, Work or Other).
Previously I needed to add cell to the directory name
in order to differentiate the person’s landline or cell
I found a few negatives as well. It takes extra key
presses to access which phone you want to connect
to. A non-Bluetooth® phone only requires one key
press. Like many other phone manufacturers, vtech
uses a proprietary NiMH battery. After installation,
you have to wait 16 hours for a full charge before
you can use the phone.
I found the features of this phone comparable to
others on the market. But the real benefit of adding my cell phone to a home system was the real
highlight. Considering that the price of this device is
comparable to others without Bluetooth® makes this
a cordless system worth considering.
Google Shows You What It Knows about You
by Glenn Fleishman
ith the new Google Dashboard, Google
has taken another step towards transparency about how it uses all the information
it collects about you and which you give it to store.
The single location shows a summary of data stored
for most services Google operates associated with a
particular account of yours (I have two for structural
and historical reasons).
Each service shows a summary of top-line information, such as the various email addresses associated
with a Google Account or settings for your Google
calendar, and then links to management features
and the privacy and/or security policies for the service.
While this doesn’t address all the issues about the
mammoth amount of data collection and storage
Google undertakes, it’s a nice way to see at a glance
what we’ve let the company do - and, with a few
clicks, wipe some of that information off its books.
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