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July General Meeting -Saying Goodbye to Snow Leopard
Jul 1st, 2014 by jdevore

Snow Leopard and Lion

The next meeting of the Portland Macintosh Users Group will be July 14th, 2014 at 6:30 pm. The topic will be Saying Goodbye to Snow Leopard: Embracing the Modern Mac Experience.

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was first released in 2009 and was officially followed by Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in 2011. Lion felt like a clean break from the past as it retired compatibility with applications written for the PowerPC chip. Along with those changes came a brave step into the future as Apple started to integrate its Mac OS X and iOS based devices and also to embrace cloud functionality. As of February 2014, Apple seems to have officially stopped providing critical security updates for Snow Leopard and is sending a clear message to embrace the new OSes. Come find out what you have been missing if you are still using Snow Leopard, and how you can embrace the best of both worlds.

Come join us at the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center (Ecotrust Center), 721 NW Ninth Avenue. Question and answer hour starts at 6:30pm, with the main discussion following after that.

If you find that you want to divest yourself of your old Apple hardware to make way for something new and shiny then you can bring up to 5 items to swap at the meeting.

Tuesday Clinic July 22
Jul 22nd, 2014 by jdevore

Is your computer’s Operating System up to date? Do you know how to keep your data available in the future? If you need help with Macintosh computer or iOS topics, come to one of the PMUG weekly clinics. Today we will be at The Mac Store in Beaverton at 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Come by between 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Remember that PMUG members can save 5% on many purchases made at The Mac Stores – you MUST have your membership card with you.

Tuesday Clinic July 15
Jul 15th, 2014 by jdevore

Such a busy week!  We just had the PMUG General Meeting yesterday (second Monday) and now it is the THIRD Tuesday!!  This means that PMUG’s weekly help session will be at two locations.

If you could not make it to the Meeting, you can come today and get questions answered about your Macintosh computer or an iOS device. Please note there is a change in the time for the meeting at Clackamas.

One gathering will be at the Village Inn Restaurant, 1621 NE 10th, Portland. between 6:00pm – 7:30pm   Come early, have dinner!

The Clinic at The Mac Store in Clackamas Town Center, 12000 SE 82nd Avenue is from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. NOTE: the store is inside the mall, on the upper level, next to Barnes & Noble. Remember that PMUG members can save 5% on many purchases made at The Mac Stores – you MUST have your membership card with you.

Tuesday Clinic July 8
Jul 8th, 2014 by jdevore

At The Mac Store Beaverton

 

Have you backed up your computer data recently? Would you like to be able to get the newspaper on your mobile device? If you need help with these and other Macintosh computer or iOS topics, come to one of the PMUG weekly clinics. Today we will be at The Mac Store in Beaverton at 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Come by between 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Remember that PMUG members can save 5% on many purchases made at The Mac Stores – you MUST have your membership card with you.

Tuesday Clinic July 1
Jul 1st, 2014 by jdevore

Today will be a hot day in Portland, so we appreciate the air conditioning at the Village Inn Restaurant, 1621 NE 10th, Portland. This is where members of the Portland Macintosh Users Group will meet today. If you need help with a Macintosh computer or iOS device, come by between 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Bring your questions!   Come early, have dinner!

Tuesday Clinic June 24
Jun 24th, 2014 by jdevore

Come to PMUG Clinic for help with your Macintosh computer or an iOS device. Today we will be at The Mac Store in Beaverton at 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Come by between 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Remember that PMUG members can save 5% on many purchases made at The Mac Stores – you MUST have your membership card with you.

Apple’s zeitgeist in 2014
Jun 22nd, 2014 by jyamada

The banners and checkin counters of Apple’s 2014 WWDC. Image courtesy of imore.com

This article from the website iMore does a great job of summarizing the zeitgeist surrounding this year’s Apple World Wide Developer Conference: It seems that after a relatively quiet year, Apple has burst forth with a new found confidence. Apple chose some brand new faces to showcase their new features, and Craig Federighi, who had taken charge of both iOS and Mac development, confidently showed that Apple’s statement of trying to bring better integration into their development process was not just lip service.

Apple seems to have navigated the tricky task of simultaneously unveiling a host of new features for users while also providing new programming methods to extend the Mac and iOS operating systems with powerful new features.

And then they also unveiled a brand new language to write applications in a manner almost reminiscent of the old “One more thing…” type situation.

http://www.imore.com/wwdc-2014-love-letter-apple

 

Tuesday Clinic June 17
Jun 17th, 2014 by jdevore

Once again it is the third Tuesday of the month. This means that PMUG’s weekly help session will be at two locations. We have volunteers who will help if you have questions about your Macintosh computer or an iOS device. Please note there is a change in the time for the meeting at Clackamas.

One gathering will be at the Village Inn Restaurant, 1621 NE 10th, Portland. between 6:00pm – 7:30pm Come early, have dinner!

The Clinic at The Mac Store in Clackamas Town Center, 12000 SE 82nd Avenue is from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. NOTE: the store is inside the mall, on the upper level, next to Barnes & Noble. Remember that PMUG members can save 5% on many purchases made at The Mac Stores – you MUST have your membership card with you.

Tuesday Clinic June 10
Jun 10th, 2014 by jdevore

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Are you going on a trip?     Did you just get back from one?

You may have questions about how to use your computer while you travel, or how to show off all the photos you took!

Volunteers from the Portland Macintosh Users Group can assist with these and other questions.  Come to PMUG Clinic for help with your Macintosh computer or an iOS device. Today we will be at The Mac Store in Beaverton at 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Come by between 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Remember that PMUG members can save 5% on many purchases made at The Mac Stores – you MUST have your membership card with you.

Comcast/Xfinity cable modems
Jun 6th, 2014 by jyamada

Cable modems are designed to fit to a standard called DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification). DOCSIS 2.0 was introduced in 2001 while DOCSIS 3.0 was introduced in 2006 with support for higher speeds and has been slowly rolling out for the last 8 years. Comcast has traditionally supported both at the same time.

In general, when a customer signed up for Comcast (now Xfinity) high speed internet service, Comcast would provide the customer with a leased modem. In exchange for paying a monthly fee (around $5-8), Comcast would replace the modem if there were any problems. Most customers chose to do so.

Some of PMUG’s more technical members may have chosen to save money by purchasing a modem for themselves and foregoing the rental fee.

It appears that Comcast is ending support for DOCSIS 2.0 modems, and so some very long term customers of Comcast are getting cut off. If you are one of these people, you may be forced to buy a newer modem.

If you are having any troubles, then come ask the Apple “Smarties” at the upcoming PMUG General Meeting on June 9th.

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