Do You Use Macintosh Computers?
"Quid tergum tuum non purus?
Are You Located in Island County, WA?
You've got MAGIC!
(What do you mean you didn’t back up your files?) "
So you have found out that the iCloud is not safe and secure and you wish you had not been talked into using it. It is possible to disconnect from iCloud but must do it in an orderly way so that no data is forever lost. We come to the rescue by showing you how in this article.
Mavericks and iCloud problems
Regrettably the new operating system OS X 10.9 or Mavericks no longer allows for local syncing of certain data sets to iDevices. This includes Contacts, Calendars, and Bookmarks. They can ONLY be synchronized via iCloud so this data will reside on an Apple server where it is vulnerable. There is currently no workaround except to hand enter this data into each iDevice.
With each update of Mavericks all the iCloud data sets are automatically turned on again so it is necessary to turn them off if you do not want your data on the iCloud. We recommend that you back up your computer before each upgrade and that you archive your Contact (Address Book) and Calendar data (see the last segment of this Tricks and Tips page.
UPDATE: You can now sync Calendars and Contacts from Mavericks to iDevices by USB cable using SyncMate 5 beta. see the March 2014 newsletter for more details.
iWorks '13 and Pages 5 problems
Many people are having all kinds of issues with the recent release of iWorks '13, Pages 5, Keynote, and Numbers. It turns out that these applications have been completely rewritten and do not have the functionality of previous versions. Apple say they will correct all the problems over the next six months. Meantime we have produced a page of tricks and tips that will get you back working again. You will find it on this web page.
MAGIC accepts donations and class deposits using a PayPal account that has been established for the club. To make a donation, go to our donation page.
Need a Mentor or help with your Mac Problems
Sometimes you just cannot wait until a MAGIC meeting to try and solve a problem and need to find a mentor or problem solver on Whidbey Island. Here is a page with some suggestions.
Are you a complete beginner?
If you're new to computers or simply need a refresher course on how to get the most out of your Mac, then you need Apple product tutorials. Whether you want to learn how to get around your Mac desktop (or find out what a desktop is, for that matter); figure out how to connect your printer, iPod, digital camera, or other device; discover email and the Internet; learn how to do various tasks; learn how to use the software that came with your Mac; or even find out what to do when things don't go as planned; this is the place with the the answers. Click on the image below to go to the Apple product tutorials site.
Apple also provides a set of tutorials on most of their software. Check them out starting at this page.
Switching from a Windows computer? Congratulations! Help with transferring from a Windows environment can be found at this page on the Apple website.
The MAGIC MacBook, projector, screen, and iPad 2 are available for members use
The standard contract for equipment rental can be found here. If you would like to use either device for $15 each, please contact the VP - Education at
|iMac - Get affordable and compact performance, intel Quad-Core and SuperDrive, all built into the flat screen.|
|MacBook Pro - A full range of laptops.|
|Mac mini - Get affordable and compact performance, intel Core Duo|
|MacPro - Up to 12-Core Intel Processors. Ultra fast solid state drive uptions. Fastest graphics.|
Donating and Recycling
There are many ways to dispose of your old computer equipment that are environmentally acceptable. MAGIC offers the chance to swap, sell, and buy equipment with other members - see the Swap Page of this site. Island Recycling in Freeland and Coupeville will accept all electronic equipment for recycling for a modest fee (about $10 per pound) - they can be contacted at (360) 331-1727.
Otherwise here is a site which describes all the alternatives that are available for donating and recycling computer equipment.
This web site sponsored by Whidbey Telecom