MAGIC Newsletter - February 2015


February 2015

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Meeting information

Day: The 3rd Wednesday of the month. 18 February, 2015 this Month
Location: Unitarian Universal Congregation of Whidbey Island (see map.)
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. with the first hour dedicated to new users and their questions.
Presentations: • Q & A with Robert
• "Clouds: the good, the bad, and the ugly" a review with Joel Kennedy

Future Meetings: (subject to change)

See the Meetings Page on this website.

Do not forget to bring your used ink cartridges.
MAGIC will dispose of them for you and make some change for the group.


Minutes of the January 21, 2015 Meeting, and Presentation Notes

by Penny Holland, Secretary

The January 21, 2015 meeting of MAGIC was held at the Freeland Unitarian Congregation Meeting House from 4 to 6 PM. President Robert Elphick called the meeting to order at 4:05. There were about 30 people in attendance.

The first hour was devoted to Q&A

Q: I have some 15,000 photos. When I try to edit an old photo, I sometimes get a warning that I don't have permission to edit this file because it is locked or another program is using the file. This is a Photoshop warning. I did a GET INFO and saw that the file was not locked. This never happened until I started using Adobe Creative Cloud.

A: All programs might lock a file to protect it. Probably Photoshop has locked it and is confused. You have two alternatives. One is to save your file as something else, such as giving it some other number. Then get out of Photoshop. You may even have to restart the computer. Then select the photo and rename it. Secondly, it could be that the permissions have been corrupted. Something you should do every once in a while is to use the program Disk Utilities (in Utilities) and select your HD disk. Then, under the First Aid tab, click on Verify Disk Permissions. IF there is an error found, you can Repair Disk Permissions. Note 1: Tom Johnson asked if Yosemite is the OS because that is sometimes causing problems. Do a Get Info and look at Permissions at the bottom of the Info window and change it to both Read and Write and make yourself the Owner of the document or program. (In Yosemite, you may no longer have this ability.) Note 2: Another member has Yosemite and Photoshop Creative Cloud and she is very happy with it. Her only problem is FaceTime is calling people without her knowledge or permission. (Solution: Under Sys. Prefs, turn off all notifications. That is what is making the calls. ) Note 3: Robert suggested that we make NOTIFICATIONS a topic for a future presentation.

Q: Sometimes I click on a photo in iPhoto and I'm told I don't have permission to edit that photo.

A: The data base might be corrupted. Hold down the option key on a startup and you will be asked if you want to rebuild the library. If you have a lot of data this might take a while.

Q: I don't see very well. Using Yosemite I have trouble seeing the icons. Is there some way to overcome this? (Note: Several people are having this problem.)

A: Check the accessibility in System Prefs. You may be able to restore to the former icons. (Note: Prescott will see if she can find the instructions for doing this.) Hit command A to select all and everything comes up in a different color. Also Invert colors might help you. Go to System Preferences/ Display / Color/ Calibrate and click on Expert Mode and continue, make the apple invisible. There should be 3 more Continues. Keep trying to make the apple logo invisible. Then rename it something, such as "MY calibration."

Q: How do you get Inverted Mode?

A: Go to System Preferences->Accessibility->Display->Invert colors.

Q: I have an old iWork question on a 10 year old computer. Using iWork '05, I can open an old 3 page document in Pages. but after the first page the following pages are light blue and blank. The original file was written in Claris Works. How can I read the entire 3 page document?

A: This is going way back....You might be able to open it in an older version of Text Edit. Or open it in Mac Link Plus to translate it to an rtf and then any current program (except the newest version of Pages) will read it. Also Microsoft Works might be able to open and read it.

Q: My MacBookPro several years ago was backing up to Time Capsule. That computer died and I got a new one. Now I can't access previous records on my new computer.

A: This is what you SHOULD have done, and maybe can still do... In finder, GO to Utilities->Migration Assistant. Select that program and it will ask you if you want to take accounts off of an external drive. Change your account name on your new machine, then go get your old data from your old computer/drive. Then you will have two accounts on your computer. You can shift all your documents into the same account. Then go into Time Machine in Sys Prefs. You should be able to see the old time machine disk, and you can add your new stuff to this.

Q: Can I go to a file in Time Machine from 2 years ago and see the file.

A: Yes, assuming that file is attached to an application that still exists. If not, do a Command-I and change the OPEN WITH to a given application you now have. If you also select "Change All" in that window your computer will then open all such documents in the same manner.

Q: What's the easiest way in the new iTunes 12 to take a group of songs and move them onto my iPad from my Mac? I don't want to lose all the other songs I already have on my iPad.

A: First put your computer's songs into a playlist. You have to sync ALL the songs you want to be on your iPad. To make a new playlist, go to your music, and move the songs you want onto the playlist with the Add To button. Once you have all the songs you want in the playlist you've created, then when you sync, you can click on the selected playlists you want.Then hit APPLY or Sync to make these commands work.

Q: How do I get rid of podcasts I've played and no longer want on my device.

A:Have podcasts turned on. There is a button that says DELETE PLAYED EPISODES. This will remove the episodes you've already listened to.


Robert presented a REVIEW of the year 2014:

  • Our membership has been rising. It totalled 429 at the end of 2014
  • Classes Taught: Mac Essentials Classes were presented 3 times; iPad once last year; iPhoto class, once last year. All were held at AuSable, now called Pacific Rim Institute.

    We are hoping this year to do some classes at the Unitarian Meeting House, and we will help financially so that they can put up window coverings to make the room more user friendly for computers and projected images.
  • Class Revenue $2865; Expenses $1280; leaving a Surplus of $1585 that goes into our account.
  • Finances: Starting balance $8954.90; General Revenue (mostly from meeting dues) $1348.13; Donations (mostly from mentor program) $1119.80; Education $2694.06; Checks written $7031.75; Bank Deposits $5137.44; Paypal Commission $24.55; Leaving an Ending Balance of $7, (Help me, Gary. I missed the bottom line!)
  • Major expenses, Replaced Mac and iPad for $1,998.16 so we now have one new and one older OS for demo purposes.
  • Grant to AAUW students $1,947.99 was for four students' iPads and $50 gift certificates for technical books and software.

Election of CANDIDATES (see list of officers on our website)

All officers remained the same with one exception: Director at Large, Nancy Ruff's term was over, and she stepped down. Joan Nelson is on the slate to take Nancy's place. This was moved and seconded and the group unanimously approved. Joan Nelson is now the newest member on the MAGIC Board.

WhidbeyTel once again renewed our contract for our free website.

Gary and Madeline will take minutes for Penny next month in her absence.

As of today, treasurer Gary McIntyre announced that our bank balance after the latest iPad class is now $7,455.03

Robert announced we've booked a new class at Pacific Rim. It is called Beyond Basics, and will be held consecutive Saturdays from Feb. 28 through Mar 28. New members will get the email announcement about this first and then the class will be opened up to anyone.

A member asked if there will be an iMovie class. Four people today expressed an interest. Robert said it might be held this summer. We need a minimum of 6 and max of 20 students for any class.


Using a simple example of planning a vacation, Robert explained how a project is made up of specific tasks, which are broken down into simple steps. Tasks must be performed in a certain order, and certain tasks must precede others in order to make sense and work properly. (You can't fly on the plane until you've purchased your tickets, and you must know the weather conditions in order to know what clothes to pack.)

Tasks are linked together and some run on different paths. If delayed, tasks that are on the critical path can delay the conclusion, and the contract may need to be renegotiated. When tasks are drawn up on such paths, this is known as a PERT chart.

Another type of chart, using a timeline, is known as a Gantt Chart., which is created after making the PERT Chart.

Robert talked about the reality of planning very complicated projects that a single person would have difficulty conceiving of. It is helpful to be able to draw up all the details of a project with the use of various charts, including Task Resources such as:

  • People
  • Computers
  • Tools
  • Time
  • Materials

He talked about how having more people work on a project doesn't necessarily mean more work will get done. This was shown by something called the "Mythical Man Month" with the example of Bureaucracy at its worst.

Fortunately, there exists software that can do much of this organization and planning.

A spreadsheet will work for simple tasks, but not for more complicated ones.

Robert demonstrated a program called InShort available for Mac (36.99) and iPad (8.99). This is a piece of software that will help you create flow charts to do this kind of organizing.

Again, using the example of planning a vacation, Robert used InShort to create a flow chart for the vacation plans. He first created an object called VACATION. He next drew a box representing the PLACE. He created a "process" to buy airline tickets. Then he showed how to draw links to connect these items. Selecting a wardrobe gets linked to the place. Hotel booking is connected to the reservation, and so forth. As details are determined, you see you must "drill down" into tasks for more details. We could observe the InShort program create the flow chart as Robert added more tasks to the project.

Robert used this software for the demo because it costs less than $50. Other flow chart software can be much more expensive.

In the end Darryl entertained us with an amusing story of old time programmers and the complications and problems with flow charts.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:02.

MAGIC Moments


Renewal of the Website

Whidbey Telecom has generously renewed the gratis contract for a MAGIC website. As always, we are grateful that they have provided this valuable resource that enables us to comunicate effectively to lovers of Apple products in Island County.

Beyond Basics classes

A new class has been set up for people who have grasped the basics (or attended our Mac Essentials classes) and wish tolearn about some more advanced topics. Fear not - there will be no geek level stuff, only material that we can all use. Details can be found here.

Software Updates

Note: This Software Update section of the newsletter lists the most relevant Apple updates. Not all updates are listed for all products. Additionally, I'll add other pertinent updates on occasion.


Apple Releases OS X 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3, and Apple TV 7.0.3

by Josh Centers,

DMG file logo

Apple has updated OS X Yosemite to 10.10.2, iOS to 8.1.3, and the third-generation Apple TV to 7.0.3 to address a number of troublesome issues, as well as a large number of security concerns.

OS X Yosemite - The OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update is now available via Software Update, and it has appeared on Apple's Support Downloads Web site as both a delta update (554.4 MB; for use with 10.10.1) and a combo update (840.3 MB; to update from any version of 10.10). OS X 10.10.2 promises the following:

  • Resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect — unfortunately, many people are still experiencing problems.
  • Resolves an issue that might cause Web pages to load slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Spotlight to load remote email content even when this preference is disabled in Mail
  • Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones
  • Adds the capability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine
  • Improves VoiceOver speech performance
  • Resolves an issue that could cause VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a Web page
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly
  • Improves stability and security in Safari

In addition, 10.10.2 offers a number of security updates, most notably hardening a variety of 2013 Macs against the Thunderstrike attack that could use Thunderbolt to hijack a Mac (see "Thunderstrike Proof-of-Concept Attack Serious, but Limited," 9 January 2015). Unfortunately, pre-Yosemite Macs remain vulnerable. 10.10.2 also fixes vulnerabilities in App Store logging, Bluetooth, command-line utilities, font handling, graphics drivers, PDF handling, Spotlight, and more. Safari has also been updated to 8.0.3, which fixes multiple memory corruption issues in WebKit that could allow a malicious Web site to execute code.

If you try to install the update, but are presented with an error saying, "This volume does not meet the requirements for this update," try downloading the combo update again, since Apple replaced it late in the day of the initial release. If even that doesn't work, Topher Kessler of MacIssues has a fix that may get it to install correctly.

iOS 8 - Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 to address a number of bugs, but most notably to reduce the amount of storage required to perform a software update. Ironically, while the over-the-air iOS 8.1.2 update weighed in at 28.2 MB (see "Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2 to Restore Vanishing Ringtones," 10 December 2014), iOS 8.1.3 is a 247 MB download on an iPhone 6. The download size will vary by device. You can download the update on the device via Settings > General > Software Update or on your computer in iTunes.

Other things that iOS 8.1.3 claims to fix are an issue that prevented some users from entering the Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime, a bug that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results, and a glitch that prevented iPads from recognizing multitasking gestures. iOS 8.1.3 also adds new configuration options for standardized education testing.

Security issues fixed by iOS 8.1.3 include PDF vulnerabilities, numerous issues that could cause arbitrary code execution, Web sites being able to bypass the sandbox, and malicious Web sites being able to spoof the UI.

Apple TV - The third-generation Apple TV has been updated to 7.0.3. It offers no new features, but includes a number of security improvements, mostly identical to those in iOS 8.1.3.

Unrelated to the update, the Apple TV now offers Sports Illustrated's 120 SPORTS channel, which streams events from MLB, the NBA, the NHL, and others.

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Macintosh News, Information and Stories


Unhappy with iTunes 12? Here's how to revert to iTunes 11

by Christopher Breen,

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous isn't entirely tickled with iTunes 12. This reader writes:

iTunes 11

I've upgraded to OS X Yosemite on my MacBook Air and I mostly like it. What I don't like is iTunes 12 - I find it hard to navigate. Is there any way I can go back to iTunes 11 and still run Yosemite?

There is. And as much as I'd like to take credit for devising the way to do it, that credit goes to Jacqui Cheng, formerly of Ars Technica and now editor-in-chief of The Wirecutter. I mention her former Ars Technica affiliation because that's where she described the process for downgrading from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7. It turns out that the technique works just as well for moving from iTunes 12 to iTunes 11.

To read her full description, please click the link above, but here's the gist:

  1. Download a copy of AppZapper [Wizard Note: AppCleaner is free and works as well] as well as CharlesSoft's Pacifist. A demo mode in each allows you to perform the following actions, but each is worth owning (and paying for).
  2. Make a backup of your Mac and, for good measure, a backup of your iTunes library as well. These are just-in-case measures.
  3. Quit iTunes 12, launch AppZapper, open AppZapper's preferences, and uncheck the Keep Apple applications safe option. Drag the iTunes 12 icon from the Applications folder into the AppZapper window. Click the Zap! button and iTunes 12 and its associated files will be deleted from your Mac. Your iTunes library will remain, however.
  4. Download a copy of iTunes 11 for OS X from Apple.
  5. Launch Pacifist and drag the iTunes 11.4.dmg archive on top of it. This will cause an installation window to appear that lists all the components within the archive. Select Contents of Install iTunes and then click Install. Along the way you'll be asked to replace certain files. Allow this to happen.
  6. iTunes 11 is now in your Applications folder. When you launch it you may see a notification that the iTunes Library.itl file can't be read because it was created with a newer version of iTunes. Your choices are to Quit or Download iTunes. Unless you want iTunes 12 back on your Mac, click on Quit.
  7. Navigate to where you keep your iTunes library (it's in the Music folder within your user folder by default), locate the iTunes Library.itl file, and drag it to the desktop. Launch iTunes again and it should launch properly (and replace the iTunes Library.itl file with one that's compatible with iTunes 11).
    iTunrs Library Error

Should you later wish to return to iTunes 12, you can do so via the Mac App Store—it will be offered as an update. Install that update and iTunes 11 will disappear and be replaced with the latest version of the app.

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How to prepare your iPhoto library for Photos for OS X

by Christopher Breen,

Reader Dave Inglis has The Question about the upcoming Photos for OS X app. He writes:

I read your article about Photos for OS X and the app looks great. What can I do with my current iPhoto library to get it ready for the transition to Photos?

The glib answer is "nothing." When you finally get your hands on Photos for OS X (which is slated to be released sometime this northern-hemisphere spring) and launch it, you'll be asked if you'd like to import your iPhoto library. (If you have multiple iPhoto libraries, you can hold down the Option key while launching Photos and then, in the Choose Library window that appears, select a library to use.) Note that cloud syncing works only with the default System

Choose Library

As I explained in my first look, this won't cause Photos to duplicate your existing images. It will simply work with those images. If you like, you can still launch iPhoto and work with your images there—with the understanding that any edits you apply will appear only within the app you used to apply them.

So much for glib, let's talk details. First, now is as good a time as any to start clearing out duplicates in your iPhoto library. I recently addressed this in How to Cull Your iPhoto Library of Duplicates and Bad Photos. I'd suggest you read through it and apply the tips I suggest so that your Photos library isn't as cluttered with cruft as your iPhoto library was.

If you intend to store your photos in the cloud via Photos' iCloud Photo Library option, you may want to do more than just remove duplicates and poor images, particularly if you have a very large photo library. Apple provides you with just 5GB of free storage and the iCloud Photo Library counts against that storage. (You can always purchase more storage.) To keep your photo storage under 5GB it may require some serious culling. Consider archiving your meh images and importing just the best ones. egret info

Star rating

You might also rate your images while they're in iPhoto. Photos lacks the 0 - 5 Star rating system—it instead allows you to make an image a favorite. However, it takes the star ratings you've applied in iPhoto and turns them into keywords. So later, if you'd like to find all your most highly rated images, just enter 5 Star in Photos' Search field and any images that bear that keyword will appear. And if you haven't identified faces within iPhoto, why not do that while you're waiting for Photos to arrive? That faces metadata will transfer over from iPhoto.

In short: Do your housekeeping now so that when Photos finally arrives your images will be rarin' to go from the very first launch.

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How to send group emails to the best address

by Christopher Breen,

Edit Distribution in Contacts

Here's the setup: You have a group of people who you routinely send email messages to—your bowling team, for example. The problem is that some of the team members have more than one email address and, apparently, some folks you've been sending messages to are a little upset because you've sent very casual messages to their business address. How can you avoid making this mistake again?

Launch Contacts and select Edit > Edit Distribution List. In the sheet that appears select your group and you'll see your contacts along with their email addresses to the right. Simply click on the address that you want the group email to go to. When you next send a message to the group with Apple's Mail app, the message will go where you intended.

The distribution list isn't appropriate only for email addresses. You can also choose a default phone number and street address.

And that's it. Short and sweet—a simple way to ensure that your important group messages are sent to the most appropriate address.

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Making more of Migration Assistant

by Christopher Breen,

Bob White (not the bird) needs just a little bit more help with transferring his data from an old Mac to a new one. He writes:

Can I use Migration Assistant to transfer my data from my old MacBook Air (that's running Mavericks) to my newer MacBook Air (which came with Yosemite installed)? Or must I upgrade my old Mac to Yosemite first? (I would rather not update to Yosemite on the old one just yet.)

Migration Assistant

Well then, today's your lucky day! Migration Assistant in both Mavericks and Yosemite can copy data between your new Mac and another Mac running a version of the Mac OS as old as Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8). Apple suggests that if you want to migrate data from a Mac that's running a version of OS X created before Snow Leopard, you either update that Mac to a compatible version of OS X or transfer the data manually.

While we're on the subject, there are a few additional things you should know.

Same name: If you're transferring data between two user accounts that have the same name ("bob" and "bob," for example), you can choose to replace the "bob" account on the new Mac with the "bob" account from the old one. Or, you could set up a completely new account in addition to the existing "bob" account—one called "robert," for instance.

You'd choose the first option if the "bob" account on the new Mac has no files on it that aren't on your old Mac. (They'll be overwritten, if so.) And, as you might guess, if you've already put a load of stuff in the new Mac's "bob" account and want to keep it there, it makes sense to create an additional account. You can then copy files from one account to the other, if you like.

Making connections: If you have a lot of data on the old computer, it has a Thunderbolt port, and you have better things to do than to wait hours for your data to move from one machine to another, I urge you to get a Thunderbolt cable and use it to connect the two Macs. If you'd prefer to save the 29 bucks on the cable and don't mind your Macs working away as you sleep, feel free to use a Wi-Fi connection. (But if you have a lot of data it still may not copy from one Mac to the other in the space of one night.)

Or use Time Machine: If you've been backing up your old MacBook Air to Time Machine you may be able to skip this whole computer-to-computer rigmarole. Migration Assistant is happy to pull data from a Time Machine backup as well. (You'll see that option when you run Migration Assistant on your new Mac.) Ideally, you'll have your Time Machine drive plugged directly into your new MacBook rather than access it over the network as speed, again, is an issue with a network transfer.

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Apple paves way for racially diverse emoji in OS X 10.10.3 beta

by Buster Hein,

emoji characters

Apple's promise to bring more racially diverse emojis to iOS and OS X has been nearly a year in the making, but in yesterday's OS X 10.10.3 beta the company snuck in some code that finally paves the way for the emojis of the future.

While everyone else was playing with the new Photos beta, Sachin Patel noticed Apple made some big changes to the "Emoji & Symbols" palette that can be accessed from the Edit menu in most apps or by pressing Control + Command + Space. Along with renaming the Special Characters menu option Apple also added a new drop down arrow on all the human emojis that lets you select between five different skin tones.

The new emoji skin tone modifiers don't actually work yet, but you can see how quickly you'll be able to change "Father Christmas" into Black Santa and make him a favorite.

MacRumors also noticed that Apple changed the emoji sheet so that all characters display on a single scrollable page. The emoji are still divided into their separate sections, and you can jump straight to the "Travel and Places" emoji by clicking the section icons at the bottom.

Other emoji additions include some blank spaces for some of the new pictograms your keyboard will get as soon as Apple updates to the Unicode 8.0 standard.

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Pop up ads and browser settings

by Tom Johnson* RAVEN Consultants

Q: "When using a browser and you pull up a site, is there any way to skip the ads that pop up and you've already seen them before?"
A: "I don't know of a system or browser that can do that. Someone could make a lot of money if they could."

Check out this Google Chrome's FREE fix which includes "Ad Blocker"

"First, I go to Preferences -> Settings -> Show Advanced Settings -> Privacy and disable everything except "Enable phishing and malware protection." That reduces Google's tracking, although turning off those other features also slows down both Chrome's page fetching and your Web browsing speed.

Second, I install the following Chrome extensions (just click each link within Chrome, and then click the Add to Chrome button in the Chrome Web Store page that loads):

  • Adblock Plus to remove ads (especially Flash ads)
  • Ghostery and DoNotTrackMe to improve privacy and reduce tracking

Blocking ads and Flash trackers also reduces your attack surface, since ad networks in particular are targeted and sometimes used to distribute malware through banners on legitimate sites...."

Ghostery requires some additional selections to further limit URL's ability to Track your web movements.


Stealth Mode setting


OS X Your Way

by Moses Laporte,

Yosemite - Every bit as powerful

Apple has a knack for layout and design that is unparalleled across the industry and has been widely regarded as the best in the business when it comes to systems that are straightforward and useful right out of the box. However, there's an obvious sense in the newer versions of OS X that some things are missing, and a LOT of things sure are different. Having talked to a number of frustrated customers, I've come up with a list of common tweaks that might help both personalize and optimize your system. Though I really have mostly been impressed by the new developments, Apple may have overstepped the line between functionality and beauty in a few places in Yosemite. That's not to say the same functionality isn't present, it's actually readily available, but in my day I see plenty of users who do not know where to look for themselves.

I've noticed that with each upgrade of OS X, the sidebar in Finder has changed in it's focus. In the past, things were based on a hierarchical system that began with Macintosh HD, followed sub-folders, and left space for Smart Folders and other links below. In Yosemite, Apple approaches file management in a revolutionary yet sometimes confusing way. You can easily revert to the tried-and-true sidebar or customize it exactly to your specifications within Finder's preferences - just look for the sidebar tab and you can pick and choose a layout that works for you! There are similar settings for almost all of the built-in apps on your Mac…

  • Don't like the dock on the bottom of your screen? Switch it up! A lot of customers prefer to have their Dock auto-hide or display on the left side of their screen: System Preferences -> Dock
  • You can get fancy and organize your desktop by a wide range of sorting options in the View Options menu: Command-J
  • Try setting up some Automator workflows for common tasks every day! You can even use voice commands to trigger a script. See this great article on Automator for more information.
  • Color code your files and folders! Pull up a contextual menu (by right- or Control-clicking on any item) in Finder and you'll see the Label section available. It's a great way to differentiate between projects that have multiple directories or as a progress indicator.
  • Remember that you can easily create Smart Folders in Finder to automatically run filter searches on your directories: File > New Smart Folder
  • You can hold the Command key and drag around menu items in multiple applications, as well as the system menu bar (right side only).

Remember - it's YOUR Mac. YOU are the one who uses it every day. Why not make it work with your own style? There's so much customization at your fingertips. You don't need to just settle for the default. Explore your Mac and have fun with it!

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Another scam

by Robert Y Elphick*, MAGIC

One of MAGIC's members got a scam email that I have not seen before. Scary! NEVER click on the attachment of a suspicious email. In this one the big clue is that it is from a Polish email address.

A Scam

Spotlight Privacy

by Robert Y Elphick*, MAGIC

In Yosemite, Spotlight has been improved to be able to give you suggestions for your search. However, you should know that some of the results could be sent to Apple. Here is what Apple has to say in the Spotlight segment of System Preferences:

Spotlight Privacy


Make QR diagrams with GraphicConverter*

by Robert Y Elphick*, MAGIC

The newest version of GraphicConverter 9.5 has added the ability to make QR diagrams. It can be found in the File menu.

GraphicConverter QR menu

QR diagram
QR diagram for the MAGIC website


The Green button in Yosemite

Yosemite green button

by Robert Y Elphick*, MAGIC

The green button in the top left corner of any Finder Window has changed its function in Yosemite. It used to change the size of the window within the screen. It now sends the window to a new screen where it takes up the whole screen. The same green button must now be used to take the window out of its screen and return it to the main screen.

In older Mavericks this function was taken care of with an icon in the top right of the window.


Locked out of iTunes

by Tom Johnson*, RAVEN Consultants

iTunes Locked message

The way I worked this problem is as follows:

  1. I added myself to R/W Permissions for HD/Applications/iTunes
  2. I did Command R restore
  3. I did Repair Permissions
  4. I turned off Little Snitch and Norton AntiVirus/Firewall
  5. I added this problem to Apple's iTunes Forum - no reply. Problem not fixed
  6. I went through these steps from this URL: - Problem still not fixed
  7. I copied User/Music/iTunes folder from older iMac (14,2) running V10.9.5 with same iTunes version to new iMac after deleting iMac 5K's iTunes folder then did the following:
  8. Rebuild iTunes lib via startup iTunes with option key down then select your iTunes library. - This finally fixed the problem.

iPhones, iPods, and iPads


iCloud Drive

by Andrea Kee,


Most of you have heard of iCloud. However, there is a great new feature: iCloud Drive. One of the features I most enjoy about iCloud Drive is that you can let any app that supports iCloud Drive access your iCloud storage. Then, you can edit these same files that have been saved by other apps. You can also gain access to the iCloud Drive via a few different methods, which makes getting access to your iCloud quite easy.

Some common questions I receive when speaking to customers about iCloud Drive include:

  • Can I use my non Apple devices to access iCloud Drive, and how do I gain access to my iCloud Drive?
    Yes, you can access your iCloud from your Apple device, as well as your non-Apple devices.
  • How?
    There are a few ways to gain access to iCloud Drive. You can view your entire iCloud Drive from Finder (by default it should be in the Favorites sidebar) in OS X Yosemite. If you have iOS 8, you may gain access from Document Picker which will provide a popup window that gives you access to the full iCloud Drive. And do not forget that you may access iCloud Drive from a variety of compatible web browsers - Safari 6 or later, Firefox 22 or later, or Google Chrome 28 or later. This web version of iCloud Drive lets you create folders, upload files, download files, and delete files. Even devices with Windows 8 or later works in a very similar way as iCloud Drive on OS X Yosemite. To gain access via Windows just visit here to get started install iCloud for Windows.
  • Another popular question: Is there a fee for iCloud Drive?
    The initial iCloud account gives you 5 GB of storage space free. iCloud Drive is a part of iCloud and as time goes on and you are saving your important memories, you may have to eventually upgrade from the free iCloud plan to a variety of paid options.

    Whether you are using the free iCloud Drive or have paid to upgrade to more storage, iCloud Drive is one of the best iCloud features which many families (mine included) will appreciate when it comes to preserving precious memories.

    Editor's note: iCloud Drive requires devices running iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and/or Windows 7 or 8 with iCloud for Windows 4.0

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    Wizards Note: WARNING! - all clouds are unsafe. Be very careful what you put into any cloud, including iCloud, or better yet, do not use it.


    The Evolution of iOS

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    Watch Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon beatbox on an iPad


    by Buster Hein,

    Jimmy Fallon is backed by the best band on late night TV, but when it came time for the Tonight Show host to get funky performing a hip-hop classic with Will Smith, Jimmy ditched The Roots and busted out his iPad once again.

    Fallon has been no stranger to kicking out tasty jams with music legends on an iPad. He created an phenomenal doo-wop number last year with Billy Joel, but with the Fresh Prince in his guest chair, Jimmy decided to kick it old school and created an beatbox version of "It Takes Too" on the spot.

    Check out the duo's awesome beatboxing in the video below:

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    AirPrint, AirPlay, AirDrop...It's in the Air!

    by Don Mayer,

    Every since Apple introduced the AirPort wireless base station, more and more Apple technologies have taken on the "Air" moniker. I'll go over a few of them here, leaving out some obvious choices like the MacBook Air and the iPad Air. I'm writing this issue of Kibbles using my favorite email client, AirMail, but that's not an Apple product… :)



    In the past, it was relatively easy to set up a wireless printer if you had a AirPort base station and connected it via USB cable. But seldom was it convenient to place the base station in the same location as the printer until Apple came up with AirPrint. Now, with just about every new printer supporting AirPrint, you can place your printer wherever you want as long as it can see your wireless signal. All you have to do is set up the AirPrint compatible printer on your wireless network and print. Not only can you print from your Mac but with AirPrint you can print from your iPhone or iPad, too! To use your AirPrint printer with Wi-Fi, the printer must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iOS device or Mac, either through bridging, or a direct connection to your Wi-Fi network. You cannot both connect that printer via USB and AirPrint, that won't work, so forget the wires and print wireless!
    Learn more about AirPrint.



    You use AirPlay to stream music, pictures and video wirelessly to an Apple TV or other AirPlay-enabled device. I saw a bunch of AirPlay compatible speakers when I was at CES so, while AirPlay has not been universally adopted the way that AirPrint has, it is gaining some ground. As with AirPrint, you must be on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can also use AirPlay from iTunes on your Mac.

    Using it is easy: On your iOS device you scroll up from the bottom to access the Control Center and simply tap on AirPlay and choose the device you wish to use for the content. Later iOS devices can use "peer-to-peer" AirPlay that allows you to use AirPlay without being on the same network. In this case, you need both Wi-fi and Bluetooth active. If you have an Apple TV you can also use AirPlay mirroring to mirror whatever you have on your iPhone, IPad or iPod touch to your HDTV.
    Learn more about AirPlay.



    With AirDrop you can share photos, web sites, your location and more with people that are nearby with an Apple device. In order to use AirDrop, both people will need to have an iOS device running iOS 7 or later or a Mac running Yosemite. iOS devices that work with AirDrop are iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation or later), iPad mini or iPod touch (5th generation or later).

    For AirDrop to work you need to have both WiFi and Bluetooth active and I would recommend that you sign into your iCloud account to share with your contacts. On the iOS devices, turning on AirDrop is simple. Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen to get to your Control Center and tap AirDrop. You will have three choices: Off, Contacts only (only people in your Contacts will see you) or Everyone, where all nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see you. From there using AirDrop is simply a matter of choosing the content you wish to share, i.e. photo, video, or contact, and choose the Share icon and you will see nearby users available to AirDrop the content to. Your selected user will receive an alert and can accept or decline the content.

    On your Mac it is a little different. AirDrop is available from the Finder, the Share menu, and in Open and Save windows. When you choose AirDrop in Yosemite your Mac will look for any nearby devices that are AirDrop ready. This includes other Macs or iOs devices. In the Finder, if you select AirDrop from the Favorites list on the left Finder window, you will see any nearby AirDrop ready devices or Macs. To transfer a file you simply drag that file over the icon of the recipient and they will be notified of the file transfer. From other Apps you can use the Share button and simply select the recipient from the Share sheet that appears.

    Here are a few tips to keep in mind. First of all, you have to be close. AirDrop is designed to work with nearby devices and 30 feet seems to be the limit but I have noticed that it is best if you are about 10 feet or less apart. Make sure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on and if you are using a firewall you won't be able to receive files if "block all incoming connections" is checked.
    Learn more about AirDrop.

    By The Way


    Personal Digital Technology

    by Ron Sharp, MAGIC*

    In the WhidbeyTel January eNewsletter I read the description of "digital native" as someone who grew up with digital technology and the internet. And "digital immigrant" as someone who grew up before the revolution of personal digital technology. (my words)

    It was interesting to read these new terms. I was thinking how digital technology seemed to have surrounded digital immigrants, some of us embracing the advantages of it and others feeling almost forced to adopt it or get washed aside in it's wake.

    The words "personal digital technology" seem appropriate and auspicious, but ominous at times. Where is it taking us? Digital devices are in our homes, our cars, the stores we shop, and we carry them with us. We will even be wearing our digital technology more. We'll have implants that improve our sight, our hearing, our health, record our actions, and enable long distance communication without having to carry a device. Google Glass is an example of recent wearable technology but it's acceptability has fizzled because it had no clear purpose and seemed a bit creepy.

    What will technology look like further down the road? When our bodies give out will we be able to continue life as a digital device? Science fiction has written about it, but not in vary glamorous scenarios from what I've seen.

    You can't discount science fiction though. Much of the Sci-Fi that has been written has come to be reality. In the Star Trek TV series, Captain Kirk and his crew used communicators and tri-corders, which were much like our cell phones are now.

    How much will we adopt, or should I say adapt? It's interesting concepts that I hope society as a whole is capable of controlling and not hijacked by mega-corporations like in so many movies. I'm just speculating about all this without a particular point to make except to consider what the future may hold. Maybe there will be a new minority group of digitally enhanced people that will have to fight for their rights? What sort of class structures will be created? Will groups of digitally enhanced people quickly rise to the top of society?

    It's a pretty dynamic world, but as always, the future is unknown.

    Signing off,


    Yosemite, OS X 10.10

    by Ron Sharp, MAGIC*

    Do you like Yosemite? Or haven't you installed it yet, still thinking about it? It was a difficult change for some people. One user even switched right back to Mavericks. On the other hand, some friends of mine that are using Yosemite hadn't said a word about it until I asked. They seemed to have adapted easily, or accept it like just another ubiquitous update.

    White on white icon

    Penny Holland, MAGIC's extraordinary secretary, was interested enough to indulge my Yosemite questions and sent me her thoughts. She said functionality is no problem, but visuals are annoying. Less color for icons and such. Particularly in Mail. The icon for an email attachment is white on a white background. Only a little shadow outlining the icon, making it easy to miss. And selected email messages that, once opened, turn such a light shade of gray that you have to really look to find it again. She described the overall look as "white on white."

    It's good to keep software updated. For some there's also that urge to see what's new right away, and keep up to date. For others, it's just following Apple's update instructions. But hesitating is acceptable. You'll most likely be able to upgrade right to a newer operating system next year, skipping over Yosemite, if necessary. But, of course if you're buying a new computer this year, you'll have Yosemite. And if so, read the article in this newsletter, OS X Your Way.

    MAGIC, the Macintosh Appreciation Group of Island County, serves people who use Macintosh computers, software and peripherals. Our goal is to share information and get answers to questions to make us more productive with our use of technology. Our monthly meetings give us a chance to discuss computer problems and share ideas with other Mac users, feature speakers on specific topics, and to keep apprised of Apple news.