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Stanford/Palo Alto Macintosh User Group Newsletter
November 5, 2010
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Dear Steve,
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
Gunpowder Treason and Plot.....
...but I'm pretty sure most of you don't - oh well, how about those Giants, and on Day of the Dead too!

Dead-Giants
Hopefully, none of you came to the November meeting on November 1 ( I know, you were carefully studying election material instead) and are now ready for this Monday's meeting (that's Monday 8th - the usual time, the usual place)


November SMUG Meeting Agenda
Christopher Schardt with Moe's Notes

Moe's Notes is a multimedia note recorder, editor and organizer for creative and/or busy people. You can save audio, an image or video, text, tags, and GPS coordinates in each note.  You can edit, sort and search for notes in various ways, then email them or upload them to Facebook.

Sounds like something we could all use - more info can be had at www.moeskitchen.com/MoesNotes

Plus we have the usual Q & A and Shareware, and, time permitting, a look at iMovie - with 2 copies of Peachpit's Visual Quickstart Guide to iMovie to give away!
MacWare
You may recall that I gave away some copies of MacWare's popular MacTuneUp & DiscTools software at our last meeting. They've just produced web design and logo design software, called MacFlux and Logo Design Studio 2 respectively, which we'll have the opportunity to look at in upcoming meetings (meanwhile you can check them out at http://theescapers.com/screencast/ or their Facebook page (special offers!). In the meantime, Jason Hogrefe at Macware wrote up a synopsis of the philosophy behind MacTuneUp, which I thought I'd share with you:

Every Mac Needs a Tune Up by Jason Hogrefe of MacWare

It's a simple fact: over time, every computer fails.

Mac computers have a great reputation for being resistant to malicious system attacks from viruses and other malware, but many Mac users don't realize that their computers are still susceptible to normal wear and tear. After repeated use, Mac computers get cluttered with junk, are prone to online attacks through the Internet, and can crash temporarily or permanently if any of the hardware fails. Any (or all!) of these situations can happen the longer you use your Mac.

So, how do you prolong the life of your Mac?

Keep your Mac running like new using Mac utilities. Do you have applications on Mac OS X that keep crashing or don't even open? Have you noticed your Mac is slower than it used to be? Mac utility software can oftentimes fix problems on your Mac and rev up performance, but finding the right software for the job is another concern that needs to be weighed carefully when dealing with system files. You need to make sure the software you pick doesn't make the situation worse.

MacTuneUp is a great software option to tackle many problems plaguing your Mac, and has been the #1 selling Mac disk utility in retail and online for the past two years according to reports by The NPD Group.

MacTuneUp, from Macware, keeps your Mac running like new by with a utility belt of useful features that allow you to run automatic system maintenance, completely clean system clutter, accelerate your Internet and network connections, and optimize virtual memory. Working with these Mac utilities allows you to fix problems on your computer, increase hard disk space, make your Mac run faster, and boost the performance of your email, FTP, Internet browsing, chats and other online activity.

MacTuneUp also prevents online threats from hitting home by offering firewall protection. MacTuneUp's firewall can either completely replace your current Mac firewall, or add an extra layer of security by enhancing the Apple firewall that ships with every Mac. Both MacTuneUp and Apple use Unix based firewall configurations so they do not conflict with each other and can be used together to strengthen your online protection. A handy file shredder is also included with MacTuneUp allowing you to securely remove files from your Mac, making it virtually impossible for other people to recover them.

Even after using the Mac utilities offered in MacTuneUp to repair and optimize your Mac, there is always a chance that your computer may not recover from a crash in the future. As mentioned earlier, computers get old and will inevitably fail someday. The best way to minimize your loss when this happens is by using a Mac backup. Creating a disk clone (a complete backup of your entire system) and storing it in a safe place like an external hard drive, makes it much easier to recover everything on your Mac in the event of a failure. MacTuneUp allows you to easily make a bootable Mac backup of your hard disk (a backup that does not require your OS X boot disc to start up) that can be used to create disk clones, move your running operating system from one disk to another when replacing your hard drive, or to backup system folders individually. Once you have a backup of your Mac you can breathe a little easier knowing you did not lose important work and personal files.

Some bonus features of MacTuneUp include organizing an incredible amount of "system tweaking" options into its friendly interface. Many Mac users have their own unique way of doing things, and MacTuneUp makes it a snap to quickly access hidden Finder, Dock and system settings to personalize your Mac experience and speed up the work you do on your computer. These options allow the Mac user to enable File System Journaling to reduce the risk of data loss, customize Safari, manage system Startup, change global settings, show hidden files and folders, and modify animation effects. MacTuneUp even allows easy sharing of files and folders on networks by quickly creating shared directories called Share Points on local volumes.

MacTuneUp's feature busting options are made more attractive thanks to its affordable price tag: under $35. Mac software products have historically demanded a higher price due to the high price of the hardware. With a price so low, MacTuneUp is a great software product to place in your arsenal of Mac utilities. More information can be found on the Macware website:

http://www.macwareinc.com/products/MacTuneUp/overview.html

Remember: Monday November 8th, 6:30pm  in the Redwood Room.

See you there!

Steve Bellamy
SMUG President
 
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