Monthly Meeting Notes April 2011

Saturday, 1st January, 2011 – 23:26 by Pete Smith

DATE: 5 April, 2011
LOCATION: FutureSphere, Level 1 Building L; Christ Church Grammar School, Queenslea Drive, Claremont.
DURATION: 7.00 – 9.00pm
Meeting Programme: IOS 4.3;  Toast 11;  and Ronni’s presentation of her Honorary Life Membership

Meeting Notes

The meeting got off to an inauspicious start when it was discovered that the viewing screen, that lowered electronically from the roof, was not working. So one and all trundled into a smaller room and it was all go from there.

The meeting was opened with the official presentation to Ronni of her life membership. Peter H. formally presented her with her certificate of Honorary Life Membership and a plaque along with a bunch of flowers. Ronni responded with a short speech which, with her kind permission, is reproduced at the end of this post.

Following this, Daniel K. then gave a quick presentation on what’s new in Toast 11 (T11) which works well with both Eye TV and TIVO. T11 now has tutorials at the front for easy access when learning how to do things within it. T11 can also span across discs when burning. For example, if you were burning 10GB of photos, T11 will automatically work out the burning across the discs. It will also title the disc and make a label.

Daniel recommended that when burning to DVD, DVDs should be burnt at no more than x4 and DVD DLs at no more than x2. Showing my ignorance, I found out that ‘best speed’ was as fast as it can go not the best speed to get the best picture!! Still, that’s what WAMUG is all about, finding out good information to help us along the mac path.

T11 can also do audio from iTunes. One can set the ‘pause’ between songs to 0, and even rearrange the order. T11 can also convert video. For example you can drag a flash video to the ‘DVD-Video’ and convert it. A great piece of software. T11 Titanium is about $179 and you can capture, copy, convert, share and burn. T11 Pro is about $249 and besides the previously mentioned, comes with Photoshop Elements 9; FotoMagico 3RE; BIAS SoundSoap 2SE; SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5; and a Blu-Ray Disc plugin.

We then all broke for a cuppa and piece of cake to celebrate Ronni’s Life award and Mac OS X’s tenth birthday. Daniel K.’s wife made a beautiful cake in the shape of the Apple logo which went down a treat. A lot of people took advantage of the break and congratulated Ronni on her well deserved award and some of us were able to put a face to the name.

After the break, Carlo M. took us through IOS 4.3. Carlo had set up his iPad 2, MacPro laptop, Apple TV and (I think) his iPhone with a Mini Mac in the other room as the wireless hub. He then showed us how easy it was to use the new Airplay and we watched his iPad on the Apple TV. Airplay has been released to iPhone developers so there should be new apps coming using Airplay. With Airplay, you are able to stream movies to your Apple TV, plus podcasts, music videos, etc.

With ‘home sharing’ turned on on his MacPro, Carlo was able to stream iTunes music to the iPad and iPhone and stream sound to the Apple TV. The same works for video.

One of the new settings in IOS 4.3 is the ability to choose to have the slider switch as either the lock rotation or mute. It’s now your choice.

Also, there is the personal hotspot on the iPhone which, when turned on, talks via bluetooth to, say your iPad, so that you can use the 3G ability. Perhaps I can best describe it like this: acting on Carlo’s advice, when I got home, I turned off my wireless connection so that my iMac was not connected to the internet. Then I fired up my personal hotspot on my 3GS and followed the prompts and next thing you know I was back surfing the interwebby via 3G. Mind you, ’twas only a quick surf to a couple pages without pictures to avoid too much data costs!! Anyway, it worked and if I can do it, so can you.

The evening wound up at 9pm and the extra half hour from the earlier start of 7pm was well appreciated.

TooRoo for now. See you at the next meeting.


Ronni’s Speech

WAMUG ‘Life Membership’ Award speech given by Ronni at the monthly meeting on 5 April 2011.

“Thank you Peter,

I am honoured to receive this award.

It is unbelievable and something I will treasure forever.

I am humbled; as I am just one of a team of extremely talented people, who give so much of their knowledge, their experience, their professional advice and their time.

I am proud; to not only be a member, but to have provided assistance to other members.

Back years ago, when I first started using a Mac computer. I experienced a problem with an external burner I had purchased. It took me some time to get enough courage to post a message asking for help.

A person responded to my ‘plea for help’ by typing the letters “RTFM”! At that time I didn’t know what RTFM meant. I eventually corrected the fault myself and did find out what the letters RTFM meant. Consequently, I did not post a message asking for help again!

What I did do, was start researching everything I could find out about Macintosh Computers and how they work. I purchased so many books, subscribed to so many Mac magazines, downloaded so much information from the Internet. I soaked up every bit of information I could. I took my first Mac apart and put it back together again and was surprised it still worked!

I’ve had good mentors along this journey of learning, who have taught me many things.

Eventually my journey brought me to WAMUG!

I have strongly believed in WAMUG’s principles and work since joining many years ago. And I have tried to give help and encouragement to people wanting to get the best possible results from their Apple Mac experience.

I don’t expect accolades for helping people. Helping people gives me a good feeling. We all experience problems at some time and need help. If we can help each other, that is what we do …. It’s The Mac Way!

So In Conclusion: To be recognised in this way for my work is very gratifying. It’s a great feeling to be appreciated. And I thank you for it.

Thank You!”

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