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Data, Data, Data - to Bento, or not!
by Bill Barr




We all know our computers, beyond being just             a great degree of flexibility. So, Ed Lavan, Chod
                   ,
simply “smart dirt” are not much more than               Lang and yours truly (in a minimal, miniscule
massive data bases with pretty pictures to               amount) have feverously been studying Bento.
make things more appealing. Remember way
back when our black screens displayed only
green “dot matrix” characters? There were no
graphics at all; certainly nowhere near what
we are familiar with today. Most computer
programs consisted of numerical manipulation
and database management. Output consisted
of gobs of data, mostly numerical, typed or
printed on alternating white and green lines on
abnormally wide, tractor feed paper. What was
considered an incredibly sophisticated ability
to crunch numbers and report results would
obviously bore us today. Needless to say, it
would have application to what we do today.

 EXCEPT that databases are still around! We just
 don’t recognize them. Nor do we normally want          They will present what they’ve found out over the
 to bothered. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear           last three weeks to everyone at the November
 someone describe a relational database as “....        MACNJ meeting. There may be snippets of other
 what on online dating agency must use.” Or to          database programs shown as well. Databases!
 hear that a flat file database “... must be some       We can’t live without them. I’m just really glad
 kind of mapping program!” In fact, believe it          there are others who are the experts. Come see
 or not, when I was “surfing” to help remember          what they’ve done. You’ll be impressed!
 just what we called those old printer feed
 mechanisms, Google showed a posted question,            We meet from 9 AM -12 noon at Voorhees High
“I found some old computer paper. It has holes           School just North of High Bridge, NJ.
 in the sides. Why?”
                                                         You should come!
                                            ,
But we know different - and “Think Different”
too! (A little tribute to Steve there!)                  It is open to the public and we serve the best
                                                         (Voorhees HS) coffee and (Dunkin) donuts you
Bento is “Baby” Filemaker Pro from FileMaker. It’s       can find.
cheap - really! It’s simple to use, they say. It has



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December 10th meeting alert!!
Due to a Craft Show taking over the entire first                                              be able to order breakfast for under
floor of Voorhees High School on December 10,                                                 $10.00.
we will not meet in our usual place.
                                                                                              •	 Two of the windows have blinds
Instead, MACNJ will meet 9AM to 11:30 AM in the                                               which should make the room dark
dining room at the Country Griddle Restaurant,                                                enough for the projector.
190 Center Street in Clinton.
                                                                                              •	 Featured guest speaker will be
The dining room is spacious and has multiple                                                  Allan Hoffman, Star Ledger columnist,
tables of various sizes.                                                                                                  ,
                                                                                              discussing “iPhoneography” creative
                                                                                              use of the iPhone’s camera capability.
•	      There will be full waitress service.
                                                                         More complete information will be in the December edition
•	     Each person will order their own food and pay by                  of the WINDOW.
       individual check. The menu is varied and you should




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Hardware Review: Miccus                                    ChargeBlock for iPad
By Dave Greenbaum




$99
http://www.miccus.com/products/chargeblock-for-ipad


When you want true power, power to dominate your
iDevices, look no further than the ChargeBlock for
iPad. Not only will it charge your iPad (1 or 2) or iPhone
but practically any USB devices and does so with a
size and dimension not much different than previous
generations of iPhones. This is simply a must-have device
for power on the road.

With its 8200 mAh capacity, Miccus claims it can provide
13 hours of use and for the iPhone 4 it can provide 61
hours of talk time. Wow.

The amazing part is this power fits into a stylish eight ounce
package. Included with the ChargeBlock is a USB cable            The ChargeBlock for iPad is the perfect mix of power, style,
and interchangeable tips for USB powered devices: Mini           and function for effective charging of any USB device on
& Micro USB, Nokia, LG, Motorola, iPod, and iPad. It also        the road, but especially an iPad.
includes a 12VDC cable with changeable tips for PSP, DVD,
smd GPS. It includes a wall charger as it cannot generally       Pros:
charge via a standard USB port.                                  High capacity, well designed

Style and aesthetics were clearly at play here because
not only is it powerful, but simply gorgeous. Capacity is
indicated by three neon blue lights so you have a good           Cons:
idea how much of charge you have left. It can pass through       None I can find
charge any devices connected via USB making it an ideal
travel charger. When not charging, a rocker switch turns         5 out of 5 Dogcows
off the battery. The black mirror finish and silver accents
match your iPhone or iPad’s design perfectly.
                                                                 Originally published and written for the LawrenceApple Users’
At $99 retail, the device isn’t cheap but gives great value      Group 2.0 http:// www.laugks.org/news and published by Dave
with its high capacity and ergonomic design. Why pay a           Greenbaum at http://www.clickheretech.com
little bit less for half the capacity?




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Hardware Review:
Ballistic HC Series iPhone 4 case
By Dave Greenbaum


$49

http://www.goballisticcase.com/

With a name like Ballistic, you’d think this iPhone 4 case
is bulletproof. It isn’t, but it’s darn close. Its 3 layers of
protection combined with a great belt clip could make the
user feel 10 feet tall and bulletproof. The Ballistic HC (Hard
Core) Series is great protection without adding bulk.

Similar to other cases in its class, this provides multiple
levels of protection. A hard plastic shell is protected with
integrated silicone bumpers and a screen overlay. An
optional extra wrap around bumper is included that
provides another layer of protection as well as covers the
headphone, mute/rotation lock, and the dock port.

The port protection had some minor problems. The mute/
rotation lock would often fail to stay closed and I had a
rough time getting any connectors to fit into the dock           that remains unprotected are the speaker ports at the
port. To get the sync cable from Apple to fit I had to use       bottom and the rear facing camera. Not a big deal, but it’s
more force than I’d feel comfortable and it made a loud          not full and complete protection for your iPhone. Of all the
snap when put in place. I got used to this, but it still made    extreme-style cases I tested, this was most compatible with
me nervous I’d break a cable. The only part of the phone         dock style devices such as the iHome.

                                                                 This Ballistic HC provides multi-layer protection without
                                                                 the bulk of some other cases and is an excellent value for
                                                                 someone wanting a higher level of protection without
                                                                 sacrificing the size of their iPhone

                                                                 Pros:
                                                                  Svelte design, multi-layer protection

                                                                 Cons:
                                                                 Port didn’t always stay closed, tight dock connector

                                                                 8 out of 10
                                                                 ------------------------------------

                                                                 Originally published and written for the Lawrence Apple Users’
                                                                 Group 2.0 http:// www.laugks.org/news and published by
                                                                 Dave Greenbaum at http://www.clickheretech.com




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  Book Review:
  Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac Visual Quickstart
  Guide by Steve Schwartz
  Reviewed by Dave Greenbaum




$29.99 ($25.99 at www.journeyed.com)

Whether you are a new Microsoft Office user or new to
Office 2011, Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac Visual Quickstart
Guide is an outstanding book to teach you the ins and
outs of this definitive suite for the Mac. The book is well
organized with excellent illustrations and explanations of
key concepts.

The book starts with explaining exactly what is new in each
part of the Office Suite and previews what experienced
users might want to focus on. The book leaves no stone
unturned, covering not just the PowerPoint, Excel, Word
and Outlook but includes the esoteric extras such as My        Pros:
Day, Sky Drive and Office Web Apps.                            Covers all aspects of the suite in detail in a manner
                                                               beginners will understand and advanced users will be able
In particular this book handles both beginner and advanced     to master
topics. Those users experienced with Office basics can look
at the table of contents and quickly jump to the function      Cons:
they are most interested in. Don’t know what Sparklines        None!
are in 2011? Quickly jump to a great explanation on the
subject. While the book is larger than the typical Visual      5 out of 5 Dogcows
Quickstart guide, the information was very accessible

As an experienced Office user on both the Mac and              Originally published and written for the Lawrence Apple
PC, I found this an invaluable resource to optimize my         Users’Group 2.0 http:// www.laugks.org/news and published
investment in this new version. The final chapters were        by Dave Greenbaum at http://www.clickheretech.com
golden as they really tied all the programs together and
focused on interoperability between them.

Overall this is a great book for anyone using Microsoft
Office 2011!




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 Hardware Review:                     dockStubz
 By Dave Greenbaum


$29.99

http://www.cablejive.com/products/dockStubz.html

While I’m a huge fan of extreme case protection for the
iPhone 4 (my current favorite is the Griffin Survivor), one
of the problems is that this extra protection frequently
prevents my iPhone from fitting into various docking
solutions and cable connectors. Fortunately, two products
from CableJive solve this problem. You can have your
protection and still keep your existing accessories.

The dockStubz is a simple yet effective 1.3 inch tall
adapter that

sits between your existing dock and the iPhone (or iPod
touch and iPad depending on the situation) The svelte
30 pin male connector is designed to slip through most
bulky cases without encumbrance providing a vital link to
your existing investments. I’ve used it effectively with the
entire Otterbox product line as well as select cases from
Ballistic and Griffin. Just in case you need some extra        win-win device.
power, the dockStubz also has a mini USB jack that can be
used to provide power directly. Great for users who have       Although I did not test this aspect of the product,
existing devices that charge via mini USB: no need for an      Cablejive proactively reports that the dockStubz does
                                                               not work with the Apple VGA or HDMI adapters.

                                                               Both the dockStubz and dockXtender are necessary tools
                                                               for anyone with a bulky iPhone case who still wants to
                                                               interact with the existing iPhone accessories, cables,
                                                               and adapters. Viewing their website, I appreciate their
                                                               proactive warning to consumers and generous return
                                                               policy for those with incompatible adapters

                                                               Pros:
                                                               Effectively adapts existing 30-pin devices to practically
Apple iPhone charging cable.                                   any case

For situations in which you need not just a more compatible    Cons:
male connector, but a bit of reach, the dockXtender has        Problems with some Apple adapters
the same style connector as the dockStubz, but also
provides two or six feet of cable extension. I’ve tried        Five out of Five Dogcows
other cable extenders but run into the problem of fitting      ------------------------------------
into my case. I could use my dockStubz with an existing
cable extender, but why do that when CableJive provides        Originally published and written for the Lawrence Apple Users’
an all in one great solution that protects the integrity of    Group 2.0 http:// www.laugks.org/news and published by
the signal? The dockXtender was a handy tool for using         Dave Greenbaum at http://www.clickheretech.comYahoo!
my existing iPhone accessories with my iPad, a total




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Hardware Review:
Kensington PowerLift™ Back-up Battery
By Dave Greenbaum



$49.99                                                             battery charger.
http://www.kensington.com/kensington/us/us/s/1543/
powerlift.aspx                                                     The only negative is that
                                                                   the compact design is hard
The Kensington PowerLift™ Back-up Battery is an exciting,          to figure out at first. It’s easy
convenient and portable way to charge your iPhone at a             to fold it out incorrectly and
desk or on the road. Its unique stand allows for easy use of       insert the iPhone incorrectly. It
FaceTime while charging and a nice boost of power when             takes some getting used to,
away from a computer.                                              but otherwise it’s so darn handy!

It’s compact design folds to 2.5” (L) x 2.3” (W) x 0.7” (D), and   Pros:
weighs 1.76oz - perfect for slipping into your pocket or a         Compact and portable, built in usb cable
laptop bag. The USB connector recesses into the unit and
the stand and dock connector folds in as well. No exposed          Cons:
parts means less problems in the long run. No wonder it            A bit tricky to learn
won a 2011 CES Innovations and Engineering Award!
                                                                   8 out of 10 dogcows
Although the battery is relatively small at 1200 mAh,              ------------------------------------
Kensignton claims it provides an additional 3.5 hours of
talk time. Not a full charge by any means, but a nice little       Originally published and written for the Lawrence Apple
boost as well as an easy way to use FaceTime with its              Users’Group 2.0 http:// www.laugks.org/news and published
built-in stand. A battery status button has four blue lights       by Dave Greenbaum at http://www.clickheretech.com
to indicate how much of a charge you have. At a retail of
$49.99, it’s a pretty good deal for a nice compact external


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Mac 911
by Christopher Breen




                                                                  your device. Click the Photos tab, enable the Sync Photos
                                                                  from iPhoto option, enable the Selected Albums, Events,
Importing clips into iMovie for iOS                               and Faces option as well as the Include Videos option,
Old college chum, Steve Adams, struggles with a seeming           and select your iPhone Movie Clips album from the list of
limitation of iMovie on his iPhone. He writes:                    Albums below. Sync your device.

                                                                  Launch iMovie on your iOS device, tap the Video button,
                                                                  and scroll down the list of available videos. You should see
                                                                  your imported clips. (If you don’t, force-quit iMovie on the
                                                                  device and relaunch it. If iMovie is running when you sync
                                                                  the videos, they won’t appear until you restart iMovie.)
                                                                  If the clips don’t appear, it’s possible that the format is
                                                                  incompatible with iMovie. You can fix that by importing
                                                                  them into iTunes, selecting them, and choosing Create
                                                                  iPod or iPhone version or Create iPad or Apple TV version
                                                                  (depending on which device you’re using).



I’ve been using iMovie on my iPhone to create little videos on    Playing podcasts in chronological order
the fly when I’m traveling for my work. Sometimes, though,        Reader John Keith would like to hear podcast episodes in
I want to insert some video footage that isn’t actually in the    their order of creation. He writes:
Camera Roll on the phone. I can’t figure out any way to get
outside video into the Camera Roll, and it seems that the only
video that’s available in iMovie is that which is in the Camera
Roll. Got any solutions?



Remember in Music Theory 121 when Mr. Moon introduced
us to French Augmented 6th chords and no one in the
class understood a word of it because it seemed such a
tortuous construction? Oh, wait, you were the one guy who         I wear my iPod classic in my hatband on my hikes and it’s a
got it immediately. Anyway, trust me on this, like importing      hassle to have to remove and reset it for each podcast. iTunes
movies from an outside source to iMovie on your iPhone,           includes no preference setting to play a folder of them in
it was confusing. While I still can’t explain the F+6th, I can                                                            ,
                                                                  chronological order. It’s by default “Last In, First Out” which is
shed some light on the method for editing movies not shot         not helpful for any educational series which typically builds on
with the iPhone’s camera.                                         past episodes. Is there a way to force an iPod to play episodes
                                                                  from oldest to newest?
The avenue for copying movie files from your Mac to iMovie
for iOS is iPhoto. To do this, create a new album in iPhoto       Nothing I like better than starting off a new week with a
and call it something like “iPhone Movie Clips.” Locate any       short answer. And that short answer is Yes.
MPEG-4 or .m4v movies you want on your iOS device (yep,
it works with the iPad and the latest iPod touch) and add         Navigate to your podcasts, select the podcast show you
them to this album.                                               want to listen to (not an episode of the show but rather
                                                                  the entry for the show in the Podcasts screen) and press
Now jack in your iOS device and, in iTunes’ Source list, select   Play. The episodes of that show will play in chronological
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  Mac 911
  by Christopher Breen (continued from Page 8)




order--starting with the oldest first. When the episode              Left hand: However, you had the power to prevent this
finishes, the next in chronological order will play. (With iOS       from happening from the get-go.
devices this isn’t an issue as podcast episodes appear in
oldest-to-newest order by default.)                                  When you set up a Yahoo e-mail account on your iPhone in
                                                                     the Mail, Contacts, Calendars setting, after the verification
Bonus tip because this one is so short: All of you with              step, you see a window that includes three entries--Mail,
click-wheel iPods understand that you can directly return to         Calendars, and Notes. Those On/Off toggle switches next
the Home screen by pressing and holding the Menu button,             to each entry tell your iOS device whether to sync that
right? No need to click Menu multiple times to navigate              particular flavor of data with Yahoo’s Website. In your
back up the iPod’s hierarchy. Just press and hold.                   case,I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that if you choose your
                                                                     Yahoo account on your iPhone you’ll find that the Notes
                                                                     switch is set to On. This is not the default setting when
                                                                     you create an e-mail account so I’m afraid that this is
Clearing up iPhone sync confusion                                    something you did when creating the account on your
Reader Simon Tanner was caught unaware by the not-                   iPhone. Fortunately, it’s easily undone. Just flick the slider
entirely-clandestine relationship between his iPhone and             to Off and your notes will no longer be synced to Yahoo.
Yahoo. He writes:
                                                                     While we’re clearing up that bit of confusion, I should point
                                                                     out that the Sync Notes entry you find in the Info tab when
                                                                     selecting your iPhone in iTunes’ Source list has no effect
                                                                     on cloud syncing. Rather, it’s for syncing notes with your
                                                                     computer.

                                                                     MobileMe gallery alternatives
                                                                     Reader Truman Lyon looks to the future and doesn’t like
                                                                     what he sees. He writes:

                                                                     I have a MobileMe picture gallery that’s linked to my website.

After some fairly insistent prodding I upgraded my Yahoo!
webmail to the latest beta offering. When I logged in and
took a look at it I was rather surprised to find that those little
notes I write to myself on my iPhone are suddenly out there
in the “cloud.” Though I like technology, I find it is becoming
increasingly insidious and what you thought was private
really isn’t--and your permission is not asked first. How do
Ireclaim my notes?

Allow me to giveth with the right hand before I taketh               I have learned that MobileMe will cease to exist sometime in
with the left.                                                       the next year and I wonder if there is any way I can keep my
                                                                     gallery and be able to link to it from my website.
Right hand: Syncing with the cloud can be confounding
so I’m not surprised that you’re perplexed by what’s                 Three significant components of MobileMe will disappear at
happened. I’m hopeful that should Apple get serious with             the end ofJune 2012—iWeb publishing, iDisk, and Galleries.
this rumored iCloud business, this kind of syncing will be           When July 1, 2012rolls around, any links you have on your
both more reliable and easier to comprehend.                         site to your MobileMe gallery will be dead, dead, dead and

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 Mac 911
 by Christopher Breen continued from Page 9




there’s currently no option for migrating it in its current      from an Apple TV.
state to another site. So yes, it’s time to make plans.
                                                                 Google’s Picasa is another free option. With Picasa you can
First, if you don’t have a local copy of your images, download   not only share 1GB-worth of photos for free, but also edit
them from MobileMe. Apple’s MobileMe: How to Save Your           them using Google’s Picasa Mac software. With Picasa you
MobileMe Gallery Photos and Movies document provides             get what you pay for in the form of not-terribly-attractive
the details. (Your options include downloading them via          galleries.
iPhoto ’08 – ’11, syncing these albums with Aperture, and
downloading them directly from the Web.)                         SmugMug is a pay-for option. For $40 a year you can
                                                                 upload an unlimited number of photos (a plan that includes
There are many places on the Web where you can create            video uploading costs $60 a year) as well as embed Flash
photo galleries, though not all are free (but then, neither      slideshows in forums and blogs. SmugMug’s galleries are
was MobileMe). Flickr allows you to upload up to 200             more polished-looking than either Flickr or Picasa’s.
photos for free. To post more than 200 you must upgrade
to a Flickr Pro account, which costs $25 per year. Flickr has    The Mac 911 content is generously provided by Chris and Macworld for use in Mac
many advantages, including multiple ways to tag your             User Group newsletters.

images and an emphasis on sharing images with others. It’s
also an export option within iPhoto and can be accessed



   USE THE MACNJ FORUM!
   by Mike Fordice



      Our forum, using new software to keep out spambots,
      is only as good as we make it. All members are
      encouraged to use the forum. It can be of great help
      in answering questions, providing news, etc., between       Enter and confirm your password. Then remember
      meetings.                                                   it! You can also stay logged-in, if desired.

      To Register:                                                Look under Profile Information and enter your
      There are two links to the forum on the MACNJ home          location (City, State). This is mandatory. Enter any
      page; or go to macnj.org/forum/ and you are there.          other profile information which you choose to use.

      Click on “register” (top right). You’ll have to agree       Click “submit” button, bottom of page. You will be
      to conditions.                                              notified by email that you are registered as a MACNJ
                                                                  Forum member.
      Enter a user name which can be used to identify you
      as member of MACNJ--not strange encrypted names             Most questions about the forum are answered in the
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Hardware Review:
RichardSolo 9000 Mobile Charger
By Dave Greenbaum




$59.46                                                            two USB ports so the Richard Solo 9000 allowed me to be
http://richardsolo.com/9000mahmobilecharger.aspx                  truly mobile without sacrifice.

When you are looking for true charging power on the              Of course with that much capacity, the device is going to
road, few external batteries can beat the RichardSolo 9000       be heavy. It weighs in at about 10 ounces and is a bit bulky,
Mobile Charger. The 9000 mAh battery will keep your              but the case makes it much easier to travel with. The black
iPhone or iPad charged for a long, long time!                    and silver accents match nicely with Apple’s current design
                                                                 aesthetic and if you didn’t know better you’d think Apple
RichardSolo has been an industry leader for iPhone chargers      made it.
and the 9000 continues that tradition. The device comes in
an attractive carrying case that contains a retractable USB      If you are looking for maximum portability with your
charger as well as a standard USB charging cable (to be used     iPad or iPhone, Richard Solo’s 9000 mAh mobile charger
as a spare). It does not come with any wall charging unit so     will keep your going on the road! Excellent capacity and
you’ll either have to use the AC to USB adapter that came        compatibility make this an ideal choice for road warriors
with your iPad or iPod or purchase one from RichardSolo          like myself
(I’ve been using their dual USB car charger for years).
There’s room for it in the case. I’m slightly annoyed that the   Pros:
device doesn’t charge via more standard USB Mini or Micro        Outstanding capacity and compatibility with thoughtful
chargers, but obviously with 9000 mAh some concessions           accessories.
need to be made.
                                                                 Cons:
The device charges in about 8 hours and has indicators for       Non-standard USB charging cable, bulky
100%, 70% and 30% charge. In actual usage I got almost
a full charge for my iPad. The charger is smart enough to        4 out of 5 Dogcows
know what type of USB charge to provide. It comes with
no charging cables so you will have to bring your own and it
can charge any device that uses a USB port. I did notice the     ------------------------------------
smart charging was a bit more particular about the cables I
used. Not all my USB cables worked on the device, but that       Originally published and written for the Lawrence Apple Users’
wasn’t a real problem. I was delighted to have so much           Group 2.0 http:// www.laugks.org/news and published by
power on the road. I used it to charge a wide variety of USB     Dave Greenbaum at http://www.clickheretech.com
devices such as my iPad, my iPhone, my personal hotspot,
my bluetooth headphones and more. My laptop only has


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Hardware Review:                     SleepPhones
By Dave Greenbaum




$39.95
http://www.sleepphones.com/

If you’ve ever tried to sleep while listening to music on your
iPod, you may have realized it was an exercise in futility. The
earbud style connectors too often fall out and headphones
with a band are incredibly uncomfortable. While you
could use a speaker, if you sleep with others, this will surely
disturb their sleep.

Enter the SleepPhones: a great way to listen to audio while       only had a six month warranty, but I’ve used it for over four
you are sleeping. As someone who suffers from chronic             months without incident. I’m a bit wary of any product
insomnia, I frequently listen to mp3s designed to help me         with such a short warranty.
relax and fall asleep. In order to do this I either need to
sleep in a separate room or use headphones. The problem,          If you are looking for a great solution for audio on your way
of course is that headphones are uncomfortable and                to dreamland, SleepPhones delivers on its promises. The
interrupt or prevent sleep. The SleepPhones have found            headband speaker combination allows you to fall asleep
that balance of a comfortable solution that stays in place        and not disturb others in the room.
and doesn’t get in the way.
                                                                  Pros:
The soft fleece headband can be worn over the forehead or,        Works great as part of a sleep solution
as I often do, use it as a sleep mask to protect your eyes and
block out the light. Two adjustable speakers are encased          Cons:
in the headband and can be moved to an exact position             Speakers frequently fall out of alignment, paltry six month
on top of your ears. At the beginning I didn’t quite realize      warranty
this and found the volume too low and disruptive to my
sleeping companion. Once I found the proper placement,            7 out of 10
volume issues were resolved. Note that as you sleep they          ------------------------------------
may move so each night that I have to use them, I have to
spend a minute or two to find the proper placement. The           Originally published and written for the Lawrence
long headphone jack allows me to clip the iPod onto the
side of the bed or pillow case without encumbrance.               Apple Users’ Group 2.0 http:// www.laugks.org/news and
                                                                  published by Dave Greenbaum at:
The headband is machine washable with the speaker                 http://www.clickheretech.com
buds removed, but I’d suggest hand washing as the fleece
headband probably is not sturdy enough for continued
run-ins with an agitator. I was disappointed the product




Volume 25, Number 12                                     www.macnj.org                                                 Page 12
   MACNJ                    Serving the Central New Jersey Macintosh Community since 1986                   November 2011




 MACNJ Meeting October 8, 2011
 by Sheila Barnes




MACNJ president,David Davis opened the meeting with             had many wonderful anecdotes to tell about him.
the unfortunate news that we cannot access the Internet
this morning. Our presenter,Chod Lang, said he had most         Chod Lang took the floor and began a great presentation
of what he needed on his computer.                              on FreewayPro 5.5, a copy of which would be part of the
                                                                50/50 raffle today. He began with the tour of the interface
David also apologized for not having a newsletter               and basic means of creating layouts. His methods were very
before this month’s meeting due to some unfortunate             much like using a page layout program: WYSIWYG. Chod
circumstances.                                                  said that after you are finished , Freeway generates the html
                                                                code as it publishes the page to the online host server. He
There was a big discussion about the December meeting.          explored many of the new features, including “Site Search”    ,
Our program chairman, Bill Barr, suggested bringing in          a tool with great potential and elegant simplicity.
some extra food for a small celebration of MACNJ’s 25th
year of operation. He suggested that we schedule who            Chod suggested that if we are interested in FreewayPro
                                                   .
brings what food, “so we don’t all bring fruitcakes” It turns   or FreewayExpress, we download both versions in trial
out that MACNJ will not be able to use the music room in        mode and compare them for 30 days. If you purchased
December. There was an idea about holding the meeting           Express for $59.25 (a 25% discount) you could upgrade
at Starbucks, or Barnes and Noble. He asked for any ideas       the software to FreewayPro for the difference in the cost
relating to an alternate location.                              between them at a later date. Freeway Pro costs $186.75
                                                                after the 25% user group discount. The Promotional code
Also, as yet, there are no firm program plans for November.     is MACNJ090408G.

Bill then began a discussion of Bento, the database program     After the break, we looked at Freeway talk, a help forum of
from FileMaker. Chod talked about how helpful it is to sync     other users and their experiences. There is a great deal of
with things like the Address Book and Mail. It works on the     online help available.
iMac as well as the iPhone and iPad and it now prints. Bill
and Chod plan to get together and discuss it, possibly for a    Chod showed us many sites and pages of his own design
future meeting presentation.                                    and details on how they were made in Freeway. Before
                                                                he closed, he showed us his Bento Business Organizer,
Bill talked about Steve Jobs and the many things we have        explaining that he did not fully understand its mechanics
learned about him since his passing. David encouraged us        and that perhaps we would discuss it at a future meeting.
to watch the 2005 Stanford University Commencement
speech available on YouTube. It summarizes his philosophy
and attitudes towards life,work and creativity.The group



                    Happy 25th Anniversary MACNJ




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   MACNJ                                Serving the Central New Jersey Macintosh Community since 1986                                                    November 2011



MACNJ Member Directory
from the MACNJ membership database



Officers and Committee Chairs                                                               Kent Loudon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . nkloudon@verizon.net
                                                                                            Debbie Lynch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . catatudes@comcast.net
David L. Davis, President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(908) 782-0788                Bryan Marten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bry_mart@yahoo.com
Robert H. Peabody, Emeritus This and That .(908) 995-9110                                   Dennis McAvoy . . . . . . . . . . . . . dmcavoy2@mindspring.com
Bill Barr, Program Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(908) 730-8418              Don McBride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . don@mcbride.name
Michael W. Fordice, PhD, Webmaster . . . . . . .(973) 361-3715                              Jim McMekin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . jmcmekin@comcast.net
Bob Fasanello, Co-Newsletter Editor . . . . . . .(908) 537-2803                             Sheila Meiman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sjmeiman@meiman.com
Stephanie Griffin, Co-Newsletter Editor . . . .(732) 246-3698                               Stan Menscher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .stan.menscher@gmail.com
Graham Curtis, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(973) 762-9366                  Barbara Middleton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . mail4u@centurylink.net
John D’Almeida, Publicity Chair . . . . . . . . . . . .(908) 832-5595                       Michael Middleton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . mail4u@centurylink.net
Hugh Murphy, Jr., Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(609) 660-1052                    Margo Murphy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . margo2@comcast.net
                                                                                            Hugh Murphy Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . murphthesurf@mac.com
General Membership                                                                          Harry Parker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . harrylparker@gmail.com
                                                                                            Bob Peabody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pagprolog@aol.com
Xochitl (Sheila) Barnes . . . . . . . . . . . . .xochitlb@comcast.net                       Barbara Peabody. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lockburner@aol.com
Bill Barr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . thepegroup@earthlink.net            Frank Peluso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fpeluso@comcast.net
Mary Joan Barr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . mjbarr1@earthlink.net                 Lee Roth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .lbr@lawroth.com
Bob Brickman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . robrick1965@earthlink.net                     Matt Ramachandran . . . . . mattramachandran@gmail.com
Ronni Buffington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vbuff@verizon.net                Pat Ramachandran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pramacha23@aim.com
Rosemary Carnali . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rmcarnali@yahoo.com                      Dennis Spence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@portrayal.com
Walter Chandoha . . . . . . . . . . . chandoha@embarqmail.com                               Bruce Thomson, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . blackriver@comcast.net
Jonathan Clymer . . . . . . . . jclymer@pelaezproductions.com                               Jim Trier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .jamesjtrier@gmail.com
Kathy Counterman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .kcounter@ptd.net                  Allan Warner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . awarner@allem.com
Graham Curtis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . curtisgr@verizon.net              Geoff Withington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . with@embarqmail.com
John D’Almeida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . j.dalmeida@comcast.net                     Christine Wojtaszek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . chriswo@mac.com
David Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . davidldavis@comcast.net
Lia DiStefano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liadida@verizon.net
Erika Eick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . erikaeick@me.com
John Eick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . erikaeick@me.com        About the Member List
Bob Fasanello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hrhbob@mac.com              Every effort is made to keep the member directory current. If your
                                                                                            name has disappeared from the list, you may be delinquent in your
Dorothy Foran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dkforan@comcast.net                 dues. Please check with treasurer Graham Curtis. Send all other address
Mike Fordice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . mike4dice@alum.mit.edu                   updates, changes and corrections to President David Davis. Thank you.
Herbert Goodfriend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bonami@mailforce.net
Stephanie Griffin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .s_griffin@verizon.net
Doris Kiziah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dwkiziah@comcast.net
Chod Lang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . chodlang1@mac.com
Ed Lavan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . eddla@ptd.net




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  MACNJ                        Serving the Central New Jersey Macintosh Community since 1986                                  November 2011



MACNJ Meeting Information
Check the latest meeting information on the MACNJ website at www.macnj.org


                       MACNJ’s general monthly meetings
                       are usually held on the second
                       Saturday of each month at Voorhees
                       High School, in High Bridge, New
                       Jersey, from 9 am to noon. Visitors
                       are welcome.

                       From the Morristown area
                  Go west on State Route 24 to County
                  Route 513. Go southwest on 513 for 4.9
                  miles through Califon. Continue on 513.
Voorhees High School will be on the left at 256 Route 513,
across from Voorhees State Park.

From the Somerville area
Go north on US Route 202 until it intersects with
interstate 287. Take I-287 northwest for 4.2 miles to I-78




                                                                                                                                                      photo by Bill Barr
west. Follow I-78 west for 13 miles to Route 31 north
(this is the Clinton/Washington exit.) Follow Route 31
north 2.1 miles to a traffic light where there will be a
sign for High Bridge. Turn right onto County Route 513.
Follow 513 north for two miles into the town of High
Bridge. Voorhees High School is two miles further north
at 256 Route 513, on the right, across from Voorhees
State Park.

From points west
Go east on I-78 to exit 15 (Clinton/Washington exit for
Route 31 north) Follow 31 north 2.1 miles to a traffic light
with a sign for High Bridge. Turn right onto County Route
513 North. Follow 513 for two miles into the town of High
Bridge. Voorhees High School is two miles further at 256
Route 513, on the right, across from Voorhees State Park.

From the Flemington area
Take Route 31 north past Clinton to a traffic light with a
sign for High Bridge. Turn right onto County Route 513
north. Follow 513 for two miles into the town of High
Bridge. Voorhees High School is two miles further at 256
Route 513, on the right, across from Voorhees State Park.

Parking and Entrances
Parking is plentiful and free. Park in the main parking lot of
the school, enter the main entrance by the flag pole, and
follow the signs for the MACNJ meeting room in the choir
room on the first floor.

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   The opinions, statements, positions, and views stated herein are those of the author(s) or publisher and are not intended to represent opinions,
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  Annual dues are $24, due each January. Members joining during the year pay $2 per month
  for the months remaining in the current year. Please make all checks payable to “MACNJ”.
  Checks can be given to Treasurer Graham Curtis at the monthly meetings, or mailed to:

                                                       MACNJ Membership
                                                       c/o Graham T. Curtis
                                                       33 Woodland Road
                                                       Maplewood, NJ 07040


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