December MacTalk Articles – VMUG

Winner’s Circle – November

  Holly Vickers was the lucky winner of a $100.00 iTunes Gift Card drawn for at the November General Meeting. Congratulations Holly!!!           December Contents Cover From the President's Desk SIGs Winner's Circle Understanding Apple's...

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New Members – Joined In November

Neil Barman – MacZen Sol Kauffman – MacZen   December Contents Cover From the President's Desk SIGs Winner's Circle Understanding Apple's Marginalization of the Mac Touch Screens, Touch Bars, and the Single Point of Focus How to Turn Off Sierra’s Optimized...

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Understanding Apple’s Marginalization of the Mac

by Adam C. Engst     26017 If you’ve been feeling as though Apple’s heart isn’t in moving the Mac forward these days, you’re not alone. The new MacBook Pro models have taken widespread criticism, Apple has provided no roadmap for the future of its desktop Macs,...

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Touch Screens, Touch Bars, and the Single Point of Focus

by Michael E. Cohen   Let’s take a trip on Mr. Peabody’s WABAC Machine back to 1984 to look at the first Macintosh. The huge change it introduced to the early consumer computer market was the shift from a screen filled with text that you navigated with cursor keys to...

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How to Turn Off Sierra’s Optimized Storage

by Adam C. Engst When first introducing macOS 10.12 Sierra, Apple made much of Optimized Storage, a marketing term that encompasses various settings and cloud-related technologies for moving data from a Mac’s space-constrained local drive to the cloud. In “Explaining...

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Feed Hawk Is Useful But Not Essential for RSS Junkies

by Julio Ojeda-Zapata Many information junkies keep up with their favorite Web sites by subscribing to their RSS feeds, pulling the latest updates from those sites into a central location for efficient perusal. I rely heavily on RSS to keep me abreast of the latest...

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Explaining Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and Everything In Between

by Glenn Fleishman   The first Mac with Thunderbolt 3 is now available, the non-Touch Bar 13-inch model from Apple’s new series of MacBook Pro laptops (see “New MacBook Pros Add Context-sensitive Touch Bar,” 27 October 2016); the rest of the models ship soon....

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From The President’s Desk – December

Hello Everyone,   Welcome to another edition of MacTalk for December 2016. It has been a great year. The group has held strong, and with your support, we’ve seen some great forward-looking changes take place. We have a new forum, which is growing in membership...

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