What is ClubMac?

ClubMac is for people who are interested in the Apple Mac platform. We provide an opportunity for people new to Apple computers (as well as experienced hands) to meet and to learn how to get the best out of their Mac in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

At our monthly meetings — which take place on the first Wednesday of every month between September and May — we aim to answer questions that people may have with their Mac, provide them with up-to-date news on all things Apple and inform them about those little-known but often very useful software applications.

ClubMac’s bulletin board is also a very important resource; if you’ve got a problem, post it on the bulletin board (you must register first — it’s free) and our helpful band of Apple gurus will do their best to sort you out.


ClubMac’s next meeting is December 7

ClubMac meeting; December 7, 2016
The next meeting of ClubMac will take place on Wednesday, December 7, in Merrion Cricket Club, 53 Anglesea Road, Dublin 4, DO4 HF59 (there is off-street parking).

The doors will be open from 7.30 p.m. and the meeting will start shortly afterwards.

The provisional agenda for the evening is as follows:

  • Training session with Noel Davidson;
  • Technical Q&A chaired by Peter O’Reilly;
  • What’s New in the world of Apple.

We may also hold a Useful Utilities or Interesting App session.

And since it is our last meeting of 2016 we will celebrate with our world renowned Christmas party!

Training session

ClubMac’s autumn training programme will be delivered by our favourite Mac trainer, Noel Davidson. The training programme is intended primarily for those new to the Apple platform to make the most of their iPhones, iPad or Mac computers — but is also applicable to existing users. The training is open to non-members at a cost of €50; there is no charge to members. Hint to non-members: taking out an annual subscription to ClubMac costs €30 for the year — saving you €20 and allowing you to avail of other offers and goodies!

Regular monthly features

The training session will be followed by our regular monthly sessions: Technical Q&A in which our technical gurus will try to answers question from the floor on a range of Mac software and hardware issues and What’s New in the World of Apple where we give a round up of all the major Apple developments that have taken place since our last meeting.


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November 2016 meeting

John Maguire, Club Chairperson, opened the meeting and introduced the agenda for the meeting. He also awarded a prize generously donated by Gary Costello of Office.ie to James Peters, the winner of our iMovie competition.

Training

In his usual highly entertaining and informative style, Noel Davidson covered the following topics in his training session:

  • Keynote: Apple’s feature-packed presentation software;
  • Kodi (see www.tvaddons.ag for more details);
  • Using Apple AirPort to extend your wifi coverage;
  • A live demonstration of Google Cardboard.

Technical Q&A

Peter O’Reilly with the help of our experts in the audience dealt with the following::

  • Fusion drives;
  • Monitors;
  • Accessing the RTE web site on an iPhone;
  • Where to buy Google Cardboard? Answer: TK Maxx!

What’s New in the World of Apple

Tom Martin, Committee Member, covered recent announcements from Apple’s “Hello Again” event on October 27:

  • TV App for the fourth generation series of AppleTV;
  • The new 13 and 15 inch MacBook Pro with the new Touch Bar.

Tom also mentioned that US health insurance giant, Aetna, will be giving an Apple Watch to some of its 22 million members at discounted prices (all of its 50,000 employees will be getting theirs free). The company will be developing apps to remind members to take their medication, to order prescription refills or visit their GP.


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October 2016 meeting

Introduction

ClubMac chairman, John Maguire, opened the meeting and outlined the agenda for the evening. He also spoke about events planned for latter in the year.

Training

ClubMac’s expert trainer, Noel Davidson, delivered his customary excellent, enlightening and entertaining training session which focused on the following:

  • iPhone / iPad iOS 10;
  • Which iPhone is the best for you?
  • Setting up a new device (iPhone);
  • Setting up a OneDrive folder on your Mac.

The planned session on Virtual Reality apps and Google Cardboard will be held over for another evening.

Technical Q&A

Peter O’Reilly dealt with a number of queries from the floor including:

  • iPhone with iOS 10.0.2 and declining battery performance;
  • How to extend wifi coverage to another part of the house: suggested solutions included Apple’s Airport Express and Extreme products;
  • A query relating to iCloud Drive;
  • An iPhone where Contacts could not be searched; the solution: shut it down and start again!

What’s New in the World of Apple

Tom Martin, Committee Member, reviewed recent developments concerning Apple:

  • The launch of MacOs Sierra 10.12
  • Rumours regarding updates to the iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air ranges that may be announced in October.

Interesting Apps

This is a brand new slot as Tom Martin did not have time to research any apps for the Useful Utilities slot. Instead (and highlighting that it was very much a personal choice — there are thousands of apps in the App Store), he presented three iPhone apps which he thought might be of interest to members:

  • Vivino Wine Scanner, an app which allows you to rate your wines; apparently Vivino has 19 million users; cost: none, it is free;
  • Dark Sky, a weather forecasting app which has a fantastic interface; cost: €3.99 (you may prefer to first try the web version here);
  • Viki, an app which provides a high quality interface to Wikipedia; cost: €4.99 from the App Store.

If there is enough interest, we may run the Interesting Apps slot again in the future.


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September 2016 meeting

The first meeting of ClubMac’s 2016 autumn season was held on September 14 in Merrion Cricket Club and the meeting was opened by Tom Martin, Committee member. He welcomed a number of new faces and apologised for the fact that the club was unable to have its meeting on the first Wednesday of the month due to a double booking by Merrion Cricket Club.

Training

ClubMac is fortunate to have a high class trainer in Noel Davidson and his session was of a high standard. Prior to the start of his training session, Noel noted the usefulness of ClubMac’s bulletin board for members to keep up-to-date on developments in the World of Apple and highlighted a note from Richard Bannister pointing to an article in Ars Technica which said that MacOS Sierra would be dropping support for many Macs from 2007, 2008 and 2009.

In his presentation, Noel underpinned the importance of the cloud in modern computing and demonstrated how even very old laptops can be used through access to cloud-based services offered by Google, Microsoft and Apple

He highlighted the problems of hard disks on iPhones filling up very quickly and often times photos were the main culprits.

Noel showed one solution for overcoming this problem was IMyphone Umate for the Mac (for more information, try this link). This service stores the original high quality image in the cloud but keeps a low resolution copy on your phone, thus saving valuable space.

Noel also previewed a number of virtual reality apps including Pokémon Go. He also gave us a demonstration of an iPhone virtual reality app, Within (link). Noel promises to make a Google Cardboard as an inexpensive virtual reality viewer.

Technical Q&A

This session ably handled by our resident guru, Peter O’Reilly, addressed a number of issues from the floor including:

  • Typing on an iPad running slow
  • Recommendations for a good colour laser printer with PostScript capability
  • Problems accessing some web sites using Safari

What’s New in the World of Apple

Tom Martin, Committee Member, reviewed recent developments concerning Apple:

  • New iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • New AirPods
  • Watch Series 2
  • The €13 billion Apple wind-fall!
  • Rumours regarding updates to the iMac range

Useful utilities

This slot inaugurated a few years ago profiles apps that are little known but can be very useful. Tom Martin presented Disk Analyzer Pro to the audience. This app which costs €0.99 from the App Store is very effective in assessing the composition of your hard disk and for showing how much free space you have.


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Autumn training programme

Noel Davidson of the Entrepreneurs Academy will be delivering ClubMac’s 2016 Autumn training programme which while aimed at beginners to the Mac platform will be relevant to all users.

Memo of recent meetings

September 2016 meeting

October 2016 meeting

November 2016 meeting