Here is a deal for those of you interested in subscribing to MacWorld magazine. Every month in the User Group discounts at the end of the Newsletter is listed a discounted rate of $15. I have been advised that when one attempts to use the discount it doesn't always work. But here is a way to (hopefully) get a one year subscription for only $10. Click on the link to DiscountMags below and use the code. Let me know if it works for you.

DiscountMags has 1-Year Macworld Magazine Subscription for $21.97 - $12 off with coupon code SLICKDEALS = $9.97.

There is also special online of 5 subscriptions to a group of magazines, including MacWorld, for $20 or $4 per magazine. Link is below.

I received the following email which I include for your consideration:

To: National Macintosh Computer Society

We wanted to get in touch with Apple enthusiast groups everywhere, because of our forthcoming book?sure to be of interest to anyone who enjoys Apple and ?70s Silicon Valley history?The First Apple. It?s the nonfiction account of the Apple-1, the first computer produced by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, produced in Jobs? parent?s garage. One such computer, the very one presumed to be the first sold to an individual by Steve Jobs, has survived through the years, and is now owned by Bob Luther, author of The First Apple. (About three-fourths of the full run of these computers were disposed of by Apple itself, in the run-up towards the Apple II.) 
We recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help in the completion of this publishing project. We?re hoping that members of your group with a particular interest in Apple Computer history will help by checking out The First Apple on Kickstarter, and by spreading the word to other enthusiasts. Here?s the link to that page
This book features extensive and exclusive interviews with many of the originators and inner circle of Apple, and their views on engineering design, computers in education, as well as their unique personal perspectives on what it was like to be at ground zero during the PC revolution.
Thank you for your time and interest.
Larry Rodman
the upcoming book The First Apple
office (703) 535-3320
toll free 1-888-881-3320
2809 Mt. Vernon Ave., Suite 201
Alexandria, Virginia 22301


I'm sure I can't be the only Mac user to have this problem and so am looking for ways to correct it. Ever since I downloaded the latest version of Google Earth it crashes every time I try to zero in on a specific location. Has anyone (are you reading this Dean) figured out how to fix this?
The door prizes for this month's meeting will be:

a Canon Pixma all-in-one inkjet printer (same as last month)
a JBL portable speaker system for iPhone or iPod
a D-Link wireless N Router
and by popular demand, a coffee cup warmer (electric NOT USB)

The usual rules apply; each paid membership will receive one raffle ticket but additional tickets can be purchased at the cost of  $1 or 6/$5. Only one prize per membership still applies.

See you on Wednesday,


Here are some articles you may find of interest:
iPad InfoManager : Here comes summer and new iPads
The iPad InfoManager digs up the most interesting or entertaining news about iPads . . . New iPads on the horizon, new apps, and a bunch of wannabees that just won't go away . . . these are among this week's best tidbits --
* Apple cuts iPad 4 refurb price, signals iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 arrival
* Apple Drops Prices On Refurbished iPad Mini, iPad 4 Tablets
* KGI Predicts Gloomy Calendar Q2 Results for Apple's iPad
* Microsoft attacks Apple iPad and Siri in new adverts
* iPad 4 vs Google Nexus 10: The Full-Size Tablet Kings
* Will Apple Share Release Date for iPad 5 at WWDC?
* Apple iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 release date
* Is Apple losing its innovation magic?
* The ugly truth: Apple vs. PC design
. . . and more

How to create a RAM disk in OS X
This article in TekRevue talks about setting up a RAM disk for your use in the Mac's OS X OS.

UGNN Maleware Report 
User Group Network UGN Safenetting and Cybercrime report We're reporting on the latest trends and hacks in your online security - not all for Windoze machines either. The mobile / smartphone community seems to be suffering most - and we do have a new news in the Macintosh / Apple arena as well. We've gotten a slew of new updates before we can even get this report to the web! Here goes :
 * Trying to kill undead Pushdo zombies? Hard luck, Trojan is EVOLVING
 * Android Malware Makes Up This Week's Dangerous Apps List
 * Indian malware campaign targeting Pakistan uncovered
 * Mac users beware,  Apple-certified' malware is here
 * In a sea of malware, viruses make a small comeback
 *  Lame' Mac malware finds success in spearphishing
 * Internet Explorer 10: Best Against Malware
 * Music and lights could trigger malware
 * Mobile malware increased 58% in 2012
 * You've got malware
 and more . . .

Pixelmator 2.2
Pixelmator is my most favorite graphic program, so this announcement is good news.  You should checkout Pixelmator on the Mac App Store as well as on the company's web site. The Pixelmator Team announced on May 16th, that Pixelmator 2.2 downloads have topped half a million since the previous Thursday, making it the most successful release in the Pixelmator Team's history. With over 100 new features and improvements, Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry is available exclusively through the Mac App Store as a free update, or for $14.99 for new customers.

80 Best Free iPhone Apps   2013
This article on by Craig Grannell gives us the Top apps for iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S.    (Note: TechRadar is UK based.)

MAS AppDelete Lite 3.2.9
Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has announced the release and immediate availability of MAS AppDelete Lite 3.2.9, an update to his popular application deletion utility for Mac OS X available via the Mac App Store. With a simple Drag & Drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

Will Vittle for the iPad Finally Kill the Need for Text?
Despite being a sub-optimal experience, iPad users still rely on its virtual keyboard for most of their daily communications. A new App named Vittle from Qrayon, launching worldwide today, seeks to change that. Vittle lets users record short videos using their photos, handwriting, and voice that can be securely shared, or posted online for the whole world.

Internet Sales Tax Bill . . . what's up with that ???
The Marketplace Fairness Act bill was voted on in the Senate on May 6, 2013. By a vote of 69-27, the Senate passed a bill on Monday that would require online retailers to collect and distribute sales taxes according to the tax laws of the fifty states.

5 Cool Siri Tricks
We've all seen many uses for Siri, but here are 5 from that should include some you haven't seen.

5 Tips on iTunes
Cult of Mac has written this article about iTunes.  I recently did a presentation on iTunes 11 to the Tulsa Users of Macintosh Society. Unfortunately this article was not available at that time.

China Military : largest intrusion offender in the world
Every year, the Pentagon releases a report on the Chinese military. Usually routine, this year's drew unusual attention. The 2013 report, released last week, made a bold and somewhat blunt declaration that China was responsible for attempting to hack secure systems worldwide. The report said: "In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the US government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military." That's not a total surprise; but if the Pentagon feels that it has enough evidence to make an explicit connection with the Chinese state, then it is likely that China's hacking programme has become even more expansive than previously thought. This follows a report by the computer security firm Mandiant naming Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army as responsible for 140 cyber-intrusions and thefts since 2006 -- the largest such offender in the world.

iPhone InfoManager: May
 Okay, are you ready for iPhone SIX? How about a bendable, flexable iPhone? Security leaks? The end of Siri? The iPhone world goes round and around . . . . and you're there :
 * Hacker Jailbreaks Google Glass, finds Security Problems
 * People Are Complaining That Google's New Search App Is Killing Their iPhone
 * Wolverton: Google Now offers iPhone users another, if imperfect, choice
 * The Man Behind Facebook's Secret Plan To Build An iPhone-Killer
 * iPhone 6 or iWatch could share ingenious battery design
 * Are Google apps besting the iPhone's default software?
 * Daily Brick Custom LEGO iPad and iPhone Docks
 * Apple releases iOS 6.1.4 update for iPhone 5
 * Make your old iPhone run like new
 and more

All-Time Top Apps
According to, Apple has released a list of its All Time Best Apps.  This one done as part of the campaign to recognize the 50 Billionth download from the app store. In this case, Best means most sold.

Cocktail 6.4
Maintain has announced the release and immediate availability of Cocktail 6.4 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail for users running OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.

Google Maps for iPad Even Better With New EggMaps HD
Indie Developer, Mike Cunneen has released EggMaps HD 1.04 an iPad-only app that provides an easy interface to Google Maps, at full resolution. Until EggMaps HD, iPad users had resorted to using the website or iPhone versions of Google Maps (the latter at low-resolution, sometimes known as  pixel doubling  or  2x ).


Photo of the month:

My pup "Buddy" who passed away on May  26th.
buddys last photo