The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m. by President Frank Weitzman.    

Thanks were extended for room set-up to Jim Weiss, Jim Kaehler, Nancy Sjoberg and Bill Swartz.  Refreshments were provided by Jim Kaehler, Ray Garcia, Donna Gilbert, Nancy Sjoberg, Nancy Marsh and Rose Terenzi. 

Welcome/sign-up desk was staffed by Donna Gilbert and Marilyn Bartholomew.

First-time guests, Maxine Roy, Dave Beck, Jim and Edith McGough were introduced.

Jim Kaehler, program chairman, announced the February 8th SNUG  program will be “Geeks on Tour” presented by professional computer trainers Jim and Chris Guld. Both Facebook and Twitter will be included in the program.

Presented in several parts, “The Apple World” program was organized by Nancy Marsh and a panel of well-informed Apple/Mac devotees.

It began with a PowerPoint presentation by Bob Capellini which highlighted some of the similarities and basic terminology differences between Mac and Windows computers. For example, in Windows, the “buttons” for “maximize, minimize and close” controls are located at the upper right corner of the window. On the Mac, red, yellow and green “buttons” are located in the upper left corner of the screen. Similarly the “task bar” on a Windows screen across the bottom is called “the dock” on a Mac, which is also positioned across the bottom of the screen.

 Following the PowerPoint presentation, Nancy Marsh, assisted by Fred Barthmus, presented the new “Mountain Lion” Mac operating system and its features. As Nancy said, this presentation was intended to inform us, not to convert anyone from Windows to the Mac.

 Mac courses offered in the Winter, 2013 OLLI term are Mac I, Mac III, iPhoto and iPad.

 Some of the Mac vocabulary includes “Mission Control,” which gives an overview of all open programs; “optimize” which automatically defragments the hard drive; iCloud, free back-up space; and the one-step uninstall procedure.

 Bruce Snyder then moderated the Q&A session: 

  • Are my Windows documents compatible with the Mac?   Yes, MS Office documents, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint are compatible.
  • Will I have to re-learn everything if I switch to the Mac? No, but there is a certain “learning curve.”
  •  How do I move my “stuff” from a PC to a Mac? When you buy a Mac, the Apple store will do it for you for free.
  • Can I get a virus on a Mac? Not likely today, but Apple does anticipate virus attacks as their sales increase.
  • Are Macs more expensive than PCs? Yes. However, if you keep your PC’s monitor, keyboard and mouse, consider the mini Mac, which at $599 — less on the Internet — is comparable to PC prices. Some costs are cheaper, such as upgrading to a newer operating system will be $19.99 for the new Mountain Lion (Mac) compared with $39.99 to upgrade to WIN 8.

 The program concluded and the January SNUG meeting was adjourned at 2:40.  –     

       Submitted by Donna Gilbert