MacSTAC

MacSTAC was founded on April 1, 1978 as an Apple II MUG. We are a community group with members from all walks of life, careers and levels of ability. We welcome all Mac users to improve their knowledge and, in turn, share their Mac knowledge with others. http://macstac.org

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MacSTAC November Meeting

We wil meet this Thursday, November 17th, same time (6:30 pm) and place (Vestal library).

Monday, October 17, 2016

MacSTAC October 20 Monthly Meeting, 6:30 pm, Vestal Library

Come join us for our monthly meeting, with information for all about Apple and its products, and answers to your questions.

On a very sad note, please note that one of our own, Dennis James Gazda passed today. He was a super guy, a friend, and a great cake and cookie baker and a source of a wealth of Mac information. We're going to miss him a lot. Here is the note I received today from his bother Tom:

This note is one of the hardest notes to write I have ever written. This afternoon at about 3:30 the kid at heart, the devoted husband, the brother and my guiding light never made it to his next BMW delivery.  He never made it to the car to be delivered. He was feeling good and headed off to work for another routine day.  Parked his car in the employee parking lot and started his last walk up the hill to the shop at Gault BMW.  When he got to the service bay he asked for an ambulance to be called because he was having a heart attack.  A brisk ride to the hospital and many doctors later Karen and I were told that there was nothing more they could do for him, and he would not make it to the operating room.  Dennis James Gazda had driven his last BMW on earth and has now been moved to another world to drive for someone else. NO final arraignments have been made yet.
Tom Gazda
764 Lake Sophia Rd
Brackney PA 18812-7967
570-663-2424 Ext 5 
No answering machine

I am sure there will be more details on the arrangements in the Press & Sun in the next few days.

Ben

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Invitation

The Southern Tier PC Club has invited us to their monthly meeting on Monday, October 10th at 7 pm at the Vestal Library large meeting room. Their guest speaker is Nick Francesco. Nick has a weekly computer-advice column in the Press & Sun and has has been helping readers since 1996.

Nick's web page is http://www.asknick.com/

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MacSTAC September Meeting TOMORROW

We will meet tomorrow, same time and place. Wayne will talk about Apple's latest releases.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mac Rumors: "Apple Invites Media to September 7 Event: 'See You on the 7th"

Apple today sent out media invites for an iPhone-centric event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites (via The Verge) offer up a first look at the theme of the event and feature the simple tagline: "See you on the 7th." 

The fall 2016 event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumored to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span the back of the devices. 

Faster LTE and Wi-Fi speeds are rumored, as is a jump in storage space with 32GB positioned as the new minimum and a 256GB option rumored at the high end (possibility limited to iPhone 7 Plus). Display improvements first introduced in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, including the True Tone feature able to adjust the display to match ambient lighting could be offered, and the larger iPhone 7 Plus is expected to have exclusive features like 3GB RAM and a dual-lens camera for crisper, brighter images. 

Apple may use the event to debut a second-generation Apple Watch, said to include better waterproofing, an improved processor, and a built-in GPS chip. Design changes are not expected for the next-generation Apple Watch, but new materials and new bands are always a possibility. Apple rotates its Apple Watch band offerings on a regular basis and we expect to see new designs this fall. 

Most of Apple's Mac lineup is due for an update, but the most highly anticipated machine, the MacBook Pro, will reportedly not be debuting at the event, coming later in the year instead. It's not known if other Macs will see a refresh announcement at the event, but it's unlikely, and we're also not expecting any iPad announcements at this time. 

We will, however, get an update on the prospective launch dates of iOS 10macOS SierrawatchOS 3, and tvOS 10. We're expecting to see iOS 10 and watchOS 3 launch shortly ahead of the release date of the next-generation iPhone (rumored to be September 16 or September 23), while macOS Sierra could come a bit later, perhaps towards the end of the month. tvOS 10, as a new operating system, could launch alongside iOS 10 or alongside macOS Sierra. 

In line with past events, the September 7 event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. As it has done with several past events, Apple is likely to stream the event live on its website and on the Apple TVMacRumors will also be providing full event coverage, both on MacRumors.com and through our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Re: MacSTAC Annual Indoor Picnic - Thursday, August 18th - ANOTHER REMINDER ABOUT TONIGHT

For those who missed my message on August 2nd:


On Aug 2, 2016, at 6:13 PM, Benjamin Margolius <benmargolius@mac.com> wrote:

Here is your reminder that the MacSTAC Annual Indoor picnic will be on Thursday, August 18th at the Vestal Library. This means you should put it on your calendar NOW.

Set up tables at 5:45 pm
Assemble at 6:30 pm
Eat at 7:00 pm

Your only requirement is to bring a dish to pass with a utensil to serve.

We promise good weather (inside), cooling A/C, no wind except for your conversations, no rain, no snow, zero bugs, no frogs (unless you bring the legs), good food, and a great time. Also, if you have any burning computer questions, we'll try to help you.

If some can come early, like 5:45 pm, then you can help set up tables and chairs.

If you are coming, and you're welcome to bring guests, please reply to this email so we know how many seats to set up

Ben Margolius

PS: For the Board of Directors, please let me know what you will be bringing as usual. I have plenty of plates, cups, napkins, and eating utensils.
PPS: If there is a snow or cyclone alert, I'll let you know.




Tuesday, August 02, 2016

MacSTAC Annual Indoor Picnic - Thursday, August 18th

Here is your reminder that the MacSTAC Annual Indoor picnic will be on Thursday, August 18th at the Vestal Library. This means you should put it on your calendar NOW.

Set up tables at 5:45 pm
Assemble at 6:30 pm
Eat at 7:00 pm

Your only requirement is to bring a dish to pass with a utensil to serve.

We promise good weather (inside), cooling A/C, no wind except for your conversations, no rain, no snow, zero bugs, no frogs (unless you bring the legs), good food, and a great time. Also, if you have any burning computer questions, we'll try to help you.

If some can come early, like 5:45 pm, then you can help set up tables and chairs.

If you are coming, and you're welcome to bring guests, please reply to this email so we know how many seats to set up

Ben Margolius

PS: For the Board of Directors, please let me know what you will be bringing as usual. I have plenty of plates, cups, napkins, and eating utensils.
PPS: If there is a snow or cyclone alert, I'll let you know.



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