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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September MacSTAC, Thursday, Sep 21st

Join us at the Vestal Library for a lot of good info about Apple's latest and greatest.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reminder for this Thursday

From: Benjamin Margolius <benmargolius@mac.com>
Subject: MacSTAC Annual Indoor Picnic - Thursday, August 17th, Vestal Library
Date: August 9, 2017 at 3:27:23 PM EDT
To: Undisclosed recipients: ;

Summer picnics are all the rage, and for many years our group had outdoor picnics in August. The last one, in Arnold Park, maybe 10 years ago, it was sunny, then cloudy, then buggy, then rainy, then snowy, then sleety and next year we decided to have our picnics indoors. 

So, next week is our picnic. All you have to do is decide to come, bring a friend or two, and A DISH TO PASS WITH SERVING UTENSIL..
We'll do all the rest. We will eat about 7 pm.

Please RSVP if you re coming, and if you can come a bit early, like 5:45 pm, you can help set up.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

MacSTAC Annual Indoor Picnic - Thursday, August 17th, Vestal Library

Summer picnics are all the rage, and for many years our group had outdoor picnics in August. The last one, in Arnold Park, maybe 10 years ago, it was sunny, then cloudy, then buggy, then rainy, then snowy, then sleety and next year we decided to have our picnics indoors. 

So, next week is our picnic. All you have to do is decide to come, bring a friend or two, and A DISH TO PASS WITH SERVING UTENSIL..
We'll do all the rest. We will eat about 7 pm.

Please RSVP if you re coming, and if you can come a bit early, like 5:45 pm, you can help set up.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

William "Bill" Chuma (RIP), longtime MacSTAC member

William "Bill" Chuma

 
1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences Flowers
Chuma, William "Bill"

REVISION

William "Bill" Chuma, 89, of Binghamton, NY passed away peacefully on July 20, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Joy; his loving children, Michele Linda Wasser (Thomas) and Richard William Chuma, step-daughter, Susan Eakins; grandchildren Matthew Wasser (Amy), Jennifer Wasser (Matthew Greninger), Ashley Bartlett (Adam) and Shawna Dougher (Michael); brother John Chuma (Rose) and sisters Mary Murray (John E.) and Helen Rosalie Ashbery (James); sister-in-law Donna Whallon (William), as well as eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Bill was born in Binghamton and graduated from Binghamton High School and Broome Community College. He was the Purchasing Director of the City of Binghamton before then owning and operating several small businesses, including a local municipal parking lot, a sandwich shop and a designer women's dress shop. At a very young age, Bill became a car aficionado and his enthusiasm for automobiles rubbed off on his family. Bill and Joy moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1971 and made a happy home for themselves for the next 26 years. Bill created and implemented the community service program of Fort Lauderdale, which later served as a model for other such programs nationwide. He was known to many as "the grandfather" as he offered words of wisdom and encouragement to anyone he encountered, solicited or not. A true gentleman, he was an impeccable dresser who emphasized the importance of one's personal appearance, proper etiquette and pride in ownership. Bill and Joy retired to Binghamton in 1997 where they became active members of social organizations such as a wine club, garden club, Macintosh computer club and Bonsai tree club. Bill wanted to spend his latter years with family and he devoted all of his time and energy into doing just that. He was known for his Chinese food and garlic obsessions, propensity for hot sauces, satisfying his sweet tooth with ice cream and sharing newspaper clippings and corresponding life lessons with his grandchildren. Bill and Joy loved to travel, having visited Colombia, England and Ireland. While traveling near the Blarney Stone wearing a flat cap and kelly green blazer, Bill was mistaken to be an Irish local despite having no Irish blood in him! Bill happily returned to St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church later in life and led his family in proudly celebrating their Russian and Hungarian heritage. Above all else, Bill was happiest spending time with his family and was known for reminding all loved ones that "we are blessed" and "family is everything." He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know and love him. 

THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS ON TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017 FROM 10:00 AM UNTIL 12:00 PM AT WM. R. CHASE & SON FUNERAL HOME 737 CHENANGO STREET, PORT DICKINSON, NY 13901. A FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE AT 12:00 PM. BURIAL WILL FOLLOW IN CHENANGO VALLEY CEMETERY. 

In lieu of flowers, in William's honor please consider donations to Lourdes at Home, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fwd: Register Your Claim in the Expanded Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation



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From: Optical Disk Drive Antitrust News <alerts@news.opticaldiskdriveantitrust.com>
Date: June 15, 2017 at 17:58:35 EDT
To: benmargolius@me.com
Subject: Register Your Claim in the Expanded Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation
Reply-To: alerts@news.opticaldiskdriveantitrust.com

Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation Update
Act now to file your claim in the Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation and obtain your claim in the expanded settlement.
 

Claim Registrations Now Open

 
Click Below to Make Your Claim
MAKE A CLAIM NOW
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In re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation
United States District Court, Northern District Of California
Case No. 3:10-MD-2143-RS (MDL 2143)
 
If you purchased a new computer with an internal ODD,  a stand-alone ODD designed for internal use in a computer, or an ODD designed to be attached externally to a computer while a resident of Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin during the period of April 2003 to December 2008 for your own use and not for resale, you may be eligible for benefits from settlements reached in antitrust litigation currently pending in federal court. ODD refers to a DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, or COMBO drive manufactured by one or more Defendants or their alleged conspirators. For class members to ensure cash payment, you must file a claim online or by mail by August 1, 2017.
 
This notice is a summary only. For the precise terms and conditions of the settlement, visit www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com.
Para una notificaciĆ³n en EspaƱol, llamar 1-877-368-9020 o visitar www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com.
 
WHY DID I RECEIVE THIS NOTICE?
 
Records indicate that you may be eligible for a payment from three separate settlements reached with: (i) Koninklijke Philips N.V., Lite-On IT Corporation, Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corporation, Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (collectively "PLDS"); (ii) Pioneer Corporation, Pioneer North America, Inc., Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., and Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan Co., Ltd. (collectively "Pioneer"); (iii) TEAC America, Inc.; TEAC Corporation (collectively "TEAC") in antitrust class action lawsuits pending before Judge Richard Seeborg in federal court.
 
The Court has ordered notice of settlements with these defendants to the class. The settlements would resolve the Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs' claims against these defendants. The litigation will continue against the remaining defendants.
 
This Notice is to inform you of the certification of the Class, the settlements and your rights in the litigation. This Notice is not an expression by the Court of any opinion as to the merits of any of the claims or defenses asserted by either side in this lawsuit.
 
Read on for more information on your options, including how to claim your cash payment.
 
WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE SETTLEMENTS?
 
Individuals and businesses who, as residents of Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin that, during the period of April 2003 to December 2008, purchased a new computer with an internal ODD, a stand-alone ODD designed for internal use in a computer, or an ODD designed to be attached externally to a computer for their own use and not for resale. ODD refers to a DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, or COMBO drive manufactured by one or more Defendants or their asserted conspirators. Purchases made directly from an ODD manufacturer and the purchases of Panasonic-branded computers are not included. A list of manufacturers may be found at www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com or by calling 1-877-368-9020.
 
WHAT DO THE SETTLEMENTS PROVIDE?
 
The settlements provide for $55.5 million in recovery for the class. Specifically:
 
  • The PLDS settlement provides for a $40 million settlement fund.
  • The Pioneer settlement provides for a $10.5 million settlement fund.
  • The TEAC settlement provides for a $5 million settlement fund.
 
These settlements are in addition to $124.5 million already reached with four defendant families (Panasonic, NEC, Sony and HLDS) which have received final approval by the court. Class members are still able to make claims on the original $124.5 million in settlements.
 
You can submit a simple online claim form with no proof of purchase required. If final approval is granted to the settlement, Class members who have filed valid and timely claims will receive cash payments distributed electronically.  If you are a Class Member with valid and timely claims and would prefer to receive a physical check, please submit a written request by August 1, 2017 to In re ODD Products Indirect Purchaser Litigation, PO Box 43424, Providence, RI 02940-3424.  IPPs propose to compensate members of the state classes according to a plan of distribution which provides for a pro rata share of the settlement fund based on: (1) the number of ODDs purchased by the class member; and (2) the number of valid claims filed. Any remaining funds may be distributed in a second round to class members, or, depending on the funds remaining, be distributed to the California Attorney General for use in prosecuting consumer and antitrust claims. Under no circumstances will the money go back to the defendants.
 
 
WHO ARE RELEASED
 
The settlements release Koninklijke Philips N.V., Lite-On IT Corporation, Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corporation, Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions U.S.A., Inc., Pioneer Corporation, Pioneer North America, Inc., Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan Co., Ltd., Pioneer Digital Design and Manufacturing Company, TEAC America, Inc., and TEAC Corporation from claims made in this litigation.
 
YOUR RIGHTS AND OPTIONS
  • Get a Payment
File a claim online or by mail by August 1, 2017. The simple online claim form only takes 3-5 minutes for most individuals. Claims may be submitted online at www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com or by mail to In re ODD Products Indirect Purchaser Litigation, PO Box 43424, Providence, RI 02940-3424.
 
  • Exclude Yourself
You can choose to exclude yourself from the PLDS and Pioneer settlements and keep your right to sue the defendants on your own. If you exclude yourself, you cannot receive any benefits from the current settlements. Your written Exclusion Form must set forth your name and a statement that you do not wish to participate in the settlements. You must exclude yourself from each settlement individually (note that you can request exclusion from all settlements or one settlement in particular). All requests for exclusion must be postmarked by July 14, 2017 and sent to In re ODD Products Indirect Purchaser Litigation, PO Box 43424, Providence, RI 02940-3424.
 
  • File an Objection
You can ask the Court to deny approval by filing an objection. Please note that you cannot ask the Court to order a larger settlement; the Court can only approve or deny the settlement. If the Court denies approval, no settlement payments will be sent out and the lawsuit will continue. If that is what you want to happen, you must object.
 
Objections must be in writing and postmarked on or before July 14, 2017. All written objections and supporting papers must (a) clearly identify the case name and number (In Re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation, Indirect Purchaser Action, Case No. 3:10-MD-2143), (b) be submitted to the Court either by mailing them to the Class Action Clerk, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102or by filing them in person at any location of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and (c) be filed or postmarked on or before July 14, 2017. Visit www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com for detailed information on how to object to the settlement.
 
You may also appear at the Final Approval Hearing, described below, either in person or through your own attorney. If you appear through your own attorney, you are responsible for paying that attorney.
 
  • Go to a Hearing
The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on September 7, 2017 at 1:30 PM, unless otherwise ordered by the Court, at the United States District Court, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, Courtroom 3 – 17th Floor, to consider whether to approve or deny the PLDS, Pioneer and TEAC settlements and a request for attorneys' fees up to 25 percent of the Settlement Funds plus costs and expenses. You may appear at the Final Approval Hearing either in person or through your own attorney.
 
The Hearing may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice, so please check www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com for any updates and additional information.
 
WHO REPRESENTS ME?
 
The Court appointed Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP to represent the Settlement Class. You may hire your own attorney, if you wish, at your own expense.
 
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
 
This notice summarizes the proposed settlement. For the precise terms and conditions of the settlement, please see the settlement agreement available at www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com, by contacting class counsel at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro (odd@hbsslaw.com), by accessing the Court docket in this case through the Court's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov, or by visiting the office of the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.
 
For questions about the settlement or the claims process, you may contact the Settlement Administrator at 877-368-9020, via email at info@opticaldiskdriveantitrust.com, or visit www.OpticalDiskDriveAntitrust.com.
 
PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE COURT OR THE COURT CLERK'S OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT THIS SETTLEMENT OR THE CLAIM PROCESS.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MacSTAC June Monthly Meeting THIS THURSDAY, June 15th

Come see and hear about last week's Worldwide Developers Conference announcements about new equipment, new computer, refreshed computers, and iPads.

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