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2024-05-27 MUGOO Zoom iMeeting

Started by AdminMan, April 24, 2024, 12:03:46 PM

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We still cannot have in-person meetings at the library. So we will use Zoom.

Date: Monday May 27, 2024
Time: 7:30 PM ET  You can join the Zoom meeting starting at 7:20.

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Meeting ID:     891 3718 6051
Passcode:        963739

Although Zoom works in many browsers we STRONGLY recommend using the dedicated app on your device with the largest screen for the best experience.
You do NOT need a Zoom account to join a meeting!
If you need instructions, go here: https://mugoo.com/index.php/Main/UsingZOOM


0 - Group chin-wag during log on                                                                           7:20 - 7:30
1 - News and Views - Members' new tech arrivals                                                   7:30 - 7:45

2 - Apple's "Find My" is better than ever                    with David Rhynas                 7:45 -  8:30

3 - The impressive new iPads                               Roundtable discussion                  8:30 - 9:00

4 - Presidential Sign Off                                            with Wally Kuzmicz                  25.1  seconds                                                                                         

Unfortunately, no after meeting wings or desserts at the Royal Oak, but feel free to prepare your own snacks and share them with us on screen!

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1 - News and Views - Members' new tech arrivals
Charles recently purchased a high-end Eizo Colour Calibrated Monitor.  Participants discussed the importance of monitor calibration for accurate colour representation.  Charles explained that calibration tracks the colours and ensures even light distribution across the screen.  Marc further emphasized that the calibration should be consistent throughout the entire workflow, from camera to monitor to printer, to ensure a faithful representation of colours.  Participants also discussed the use of calibration tools like the Spyder from Datacolor  https://www.datacolor.com/spyder/products/

2 - Apple's "Find My" is better than ever - with David Rhynas
David gave an overview of Apple's Find My app, detailing its features and uses, such as locating online and offline devices, tracking friends and family, and finding third-party accessories.  He discussed new related features of the iPhone 14 and later models, including satellite communication and ultra-precise location tracking.  He outlined options for securing a lost Apple device, and highlighted the potential misuse of tracking devices for stalking purposes, mentioning a joint initiative by Apple and Google to combat this issue.  You can view David's presentation deck and comments at https://mugoo.com/bigfiles/2024-05-25_Find_My_App.pdf

In the discussion that followed, Graham shared his experience of having his wallet stolen and the limitations in finding a wallet.  An AirTag can be discovered by a thief and discarded.  The company Ekster manufactures a credit card sized tracking device that would be less apparent.  However, RFID-shielded wallets that prevent card scanning also block the Bluetooth signal from trackers.

Wally shared a personal anecdote about how it helped him locate his lost phone.  Participants discussed the battery life impact of the feature, with Marc explaining that it uses very little power.  There are increasing numbers of non-Apple devices that also support the Find My capability https://www.gearpatrol.com/tech/g36063168/apple-find-my-compatible-gadgets/

3 - The impressive new iPads - Roundtable discussion
There was a group discussion on the impressive new iPads https://www.apple.com/ca/ipad-pro/, with Marc and Ross sharing their experiences and limitations they have encountered when using them as laptop replacements.  Marc had tried a six-month experiment in using an iPad for work but found it difficult to accomplish certain tasks due to its limited capabilities.  Ron suggested that the iPad was never intended to be a Mac replacement but is good for media consumption and can also be used as a secondary screen with a Mac or MacBook for a more efficient setup.

Wally asked how many attendees used an iPad daily, with David, Gillian, and Wally confirming they use it frequently, especially when travelling.

Ross, Wally, Marc, and Ian discussed iPadOS, its limitations, and potential improvements, including the possibility of an open-source approach.  They also addressed concerns about the durability of the newest "thin" iPad Air, with Marc explaining its redesigned internal frame is actually more durable than previous models.  The group further discussed Apple's approach to technological advancements, including their focus on thinness, machine learning integration, and artificial intelligence.

The conversation then segued to a more light-hearted discussion about personal technology usage.  Charles expressed his preference for mechanical keyboards over the flat ones found on tablets and phones.  Participants also humorously debated the speed and accuracy of typing on these devices.

We then discussed the evolution of transcription methods, with a focus on the convenience and accessibility of text-to-audio reading for those with physical limitations. The team also reminisced about their experiences with typing and the decline of cursive writing, as well as the use of speech-to-text software.  The conversation wrapped up with our collective use of early Apple devices and the nostalgia surrounding them.