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iPad Tips and Tricks

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iPad Tips and Tricks

Caitlin Skobo-Trought] is a self-proclaimed “tech geek” with a passion for technology and for helping others with tech-related needs. Caitlin is the Learning Systems Manager at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, NJ where part of her job is to provide 1-on-1 training and assistance to faculty and staff in the school wide iPad program. Caitlin’s specialty is with Apple products, having served as a Mac Specialist and iPod Genius in Apple stores in VA and NJ. Caitlin also holds a Masters Degree from Drexel University in Learning Technologies. I help people of all ages and abilities use their technology. Caitlin’s goal is to make you comfortable with your technology and to feel free to use it!

Caitlin will be talking about tips and tricks that have to do with the iPad and iPhone and the current operating system. She will touch on some basics as well as some interesting ways to organize and utilize the many features of the devices. Caitlin will also provide a few apps to check out and hopes to provide information for both beginner and advanced users.


Lauren Kasper of Acclivity Present “AccountEdge” business software

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img_0011No matter if you run a flower shop, design studio, or custom furniture manufacturer, AccountEdge small business accounting and point of sale software grows with your business, right from your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Lauren Kasper, Marketing Specialist for Acclivity, will show how AccountEdge can be used to create sales, track purchases, handle your banking, process payroll and inventory, track and bill time, manage your customers and vendors, and access over 200 financial reports. Join us for the January meeting and learn how AccountEdge can help maintain a well-organized, successful business.


Lauren Kasper has been with Acclivity for over eight years. She started in technical support, moved over to sales, and has spent the last few years supporting the company’s partners and hosting events for AccountEdge.

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El Capitan – What’s New, what’s different – the good, the bad and the ugly

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Apple’s new desktop OS 10.11 “El Capitan” promises better performance, new and refined features, better security and compatibility. That’s the promise. What’s the reality?

Mac expert, Dave Hamilton of the Mac Observer and Mac Geek Gab, will show us what to expect with demos and tips. We’ll see what works well, what’s improved, what needs help; Dave’s take and real life experience will be presented with clarity and humor. Will “El Capitan” really prove to be the “Snow Leopard” of the new Mac 64 bit OSes? Come to the Princeton Macintosh Users’ Group Tuesday, October 13 and find out.

About our presenter . . .

Dave Hamilton has worked in the computer industry for 15 years, doing time as a consultant, trainer, network engineer, webmaster, and programmer. In his earlier consulting days, he worked on the Mac, all the various Windows flavors, BeOS, a few brands of Unix, and it is rumored he once saw an OS/2 machine in action. Before that he ran some of the earliest Bulletin Board systems, but most of the charges have since been dropped, and not even the FBI requests that he check in more than twice a year.

Dave maintains his blog at and you can find links to him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.


Ars Technica’s Lengthy Review of OS X El Capitan!

Ars Technica’s Lengthy Review of OS X El Capitan!

This is … the fourth straight release not to drop support for any older Macs, a refreshing change after several successive versions that kept trimming the support list. Leopard ended support for older G3 and G4 Macs, Snow Leopard dumped PowerPC entirely, Lion excluded 32-bit Intel Macs, and Mountain Lion dropped anything that couldn’t go entirely 64-bit.
The minimum system requirements, which haven’t changed since the Mountain Lion release in 2012, runs thusly:
iMac (Mid-2007 or later)

MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later), (12-inch, Early 2015)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)

MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)

Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)

Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)

Xserve (Early 2009)

Read the full review online. Brew a pot of coffee. This is a long read.

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