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SSDs – What You Need to Know

PMUG President Ben Britt will give the current lowdown on solid state drives.

What are solid state drives (SSDs)? What are the origins of the technology? How do they differ from rotational hard disks (HDDs)? Ben will explain and introduce some definitions and terms.

Why you may want a SSD? We’ll discuss advantages vs. drawbacks, SSD vs. HDD, performance vs. cost.

What considerations you might make and what to look for when buying a SSD? – Some practical advice. Ben will tell you what’s he currently considers the best buys, etc.

How to install and configure in OS X? We will consider physical installation and OS X configuration options: TRIM Enabler, Chameleon SSD Optimizer, terminal commands.

What is the future of storage? We’ll discuss new technologies that are in development.

What else do you want to know about SSDs? Ben will try to answer questions you may have.

About The Presenter

Ben Britt

Ben Britt

Ben Britt is currently PMUG’s President. He is formerly a portrait and commercial photographer, Asst, IT Manager, A+ PC technician, and salesman at CompUSA. He has been married for 33 years, has 3 children, and five grandchildren. He creates in GarageBand and plays guitar and electric bass.

PMUG Presents “What’s new in OS X 10.10 Yosemite”

TOPIC: What’s new in OS X 10.10 “Yosemite”

SPEAKERS: Khürt Williams

CONTACT: Ben Britt
PHONE : 609-436-0158
PMUG site:

LOCATION: Princeton Theological Seminary, Stuart Hall, Room 6, (Alexander St), Princeton, NJ.  See for map and directions.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

FREE: Open to the general public

PMUG’s Program Director and past President, Khürt Williams, will demonstrate the features of Apple’s latest operating system, [OS X 10.10 “Yosemite”](
Code-named “Yosemite,” 10.10 can be [freely downloaded]( and has many new features. Khürt will give tips covering everything from the checkbox you may have overlooked in System Preferences to that one tip that makes your workflow better.

UnknownLearn how to make and receive phone calls on your Mac and send text messages. Create e-mail on your iPad and finish up on your Mac with Yosemite’s new Handoff feature. Share files between your iPhone, iPad and Mac with just a bit of drag-and-drop action. Learn how to send large files with MailDrop. These are just a few of the many juicy tips Khürt will share about Apple’s latest operating system.

About the presenter…
Khürt Williams is an independent cyber-security consultant specializing in security architecture, vulnerability management and compliance. He is an avid landscape and nature photographer who sometimes prefers his iPhone to his Nikon and coffee to water. Khürt often writes his random thoughts on technology, photography and coffee on his blog, [Island in the Net](

PMUG also provides monthly “PMUG Answers” (a popular Q & A session) at 6:30 before the general meeting. See for more info and directions.

“The World At Your Fingertips”, Courtesy of Princeton Public Library

Become an advanced coder, watch your favorite television series, manage your investment portfolio, and receive live, one-on-one homework help, all from the comfort of your own home! Learn how to have the world at your fingertips with the help of Princeton Public Library. Librarians Janet Hauge and Erica Bess will highlight a selection of popular and easily accessible online tools available through the library’s digital collections. They will also discuss some of the unique services the library offers, as well as share plans for technology projects in 2015.

SPEAKERS: Janet Hauge and Erica Bess of the Princeton Public Library (PPL)

Janet Hauge and Erica Bess of the Princeton Public Library (PPL)

Janet Hauge, MLIS (Rutgers) (left), Technology Initiatives Librarian at Princeton Public Library, has worked in NJ libraries since 2007. She currently coördinates PPL’s Technology Training Center programs and does outreach to local organizations with technology needs. She also provides reference and readers advisory service.

Erica Bess, MLIS (Rutgers) (right), Head of Adult Services, has been with Princeton Public Library since 2011. In addition to providing reference and reader advisory services, Erica is also active in the planning of technology instruction, collection management, and programming at the library.

PMUG also provides monthly “PMUG Answers” (a popular Q & A session) at 6:30 before the general meeting. Visit the PMUG website for more info and directions.

▶ How to create mail merge documents with Pages and Numbers | Macworld

▶ How to create mail merge documents with Pages and Numbers | Macworld:

There is, although it’s not a feature directly built into either app. This is possible through the power of AppleScript (don’t worry, I’m not going to ask that you learn AppleScript in order to carry out this job). Instead, I’ll direct you to the Mac OS X Automation site. Here you’ll find an AppleScript and Pages page that provides instructions for using the free Pages Data Merge utility (the page also includes a link to that utility). As its name suggests it lets you incorporate data found in a Numbers spreadsheet into a Pages documents.