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Location: Dru Richman's house
Meeting called to Order at 4:22 pm by Timothy
President: Timothy Chan (2012)
Vice President: John Jones (2012)
Board Members (2 year terms):
Class of 2012-2013
Mary Ann Artiles (absent)
R i c h a r d S t o d d a r d
C l a s s o f 2 0 1 1 - 2 0 1 2
B a r b a r a H a r t g e r ( a b s e n t )
L i n d a R e i s ( a b s e n t )
M a g g i e R e d d y
Treasurer – Taylor Sharpe
Membership Director – David Harned
AppleGram Editor – Allen Yoder (absent) (resigned)
Program Director – Maggie Reddy
Webmaster – John Jones
Secretary – Taylor Sharpe
Apple Ambassador – Walt Smith (absent)
iOS SIG Leader - John Jones
iWeb SIG Leader - John Jones
Mac Help Desk SIG Leader - Dru Richman
Developer SIG - John Jones
Photography & Video SIG Leader - Ray Thompson
FileMaker Database SIG Leader - Taylor Sharpe
Historian - Ray Thompson (absent)
Registered Agent - Carl Stewart (absent)
Membership Directory Committee
Mary Ann Artiles (absent)
Chuck Richardson (Chairman)
January Attendance: 64 Names Checked Out
February Attendance: 65 Names Checked Out
March Attendance: 78 Names Checked Out
April Attendance: 61 Names Checked Out
May Attendance: 64 Names Checked Out
June Attendance: 65 Names Checked Out
July Attendance: 69 Names Checked Out
August Attendance: 65 Names Checked Out
August of last year (2011): 71 Names Checked Out
Approval of Previous Minutes
Maggie moved that the minutes be accepted, Richard seconded,
and motion passes.
Treasurer's Report (Taylor Sharpe)
Our current balance is $16,395 as of August 26th. All bills our
current and there are no outstanding issues.
Program Director's Report (Maggie Reddy)
Matt Bendiksen with Perceptive Automation, Developer of Indigo
sent Maggie a request to present. Indigo does home automation
of things like lights, thermostat, etc. This could be a good one for
September will be the Security presentation by John Jones and
Timothy Chan. John sent a message to Eset that does anti-virus
for Windows and now Mac. They do a lot of education on how to
determine if you are getting malware, scams, bad email, viruses,
FileMaker could be a November presentation. Taylor said he
would check with Kirk Bowman.
SIG Report (Timothy Chan)
Timothy is working on the developers iOS SIG and trying to
determine the level of discussion such as looping, variables, etc.
John did some looking at the iTunes University, but it is pretty
advanced. Game Salad is the developer platform Timothy was
iOS SIG (John Jones)
: John is making a big announcement
September 12th which will probably be the iPhone and maybe the
new iPad in October. We will cover the rumors. Timothy said
Ray Wenderlick said he would offer a 50% discount for iOS
Apprentice Series if we purchase 10 or more ($54 is full price).
Photo Video SIG (Gary Clark
): Gary thought the last months
meeting was slow, but Richard is making a presentation
supposedly if he doesn't have to go to Florida. So the
presentation is up in the air for September and Gary will adapt as
necessary. John said that Ray was excited about Photomagico
that just came out. Some suggestions were to talk about photo
security such as geotagging (e.g., when and how to remove
FileMaker (Taylor Sharpe)
: Will cover upgrading to
FileMaker 12v2 on Mountain Lion.
AppleGram Report (Allen Yoder) (absent) (resigned this
No Report - There has been no AppleGram since January. Allen
sent John and email saying he is working 55 hours a week and
between that and health issues, he will not be able to continue as
AppleGram Editor and is tendering his resignation for now.
Maggie brought up making the next AppleGram and John
suggested making it an iBook that include multi-media.
Historical scanning: Walt scanned 1988 and Taylor scanned
1987. John and Taylor will work on making these available on
the web page.
Membership Report (David Harned)
There are 144 members, 131 which are primary and 13 secondary.
Renewal letters sent out yesterday. 21 emails were sent for those
expiring, and 7 snail mail letters expiring this month that had not
responded to email from last month.
Web Report / Librarian (John Jones)
946 visits to our website this month. Look and feel changed this
month. John solicited SIG information for each SIG's web page.
Wiley is still sending books and Zeke has submitted some books
too. Two books have been checked out. If you go to
, you can see the books we have. You need to let
John know ahead of the SuperSaturday so he can bring them to
the meeting since he can't carry them all. John said there are
rules on checking out the books and the main one is they need
returned the next month and if you loose it, you have to purchase
a replacement book. Wiley sent John Jones $125 gift card that
can be used anywhere.
Election Committee (Chuck Richardson)
Chuck said that we had asked Zeke, but he turned the position
down. But accepting people are: Timothy Chan for President,
John Jones for Vice President, and Jack Waller, Chuck
Richardson, Crofton Rhodes, John Shaffer and Shirley Dunbar
for At Large Board Member. This the official notification of the
slate to the Board per the Bylaws and notification to members
will have to be by email between 10 and 60 days prior to the
Group Photo: September is the ACD Group photo meeting and
everyone is encouraged to wear ACD t-shirts for it. John said he
would use this for a holiday card to Wiley and maybe others who
have given to us.
Timothy adjourned the meeting at 5:28pm.
Submitted to Board for approval,
Secretary of ACD
The past wars in technology debated who was faster, the next wars in
technology will be who looks better. How close can we squeeze those dots of
detail together that make our screens from our phone to our TVs.
Dot for Dot.
by John Jones
Apple hit a home run back on the iPhone 4 with the Retina
Display. Since then, we have seen this formula of crisper screens
move forward to the iPad and now the Macbook Pro.
Apple is not the only one looking to take their screens to the next
level, it’s a must to keep up with the images that cameras and
video recording devices are taking today. Many consumers have
become comfortable with 1080P being the resolution to acquire
for their media needs because the electronic industry has set that
as a standard and pounded it into our heads ever since the
invention of Blu-Ray and HDTV. The truth now is that our
devices are starting to capture much higher resolutions
than 1080 and have to be scaled down. In the next few
years cameras will become more affordable to shoot
4000 and 8000 resolution video and can only get more
detailed from there.
The downside to moving forward with higher resolution
screens is the cost. This seems to be the best reason that portable
devices such as smart phones and tablets are getting the higher
resolution love versus monitors and TVs. Where you can get a 27-
inch monitor at 1920x1080 for a few hundred bucks, a
2560x1440 resolution monitor at the same size will set you back
close to the $1000 mark. When we start talking TVs with more
condensed pixels then we start talking some bigger piles of cash
needed to obtain one. While some really high resolution screens
do exist out there, they are usually used for science, medicine,
and making you drool at an electronic trade show of things to
As with all things electronic, it all comes down supply and
demand. Right now consumers are happy paying hardly nothing
for large screens that only go as high as 1920x1080. If consumers
are convinced that screens on their laptops, PCs, and TVs would
be better off like the screens of their portable devices then we
may move that direction faster. Consumers are still wowed by the
current standards however and it would be one amazing
advertising blitz to get us to move from one standard to another.
For those in the electronic industry, moving from one standard to
another is inevitable and a way of life. Viva 8000K!
The science behind the “Retina Screen”.
When we talk screens
and resolution, not all are created
equal. For a screen to be considered higher resolution
than current, or
as Apple has coined, the
screen has to meet a requirement for
pixels per inch
107 PPI is considered to be the amount of pixels required at a
nominal viewing distance for a screen to be considered high
resolution. The more pixels packed the crisper and sharper an
image or text will appear on the screen. This is why many people
who hook their computers up to their TVs are not always satisfied
with how text looks on their 60-inch behemoth television
Apple drives the industry, again.
Just like the fashion industry, the notebook industry knows what is trendy and stylish. So
far we had the era of blu-ray players installed, and the moment for sleek lids and
interchangeable lids were all the rage, now everyone seems to be taking cue from one of
The funny part is when the Macbook Air first debuted with Steve Jobs keynoting, many
competitors like HP and Dell seems to laugh at a computer so thin and lacking a disk
drive. HP’s CTO of global gaming business even bought one just to mock the world by
using it to cut a cake which was “all it was good for”.
To be called an Ultrabook™
Must have a 2nd or 3rd generation
Intel® Core™ processor.
Must wake up in a flash.
Have a battery that runs for hours
or standby for days.
Ultra sleek and light design.
Now every single time I turn on the TV or seen an ad on
Hulu.com, I see an ad for an Ultrabook™. Intel, the brains
behind the processors, coined the phrase, but truthfully took
some inspiration from Apple’s thin and light Air.
Ultrabooks™ are the wave of the future as many consumers are
looking for lightweight laptops that get battery life expectations
like their smartphone and tablets do. For Apple, the Lithium-
polymer batteries can go up to 7 hours and stay in standby for up
to a month. The use of flash storage allows for fast recovering
from standby or even a cold boot. All the things that defined what
Macbook Air is are what an Ultrabook™ have to look up to. Intel
in fact won’t let other manufacturers use the term unless it fits
So why doesn’t Apple call their Macbook Air an Ultrabook™?
Simple, Apple beats to their own marketing drum. Apple is very
careful how it markets its family of notebooks, desktops, and
portables. I just find it funny that HP is now telling customers
that not having a DVD-ROM drive is no big deal when just a few
years ago it was their biggest reason a customer should not buy
Apple’s Macbook Air. Now that Apple had defined an entire line
of notebooks, if you can’t beat them, imitate them and act like it
was the greatest idea you had ever come up with.
HP’s CTO of Gaming Business
thinks Macbook Air is best
for cutting cake...
Back in the day—80’s into
the 90’s—before the Inter
net, there were computer
bulletin boards systems
(BBS). Even though the tech
nical aspects of the web are
much more advanced that
the BBS, the experience was
just as exciting. These sys
tems were accessed by
and the earliest modems op
rates. However, it still
seemed like magic.
Of course, the Apple Corps
had a BBS, promoted, oper
ated and maintained by
fact, we had a special kind
by Ray Thompson
of BBS, called ????? and many of us were very sad to
see it go. The reality of the many advantages of the
Internet finally brought the decision to shut it down.
But this little story is about the very first BBS that I
. (I found a good technical his
To me, and many other
customers, the attrac
tion of the service was not the technology, but the fasci
nating writing of the “unpaid journalists.” They wrote
essays, fiction, poems, jokes and biographies that the
entire family could enjoy—no profanity, double enten
dre, or bad taste; they were uplifting, funny, and nos
On the 50
anniversary of Pearl Harbor,
were invited to post their memories of that terrible day
in our history. I wrote and posted this contribution to
Our War Scrapbook
By Ray Thompson
As most my age would observe, it doesn’t seem possible
that fifty years have passed since Americans woke up
to a second world war—December 7, 1941. I was eleven
and we lived on a farm near Pecos, in far West Texas.
As I recall, we came into town to church before hearing
the news… We didn’t normally turn on the radio on
Sunday mornings and our paper, the Ft. Worth Star
Telegram, did not arrive until Monday. During the
service, my Granddad Todd (one of our elders) was
called outside and heard the news. He came back in,
whispered to the other elders, and then announced in
few words, “The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor;
we will have a word of prayer and then be dismissed.”
I remember there was kind of a stunned silence after
the prayer, and then people began filing out. I heard
several ask, “Where is Pearl Harbor?”
A Navy family in the congregation
knew all too well…
Some of we kids went outside to where
there was a water faucet to get a
drink, wondering what it all meant. I
don’t think we understood enough to
be as shocked as our parents…
My mother, Zorene, was always con
cerned that my sister Barbara and I
had good experiences, whatever the
opportunity. Her Monday response to
the war news was to setup a card table in our front
room where we started a scrapbook of war news, cut
from the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. Mother taped a
map of the Pacific theatre in the middle of the table and
as we read the many new place names in the Pacific
theater, we stuck pins in the map. Out scrapbook con
sisted entirely of news clippings and Hal Coffman car
toons from the Star Telegram. The cartoons soon had
us hating the Japanese. I guess it was mother’s way of
helping her children cope with the flood of news about
a world gone mad…
The first few weeks we clipped and
pasted daily, but gradually became a lit
tle more selective. As I now turn
through the brittle pages it is surprising
how quickly events moved. As we be
came inured to “war,” our interest in the
scrapbook waned. In the back I find sev
eral complete pages of the Star Tele
gram, folded and unclipped. Inadver
tently, the backs of the pages now recall
that life did go on at home in an amaz
ingly normal way…even as families sent
their men off to war. The Associated
Press header on these unclipped pages
reveal that we kept the scrapbook
through May of 1942.
The scrapbook is in pretty bad shape now. The pages
and clippings are yellowed and brittle, and our young
puppy chewed the corners off a few years ago. The con
tents are not unique, but the memories are…
In May of 2001, I saw our old scrapbook was almost be
yond salvage and I tried to make Xerox copies of the
pages. Later, I decided to make photographs of some
of the pages which you can see here:
A better sample of the high quality of the writing on
is provided by the following fictional story, by
a fellow engineer at Collins/Rockwell that I came to
know first via StarText,
We were both
ham radio operators, and often talked on the RWK
(Richardson Wireless Klub) 2-meter repeater.
story won third place in the
short-story competition in 1991. Paul also wrote a se
ries of stories for his children about growing up in Ft.
Worth. We really had some talented and dedicated
authors, who thrived and were appreciated inside the
little blip of technology history, called
THIRD PLACE WINNER: STARTEXT90
SHORT STORY CONTEST
Roweena Edna Washington
was fated to rise far above
her humble beginnings, the day she met . . .
THE CAT NAMED PUFF
By Paul Conant, Sr.
Her 3 a.m. birthing cries, in 1930, were accompanied
by the flash and roar of a typical springtime thunder
storm. The falling rain seemed to signal the accumulat
ing events which were to work resolutely to keep Row
eena submerged in that stereotypical, rural, commu
nity of the under classed poor. Her father . . . well she
had a father, but no one seemed to know who he was;
even her mother. Roweena's mother had abandoned
her, shortly after the tumultuous circumstances sur
rounding her birth. "Mama," Roweena's mother prom
ised Grannie, "I'm going to come back for her, just as
soon as I find a decent job in Augusta." She never re
turned, so Roweena was left in the care of her illiterate
grandmother, whose love seemed even more bountiful
that the waters of the Oostanaula river which flowed
behind her clapboard shack.
Grannie doted on little Roweena, watching her stretch
and grow, crawl and walk, run and play. She matured
into a bright and pretty 10 year old, free of cares,
happy with her simple life, and as full of the physical
and intellectual energies as . . . as the dancing sun
beams which filtered down, through the ancient cotton
wood and willow world of the Oostanaula, to add their
sparkle to that of Roweena's eyes.
Grannie had lived long enough to know that there were
certain things that deserved the respect of all prudent
people. One was the power of love, and another was
the danger of springtime storms along the Oostanaula
"Roweena! You hear that thunder chil'? Learn to fear
those three o'clock storms: the 'threes' are the most dan
gerous of all!"
All her young life, Roweena had heard Grannie's warn
ing about springtime storms, "Yes'm, they're always
worst at three in the afternoon, and three in the morn
ing." And, she'd seen those 3:00 o'clock storms spawn
twisters that'd blow down barns, and scatter trees like
But, Roweena was to learn that springtime storms
weren't always harbingers of destruction.
One May night, actually nearer to 3:00 in the morning,
another springtime thunder storm began its assault of
Roweena's small world. First, there was the roll of dis
tant thunder, which awakened her. She lay quietly
next to Grannie, listening to her deep throated snoring
compete with the coming storm's rumbling. Roweena
smiled: in her childish faith, she knew that all was well,
with Grannie nearby. Soon the darkness was punctu
ated with the flash of nearby lightening. Now, the old
willows and cottonwoods began to stir as the gust
front, of rain fresh air, approached. Roweena knew the
pattern well enough, first the frogs and insects stilled
their croakings and songs, a few large warm rain
drops would raise puffs of dust in the beaten dirt yard
outside her window, then the tree-bending winds
would push their way before the always brief but furi
ous storms. A close lightening stroke roused Grannie
from her rest.
"Chil', run pull the burlap over the windows! Do you
want the whole house wet?"
Roweena's feet fairly danced across the dirt floor, of
their one roomed kitchen-living room-bedroom home,
to first one window, then the other. When she reached
the riverside window, a flash of lightening captured
the image of a tiny kitten, making its way to the house
from the nearby river, in its snapshot of the back yard.
Roweena mused, "That kitten looks like an oversized
Hardly had Roweena cracked the outside door, than an
other crash of lightening chased the now soaked kitten
into her arms, its tiny, needle sharp, claws digging in
to secure its purchase on the safety to be found in Row
eena's arms. Roweena finished her rounds of her Gran
nie's small house, tying shut the burlap windows
against the now pelting rain. She shivered from the ex
citement of the suddenness of the springtime storm, the
chill of her rain soaked gown, and the excitement of dis
covering the storm delivered kitten. Roweena silently
slid back into bed, next to the soft warmness of Gran
nie. Clutched in Roweena's arms was an equally ex
cited small bundle of purring appreciation. "Hardly
more than a 'puff of dust' in the spring showers," she
Early the next morning, with the weather still grum
bling outside, Grannie and Roweena set about their
daily chores . . . there was water to be drawn from the
Oostanaula, breakfast to be 'fixed,' and a floor to be
swept. Egg gathering and fishing came after the morn
ing chores were completed.
"Chil', what's that you've got there," Grannie asked, as
grown ups always do when they know the answer to
their own questions, "a cat?"
"Yes'm, Grannie, it's 'Puff.' Can I keep her, Grannie?
She's lost, and the storm chased her right into my
arms, and she won't eat nothing she don't catch, and,
Grannie, “I want her so," the words poured out of Row
eena in a torrent matching that of the storm that had
Grannie's heart was entirely too big to turn away a
stray kitten, much less disappoint her own stray kitten
of a grand daughter. There wasn't any milk in the
house, there seldom was even for Roweena, but Gran
nie showed her usual nature by gently caressing first
Roweena head, then Roweena's new friend, Puff.
They'd just have to make do.
Though, for most, time seemed to stand still along the
banks of the Oostanaula, Roweena's days flew by in a
dizzying blur of sameness and activity. Roweena ma
tured, stretched, and grew. Puff lost her kittenish, roll
and tumble ways, and she too matured into a hand
some dusty black, grey, and white cat, but Puff never
lost her terrible fear of springtime thunderstorms.
When an old river man brought electricity to Grannie's
shack, Puff hid under the bed for days at the first flash
of the bare electric light bulb being turned on. Puff had
been permanently marked by her traumatic kittenhood
experience with storms.
Springtime storms were to relentlessly plague both
Roweena and Puff right up to, it seemed, the grave.
One particular storm was to prove to be the proverbial
fork-in-the -road for both Roweena and Puff . . . Puff
which so desperately feared the flash and roar of light
ening, and Roweena who would never be allowed to
rest because of them.
This storm was a "three o'clocker." Like most of the
rest of them, it began after several steaming hot days
and as many unbearably humid nights. The winds
were as sullen as the old 'gators in the Oostanaula;
still, yet threatening. Grannie and Roweena had
fussed over something or another, of no great conse
quence during supper, and to save kerosene, they'd re
tired with sundown. Sure enough, shortly after mid
night the thunder began marching over the distant
hills, and flashes of lightening chased Puff deeply into
Roweena's arms—no purring tonight.
As the front descended on Grannie's rickety shack, no
one could sleep for the sound and the fury. Grumpily,
Grannie got up and began to tie down the burlap win
dows. The sudden flare of the bare electric light send
Puff's claws deep into Roweena's arms, mingling her
fear with Roweena's blood. Outside, the wind began to
rock the ancient cottonwood and willow trees. Old, rot
ten branches creaked against one another, as the
winds bent the trees before their onthrust.
Poor Roweena's anxiety picked that moment to require
a visit the outhouse, down the path from the house, just
beyond newly installed yard light.
Grannie nervously watched for Roweena's return,
through a hole in the burlap window. The heavy winds
tossed the bare bulbed yard light over and around, cast
ing fearful shadows. Suddenly, Grannie's heart froze
within her breast! As Roweena was making her bare
foot way back to the house, Grannie saw that fallen
branches had downed the deadly electric power lines,
directly in Roweena's path. Grannie wasn't educated,
but she knew that electric power lines on the wet
ground could spell instant and painful death for a
strong and grown man, much less her beloved grand
"Oh, Lord God, don't let this happen . . . don't let this
happen!" Grannie's tortured soul cried out in despair.
Dropping Puff to the floor, she dashed for the back
door to warn Roweena to stop where she was, but the
spring storm muted her warning cries with crash after
crash of deafening thunder. Roweena, head tucked
down against the driving rain, and ignorant of the dan
ger at her feet, plunged ahead for the safety of home
and Grannie's warmth.
I suppose that you could say that fate chose that in
stant to intervene in the lives of a little black girl and
her treasured kitten, I don't know, but as Grannie
threw open the door, Puff dashed out into the rain, and
in two bounds she had scaled the power pole to the top
where the power transformer hung like an agent of
doom. The next flash wasn't due to the storm, nor it’s
lightening. Contrary to all of her instincts and fears,
Puff had intentionally, or accidently, spent her all too
brief life by short-circuiting the power line fuse, atop
the power pole. Puff's existance ceased an instant be
fore Roweena's foot descended on the deadly, water
soaked, power lines.
Not knowing what had almost transpired, Roweena
made it safely back into the house, where she and Gran
nie retired to shiver and shudder under the covers
where no storm had ever penetrated. Roweena wasn't
to understand Grannie's long mumbled prayers that
night, but all too soon she would.
With the next morning's sunrise, and the familiar cock
crowing, Roweena arose to find that Puff was nowhere
to be found. Grannie had her grumbles back, and com
plained that the electric lights were out, not really an
infrequent occurrence. They ate a silent breakfast by
kerosene lamp. As the day wore on, Roweena became
uncharacteristically out of sorts; Puff was nowhere to
Later that day, the old river man pointed out the fallen
power lines, and warned Grannie and Roweena to stay
well clear of them until the power company could come
out and set things aright. Roweena continued her sulk
most of that day, and was only momentarily shaken
from her melancholy by the approach of the power com
pany truck. With familiar abandon, the electrician
scaled the power pole and proceeded to repair the
downed lines, and the blown fuse. Suddenly he cried
down to his partner, "Hey, Jake, that storm didn't take
this line out, some damned cat is fried right across the
high voltage insulators —blew the fuse and itself to
kingdom come, it did."
Roweena's heart stopped! A cat? Roweena's head
swam as she sank to the floor. Puff? Dead?
"Grannie! It's Puff! Puff's dead!"
Roweena's despair overwhelmed her as the realization,
of the loss of her pet, no her only friend, crushed her.
Grannie gathered the heart broken Roweena into her
arms and tried to comfort her with caresses and words,
"Chil', I don't understand this, but it seems to me that
that kitten was brought to you in a storm, and in a
storm God called that cat saved your life. Take comfort
in being alive, and make up your mind to make some
good difference out of Puff's gift."
Grannie's words couldn't help one little bit, at the time,
so deep was Roweena's despair and sense of loss.
Gradually, the days returned to normal, with dreadful
slowness, resolute sadly. Roweena continued to grow,
and Grannie continued to watch her, worrying and fret
ting for the child's wellbeing.
Grannie's lifelong frugality had repaid her with
enough fish and egg money for Roweena to afford bus
fare, books, and the tuition for one semester at the jun
ior college in Atlanta. On the day that Roweena was to
leave for enrollment, Grannie cried… cried as Row
eena could never recall.
"What do you want chil'?" Grannie bruskly responded
as if angry that her tears couldn't heal her ache and
dread of Roweena's parting.
Roweena had never seen Grannie cry this way before,
and it unsettled her more than a little. "Grannie, I'm
just going to college in Atlanta. You know I'll be back."
Grannie looked deeply into Roweena wide black eyes,
remembering another time, when her daughter had
said the very same things . . . "Mama, I'll be back as
soon as I find a decent job." Grannie roughly clasped
Roweena to her ample bosom, and held her there, hop
ing that human nature would prove true to her just this
once. She kissed Roweena on the forehead and hurried
her off to the bus stop, several miles down the road.
As Grannie watched her nearly grown granddaughter
hurry her way down the tree covered, dirt road, her
prayers ascended into the heavens and returned to sur
round her young charge . . . "Chil', you're on your own
now, and either you'll make your way in the world, or
you'll break this ol' heart like your Mama did."
Grannie died before Roweena finished her first semes
ter. Roweena's grief was buried in the resolve and de
termination to make this additional loss mean some
thing more than just the emptiness she felt.
As the years passed, Roweena worked at odd jobs to
support herself, her studies, and the few vagrant kids
and animals that she encountered. Roweena found the
goal that her childhood losses had pointed to—to make
a real and positive difference to every stray human and
animal that she met.
All too soon, Roweena found herself to be becoming an
image of her Grannie . . . grey haired, wrinkles, gruff-
but-kindly voice, though in her heart she knew that she
was still the skinny black kid who had once owned a
scruffy kitten named Puff.
"Senator . . . Senator, are you well?"
Roweena's attention was called back to the present…
the present? Roweena's eyes fell, almost quizzically,
on the faces of the delegation standing before her
desk—her desk upon which was a name plate, "The Hon
orable Roweena Edna Washington, United States
House of Representatives."
Her arthritic hand felt a comforting stir beneath it, and
she smiled as she recognized the familiar warmth of
her new kitten, Puff. She thought to herself, "Puff…
Puff ! How many 'Puffs' have there been since that ol'
three o'clock storm brought me the first Puff?"
"Yes, yes Ladies and Gentlemen…Welcome and please
be seated. How may I be of service to you?"
Paul Conant, Sr. Mail Code: 132092
Copyrighted 1990 by Paul Conant Sr.
Source: Ray Thompson 2007 <
& Other Stuff
Apple has been busy and we’re
about to see the benefits. We’re
expecting news on a new iPhone,
iOS 6, a mini iPad and more.
Enter iPhone 5
Apple is to make a big announcement on September 12th and we
expect the iPhone 5 will be announced along with a launch date
for iOS 6. Apple has been keeping quiet on the next iteration of
the iPhone but so far we have seen evidence of a few tweaks to
the look and feel of the next generation.
First, the new iPhone is said to have a longer screen that goes
from edge to edge. The current generation iPhone has a 3.5”
screen where the iPhone 5 is said to stretch to 4.0”. We’re also
expecting a new type of dock from Apple. Like the Magsafe 2 on
the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro, it will be smaller and more
efficient. For those worried about their years of iAccessories,
Apple is expected to have a adapter as well. The last thing is that
the glass is going away from the backside of the new iPhone 5 and
that it will have a Macbook-like finish on the back. Of course, we
won’t know until Tim Cook shows it off. Stay tuned.
It has been in the rumors for quite awhile now, but Apple is
possibly working on a smaller screened version of the most
popular tablet in the world. While some user jest that an iPad
mini will be a glorified iPhone, the market shows consumers are
interested in 7”
screens by the sales
of Kindle and Nexus
devices that fit this
By creating a iPad
that fits this desired
screen size, Apple will
be even hard to compete with. It also completes an imaginary
small, medium, and large comparison for consumers to decided
what type of iOS device they want to take with them. For those
that felt the iPhone was too small and the iPad was too big, this
new iPad Mini will fit in just like porridge.
Apple buys ﬁngerprint sen
sor maker AuthenTec?
By Sinead Carew and Himank Sharma
Apple Inc bought fingerprint sensor technology developer
AuthenTec Inc for about $356 million, in a deal that could put its
iPhone at the center of the emerging mobile payments market.
Apple is paying $8 per share, a 58 percent
premium, for Melbourne, Florida-based
AuthenTec, which counts Korean mobile device
maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd among its
AuthenTec -- which makes fingerprint sensor
chips used in personal computers and mobile
devices -- is one of the very few public
companies that has been acquired by Apple, a
company that rarely does acquisitions and tends
to buy mostly startups when looking for cutting-edge technology.
AuthenTec, which was spun off from Harris Semiconductor in
1998 and went public in 2007, provides mobile security software
licenses to companies like Samsung, and fingerprint sensor
technology to computer makers such as Hewlett- Packard Co and
Its fingerprint technology, which is also used in mobile phones in
Japan for authentication of mobile payments,
could help Apple bring those services to markets such as the
United States, where mobile wallet services have been slow to
Some analysts expect the next version of the iPhone to include
some form of mobile payments technology.
An Apple spokesman declined to comment on how Apple plans to
use AuthenTec’s technology.
While companies such as Apple rival Google Inc already have
mobile payments offerings, such services are not
widely used in the United States and have been
dogged by security concerns.
“To have security behind it would give people peace
of mind. It could be a major differentiator for them,”
said Dougherty & Co analyst Charlie Anderson, who
noted that fingerprints are more secure than
passwords because they cannot be copied or stolen.
Anderson said Apple was buying a rich portfolio of
patents from AuthenTec that could help it dominate
Mobile wallet users will want to be sure their money is safe and
would like something more secure and easier to use than
passwords that have to be typed in, analysts said.
“If you’re storing credit card information in your phone for
mobile payments, it would be more secure if it has fingerprint
authentication rather than just a password protection,” BWS
Financial analyst Khorsand Hamed said.
Anderson said Apple may continue to offer AuthenTec’s existing
products to its rivals to help gain regulatory approval but it may
keep future developments for its own products.
BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis said AuthenTec technology
could potentially help Apple combat problems such as theft of its
more portable products such as iPhones.
“If they could have a way where they could tie the phone to a user
more tightly, that would make sense for them,” he said.
He described the price tag for AuthenTec as a drop in the bucket
of Apple’s cash pile of $117.2 billion, and noted the company had
not been as acquisitive as some other technology businesses.
“We’ll see if it’s a one off or if Tim Cook will start to level his cash
balance and acquire talent,” Gillis said, referring to Apple’s chief
AuthenTec has annual revenue of about $70 million.
Bastion for iOS
Bastion is an action role-playing video game with beautiful
artwork and has recently been ported to iOS. You’ll explorer
different worlds from an isometric view battling monsters and
The game has won several awards since its debut in 2010 and can
be played on most consoles, Mac or PC, and now iOS platforms.
I think my favorite aspects of this game are the artwork and
monologue. The artwork is hand drawn and as you explore the
different worlds the lands come together to create your path. The
monologue gives you this old western movie-type feel that keeps
up with you depending on your actions in the game.
Check out the game on any of your Apple devices or play the
trailer for the game above to get a feel for it.
Bitcoins - Currency of the Future?
by Timothy Chan
Have you ever heard of Bitcoins?
When Russian developer Al
exey Borodin hacked Apple’s In-App Purchase program (by mak
ing everything free) with creation of the “Grim Receiper” back in
it was amazingly surprising to see
many support piracy by making contribu
tions to Borodin through PayPal.
quickly moved to have Borodin’s PayPal ac
This did not stop monetary
contributions as Borodin started using Bit
coins – a currency of the future.
pose of this article is to look more closely at
Bitcoins – finding out what it is, how it
works, as well as security issues for using
such a system.
Watch the video below for a
bird’s eye view on what Bitcoins (BTC) are.
Value is in the eye of the beholder.
Why do we use USD (U.S. Dollars), Euros,
Because it is accepted by the
masses to have value.
Before hard cur
rency, there was always bartering which
placed value of items and services being
traded with value being in the eye of the
Today, currency is used as the
universal medium, but its amount determines the value of the
trade for goods and services.
The commonality of what we know
and call money up to this point are all currencies that rely on a
clearing house or a central authority (usually run by the govern
ment) to guarantee and protect the system.
Because of these con
trols, money can be frozen (making money
or funds inaccessible
thereby barring the individual or entity from the economic
Transactions through paper money is at times preferred
due to anonymity – but the transfer of large quantities of bills can
be subject to theft, or even confiscation by government.
cies of this type are based upon the full faith and credit in whom
ever issues the currency.
What are Bitcoins and How Do They
Bitcoins are digital cryptographic currency
that is not built upon a system of trust – but
a system of distrust and decentralization.
As a fiat currency (money without intrinsic
value), Bitcoins have value only because
there is a market for them.
makes things have value?
The oddity of the Bitcoin is that
people can get them for “free” by mining for
Mining requires CPU power to con
duct work for the Bitcoin network by find
ing new “valid” coins as well as processing
In reality, this is not free as
the cost of mining can be enormous when
you take the amount of computational
power and electricity that is needed.
ever for those who have access to cheap elec
tricity (solar power users or perhaps they
have an apartment where electricity is sup
plied to them), we see some people making Bitcoin mining an ac
People can mine solo or in grouped pools in
which the amount of CPU “work” contributed will be returned
with fractional Bitcoins.
If one goes solo and finds a “valid
block”, then the bounty received is 50 Bitcoins or roughly $525
Bitcoins can also be traded for other currencies similar to the
Current exchange rate as of September 2012
is roughly $10.50 USD to one BTC (Bitcoins). Bitcoins can be frac
tionalized during transations so you can give
Coming soon, you’ll also be
able to use credit cards to convert BTC to your
local currency although many will shy away
from this as anonymity will be lost to comply
with regulations of financial institutions of the
What prevents people from double spending
The beauty of the system is that this is
distributed computing at its finest.
In order to
even try to double spend and use the same
BTC for transactions, you’re going to need to
have enough CPU power to overwhelm the col
lective power of every BTC miner and user out there as transac
tions are sent out to the whole network and must follow very spe
cific rules to be deemed a valid transaction.
A BTC transaction
can be verified as in as little as 10 minutes.
A “wallet” is Your Private Encryption Key
If you are ready to try out Bit coins, you’ll need to get a wallet.
Wallets are free and they will be your personal account number.
A “wallet” is your private encryption key which only you should
You also have a public key which is what is visible for the
world with which to receive and send BTC.
Because of the way
encryption works, if someone tried to mess with your account,
the BTC network would immediately know and reject the
Of course, if someone had your wallet, you’d be
toasted as it would be as powerful as a ruler’s signet ring – they
can literally empty out your account and leave you stranded.
transactions are permanent and they CANNOT EVER be revoked
or reversed once the network has accepted a transaction.
cash and once it’s gone, it’s gone.
There are cases where people
have been robbed because their wallet was stolen.
A few days
ago, an entire exchange lost $250,000
USD worth of BTC because they did not
follow the minimal security procedures
of keeping a “cold wallet” and a “hot wal
let” (these will be gone into in more de
tail in a future article as I continue my
journey with using Bitcoins).
entire BTC network can see the transac
tion(s) but due to the way BTC was de
signed, transactions still cannot be
Because of this, it is impera
tive that BTC users understand more
than the basics of how BTC works as
well as basic knowledge in computer security to keep themselves
I Love Finding Pennies on the
What ever happens to lost wallets
and lost BTC?
Well, as much as I
love finding pennies on the street,
the closest thing to finding BTC on
the street is mining for them.
lost wallets remain in the system but
will become inaccessible.
This just helps
to make BTC more rare and as these prob
lems occur, the value of BTC in circulation will continue to grow
In addition, BTC can never truly go away as the smallest
unit for a BTC transaction is 0.00000001 BTC.
That’s a lot of
decimal places – considering the smallest unit of USD is a penny
Bitcoins Are a Supplemental System, Not a Replacement
You can’t stop the economy.
Governments hate what they cannot
Free speech and free market are wonderful things to be
Because of the Bitcoin project, there will always be
ways to do business – even on a global level.
There are risks in
volved with using Bitcoins.
In some cases, Bitcoins are, in my
opinion, less of a risk than holding currency of an upcoming de
Bitcoins have the potential to replace national
However, I see Bitcoin as more of a supplemental al
We’ll see you next time with more of my jour
ney and experiences with Bitcoins as I share my experiences with
mining for coins!
We’d like to dedicate our ﬁrst AppleGram as an iBook to Jim Salter. One of the founding members of Apple Corps
of Dallas, Jim was part of the Board (Steering Committee) and Hardware SIG leader for many years.
Jim, a true friend and mentor, will be missed but never forgotten.