SMMUG Meeting Notes, Oct. 24, 2012
Ooma Phone is now $129 and can be used in place of your house land line. It is a forever contract which replaces your monthly expenses. A DSL in not a phone, it just comes through your phone line. Ooma gets the signal from your computer DSL modem. You plug the Ooma Phone into the modem (may need adapter). Call Katie Guilliat if you need more info) You can plug a regular phone into the Ooma Phone modem and then into your computer. Then it serves as a landline.
Verizon Jet Pack WiFi router with its own network has 5 gigabytes (they lease it to you for about $200) has a modem that gives a signal from a cell tower to a computer. It will serve about 5 devices. Call Keith Thomasse. It is a server. $30/mo for 5 gigs of dataplan. For $50 you can serve 10 devices. You own it, but they have a monthly fee. You can travel with it. It’s a mobile hot spot. (An iPhone can be made a hotspot for $10/mo. (5 gigabytes). Don’t stream with it, it’s just for data. ) Dish has another different package. If you go too far off the beaten path, it won’t work. There’s FoxFi for Droid phones that gives an access point to computers. The audio and video on SKYPE is excellent because it doesn’t use bandwidth. The data contract has a lot to do with your capability. There are different tethering methods-an antenna and a USB port for the iPhone. The cell phone plugs into the USB port with an antenna. You don’t need that with the JetPack. Full Spectrum pays for its bandwidth from AT&T. Katie went with Spiral (subsidiary of AT&T); call ISP provider. Point of contact is whoever you pay the money to. Call DSL and they call AT&T if that is your phone landline server.
To use a different camera that takes a horizontal video, drag it from iPhoto to your desktop. Then go to iMovie, and drag it from the desktop into a “new project” in iMovie.
Keith Thomassen was nominated for 2013 President and has accepted the nomination.
John will try to get a refund from the Library for December. If we can’t get a refund, we could have the party at the library. Keith, Rick and John will be our 2013 officers. Rick is Vice-Pres, and John is Secy-Treas.
If you have a 21.5 or 27 in. iMac, put your serial number in, and you can see if it can iMac TB Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program at www.apple.com, or http://www.apple.com/support/imac-harddrive/ . Go to about this Mac to get your serial #. Click on version and it tells you what the serial # is. If you go to Service it will tell you if you are still under warranty. In the Overview and click “More Information” you get this. You can check to see at www.selfsolve.apple.com also.
Junk mail: use www.google.com/intl/en/about/products/ Use the “Web Page” Picassa piles up junk mail. Use Google.com, click on “more”, then on “even more”.
Scroll through Traffic, Terrain, Satellite vs Mapview, etc. Sign up for Google Voice and it will list all of your phone numbers. Someone who has a cell phone can call one number and all of my phones will ring at the same time. The app for iTunes has the new Version 1.4.2 and there is a low rate for free text messages to US phones and international calls. It can be accessed from your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This number does you no good, unless you put your other phone numbers into it. If you go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-voice/id318698524?mt=8 you can download the app into your iTunes. SKYPE is still free, and this is not, for international calls. Google also has “maps for mobile” at www.google.com/mobile/
If you see a gear icon in the upper right on a page, it leads you to learning more. Go to support.google.com/?hl=en to find a lot of icons to support what you want to access including voice. Support.google .com/help. YouTube, Drive (similar to Dropbox). Google offers 5 gigabytes of storage and Dropbox only offers 2 gigabytes.