See the trailer for “steve jobs|”

The movie opens on October 9, 2015 so it is still a way off yet, but if you watch the trailer, you get a good idea of what the movie will be like.

Written by Aaron Sorkin (West Wing), based on the biography by Walter Isaacson and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), it is the backstory on how Steve Jobs took an idea and ran with it to create the most iconic computer on the planet. It stars Michael Fassbender as Steve, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak, and Jeff Daniels as the evil John Scully.

Here is the link:

Review: Take Control of Numbers


by Ed Booth

Take Control of Numbers by Sharon Zardetto
version 1.0 for Numbers 3.5 TidBits Publishing, Inc.15 April 2015

I’ll admit it, I’m a long-time Excel/Word/PPT user on the Mac and had not used the Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote software before Debbie [Deborah Abbott] gave her excellent presentation to the group last fall (2014). I decided to try Pages and was pleased with the results. And then I used Keynote for a presentation this winter, and was thrilled with what it could do compared with it’s better known (and famously snooze-inducing) rival. But, I hadn’t gotten around to using Numbers yet. So when I won the member raffle last month I selected the Take Control Books new issue on Numbers.TCONumbers

Before we get too far in this review, I should note that this Book covers version 3.5 of Numbers which only runs on Yosemite. Fortunately, I have upgraded to Yosemite on my laptop and have had no issues running it there. The author points out that she does not cover Numbers for iOS or the iCloud features. However, I think many of the basic principles she covers would directly apply to those other versions of Numbers.

One of the features I like about the e-book format in general (available as a pdf, EPUB for iOS in particular, or Mobipocket) and the way TCB implements it in particular, is that I can have the book on my iPad so I can leave my laptop screen fully available to run the program while referring easily to the book.

I like other features as well. The Quick Start section guides you to parts of the book based on either your experience or your needs. Thus if you’re a novice you can jump to the tutorial section which is actually at the back of the book. Or if you are familiar with spreadsheets (as I was) you can jump right into the particular features of Numbers. Throughout the book, there are examples with the invitation to “try it.” Available from TCB is a Numbers file with over two dozen spreadsheets set-up with sample data and formatting — giving you the opportunity to jump in and get hands-on experience with the program.

I am impressed with the depth and thoroughness of the treatment of all the aspects of working with Numbers spreadsheets. And there’s a lot to cover. Everything from basic cell addressing and navigation (relative vs. absolute); through formulas, formatting, and on to graphic results; everything seems to be there. The author even takes time to school those of us who grew up with the “Save As” command on how Apple has replaced that concept with “Rename” and “Duplicate” menu commands. Plus, the tip that if you press the “Option” key, you can get back to Kansas temporally by changing “Duplicate” to “Save As.”

All told, the book covers 324 screens on my iPad in the EPUB version. I can’t say pages because the EPUB format allows you to change the type size and reflow the material to customize the reading experience. That’s something I can appreciate – my arms aren’t long enough to bring print books into focus anymore.

The illustrations are well designed to cover the topic at hand. For example, here is the overview of the basic Table controls…Numbers figure

I discovered another concept new to me in spreadsheets; namely the capability to have multiple tables on a “page” separated by, of all things, “white space.” Who knew? At least in my experience with Excel.multiple tables

In summary, the book introduced me to possibilities for ways to use Numbers (and by extension, spreadsheets) I hadn’t considered since learning my way around MultiPlan and then Excel decades ago. For that I’m appreciative. I’m glad I have it and even more so because I won it as a benefit of my membership in our Apple User Group (once-upon-a-time known as The NorthWest of Us.)

If the book has glaring errors or omissions, my brief exploration hasn’t uncovered any. In anything as complex as the material covered here, there must be. But my experience using other TCBooks indicates that if there are, someone will point it out and then there will be a correction to it soon enough.

Heard any of these Steve Jobs quotes?

Editor: Thanks to Dave Ginsberg for compiling these.

1. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

2. “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

3. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

4. “Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”

5. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

6. Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”

7. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

8. “Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.”

9. “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”

10. “I want to put a ding in the universe.”

Coming up at the next meeting…

Next Saturday on June 13th a panel of experts will discuss Yosemite. Have you tapped into its biggest features?

• 4 take home tips that you can begin using that day.
• Great ideas you can’t get anywhere else. A meeting handout that will be a useful tool.
• Raffle, who will win? Lots of prizes.
• Summer Webinar Workshops – Details Announced
World Wide Developer Conference announcements on Monday

Apple joins the DJIA

I personally felt that it was fine not having Apple on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. As if somehow they weren’t an evil empire because they weren’t on the Dow listing. All the companies that are really evil are on the Dow, of course. Comcast is on the Dow. Need I say more? I like to think of Apple as the good guys, and whether they are or not is another thing.

So today, when Apple joined that infamous company of corporations, I had some mixed feelings. If we thought they had an effect on the stock market before, it should be interesting to see what happens going forward. They say they made the change because Visa was losing it’s value due to a 4:1 split, and Apple’s value makes it a good counter balance. They boot ATT off the Dow because they only have 30 stocks so someone had to go. Here is an article from a source that is not the usual financial propaganda generators:


Is your iPhone, iPad or Android device vulnerable to FREAK attack?

That’s a good question, one that I have been unable to figure out. The article fails to point out which of the apps are suspect. It focuses mostly on Android vulnerability but keeps mentioning iOS as well, keeping us in suspense. Not a well-written article, but just in case you thought your iPhone was invulnerable, (since the CIA has been unable to hack iPhones once they became all the rage) you should remember that “man in the middle” attacks are only possible if you are using open wi-fi.


C:Net logo

Review: Take Control of Pages, eBook

by Judy Eber, member

I found that I have Pages ’08 Version 3.03, and never used it, so in order to write this review, I thought I ought to update to the current version of Pages 5. As I was a bit behind the times, I had to learn the program from scratch. I liked that I had won the new Take Control Book for a guide. I liked the idea of being able to share documents between all my devices, and users. I didn’t like that, as a long time Mac only user, I had to purchase the new version of Pages, even though I had an iMac, iPad and iPhone. I relented because of iCloud. The iCloud integration afforded me the convenience of my documents being opened and edited without even having to save or sync that document as long as I am working on the latest OS to keep up with its continuing advancements. Pages 5.5 requires OS 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.TCO Pages

Take Control of Pages is longer than most Take Control eBooks. The 266 page eBook downloaded effortlessly and goes into detailed instruction for the three different platforms for creating, working on, (even in any Web browser,) sharing, updating and accessing the blog discussions. Each interface lends itself to the landscape of the device and the author describes each app’s tools and controls and their differences in depth. Formatting, Layouts, Templates, Graphics, Audio, Video, Charts in 3D and Graphs, and more will allow the user to create, collaborate, organize and password save very professional publications without boundaries.

There is a lot to learn for a newcomer reading this, and it will take anyone dedicated study for a while to get through all the information in this eBook and become fluent. I’d like to have a BootCamp covering all the new features of Apple’s amazing latest Word Processor.

Take Control of Apple Mail — Review


Screen Shot TCO Apple MailBy Carol DeMaio, Member

Take Control of Apple Mail, Second Edition, (version 2.0, 2014,) aims to assist the reader to understand the most effective ways to use Apple’s Mail in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. It can help the reader get more out of mail. The fully revised second edition covers changes in Mail in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. The author points out that Mail is not a perfect app. He shows examples of how to use Mail and how to solve some of it’s problems. He shares what he has done to make Mail work better for himself. The author points out that his book is not about the basics and is not a comprehensive reference guide.

Some of the changes in the Yosemite version of Mail and the new features of iOS are discussed. Noteworthy changes in Mavericks are covered, in case you skipped it.
The author discusses email protocols, which I found tedious and difficult to read. However I suspect an understanding of such could assist in future problem solving. He discusses IMAP and POP at length. I found the sections covering Customization of Mail, Taking Control of Your Inbox, Becoming a Better Correspondent and Fix Mail Problems much more interesting. These chapters are good references to look back on.
Though I found some sections of the book difficult to read, I think Take Control of Apple Mail can be a good addition to a Mac user’s reference library.

For a limited time only…




So my friend Celeste Magers, member of The Northwest of Us, told us about this wonderful little tip. From October to December, libraries, universities and other organizations shop for research sites on the web, so all the sites that are ordinarily commercially available are free to anyone in the know. All you need is to be a user of a library in Illinois. Both of these sites are run by the Illinois State Library, a part of the Secretary of State’s office.