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.


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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.

iPhone 6 sales jump significantly higher than iPhone 5s (a record!)

iPhone6Apple is saying that their sales and orders for the new iPhone 6 are over 10 million for totals on the first weekend of sales. This is significant because the iPhone 5s shattered all previous first-weekend sales records at 4.5 million. Here are the links:

Apple’s own press release:

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO

And my personal favorite is a story about how Tim Cook surprised folks waiting in line for phones at a Palo Alto Apple Store:

Apple patches up iCloud security breach


After taking a public razzing over having the security of its iCloud master data vault compromised by hackers recently, Apple Computer has indicated it is installing several new security features to protect its iCloud system.

Apple staffers maintain that persons unknown invaded Apple’s iCloud recently in order to target certain Hollywood celebrities and obtain compromising information from their private accounts. The methods used in cracking their entry are unknown, but the nude celebrity photos quickly released on the web by the hackers shocked the world.

Some of the new security practices Apple is installing include new layers of security announcements if an effort is made to crack into your account. Apple also promises two-step password protection. This will provide an extra level of protection to a mobile phone after the initial password has been entered. Other controls will likely occur as well.

The hacking episode comes at a bad time. Just as Apple, and others, prepare for their peak season holiday sales, the security breach has left some customers with a sour taste about trusting iCloud’s ability to resist hackers.

When Apple first announced several years ago that it was working on pooling the content produced by all Apple users into one gigantic databank called iCloud, many expressed concern about the company’s ability to guarantee privacy.

While its still unknown how the hackers accessed the confidential information, it’s certain that Apple will assign top priority in correcting the problem.

Microsoft Word Tip (or two)

By Debby Abbott

Every once in a while, you’ll be frustrated by something that happens in Microsoft Office. Or maybe it happens more often than that, but this particular issue has bugged you for a while.

Today’s tip is about Microsoft Word, and that darned number in the list that somehow takes on the format of the sentence when you only want the sentence to have the format, not the number!

Scenario: You’re working on a Microsoft document (Word) and you’ve added formatting to put numbers at the front of a bulleted list.

  1. Get milk.
  2. Pay bills.
  3. Choose a movie from the library and borrow for the long weekend.

You’ve learned enough about MS Word that you know to hit the Return key (Enter key in the WIN world) two times, because hitting it once gives you the next number in the list and hitting it twice gives you a new paragraph.

Then you decide to add some notes below, so you’re smart enough that you did a Shift+Return (Shift+Enter in the WIN world) for a “soft return,” also known as a “soft carriage return” for older users. You italicize it so it stands out.

  1. Get milk.
  2. Pay bills.
    Be sure to mail these by driving to the post office and not in the house mailbox.
  3. Choose a movie from the library and borrow for the long weekend.

However, in MS Word, you now have an italicized number, too! And you didn’t want that!

Here’s the tip, the helpful hint:  

  • At the end of your italicized sentence, click right after the period and drag to the right, just a little. You’ll actually be highlighting something that you don’t know is there, the paragraph return.
  • Once that is highlighted, click on the Italic again to un-italicize the font of the Return, and the number will no longer be italicized.

Back in the “old days” of computing with Word Perfect, users always saw the codes that are now “hidden” in a normal view. If you’re curious and wish to see the code that you’re selecting, in Microsoft Word, look at the top of the window to see the different groups of tools in the ribbon.

Click on the Paragraph tool and the icon will have the depressed/lighter coloring behind it. The codes will show up.

Don’t be alarmed. You can turn it off the same way: It’s a toggle tool. (Click once and it’s on; click again and it’s off.)

For the really geeky people: still exists. Mactopia is the part of Microsoft reserved only for Macintosh (Apple) products, and their Getting Started page has many helpful tutorials.

Until next time, happy computing!

By D Abbott Posted in Tips