May 8th, 2014 IPCUG Meeting Minutes

IPCUG Monthly Meeting

May 8th, 2014

Minutes by Laura, Secretary

Meeting started at 6:35 pm by President Hugh

There were 23 members and 3 visitors in attendance.


  • “Meeting after the meeting” tonight at Denny’s
  • IPCUG Board Meeting at Jerry’s, Thursday May 22nd, 6:30pm
  • Linux User’s Group at Taos, Thursday May 15th, 6:30pm
  • No-host breakfast at Golden Corral Saturday, May 10th at 9:00 am.
  • The raffle for the Chrome Cast will be taking place tonight. Tickets are $1/ticket or $5/6 tickets. Tickets can be purchased from Brian, Treasurer.
  • The club is looking for a new logo/design for the IPCUG website. Each submission will receive a ticket towards the raffle. Tonight is the deadline for submissions and there will be a vote at next month’s meeting for which logo/design will be placed on the website.

Question & Answer Session


  • Q: What do I do with the new Windows XP? I have been having problems.
  • A: You can install different versions of Linux that allow you to copy your XP hard drive into the virtual machine, running a linux base. You just need to have hardware that supports virtualization. You could also install Zoren 7 or 8 which is a version of Linux that looks like Windows XP.


  • Q: I turned off Windows XP a few days ago, and when I turned it back on there were a number of updates.
  • A: There have been multiple patches and updates. Let the updates run.


  • Q: How do I connect a computer at the Melba Historical Society (where there is no phone line) to my computer connection at my house? I had four bars and then all the sudden it was gone. Is it possible the USB port went bad?
  • A: It’s possible, yes. You could get a new USB wifi adapter with a wireless end (it has better range).

Presentation: Guest speaker Larry Krum, Training Director with MacLife

  • MacLife is an Apple specialist, which is the highest level of retailer, and has been in the Boise market for several years.
  • History
    • Apple began with two friends: Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, who started Apple in the early 70’s. They designed the Apple 1 computer in July of 1976.
    • Apple 1 had the following stats: MOS 6502 Processor @ 1MHZ, 4 to 48 KB RAM, and sold it for $666.66.
    • Apple 2 was introduced in 1977, but they were everywhere by 1979.
    • Visicalc was the first spreadsheet software, and was included in the Apple 2. This was a great opportunity for businesses.
    • Steve Jobs was doing side-work for HP and went to his supervisor to offer the Apple, but HP said “there’s no market for a personal computer.”
    • In 1981 IBM entered the PC Market
      • Used Microsoft’s MS-DOS: Intel 8088 Processor @ 4.77MHZ, 16.256KB RAM.
      • Within 5 years they had three times the market share of Apple.
    • In the early 80’s, the Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) were trying to come up with ideas. Apple paid a fee and went into PARC for 3 days to speak to their engineers and obtain ideas. From this, Apple developed Macintosh.
    • Macintosh was introduced in 1984. Macintosh’s stats: Motorola 68000 @ 8mhz 128kb. Apple’s goal wanted to make it so every home could have a personal computer.
    • 1985-1996 Steve Jobs and John Sculley (CEO of Apple) had a fallout, and Steve Jobs left Apple in 1986, starting his own company called “Next.”
    • Jobs sold all his Apple stock except for one stock, bought a movie company called Pixar, then sold it to Disney and made billions of dollars.
    • Apple asked Steve Jobs to come back in 1996, and in 1998 he brought out the iMac.
    • In 2001, Apple came out with OS X, which was based on BSD Unix.
    • 2001-2007 Apple had problems with retail stores, and decided to start their own retail stores. The iPod and the use of iTunes software was impressive to a large crowd of people and revolutionized the music industry.
    • 2007 Apple switched to Intel processors, developing the “PowerPc chip.”
    • In 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone, and in 2010 they introduced the iPad.
  • Apple products today
    • Mouse that doesn’t have obvious buttons but allows you to left click, right click, scroll, and swipe without the typical look of the mouse. The mouse is also wireless.
    • Desktop layout is different
      • Finder is the app that runs the menu of your desktop
      • Dock at the bottom holding icons that represent apps
      • Apps can be put in desktop mode, in which you can move screen to screen (app to app) with a simple swipe to the side
      • Utility apps that are specialized to the apple computer
      • iTunes (music library that allows someone to buy specific songs, albums, or movies from the store, or download your own into iTunes)
      • iPhoto, which captures events and allows you to make photo albums
      • GarageBand, allowing someone to produce or record music
      • iMovie, which allows you to make a mini movie with photos or videos
      • Pages, which is a newsletter app
      • Spreadsheet
  • Apple is different
    • Ease of use because of integration
    • Customer experience
    • Philosophy (Ethos) and core values
      • Core value starts with the customer experience, not the technology
      • Combination between technology and liberal arts
    • Doesn’t need antivirus software


Raffle for the Chrome Cast resulted in Brian as the winner.

Meeting adjourned at 8:48 pm. Next meeting will be June 12th, 2014 at 6:30pm.

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