Hello Mac Mad'ers, and potential Mad Mac'ers! I must confess that there isn't one single blog that I read regularly, and for sure there isn't one I post to at all - until now! Hooray for old dogs learning new tricks. If you are reading this, the Mad Mac Board thanks you heartily for visiting our new website. We are very interested in feedback and in member contributions. Contact any of the board members for more information. We're also looking for an at-large member to fill a vacant position. Check the Mad Mac Constitution for the exact duties of this position, but mainly it involves meeting with the board once a month over dinner, helping decide on meeting presentation topics and presenters, and getting to know each other better.

On behalf of Mad Mac I'd like to wish a very happy birthday to one of our members who will be celebrating her 90th trip around the Sun on spaceship Earth July 17th.  "Mibs" has been an active member of the group since at least 2005 and asks really great questions at our meetings...and at times helps answer them, too.  Happy Birthday!

Having grown up in St. Louis, MO and also having lived in northeast Alabama for a few years one would think I could handle hot, humid weather with aplomb. Not the case! The last few weeks have been hard on me and I've had very little energy (or good humor) to devote to all things Mac. I understand that there are TWO movies about Steve Jobs' life in development, one starring the former Mr. Demi Moore. Color me skeptical of Ashton Kutcher's ability to portray Steve Jobs, but I suppose anything is possible.

Thanks for understanding about this month's "newsletter" - I plan to return to the full newsletter for August. As always I'd love to include snippets written by our members about things you've learned, projects you've done with your Mac, reviews of apps, books, manuals - send 'em on over!

Stay cool, and hope to see you Wednesday at the Sequoya Library.

Holly McEntee
Mad Mac Sec'y and newsletter editor


2012.07 Back Fence: Adding Graphics

Shortly after yesterday's "Back Fence" item went up, Mad Mac member Jeanne Gomoll posted a comment on how to set up an RSS feed that will have your web browser automatically alert you when there's something new and neat to be seen here.

She also e-mailed me separately to express her frustration that the nifty graphic she'd prepared showing how to do it couldn't be posted as part of her comment. I used my demigod-like administrative powers to look at the website's settings to see if I could enable that feature, but it turns out not to be a feature at all — at least not a feature available to the bare-bones (IE, free) version of Blogger we're using for Mad Mac — so the sad story is that no, you can't embed graphics directly within your own comments.

However, what you can do is send them to me (or any other Mad Mac board member, since we all be demigods in this here pantheon), and we can do it for you. Blogger accepts graphics in .jpg, .gif, .bmp, and .png formats, 8 megabytes max.

How about files of other types, like
  • word-processing (.txt, .rtf, .doc)
  • spreadsheet (.numbers, .xls, .xlsx)
  • audio (.mp3, .mp4, .wav, .aiff, .au)
  • multimedia (.qt, .mov, .wmv)
  • database (.fp7, .fmp12, .accdb)
  • etc.

We still haven't figured out how to store and display those, as you will see if you visit our plaint under the "Archive" tab, but we're working on it. Stay tuned.


2012.07 Back Fence: What's On Your Mind?

Use the "Comment" feature (by clicking on the pencil icon below) to give us feedback on this website and the bare-bones nature of this month's newsletter.

Or ask questions.

Or give hints.

Or do whatever it is that nabors do while chatting over the back fence.

2012.07 Weather Forecast: Heat Wave

You think it's been hot in Madison lately? Check out the weather forecast for Alderaan:

2012.07 News: Power Inverter Available To Lend

Mad Mac has acquired a power adapter that fits into your car's 12-volt power-access outlet (formerly known as a "cigaret lighter"), and it's available to be lent to Mad Mac members for long trips where you'd like to use your laptop as a CD player in the car. E-mail Richard to reserve it on a "first come, first served" basis. (Not this week, tho, as it's off to Miami with me.)