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General Meeting in Maryland, Saturday, March 25

The March 25, 2017, will be held at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD. The meeting topic: Jimmy Obomsawin will be our featured guest. We will also have an epic Question & Answer session that covers: why it is essential that you fully back up all your iOS devices before upgrading to the forthcoming iOS 10.3; what the iOS 10.3 update portends (great word, portends) for macOS; why backup is not the same as archiving; and how to keep Google Home from arguing with Alexa and Siri. We will probably do other things as well, possibly including such things as: creative writing and its role in website maintanence; what forthcoming iPads mean to you; and a quiz on Apple and computer history, complete with prizes.

In case of inclement weather or other emergencies, the Pi follows the same schedule for closures as the Montgomery County school system.

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Parallels and non-Mac operating systems

At the January General Meeting the Pi will demonstrate Parallels  a suite of software that allows you to run non-Mac operating systems side-by-side with your Mac programs. There will also be a demonstration of Parallels Toolbox, a program from the same company that has not a thing to do with Parallels Desktop for Macintosh.

Holiday shopping online

The Center for Internet Security has written a simple, clear set of guidelines for purchasing things online. While focused on the holidays, the guidelines cover general online shopping, including threats from using public wireless networks for financial transactions to fake sites designed to mimic legitimate businesses. Check out their one-page list of recommendations.

Security and new devices

Many people give, or receive, new or recycled electronic devices over the holidays. Recycled devices may have sensitive information from the previous owner, or may be seriously behind on security updates. New devices may contain hidden, default passwords that could allow others into the device, or have unwanted, possibly dangerous software preinstalled. The Center for Internet Security has a handy one-page list of things to check.

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