Category: Apple Computers

How to connect Bluetooth devices with your Android smartphone or tablet

We live in the era of digital communication, which means that everything develops really fast. Just a couple of years ago, being a technology fan meant “being wired”, but nowadays everything is going wireless. Bluetooth is one of the most versatile radio communications means. You can use it to wirelessly connect keyboards, mice, headsets and you can even use it to transfer files. In this tutorial, we will show you how to connect Bluetooth devices to your Android smartphone or tablet. Don’t worry, you only need to take a couple of easy steps!

NOTE: For this tutorial we used a OnePlus One smartphone running CyanogenOS 12.1 based on Android 5.1.1. This ROM is very similar to the stock Android experience, so you should have no problem finding the settings mentioned here. If your device’s interface is heavily modified, please refer to the device’s user manual or the manufacturer’s support website for additional information

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TAPCUG and OMUG Linux SIG events

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Oct 27, 2015  (4th Tuesday this month only) 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Traditionally we are on vacation during the summer- June, July, August. We just received notice that the Community Center is being remodeled September 2015 so the next meeting is Oct 27, 2015. Raspberry Pi 2 and new Mint XFCE included in agenda.

The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is Sep 8, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see . To get the most out of these meetings bring your ideas, questions and be an active part of the discussion. New members are always welcome. Visit the TAPCUG/OMUG booth at the Puyallup Fair Sep 17, 2015.

We have three major computer systems today: Windows which is based on DOS, Apple’s OS X which was derived from open source FreeBSD . (Windows and Mac are closed proprietary systems). Linux, which is based on the Linux kernel and unlike the first two, is basically free and open source. Companies make money from the packaging and support of Linux. Linux is much more secure because its roots are from Unix, a serious business multiuser system. Linux has extra built in security such as Netfilter and IPTables which makes your system rock solid and secure.

We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, Chromixium, Nvidia Tegra K1 computers, K1 Linux install, Transmission, Openshot, Google Drive, Linux flash drive install, Gnome system monitor, quantum computers, youtube-dl,
gsmartcontrol for hard drivesLightbeam, Raspberry Pi 2, BerryBoot, Noobs,   Google hangout, Google Keep, Kdenlive, recorditnow, Chromecast, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys, mesh networks, dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer, audacity, Linux Mint 17.2 XFCE, Mint xfce 4.12 upgrade, smart phone customizing: Convert Android to OnePlus One, TV music streaming, owncloud, youtube-dl, Google+ Hangout On Air, Samsung ARM chromebook hdmi to vga cable, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, Seabios, OpenBios, Plop, flashrom.  We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using. For details, see

Mac vs. Windows incompatibility achieves irrelevance

The days when business users needed to worry a Mac might prove incompatible with colleague’s Windows systems are over. Erik Eckel explains.

Pumping diesel fuel into a vehicle requiring unleaded gasoline makes what most would describe as a first-class mess. Fortunately, diesel fuel dispenser nozzles are sized to help prevent accidental insertion within an unleaded fuel tank. Surprisingly, some businesses still believe Macs are as incompatible with Windows systems as diesel fuel is with unleaded.

The popularity of cloud-based computing, in which business professionals largely only need internet access to a web-based application using the Safari, Firefox, or Chrome Web browsers, combined with Microsoft’s continued Office productivity suite support for OS X and even iOS, essentially eliminates incompatibilities. In cases where organizations prove dependent upon a Windows-based application — a scenario increasingly unlikely, thanks to many such application providers offering platform-independent cloud-based computing options — Mac users can always load VMware Fusion (or Parallels Desktop for Mac) and run Windows within OS X.

The majority of computer users have largely made Microsoft’s Office productivity tools the de facto standard. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint essentially rule the document, spreadsheet, and presentation worlds. Now that Microsoft supports OS X (and iOS) with its Office 365 licensing subscriptions, and the Windows and Mac versions encounter little trouble when sharing files between platforms, Mac users needn’t worry that Windows colleagues will send files they can’t read, import, edit, change, and otherwise send back. Office productivity compatibilities have essentially been eliminated.

Even if a Windows user seeking to migrate to using a Mac is dependent upon Microsoft Access, Project, or Publisher, those applications can be obtained from Microsoft and installed and run within a virtual machine. In the past, VMs were a chore to set up and administer. However, virtualization software advancements make creating new VMs a breeze — plus faster Macs (solid state disks, in particular) and improved efficiencies within OS X dramatically improve performance.

Popular cloud-based storage services, including Box and DropBox, now support the Mac platform, as do automated backup offerings from Carbonite and Mozy. Even Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud-managed file storage solution now supports Macs and iOS devices.

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Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review

Every once in a while, a gadget completely resets the curve. Once I started wearing good, expensive headphones, I suddenly couldn’t even tolerate Apple’s EarPods anymore. When I first grabbed my friend’s BlackBerry because I needed to answer an email, I knew instantly I wasn’t going back to texting with T9. I drove an Audi and never looked at my Saturn the same way again. Remember the first time you used a capacitive touchscreen, threw your 56k modem out the window and switched to broadband, or switched from standard-def TV to 1080p?

It only took about ten minutes of using Apple’s new iMac with Retina display to make me wonder how I’m ever supposed to go back. Back to a world where pixels are visible on any screen, even one this big. Back to only having enough screen space to do two things at a time. Back to dropped frames, spinning wheels, and waiting for files to copy from one place to another.

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