Re: iCloud Drive

        Here John Carter jumps in to the discussion, "A major disadvantage of iCloud is that it does not allow sharing between users in the way that Dropbox does. However, iCloud has other features that aren’t available in Dropbox. So it becomes prudent to know what iCloud is for and to take advantage of those features in addition to using Dropbox for what it does best.

        "To get informed on what iCloud is for, get the eBook “Take Control of iCloud” by Joe Kissell (2nd Edition) here. (Click on “All Ebooks” in the left margin to find the title. A 30% MUG discount will be applied at checkout.)"
        John provides this further info:  "Here’s an outline of the major iCloud features:
   * Media syncing
   * My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing
   * Syncing documents and app data
    * Mail, Contacts, Calendar, browser data, Reminders, and Notes
    * iCloud Keychain
    *  Find My Device and Find My Friends
    * iCloud backup
    * Apple TV
    * Back to my Mac
      And John summarizes,  "Some of those features require Mavericks, and some are available in Mountain Lion or Lion."

Ideas and Shortcuts

  Jim Hamm presented some helpful tips to the AMUG Senior SIG today, and shares these links with us. 

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Mail in Mavericks and iOS 7: How To

Having trouble or confusions with Apple Mail in Mavericks?  John Carter to the rescue.    "Lots has changed from previous versions, particularly for Gmail users, and although Apple has restored some functionality in 10.9.1 and the just-released 10.9.2, there's nothing like a healthy dose of expert advice to put you back in control of your email.         "To help with that, email expert Joe Kissell has revisited the topic in 'Take Control of Apple Mail.' This new ebook, which covers both Mail for Mavericks and iOS 7, provides 175 pages of essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting advice, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, or IMAP — or more than one. The book normally costs $15, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $10.50. Learn more about the book and purchase via the coupon-loaded  link.   Want to know more?  "Along the way, Joe explains core concepts like special IMAP mailboxes and email archiving, reveals Mail's hidden interface elements, and offers tips on customizing Mail to your preferences (including the best power-user plugins for Mail on the Mac). You'll also learn how to find that message in the haystack, figure out how digital signatures and encryption work in Mail, and uncover solutions to numerous common problems. Perhaps most important, Joe shares his strategy for avoiding email overload; the article where he first introduced it won American Business Media’s Neal Award for Best How-To Article.

        "When Apple released 10.9.2 Mavericks earlier this week, we were within minutes of uploading the completed ebook files to our server. Once Joe realized that 10.9.2 had made significant changes to Mail, he dropped everything in order to research the changes and update the manuscript. Editing occurred overnight, and we produced the ebook anew in the morning, making this not only the most comprehensive book about Apple Mail, but also the most up to date!"  
        And there's 30% off Take Control's other ebooks:  Take Control of Apple TV, Take Control of Your Passwords,  Take Control of CrashPlan Backups,  Take Control of 1Password

Windows 8.1 vs OS X Mavericks

        "Here's an interesting comparison between the two subject OSes," Jim Hamm begins.  "Although this comparison won't, I suspect, induce anyone to change from one OS to the other, it's interesting to read what one knowledgeable writer has to say. I use both OSes, and both work well for me, especially after installing Classic Shell on Windows 8, which continues to work after the update to 8.1."

         Jim winds up his commentary with, "I think Microsoft continues to shoot itself in the foot by trying to force two dissimilar OSes into Windows 8: a 'Metro' style for tablets and a desktop style for Windows. It was confusing to use Windows 8 before the update to 8.1, as so many writers have pointed out."   

How to Synchronize Keychain on Mavericks

        John Carter's been at it again:  figuring it out and then showing us.  Here's his information on how to deal with keychain on Mavericks:  
        Setting up the Keychain Access to share between devices got to be a bit of a chore today.  I had to go online to resolve a serious problem.

        A prompt popped up asking me for the keychain 'Local Items' password, and then it wouldn’t accept anything I put in.
        The solution is (found online here) :
        Your login.keychain password is out of sync with the new iCloud keychain and needs to be re-sync'd.
         The new iCloud keychain is either called "Local items" if you don't have 
syncing enabled or "iCloud" if you enabled iCloud keychain sync.

  1. Open 'Keychain Access' Application
  2. Select the 'login' keychain from the keychains list
  3. Click the lock at the top to lock the login keychain
  4. Click the lock again to unlock the login keychain
5. After entering your login keychain password you should be presented with a dialog: 
6. Clicking the reset button will re-sync your login.keychain password with the iCloud keychain password.
If everything from the above fails for whatever reason the last resort you can do the following:
  1. Open terminal
  2. cd ~/Library/Keychains
  3. ls  
    1. When you 'ls' here you will see a folder that contains a bunch of random number liks so:
    2. 94ED610F-DD96-4ECF-A2BC-7D2F8651A464  (this number is unique on each system)
  4. rm -rf 94ED610F-DD96-4ECF-A2BC-7D2F8651A464
  5. Reboot 
  6.  and  when you log back in everything should be back to normal.    And that's it.  # # # 

Thanks, John for your expertise! 

13 New Tricks in OS X Mavericks

       "Here are some helpful tips if you've updated to Mavericks," Jim Hamm gets our attention.  He goes on to explain,  "Tip #6 is handy in the syncing aspect, especially since I do use a secure Keychain for my sensitive passwords and to have them synced and handy on my iPhone and iPad would be nice. I do have mixed emotions about this feature, though -- I'm not a fan of storing my passwords in the Cloud. So far I've not implemented this feature." 

You Can Sandbox Flash Player

          You can Sandbox Flash Player in Safari for OS Mavericks as described and explained in this article 
        What’s an “app sandbox?.  Here’s Apple’s guide to this protection for your security. 

FREE IWork Apps

        Jim Hamm's been busy with Mavericks, don't you know.  He sends us one more link with helpful information.  "With the release of Mavericks Apple has enabled FREE upgrades for iWork apps such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Here's an article with further details. A nice touch by Apple. 

        "Apple has so much cash stashed away they've become quite liberal with pricing their OS updates -- as in FREE for Mavericks. Hard to quarrel with that price...(grin)."  Jim

Gmail in Mavericks

        Here's a warning from Jim Hamm about Mavericks,  "If you use a Gmail  account for your emails, and use the Mac Mail app to download your emails, according to this article you may have a problem. Trying to read and understand the article almost gave me a headache, so I hope you do better.

        "I use Gmail, but on the web server. I haven't downloaded emails into Mac Mail or any other program, such as Thunderbird, for years. I just prefer to use Gmail's web server program. It simplifies my email life.
        Jim closes with, "If you've installed Mavericks, and download your email into Mac Mail, you may want to take a peak at this article. Good luck...(grin)" 

More on Mavericks

        "I was using Mavericks and suddenly a dialog box popped up and asked if I'd like to take a tour of the new features. I clicked sure, and off we went. It highlighted and explained the more significant features and improvements of 10.9.

        "I thought this was a nice idea and a nice touch by Apple. BTW, if you should use the Avast AV program on your Mac, it is compatible with 10.9,"  and so Jim Hamm continues with his introduction to the newest and greatest.
        Anyone else taken the plunge?  Let's hear from you, too. 

OS X Mavericks: Hands-On

        "Here is an article from MacWorld with comments about their hands-on experience with OS X Mavericks, to be released this fall. With various recent articles commenting on password security -- or lack thereof -- in browsers, read the section about a new feature: iCloud Keychain," Jim Hamm informs us.  Scroll down about half way for that password security feature.