Greetings!

Yes, we are still here and we will hold our March meeting online using Zoom. Please join us! A Zoom link will be sent to you before the meeting -

Next Meeting Tuesday March 9th on Zoom at 3.30pm

This meeting will again be online. We'd like you to join us at 3.30 pm. If you have not used Zoom before, the way we work is that you are sent a link in an email a day or so before the meeting and if you are ready, you just click on the link.

But do things always work as we hope? No!!

So if you are not comfortable using Zoom, you can try earlier. Please send us an email if you would like a trial session - don't hesitate because it is not difficult! We will happily arrange a time and help you get going. Send a note to
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Meeting Topic, March 9 2021

Our meetings are meetings of a group of interested people, focusing on Apple Mac products. This means we are interested in how to use desktop computers, laptops and iPads and even iPhones. Not everything we talk about is exclusive to Apple products, of course.  And we are a group of like-minded people sharing our interests and expertise.

We do not offer courses unless someone has something special to share with the group, and then we ask them to prepare a short presentation. We also ask for product reviews that we put on our website at https://www.bellarinemac.org.au/our-activities/product-reviews

We are keen to have at least one other female member of the committee so please, feel free to nominate yourself (or even someone else!) - and we will chase it up - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are interested in ascertaining if members want to return to the monthly meetings in the Ocean Grove Hub or perhaps just having a three-monthly social meeting, continuing with Zoom at other times.

And are members interested in a photo competition this year where we look for the most interesting/amusing/dangerous etc shot?

Topics likely to be canvassed at the March meeting include:

  1. Tips & tricks. Keyboard shortcuts.
  2. Social communication Apps - Facebook, WhatsApp etc. What do members use? Privacy/Security concerns? Techniques to avoid hacking, identity theft, marketing etc? Safer alternatives? Alternative email providers?
  3. Fake news. Where do you source your news? How to detect fake news?
  4. Buying non Apple products either online or instore Apple. Warranty coverage?
  5. Replacement options? Non ACCC Law compliance options/actions?
  6. MacOS update issues. Related to users installed software? Difficulties with addressing both Intel & Apple Silicon hardware variations? Other?
  7. Applecare use of ‘Safe’ [Shift]_[Start] and/or ‘Recovery’ [Cmd]_[R] startup modes.
  8. Apple occasional use of Malwarebytes for additional troubleshooting. Etrecheck & Etrecheck Pro is useful tool for troubleshooting (first suggested by Peter Oakley). Free, but Pro version for more detailed/powerful analysis only for fee.
  9. How to save file to a specific sub-folder?
  10. Multiple address books linked to different user names for different purposes e.g. friends, family, work.
  11. Best preview/vignette/quick look file options