Monthly Main Meeting Highlights

January 2011 Main Meeting:
Welcome to our first meeting for 2011.


Tonight Alex Zaharov- Reutt gave us an in-depth look at the new release Mac air and the iPad.

Apple has released a new range of the ultra thin very lightweight Mac air laptops. The Mac air range was first released in 2008 with a 13 inch screen and an 80 gig hard drive. This latest release has a both 11 inch and 13 inch screen versions. To make them even lighter Apple have gone with solid state hard drives, from a 64gig to a 256 gig in the most expensive model.

The price ranges from $1199 for the 11 inch, 64 gig model, to the 13 inch 256 gig, model at $1949.

Mac Air Details

Alex then gave the meeting a detailed look at the iPad, including the Keynote presentation application.

Keynote is the Apple equivalent of PowerPoint, but unlike PowerPoint it only costs $12.99 to download.

Keynote is part of iWorks, but has been redesigned for the iPad to take advantage of the iPad’s’ multi touch screen and the tap- and- drag positioning of the graphics.

Working with objects is simple. Just drag the photo or diagram into the keynote document being created.

Keynote comes with several animations to enliven the presentation.

The program was designed to take full advantage of iPad’s’ multi -touch screen when the presentation is running.

Keynote can produce “cinema quality” transitions, fads and repositions.

Alex then spoke about the great connectivity of the iPad.

The iPad has two versions with internet connectivity. A Wi-Fi model, with Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi and 3g model. The 3g model has a micro -sim card socket for connection to any mobile broadband provider.

Alex used his card to demonstrate the strength of the connection.

This was a YouTube of the ABC election report.

You can find all the details about iPad here

The Raffle

Tonight we had two copies of Kaspersky anti-virus software and a collection of brand name USB keys, including the Intel Blueman USB, and Google note pads.

The Winners were

Dennis Campanella

Warren Wyllie

Bill Parry

Steve South

and the Luck Door prize was taken home by

John Lucke



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