News and Offers Archive - From 2003

The Maryland Apple Corps is providing these offers as a courtesy, and makes no representations regarding these offers or any information related thereto. Any questions, complaints or claims regarding these offers must be directed to the appropriate party. For offers that are "For MUG Members only," or for User Group members, please contact the Maryland Apple Corps club ambassador for MUG codes, or ID and password.

Local News

Washington Apple Pi Buses to Macworld
Washington Apple Pi will sponsor its fifth annual one day bus trip New York City for the Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo's Show on Thursday July 17, 2003.

Buses Depart:
Location 1: Commuter parking lot at the rear of Micro Center in the Pan Am Plaza on Nutley Street in Vienna at 4:45 AM.
Location 2: Commuter parking lot at the corner of Rockville Pike and Montrose Road at 5:15 AM.
Buses return: 12:00 to 12:30 am Friday July 18.

Included: Bus fare (no food), CREATE Expo Ticket to the Exhibit Floor only (does not include sessions).
Cost: $75 payable to Washington Apple Pi CREATE Trip
Mail checks and accompanying form (PDF format) to:
James M. Ritz
5802 Nicholson Lane #606
Rockville, MD 20852

If you have any questions please write to me at
The show's information site is:

Washington Apple Pi (WAP) Computer Show and Sale

 Saturday, June 14    (9:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

WHAT: Twice a year the Washington Apple Pi (WAP) holds its COMPUTER SHOW & SALE (sometimes known as a Garage Sale in honor of the origins of the Apple computer). This is the place to BUY, SELL, and BARGAIN hardware and software used with Apple and Macintosh computers. If you bring in your Mac system you can have one of our skilled volunteers give it a CHECKUP for a donation to Washington Apple Pi.

WHERE: at the NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (NoVA), 8333 Little River Turnpike (VA route 236), Annandale, Virginia.

DIRECTIONS: Northern Virginia Community College is 1 mile west of Beltway (I-495) exit 52, on Virginia Rte. 236. Coming from the Beltway on 236, turn left at the 2nd light into the campus. Follow the road to the left and around behind the buildings to the Ernst Community Cultural Center. The Sale will be held in the Community Cultural Center Gymnasium. This is through the same entrance as the auditorium where the General Meetings are held; just turn left instead of right after entering the Cultural Center.

FREE Parking (if you park in the right lot):
Use the parking area that says Cultural Center Parking. It's across the road from the Community Cultural Center (but not in a straight line across). On Saturdays the lot has its entrance traffic arms in the up position. Use it. WARNING: parking in the wrong place subject to fine. NoVA has told us the following: In accordance with he stipulations of your facilities use contract, your organization [i.e., Washington Apple Pi] is authorized parking privileges in the Cultural Center Parking Lot. This parking lot is located in from the Ernest Cultural Center plainly marked by a green and yellow sign. If your participants park on campus in a place other than the Cultural Center parking lot, they may receive a parking ticket. The Cultural Center will not be responsible for parking tickets received as a result of parking in an area other than the Cultural Center parking lot. Washington Apple Pi adds: if you get a ticket, it is between you and NVCC.

For more information, including how to arrange to sell items at the Sale, send e-mail to

For late-breaking news, including a map to NoVA and an admission-discount coupon, access the WAP Web Sale page at:

Admission: $6 for WAP members, $7 for non-members -- but see the URL above for the dollar-off coupon.
Travel pictures for your desktop
MdAC members can have wonderful travel pictures for their desktops from eBookers, a travel agent in the UK. Each picture is from a different location around the world and contains a calendar for the month posted. This month's photo is from Santorini, Greece and has an April 2003 calendar.

In need of Macs
We've got many members who have asked me what to do with their older, still-serviceable, sitting-on-the-shelf, computers. Here's a request for a very worthwhile program that could benefit greatly from them. Anyone with a computer to donate should contact Kenneth Harrell or Larry Brown, Jr., Youth Community Organizer, Neighborhood Housing Services, Greater Hillendale Community 410-769-8820.

From Ken: "My name is Kenneth Harrell and I am a volunteer with the Youth Ambassador Program (Y.A.P.), a program organized by the Neighborhood Housing Services of the Greater Hillendale Community. The Youth Ambassador Program is in need of a few good Apple Computers. Y.A.P. would like to add a new multimedia training course to the programs curriculum, and recognizes that Apple computers are best suited for our purposes.  If your organization would be interested in sponsoring this new endeavor through the donation of used Apple computers or could provide information on other options it would be of great benefit to participating youth."

News from Apple

OS X v.10.2.6
Apple has just released an update to 10.2; 10.2.6. Use Software Update Control Panel (SUCP) to update or visit for disk images

What's new in this version: Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.2.5 in which a kernel panic message may appear if certain USB hubs or devices are connected. Improves printing compatibility for PostScript OpenType fonts. Improves compatibility for Maya Auto Paint and Paint Effects features. Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.2.5 in which English is the default language and Asian language scripts are not be available in the International preference pane, if a script's font is not available. Improves compatibility for MacSoft Unreal Tournament 2003 on computers with GeForce 2MX and GeForce4MX graphic accelerator chipsets. Address Book now supports the Sony Ericsson T610 phone.
OS X v.10.2.5
Apple has released OS X, v. 10.2.5 via Software Update Control Panel (SUCP) under 10.2.x.

For those with slower Internet connection speeds, Apple is offering the Mac OS X v10.2.5 Update CD for $19.95 in the U.S. (price varies in other countries). The CD is available from the online Apple Stores, Apple retail stores and from Apple software resellers. To find it on the online Apple Store, go to the home page and click on "Apple Software" under "Apple Products."


Safari Public Beta 2
Safari public Beta 2 is now available. New in Safari Beta 2: Tabbed browsing ; AutoFill forms & passwords; Privacy reset; Import Netscape and Mozilla bookmarks; Increased standards compatibility; Improved AppleScript support
Power Mac G4 Power Supply Exchange Program Announcement
The Power Mac G4 Power Supply Exchange Program offers owners of Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) computers the option of reducing the operating acoustic level of their computers by exchanging their original power supplies and system fans for new, quieter versions. Participation in the Power Supply Exchange Program is optional. The Power Supply Exchange Program kit is available at no charge, with a shipping and handling fee of US$19.95 or equivalent local currency.
Security Update 2003-03-03
Sendmail: Fixes CAN-2002-1337 in which a remote attacker could gain elevated privileges on affected hosts. Sendmail is not enabled by default on Mac OS X, so only those systems which have explictly enabled sendmail are vulnerable. All Mac OS X users, however, are encouraged to apply this update. The sendmail fix is available in Security Update 2003-03-03.
OpenSSL: Fixes CAN-2003-0078 , in which it is theoretically possible for a third-party to extract the original plaintext of encrypted messages sent over a network. Security Update 2003-03-03 applies this fix for Mac OS X 10.2.4

News and Offers from the Apple User Group Bulletin

Macworld CREATE re-named Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo
Free or Discounted Packages for User Group Members
This just in! IDG World Expo has announced that the July 14 - 18 event focusing on technology and professional solutions for the creative arts has been re-named "Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo." In addition, the User Group Advisory Board (UGAB) and IDG World Expo are offering user group members free or discounted attendance depending on the conference package.

- Register before May 19 for a free Exhibit Hall Pass
- Register before June 16 for 10% off all conference packages.

Be sure to provide your members with the User Group Priority Code to use when they register at the web site below. Encourage your members to use this code to save money, and to demonstrate the important role of user groups in the Macintosh community. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer. * For USER GROUP Members ONLY *
It's a Great Day for Upgrading to Mac OS X
We know that user group members are some of Apple's most faithful, long-time customers, and that many of you are still hanging on to Mac OS 9. But now is a great time for making the upgrade to Mac OS X. You'll love the speed, stability, functionality and much more. Apple has somehelpful web pages for those considering an upgrade to Mac OS X.

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade
Answers to Your Upgrade Questions
Feature Comparison Chart
More Upgrade Info
Casady & Greene Tri-CATALOG
Tri-CATALOG is a powerful tool that catalogs all your media so you can browse...and find it FAST.

Ever-increasing amounts of data on our computers and on removable storage media have made it harder and harder to quickly find the files we need. Tri-CATALOG is able to manage hundreds of volumes, representing millions of files, so you can find and browse files and images quickly and easily. Even better, the cataloged images can be viewed as thumbnails, and you can label files and images using text of your choosing.

Tri-CATALOG is available for only $59.95 (U.S.) That's a $30.00 (U.S.) savings. This is an ongoing worldwide offer with no expiration date. *For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
Asante Technologies
Asante Technologies is the leading provider of Mac networking solutions. The company's products are known for their ease of use. Asante is offering great discounts to MUG members on wireless routers, switches, and more. For example, the FriendlyNET FR3004FLC DSL/cable modem router with built-in 4-port 10/100 switch, serial port, and LPT port is $59 (U.S.), regularly $99 (U.S.), and the AeroLAN 1211 802.11b Wireless pc Card for laptops is $49 (U.S.), regularly $95 (U.S.). *For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
MacPhoneHome is the pre-eminent computer tracking and theft recovery software for Macintosh computers. If your Mac is stolen, MacPhoneHome sends a stealth e-mail message containing its exact location to an e-mail address set by you, and Brigadoon Software works with law enforcement to get it back. Both Classic and OS X. Normally $29.95 (US) per download/license. MUG members order through a hidden webpage and pay only $19.95 (US), a 33% savings. Offer expires December 31, 2003. Available worldwide.*For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
iDrops are 'alternative' motion menus for iDVD. There are iDrops that are outrageous, funny, and even anaglyphic 3D (6 pair of red/green glasses are included with that set), so there's bound to be something to please almost everyone. One of the lesser used features of iDVD is the ability to create a 'folder' which can then be assigned a different motion menu. Several iDrops have been designed in sets so that it's easy to make use of this feature. Make DVDs you enjoy watching over and over again. MUG members can qualify for a 20% discount on your order. Offer expires June 30, 2003. This offer is good only in the US. *For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
Toon Boom Studio
Toon Boom Studio is a must-have for anyone involved in animation, graphic design, Flash production or multimedia. Features include: Clever drawing tools to give you ultimate creative control; Automated lip-synch tools for merging sound and image; A multiplane camera for planning out your layouts in a 3D environment; Optimized output in SWF format, QuickTime and iMovie; Toon Boom Studio Importer for Flash MX; Electric Rain's Swift 3D plug-ins for importing from 3ds max and LightWave. Discount Offer expires June 30, 2003. Specials are available worldwide. Discount Offer expires June 30, 2003.*For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
More than 150 students and community members attended East Carolina University MUG's first community event, "Taking Better Digital Photos: A Digital Camera Event" in Greenville, NC on January 27. Photos and handouts from the sessions are posted at:
Spell Catcher
The long-awaited OS X version of Spell Catcher has just been released by Casady & Greene, and user group members can purchase or upgrade at special discounted prices. Spell Catcher X for OS X has been completely rewritten for OS X and works with virtually all OS X applications. It even works with instant messaging! The new version includes many enhancements and supports US, foreign language and specialized dictionaries. Spell Catcher X for OS X is available to user group members for $29 (US) when purchased from the Casady & Greene user group website. Upgrades are $19 (US). *For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
MacWarehouse User Group offer
Brian Caputo, a corporate account executive at MacWarehouse, is offering 10% off on almost all non-Apple hardware and software and 5% off most Apple products to user group members in the U.S. through May 31. For more information or to take advantage of this offer, contact Brian Caputo by email at or speak to him directly at 1.800.622.6222, ext 57408. Offer expires May 31, 2003. Offer available in the United States. *For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
Getting rid of an old computer?  You know it's smart to shred paper documents, but what about a computer that's filled with electronic documents?  Deleting files, emptying the trash, or even reformatting your hard drive doesn't really erase the files. SuperScrubber does.Use SuperScrubber to permanently erase all the files and data on your hard drive. Retail Price: $29.99 (US), MUG Discount: 20%. Offer expires May 31, 2003. *For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
   Available worldwide via
The MUG Store
The MUG Store has a never-ending supply of special deals exclusively for user group members. Don't forget that every dollar spent at the MUG Store creates points for your group to use for anything the Mug Store sells. *For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
A complete list of all deals currently in effect can be found at:

News and Offers from MaMUGs

AOL V10.3 Gold Master for OS X
Although VersionTracker's site lists it as a beta, it is not. Yesterday, AOL/TW released their new AOL v10.3 Gold Master for OSX. It looks basically the same as the 10.2 version but has many improvements and fixes including far better performance via DSL/Cable for BYOA - broadband customers.

It is not an automated update as of yet via your normal login messages so it is recommended to download via the traditional methods.
This link *should* have the new build GM but I haven't tested it yet. You can also download via keyword: Upgrade
AOL application may not recognize the old version as "old" so select "download again" to get this latest build.
.Mac Benefits
.Mac users get free Jaguar training tutorials Apple is offering .Mac users (free) exclusive Jaguar training as part of its subscription-based Web tools offering. The collection of more than 80 online manuals and tutorials (divided into 8 categories) is valued at $30 and is designed to help users better understand Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. It includes QuickTime movies, tips and other hints, and other useful resources.
Our friends at Matterform Software released v. 1.3.4 of SpamFire, their great filtering application for your email under 9x or X. In addition, they are offering a terrific deal to MUGs! *For MUG Members ONLY*. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
HotApp 1.7.2

A review from Frank Petrie, Technologies and Products Specialist for User Groups, Mid-Atlantic Macintosh User Groups Team  (MaMUGs)

Since the first days of OS X, users have cried, "Where are my F-Keys?" Well, eventually QuicKeys came out with a OS X compatible version but with a decently sized price tag. But because X's UNIX roots, OS X has become a playground for budding programmers. One of the best results is this handy, inexpensive, yet powerful application - HotApp. Not only does HotApp bring back the days of the F-Key but a whole lot more. This application has a feature set to go toe-to-toe with its more expensive brethren, QuicKeys. Paste text, launch .apps, launch  URLs, Address Book Quick Search, add AppleScripts, and so on and so  on. I purchased this .app after only 15 minutes of use. It allowed me to  remove a handful of aliases from my Dock. My desktop is not completely clean but we're getting ever so close. If you want to get the best bang for your buck for a keyboard .app, look no further. Requirements: Apple Mac OS 10.1.5 or OS 10.2.x/, Price: $15.00,
Apple releases iMovie update
iMovie is the easiest way to import, edit, and share your movies. iMovie 3 works with iTunes, iPhoto, and iDVD, and makes it easier to create movies with your own music, photos and video.
Our great friends at VSE Software have asked for opinions regarding updating their software products to OSX. Please check out their terrific stuff and be sure to cast your vote.
VSE makes BeFound and other great Mac titles but we've been waiting for X versions since 10.0
MemoryX-We Love Macs Newsletter Mar 03
We Love Macs is now a part of MemoryX. For all Apple accessories visit
Mactopia Newsletter March 2003
All things Macintosh at Microsoft
Welcome to the Mactopia newsletter, your monthly source of information about products and services from the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft. Visit us at
AirPort Base Station Firmware Upgrade
pgrade for the Snow (dual-Ethernet) base station. This firmware revision is not necessary for the Graphite base station nor the AirPort Extreme Base Station. It is recommended that you use AirPort 2.1.1 or later software with this base station firmware release.

News and Offers from Other Sources

Clone'X from Casady & Greene
Casady & Greene is pleased to announce the release of Clone'X, the tool that allows you to Clone, Restore and Copy your system to one or multiple computers. Clone'X, originally developed by TED in France, was the first System duplication and restore tool for Mac OS X. Clone'X supports Mac OS 10.x, as well as Mac OS 8.6-9.x. Clone'X is available for only$29.95 ( $49.95 SRP) as an electronic download from the C&G  User Group web site. Contact the club ambassador for instructions on accessing the offer.
O'Reilly UG Program
Maryland Apple Corps members receive the O'Reilly User Group Newsletter containing many offers from O'Reilly. Members get 20% off any O'Reilly book they purchase directly from O'Reilly. Members may also request review copies of books. Contact the club ambassador for more information.
Royal Phillips Electronics ProntoLITE
Turn your Palm-based PDA into a learning universal remote. Use the Palm as an IR controller for DVD, CD player, etc. Free evaluation copy.
Prosoft Engineering Announces New Upgrades to Data Rescue
Prosoft Engineering, makers of professional-grade software for the rest of us, announces the first major upgrade of the popular data recovery utility Data Rescue.  Data Rescue X version 10.2 and Data Rescue Classic version 4.2 are now available for Mac OS X and Mac OS 8.6 to 9.x.

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