Newer Mac Installed

At this month’s meeting members approved spending up to $1000 for a newer Mac. Club member Christine Takerian spoke to her friends at Simutek for us, and yesterday Darwin and I went down and purchased a 21″ Intel-based iMac running OS X Mavericks, with wireless mouse and keyboard, for $790 plus tax. It’s now available in the club rooms for searching Ancestry or FamilySearch. Mac users are encouraged to take it out for a spin during its 30-day free warranty. It looks awesome!

We have not yet installed Family Tree Maker or Reunion or any other desktop genealogy software. Let your Board members know what you’d like to see.

Printing: I removed the old printer attached to the Mac to make room for the larger monitor. The Mac now prints via WiFi to the black HP printer, the same as the PCs do.

Wireless keyboard & mouse: there is one unresolved issue with these. They are Bluetooth devices and the Mac seems to forget about them when it goes to sleep. Each has an on/off switch on the back, and turning the mouse or keyboard off and back on again fixes it. The old wired USB set is available in the cabinet. I don’t know yet whether there’s a problem with the devices themselves, or whether they’re just not configured properly. This will be fixed by Monday. Please give me a call if you’re having trouble.

Thanks to Ron Ancell for noticing Sunday’s Simutek ad and to Christine for her help.

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6 Responses to Newer Mac Installed

  1. Donald Marier says:


    This is fantastic news for us Mac users. I use both FTM and Reunion and will be back to Sun City tomorrow after a lengthy snow bird stay.

    Don Marier

  2. Renee ford says:

    From us mac users, thank you, renee

  3. sally healey says:

    Great to have a new computer for those of us who us a Mac. I use Reunion so without that it’s still a bit of a problem – hope enough people use Reunion to make it something to install.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Mike and Christine for quick action to get us a newer Mac with the Maverick operating system. I just received Reunion 10 in the mail today and will install it in a few minutes. I bought it on Amazon and was shipped from Small Dog Electronics, Waitsfield, Vermont for $94.98 including postage of $4.99. The CD shipped on the 28th and received today. As you might guess, I would vote for Reunion 10 software. I recommend to anyone read customer reviews for Reunion 10 and for Family Tree Maker Mac3.

  5. Richard Roelke says:

    Glad to hear that you have a newer Mac. I use Reunion and recommend that you install that software on the Mac. This is used by many Mac users and is probably their preferred genealogy software.

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