March 2014 Meeting Report

At the March meeting we had a number of smaller demonstrations and presentations from SEAL members.

DavidK showed us a neat tip with the 1Password iOS app. The main use of 1Password is to simplify the storage and use of strong unique passwords for on-line accounts. The 1Password app includes a built-in private web browser and Dave showed how you can save a custom site URL which will open directly in the 1Password browser. To do this enter the URL (for example https://www.facebook.com) into a note in the iOS Notes application and then amend it so it starts with the letters “op”, for example ophttps://www.facebook.com. Now you can tap that link and it will open in the private 1Password browser (after 1Password has prompted you for your master password) and use your saved credentials.

Robert demonstrated the PowerMac emulator SheepShaver, this allows you to run the classic Mac OS (9.0.2 and earlier) on a modern Mac. This can be useful if you need to use older software or access old documents but don’t have an older working Mac.

DavidK also demoed Play to Cure: Genes in Space, an iOS game from the charity Cancer Research UK. In the game, the player’s actions of mapping their route and then flying their spaceship actually help analyse real genetic data which is used in Cancer Research.

Ben brought along another classic Mac from his collection, this time a PowerBook 165c, the first Apple laptop with a colour screen. Ben showed how much the design of current laptops (both PCs and Macs) owes to Apple’s early PowerBooks. Shrine of Apple have some excellent pictures of the PowerBook 165c on their site but note that the written specs on their page are incorrect at the time of writing.

In our news discussion we covered the month’s Apple news including:

  • The release of the updated iOS 7.1.
  • The new CarPlay feature of iOS which is being supported by car makers including Volvo, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz.
  • The major SSL vulnerability in iOS and Mac OS that was fixed by latest updates.