Left: Apple consultant and lecturer Ian Mackie. At rear, behind his laptop, is TAG President Kevin Koch.
The main points of TAG's General Membership meeting on Tuesday night:
The Business Representative (yours truly) gave a lengthy report on the first day of The Animation Guild's negotiations with the AMPTP. The producers have (tentatively) accepted the Pension and Health Coverage benefits negotiated last year by the IA, but have not accepted the wage package proposed by the Guild. The producers also have their proposals on the table, through which the parties are slowly chewing through in side bar.
We haven't reached agreement. The next negotiation session is Monday, July 13th ...
Executive board member Stephan Zupkas gave an update on the new TAG building. He explained that most of the work is completed, and we have reached the "touch up" and "final coat of paint" phase. Phones need to be activated, the heating and a/c systems fired up, and the gallery floor cured before final varnishing. After all that, staff will move in to the facility ... hopefully in the next several weeks.
When the meeting adjourned, Apple consultant Ian Mackie devoted an hour and twenty minutes to touting some of the wonders of Apple lap and desktops, among them:
Spotlight: A handy computer search engine that can pull up any file, e-mail or word document. Click on the magnifying glass on the top right of the desktop (command: space bar, then the dialogue box appears. type in the word or phrase spotlight should search for.)
Gmail: the best e-mail service out there, with the best span filters. Free, and Google isn't going aywhere.
Tab-browsing: When searching topics in Google or some other search engine, hold down command key and click on items of interest. Creates tabs on tool bar without leaving the search screen.
Free Apple Training:
- apple.com/findouthow (video tutorials)
- apple.com/business (quick tips section)
- apple.com/retail/workshops (free workshops at Apple stores)
Because the Apples have a newer (2001) operating system, at present there are no viruses for Apple computers.
(There was lots more covered, but these are some of the major points. See what you missed by not showing up last night?)