Washington Apple Pi

A Community of Apple iPad, iPhone and Mac Users

February 28, 2015 General Meeting

Getting the most from Apple Mail

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, 9:30 a.m., George Mason University

Note: because of a schedule conflict, we will meet in Robinson Hall, Room B113. Robinson Hall is at #53 on the map below, a short walk from our usual meeting place.

We use our E-Mail program -- Apple Mail -- on a day-to-day basis. It allows us to communicate with colleagues, friends and loved-ones. But many find the benefits of communication to sometimes be a burden.

In order to get the most from Apple Mail, we will delve into some of Mail’s features for both Yosemite on the Mac and iOS 8 on our iPhones and iPads. These include search, IMAP folders, sending attachments using Mail Drop, setting up a junk mail filter, and using notifications to manage incoming messages.

Some of us want to send email messages securely. We will explain how encryption works, and how you can obtain security keys. Next, we will demonstrate how to encrypt email messages. We will demonstrate signing a message with your “digital signature”, and how the recipient of the encrypted message can decrypt it, with the added benefit of knowing that only you could have sent it.

Optional: you may wish to do some homework before the meeting and look at Joe Kissell's book, Take Control of Apple Mail, Second Edition, Take Control Book Series. Get a 30% user group discount when you purchase the ebook: http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/catalog?cp=CPN90219MUG

Getting the most from Apple Mail meeting notes (PDF, 8.3 MB)

Once again, we will attempt to stream the meeting over the Internet: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wap-general-meeting.

The General Meeting will not be in our usual location, but instead will be in Robinson Hall, Room B113, #53 on the George Mason University campus map, in Fairfax VA. Check back closer to the meeting date for any updates or changes.

George Mason University map

Robinson Hall is at #53. Click on the map for a much larger version of the George Mason University campus map.

George Mason University Essential Information

Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (near Rte 123 and Braddock Road). Directions and Map: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

Interactive map of campus: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

Important Parking Information: Two Options, Paid and Free

The Shenandoah Parking Garage (formerly the Sandy Creek Parking Garage because it is located on Sandy Creek) is fee-based facility. It is more convenient and closer to the meeting location. The Pi will subsidize the facility's parking fee by providing vouchers for donation request of $4.00.

If using the parking garage, park in Visitor's area; i.e., the lowest level. Take the elevator to the third floor (Campus Level), and exit along the sky bridge.

After the meeting, exit the garage using the exits marked for Validated Tickets. Your parking ticket goes in first. Then the validation ticket goes in next. If you have any problems, there is a speaker box for calling the parking lot attendant at the checkout point.

Free parking in Lot A (see map below)

Park as close to Mattaponi River Lane as possible, then walk north along that road toward the main campus buildings.

Handicapped Parking: There are three handicap parking spaces next to Enterprise Hall that can be used by members, on a first come first served basis. Have your Handicap Sticker showing on the dashboard or on the rear-view mirror.