your questions and goals, get
comfortable with your Mac.
Call for an
appointment and details. If you wish to
bring your machine to the shop, we can
discuss ways to customize and streamline
operations on _your Mac_, bookmark
references, run updates and fix minor
issues while we're at it. We have a guest
machine here as well, so you don't even
have to own a Mac to try it out and learn
your way around.
are new to computers, switching from the
PC, interested in adding capabilities or
wanting to learn and explore new functions
and features, subject matter is entirely
up to you and shop assets are (more or
less ;-) at your disposal.
Why two hours? Because we've found
that it goes quickly but seems to be a
saturation point for most people. You'll
get plenty of answers and more info than
you can shake a mouse at, and we provide
email support for our clients, too.
We'll do our best to keep interruptions
to a minimum(!), and if we go a little
over two hours, that's okay, too.
On demand - regular classes
are on hold for now.
pleased to offer prepared courses at the
MacShack, utilizing Keynote presentations
on our 10-foot screen, some doodling on
the shop whiteboard, and a collection of
rare video and props designed to entertain
as well as educate. The MacShack can
accommodate small groups of 16-18 people
(maximum building occupancy = 20.76). We
provide refreshments, handouts, online
support and possibly a raffle along the
way, depending on subject matter. Given
enough lead time,
we can create and tailor custom
presentations for our corporate clients,
clubs or special-interest groups, too -
courses may someday be offered here for
registered nCity clients and guests, but
we have to conquer the logistics involved
and this has proven insurmountable - for
now. Someday, maybe, with sufficient
interest in select topics and enough
manpower to pull it off, we may invite
guest speakers and host a class or two.
Until then, the idea of having regular
scheduled courses will have to wait.
The MacShack is a private concern and not
open to the general public.
Group registration request:
If your group is interested in
sponsoring an nCity class or launching a
cooperative project at the MacShack, use
this form to select from prepared
courses or suggest a collaborative
undertaking involving some other
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- Mastering eBay (Buy)
- Mastering eBay (Sell)
- Piracy and
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Ever wonder what goes on in there?
Machine language, data transfer and storage, device types
and mechanisms all play critical roles in everyday operation of
computers; understanding what the machine is doing can make computer
use far more intuitive, as well as helping to avoid (and solve)
problems along the way. That's the concept behind nCity's Computer
Cognition Course: To make your computer experience easier and more
Focused on understanding basic functions, this course begins
with a brief whiteboard discussion of machine language, followed by
Keynote presentations involving a brief history of the personal
computer and its evolution into the platforms we use today. We'll
demonstrate and discuss fundamental data processes, show you how to
evaluate hardware and software options, touch on technical details, OS
functions, housekeeping and maintenance routines. We'll also explore
Finder navigation and customizing your Mac, answer questions, and try
to dispel a few myths along the way - while using a minimum of acronyms
You'll leave here with a better understanding of how to keep your Mac
happy and well-tuned, equipped to deal with questions and situations
you haven't even encountered yet. Guaranteed! Computer
cognition is exactly what this course aims to provide.
How'd we get here, and why
does it matter?
||The Alto (left), was first operational in 1973. Demonstrated
to Apple staff in 1975
at Xerox PARC, there were 1500 Alto workstations in operation - 1000 at
PARC alone - by 1979.
The Altair (right) came in kit form and would become the genesis of
"open-source" Windows PCs.
two-session course: buying and selling.
Course begins with a grounding in safe trading, awareness of
spoofing and phishing scams, and avoiding hazards on the internet. A
quick introduction to eBay operations follows, along with a brief
Part 1 of this course is focused on getting started and getting
registered with eBay, opening/using a PayPal account, and using various
search options for successful bidding and buying, along with record
keeping and buyer protections. It also explores the numerous features,
functions, rules and regulations of eBay. We'll spend time online
actively experimenting with audience-selected searches, exploring eBay
assets, and eBay's online user database (known as "My eBay"). We might
even place a bid or two, if time allows.
Part 2 deals with the more complex process of composing and
posting an auction. We'll write a comprehensive listing and demonstrate
the process of adding and posting photos, then discuss seller
responsibilities during and after the auction. We'll help you avoid
potential problems, discuss packing and shipping options, and cover
other aspects of successful selling on eBay.
Mastering eBay Part 1
(buying) is a prerequisite to Part 2 (selling).
on eBay is _way_ too easy. You can find almost anything, too.
Starting with a blizzard of spoofs and scams from nCity's
collection (some people need convincing that these are fake), we'll
explode the myth of identity theft and make sure you remain secure in
your online dealings (whether on eBay or some other site). We'll show
you a little about parsing headers and tracking scams to their source,
then discuss some simple common-sense countermeasures.
eBay's "proxy bidding" system may seem odd at first glance,
but it makes perfect sense - you'll see. And you'll get well acquainted
with terms and techniques like "Buy It Now," dutch auctions, best
offer, shills, suspensions and everybody's favorite gripe, sniping.
We'll experiment with a dozen different ways of finding a
specific item on eBay and how to refine, expand or narrow your search
as needed. (Bring info for the most obscure thing you can think of, and
we might try a search for it - we're always up to the challenge and
we're constantly amazed at the things we find on eBay.) We'll show you
how to research items and buyers and sellers, how to evaluate feedback,
why it matters and what it means. Then we'll dig into a few case
histories regarding strange offers, rule violations, bidding wars, and
some of the things to look out for.
on eBay requires a bit more computer savvy.
After a quick review of Part 1 (Buying), this course dives
right into listing composition, photo file types and formats, legal
aspects (listing as a contract), management of eBay and PayPal
accounts, managing your "My eBay" page, answering buyers' questions,
when, why and how to post feedback, packing, insurance and shipping.
The whole 9-yards, post to pack.
Let's leverage some
eBay training assets, shall we?
Here are some links to get you started and informed,
straight from the source: