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Q&A with CIPCUG: Session Number 11 with Toby Scott

 

    Consulting Toby at CIPCUG

K. Edward Lynch: Does turning off the network connection prevent access to a PC? Does turning off the NIC card mean more protection? Can a hacker access a PC and turn on a Webcam when the Internet connection is turned off?

Dr. Bunny Vreeland: Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts for promoting Terrorism. What is THAT all about?

Andy Toth: Is there something different in Win10? I need to do a major drive reallocation on my hard drive. The Data drive partition only has 242 MB remaining. I was backing up (copying) the favorites folder but none of the HTTPS addresses copied over.  Win10 kept popping up with some security setting requiring Administrator privilege but would not recognize that I was logged in as administrator and would not copy the files over. I had to skip them to continue.

Tony Pizza: Have you received the anniversary update for Win 10, and if so, your comment?

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo: Explain Laptops, and airflow and the overheating issue. I had trouble figuring out what was happening until I was asked:  “Where do you sit when you use your laptop?”

Michael Megowan: I am having difficulty networking (for file sharing purposes) my wife’s iMac with my Windows 7 computer. We have an Airport Extreme router/Time Machine that lets me see the iMac, but I get asked to sign in with a password and I don’t know how to set that up.

Craig Ladd: Is a chrome book adequate for most people?

Craig Ladd: I use is ixquick.com for searches instead of Google.com – are there other search engines that are just as reliable & effective ?

Sue Nethercott: I’m on the road in an RV, and the camp site/supplier says that any problems connecting are due to it acting like a Faraday cage, and we should step outside for better connection. Got any better ideas?

For more questions or if you are interested in attending a meeting, here is more info on CIPCUG:

Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cipcug/

For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 10

 

Toby Scott

PSA From Toby Scott

 If you have an iPhone, update it immediately.  According LookOut Blog, a security update company’s blog site, they announced
the dangers of “Trident” and the security holes iPhone had susceptible to it, please review here for more details and update your iPhone:

“August 25, 2016
3 things CISOs need to know about the Trident iOS vulnerabilities
By Mike Murray

Earlier today, Lookout and Citizen Lab published findings about a sophisticated, targeted, and persistent mobile attack on iOS using three zero-day vulnerabilities we call “Trident.” The attack allows an adversary to silently jailbreak an iOS device and stealthily spy on victims, collecting information from apps including Gmail, Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp, Calendar, FaceTime, Line, Mail.Ru, and others.

This discovery is further proof that mobile platforms are fertile ground for gathering sensitive information from target victims, and well-resourced threat actors are regularly exploiting that mobile environment.”

Read more: 3 things CISOs need to know about the Trident iOS vulnerabilities (https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2016/08/25/lookout-trident-pegasus-enterprise-discovery/)

LookOut Security Update Blog Site warns iPhone Users

 Jerry Crocker: What is the life-cycle of an SSD drive as compared to a spinning drive.

Sue Nethercott: What are the pros and cons of having two screens instead of one big one, and how do you set it up?

Dr. Bunny Vreeland: Is there a class or school in the Ventura area where you can learn to become a Webmaster?

Jerry Crocker: I find that cloud-based storage is a good thing for when out and about town or on a road trip– With a smart phone, I have access to my Dropbox.  Can you talk more about the wonders of cloud-based storage?

Dr. Bunny Vreeland: Are rebuilt computers a good way to buy a computer if you are on a budget?

Sue Nethercott: I’m familiar with getting DNS errors if a site is on the move, but that sorts itself out after a few hours. However, the last couple of weeks I’ve been getting intermittent DNS errors for example: “Server DNS address could not be found” for various sites. How do I found out whether or not the DNS system is having problems or if it is just a Chrome problem?

Dr. Bunny Vreeland: Could you talk more about Pandora’s new streaming service?

That ends today’s session, for more questions, please visit CIPCUG’s facebook site or Mercury Broadcasting’s Facebook site and we will harvest more questions for the next episode.  Also please feel free to contact Toby Scott or CIPCUG via the following:

https://www.facebook.com/mercurybroadcasting/

Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cipcug/

For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

 

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session No. 9 with Toby Scott

Sue Nethercott What’s the best way of getting good wi-fi if you are travelling in an RV?

Q&A with Toby Scott

Q&A with Toby Scott

Sue Nethercott Which smart phone has the best camera for taking landscapes or pictures of birds, rather than selfies?

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo  I don’t like how the VPN I put on my smartphone slows things down so much, it times out. What do I do?

Kathy Van Slyke: I have a Nexus 7 tablet (2012 model) and it is inconsistent in battery charging– sometimes charges, sometimes doesn’t. Generally I have been attempting to charge it when I turn it off at night and do not understand why sometimes it charges and sometimes it doesn’t.

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo:  On Downloading – 2 questions:

1.  How do I find a clean download site?

2.  what are the cautions of download sites?

Sue Nethercott: How far has the internet of things reached into the home, in practice?

Dr. Bunny Vreeland:   what is the difference between the functions of Safari, Chrome and Firefox?

To reach us for more questions and answers or to just say hi, please contact via the following:

Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cipcug/

For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 8

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Jerry Crocker Microsoft Office 365… Is that a good deal for $99 dollars a year?

I needed more cloud storage 🙁 so I got Office 365

Jerry Crocker Is the desk top computer holding its own against laptop/tablets? My smart phone is able to do so much – that I use it more and more.

Lisa Toth  I need to set up a calendar that Andy and I can both access to check before making commitments. With me on the Grand Jury, we now need to coordinate.  If it could happen on our phones (windows) that would be even better.

Michael Megowan  I have a copy of Win 7 pro on a CD that I got from Microsoft when I was a student. Can I use it on a new computer build?

Michael Megowan  If I change the Hard drive(s) on my computer, will I have to buy a new copy of Win 10? Same question for video card. Same question for RAM, CPU or motherboard. I have a good backup of my system using windows backup.

In other words, what is the criteria for a change that requires a new copy of Windows?

Sandra Gelso   When my windows 7 computer would freeze, I could hit control-alt-delete. Task manager would come up, I hit end task, the problem progam would close. Windows 10 isn’t working that way.  When I hit control- alt-delete, what do I do when the box comes up? Now I just shut the computer down.

 

Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cipcug/

For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session 6

Questions?

Questions?

Sandra Gelso: Toby and Jes, I can’t figure out how to ask questions on Facebook.

This week’s questions are in and thoroughly answered!   Our first question by Sandra, however, was a very ironic twist of surprise for us all since the question was, as we saw to our dismay, posted on Facebook…

Being good sports, we made sure to answer as clearly as possible regardless.  Enjoy the rest of the questions and stay tuned for next week

Bunny Vreeland: While announcing the gradual rollout of its Anniversary update for Windows 10,  Microsoft confirmed that there would be two feature updates coming in 2017. This means moving to a twice-a-year schedule the company had previously set up for its ” Threshold ” updates for Windows 8, which used the codename for that operating system. According to Windows Central , the first update for 10, called “Redstone 2” after this operating system’s nickname, will come in early 2017, followed by “Redstone 3” four to six months later in late summer or early fall. The latest internal builds are around the 14900 range, the site said, meaning testers should soon receive bits of Redstone 2 to try out and give feedback. Source: Windows Central

– Excerpt from: “Microsoft has two big Windows 10 updates slated for 2017”

Jerry Crocker: If a person buys Windows 10…Will future updates/upgrades be free?

Jerry Crocker: If a year from now I build a new computer, can I install MY copy of Windows 10?

Jerry Crocker: If I do as Toby says -> Burn down my computer, can I install Windows 10 from the disk that came with my “Surface Book”?

Jerry Crocker: posted an article that the free upgrade from Windows 7 & 8 to Windows 10 still work.  Comments?

CIPCUG Club INFO:

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For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:Boys and Girls Club
1500 Temple Ave,
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: 805-289-3960

The Future of Windows 10 Alerts

 

With the free Windows 10 update gone, what can users of Windows 10 expect in the future?QnA with CIPCUG

Sue Nethercott: You mean, we won’t get annoying Windows 10  reminders for the next year?

Lisa Toth: Since my iPad is becoming obsolete I have 2 questions. Can I move such things as purchased books to another location so I don’t lose them when it dies? And number 2, what would be a good replacement. I read books and news on mine. Of course I play games. Solitaire types, and I watch videos. My Ipad 2 is pretty heavy, but needs a bigger screen to see easily.

From a discussion on the CIPCUG Facebook page:  How do I reject robo calls on my phone?

Lisa Toth: Problem. I want to share a post. So I click on the share button. When/if it comes up with the dialog box, I click share now, or share.  Either way, 80% of the time the screen whites out and I cannot do anything on any page. Sometimes if I wait a bit, it will come.

Lisa Toth: Some people think if it is not an Iphone it is not a smart phone. I thought that if I can use it almost as if it is a computer it must be smart.

Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cipcug/

For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

 

Q&A with CIPCUG: Round 5

DO You have a cell phone? GOOGLE this: stingray cell phone

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surveillance device.  

Toby Scott discusses the stingray concerns in this week’s 5th installment of Q&A with CIPCUG!

But first…This week’s questions are in order:

K. Edward Lynch: I have a folder full 38Gb of music video, 2 years of work, all the files look fine but can’t open any of them. I Tried various software but nothing… this happened after my upgrade to Windows 10. I lost two other hard drives but was able to recover files on those so any suggestions would be appreciated.

Lisa Toth:  Re Windows Live Mail:  When I have checked all my mail, it will still say I have some left, sometimes as many as 18 or 20. To see if this is true, I click on another inbox. If it is not true, the number disappears. Why is it showing I have mail when I don’t?

Sandra Denise:  If my computer is running slow does that mean that I need more memory or could I possibly have a virus?

Hazel Palache:  I would really like to know, with so many social media sites now, which one is best for business promotion and is it necessary to use snap chat in business, I get conflicting opinions on this. Thanks

 

Andy Toth:  Interesting thing happened while was using the MediaCoder wizard to set up MediaCoder for my use in Win 10. Edge was the default browser. The following popped up. Every trick I knew to close the browser failed. It locked the machine. Finally Power Off. I changed the default browser to IE and the wizard ran fine. I then converted back to Edge and the same thing happened. Anyone see this before?

CIPCUG Club INFO:

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For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:Boys and Girls Club
1500 Temple Ave,
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: 805-289-3960

Q&A with CIPCUG – Round 4

Windows 10 free upgrade expires 7/29, which means were are in the last 10 days of the countdown.  After the 29th you will have to purchase Windows 10 if you decide you want it.  Ventura County Computers has a page that shows you how to reserve your page by installing Windows 10 and then rolling back to Windows 7.  On the right column, under Recent Articles, it’s “Reserve Windows 10”.  If you are sure you don’t want it: Never10.

Toby Scott at the Q&A

This week’s following questions:

Zoe Murdock:  Hey, Toby. Microsoft has been trying to install Windows 10 on my computer for months. Every four or five days I have to reschedule. It’s not that I’m not going to do it, eventually, it’s just that I’m wondering how much it’s going to mess up my older application programs such as Word  and Photoshop. I mean, I’m in the middle of a book project. I can’t have my programs start NOT working. The question is, do I need to be worried?

Jerry Crocker: Facebook Live and Facebook Mentions…Do we need a SIG on that?

 

Andy Toth: I wish uninstall the Movies&TV app. What permissions do I need to uninstall it? I am sure I will find others as I try to uninstall them.

Andy Toth: Win10. Media player appears as a option in the right click menu for playing media but does not appear in the APPS dropdown. What do I need to do to add it?

Andy Toth: After upgrading from Win7 to Win10, the device manager shows that both video cards on my computer are working. The upgrade to Win10 made the Intel graphics video card the major one. What is the best way to enable the NVIDIA graphics card and disable the Intel Graphics with killing the display/computer?

Andy Toth: I have a laptop that was upgraded from Win7 to Win10. After the install I was able to play DVDs and plug in my IPOD and hear music from the laptop speakers. After installing WINAMP I can play music through WINAMP but When I put in a DVD or plug in my IPOD I can no longer Hear sound from either of those devices through the computers speakers. The mixer only allows me, to control system sounds, Internet Explorer and Thunderbird. The playback device dialogue shows that the line is active and a signal is being seen by the sw in the computer. What do you recommend to reclaim all the properties of the mixer.

Kimberly Yates: What is the best web browser to use and if its Firefox, does it slow the browser down when you use the decorative banners at the tops?

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For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit:  www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

Q&A with CIPCUG: Round 3

Welcome to the 3rd round of Q&A with CIPCUG.

Listen to Toby Scott answer the following submitted questions from CIPCUG’s Facebook Group Page in the player bar at the bottom of this page.

Question from Sue Nethercott: Do you know of any free software that will produce a decent stab at transcribing an audio or video (other than Youtube close captioning)? I’m not after perfection, just something to considerably reduce the amount of typing I need to do, and the time taken.

Question from John Weigle: What’s a virtual desk and why might I want it?

Another question from Sue Nethercott: Which is the hottest social media platform these days, and are they used by different groups (e.g. generations) for different purposes?

Question from Tony Pizza: What’s the purpose of Homegroup? Doesn’t it do the same thing as a Workgroup?

Question from Sue Nethercott: What can I do with my old iPad 1?

Another question from Sue Nethercott: Which is the best antivirus, and should you have more than one?

Thanks, Sue Nethercott: What are the pros and cons of switching away from Windows to something else?

For further questions about CIPCUG, Toby Scott, or this podcast, please visit the Mercury Broadcasting Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/mercurybroadcasting/?fref=ts

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http://mercurybroadcasting.net/?page_id=2141

The CIPCUG club meets every last Saturday of the month at 8:45 a.m.:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Handy phone numbers:

The Outer Edge (Newsletter)         805-485-7121

General Info                                 805-289-3960

 

Q&A with CIPCUG: Toby Talks Windows 10

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Upgrade free for limited time

Welcome to the first installment of submitted questions for CIPCUG’s PC Guru, Toby Scott.

Below are the following questions Toby answers along with a plug in announcement that Microsoft is still offering Windows 10 upgrade for free until the end of July, then they start charging…So now is the time if you are interested in owning a copy of Windows 10!

 

 

Here are the following questions addressed in the podcast:

Lisa Toth

June 25 at 6:54pm

I’m using Windows Live for my email. Lately, some places I’ve been getting mail from for years like Sunset Magazine and a recipe site, display a dialog box I have to make a yes or no to before I can read the message. It happens 3 times each time. All are a script error message on a specific line. Is there anything I can do about this?

 

Lisa Toth

June 25 at 6:48pm

I’ve almost given up on facebook on Firefox. Trying to post gives me a script error with the choice of stopping the script, debugging the script or continuing. Scrolling is slow and cumbersome. 

Will using another browser possibly solve this problem? If so, which do you recommend?

 

Lisa Toth

June 26 at 1:30pm

What makes a smart phone a smart phone?

 

Your question on Windows 10.  What is the deadline and how to reserve your free copy

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The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

 

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

 

Handy phone numbers:

The Outer Edge (Newsletter)         805-485-7121

General Info                                 805-289-3960

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