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Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 37

A Flight Simulator built by VCC

Lisa Toth:   I use windows live for email on 3 email accounts. If I am not careful when sending an email it goes out on the wrong account. I went into settings and made my primary account the default but that did not help.

Bill Hinds:    I drowned my Galaxy s5. Do you think it is restorable?

Bunny Vreeland:  An adult friend of mine wants to buy a new computer for home and business use. Do you have a recommendation for a good, reasonably priced computer?  Requirements are: Light weight. Long battery life. Spread sheet. Word. Large memory or a way to store content.  How do you save the address book and contact info to the new computer?  Are there any glaring issues for him to look out for or avoid?

Feel free to visit Ventura County Computers for a custom made PC, it is single handedly one of their favorite requests because their creativity gets to come out and play.  One client who was working on his pilot licence asked if they could build a home PC type Flight Simulator so they can probably handle most anything you throw their way.   vcccomputers.com

Most Flight Simulator software is for fooling around. This is almost the real deal. All the controls, the pedals, the yoke, the dials and switches, etc. are all designed to emulate a Cessna Citation. The client is working on his pilot’s license. Not pictured are the other two monitors, giving an approximation of what you’d see looking out of the window of the Citation.

Whatever you want, we can build it for you.
-VCC (Custom PC page on VCC website)

News Item:  Some needed improvements to Windows Updates in the coming version — if you are Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise (not, unfortunately Home).

Bill Hinds:   How do I delete my Facebook account (it’s not for me!)?

Bunny Vreeland:  How do you know when/if the Cloud is backing up your information? Is this automatic or do we have to ‘tell’ it to back up?

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 36

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Sue Nethercott I can set up a keyboard shortcut to open file manager, or whatever it is called these days, at a particular folder.
But is there a way to go straight to a particular folder when you are using ‘save as’?

News Hack:  Google Chrome, fake search results.  “HoeflerText” font not found..

Tony Pizza I have an older HP with Win 10 1607. It had insomnia, wouldn’t go to sleep when told to, like a stubborn kid.

News Item:  What are the Differences Between an Email Account, Address, Program, and Service?

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 35

YahooEmptyWe were both under the weather, but we were here for you.  Thanks again for the questions from the SCV Computer Club.  Hope they continue to help out.  Other computer clubs are welcome as well.

Alice From SCV  – how come all of a sudden when she goes to her Gmail she needs to put in her e-mail address and password.

David K From SCV  – had a dual boot desktop – Windows and Linux. When he updated to Windows 10 he no longer has a boot selection screen or a Linux drive. How can he get them back.

Tony Pizza   Is there a way to filter Facebook posts and emails that contain the words: Trump, Obama, Clinton, Republican, Democrat, etc.?
Chrome Only:  Remove All Politics From Facebook (Google Store search)
All Browsers:  Social Fixer for Facebook  (https://socialfixer.com/)

News Item from Facebook page  Russian cyberspies are attacking MacOS computers.

Lisa Toth   There used to be a search feature where I could look for a file or picture on my computer. Cortana doesn’t seem to know I only want to search on my computer. Does that still exist somewhere?

Discussion from the Facebook page Yahoo had another email hack, this time from Russians.  Any solutions?  If you quit Yahoo mail, what about Flickr?

News from Facebook Page   Don’t plug your phone into public electrical outlets

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 34

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Santa Clarita Valley Club

We were lucky enough to get questions from out of town!
Here are some questions submitted from Santa Clarita valley.
Hopefully, this is the correct website as they do give a shout out to Ventura county PC Users Group!

SCV Computer Club website
https://apcug2.org/

Denny From SCV
  – Firefox crashes a lot – What browser is better and more secure.

Linda From SCV   new Macbook pro – wanted legacy genealogy program that sister has. Legacy site said she could load it if she can load Windows through Bootcamp. She doesn’t know anything about Bootcamp or what it is

Browser – can you have IE Explorer and Edge on your computer at the same time?

Denny From SCV  – Every time he’s off his computer for 15 minutes he has to sign back in. How can he stop having to log-in via a password.

Agnes From SCV  – Received a notice from Avast that she needs to update Firefox. How does she get Firefox to let her know.

Denny From SCV  – How does he program his Nest thermostat

Kathy From SCV  – Recently, her hard drive light is continuously flashing (no beeping sounds). What’s happening

Dave P From SCV  – Malwarebytes 3.0 premium – new version. He likes it because it incorporates anti-ransomware. They are saying you don’t need to use an anti-virus with 3.0 but also say it is compatible with anti-virus programs. Can/should you really use it without an A/V.

Q&A with CIPCUG, Session 33

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Bill Hinds:  When I try to use Acronis Disk Director, I get message that I’m using a Demo, and it does not work. I got this disk from a raffle at a CIPCUG meeting and it worked before I added a new Solid State drive to my system

Orv Beach:   Got a Netgear router? You’ll want to update the firmware if you haven’t done it in a while.

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo:   Would you provide information on online tax filing and recommendations on how to protect ourselves…I assume we know the standard antivirus, malware. Etc

Lisa Toth:  Every once in awhile, my phone screen gets the dreaded gray screen. I have restarted it to get my screen back sometimes just pressing the power button fixes it. I have a windows phone. A Lumia.

Bunny Vreeland:   Regarding an article that said anyone could find out anything about you:  Is it true?  How much information about us is out there?

Lisa Toth: I have updated adobe flash many times but I still have trouble watching things I trust. Could this be a setting in Firefox?

Bunny Vreeland:   How did you learn so much about computers? How does someone learn how to be a WebMaster in today’s world? And, how can we keep up with all the changes and upgrades?

Q&A With CIPCUG — Session 32

 

Sue Nethercott  How easy is it to convert an Access database to a mySQL database? And how easy is MySQL to use?Jerry22

Rosalie Sherbrooke   Per Toby’s suggestion, I’m posting my question here; Can anyone recommend a program that will eliminate the duplicate photos/files on my computer?

Sue Nethercott   If Trump’s administration ends net neutrality, how much effect would it have outside of the USA, and how likely is it that people would find an alternative?

From today’s CIPCUG meeting:  Questions: Why won’t my computers sync?     Answer: Just rename your computer Titanic and it will sink.

Craig Ladd  News Item:  Gmail To Block JavaScript Attachments Due To Ransomware, Other Security Risks

Q&A With CIPCUG – Session 31

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Miracast Wireless Display

This week’s questions are in:

Jerry Crocker:
   Alerted us to a Gmail phishing attack.  It looks like an email attachment from another Gmail user, but isn’t.

Jefi Doman:   Every once in awhile, my laptop computer screen goes black. I move the laptop around and, eventually, the picture comes back. What is going on?

Bill Hinds:  Chrome stopped accepting links from my email. How do I change that?

Michael Megowan:  I have a little ASUS Vivo computer that won’t stay off when I use the shutdown command. After going off for a few seconds It restarts. It also restarts when I force a shutdown by holding the power button. What can I do besides turning off the power strip. It is running Windows 10 from last September

Jefi Doman:  How do we know for sure that The Cloud is safe. Can it hijacked (with all your info)?

Bunny Vreeland:    There are so many products that you can ‘remotely’ control with your phone, today. You can turn on your home lights, as an example. How do you secure them so they are safe?”

Lisa Toth:  I use windows live mail, I have windows 10 latest version. I suddenly have 2 identical email accounts.  Mail is coming to both accounts. I did not set up a second account at least not on purpose

Sue Nethercott:   Where can I find a template for Word 2007 for a non-fiction book? Microsoft does not do them and I have no idea which, if any, of the freebies out there are any good.

Lisa Toth:  I use Windows live for my mail, I have windows. Sometimes when I open an email with a picture in it, the text goes down the left side of my screen one word at a time. Is that a problem with my settings?

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 30

actual flight footage from Amazon

Since we didn’t have enough questions to fill a 20 minute podcast, Toby spent a fair amount of time discussing the topic of drone delivery services and how far away they are from being an everyday thing.  Primarily, Toby expands on Amazon’s Prime Air, and even the patent they have for basically a Mothership which Toby describes the details of the operation Amazon has in mind.
But first, we cover this week’s submitted questions and news items.

Bunny Vreeland:  Everykey, the McAfee substitute for password. What is your take on it?

Sue Nethercott:  Net providers to begin sending ‘pirate’ emails for those who host or use Torrents.

John Weigle:  Fake security email makes your computer a botnet minion.

News Article posted by Toby Scott:  The FBI Is Apparently Paying Geek Squad Members To Dig Around In Computers For Evidence Of Criminal Activity

Sue Nethercott:  Bug ‘exposes’ WhatsApp message secrets

News Item:  Fox sells Super Bowl digital-only ad packages for up to $700,000

News Item:  Will 2017 be the year of the drone???


Tech Crunch’s article on the rise of Drone Technology

 

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 29

Smart Cars on the rise

Google recently dropped a big announcement in the arena of competing Smart Car manufacturers when they mentioned that they will also make all of the hardware as well as its software…  This means Google is dead serious about their technology and that is a very good sign in today’s world.  Toby discusses the potentials and setbacks as well the following questions sent in for today’s episode.

Jerry Schrum: About 1 year ago, I purchased a new oven, and I recently recalled that it supposedly can be activated from afar via an internet connection and my smart phone. I have never attempted to set it up. But, it recently occurred to me:  Could my device somehow be “hackable” and should I do something to ensure that it cannot be hijacked for some nefarious cyber crime?

Lisa Toth:  We have to have our house tented for termites.  We’ll take our computers and tablets with us for the two nights and we have to be out, but is there anything we should do about our tech?  We can’t take the monitors, routers, etc. They say it is safe, but is it really?

News Item:  On the Facebook page there was a discussion about Kim Komando recommending WPS Writer.  Care to Comment.

In a discussion on the Facebook it was asked:  How do you like your windows phone now that you’ve had it for awhile? I like mine, but a lot of apps don’t have a version of it.

Lisa Toth:  A friend sent me a message saying Facebook is going to start charging per message if I don’t send that message to at least 10 people.  Is that possible?

News Item:  At the Consumer Electronics Show, a lot of the news has been about self-driving cars and connected cars.  Care to comment?

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 28

Bunny Vreeland Talk about apps.  Every business has its own app, it seems.  Why? I also understand that some apps are scams. How does that happen?What do we need to look out for?amazonskywarehouse

Sue Nethercott Have you tried 3D printing? Looks like it could have its uses.

Bunny Vreeland Fake News. How do we know if it is real or fake? How can you tell?

Sue Nethercott Do you think a flying warehouse would ever take off?

Bunny Vreeland How can we tell if the Russians hacked the election?

Sue Nethercott Would you want this smart a home?

Dr. Bunny

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