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Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 38

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John Metcalf (Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club):
I have had problems with losing my W-Fi
connection.  I can fix it temporarily by reselecting the connection in the network panel.  However, I am looking for a permanent solution.  It appears that I need to select which of my 2 connections is “Preferred” but Microsoft left this capability out of Windows 10.  I did find a solution on-line but it requires a Command Line process.  I have 2 available connections because my cable modem router has 2 Wi-Fi bands at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

Sue Nethercott:   Are you doing anything special for Pi Day (March 14)?

Tony Pizza: Member John McCoy has a problem. He had Win 7, made an image backup. Upgraded to Win 10. Made monthly incremental backups. The HD failed , installed a new one , and installed the image to it. Booted up as Win 7. Now that the free upgrade is over, can he somehow get Win 10? Says he has the Win 10 upgrade saved on a flash drive, but will it authenticate? Would MS have mercy on him?

Roger Houston: Got a nasty reminder of PC health. 4 year old desktop got stuck in some loop with constant Activity Light. After 7 hours of being unable to do taxes, I hard rebooted. System opens OK to first window and allows a user to be selected. Then problems appear. Only partial opening of User window and no data is observed. However I can see the original data in File Explorer from OS(C) and then User. Have Acronis backups. Did copy my latest tax files. DO I REINSTALL from Acronis or is there a System Refresh? I see “Reset this PC” and “Advanced startup” in Settings.

You have had some issues with clients getting Crypto Viruses lately.  Do you have any thoughts?

 

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 37

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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 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 No.20 and Password Securities

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Bunny Vreeland  Passwords. You probably get password questions all the time. How many letters, numbers and signs do you need for security? How often should you change your password(s)? Tell us about how to store our passwords. You like LastPass, right? Why?

Sue Nethercott I have a form to fill in every day on my computer. Some of it is fairly repetitive, like “Monday”, Tuesday”, etc. It used to be that it would remember these things so that I would only need to type a letter or two and it would autofill the rest. Nowadays it will remember some but not others, so it is not a lot of use any more. There seems to be no rhyme or reason about what it will remember. It will remember new ones but not ones I have used every day for years. Switching to a new computer does not help, so it is not simply a cache on my machine becoming full. Any idea what is going on and how to fix it?

Lisa Toth  On my new laptop having multiple pages open in Firefox uses up a lot of my resources. Also, the battery runs down pretty quickly.  If I click on something, I have to wait for the laptop to “come alive” before whatever I have clicked on displays.

Tony Pizza  I sometimes use free wifi at places like McDonalds, just for things like reading news sites, nothing important. Today I was at a place with wifi, but the connection had WPS. I tried it and got connected, without entering or doing anything. Is this supposed to happen? I was using an Android cell phone.

Bunny Vreeland  What is the best/safest to keep your computer screen and computer keys clean? I have a friend who uses Handi-wipes for her entire computer. Is this safe?

John Weigle posted a link:  Another 40 million people bolt from Microsoft’s browsers as mass exodus continues

Andy Toth  I’ve had to go to EDGE. my IE11 was having all sorts of issues with forms on pages. I could not get into sites until I went to EDGE.

Bunny Vreeland  I recently heard that Adobe is working on a new piece of software that would act like a Photoshop for audio.  The standout feature is the ability to add words not originally found in the audio file. It can apparently generate new words using a speaker’s recorded voice. Is this legal?

For more info on LastPass, please visit their Blog, now! This is really an awesome thing their are doing here.

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Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 19

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Orv Beach   New code injection method exposes all versions of Windows to cyberattack by AtomBombing tables underlying all versions of Windows.  There is no fix.

 

Bunny Vreeland   Weak passwords are at the heart of the rise in cyber theft, causing 76% of data breaches. To mitigate this risk, businesses are adopting password management solutions. This is a comprehensive password management evaluation guide with recommended security, implementation and productivity requirements.

 

Doris Chaison   My friend does not have a router or modem at home. Is he using data every time he uses his cell phone; and how can he get wifi?

 

Tony Pizza   Can I delete the KBxxxxxx update installation files? There are many and take lots of space.

 

Bunny Vreeland    Received email that said:  Dear Customer, Please note that the Apple process of updating customers’ data has not been checked lately therefore accounts will be suspended for clients who did not provide us with full information of the account. 

In order to make a new database for the company and maintain the safety of our customers. 

Please login to your Apple ID from the link below and update all the data within 48 hours

 

Bill Wishon  Chrome tab backup?  Based on the SSD use problem discussed at today’s meeting, I went into Chrome and looked for the backup time for the tabs.

 

Bill Wishon   Change Chrome User Data location.  I ran explorer as administrator and navigated to C:\Users\%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Application Data\Google\Chrome. Copied User Data folder. I had to type the full path into explorer to skip the access denied message.

  Then I created a directory at the target location (Drive F:\Google\Chrome) and copy the User Data folder there.

  Add the switch –user-data-dir=”F:\Google\Chrome\User Data”. Don’t forget to add quotes if you have any spaces.

 

Doris Chaison   How can i transfer my yahoo email to gmail without changing my email address.

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