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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 219

Fred Krueger   Is anyone having trouble with prime video, I have not been able to get it since the last windows update. I check

with my vpn (PIA) and nothing there. try troubleshooting connection problem and I am being directed to turn off vpn or get Nord vpn.  I had no problem in the past using prime video with vpn on.

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo   I’m installing the critical Microsoft updates. It instructed me to reboot and has been rebooting for the last 45 minutes. Suggestions?

Fred Krueger   Is this WIFI connector from (NetTec) a good WIFI extender?

News Item:    Remote tribe says SpaceX Starlink “catapulted” them into 21st century

News Item:    Google introduces song matching via humming, whistling or singing

News Item:    EU targets Big Tech with “hit list” facing tougher rules

News Item:    FCC will move to regulate social media after censorship outcry

News Item:    Senate to Subpoena Twitter CEO Over Blocking of Disputed Biden Articles

News Item:    Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

News Item:    Amazon to escape UK digital services tax that will hit smaller traders

News Item:    China starts digital yuan trial by giving $30 to 50,000 people


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 218

Sue Nethercott   When I tried to shut down my PC, it said it was shutting down, but then it restarted. Happened 3 times in a row, so I ended up pulling the plug. Any idea why?

Roger Houston   I do not understand why I get a Win 10 update that has the word: PREVIEW. October 1, 2020-KB4576945 Cumulative Update Preview for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 for Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows Server, version 2004

News Item:    Why some onions were too sexy for Facebook

News Item:    Renewable player overtakes ExxonMobil in market value

News Item:    AT&T plans thousands of layoffs at HBO & WarnerMedia

News Item:   IBM to split into two companies by end of 2021

News Item:    Apple declared monopoly by U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust

News Item:    Apps usage rivals TV

News Item:    Microsoft makes remote work option permanent

News Item:    Microsoft Edge’s new feature promotes Skype video conferencing

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 217

Lisa Toth   As we’ve been using web meetings more and more I have wondered:  What are the differences between say ZOOM, SKYPE, Webex?

Tony Pizza   At times, email and browser are “not responding”. Task manager says memory is 70% in use. After a few minutes, all is well. Something might be running, like defender, but task manager doesn’t show any resource hogs.

Tony Pizza   Defender found a PUP in July. I told it to take action and remove it. However, every time Defender runs it tells me I have the same PUP, with the same July date. Malwarebytes didn’t find anything.

News Item:    Google now discloses Android vulnerabilities for 3rd-party devices

News Item:    Top sites infiltrated with credit card skimmers and crypto miners

News Item:    AT&T shelving DSL may leave hundreds of thousands hanging by a phone line

News Item:    The Subtle Effects of Blood Circulation Can Be Used to Detect Deep Fakes

News Item:    The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many people to the doctor

News Item:    DuckDuckGo cries fowl after being expunged from Google’s Android search preferences menu for most of Europe

News Item:    Ransomware Victims That Pay Up Could Incur Steep Fines from Uncle Sam

News Item:    Is the internet falling apart?

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 216

Michael Megowan   When I boot my computer from power off it always brings up a window asking if I want to boot into Windows 7 or Windows 10.  The Windows 7 choice doesn’t work and I have to choose Windows 10.  How do I get the computer to bypass this window and always go into Windows 10.

Tony Pizza   About an hour after the meeting, I got a call from my non-tech brother, whose computer wouldn’t boot after they had a power outage.  I told him no signal was because the computer wasn’t sending the video signal. I told him to turn the computer off and on, but that didn’t help. Told him to unplug and plug in the computer power cord. It worked, just like Bob G said.

Ian Fish   One of those occasional “things” is safely disposing of / recycling old hard drives.  I find myself with 3 outdated NAS devices, 1 of which is fried I think.   Is there somewhere I can take them to have data wiped and the parts recycled/scrapped securely?

News Item:    New Google ChromeOS updates cause 100% CPU usage, heating issues

News Item:    Firefox 81 released with credit card autofill and new theme

News Item:    The IRS Sets a Trap for Cryptocurrency Tax Cheats

News Item:    Phishing attacks are targeting your social network accounts

News Item:    Documented Death from a Ransomware Attack

News Item:    Dark-web drug bust: 179 collared around the world, $6.5m in cash and 500kg of narcotics seized

News Item:    Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks

News Item:    Tipsters Get $2.5 Million for Alerting SEC to Misconduct Abroad

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 215

Lisa Toth   I have a friend who sends funny or political MP4s now and then. Sometimes I’d like to share a funny one on FB.

I don’t know how to do it.

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo   I’m getting a lot of unwanted texts on my iPhone I know I can filter unknown. I want to block them like I block telemarketers

Lisa Toth   I installed Gramps this week.  Somewhere I have a file on my computer that I downloaded from Ancestry that has what I have found so far.  I can’t remember the file type, I don’t know what it is called and I don’t know where it is.

John Norbutas   I have a pop up notice in the middle of my screen that I can neither move nor close.  It says that after Sept 30 Norton will no longer support my perpetual license Norton Utilities.  If I want Their support, I must subscribe to NortonLifeLock.  If I don’t subscribe, they will not remove the popup that is blocking the center of my screen.  Rebooting the computer didn’t help.  Nor did Norton’s remote helper.

Fred Krueger   I have run across a new to me website you might find interesting. It is “Rationalwiki”.

News Item:   TikTok and WeChat current status

News Item:   Windows 10 20H2 coming in October, final preview build released

News Item:   Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it’s not to blame

News Item:   Canada Tesla driver charged over ‘napping while speeding’

News Item:   Wayback Machine and Cloudflare team up to archive more of the Web

News Item:   Feds charge 6 people with bribing Amazon employees to gain edge on marketplace

News Item:   Bill to tear down federal courts’ paywall gains momentum in Congress

News Item:   Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is growing fast

News Item:   Microsoft Edge is getting a built-in password generator



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