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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 110


John Weigle   I have two external hard drives that work on my laptop but not my desktop. Both are USB drive. One is Stargate Backup Plus Sli 2 TB TO, and the other is a Toshiba. I bought the Stargate today. It worked on the laptop. I realized they’re plugged into a USB hub on the desktop.

News Item:  Shower Curtain Has Pockets For Electronics

News Item:   Thunderbird 60 released.

News Item:  Malwarebytes Browser Extension Blocks Malware, Scams, Ads, & Trackers

News Item:   Surface Go, First Look: Small, light, and the best cheap PC ever

News Item:   Traders Are Talking Up Cryptocurrencies, Then Dumping Them, Costing Others Millions

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 109

Charter Spectrum gets kicked out of NY

Fred Krueger   I was sent a music clip on messenger that opens in youtube. Now every time I click on youtube that same clip starts playing, It is annoying, How do I stop this clip from showing up?

K Edward Lynch   Beam: Stop Hackers and Data Collection.  The World’s Most Advanced Firewall and VPN Router.

Lisa Toth   New scam. I got a message from an acquaintance I haven’t spoken to in about 10 years.

Looks like her, pic includes a gourd. Not sure why she suddenly wants to get in touch but ok. I “hi” back. After a little small chit chat on messenger I get a message about publisher’s clearing house giving some kind of compensation to retirees and do I want to contact the agent?  I say “nah” “not sure who you are now.”  “She” responds with urgency that I need to act fast. Now I am certain it is not her so I selected the option to stop getting messages in this conversation.

K Edward Lynch   Two former computer executives created an amazing device that lets people replace their computer’s painfully slow operating system (e.g., Windows) with a brand new one!

News Item:   Fake Websites for Keepass, 7Zip, Audacity, Others Found Pushing Adware

News Item:   Spectrum just got kicked out of New York.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 108

Amazon’s Alexa Echo

Lisa Toth   I see that Adobe has a document cloud. It looks like it has some nice features.  It appears to be free but I wonder for how long.   How do you keep track of all the cloud accounts and how do you know what’s in them.

Fred Krueger   have you heard of safeshare tv and web sites like it? it seems to be a subscription service.

Jerry Crocker   What are Alexa Skills, and how can I enable Alexa Skills?
(Here is a link for developing new skills for Alexa.

News Item:  Windows 10 Notepad is Getting Updated with Modern Features

News Item:  Ransomware technique uses your real passwords to trick you

News Item:  Microsoft takes aim at schools, consumers and businesses with Surface Go tablets, starting at $399

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 107

EU Copyright Law shot down

Lisa Toth   I switched to Chrome after a bad couple of days on FireFox. It is slower to respond as in opening a page when I click a link. Any ideas?

Fred Krueger   Why is my keyboard acting erratic? It has spells where I get no response from the keys. I type away and look up and there is nothing there. then if I go very slow it will start to respond.

Andy Toth   I have an ASUS Transformer, win10, 64 bit. I reinstalled a generic win10 system. When I bring up the Disk Management dialog it shows that the file system for (C:) drive is NTFS (BitLockerEncrypted). How?

Andy Toth   I’ve been cleaning up my data drive. I’ve removed about 8GB of data, emptied the trash but the data storage report is now 3GB more than when I started. Is there some new MS accounting system?

Lisa Toth   Well I just passed the “mom some guys have me in a van and they are going to kill me.” test.  Your heart starts pounding, especially if the caller sounds like your kid. She sounded like my older daughter but I kept my cool. I kept asking who is this? No name response finally a man took the phone and said he was going to kill her and drop her in front of my house. This after calling me many names because I stayed calm and kept asking for the name of the girl. Since one girl is in Texas and the other is in Washington, I figured they didn’t know anything about me and it was safe to hang up.

News Item:   Controversial copyright law rejected by EU parliament

News Item:   Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers, not just machines.

Q&A with CIPCUG session 106

the EU

John Weigle   What are the effects of the Supreme Court ruling on web businesses having to pay state sales taxes.

Craig Ladd   Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 Has A Nasty Surprise

News Item   The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn’t Over Yet

News Item   New WPA3 Wi-Fi Standard Released

News Item   How the EU copyright proposal will hurt the web and Wikipedia

Q&A with CIPCUG session 105

U.S. rules police need warrant now for cell

Fred Krueger   From time to time my screen will go black for 2 to 3 seconds and come back. What is causing this? this can happen anyplace in firefox

Craig Ladd    I went to settings to switch Wi-Fi on bus, I noticed that it was picking up every hotspot as we passed it on freeway – does this use up battery power ?

Fred Krueger   On my Yahoo Mail in Firefox, there is a border on the right for ads and on the dividing line is an arrow to expand the view and get rid of the border. when you click on the arrow and expand the view a pop-up appears wanting $3 plus to let you have this space. How do you get rid of this annoyance?

News Item:   Someone Is Taking Over Insecure Cameras and Spying on Device Owners

News Item:   US Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant to Track Cell Phone Location

News Item:   The UK’s tax agency has collected the voice records of over 5.1 million Brits

Q&A with CIPCUG Session104

Lisa Toth   I am wondering about VLC.  Is it any good?

Tony Pizza   I’ve had a fair number of popup warnings on my PC that it’s seriously infected and to do something about it. I don’t even click on the X to close it; I use Alt-F4 to close the window. Tonight, while looking at something on Facebook, for the first time, I got one of those on my Android phone. Turned the phone off.

Fred Krueger   Why is it difficult to open back up files and see what is there? was trying to look for something I deleted that may have made it into the monthly backup.

Fred Krueger   Doesn’t it seem a little strange that after the Equifax debacle that the other credit rating companies are asking for the very information that was exposed in order to run a check for you.  they more than likely already have the information and want to verify they have info on the correct person. looks like more intrusion into your life to me.

News Item:   The price of Bitcoin was manipulated last year.

News Item:   Microsoft Ending Support for Windows 7, 8, & Older Apps in the Microsoft Forums

News Item:   Microsoft Office is getting a facelift. Among other new items is an icon to “Reply by IM”

News Item:   After 20 years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 103

redstone 5

Fred Krueger    Instead of Google search, how about using Duck Duck Go

News Item:   Yahoo Messenger Now Joins the List of Discarded Chat Programs

News Item:   Microsoft Store Brings Remote App Install to Windows 10 With “Install on my devices”

News Item:   Windows 10 ‘Redstone 5’ may add a ‘Switch to S Mode’ option

News Item:   Switzerland has decided to block all online gaming sites from Swiss citizens

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 102

how VPN works

Fred Krueger   When I click on firefox to open I keep getting the message, do I want this browser and the app page opens asking me to set the default browser. What happened?

Lisa Toth   I’m thinking about getting another tablet as a companion to my Amazon Kindle Fire. I discovered that they use their own version of Android. I want to get one with Android that has not been modified.  So, looking for info on the small tablets. Maybe a Galaxy? Any other ideas?

Lisa Toth   Wile looking for apps for an Android tablet, I see there is a Firefox Focus: the privacy browser.  What is it?

News Item:   Google Search keeps asking if I’m human when I use VPN.

News Item:   Amazon Blocks Australian Shoppers From US Site Because of New Tax

News Item:   All the major wireless carriers in the US and Canada are selling every client’s real time location to anyone who wants to buy it. Want to burgle a house. Check to see where the owner(s) are first. Think your spouse is cheating? Track them in real time and look up where they are spending time. The opportunities for abuse from this are endless and dangerous.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 101

Microsoft meets GDPR requirements

Tony Pizza   Window 10 file manager is slow, “working on it”. I’m considering trying Free Commander. Looks like something I used on DOS and WIn 3.1. Any other recommendations? What sites are safe to download from? I forgot what ones to avoid.

Andy Toth   What’s the secret to sharing drives between computers on Windows 10 Home? The computers are all in the same workgroup. I’ve set the properties of the drive enable sharing and allow everyone full control. I enabled file and printer sharing in Network and Sharing Center. Not using passwords to connect is also activated.  Every time there’s an update all file sharing and the homegroup disappear.

Lisa Toth   I have a couple of magazines I get digitally as downloads. One I received recently is 22 plus MB. I’d like to store them to read more than once.  What is the best way?

Donn Coon   Like many other CIPCUG members I’ve heard about, my latest Firefox download has provided a miserable browser. I have another browser (Chrome) but it’s nearly as miserable for me to work with.

Lisa Toth   Please comment on the upcoming update in the fall.  What is “redstone” and explain tabs in programs/apps coming then?

John Weigle   My CanoScan 97000F scanner died after the last Windows 10 update. It keeps insisting that the driver might not have installed correctly and to reinstall it. I’ve done that several times without a change.

News Item:   Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

News Item:   Microsoft Will Extend GDPR Privacy Protections to All Users, Not Just Europeans

News Item:   US news sites unavailable to EU users under new rules

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