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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

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 100

Google AI aka Duplex

Tony Pizza   I have an Asus that I tell to hibernate, but wakes up with a keypress. If I turn the power strip off, when I turn it back on, it doesn’t reboot, comes back from hibernate status.

Michael Megowan   I have an ASUS computer that turns itself back on after I have turned it off, watched it shutdown and walked away. The only way that I can get it to stay off is to hold the power button to force a shutdown.

Is there some setting that I can change to fix this?

Roger Houston   Does Black Friday sales include good cellphone sales? Should I wait? I am looking for a replacement for my old Samsung G-S5 smart phone. I want at least 64 GB. Any suggestions? I like Verizon for coverage, but can consider others if coverage is as good. I am looking at a Samsung G-S9 at Costco, sale over on Thursday 24 May [only here is my trade-in worth $200 on a 24 month schedule].

News Item:   US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

News Item:   A bug in cell phone tracking firm’s website leaked millions of Americans’ real-time locations

News Item:   Google Drive Renamed to Google One with New Storage Plans

News Item:   Does Google’s Duplex violate two-party consent laws?

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 99

Google Assistant AI

Lisa Toth   Recently I have discovered I can’t post to some sites even when there is a form to do so. These are sites where I have purchased something and they ask for a review.  Is there a setting I need to change?

Jerry Crocker   Update to Windows 10 April Update went well.

Toby Scott   On reboot, my wife received a message that a Microsoft update had blocked an HP monitoring software program aimed at keeping printers working and reporting back when they don’t.

Jerry Crocker   Windows 10 PC but pocket-sized? 5-inch Mi Mini PC arrives at an initial $149 price

News Item:   Google’s Assistant can call, make appointments, negotiate times and fool the person on the other end, passing the Turing Test.

News Item:   Police Department Loses 10 Months of Work to Ransomware. Gets Infected a Second Time!

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 98

general data protection regulation GDPR

Lisa Toth   Just got a fail message from my email.  “Your server has unexpectedly terminated the connection.”

Fred Krueger   What do you know about the usb stick being advertised on TV that will fix your computer?

News Item:   Chrome Users Reporting Freezes & Timeouts After Windows 10 April Update.

News Item:   News tite: “New Service Blocks EU Users So Companies Can Save Thousands on GDPR Compliance”

We would also like to mention and recognize that past CIPCUG President, George Lakes, died April 19, 2018.  

Dr. Bunny

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