Chat messages from the April 22, 2020 meeting
10:06:15 From Harry Forsdick : https://www.askwoody.com/askwoody-newsletter-alerts/welcome-to-the-askwoody-free-newsletter/ 10:07:21 From Bob Primak : Links posted inChat can be clicked directly, and will open in a browser. 10:09:10 From Bob Primak : The one downside to encrypting files before uploading, is that sharing with others becomes more difficult. 10:10:51 From Steve Isenberg : Difficult because not only do they need the file, they need (a) the password and (b) the software to decrypt the contents. 10:11:06 From Sam : does Microsoft office 365 have a setting to auto encrypt all files? 10:13:10 From Bob Eckert : Have used Axcrypt for years; integrates with Winows OS 10:14:50 From Bob Primak : I use 7-Zip in Windows, and the Linux equivalent, which we call Peazip. 10:17:01 From Bob Primak : Veracrypt continues an open-source project which mysteriously shut down when the US Government got on their case. 10:18:52 From Bob Primak : Some of these are services which don't use a local program. Teh ones I use are local programs or portable apps. 10:19:38 From Bob Primak : Encryption will introduce a bit of a delay, but it's not a big problem unless compression is also used. 10:21:29 From Bob Primak : Bleachbit is a classic Linux application. It is said to be less than optimal for Windows, but it was used famously by Hilalry Clinton's server. 10:22:03 From Bob Primak : DuckDuckGo uses Microsoft for their search engine. This means there is possibly some tracking. 10:24:32 From Bob Primak : DropBox limits free storage, but the paid version is well worth it, according to many folks. 10:25:32 From Bob Primak : iTunes for Windows uses the Apple Bonjouir Service. That Service is a memory hog. It also is a security nightmare. 10:26:18 From Bob Primak : Windows Defender will whitelist a lot of common applications. 10:27:00 From Bob Primak : But if you have Folder Access restrictions (Windows Defender anti-ransomware) you may have to allow specific system changes. 10:28:26 From Bob Primak : I use Privacy Badger alongside Ghostery. You may have to suspend either or both for some sites. 10:28:59 From Bob Primak : Agent Ransack is a well-respected local search agent. 10:30:07 From Bob Primak : Malwarebytes also owns AdwCleaner, which focuses on adware and browser hijackers. 10:30:49 From Bob Primak : Aomei is misspelled. 10:31:58 From Bob Eckert : For Samsung SSD cloning use Samsung cloning software 10:32:05 From Bob Primak : AskWoody now deals with Windows, Apple, and Chromebooks. A bit on Linux once in awhile. 10:33:03 From Bob Primak : The support level amount for AskWoody is entirely up to user choice. 10:34:08 From Bob Primak : Cloning is a special case for backup software. For Linux i use Clonezilla, but it is Command-Line and USB Boot. 10:40:58 From Steve Isenberg : [for info on upcoming meetings and links to info on earlier presentations:] http://LCTG.toku.us 10:41:22 From Steve Isenberg : That’s the link to a list of past presentations, videos of many, and slides from many, and more info. 10:45:35 From Bob Primak : SSD will improve some parts of the system but will not improve things where there are other bottlenecks. Especially slow RAM and Internet/local network I/O. 10:46:33 From Jerome Slate : I was told by my tech guy that Western Digital is dropping the mechanical hard drive and going to solely SSD. 10:47:00 From Bob Primak : USB-C charging also works with iPhones (Thunderbolt). 10:47:58 From Bob Primak : Jerry, I wouldn't be surprised at the WD decision. Samsung has been mostly SSD for a long time. 10:48:08 From Mitch Wolfe : Was it UL approved? 10:49:32 From Bob Primak : Surge suppression and those feedback issues vary a lot from one power strip to another. Also, power strips have cord wires with ratings like 12, 14, 16, etc. 10:50:19 From Jerome Slate : The smoke detector goes off only AFTER the fire has started. Prevention is more important than extinction. 10:51:08 From Bob Primak : "Wall warts" should not be left plugged in even when nothing is charging. Charging should not be allowed to go overnight for the protection of the device battery. 10:52:21 From Mike A : Charlie -- You used to have bad things to say about SSD reliability/longevity. Do you have an update? 10:52:36 From Bob Primak : Many small mobile devices only have one or two USB-C or Thunderbolt ports. I use a hub with my Chromebook. In fact, a large, plug-in hub for home and a small mini-dock for mobile use. 10:52:57 From Steve Isenberg : Jerry — there are two types of smoke detectors, one sounds when the fire starts, the other sounds before the fire gets fully going 10:53:31 From Bob Primak : Steve -- still, prevention is better than extinguishing after the fact. 10:53:55 From Charles H Holbrow : And one starts when my granddaughter lights a candle in her room. 10:55:03 From Bob Primak : A stylus is good,a nd so is a track pad, like my touch-screen Chromebook has. 10:55:29 From Bob Primak : I have a Chromecast and a Windows dongle for WiDi to my HDTV at home. 10:56:27 From Bob Primak : WiDi from other vendors than Microsoft can be ahd for much less money. 10:57:10 From Bob Eckert : Acquired a USB-C / HDMI adapter from Amazon for my Dell XPS-13 Windows 10 laptop to UHDTV. Inexpensive and works fine. 10:57:58 From Bob Primak : WiDi has the advantage of being wireless. But I prefer using cables. 10:59:27 From Bob Primak : Printing from many tablets can be done wirelessly.I use this ption with my printer with Windows, Chrome OS and 2 Linux distros. 10:59:43 From Mitch Wolfe : There's many flavors of USB. I've bought a lot of different dongles for MACs and Windows machine for video, network, printers, etc. They are cheap over the Internet. Wireless is an amazing alternative if feasible. 11:00:27 From Bob Primak : Chromecast works with pretty much any device which can install the Google Chrome Browser. I've used that option with Linux and Windows. 11:01:20 From Bob Primak : Microsoft Surface has had well-publicized hardware and drive issues. 11:01:28 From Bob Primak : Driver 11:03:23 From Bob Primak : My hubs have charging while ports are used for connectivity. So you don't need to have more ports on the device. 11:04:06 From Bob Primak : Chromebooks go dead after five years unless yuo physically remove the write-protect screw (inside the case) and then substitute the firmware with something else. 11:04:58 From Bob Primak : As a Linux person, I love older PCs and netbooks. 11:07:15 From Mitch Wolfe : Other than high end, newer machines based upon mature technology is cheap and you can buy several. I have a $300 WIndows netbook that I use for travel. It doesn't have anything much on it and if it breaks, throw it out. 11:08:20 From Mitch Wolfe : Multiple USB ports on older hardware allow for interchangeable peripherals like external CD drives. 11:12:37 From Mitch Wolfe : Costco bundles keyboards, pens, discounts, etc. with Microsoft Surfaces. We haven't had any significant issues with somewhat vanilla usage. 11:15:55 From Mitch Wolfe : Europe is pushing standards for chargers to reduce all the adaptors. 11:17:02 From Jerome Slate : How does a power strip help with over-heating? 11:19:02 From Larry Wittig : Some (maybe more expensive) laptops come with a range of ports. My wife has an Del l XSP with USB-C with all the ports. It was purchase within the last year. 11:19:22 From Mitch Wolfe : I used youtube to replace the drive belt on my 40 year old dryer. 11:19:36 From Mitch Wolfe : YouTube is also good for plumbing tasks. 11:19:49 From Jerome Slate : There are two universes. The one we live in and an equal one on YouTube. 11:20:05 From Mitch Wolfe : Does the Lexington community repair shop fix these things? 11:20:37 From Mitch Wolfe : How about hair cuts? 11:21:31 From Mitch Wolfe : Xerox may buy HP. 11:27:20 From Mitch Wolfe : I have old habits. The laptops are generally plugged into the wall like desktops. Old dead batteries have minimal impact for this kind of usage. Many people work this way. 11:28:15 From Bob Primak : Old dead batteries if possible should be taken out of the laptop. They can become dangerous if lef in the laptop when plugged in all the time. 11:30:18 From Bob Primak : The problem with SSDs and SMART data is that SSDs fail suddenly, with little or no warning. It isn't like mechanical hard drives, which usually fail more gradually. 11:30:56 From Bob Primak : A good backup is essential for SSD based machines. 11:31:44 From Bob Primak : I'm "trilingual" -- Chrome OS, Windows 10 and Linux. 11:33:21 From Dick Wagner : I have a hunch that Macs are more useful for people who do a lot of video work; e.g., movie makers. 11:33:28 From Bob Primak : My Chromebook with Fedora Linux does much the same Workspace tricks as a Mac can do. 11:34:57 From Mitch Wolfe : Pepsi and coke. I have Android and my wife has iPhone. 11:35:02 From Bob Primak : Apple's closed ecosystem has put me off. That and the price of hardware. Apple could be compared with the Microsoft Surface. 11:35:45 From William Quinn : I agree with Bob. 11:36:00 From Steve Isenberg : Agree with your comparison from a price standpoint. But I think the fact that Mac OS X is based on BSD Unix is a big plus. (FYI, I bought my MacBook refurbished.) 11:36:40 From Kenneth Cutter : I like my Nest smoke detector, It gives a gentle audio warning so that you can disable the full blaring alarm before it blasts. 11:37:04 From Charles H Holbrow : At least for my MacBookPro I think its high price is compensated by its high quality and longevity 11:37:14 From Bob Primak : I think I would want a smoke detector to be as loud as possible from the outset. 11:37:42 From Kenneth Cutter : You don't cook? 11:37:53 From Steve Isenberg : I agree w/Charles. I also have a 10-year-old iMac that’s running like new. (I did replace its HD with SSD) 11:37:55 From Mitch Wolfe : Make sure that vents and the fan are operational. 11:38:21 From Bob Primak : Yeah, and even so, it's good to have the smake alarm wake me up if I've been napping. 11:38:34 From Bob Primak : That's aboutcooking and smake detectors. 11:38:51 From Mitch Wolfe : Vacuum the dust from the refrigerator coils and other hardware. 11:39:09 From Charles H Holbrow : The smoke alarm tells you that dinner is ready. 11:39:16 From Bob Primak : LOL 11:39:54 From Kenneth Cutter : What's up for next week? 11:40:17 From Mitch Wolfe : Make sure buy UL approved equipment. Stuff that isn't is cheap but more potentially dangerous. 11:40:21 From Bob Primak : House wiring does not always have good characteristics when it comes to slight overloads. Breakers don't just pop from slight, long-term overloads. 11:42:02 From Steve Isenberg : Next week’s program is described on http://LCTG.toku.us, and it’s “The Science Behind Columbus” 11:42:13 From Larry Wittig : I switched from Libre Office to Free Office by Softmaker and found it much better. 11:43:13 From Mitch Wolfe : Stay with vendors that you have had successful interactions...
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