NVMUG December 2021 Meeting Report
December 18, 2021
Meeting Minutes for the Northern Vermont Macintosh User Group
Held via Zoom online
Present - Jane Fuller, Bruce Shields, Warren Walker, Midge Lubot, Stephen Farber, and Geof Gonter
We discussed our experiences with spam phone calls and emails. Geof mentioned that he gets normally gets 1500 plus spam messages on the NVMUG email account. A humorous anecdote was reported by individual members. Some folks described how they deal with spam calls, including their phones reporting the offending numbers or named sources on screen and just ignoring them. Some people claim that if you pick up and don’t answer, it will stop calls from the service calling. Most automated services are set up for the answers “Hi” or “Hello” then start the message or switch to a person with the message. If answered otherwise, their devices are set up to see the number reached as a business.
Mac updates were the next topic, including how important it is to run system updates as soon as possible. Application updates are primarily tweaks, feature changes, and small security updates. Browsers normally contain more security updates than other applications. Some applications run updates through the applications themselves and other through the Apple App Store notifying the user through notifications and then approving the install or going to App Store in the pull down under the black apple.
Stephen shared photos of his new granddaughter. A recent addition to the family.
Versions of MacOS were discussed. We discussed the added security and other features of the later operating systems over the one that are several years old. Apple has gotten more security conscious (in most cases) than the competitors in hardware and software. Also, many of the browsers have issues they need to address. Recently flaws with Chrome, the most used browser, have been exposed.
Jane’s iPhone home button doesn’t seem to be wanting to work properly. Stephen walked her through some things in the settings to try, but to no avail. It was recommended she call Apple support or take her phone to AT&T for them to take a look at. Stephen asked how many people use Fingerprint ID or facial recognition on their devices to unlock them or install applications. Fingerprint ID seems to be the most popular on the iPhones equipped with it. However, I have found that using passwords on a regular basis, for your device authentication reminds you of your password so you recall it when you need it for installing software.
Jane discussed her further woes with iCloud. She keeps getting a message she can’t save any more images because her account is full. Stephen walked her through accessing her account and deleting items. Most are images she took with her iPod. It really is difficult to use Zoom in a group setting help diagnose issues like this.
We again discussed the accessory audio devices used for computers and iDevices. The devices used are wireless bone conductive headsets, AirPods, and wired earplugs. Each have their own benefits, but the bone conductive devices allow one to easily monitor outside noises while still hearing signals sent from the iDevice. Some use several styles dependent on the listening situation. I use my AirPods Pros and wired earplugs for normal use, but use cup style headphones for serious private listening.
For several years I have used Bundlehunt (https://bundlehunt.com/) to obtain software. They are a curator of software that offers individual applications or occasional specialized bundles of software at reduced prices. A few times a year they offer a resource package with a number of varied applications, image manipulation, utilities, fonts, and specialized pdf/word processing for low price after unlocking the bundle with a $3 or $4 unlock fee. In the past they have offered Toast, MacCleanse, Picture CollageMaker, OCR conversation software, Pexels Draw, Sketch Fashion, and others. Many offer a Lifetime license. Occasionally they will offer a single bundle with no unlock price and a low price. For example they just offered Toast 20 for $19.95. Get on their mailing list to get notifications of offers.
The next NVMUG meeting will be a Zoom meeting on January 15, 2022 at 10:00 am. The date for the February meeting will be February 19, 2022.
If you wish to attend, please send me an email by 9:30 am, by that date, so I can send send you an email invitation to the meeting. The meetings will continue to be online meetings instead of the meeting room at the Northeastern Regional Hospital in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. Right now that looks like it will not be before April 1, 2022.
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