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NVMUG August 2022 Meeting Report

NVMUG Meeting 08/20/22

Via Zoom

Present: Stephen Farber, Midge Lubot, Bruce Shields, Jane Fuller, Mischul Brownstone, Neil Raphel and Geof Gonter

Info about Copley:
Bruce had sent a copy of a letter he got from Copley Hospital to Stephen and myself. He wondered if there was something he should do to make himself more secure. As the intrusion happened at Copley and not his computer, they are the ones that have to take action to make their system more secure. It was suggested that he change his password, when the system is fully restored. It is a good idea to change internet passwords on a regular basis, like six months. I know it is a hassle, but it makes your presence on the internet a bit more secure. Using a password manager, like 1Password, Bit Warden, or Last pass makes it a lot easier and they will suggest strong passwords and make sure none of your passwords are duplicated.

Free Conference Call:
I have found a low cost communication program that might be better to
use since I have lost my unlimited time Zoom capability. It offers an application you can download or use a web browser to join a meeting. The cost is right, FREE! or a low cost monthly fee for the host only. It would also allow some other members the ability to host the meeting, should i not be available to host. You can view the service at https://www.freeconferencecall.com. As with Zoom you will not have to create an account to attend or download the application. We will be testing this before the next meeting and may use it for the September meeting. It will give us the capability to connect with screen sharing and make it so that we will be able to have a hybrid meeting, with people present in the meeting location and those who need or want to remote in. I have contacted the IT department at the hospital and I was assured that the connection speed and using the whiteboard in the meeting rooms would not be an issue.

Wi-Fi Routers:
Midge says that her wi-fi connection does not allow her to stray far with er phone or computer. She has fiber to the house and is utilizing the provider’s wi-fi router. Stephen and I talked to her about checking the settings on the router and/or possibly getting an extender or bridging another router for service. She has since been able to correct the issue.

Updating Sierra and and older computers:
Mischul asked about updating his older Mac’s operating system. There is an option for updating computers that will not run the newer operating systems. There are Patcher applications (http://dosdude1.com/software.html) for Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, and Catalina that allow some 2008 and newer computers to run these operating systems. I have used Mojave Patcher to run Mojave on a 2009 Unibody MacBook and it runs fine. The site does not offer patchers above Catalina, but there some other work arounds for Big Sure and Monterey that are not easily installed or set up.

Neil had a similar question about an older computer, for his business, he is deciding on updating or replacing.

Mischul also had a question about whether he should get a M1 Mini or wait for the M2 model. We don’t know how long it might be before the M2 is introduced. It all depends on what you are using the computer for and the what old software you are running (Newer Macs require 64 bit or Apple Silicon software).

Office Use:
Mischul also asked about Microsoft Office for newer computers (Office 2010 is not 64 bit). I suggested he look at Libre Office or Open Office to see if it will meet his needs. I have Libre Office on all my computers and Microsoft Office on two, Mac and a PC. Libre/Open Office, Pages, and even TextEdit open and save Microsoft Office Word documents. Libre/Open Office and Numbers will open and save Microsoft Excel documents. Libre/Open Office offers drawing, presentation, and and a database capability as well. You will lose the ability for using relational files with Numbers versus Excel. Keynote will open Microsoft Power Point projects as well. In fact I have often used Keynote to open Power Point projects that were reported unable to open, in Power Point, saved them as Power Point projects in keynote, only to be opened in Power Point.

I suggest you give them all a try. After all, Pages, Numbers, and keynote are free with the Mac and can be used with Apple mobile devices. I also use TextEdit for opening and saving word processing documents as Word documents.

Low cost imaging software:
A question was raised about image altering software that was less than Photoshop. Photoshop is a powerhouse when you need an application requiring that will do it all. However, most users will never use more than 10% of its capability. PhotoShop Elements is cheaper and is fine for many users. Fotor Photo Editor and Gimp (both free) are will meet most photo editing needs, Gimp is a bit more difficult to work with, but it is the more powerful of the two. Remember you probably have Photos or iPhoto on your device as well. Preview will also alter images in a limited fashion.

Thunderbird settings:
Mischul said he likes Thunderbird for email, but he was disappointed that it does not use addresses in Apple’s Contact application for finding addresses in the “to”, CCC, or BCC fields. However, I have been using ThunderBird for emailing out this newsletter and NVMUG correspondence since I took over the responsibility of scribe. I have been able to use the NVMUG group in my contacts for BCC since day one. I use it because Apple Mail has issues authenticating to the mail server with the NVMUG site provider. We checked my settings compared to his and he made some changes in his. He also was running an older version of Thunderbird. But, I used that version in the past without issues.

SSD replacement on the iMac:
I talked about my recent experience with replacing the hard drive in a 2015 iMac. It was pretty easy with the connection kit provided with the SSD. It was a 3 hour plus job (First, so it should take less time if I do it again). Affixing the adhesive for the monitor took almost as much time as the opening and replacement. But, Apple’s ease for replacing items in their compacted devices is not the best.

The next NVMUG meeting will probably be an Internet based meeting on September 17, 2022 at 10:00 am, unless we find out otherwise. The date for the October meeting will be October 15, 2022. If we switch to Free Conference Call, I’ll send out the directions.

If you wish to attend, please send me an email by 9:30 am, by that date, so I can 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 be hopefully be soon, when we might be able access that location.

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Geof Gonter



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