Thursday, June 7, 2018

Visit us at LenoxCC!

[] [] [] Tuesday, August 7, 2018 ~1-3pm
Meeting in City Hall floor 1 Community Room.
Topic -- Recording!     
Record a 33 or 45 rpm record to MP3!     
Record an audio cassette to MP3!
Windows XP laptops available for Wi-Fi web browsing.
Please sign in on the buddy sheet when you arrive.    
 [] [] [] Tuesday, August 14, 2018
 No Buddies Meeting, John is on vacation.
 However, LenoxCC lounge has tables, chairs and wifi     
 [] [] [] Tuesday, August 21, 2018  ~1-3pm  No Buddies meeting, John is on vacation.
 However, LenoxCC lounge has tables, chairs and wifi     

 [] [] [] Tuesday, August 28, 2018  ~1-3pm  Meeting in City Hall floor 1 Community Room.
 "Bring In Your Box Day"
 Windows XP laptops available for Wi-Fi web browsing    ~1-3pm
 Please sign in on the buddy sheet when you arrive.        

[] [] [] Tuesday, September 4, 2018 ~1-3pm
Meeting in Lenox Community Center, Room 110
Topic -- TBA
Windows XP laptops available for Wi-Fi web browsing.
Please sign in on the buddy sheet when you arrive.    
 [] [] [] Tuesday, September 11, 2018     
Meeting in Lenox Community Center, Room 110
Topic -- Windows XP, 7, 10 tips
Windows XP laptops available for Wi-Fi web browsing.
Please sign in on the buddy sheet when you arrive. 
 [] [] [] Tuesday, September 18, 2018  ~1-3pm 
Meeting in Lenox Community Center, Room 110
Topic -- TBA
Windows XP laptops available for Wi-Fi web browsing.
Please sign in on the buddy sheet when you arrive.  

 [] [] [] Tuesday, September 25, 2018  ~1-3pm 
Meeting in Lenox Community Center, Room 110     
Topic --  "Bring In Your Box Day"     
Windows XP laptops available for Wi-Fi web browsing.     
Please sign in on the buddy sheet when you arrive.   

 "Bring In Your Box Day" (every fourth Tuesday!)  The first four Senior Computer Buddies to contact me may bring in their windows computer and get  advice about using it. We can supply the ac cord, keyboard,  mouse and monitor for your desktop or tower computer. It's  helpful to tell me before Tuesday if you are bringing in  your unit.      
 Regular Meetings:     

 1pm Specific Topic or Open topics discussion [except bring in your box days]  2pm Help session. Some help  opportunities may be simultaneous as a buddy installs  recommended software while another buddy asks a  question.   
 All Senior Computer Buddies will benefit from our best-effort attempts in solving unusual or  common problems.  Sometimes just emailing a detailed  question about your computer operation problem can result in  an answer which precludes the need to drag your box  in.     
 The group is not a class in learning computer operation, but a discussion of topics for computer  users, with best effort help available..     
 Please review your Senior Program Newscaster Newsletter and the ISD 283 Community Education  Catalog for Computer Classes.   

 The buddies blog is back!
 It's not fancy, and you can see it at

 John McHugh
 SLP City Hall Cable TV Office
 Community TV Coordinator, ParkTV15/96
 SLP Senior Program Mentor at LCC
 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard
 Jmchugh [at]
 "We Believe Our Public Service Makes A

 City Hall has free wireless internet,
 provided by City Of SLP. It's a "Park Public Wireless Spot"!
 It is also available at The Rec Center, Lenox Community  Center [west end] and Westwood Nature Center! Bring your  laptop and try it: confirm that your computer has detected  SL-Public. Connect to it. Then open a browser and navigate  to  A "landing page" will appear where you  must click "Accept" to the terms and conditions for free  internet access.
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 Did you find something other Senior Computer Buddies should read?
 Send a link to John!   

====== Links from 8-3-2018 email ==========================    

How Should I Back Up My Computer Before an Operating System Upgrade or Reinstall?

Does Bounced Email Mean All the Recipients Didn't Get My Message?

Why Does My Email Sometimes Show Up with Funny Characters Like "=0D" In It?

What's the Difference Between Windows 10 Home vs Pro Editions?

My Mouse and Keyboard Stopped Working, but Work Elsewhere. How Do I Fix Them?

I Deleted a File by Mistake, Can I Get It Back?

Do I Need All These Partitions?

How Do I Find Out What Program Is Using All My CPU?

Is Online Document Conversion Safe?

====== Links from 7-27-2018 email ==========================
Decade-old Bluetooth flaw lets hackers steal data passing between devices Serious error in the wireless protocol also lets hackers tamper with data.
DAN GOODIN - 7/25/2018
A large number of device makers is patching a serious vulnerability in the Bluetooth specification that allows attackers to intercept and tamper with data exchanged wirelessly. People who use Bluetooth to connect smartphones, computers, or other security-sensitive devices should make sure they install a fix as soon as possible.
The attack, which was disclosed in a research paper published Wednesday, is serious because it allows people to perform a man-in-the-middle attack on the connection between vulnerable devices. From there, attackers can view any exchanged data, which might include contacts stored on a device, passwords typed on a keyboard, or sensitive information used by medical, point-of-sale, or automotive equipment. Attackers could also forge keystrokes on a Bluetooth keyboard to open up a command window or malicious website in an outright compromise of the connected phone or computer.<snip>
Having more control over your data doesn't mean it's safe
by Kaya Yurieff   July 5, 2018
California's new data protection law gives consumers sweeping control over how much personal information companies can collect. It lets people opt out of having their data collected entirely, and even makes it easier to sue companies in the wake of a data breach.
But none of that guarantees any of that data is safe.
Although some privacy advocates hail the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 as a model for other states to follow, the legislation says little about what must be done to protect all that data once companies have it.
Big players like Facebook (FB) or Google (GOOG) have robust security protocols and entire teams dedicated to keeping hackers and thieves at bay. But there are an untold number of tech companies, marketing firms, and others that hold troves of information and may not have the resources to ensure its safekeeping.
That point was reinforced with news that Exactis, a data marketing firm in Florida with four employees, inadvertently exposed a database containing personal information on about 230 million consumers and 110 million businesses. The dataset included phone numbers, email addresses, home addresses, and even things like hobbies and political contributions.<snip>

Did you ever use the google url shortener service?
The competition defeated on.
Starting April 13, 2018, anonymous users and users who have never created short links before today will not be able to create new short links via the console. If you are looking to create new short links, we recommend you check out popular services like Bitly and as an alternative.

If you have existing short links, you can continue to use all features of console for a period of one year, until March 30, 2019, when we will discontinue the console. You can manage all your short links and their analytics through the console during this period.

After March 30, 2019, all links will continue to redirect to the intended destination. Your existing short links will not be migrated to the Firebase console, however, you will be able to export your link information from the console.

 ====== Links from 7-13-2018 email ==========================
 How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10  Here's everything you need to know before you repair, reinstall, or upgrade Windows 10,  including details about activation and product keys.
 By Ed Bott    May  31, 2018  [This article has been updated to  reflect Windows 10 version 1803.]  This article covers the most common  scenarios you're likely to encounter when installing,  reinstalling, and activating Windows 10. <snip> [13  FAQs with answers]
 Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade  Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended in 2016, right? Not exactly. The  GWX tool may be gone, but all the other upgrade tools still  work, and the end result is an apparently valid digital  license. But those offers could end soon.
 By Ed Bott   May  30, 2018  Everyone knows the free upgrade offer  for Windows 10 ended on July 29, 2016, right?
 That's when Microsoft officially ended the Get Windows 10 program and, to the relief of many,  stopped forcing the GWX tool onto the PCs of unsuspecting  users who were perfectly happy with their current version of  Windows and had no desire to upgrade.
 As of July 30, 2016, the upgrade notifications stopped and the GWX app began disappearing. In  theory, that means the only way to get a Windows 10 upgrade  is to pay for it.
 The funny thing is, no one told the folks who run Microsoft's activation servers. Which means  today, nearly 18 months after the free upgrade offer  supposedly ended, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from  Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital  entitlement, without being forced to jump through any  hoops.
 You can also still upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro by using a product key from a  previous business edition of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1  (Pro/Ultimate). That can save you $50-100 in OEM upgrade  charges if you buy a new PC with Windows 10 Home  preinstalled. (For details, see How to upgrade from Windows
 10 Home to Pro without hassles.)
 In this post, I'll cover the basics of a Windows 10 upgrade. I'll also talk about the licensing  issues involved, which are (as always) confusing. <snip>

 ====== Links from 7-6-2018 email ==========================
 Precautions to take if you use Windows
 XP   By STEVE ALEXANDER    July 03, 2018
 Q: Can I continue to use Windows XP safely if I install the for-pay version of Malwarebytes,  which is now considered to be antivirus software? William Parks, Newmanstown, Pa.
 A: Readers periodically ask whether
 they can continue to use the obsolete Windows XP operating  system. This is a reasonable question, considering that XP  is still used by about 7 percent of all PCs.
 The best answer is no. You shouldn't continue to use Windows XP, which was introduced in 2001,  because it no longer receives security updates from  Microsoft (they were discontinued in 2014.) And XP has  already proven to be vulnerable to internet security  threats. Microsoft issued an emergency security patch for XP  in 2017 after a widespread ransomware attack, in which PC  data was encrypted and only released if the user paid a  fee.
 But can you safely use Windows XP if you take precautions? Yes, but so many precautions are  required that most people would find it easier to switch to  a newer operating system.<snip>
 archive of computer/technology advice from the StarTribune columnist

 ====== Links from 6-29-2018 email ==========================
 Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now.
 Say no to defaults. A clickable guide to fixing the complicated privacy settings from Facebook,  Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple.
 By Geoffrey A. Fowler   June 1
 Don't use default privacy settings on sites and devices...On the Internet, the devil’s in the  defaults.
 You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t  even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly  what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting  on.
 They tout we’re “in control” of our personal data, but they know most of us won’t change  the settings that let them grab it like cash in a game show  wind machine. Call it the Rule of Defaults: 95 percent of  people are too busy, or too confused, to change a darn  thing.
 Give me 15 minutes, and I can help you join the 5 percent who are actually in control. I dug  through the privacy settings for the five biggest consumer  tech companies and picked a few of the most egregious  defaults you should consider changing. These links will take  you directly to what to tap, click and toggle for Facebook,  Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple. <snip>
 Hands off my data! 15 more default privacy settings you should change on your TV, cellphone  plan, LinkedIn and more.
 Default privacy settings often aren’t very private. Our tech columnist is back with round two of  his clickable guide to improving your privacy on all sorts  of devices and online services.
 By Geoffrey A. Fowler   June 15
 It’s not just Google and Facebook that are spying on you.
 Your TV, your cellphone provider and even your LinkedIn account have side hustles in your data.
 But, in many cases, you can opt out — if you know where to  look.
 I dug into a bunch of popular products and services you might not think of as data vacuums or  security risks and found their default privacy settings  often aren’t very private. So I collected here some common  settings you can change to stop giving away so much. The  following links will let you skip ahead to clickable  instructions for televisions, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo,  cellphone carriers and WiFi routers.<snip>

 Restoring Internet Freedom Order Takes Effect  [Press release] The Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom  Order, which goes into effect on June 11, 2018, will protect  the open Internet that consumers cherish while paving the  way for better, faster, cheaper Internet access. The order  replaces unnecessary, heavy-handed regulations  dating back to 1934 with strong  consumer protections, increased transparency, and  common-sense regulations that will promote investment and  broadband deployment. The FCC’s framework for protecting  Internet freedom has three key parts:
 Consumer Protections
 Removing Unnecessary Regulations to Promote Broadband Investment  Bottom line: The FCC is returning to the successful, bipartisan framework that helped the  Internet grow and flourish for two decades prior to 2015.
 This light-touch approach will protect consumers and deliver  better, faster, cheaper Internet access and more competition  to consumers  Federal Communications Commission  [looking forward cheaper internet access, ASAP][cough]
 By Brian X. Chen   June 13, 2018
 Chances are that when you bought a Wi-Fi router, you probably did not prioritize strong network  security.
 After all, when we think about wireless  connectivity in our homes, most of us generally care more  about speed of data transmissions and how much range the  router can cover.
 But it’s time to change our views.
 Network security needs to be high on our list of  considerations because a Wi-Fi station is the gateway for  devices to get on the internet. If your router is infected  with malicious software, all your internet-connected devices  become vulnerable, including your smartphone, computer,  smart watch, television and Amazon Echo.
 A recent cyberthreat underscores the need to take network security more seriously. Last month,  Cisco’s threat research arm, Talos, in collaboration with  the Federal Bureau of Investigation, discovered that a  malware system with links to Russia had infected hundreds of  thousands of Wi-Fi routers made by popular brands like  Netgear, TP-Link and Linksys. This month, Talos revealed the  problem was even worse than initially thought: Routers from  other brands like Asus and D-Link had also been  infected.<snip>