Probus Computer Grp Jan Meeting

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Synopsis of the Probus Computer Group meeting, Jan 23, 2020.

Texture to News+ Texture

  • Doing reasonably well in the Apple ecosystem.
  • No longer available for Windows and Android - pity.
  • Bill believes that Apple will eventualy fix this gap. (no timeline).

Apps Worth a Look

  • Weathermate - iOS only iPhones and iPads -Free

    • All weather apps get the same info from Enviornment Canada
    • Some make better use
    • Some offer more features - Alerts, pictures, histories etc.
  • Firefox Browser

    • Available for Mac and Windows
    • Very fast
    • Lots of bells an whistles if you want
    • Open Source - Free
  • Carbon Copy Cloner

    • Mac only
    • Fully caompatible with latest Operating system “Catalina”
  • SyncToy

    • Allows you to perform directory synchronization jobs much more quickly and conveniently than if you were just using the Windows Explorer.
    • Free from Microsoft
  • Thunderbird Email

    • Free email program for Mac and Windows
    • WeTransfer File Transfer Now Available in Thunderbird
    • Take a look - some of these features are up your alley!
  • Speedtest by Ookla

    • Is it your internet connection or Computer that is slowing down?
    • This test gives you the numbers to help decide.

Other Stuff

Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft

  • It won’t just stop working, but it will leave you more vulnerable to virus and malware attacks.
  • Moving to a newer machine has costs but will be worth it in the long run.
  • Make sure to have your Software licences to allow you to reinstall in new machine
  • If you have pirated copies, well then, you are a pirate!
  • See Synctoy for suggestions on how to proceed.
  • Make sure to have complete backups available.

5G is coming, but it may take a while to hit Collingwood.

  • Too soon to upgrade your smartphone.
  • Amazing speeds and new applications will be interesting.
  • Good article:>

Band Steering

  • If you are having trouble with connections between computer and printers, you may call your ISP (Bell / Rogers) and ask them about BandSteering. They may be able to fix your issues.


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