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2022-03-28 MUGOO iMeeting on Zoom

Started by AdminMan, March 01, 2022, 01:06:04 PM

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We are still unable able to have an in-person meeting at the library, so the following Zoom details apply.

Date: 2022-03-28 (Monday)
Time: 7:30 PM ET  You can join the Zoom meeting starting at 7:20.
Venue: A Zoom meeting that you can join on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Although Zoom works in many browsers we STRONGLY recommend using the dedicated app on your device with the largest screen for the best experience.
You do NOT need a Zoom account to join a meeting!
If you need instructions, go here: https://mugoo.com/index.php/Main/UsingZOOM


0 - Group chin-wag while folks log on                                                   7:20 - 7:30

1 - We will be having an open sharing session for all.  Please                  7:30 - 8:45
     bring any interesting apps, websites, gadgets, tips, tricks, news
     and ideas to discuss and show on-screen if possible.  We will call
     on you in a Zoom "window-by-window" way to ask you what you
     have, be it big or small, to share with the group

2 - Presidential COVID update and Sign Off             with Wally Kuzmicz     5 minutes

Unfortunately, no after meeting wings or desserts at the Royal Oak, but feel free to prepare your own snacks and share them with us on screen!

Zoom meeting details:   <---  will only work for this meeting! Join any time after 7:20, meeting starts precisely at 7:30!!
Meeting ID: expired
Passcode: expired

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Don't forget the Ottawa Public Library!
Even though we are unable to meet in person at the library, the OPL still offers a wealth of services you can access online. Go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en


Meetings Notes

Our usual secretary (David Rhynas) was not available to take notes at this meeting, so the following edited transcript of the meeting "chat" is offered instead.

Meeting started with lots of chatter about the Oscars, Canada's F-35 purchase decision, war in Ukraine, democracy (?), legalities of flying drones in Canada, and other non-Apple topics

Gillian herded the cats and called the meeting to order

Gillian wants to know how to show your keyboard to someone during a Zoom session. If you have a detached web cam, no problem, just point it at the keyboard. If you have a phone or iPad join the meeting with it and use its camera to show the keyboard of your Mac. Or email Marc to find out the convoluted QuickTime method (which still requires a phone or iPad).

Graham is getting complaints from people that they can hear his keyboard over Zoom. Since it is unlikely that he is talking and typing at the same time, he could just mute his audio. Or if he needs to talk and type at the same time, he could use a headset. Or he could buy a quiet keyboard.

19:51:25 From  Marc Servant  to  Everyone:
   Matias keyboards... are super quiet. https://matias.ca/quietpro/
Graham had more suggestions for Note taking apps:
https://pocketinformant.com (Gillian)

Gillian wonders if anyone else uses Zoho, since it is free, syncs to all her devices, and keeps her docs in the cloud. (In theory this is all possible with iCloud, but no human can figure out how to use it and it is not platform agnostic.)

Ferriss has fixed the lack of ports on his otherwise wonderful new iMac 24inch by buying a USB3 multiport hub

USB standards even confuse the "experts"
USB implementation Forum  https://www.usb.org
USB explained mostly  https://www.pcmag.com/news/thunderbolt-3-vs-usb-c-whats-the-difference
Thunderbolt includes USB 3 for extra confusion  https://www.thunderbolttechnology.net/blog/thunderbolt-3-usb-c-does-it-all

20:04:29 From  Liliane  to  Everyone:
   What is the easiest way to have pdf read aloud to me?
   Preferably a free program to read  a professional journal article to me. Reading only with no voice audio is pretty dry and boring.

20:25:23 From  Marc Servant  to  Everyone:
   https://speechify.com   --- tried by Liliane, but did not work
   Apple voice to text
Liliane was able to get the Glob to drop their online price
Turns out LOTS of people have complained and received rate reductions
Or just buy an Apple News subscription which include the Glob and a zillion magazines and other newspapers for a mere $12.99 per month (first month free to test it).
LeRoy thinks the Apple Notes app is the cat's pyjamas
He is also enamoured of the "Reader View" in Safari that gets rid of a boatload of ads and sometimes even defeats paywalls.

Wally whined a bunch about potential bricking of Macs with upgraded logic boards. But the online material is inconsistent and it looks like Apple has fixed the problem. Its all the T2 chip's fault.
Macs with replaced logic boards are bricking after upgrading to Monterey 12.3  https://www.tomsguide.com/news/this-macos-update-is-bricking-some-macs?utm_source=notification
Mac models with the Apple T2 Security Chip   https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT208862

Wally has an accountant and lawyer who do not use secure email services (they also have pet dinosaurs). So he uses an archiver that supposedly "encrypts" his email in a password protected file. Bottom line, probably not very secure but one step up from clear text.
Better suggestion (from Marc), get a FREE account from Sync.com, put your confidential files there, and then send an encrypted link to the accountant.

Several people talked about Mac Tax software
20:56:20 From  Marc Servant  to  Everyone:
   In answer to Kieth's question if there was an iPad version of Reunion

21:02:52 From  Marc Servant  to  Everyone:
In answer to Lawrence's question about QTVR players

21:06:00  meeting ended