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2024-02-26 MUGOO Zoom iMeeting

Started by AdminMan, February 14, 2024, 08:16:04 PM

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We still cannot have in-person meetings at the library. So we will use Zoom.

Date: Monday February 26, 2024
Time: 7:30 PM ET  You can join the Zoom meeting starting at 7:20.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 827 8892 9122
Passcode:   790121

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 during log on                                                     7:20 - 7:30
1 - News and Views - members' new tech arrivals                            7:30 - 7:45

2 - Apple Stolen Device Protection         - with David Rhynas          7:45 - 8:20

3 - Houdahspot File Search Tool             - with Graham Fawcett      8:20 - 8:40

4 - Replacing my MacBook Pro battery  - with Wally Kuzmicz
        (time permitting)
4 - Presidential Sign Off                         - with Wally Kuzmicz  25 seconds                                                                                         

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!

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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


1 - News and Views
Gillian recently purchased a gadget, not electronic, that holds all of her USB flash drives in a case with zipper and handle.  There are slots for 35 drives and additional space for SD cards.  It helps maintain some order.

Graham purchased a new camera this past weekend, a Fujifilm X-T5.  He is blown away by the amount of technology in such a compact device, more than was ever dreamt of by the team who first put a man on the moon.  It can automatically identify and focus on the eye of a bird at 30 feet.  With the Fuji app on the iPhone, all photos are geotagged so they are in correct sequence with photos taken by the iPhone.  There are a number of interchangeable lenses and Fuji are among the best available.  David has had this kit for a year with great results, most recently in Australia.  Graham will also soon be traveling to Australia with his new gear.

Laurence recently got a "new" 2020 iPad Pro, which was still covered under Apple Care ... refurbished with a brand new body on the outside and new battery.  It worked out well.

2 - Apple Stolen Device Protection - with David Rhynas
We have become so dependent on our Apple devices and using just a numeric passcode leaves you vulnerable to theft, fraud and worse.  In January, Apple released 17.3 for both iOS and iPadOS which introduces a new security feature Stolen Device Protection aimed at protecting your valuable data.  It only works if you have Face ID or Touch ID enabled.  While not 100% it is a significant step up.  You can view David's presentation deck and remarks at https://mugoo.com/bigfiles/2024-02-26_Stolen_Device_Protection.pdf.  Where feasible, everyone should enable.

As a sidenote, David shared his experience in temporarily "losing" his presentation file by accidently dragging it to the desktop trash can.  Anything in trash no longer appears in Spotlight searches or Recents and for all intents and purposes, never existed.  Something to be aware of.

3 - Houdahspot File Search Tool - with Graham Fawcett
Graham's computer system has over 1.3 TB of data and 95,000 emails.  He provided an overview of HoudahSpot, a customizable search app integrated with Apple's Spotlight engine.  While Spotlight is somewhat one dimensional, this utility has a comprehensive range of search criteria that can be used in combination, even down to the lens with which you may have taken certain photos!  After reviewing his presentation deck below, Graham then provided some demos of the various search capabilities.
4 - Replacing my MacBook Pro battery  - with Wally Kuzmicz
Wally shared his experience in replacing the drive of an older 2015 MacBook Pro.  While this perhaps could have been done at an Apple Store, he preferred the do-it-yourself approach to save some money and the trips to and from Ottawa.  The drive and associated repair kit was purchased from iFixit.com who also provide comprehensive step-by-step instructions online, with this repair as one example https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Retina+Display+Mid+2015+Battery+Replacement/89284
You can view Wally's presentation deck below.  Although at first a bit daunting, Wally was happy with the outcome.