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    • in reply to: Quicken and Win 10 Pro 64 Bit V 1909 #2255856
      Chris B
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      Quicken 2002 is on my system (Win10 64 bit 1909) and working fine. File size is 31.5 MB and counting.

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      in reply to: Keeping in touch — from a distance #2224012
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      What do you mean – your grandfather’s crystal set? I listened to my own when I was a kid!

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – should we be concerned about Zoom? #2223781
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      Yes -that is exactly what we have done.

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – should we be concerned about Zoom? #2223772
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      I was going to ask you who you would use, but you have just answered that! We have taken the first option – always use passwords. I’ll have a look at you alternative, though. Thanks

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      in reply to: Keeping in touch — from a distance #2223709
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      I agree with Lincoln’s conclusions. We have a social club of older guys and, after checking out the alternatives, also came to the conclusion that Zoom was the best tool for us to continue activities during the shutdown.

      I would add that Zoom have removed the 40 minute limit on meetings until 1 July.

      There has been quite a bit of discussion on security on Zoom on another thread, started by Susan Bradley. My own view is that Zoom is OK for social use, as indicated in this post:

      Patch Lady – should we be concerned about Zoom?

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – should we be concerned about Zoom? #2223708
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      The FT article @MWmC pointed us to is a report of the Citizenlab report that @Alex5723 helpfully linked to.

      I look at this from the point of view of the social user, of which there are a couple or three new ones where I live (the UK). Those of you who use video for commercial reasons may have different views for very good reasons.

      The Citizenlab report makes clear that its concerns are for those who have confidential matters to protect, as quoted below:

      “As a result of these troubling security issues, we discourage the use of Zoom at this time for use cases that require strong privacy and confidentiality, including:

      • Governments worried about espionage
      • Businesses concerned about cybercrime and industrial espionage
      • Healthcare providers handling sensitive patient information
      • Activists, lawyers, and journalists working on sensitive topics

      For those using Zoom to keep in touch with friends, hold social events, or organize courses or lectures that they might otherwise hold in a public or semi-public venue, our findings should not necessarily be concerning.”

      It is also the case that, if you use the default settings in Zoom, some of the issues, such as no passwords and Waiting Room, go away – indeed Zoom have disabled password free meetings in the update released over the weekend.

      For social uses in this Covid-19 dominated world there is a real need for a cheap videolink tool, and there are very few options. While Microsoft Team may be an attractive and better tool for business, it costs £60/seat per year. My club has 72 members, which is 4,320 mouth-watering pounds of revenue to Microsoft per year. That is never going to happen.

      Furthermore, it seems to me that Zoom have been responding pretty quickly to the issues being raised, and the responsible commentators have been raising them first with Zoom and not in the press. I think Zoom deserve credit for that.

      My club did quite a bit of research to find the right tool to keep in touch and came to the conclusion Zoom is the best – just as did Lincoln Spectre in today’s newsletter. I still think that is the right decision, but I stress that I am talking only for the social user. The rest of you can make your own decisions, as I am sure you will!

       

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – should we be concerned about Zoom? #2223256
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      @MWmC thanks – I’ll pick the article up in the newspaper on Monday.

      However, perhaps we should be segmenting this discussion. There are many who are using Zoom for business purposes and have confidential content. For them, all these points are probably valid concerns.

      But my usage is different. I have just joined Zoom and moved my social club over to the platform, so far as we can. It is  a new platform for me and for all the rest of us. We are all older guys, pretty much all over 70 (aka old gits) and are using the platform to carry on some of our social activities, albeit not the lunches, when we are all confined to our homes and getting pretty bored. For us, I can see no reason to get concerned by these issues. We don’t discuss state secrets, because we don’t know any, nor anything more inflammatory than personal opinions.

      So, while I am watching the developments, I see no reason to get concerned for our usage, and I suspect that is the case for a vast number of the new users of Zoom. Susan – if there is anything I am missing, please put me right.

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – should we be concerned about Zoom? #2213724
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      Interesting. However, I have my own domain, but my wife and son, who both have Zoom accounts, emails on my domain, and have had meetings with me, have not shown up in this manner. i.e. they are not in my contacts on Zoom. Nor do I see a Company Directory setting anywhere.

      I am on the free version. Perhaps this is not an issue for the social, basic service, user?

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      in reply to: Onenote 2010 broken by Office Update #2213323
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      Thanks for the tipoff. I have also avoided the “Free Upgrade” like the plague, in my case because I like to keep my data stored locally unless I have a good reason not to.

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      in reply to: Initial impressions of Patch Tuesday, March 2020 #2190661
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      I bounced this over to Dell, so that they were aware of the problem. They replied:

      “Any updates that comes through Microsoft can be trusted and installed.”

      Best joke of the day!

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      in reply to: Initial impressions of Patch Tuesday, March 2020 #2189536
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      Indeed. See my earlier post about the ancient and possibly damaging driver updates offered to me.

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      in reply to: Initial impressions of Patch Tuesday, March 2020 #2189223
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      Over the weekend, Windows update offered my Dell XPS, bought in Sept 2019, a total of 33 patches for various drivers and firmware for the components of my system. Dell Support offered none of them, which is not really surprising since those that sported a date were all very old going back to 2017, and often predated the shipping of my PC. Needless to say, I did not install any of them.

      Today, when Windows Update checked, they were all gone.

      Now, if I had been a good boy and let Microsoft install them all immediately over my more current drivers, as Microsoft’s default settings would have had me do, wouldn’t I have been a happy bunny!

      Chris
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      in reply to: MS-DEFCON 5: Get your systems patched #2084663
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      Thanks @PK. It seems to have gone in OK.

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      in reply to: MS-DEFCON 5: Get your systems patched #2084657
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      I have just had 4530684 re-offered on one of my 2 machines, despite the fact it installed successfully on 10 Jan. Both machines are on 1903.

      I’m going to accept it.

      Chris
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      in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: It’s time to get patched #1997930
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      A few hours later, all the updates popped up.

      Note to self – be less impatient in future!

      Chris
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