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    • in reply to: Upgrade Options for High Sierra #1947563

      MW
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      1) Am I correct about the Apple support policy? Most importantly, after 3 years will there be no support at all for High Sierra?

      That does seem to be the pattern.  Point updates through the first year, then security updates for the following two years after that.

      2) Is it possible – or perhaps permissible is a better word – to ‘leapfrog’ an OS version?

      Yes.  Apple will tell you if you need to install a newer version than you currently have installed before you then upgrade to the newest.  I had a 2010 Macbook, that had Lion on it.  Had to upgrade to El Capitan first before I could upgrade to High Sierra.

      I prefer clean installs when I upgrade.  Doing that one can go forward or back as long as the hardware supports the version you want to install.  You will need to have the full dmg file to do that.

      I have a late 2013 iMac that has Sierra on it, Apple is offering me Mojave.

      3) In terms of chances for successful, no drama upgrades would it be better to upgrade to Mojave now, and then upgrade to Catalina later, or just run High Sierra for a while and go directly to Catalina, skipping Mojave (assuming a ‘leapfrog’ is possible)

      If everything is running correctly, stay on High Sierra for another year.  Then make a decision.  I have Mojave on my mid 2012 Mac Book Pro and my late 2012 iMac.  Mojave has been really stable for me.  So has Sierra for that matter.  I unfortunately can’t say the same for High Sierra.

      I would download the dmg file now for Mojave while it is still being offered and just save it.  Better to have and not need, than to need and not have.

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    • in reply to: Need user-friendly update strategy #1945978

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      MW wrote: Along with some security and privacy tweeks in about:config.

      Can you elaborate on this?

      I use ghacks user.js at Github as a reference.

      https://github.com/ghacksuserjs/ghacks-user.js/blob/master/user.js

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    • in reply to: Need user-friendly update strategy #1944085

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      My thinking (right or wrong?) is that if I stay off the Internet via W7 that I will no longer need MS updates.

      Don’t fall for the fear mongering.  I have been Group W since 2017.  The sky hasn’t fallen nor has the boogie man gotten me.

      I don’t have Java or anything Adobe on my machines.

      I keep my USB and other removable drives monogamous to my machines.

      I do not plug my android phone into my machines.

      I use Waterfox/Firefox with uBlock Origin, Privacy Badger, HTTPS Everywhere and CSS Exfill Protection.  Along with some security and privacy tweeks in about:config.

      I don’t click on every flashing shiny thing on the internet.

      I don’t download from or even visit sketchy sites.

       

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    • in reply to: Standard 4:3 vs 16:9 widescreen #1911472

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      Quite a few manufactures make 5:4 monitors.

      5:4 Monitors Square Monitors and Displays from LG, Samsung, BenQ and others | CCL Computers

      EIZO makes 1920 x 1920 monitors, although they are ungodly expensive, they are cool.

      FlexScan EV2730Q Square LCD Monitor | EIZO

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    • in reply to: Write protected memory stick. #1911465

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      I have had a few USB drives do that to me.  I have yet to find out why they sometimes do that.  The solution I found is one of the few redeeming features of Linux.

      Put the drive in a Linux machine and select the USB Stick Formatter, it might be called something different depending on what distro you would be using.  It will unlock and format the drive.

      It also isn’t limited to the size of the drive that it can format.  I have formatted 250Gb SSD’s in Fat32 with no issues.

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    • in reply to: Questions About Amazon Prime #1902990

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      My experience with Amazon has been pretty much what many have already stated. I let my Prime membership expire.

      Their 2 day delivery was more often than not 3+ days.

      As others have noticed, they are starting to turn into another eBay, more often than not what I was looking for wasn’t available through Amazon, not even fulfilled by Amazon.  I would rather use eBay if that’s the case.  In fact I often find things from eBay dealers cheaper than on Amazon.

      Ditto for Newegg, Microcenter, Staples, Office Max, Best Buy…

      Amazon delivery is a joke in my area.  Sick and tired of finding my items everywhere but my porch.  If they even get the right address…

      IMHO, Amazon is coasting on momentum.  Everybody is so used to habitually going to Amazon to purchase something they aren’t noticing that Amazon’s customer service and pricing are steadily degrading.

      There are other stores, both online and even brick and mortar that can match and even beat Amazon’s pricing.  Plus, they have 1-800 numbers and customer service departments that are easily reachable if need be.

      As far as Amazon Basics, the handful of things I have tried, the quality was just as good as anything else in the price range.  I have no complaints there.

       

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    • in reply to: AskWoody.com turns 15 years told #1874892

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      Capture9
      “Man, how times have changed!”  Oh so true.

      Mozilla went to the dark side several years ago, and they have become buddie-buddies with Google.  Firefox can not be trusted.

      Congrats on the 15 years.

       

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    • in reply to: Youtube downloaders quit working #1864501

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      I too have used Clipgrab, on a Linux machine.  It works as advertised, can’t complain.

      What makes me nervous about these downloaders is what else is possibly being “downloaded”.

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    • in reply to: Windows 7: Preparing for an uncertain future #1864496

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      Anyways, it’s just a matter of time before the general public realizes how bad things are and jumps ship to Linux/Mac/Chrome/etc.

      The same general public that mindlessly gives Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Snap/DataFarmerOfTheDay complete access to every aspect of their lives?

      Not likely.

      That always cracks me up.  People kvetching about the lack of privacy in W10, then turn around and fire up Chrome on their W7 machines.

      Then log into Google and start surfing the web.  Then log into Facebook, Twitter etc, and stay logged in, and continue on their way.

      Hello!  McFly…

      I don’t mean to sound like a jerk, but as far as I see it, anybody using Chrome on their W7 machines has no right to complain about W10’s lack of privacy.

      Now, lack of quality with too many of the updates, forced updates, that’s a different issue.

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    • MW
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      There is also ProduKey from Nirsoft.  This one doesn’t require the use of a web browser.  I have used it and it works perfectly.

      ProduKey – Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office/SQL Server

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    • in reply to: Windows Media Center #1676477

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      I also have a HTPC built specifically to use W7’s Media Center’s DVR function.  I’m using it with a HDHomerun OTA tuner.

      The only time it goes online is to stream internet radio stations, or to stream music at sites like Bandcamp or Soundcloud.  Occasionally I go to YouTube to watch or listen to something.

      The machine has replaced both my CD and DVD players.   The only software that has been installed is Waterfox and an A/V program.  The machine went from group B to group W 2 years ago.

      This system has been rock gut stable.  It sits in the entertainment center and just works.

      Capture

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    • in reply to: Alternative browser recommendations #1334665

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      I have been using Waterfox as my primary browser ever since Firefox 52 ESR went EOL.  I was using it as a secondary browser prior to that.  I have had zero problems with the browser.  I forget I’m not using Firefox until I see the logo.

      If one runs into an issue with a site giving you grief about using an out of date browser, just change the user agent.

      I am using the user agent verbatim from Firefox.  Again, zero problems on the web.

       

       

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    • MW
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      My main rig is a Sky Lake i5-6500 machine running W7.  It has 16 Gb of ram and an SDD. With triple monitors running Display Fusion and Classic Shell.  It can do double duty as a DVR with Media Center and my Silicon Dust TV tuner.  I have it configured, tweaked and customized to suit me.

      I fully plan on using it to the b***** end.

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    • MW
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      I have an account at Chase, and I have had zero issues with Waterfox using a Firefox useragent.

      As far as banks insisting on the customer using Chrome, Citibank was/is doing the same thing.

      My mother uses Waterfox and was a customer of Citibank.  She suddenly starting having issues with being able to log in.  She called their customer service while I was visiting and the service rep. had the gall to tell her she needs to install Chrome or Internet Explorer.  Their site is no longer optimized for Firefox.

      Well, I asked my mother to leave the room, then I “spoke” with the rep. which included language my mother didn’t need to hear, explained to him why feelings on the Chrome browser, Google in general and his companies sleazy policy.

      I put my mother back on the phone, and she procceded to close the account.  She now uses Chase.

      “If that is the case, it’s not Waterfox that behaves worse… it’s Chrome that doesn’t delete cookies when it is told to.  When you delete a site’s cookies, it’s supposed to ask you to log in again, and it’s supposed to think it’s a new, unrecognized device, and send you that annoying email if that’s what it does.  That’s why you delete cookies in the first place, so that you can be unrecognized.  A recognized device is a tracked device.”

      Exactly correct.

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    • in reply to: Entertainment in the media-streaming era #1746460

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      Yeah, there are still companies playing on those silly buzz words, and the masses keep falling for it.

      I’m still using an old set of rabbit ears for my TV.  It does look rather unique, 70’s era rabbit ear antennae sitting amongst all my digital A/V equipment.

      As far as using that “old contraption on the roof”.  Oh yes you absolutely can. I’ve done it.

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