MIG Report for July 2019

MIG Report for July 2019 by Anton Petre

Useful questions kicked off the July Mac Group, and hopefully most problems were solved, or at least the way forward was shown. Then we had a look at all the ports on iMacs and Macbooks, how they have changed over the last few years, and the various cables and converters users might need to hook everything up.  Plugs generally have got smaller and more clever as time has gone on, and there are videos available on the different types.

Next we looked at the use for the “Force Quit” command and how to deal with a “frozen” Mac…which is rare, but can be caused by a bad bit of software, or even a power spike at the wrong time.

Lots of ways to deal with this but possibly the easiest – and the move which cures nearly all problems – is to switch off, have a brief break, then reboot.  But if the freeze or spinning wheel is caused by a hardware fault or glitch in something you have plugged in, the  way to a cure might be by unplugging all printers, modems, USB hubs and so forth, then plugging them back in one at a time until you find the offender.

We spent quite a while looking at tips and tricks with the Safari browser, including how to reset it,  and mentioned warnings  about issues with Google Chrome (mainly taking user data)  and then looked at the efforts of some computer users to become “Google free” by using different search engines such as DuckDuckGo or Bing.  This is all an effort to stop Google’s intrusive pinching of users’ data. But Gmail, Google maps, Translate, and others are so useful…

But they all provide lots of information from users to Google.

Did you know that in the fine print for Google Photos, for instance, you give Google  the right to use any of your pictures, even if you later decide to quit the service?

Maybe stick to iCloud. Apple is pretty good at  preserving user privacy, but all computer users should worry about the taking of data by Google, Facebook, and others.


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