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by jchef
Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Is there some way to verify all my programs are compatible with Win 10 without going through the install process? The Get Windows 10 icon that was added to most people's system tray will tell you. There should be a Check your PC option (which has probably already been automatically run).... The onl...
by jchef
Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Been waiting for two days and still have not gotten the notice. I know Microsoft is sending it out in waves with the developers and beta testers first, anybody know the schedule when us regular users will be next? Go here and download the Windows 10 media creation tool: https://www.microsoft.com/en...
by jchef
Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Is there some way to verify all my programs are compatible with Win 10 without going through the install process? The Get Windows 10 icon that was added to most people's system tray will tell you. There should be a Check your PC option (which has probably already been automatically run). Although M...
by jchef
Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

1. My wife's old desktop computer is running Windows 7. Several login accounts are set up for family members and guests. None have passwords required for login. This is not possible with Windows 10. I had to set it up for my wife's account only, so she would not have to enter her Microsoft account ...
by jchef
Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Nope, 7 is working fine. I don't like 10's forced update regime, and whatever else MS has snuck in there. Do you normally check each update before installing them? Most people don't, so it won't make much difference to them. And Windows 7 will only continue to work fine for another 4.5 years and th...
by jchef
Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Needing an External Drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1528

Re: Needing an External Drive

It's not difficult to do. Here's a fairly simple guide. The How to Format an External Drive in Windows is the main section you'll want to look at. And remember to choose FAT32 in step 4.


http://lifehacker.com/how-to-erase-and- ... 1525128357
by jchef
Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arranging for Death Notifications?
Replies: 20
Views: 2432

Re: Arranging for Death Notifications?

I'm not sure how appealing this is, but Google has a feature where you can set up a message to be sent to people if you haven't used any Google service for a period of time.


https://support.google.com/accounts/ans ... 6546?hl=en
by jchef
Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Needing an External Drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1528

Re: Needing an External Drive

And this isn't relevant to the OP, so they can ignore this... But in case others are interested, the drive could also be formatted as exFAT. This is a format that works on both Windows and Mac OS that supports larger than 4GB files. It isn't officially supported on Linux however. https://en.wikipedi...
by jchef
Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Needing an External Drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1528

Re: Needing an External Drive

For my purposes, I just need a simple external drive, far less even than 1 TB. I am really trying to determine whether I should get 1 or 2, depending on the fact that my computers are 2 different brands. You only need 1 drive, 2 won't make sense. So you are going to plug the drive into the Dell, fo...
by jchef
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 56
Views: 3151

Re: Password Management

What do people use on their android phone or android tablet? Unless its changed, last time I tried LastPass on my phone it worked as an independent browser rather than an app within Chrome and had a cost for syncing between devices. Still true? Is there an add-on app to Chrome on my phone that does...
by jchef
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 56
Views: 3151

Re: Password Management

Most people I know who use Keepass sync across multiple devices using a cloud storage like Dropbox - and to me that felt less secure than storing everything in LastPass. It shouldn't be any less secure as long as you trust the math of the encryption and hashing. And if you don't trust the math, you...
by jchef
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 56
Views: 3151

Re: Password Management

I've used Lastpass for years, generally with simpler passwords, but with more complex or generated PWs for financial accounts. With the coming of 2 factor verification availability I'm more comfortable with simpler passwords and am considering going to ones I can actually remember. Am I deluding my...
by jchef
Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 56
Views: 3151

Re: Password Management

Keepass is probably what you are looking for. You're in complete control of the password database and if you don't want to put it in the cloud, then you don't have to. It's free and open source, and available for all of the major desktop and mobile platforms. It's easy to use and has plenty of advan...
by jchef
Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What antivirus software?
Replies: 47
Views: 3286

Re: What antivirus software?

Zaplunken, Microsoft discontinued support for Vista Home Premium on Apr 10, 2012. So, for over 3 years, your computer may not have the latest security patches, making it vulnerable to exploits. New exploits are being found constantly. I seriously encourage you to move to a newer operating system, b...
by jchef
Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Productivity Apps that you pay for
Replies: 21
Views: 1707

Re: Productivity Apps that you pay for

I've tried many of the ones mentioned, but I still find far and away the best for my android phone is the google suite. Gmail, Gcal, Gkeep, Gdrive are the best out there, and free. Is Keep content available offline? I might look at that when my Evernote subscription is due for renewal. Yes - it wil...
by jchef
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

This probably isn't everyone's cup of tea, but Microsoft appears to be offering a way for users not on Windows 7 or 8 to upgrade to Windows 10 free. Basically, if you join Windows Insider program and run the test builds of Windows 10, once Windows 10 is released you'll be given a full license to Win...
by jchef
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass.com Breach
Replies: 155
Views: 14545

Re: LastPass.com Breach

I read it properly, I believe. My question is, how do both the keyfile and password file get to where you need them. As long as they travel together, there is no extra security. If you separate them, things get complicated and data loss begins to be a concern. As I said, I would rather invest neuro...
by jchef
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass.com Breach
Replies: 155
Views: 14545

Re: LastPass.com Breach

ogd wrote:Does this mean you sync your keyfile too? If through the same channel, then this does nothing for you.

That was a typo. I corrected in my previous post.
by jchef
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass.com Breach
Replies: 155
Views: 14545

Re: LastPass.com Breach

Why are you even bothering to sync the db file through Dropbox? If your key file is gone, the db file is worthless. I sync the Keepass database so I have an up to date version of the database on all of my devices. If I add an account to the database on one device, the login info will now be availab...
by jchef
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass.com Breach
Replies: 155
Views: 14545

Re: LastPass.com Breach

It is easy to imagine malware on your computer intercepting your password and keyfile at the same time. If there is malware on your computer you have already lost. They don't need to break into your Keepass or Lastpass database. They can just install a keylogger and grab your passwords when you log...
by jchef
Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass.com Breach
Replies: 155
Views: 14545

Re: LastPass.com Breach

But what is the advantage over simply having your primary password be long and strong? The same advantage as using Google Authenticator or a Yubikey. If someone gets hold of my database and knows my password that's still not enough for them to open the database. They need something else. A keyfile ...
by jchef
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass.com Breach
Replies: 155
Views: 14545

Re: LastPass.com Breach

I can't help but suggest BitTorrent Sync for this. It lets you sync to all your devices without putting it up on the cloud. (The devices need to be awake at the same time as the most recently updated one in order for the sync to work, since there's no "always on" cloud storage.) I think K...
by jchef
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass.com Breach
Replies: 155
Views: 14545

Re: LastPass.com Breach

Isn't a key file just another long, static password? If so, it's inadequate as a second authentication factor. But I've never used one, so perhaps I'm misunderstanding what it is. It depends on what is your definition of 2FA. If you define it as something you have and something you know, it fits th...
by jchef
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass.com Breach
Replies: 155
Views: 14545

Re: LastPass.com Breach

Some have mentioned using a public Dropbox url to sync with the intention of security-through-obscurity, but this is like leaving a key under the house mat. Yes, the Keepass file is well encrypted, but still. I always recommend being very careful about what files you make publicly accessible over c...
by jchef
Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

My computer apparently is not eligible for the upgrade. Why not? XP? Thinks it's pirated? Does it actually say you're not eligible, or have you just not gotten a pop-up? When I went to the website, it simply said my computer is not compatible. Maybe when I installed some skin to make Windows 8.1 lo...
by jchef
Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

mpt follower wrote:How do I know if all my programs will run in W10?

Microsoft normally releases a tool to check the compatibility of all of your devices and software.

I don't believe it's been released, likely because W10 isn't finished.
by jchef
Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

One might also wonder how the numerous free 3rd party video players can absorb the codec costs. VLC isn't an American organization, they are French. And the French aren't required to pay the costs. libdvdcss is a library that can find and guess keys from a DVD in order to decrypt it. This method is...
by jchef
Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 & Microsoft Money
Replies: 6
Views: 3929

Re: Windows 10 & Microsoft Money

According to this post from earlier today, it's working in the latest Windows 10 build: https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/95934d48-9107-4cc1-b5be-fe1576955adf/windows-10-anyone?forum=money But even if it wasn't working, it's still preview software. It's expected many things won't work. It's ...
by jchef
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

However, my question is: How does Microsoft plan to make money from the new Windows 10? . . . Are they planning to switch it from a “product” to a “service,” as they are doing with Office 360? If so, while the initial download may be free, will Microsoft begin charging monthly subscription fees or ...
by jchef
Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canadian money
Replies: 34
Views: 3512

Re: Canadian money

Canadian businesses are very happy to take American tourists' money. You should have little problems with a swipe only card.

You might occasionally run into a cashier who hasn't been properly trained how to use a swipe only card. But it won't be that common.
by jchef
Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

From what I understand, Microsoft is only planning on offering the free upgrade for a year. After that, if you want to upgrade, you'd need to buy the operating system yourself. SP1 for Windows 10 might not happen within that year time frame, if you'd rather have it for free. There may never be a SP...
by jchef
Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Do you know if the W7 peripheral drivers (esp printers) work with W10. We had problems with some older printers when we first introduced W8 into the mix. The printer manufacturers eventually caught up although I have one wireless extender which has configuration software that simply will not work o...
by jchef
Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 29429

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

yep, there was that new strange icon on the toolbar this morning. i'm using 7, everything works, certainly not going to "upgrade" if no reason to do so. Microsoft end of life for Windows 7 is in less than 5 years. After this date you no longer will get security updates. If you feel there ...
by jchef
Thu May 21, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!
Replies: 44
Views: 3551

Re: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!

Back to the original topic, it appears you won't be seeing chip cards being used anytime soon. Who knows when we'll have chip and pin?: Most of the larger chain stores will have the chip terminals running by the October liability shift deadline. It will be too costly for them not to. Any large chai...
by jchef
Wed May 20, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!
Replies: 44
Views: 3551

Re: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!

Finally. I just wish we had the proper chip + PIN implementation. Off the top of my head, there seems to be an advantage with "Chip & Signature", versus "Chip & Pin". With "Chip & Signature", restaurant owners just need one wired credit card terminal. With ...
by jchef
Wed May 20, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!
Replies: 44
Views: 3551

Re: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!

This is incorrect. There is no need for chip credit card terminals to be wireless, even those with chip and PIN . The PIN unlocks the key on the chip card that is used for making payments. With a chipped card, the PIN is not transmitted over the network to the card issuer. Those terminals to proces...
by jchef
Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking about a new desktop PC.
Replies: 55
Views: 4961

Re: Thinking about a new desktop PC.

The "support" issue is overblown. The only time I get support from Microsoft is when those guys with an Indian accent call me. Most users will get support at least once a month when Microsoft issues their monthly security patches. And for Windows 7, this support will end in less than 5 ye...
by jchef
Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you use your email?
Replies: 16
Views: 1645

Re: How do you use your email?

I wouldn't say identity theft is a huge info. But account theft can a big issue. A lot of your online accounts have a feature where you can say you've forgotten your password and they'll email you a new password. So if someone can get access to your email address, they may be able to get access to m...
by jchef
Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Evernote Premium Worth It?
Replies: 28
Views: 3166

Re: Evernote Premium Worth It?

Surely the ability to access notes offline will be storage-dependent. No phone can store as much data as a basic laptop or desktop. But it's not just space dependent. According to my Android settings, Evernote is storing 50 MB of data of my device. But my entire Evernote database is quite a bit lar...
by jchef
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Evernote Premium Worth It?
Replies: 28
Views: 3166

Re: Evernote Premium Worth It?

I don't see an issue on my Android-Phone either. I just tested it to be sure. Flip to airplane mode. Wait several minutes. Still able to open the free version of Evernote and still have access to all my notes. I hate to be-labor this point - but I don't see "offline access" as the main ad...
by jchef
Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Evernote Premium Worth It?
Replies: 28
Views: 3166

Re: Evernote Premium Worth It?

Is Microsoft OneNote a viable option? It's a bit different, but I would certainly say it's viable. Although a lot is going to depend on your needs. I find the OneNote Android app is definitely less polished than the Evernote Android app. But OneNote offers offline sync for free on mobile and also o...
by jchef
Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Evernote Premium Worth It?
Replies: 28
Views: 3166

Re: Evernote Premium Worth It?

You can export individual notes, but as far as I know, there is no way to export your entire content at one time. Very disappointing. You can export everything. Just bring up the list of all of your notes, hit Ctrl + A to select all, and then right click and Export. This will export all of the note...
by jchef
Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Cards and Travel Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 3835

Re: Credit Cards and Travel Questions

smackboy1 wrote: FWIW do not confuse EMV with chip and signature cards e.g. Amex.

It's not hugely relevant but just so you know, both chip and pin and chip and signature cards are valid under the EMV standard.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMV#Cardho ... rification
by jchef
Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FREAK: a new SSL/TLS security hole
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: FREAK: a new SSL/TLS security hole

On the client side it appears that firefox is not vulnerable, but chrome and the default browsers for Mac/iOS and Android *are* vulnerable. Presumably updates are going to be pushed out soon. It's not that simple for Android. The SSL code used by Chrome and the default browser on Android is separat...
by jchef
Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the most ubiquitous, platform-neutral video format?
Replies: 14
Views: 1088

Re: What is the most ubiquitous, platform-neutral video form

I have Handbrake, but was a little flustered about whether it was really valid to let it produce its ".m4v" and rename it to ".mp4." You likely don't have to rename it to mp4. While there are some exceptions, most modern software is happy with accepting m4v files. But there is a...
by jchef
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the most ubiquitous, platform-neutral video format?
Replies: 14
Views: 1088

Re: What is the most ubiquitous, platform-neutral video form

Either .mp4 is not actually a workable standard, or it is one of those infuriating deals like TIFF where it is a sort of "container" standard MP4 is a container format. There are different video codecs that can be used with the container. Although others may disagree, if you want a format...
by jchef
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PIN + Signature card in Europe
Replies: 16
Views: 862

Re: PIN + Signature card in Europe

Rainier wrote:At restaurants they bring the machine to your table. The machines know to either ask for a pin or print a receipt with a signature line.

It's not just Europe. This has been common in Canada for a few years. It's great to not have the server disappear with your card for a few minutes.
by jchef
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PIN + Signature card in Europe
Replies: 16
Views: 862

Re: PIN + Signature card in Europe

How did you get a pin to use at the train station? They said they used it without a pin. There is no rule that prevents automated machines from accepting chip cards with no pin. It's just many of them are programmed to only work with cards that take a pin. However with many Americans receiving (or ...
by jchef
Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell Phone in Canada
Replies: 5
Views: 614

Re: Cell Phone in Canada

I would normally suggest 7-Eleven Speakout or Petro-Canada Mobility. These are two pay as you go plans that operate on the Rogers network. If you have an unlocked GSM phone you can just buy a SIM from them and some air time. Or if you need a phone you should be able to pick up a reasonably cheap one...
by jchef
Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Help - In Switzerland can't get gps to work
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Re: Need Help - In Switzerland can't get gps to work

Just be aware that you probably have to also turn on data for it to work. I can't speak specifically for the iPhone as I don't have one, but most phones don't require data for the gps to work. However, most phones use A-GPS to help speed up the lock process and A-GPS requires data. So it can take q...

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