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I agree with cod3poet here. Being a lot of smoke, I think it's likely it's the power supply (bigger capacitors) but I wouldn't trust that machine until you've taken it apart or at least been able to look everything over. Something met it's maker and has to be replaced. If the case isn't too big, bring it to one of the MUGs and we can all give it a look over.

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Cool. Bill's and cod3poet's options look great. That'd be hard a choice for me. I like the idea of increased range but the tiny size of the Edimax is attractive.

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General Discussion / Re: Libraries Digital offerings
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:00:05 pm »
I don't know if it's available for the Lindsay library, but the Peterborough library also has Hoopla which does have a few top movies (like last year's Churchill) but you can only take out a five a month which may be fine for somebody like you, Fox. :-) Their collection is pretty limited, too, but they some that look pretty good and not too old. The  PPL also has an extensive DVD library that is upstairs now. Btw, the renovated library looks awesome!

http://www.ptbolibrary.ca/Books___More/Digital_Collection.htm

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Meetings / Re: Presentation ideas for March 2018 meeting?
« on: February 16, 2018, 01:25:33 pm »
Brian, you should do the honours and tell Fox(Mike) yay or nay. I'm also wondering if Bill wants to do a tax presentation at this meeting or the next one.

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Support / Re: Suggestions for inexpensive, Linux-friendly USB wifi dongle
« on: February 16, 2018, 01:23:14 pm »
Aw. I've had the same problem with the touchpad, though it's usually just moving my mouse around while I'm typing and changing focus. I turn my touchpad off entirely and use a mouse.

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I agree. It does look pretty much hopeless. To solve this problem requires a leader willing to take on the NRA. It's really just the NRA because most Americans do support limits on gun ownership, background checks and all of those things. This guy was apparently a white supremacist who was trained in some militia. I bet that would have come up in a background check, seeing as how many of these white supremacist groups are under investigation by the FBI. They're considered to be the biggest threat to other Americans, not ISIS, not Muslims, not foreign terrorists, home-grown white supremacist terrorists.

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Meetings / Re: Presentation ideas for March 2018 meeting?
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:12:24 pm »
If you want to test it with your Linux setup before the next meeting, I'll bring it to an upcoming MUG.

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Support / Re: Suggestions for inexpensive, Linux-friendly USB wifi dongle
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:09:58 pm »
Looks like it should work with Linux and it appears to be USB 3.
It is also WIFI AC, but if your router is not wifi AC, then you won't get that wifi speed.rums, when

Drinking or just autocorrect, Bill? ;-)

Seriously though, your pick sounds like a steal. I just have a lowly D-link DWA-125. It does protocol N at 150 Mbps max. For me, that's fine because originally I bought it just for internet use and nowadays I don't have to use it much at all. My internet is only 40 Mbps.

Btw, USB 3.0 tends to be more power efficient which is a big deal with you, Fox, but USB 2.0 is plenty fast enough unless you're using your laptop to do a lot of large file transfers (it goes up to 480 Mbps). I'm not sure if I've ever seen network dongles sold saying they're USB 2 or 3.0 though. The ac protocol has a maximum multi-station speed of 1 Gbps and a single link max of 500 Mbps, so it's probably using USB 3 but might be just USB 2 - says it's compatible with both, so that suggests USB 2 to me. If your internet connection is faster than 500 Mbps, I'm insanely jealous of you!

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Security / Re: Android cellphone malware - 2 new threats
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:36:57 am »
Yeah, it's not likely if you're really careful. But as I said, most people aren't careful. I don't mean us LUG guys - we're pretty careful.

An AV is just that extra level of protection although I wasn't aware of Play Protect and how it works. That may be enough. Still, I use AVG Antivirus on my phone. Call me super paranoid :-) I just have the free version though and so far I haven't noticed it consuming very many resources. Maybe it doesn't actually do anything :D Just kidding. It does have a some cool features if you have the Pro version like taking the picture of the first person to try to access your phone and fail and tracking when it's stolen and some cleanup utilities. Your mileage may vary.

But as the article says, there's no reason to panic every time we hear about new malware apps.

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Meetings / Re: Presentation ideas for March 2018 meeting?
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:24:00 am »
We have both options. The router has an ethernet port and I have a USB dongle that we know works with Linux.

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Website / Re: Font sizes now larger but no exra calories!
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:04:49 pm »
The forum could use a new theme, something that utilizes larger fonts. I can spool up a test SMF instance and you can hammer away at it if you want Jason?

I can do that myself but thanks for the offer. If anybody knows of a theme with larger fonts, let me know, though. I'll take another look through the themes this weekend.

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Website / Re: Font sizes now larger but no exra calories!
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:58:02 am »
The style sheets are more complicated in the forum software so I can't change the editor font size easily but I'll figure it out later. I promise! :-)

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Website / Font sizes now larger but no exra calories!
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:48:02 am »
At our new President's request, I have upped the default font size on the main website as well as in the forums. Perhaps now members won't require a magnifying glass to read either. I'm noticing now that the editor didn't change the font size so I'm going to fix this momentarily.

As using prebuilt themes and then monkeying with the font sizes can have unforeseen results, please let me know if you notice anything funky.

Enjoy.

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Security / Re: Android cellphone malware - 2 new threats
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:42:32 am »
Then we all fall victim to the same scourge of the late 2000's being the fake AV software that is near impossible to remove. And the fact that AV "software" needs all the permissions under the sun to perform these scans on your phone.

Well, obviously, you don't install just any antivirus, you find one you trust. I have no problem with giving legitimate apps the permissions they need to their jobs. The major antivirus vendors for the desktop all have android equivalents. Granted it's not as big a problem as with Windows but unfortunately most of the control malware was meant to attack Java exploits, same as Android apps are written in, so it's child's play for black hats to attack systems. That, and there have been a disturbing number of malware apps found in Google Play.


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Just like any system connected to the great wide internet caution care and research will keep a phone clean and running optimally.

Most users do neither. For most of us, maybe that's an acceptable recommendation, but even then it's possible for one of us to tap (even accidentally) on the wrong ad and then shit hits the fan.

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Distributions / Re: Pop OS
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:30:10 am »
Interesting. I think I had a long delay when I was starting up with the live version on my ultrabook.

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