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Community / The Algorithm "progression" at Facebook
« on: October 27, 2021, 02:29:48 PM »
Facebook became an angrier, more polarizing place. It didn’t help that, starting in 2017, the algorithm had assigned reaction emoji — including the angry emoji — five times the weight of a simple “like,” according to company documents...
One takeaway is that Facebook’s algorithm isn’t a runaway train. The company may not directly control what any given user posts, but by choosing which types of posts will be seen, it sculpts the information landscape according to its business priorities. Some within the company would like to see Facebook use the algorithm to explicitly promote certain values, such as democracy and civil discourse...
The whole report.

Tech / Re: Probably so simple, but I'm stumped!
« on: October 25, 2021, 05:09:29 PM »
First, I think it has to be in the right-most area of the Dock. The Dock has three divisions, if you look closely, you will see the two vertical lines that separate each piece. Do you see those lines?

Second, The image representing your Downloads folder may actually still be in the Dock. However, it may just look like a 'stack'* of items. See my first image below. Hovering over the Dock Items may display those items. Do any of your Dock items in that right-hand piece show "Downloads"?

Useful links:
* You can change this display by control-clicking a Dock Item and choose either Stack or Folder and several other options.

Tech / Re: UninstallPKG anyone?
« on: October 25, 2021, 02:24:29 PM »
Sounds marginally useful. Not sure why you don't delete them yourself. :dntknw:

I no longer download from third-party app collections. It's either the App Store or the dev's site. Even paranoid folks have enemies!!! :whistling: :coolio: :eek:

I think most apps have "Uninstallers" that will also remove their ".pkg" files. Even Apple did that a couple of OS installers a while back, but they did it as part if the installation process. "So, you want to try another install? Go download it... again!" :wallbash:

Tech / Re: Safari 15, reactions?
« on: October 21, 2021, 08:22:51 AM »
“Always keep ‘em guessing!” :laughhard: :wallbash:

Tech / Re: Another Problem with my HP Deskjet 3760 Printer
« on: October 20, 2021, 08:05:40 PM »
Most people use their Admin/computer password. :Thinking: However, if you cannot remember your Keychain password, perhaps one of these links will help:

Or you can try a search of your own. :D

I think the lack of a user-friendly interface for Keychain is one of the main reasons there are many password managers available. :wallbash:

Community / FINALLY! Something useful from TikTok!!
« on: October 20, 2021, 09:17:10 AM »
IS it or is it NOT a "Bones Day"?!

Tech / Re: Another Problem with my HP Deskjet 3760 Printer
« on: October 19, 2021, 05:12:52 PM »
1. Can I assume you have an email account at

2. If you do, what happens if you provide your Keychain password?

Community / Re: stupidity is the most common element in the universe
« on: October 18, 2021, 08:58:07 AM »
Too bad, so sad. :tears: My Crosswords account only gives me five free reads (per year?) of other NYT articles. That report will probably show up on other news commentary sites soon.

Community / Re: What Was That?!!
« on: October 15, 2021, 05:45:25 PM »
Yep! Those things are one of the few things that cost more than the minuscule grams of ink in those OEM carts! :laughhard: Hopefully, she can find a good intergalactic lawyer and sue the owners of that rock!! :Thinking: :thumbup:

Community / What Was That?!!
« on: October 15, 2021, 08:37:04 AM »
Meteorite crashes through a home in Canada :eek: :ohmy: I think it has something to do with the Left Coast Effect!! :yes: The Rockies were meant to be a barrier! Don't cross them!! :laughhard:

Tech / Re: What printer do you use?
« on: October 13, 2021, 10:48:48 AM »
Good advice from Jon. Please note that ink jet printers need to actually print something about once a week, even if it's just a test pattern. The ink will dry up in the extremely small pathways in the head, even if there is still some liquid in the cartridges. At that point, you can try the cleaning functions of the printers software (if there is any!). At best, you can get the printer back to "normal" operation. At worst, you may have to replace the print head. Those are the heart of the printer and are not cheap, often nearly as much as the original machine.

Printers are created to sell ink cartridges. Those contain ink that is often more costly than the same amount of Gold. That's why there are so many third-party ink cartridge company's! Many printer makers put chips in the carts that are difficult to create and they will force you to buy only OEM carts... which are nearly as expensive as the same amount of Gold. The actual amount of usable ink in standard carts is measured in milliliters!

If you never used the printer for "several years", I'm not sure why you want another one. :dntknw: Assuming you are living in a fair-sized town, you should have a shop that will print most any kind of file for a very nominal fee.

If you mainly print non-graphic documents, you might consider a laser printer. They are more expensive than ink jets but the "ink" is already dry, so it won't go bad that way.

We have a Canon IP8700. I use third-party inks. I don't recommend that particular model as it is designed to print extra wide paper.

We also have had several Brother laser printers. I also use third-party carts for it. The current model is a MFC-L5900DW. We bought it because we needed the two-side printing capability.

Tech / Re: Safari 15, reactions?
« on: October 01, 2021, 07:44:01 AM »
#3. Yes, just the reverse of older versions. I always love flip-flops, keeps life entertaining. :wallbash: At least the background has more contrast than in v14. :dntknw:

#2. Also love the way tiny tabs start overlapping like a deck of cards, 'conveniently' making it nearly impossible on click on any of the slightly visible tabs. I suspect the "designers" always keep windows as wide as their screen. :blink:

Tech / Re: Strange warning from an update
« on: September 30, 2021, 10:22:36 PM »
Thanks, "Device Support", that rings a bell! Something I don't remember ever seeing before.

Isn't Kirill associated with DriveDX?
Never used that app. :dntknw: Only 'krill' I know of are tiny crustaceans feed giant whales!!
There might be something about (him) at FB. Not registered there any more. I also found his name mentioned back in Feb, 2016 concerning "SmartReporter" as being a possible part of "DriveDX". Don't have any of those apps installed that I know of. But that kext could have been a piece of some app I tested some time ago and only now gets 'noticed' by Apple's increasingly sensitive security functions! :toothgrin:

Additional info: While scanning with a couple of security detection apps, I opened the Security & Privacy System Pref. Found some additional text at the bottom of the General tab: "System software from developer 'Krill Luzanov' was blocked from loading." An "Allow" button enabled. I assume that my negative response to that option earlier today created the extra text in that pref.

Edit: Turns out I did have Drive Dx installed. Opened it and got a message that I had 4 more runs of the app from my Trial install back in Feb 2019. Apparently, I did not find the app needed and I have now deleted it. It would have been much more helpful if the dialog and/or the Security & Privacy would have mentioned the name of the app rather than the dev's name. :coolio:

Tech / Strange warning from an update
« on: September 30, 2021, 01:20:18 PM »
A program tried to load new system extension(s) signed by “Kirill Luzanov”. If you want to enable these extensions, open Security & Privacy System Preferences.
I’ve found “Kirill Luzanov” on FaceBook (looks like a truck driver! Definitely Russian) and GitHub< Luzanov Kirill> .

Unfortunately, many of Apple’s ‘warnings’ are a bit short of useful info. Of course, I can't even find the exact name of the System Update. There were two items, one was for Safari 15. Does anyone using Big Sur still have an "Update Available" notification? :wallbash:

I declined to ‘allow’ "Kirill Luzanov” or his ‘program’ to load/install any “system extensions”. Thank you very much! :rofl: But it wold be nice to know who/what/why I got the dialog. :wallbash: :dntknw: :coolio:

Community / Re: Collierville News
« on: September 23, 2021, 03:55:45 PM »
Thanks for asking. We're all fine. Praying for those who were injured and the families of all. It is a busy store, biggest in town and serves many in adjoining counties.

Edit: The shooter was fired from the store this morning. :ohmy:

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