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Tech / Re: Skype almost died, and a question
« Last post by jcarter on Today at 11:01:21 AM »
My grandson suggested a few, Viber seems the best.
I use Skype for calling people from my computer, its so darn easy, just sit in the chair and talk hands free.

Viber look pretty easy and similar. I will download it soon, but I can still use Skype for a while, but heard it will be deprecated in Sept.
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Tech / Re: Skype almost died, and a question
« Last post by Xairbusdriver on Today at 10:24:00 AM »
Microsoft "teamed up" with Skype many years ago to improve what their Messenger app provided. One of the things they did was to 'encourage' signing into Skype with a Microsoft account info. Many sites offer similar sign-in options with your Google and/or Faceblast info, even if they don't 'own' each other.

Skype has owned by M$, since May 2013. So, you've been using a M$ 'product' for the last five years. ;) Obviously, they would want you to use their "M$" info to log in.

As for as alternates, I would suggest an interweb search (that's how I found the info above). :yes: I find the phone, even a land line works well for me. YMMV.
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Tech / Skype almost died, and a question
« Last post by jcarter on Today at 09:28:53 AM »
I like Skype, but found a new version stuffed into my computer yesterday without my option of saying No Thanks.
It wanted a Microsoft account number to log in, which I do not have and do not want.
So I had to get tech support and asked them to send me a link for an older version with which I coiuld use my regular log in name and password.
They reluctantly gave it to me.
Now I can use it again. I certainly do NOT want any Microsoft stuff.

My question is, are there other programs like Skype which are very similar which I can switch over to?
Any suggestions?
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Tech / Re: Those pesky external drives
« Last post by kimmer on August 17, 2018, 06:03:43 PM »
I have this Tripplite USB 3 hub and it works quite well for me.
Thanks, but I’m looking for one that draws power from the electric plug in the wall, not from my iMac.
It does. The website may not make this clear, but it is plugged into an AC outlet via an adapter cord.
I missed that, it's way down in the finer print. Thanks.
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Tech / Re: Those pesky external drives
« Last post by jchuzi on August 17, 2018, 04:53:36 PM »
I have this Tripplite USB 3 hub and it works quite well for me.
Thanks, but I’m looking for one that draws power from the electric plug in the wall, not from my iMac.
It does. The website may not make this clear, but it is plugged into an AC outlet via an adapter cord.
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Tech / Those Pesky Google trackers...
« Last post by Xairbusdriver on August 17, 2018, 03:48:22 PM »
I don't have any Google apps on my iPhone except Authenticator, which I can remember using exactly once. For those that do have Google apps (including Search), you might want to read this at TidBITS.
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Tech / Re: Those pesky external drives
« Last post by kimmer on August 17, 2018, 02:57:30 PM »
This is the last one I've bought (Apr 4, 18). The new iMac only has 4 USB ports. I needed 6. This hub 4 plus one to charge an iDevice. I only use 3 of the ports all the time, but there is a lightening cord in the last port that plugs into either the keyboard or the track pad when one of them needs a battery charge. The iDevice has another lightening cord connected to the Apple Watch charger, which I rarely wear (don't tell my son who bought it for me! :stop:).
Thanks. Ordered and will arrive on Monday.
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Tech / Re: Those pesky external drives
« Last post by Xairbusdriver on August 17, 2018, 02:52:31 PM »
This is the last one I've bought (Apr 4, 18). The new iMac only has 4 USB ports. I needed 6. This hub [has] 4 plus one to charge an iDevice. I only use 3 of the ports all the time, but there is a lightening cord in the last port that plugs into either the keyboard or the track pad when one of them needs a battery charge. The iDevice has another lightening cord connected to the Apple Watch charger, which I rarely wear (don't tell my son who bought it for me! :stop:).
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Tech / Re: Those pesky external drives
« Last post by kimmer on August 17, 2018, 02:49:34 PM »
I have this Tripplite USB 3 hub and it works quite well for me.
Thanks, but I’m looking for one that draws power from the electric plug in the wall, not from my iMac.
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Tech / Re: Those pesky external drives
« Last post by jchuzi on August 17, 2018, 02:36:05 PM »
I have this Tripplite USB 3 hub and it works quite well for me.
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