BMUG General Meeting Notes, Tues Oct 9, 2018

3 TOPICS

1. ‘Why update to Mojave?’

2. Which Apps members use and like.

3. Why Is Finding good Internet connectivity challenging?

 

1. ‘Why update to Mojave?’

Discussion re:
- the pros and cons of upgrading to the latest OS, Mojave - what Apps members use/ really like, etc.

During discussion it was found that some members use a wide variety of Apps, while others stick to more basic apps for general convenience.
Here is a list compiled from that discussion:

  • BMUG General Meeting Notes, Tues Oct 9, 2018

     

    BMUG Meeting 9 October 2018. Session 1
    ‘Why update to Mojave?’
    David Dixon, Peter Poteralski Q&A

     
    Screen;

    - Dark features available in ‘Appearance’ - dark mode i.e. black screen background available for many apps e.g. iTunes, Safari,Mail etc;
    - Dynamic desktop: new wall paper, some with changes that reflect time of day/night;

    New screen shot has graphical interface;

    - Beyond previous controls;
    - Can now preview before saving;
    - Action + mark up tools
    - Screen video recording.

    Security/Privacy;

    - Increased functionality controls as in iOS
    - Control access to mail database & messages history.

    iOS app equivalents now can carry over to MacOS

    - Apple News;
    - Synch between devices;
    - Home (controls) apps;
    - Voice memos (iCloud support.

    App Store redesign & interface;

    - Auto play;
    - Show previously used apps

    Continuity camera;

    - Photos/scans from iPhone can have synch controlled from Mac.

    Stacks enables reorganisation of desk top view;

    - Group icons via various choice of criteria (e.g. date, type, size etc);
    - Sub-folder stacks.

    Finder has additional view to Icons, List, Columns, now Gallery;

    - Large preview of files;
    - Greater amount of customisable metadata for files.

    Quick Actions;

    - Files rotation, markup, convert to pdf format etc in preview prior to opening in the app;
    - Quick Look opening in preview e.g. trim video, audio.

    Additional photo browser options
     
    New emoji buttons
     
    Safari - added option favicons in tabs
     
    FaceTime

    - Group calls.

    Siri;

    - Can now ask for passwords e.g;
    - New voices e.g. South African, Irish

    App renames;

    - iMessages -> Messages;
    - iBooks -> Books;
    - DVD player updated to 64 bit.

    Mac Apps store;

    - Redesigned to focus more on app details;
    - Show previously purchased.

    System preferences
    Dock;

    - Last 3 recently used app icons displayed;
    - Hot corners on desktop

    BMUG members Mojave update at 9 October 2018 meeting

    Of the 22 attendees, only 4 had updated (but no count taken of how many actually use MacOS).
    One member encountered some difficulties with the update, but was resolved after hard drive files were tidied up and ensuring that download speed was at 5 GHz vs 3.4 GHz.

    Following on from the Mojave update discussion, Apple’s notification that 32 bit apps would no longer be supported in the forthcoming MacOS 11, members queried how to check whether their apps were 32 bit or 64 bit. This can be found by clicking on 🍎 symbol top LH corner screen -> About this Mac -> System Report -> Applications. The column 64-bit will display a “Yes’ if 64 bit. NOTE: You will have to scroll to review all of the apps on your computer.

    NOTE: This discussion was not intended to cover all the new features in the update. You can now do some more exploration of your own.

     Resources

    Mac OS Mojave: Top features and Changes! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrhi3KPzZ0Y

    Discussion re:- the pros and cons of upgrading to the latest OS, Mojave - what Apps members use/ really like, etc.

    During discussion it was found that some members use a wide variety of Apps, while others stick to more basic apps for general convenience.
    Here is a list compiled from that discussion:

    Screen Shot 2018 10 30 at 7.49.57 am

    * We didn’t really manage much in-depth discussion re what was considered ‘necessary’ or ‘unnecessary expense’, but most members seemed to feel you needed to keep somewhat up-to- date with things so you didn’t get too far behind with old OS’s. However I think they felt there was no point buying apps you weren’t needing to use.

    People enjoyed talking about and sharing what apps they use and were relaxed in their discussion. Each person was invited to contribute, and they took advantage of the opportunity.

* We didn’t really manage much in-depth discussion re what was considered ‘necessary’ or ‘unnecessary expense’, but most members seemed to feel you needed to keep somewhat up-to- date with things so you didn’t get too far behind with old OS’s. However I think they felt there was no point buying apps you weren’t needing to use.

People enjoyed talking about and sharing what apps they use and were relaxed in their discussion. Each person was invited to contribute, and they took advantage of the opportunity.

3. Why Is Finding good Internet connectivity challenging?

Want better internet connectivity throughout most parts of the house?
What type of internet connection do you currently have ADSL or NBN?
Don’t have multiple phone points in the house VDSL splitter which are CAT 5, 5e or 6 wired?
Too difficult/expensive to retrofit hard wiring?

Need for improving Wifi reception?

However is this a simple solution?

Improving house Wifi reception can be achieved using an Extender/ Repeater or Mesh arrangement?

Some modems/routers are inadequate to provide good Wifi reception to all parts of the house generally due to building architecture and hardware capability combinations.

Symptoms

Does your device reception stop/deteriorate when you move away from the modem/router?

Improvement Options

1. Can you move the modem/router to a more suitable/central position? (may not be possible as will be dependent on where main phone point is, or don’t have VDSL splitter to other phone points. Also need to keep away from walls and heavy metal objects.)

Otherwise next best solution requires expenditure and depends on size and configuration of building and budget.

2. Two other options - Repeater/Extender or Mesh arrangement

Features comparison

WiFi devices comparison

Signal Strength

Check via top menu bar on device to determine best signal strength for chosen source/location.

Range

2.4 GHz (~40 - 90 m); 5 GHz (~10 - 30 m) depending on WiFi equipment, building construction and configuration.

Speed

Use Speedtest App or speed.net to check speeds.

Frequency

2.4 GHz is similar frequency to microwaves and many cordless phones so may interfere with reception (can be avoided if cordless phone has higher frequency i.e 5.8 GHz).

 ONE LOCALLY AVAILABLE EXAMPLE REPEATER/EXTENDER

- D-Link

 WiFi extender

 

B. SEVERAL MESH EXAMPLES

Mesh functionality (links between strongest signal/nearest hub/node)

 WiFi coverage Mesh

 Linksys Velop

LinkSys Velop

Netgear Orbi

Orbi

Google WiFi

Google

Eero - Beacon + 2 hubs, Beacon, Hub/Node

 Eero

Some resources

- https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/internet/connecting-to-the-internet/buying-guides/wireless-routers

https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/internet/connecting-to-the-internet/review-and-compare/wireless-extenders

- https://computer.howstuffworks.com/how-wireless-mesh-networks-work.htm