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    Join me tonight at 7:00 p.m.Central (1:00 a.m. Monday GMT) for the weekly Mac-Forums video chat. Some of the content is still being determined but we'll have the usual forum roundup with a few user questions. We'll look at the root user vulnerability in macOS. answer an IOS security question and perhaps include a few other tips and tricks.

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    There is a documented security flaw / bug in macOS High Sierra which all users running High Sierra need to take steps to address. The bug, as described by MacRumors, was initially discovered by developer Lemi Ergin. The flaw makes it possible for someone to log into an administrator account using the “root” username and no password. The MacForums thread on this topic has been following this issue closely. As of November 29, 2017 Apple has since released on OS patch that should fix this issue but if for some reason you cannot install the update be sure to take steps to set a strong root password

    If you’re interested here’s a bit more details about the security patch Apple has released. The newest version go this patch is 17B1002. The previously released patch fixed the security problem but introduced some issues with file sharing.

    MacForums member neigh was wondering if the issues currently being experienced with the Apple Watch are the result of the recently identified macOS bug. See here. I’m not sure what’s causing the Apple Watch issues but they aren’t doe to the macOS security bug. The Apple Watch runs an operating system that it completely different from the OS on your Mac.

    If you’re experiencing issues with synching iMessage so that messages are in synch across devices check out this thread. Pay particular attention to post #2 by forum Administrator chscag. His suggestion is to open Settings on your IOS device. Now go to Messages>Text Message Forwarding and make sure other devices that you want to sync are listed there,

    Roman Loyola, Senior Editor at Macworld, has an article at techconnect describing how to save some money on Apple gear this holiday season by shopping the Apple Certified Refurbished Store. See his thoughts here.

    If you’d like to be able to surf the web using Apple TV you might be surprised by the lack of a web browser on Apple TV. Macworld presents us with three possible options; use of AirPlay to mirror the IOS screen to the Apple TV or using AirBrowser available from the IOS Store. A third option is discussed but it is not for the faint of heart and may not be worth it.
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    Join me at 7:00 p.m. tonight (1:00 a.m. Monday GMT) for the weekly forum video chat. We'll have a forum roundup, and an assortment of tips and tricks. The recent iTunes update has changed how and when it shows CD-related preferences. If you have a drive that High Sierra has converted to APFS I'll show you how to revert the drive to HFS+. There might be a few other tips as well.

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    Not much of a forum roundup this week. We are currently experiencing some database errors affecting forum operation.. When users attempt to enter a new post they are told there is a database error. If you then refresh the page the new post may appear in the thread. If you attempt to use the "Show New Posts options the results page often does not appear to update. If you look at the Sunday Chat thread for example, the thread itself shows this post but the summary which appears on the search page does not show this post.

    Kirk McElhearn, a.ka.a The iTunes Guy. has noticed a change in iTunes 12.7.2. In the past, the iTunes preferences have included some options for what happens when an optical disc is insert. After the recent iTunes 12.7.2 update these options are present if an optical drive (internal or external) is present. These options disappear if no optical drive is present.

    If you'd like to see the IOS device wallpapers included with IOS 11 and figure out how to use them, give this tip a quick read. Basically you are going into the Settings app on your IOS device and choose Wallpaper, From there, select the wallpaper you want to use. You can choose to use the wallpaper as your lock screen background, home screen background or both.

    If you've had battery life issues since updating to IOS 11 give these tips a read and see which ones improve your device's performance.

    Travel a lot and need current information about an upcoming flight? It's Safari and your IOS device to the rescue. Launch Safari and enter the airline and flight number into the search field. One of the first things that appears in the search results is a flight card (usually blue) with the arrival time, departure time and gate information.

    Resetting the restrictions passcode on your IOS device

  3. #558

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    Join me tonight 7:00 p.m. (1:00 a.m GMT) for the weekly Mac-Forums video chat. We'll have the forum roundup, a bit of early info about restoring an OS on the new iMac Pro if problems arise during updates, steps to take before selling your IOS device, moving apps in IOS 11, and whatever else comes to mind.

    Show notes will be up tomorrow
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    I won't be posting a show tonight due to it being Christmas Eve and I know that may of you are taking this time to celebrate with family and friends. I do want to wish you a Merry Christmas. To those of you who don't celebrate Christmas I wish you the best for the coming year.

    As many of you know by now Mac-Forums will be shutting down as of the end of the year. I'll post one final video chat sometime around Friday of the coming week. The old chats should still be available on Youtube. I have enjoyed hosting the chats and going forward I'd like to continue with some form of Mac tip / help video. I'm not sure what form that will take, Whatever gets produced won't be under the Mac-Forums banner obviously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
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    As many of you know by now Mac-Forums will be shutting down as of the end of the year. I'll post one final video chat sometime around Friday of the coming week. The old chats should still be available on Youtube. I have enjoyed hosting the chats and going forward I'd like to continue with some form of Mac tip / help video. I'm not sure what form that will take, Whatever gets produced won't be under the Mac-Forums banner obviously.
    Hi Sly - having participated in a number of your 'Sunday Chats' a while back in my earlier days on the forum, I would like to thank you for the excellent job and diligent devotion that you have given to this endeavor - you've been a unique and important member of the Mac-Forums team - so kudos to you and hope that you are able to continue in some fashion. Best regards and good luck! Dave
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    Thank you Dave for such kind words. The chats that you were in will go down as some of my favorites. We really must get together and discuss music or history or whatever soon. I welcome your input on whatever my future project might be.

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    @sly

    May I also add my thanks to you.

    Because of the not inconsiderable time difference, I've not watched your chats live, but have caught up with them later. In fact, once, I even featured in one of them. Well, not featured exactly, just mentioned in passing as it were.

    I was chuffed.

    Thanks for everything - may we meet again.

    Ian
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    Thanks for the kind words.

    IIRC you got mentioned more than once because your response to a question brought out something that might be important for users.

    I'm in the process of setting ups a Facebook page so that I can join the FB group Dennis is setting up until we figure out something else.

    I'd like to continue with some form of Mac-related video project though it wouldn't be under the Mac-Forums banner. I'm thinking of pushing out one or two short instructional / tip videos per week. If you have ant ideas let me know.

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    Has anybody put together a mailing list of the "regulars" who come here? That way, in addition to the work on Facebook, we could at least keep up to date when/if a replacement site is found where we could all join up again. We don't all have to have the list, but if there is one, I sure would like to be on it! I've given Dennis my information and connected on Facebook.

    And Sly, your contribution here has been spectacular. Thanks for all you did.
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    Has anybody put together a mailing list of the "regulars" who come here? That way, in addition to the work on Facebook, we could at least keep up to date when/if a replacement site is found where we could all join up again. We don't all have to have the list, but if there is one, I sure would like to be on it! I've given Dennis my information and connected on Facebook.

    And Sly, your contribution here has been spectacular. Thanks for all you did.
    Jake, Excellent Idea. Will see what I can do in a while. I was thinking that at one time but got busy. Thanks for reminding me! Grin

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    @Jake Thanks for the kind words. As one of the regulars it feels like I've known you for ages even though we have never actually met.

    @Dennis Jake's idea is a good one but you will have a full plate getting a new forum home started for us. If there's interest in a mailing list of sorts, I can set that up quickly using Contacts and a setup I used for another project a few years ago. All I need is for folks to either post their email address or send me an email.

    I'll start a separate thread shortly so that all of the email addresses will be in the same place and I can add them to the list as needed
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    Sly, to keep the spammer somewhat at bay, I would suggest that we use a format for people to send emails that leaves out the "@". So an email would be:

    byname mail-provider.com

    You would have to add the @. If that's too much trouble, how about suggesting putting something OTHER than the @. Maybe replace it with &, for example.

    byname&mail-provider.com

    Then a Find/replace can do the replacing for you.
    Jake

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    We need to be careful about gathering email addresses of our forum members. Let's make sure they understand why and that it is completely voluntary. Most folks nowadays have an account on Facebook and since Dennis is sending out invites, that might be best.

    Even an old dinosaur like me has a Facebook account.

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    Maybe those interested can PM Sly with the email address? That way, it's totally voluntary and out of sight of the spammers. Just looking for another way to stay connected while we look for a new home.
    Jake

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    That should work. We do have a list of everyone's email address in our data base which we keep up to date for registration and verifying purposes. But it's best if folks who want to stay in touch contact Sly privately like you say.

    I've already responded to Dennis' invite on Facebook. There's only a few folks I follow on there and both are in the same business as myself.

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