technology

This month, a new wireless standard, WiFi 7 (802.11be), will be released. Unless you’re an avid techie or gamer, there’s a good chance you’re still running under WiFi 5 (802.11ac), as that was the dominant standard when everyone was moving to WiFi about ten or so years ago.

A few months ago, I wrote about my sister losing access to her Facebook page. Besides the connections with her friends, she also lost all the posts and photos she’d put up on Facebook over the last 12 years. She was devastated.

A couple of years back I did a column on using your iPhone in Mexico. It’s pretty easy to do down there. But what about the rest of the world?

Newer iPhones (and most newer Androids) support something called an eSIM. The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card in your phone is what connects you to a cellular network and uniquely identifies you on the network and stores some pertinent information. It is a tiny circuit card that goes into that slot on the side of your phone.

Did you know you can use your AirPods and your iPhone or iPad as hearing aids? With a bit of setup you can put your iPhone or iPad near the sound source or person you’d like to hear better and it will transmit the sound to your AirPods. 

This is my 200th “Answer Guy” column for the Fernie Fix. It has been a lot of fun writing about computers and technology over the years. My first column was about using Skype: a technology that has definitely waned as competitors have swooped in. Other early columns were on keeping kids safe online, how to search online, setting up a wireless modem, privacy, and of course the annual holiday gift guides.

Funding has been announced for rural communities and areas in the Columbia Basin—encompassing 5,429 homes—to create access to high-speed Internet. This new multi-year, $82-million project is being funded by the federal and provincial governments, the regional districts of Central Kootenay, Columbia Shuswap, Kootenay Boundary, East Kootenay and Columbia Basin Trust.

Recently my sister’s Facebook account got hacked. This was an actual hack where she received a malicious link that appeared to come from a friend. The link was allegedly a coupon code. I’m distinguishing here between this type of hack and the duplicate account that alleges to be you. That type of social engineering doesn’t actually affect your account, it’s targeted at your Facebook friends.

Early in my programming career, when I started dealing with customers, a wise marketing fellow passed on this pearl of wisdom, “No one needs a drill. People need holes. Sell the ability to make the holes they need.”

This was in response to my feeble attempt to explain to a non-computer user, which was almost everyone in 1988, why this scheduling software was worth purchasing. I needed to sell the ability not to miss anything important, not the software.

I’m telling you this because web search is dead. It doesn’t know it yet, but it is.

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Event Date(s): 
Friday, June 9, 2023
Time: 
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Learn how to digitize your vinyl records or cassette tapes to have your whole music collection saved digitally. By taking this workshop you will be certified to book time in the Digitization Room to use the audio digitization equipment to digitize personal audio files.

Please bring a memory device (USB drive, memory card) to save any digitized audio files onto.

Visit the Fernie Heritage Library website for more details.

 

 

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Time: 
6:30pm - 7:00pm

Learn how to digitize your old family videos from VHS tapes! By taking this workshop you will be certified to book time in the Digitization Room to use the video digitization equipment to digitize personal video files.

Please bring a memory device (USB drive, memory card) to save any digitized videos onto.

Visit the Fernie Heritage Library website for more details.