Seeking expert on-site help, SF Bay Area

September 8, 2020 at 13:46:24
Specs: Windows 10
I need on-site help at home for the following:
Moving from a Windows 10 laptop to a new Apple
(with suggestions for buying the Apple).
Everything that goes with that. Ensuring that printers,
monitors still function (or I’ll replace them if necessary).
Set up the latest appropriate modem.
Move all data from the PC to the Apple. In this regard the
most difficult task that I see are the files and data associated
with my email program, Thunderbird. I’ve researched this a lot
and it is a not an easy, often messed-up, only occasionally successfully
handled problem.
Finally link the computer to my television via wi-fi. I do not have this
capability currently tho I know that the tv supports it. It is currently
only hardwire connected to Verizon.
I live in El Cerrito, CA so presumably this guru will live somewhere within
striking distance.
Thank you.

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#1
September 8, 2020 at 15:27:42
"this guru will live somewhere within striking distance"
Sounds like you need to do what most guru's do, use google.
Google everything.

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#2
September 8, 2020 at 22:15:43
Sorry, Johnw, I don't agree.
I'm using computing.net because I feel that folks who are on here likely
actually know something. You know that's not true with the umpteen thousand
possibilities that I'd get on google. We've all been there: with techies, with
contractors, you name it. No guarantee either way but I'd like to think that
folks tuning in here will be far better equipped than someone that I choose
from google no matter how careful I am.
I appreciate your time.

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#3
September 9, 2020 at 02:40:46
Why would you trust an anonymous recommendation here rather than reviews by locals on Google? Queries such as yours often attract a torrent of spam - people recommending a service provider when it is quite clear that the recommender is the person they are recommending. Indeed, if it were not for the fact that you have been a member here for three years (although this is only your second post) I'd be inclined to think that your post was a set-up for such spam.

Living where you do there must be a plethora of good computer experts; perhaps someone that you know and trust has used one. But really, you are in a far better position to find an appropriate expert in your area than those of us who don't live there. (I'm assuming that none of the accepted reliable posters here happen to live in the Berkley area.) Find a list of candiates from Google and talk to them.


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#4
September 9, 2020 at 04:13:35
In truth migrating from windows to Apple is no great epic. Transferring data is relatively simple and straight forward. NTFS can be read etc. by Macs using Paragon ntfs reader. Monitors can be connected to any Mac the same way as for PCs; there are no drivers involved. Printers do require Mac drivers and one checks the printer’s support and specs pages to confirm if a given printer has them for the version of Mac OS Xrunning on the Mac.

T-bird email... simples.. Install it and download all the content/messages again; or export it all from current PC and import the export file to the Mac T-bird installation.

Tv link.. use Ethernet. More stable, faster and secure. Your Mac on the home LAN, and the tv plugged into that LAN. There are two approaches for that and both easy to do.

I moved from windows (XP/win-7) to Macs ten years ago; and went the path outlined above. The biggest learning curve was becoming accustomed to the way Macs do things; and that's not hard to get across.

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#5
September 9, 2020 at 07:30:42
Maybe ask here >

https://www.el-cerrito.org/

Popular Businesses in El Cerrito, ca
https://www.localdatabase.com/calif...

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#6
September 9, 2020 at 09:48:45
Ok, I get what Johnw and tjack are trying to tell me. Since as tjack points out I'm a very infrequent visitor to this site, I was certainly not tuned into the issues of spam even on such dedicated site such as this.

I'll do more searching around here. I'm actually way more techy than any person in my age group or anyone who I know so the route of consulting friends won't do it. But I'll dig around.

trvir, I'm coming out of a lot of personal stuff and I frankly don't want to try to do any of this myself. Sure, I've been through loads of upgrades and switches in the past but I'm just not up to this. I do appreciate the advice.

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