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Hello All,
This is a partial re-post of an e-mail that I received from SLO Bytes' parent organization, APCUG. It announces their upcoming Spring Virtual Technology Conference.
It runs Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific time.
Ralph Sutter
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You only need to register once; you do not need an Eventbrite account to attend the conference. Before the VTC, you will receive an email with directions and links for attending both conference tracks.
You can attend using your computer or tablet with Zoom software. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via a chat window.
Make sure you have the latest version of Zoom for your device. Zoom Client for Meetings

The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting and is also available for manual download here.
When you attend the conference, please sign in with the user name and e-mail address you used to register for the VTC.
Register at Eventbrite
For detailed information about the presentations, including the presenters' bios click

11:00 AM PT
AI Assistants / Smart Homes
Joe Melfi, Mobile Road Warrior and Die-Hard Tech Enthusiast

Description TBD
Noon PT
What’s new in the Spring Windows 10 update
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society
Microsoft is readying the release of its semi-annual update to Windows 10. The upcoming update is expected to be called Spring Creators Update - Windows 10, version 1803. There are several new and useful features coming your way with Spring Creators Update. Here are the headlines, they will all be covered:
•   Timeline
•   Nearby sharing
•   Focus assist
•   Password recovery for local accounts
•   Choose your GPU (graphics processing)
•   Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer
•   Mute tabs in Edge
•   Swift Pair
•   Better privacy
•   A better Microsoft Store
1:00 PM PT
Teaching Computer Skills to Seniors
Ray Baxter, Payson Computer Meet-Up Club, APCUG Treasurer
As we know, Seniors are special; some are up-to-date with technology and some are still learning about it. Ray’s presentation will give us tips on how to open the world of technology to seniors as well as enhance the skills of others.
11:00 AM PT

Synchronizing Your PC, a Guide to…..
Bill James, VP, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; APCUG Advisor, Region 8
There are numerous ways to sync desktops, laptops, tablets and phones.
From the complex to relatively simple solutions, this presentation will cover sharing over a network, local file sync programs, LANs, Cloud services and more.
Noon PT

What’s new with Ubuntu?
Orv Beach, Training Chair, Southern California Linux expo – SCALE
Named “Bionic Beaver,” it is a Long-Term Support release with 5 years of support for both the desktop and server version. What’s new?
•   Minimal install option
•   Faster boot speed
•   Easier live patching
•   New Linux Kernel
•   GNOME desktop environment
•   New default apps
•   New way to install apps
1:00 PM ET
Write and Publish Your eBook on Amazon Kindle… for Free
Bill Neves, Member, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club
In this session you’ll learn how to easily and quickly do the following:
•   Research your book
•   Write your book
•   Name your book
•   Format your book
•   Set up your Amazon Kindle account
•   Upload your book
•   Offer your book for sale, or free
•   Rinse and Repeat
Virtual Technology Committee
Judy Taylour, Chair
General Discussion / Alternatives to Typing - Request for Help
« Last post by rsutter on April 13, 2018, 11:23:04 AM »
Hello All,
I've begun working on a project to create text without typing.  I plan present it at a future SLO Bytes Second Session meeting. 
I am only considering freeware and trialware as opposed to commercial software.

One approach is optical character recognition (OCR).  The user scans a document and then uses OCR software to turn the image into text.
This is possible by pasting a .jpg image into Microsoft OneNote, selecting Copy Text from Picture and pasting the results into another document.

I found more OCR programs at  and elsewhere

Another approach is to use Speech Recognition software
One such program is Voice Notepad; an add on for Google Chrome - See

Please feel free to add the software/methods that you use.
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group for 04/08/18
« Last post by rsutter on April 08, 2018, 04:44:15 PM »
TOPIC: Flowers
The topic for the Sunday, May 20th meeting will be Flowers
Share images of flowering plants.

Notes from the April 8th Session; TOPIC: Circles
The session opened with Ralph Sutter screening beautiful images forwarded by Stanford Brown. View them at

Sutter then played a video slide show with circular objects featuring ceiling lights, spinning discs, coins and wind chimes.

Alan Raul followed, taking the group to local hardware stores with assorted pipes, dowels and fasteners. Raul occasionally applied color saturation and haze reduction with dramatic results.

John Waller took the opportunity to share pictures of wheels on farm implements and locomotives with a mix of round and spherical objects found in the heavens and around the house.

Bob Styerwalt looked to his home for images of paint cans and door knobs before venturing out to the seashore with circular patterns among the waves and the wildlife.
See the Links page;, for tutorials and other resources

Link to Notes of Prior Sessions;
Ralph Sutter
4 - What You Need to Know by Thio Joe

You would use for your DNS numbers vs. your ISP's default DNS numbers or...



GRC's DNS Nameserver Performance Benchmark

General Discussion / More VPN Info...
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on April 07, 2018, 10:00:42 AM »
General Discussion / Screen Shot Programs
« Last post by rsutter on April 05, 2018, 09:13:18 AM »
Hello All,
I’m compiling a list of screenshot methods for an upcoming SLO Bytes presentation.  Below is a list of resources that I’ve found so far.
Please feel free to comment or to add resources to the list.

All Screen Shot Images

Screen Shots with iPhone

Android  screenshots:

Video screenshots

One of my favorites is Jing from Techsmith.  Read more at
Download from

Ralph Sutter
Facebook launches bulk app removal tool to clean up your privacy settings:
General Discussion / Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer...
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on April 02, 2018, 10:57:39 PM »
Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer, and People Are Freaking Out

Some cybersecurity experts and regular users were surprised to learn about a Chrome tool that scans Windows computers for malware. But there’s no reason to freak out about it.

I found this article to be quite interesting. I wonder if this is true with portable Chrome which I use on occasion?

General Discussion / April 2018 SLO Bytes First Session Notes - Sutter
« Last post by rsutter on March 27, 2018, 09:19:47 AM »
April 2018 SLO Bytes Notes by Ralph Sutter

Financial Report – Bob Styerwalt

New resource:  The Tech Enthusiasts’ Hour

The new tech is here when 3 of 4 cartoons deal with it; Stanford Brown

Alternatives to for on-line purchases;

Ask Leo Links; Leo Notenboom; 
(The end of this article defines common terms)

How Should I Back Up My Computer Before an Operating System Upgrade or Reinstall?

Actual URL is

For a more comprehensive list, see

Tree Size; free program that displays the size of all folders

Delete system files from C using Windows’ Disk Cleanup
(Candidates for deletion; Windows.old and Windows10Upgrade)

E-mail ostensibly from my credit card company:  What to do?;
Alexa Laugh  (John Waller)

Central Coast Home Roasting Coffee April 26 at 7:00 pm

SLO Bytes Unsecure via Google

Micro USB  to Lightning Adapter

Adobe Reader for PDF Viewer:  Limitations
Show how to save rotated .pdf file using a free pdf viewer, pdf-xchange editor
Install PortableApps;
Download a portable version at
(The PDF Exchange Editor web site didn’t link to a freeware version directly) The portable version can be run without PortableApps but you lose the convenience of update notifications.
Rotate image with PDF Xchange Editor
Print to Microsoft Print to PDF instead of an actual printer
Open the resulting .pdf file with any .pdf reader/editor and it will show the rotated version.

When the pdf file contains more information than required, use Microsoft Print to PDF to triage the unwanted pages
Example Porter Cable Drill Press.pdf

Notes on SCaLE
SCaLE Link  Alan and Ralph’s reports:
SCaLE Videos
SCaLE clip: (Very slow and problematic download; must be restarted many times)

The problem is with Alan’s host, GoDaddy, not with the actual file
I copied Alan’s file to my account on Dropbox and was then able to download the file in 3 minutes versus more than one hour on GoDaddy
My site:

Ralph Sutter
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