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General Discussion / Re: CCleaner 5.33 Compromised
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on September 21, 2017, 10:40:19 AM »
Some good useful information and recommendations...

CCleaner Malware Incident - What You Need to Know and How to Remove
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/how-to/security/ccleaner-malware-incident-what-you-need-to-know-and-how-to-remove/

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General Discussion / Basic BASH Script Automatically Installs Programs in Ubuntu
« Last post by rsutter on September 20, 2017, 05:20:58 PM »
Hello All,

I recently created a script that, when run from a terminal, automatically installs certain programs in Ubuntu or Ubuntu-like systems.

I have attached that script to this document.  I also pasted it at the end of this message.  With the exception of the first line, #!/bin/bash, the lines beginning with # are comments.  They are intended to explain what is going to happen as the script runs.  When it executes, the script ignores them.

If you plan to try template.txt out, rename it template without the .txt extension
and insert it in the home directory of your Ubuntu system.  Read the embedded comments if you choose to install it in the /bin directory of your system's root

My script relies heavily on the work of Joe Collins and information provided on his YouTube series; Bash Basics viewable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH8Z9zeywq0

My script continues two lines below this line
Ralph Sutter

#!/bin/bash
#This line is commented out
#The next line clears the screen
clear
#The next line displays Begin Script on the screen
echo "Begin Script"
#The next line inserts many carriage returns
echo "






 "
echo "Installing Google Chrome Stable"
#The next line installs Google Chrome
sudo apt install google-chrome-stable
echo "Line Breaks Here "

echo "   





 "
echo "Installing Audacity"
#The next line installs the audio editing program, Audacity
sudo apt install audacity

echo  "Line Breaks Here"
echo "       





 "
#The next line displays Installing VLC on the screen
echo "Installing VLC"
#The next line installs the video program. VLC
sudo apt install vlc
echo echo "





"
#The next line prints Complete! on the screen
echo "Complete!"
#The next line  displays System will restart in 30 seconds
echo "System will restart in 30 seconds"
#The next line tells the computer to go to sleep in 30 seconds.  Replace 30 with another value to change time to restart
sleep 30
#The next line reboots the system
sudo reboot
#Important
#In order to get this script to work, you have to change the read/write/execute settings.
#From the terminal and in the same directory that holds the file "template"
#type chmod +x template
#Run the command from the terminal by typing ./template | less
#If you store a bash script in the /bin directory instead of in your home directory, omit the ./ in front of ,/template
#Adding | less (pipe less) causes the  output to display one screen at a time. 
#Advance to the next line by hitting the Enter key
#Remove | less from ./template | less and the output will scroll across multiple screens without pausing
#Make sure that you do this from the directory in which template is located





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General Discussion / Re: CCleaner 5.33 Compromised
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on September 18, 2017, 05:36:14 PM »
Anyone that uses CCleaner as a portable app should not be affected since nothing is installed on your computer. In other words... no malware payload.
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General Discussion / CCleaner 5.33 Compromised
« Last post by rsutter on September 18, 2017, 03:11:48 PM »
Hello All

Today, APCUG's Judy Taylour sent out the following alert.
CCleaner version 5.33 was compromised with malware. Please check to see which version of CCleaner you have on your computer.
Open CCleaner and you will find the version number in the upper left corner on the title bar. If you have the compromised version, update to the current version.


Read more at https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ccleaner-compromised-to-distribute-malware-for-almost-a-month/
(I added the following links -rs)
http://thehackernews.com/2017/09/ccleaner-hacked-malware.html
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/18/16325202/ccleaner-hack-malware-security

Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Adding Audio Files to PLEX
« Last post by rsutter on September 17, 2017, 10:57:16 AM »
Hello All,

As a memo to self, I just created a video screen capture showing how I add music to a PLEX server by dragging that music from iTunes into the PLEX server.
NOTE:  Dragging the files from iTunes includes the data stored in the metatags.  When I tried simply dragging .mp3/.m4a files from the original source to the PLEX server, the PLEX application (not the PLEX server) didn't see them.  It reported that the added folder was empty.  No amount of refreshing, updating or optimizing changed this.

My video is available at http://www.fullbean.com/tutorials/music-to-plex.mp4
and on YouTube - https://youtu.be/v3n2alCf36U

Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 09/10/17
« Last post by rsutter on September 10, 2017, 04:20:21 PM »
Photo Group Report by Ralph Sutter

The topic was Obsolescence
Ralph Sutter opened the meeting with a slideshow ranging from erasable paper to his comb.
Bob Styerwalt shared images of old hand tools, early computer manuals, computer hardware and an impressive collection of film cameras.
John Waller showed oxcarts, vintage airplanes, analog cell phones and music players.
Connie Sutter brought images of cave paintings, primitive fire pits and one room school houses.

The topic for the Sunday, October 8th meeting will be Geometric Shapes
Share images featuring horizontal and vertical lines, curves and geometric shapes.

The meeting will take place in the home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
     498 Hansen Hill Road
     Arroyo Grande, CA
     Map at www.slobytes.org/digital/sutter-map.html

Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / SCALE 16 March 8-11, 2018
« Last post by rsutter on September 07, 2017, 08:56:21 AM »
Hello All,

This is a repost of the SCALE announcement that I received today.

SCALE 16x CFP is now open.

The Linux Exposition of Southern California is proud to announce the 16th Annual Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 16X to be held on March 8-11, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, near Los Angeles.

We welcome your submissions as we build a robust and memorable schedule for this year's Expo.  Details, information on available tracks and topic suggestions are available here:

https://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/16x/cfp?utm_source=phplist167&utm_medium=email&utm_content=text&utm_campaign=SCALE+16X+Call+For+Papers

See you at 16x.

Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Speakers
« Last post by Stanford on September 04, 2017, 05:20:23 PM »
I am quite happy with my new Bang and Olufson speaker connected to my Amazon Echo Dot. Also easy to connect to PC. The sound is great as the reviews attest. At the Club meeting I had the speaker cone flat against the table by mistake and it still sounded good. B and O are known for high end products...this blue tooth or audio cable is around $100. Speakers can be added to it.
https://gadgetmac.com/reviews/bang-olufsen-beoplay-s3-review  You won't believe the sound that is coming out of this highly stylized little bookshelf object. The S3 produces silky smooth, extra-thick sounding bass that is capable of effortlessly reaching so low without distorting or drowning the mids it'll put a dumb smile on your face. And what amazes me the most, the S3 sounds great at any volume unlike other speakers. But most importantly it stays consistent across the board. Bass doesn't lose its richness at high (super loud might I add) volumes. Its really just the best sounding wireless speaker(portable or not) weve tested at this size and price bracket.
https://boomspeaker.com/bang-olufsen-beoplay-s3-bluetooth-speaker-review/ If you want an indoor speaker that can be connected via Bluetooth and radiate the same amazing sound as you might be used to with wired speakers, the BeoPlay S3 is a good option, especially if you want something eye-catching, but not show-stealing in design. However, just don't go into the purchase expect floor-rumbling bass. It has some power to provide a certain richness, but clarity, especially at increased volume, was clearly the most important aspect. Good sound, in its essence, it what Danish audio brand Bang & Olufsen has brought to the world for years. This has not changed with the Bang Olufsen BeoPlay S3
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General Discussion / Upcoming Tech Dates
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on September 03, 2017, 10:09:43 AM »
Upcoming Tech Dates...

September 1, 2017 - Google Android 8.0 (aka Oreo) is rolling out to the Google Pixel and Nexus devices now

September 12, 2017 - iPhone 8, iOS 11 and more event

October 17, 2017 - Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Release Date

October 19, 2017 - Ubuntu 17.10 Release Date

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Hello All,

I have posted notes on my upcoming Second Session presentation; Creating self-executing slideshows.
The link is at http://www.slobytes.org/presentations/sutter-0917/slideshows.docx

Ralph Sutter
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