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General Discussion / Page size of some desktop programs
« Last post by dickJ on July 25, 2017, 12:04:29 AM »
I have somehow managed to change the page size of several of my desktop programs when opened in the reduced size, from my preferred 1/2  of the vertical screen, to 1/2 of the horizontal screen.  I somehow did this when working with the size of a photo I was printing and changing from Portrait to Landscape. I used to know how to change this back and then keep the change, but can no longer remember how to do it.  Can someone help?  Thanks.
dickJ
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General Discussion / Latest Phone Scams - probably NOT the LATEST ones
« Last post by dickJ on July 20, 2017, 05:00:35 PM »
Your phone rings and it is "Molly .. calling you from Apple Support" to advise you that your Apple Cloud is compromised and you must call 844-822-2855 and they can repair your computer! ( Of course, it will cost you, and in any case, if you let them in they will mess up your machine!  The Robo calls start at 6 AM or so and can be repeated all day.  If you can block phone calls, block 909-803-5220, and also 716-442-2268..  The calls come from operations in India and Pakistan. (the real Apple phone number is 800-692-7753). Otherwise, just hang up quickly.  They are clever and trying to deal with them at best just results in them hanging up.
Also, apparently the same group has calls advising you that "Windows Microsoft - your Windows license key has been expired" and all services are suspended on your computer.  To renew them, you are asked to call (the 844 number above) for the same people and "services".
If you want to read more about this Google the 844 number or "Molly calling from Apple Support."
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General Discussion / Acronis Disk Director 12 Update 2
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on July 19, 2017, 09:39:36 PM »
Acronis has released Acronis Disk Director 12 Update 2.
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/support/updates/changes.html?p=29627

Log into your Acronis account to download the latest version.
https://account.acronis.com/auth/login
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General Discussion / Re: Non-Microsoft program updating
« Last post by Doug on July 17, 2017, 07:18:12 PM »
This could be of some use: Software Update Pro  -  http://download.cnet.com/Software-Update-Pro/3000-18513_4-76469405.html
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Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs.


ZDNet - Ed Bott - http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-blocks-windows-10-creators-update-on-some-pcs/  Some PCs that received a free upgrade to Windows 10 less than two years ago are now officially blocked from receiving future updates. A quoted cause for this: "because of a fundamental incompatibility between the PC hardware and the latest release of Windows 10".

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/windows-10-creators-update-problems-no-longer-supported-on-this-pc-block-microsoft-updates-a7847606.html

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-no-longer-supported-how-to-tell-if-your-pc-is-eligible-for-latest-version/
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General Discussion / Re: Non-Microsoft program updating
« Last post by dickJ on July 16, 2017, 12:48:53 PM »
Alan suggested these to me:

https://patchmypc.net/

https://www.lifewire.com/free-software-updater-programs-2625200

He uses the first one when working on "unknown computers"
Thank you Alan

dickJ
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General Discussion / Non-Microsoft program updating
« Last post by dickJ on July 16, 2017, 12:44:44 PM »
In pre-Windows 10 days, on my old now junked desktop computer, I used to have a program that scanned my non-OS programs and advised me when they had an Update available. I no longer remember its name, or if perhaps it is no longer available. My memory is bad enough now that if it exists it would be helpful. Are you familiar with such a program, and if so, is it safe?
Thanks.
dickJ
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General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 07/09/17
« Last post by rsutter on July 10, 2017, 12:30:48 AM »
Hello All,

Here are my notes for the July 9th meeting of the Photo Group
TOPIC Deliberate Distortion
Ralph Sutter opened the meeting by calling attention to the two new listings on the Links page, http://www.slobytes.org/digital/links.html.
The first is for the Polaroid Snap Touch digital camera with a self-contained printer
The second, Affinity, is photo editing software that claims to rival Adobe Photoshop in capabilities at a vastly lower one-time purchase price
Sutter demonstrated the Focus Merge feature of Affinity. The photographer takes multiple shots of the same image, changing only the point of focus. Focus merge then takes the sharpest part of each photo and creates a composite image that is in focus everywhere.

Alan Raul showed how altering the colors of an image can dramatically alter its visual impact. He then used the editing program, ACDSee, to both purposely and playfully manipulate subjects

Don Jones shared photos of illusive marauding rabbits that routinely play havoc with his landscaping

John Waller mixed the whimsical with the artistic, using masking layers to stylize his dog and transforming a local country road into what looked like a meandering stream. He also took a step back in photographic history showing a landscape taken with a pinhole lens

Monica Tarzier enhanced images of flowers and pine cones in ways not seen in nature.

At the close of the meeting, Alan, Bob and John gave Ralph photos that they took at the SLO Bytes BBQ on 07/02/17. Raul will create a video slide show combining those images.  I have uploaded all of the images to the SLO Bytes web site.  You will find download links at www.slobytes.org/photos/2017bbq/index.html.  Please note that the images are in three zipped files.  They must be extracted in order to be viewed as individual images.  They should not be confused with Alan's upcoming slide show.

NEXT MEETING Sunday, August 13th 2017 @ 2:00 pm

LOCATION: Please note the new meeting place for August and only August
Home of Monica Tarzier
1657 Southwood Drive
San Luis Obispo

TOPIC: Books
This vague guideline will probably lend itself to a wide variety of interpretations

Ralph Sutter
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Here are a few interesting websites that offer accurate and educational information about earthquakes and the effect the Sun could have on triggering them.

USGS EQ: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10009757#executive   All about current and past earthquake activity globally.

Spaceweather News (Daily)http://spaceweathernews.com/  The activities on the Sun that could have a serious impact on the Earth.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Centerhttp://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast      Aurora Borealis forecasts for both poles

Wind Current Maphttps://www.windy.com/?39.775,-119.399,5

Alaska Aurora Webcam (It's a wrap until late August when the dark nights return):  http://www.alaskaauroracam.com/

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