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General Discussion / Re: new Microsoft Surface PRO
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on June 25, 2017, 10:27:27 AM »
I personally have given up on my 2014 Surface Pro. It's still a good choice for many. I have found my older 2015 Apple iPad Pro 12.9 was a better option for me. The slightly larger screen size means a lot to me. I have apps available to me on iOS that I use which are not available on Windows 10. I am still able to use Windows 10 applications by remotely logging into my desktop computer remotely or locally from my living room if the need arises. Since I have 2 iPhones (iPhone 7 Plus and a iPhone SE) everything just plays nicely together. I am still able to synchronize my files between iOS and Windows 10 and even Linux.

I have recently sold my old 2015 iPad Pro and am anxiously awaiting my new 2017 Apple iPad Pro 12.9 inch.
General Discussion / Re: Craigslist Blocks PIA VPN
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on June 25, 2017, 10:10:35 AM »
I have found the same situation on Craigslist and on other web sites. One example is checking your warranty status on Apple products.

My solution is to choose a different PIA end point or temporarily turn off PIA.
Many years a go I used this program. I then switched to VLC. More recently on Windows 10 I am using the included Movies and TV app for my 4K or other high def videos. A few of us have found other media players just won't handle the new files.
General Discussion / new Microsoft Surface PRO
« Last post by dick on June 22, 2017, 10:27:28 AM »
The new version of the Microsoft Surface PRO has arrived. It follows the Surface Pro 4, but has not been labeled #5. The reviews are beginning to appear and while they are generally positive, faster better new chips, bigger power supply, and longer battery time are some of the good new things pointed out.  Some things people wanted to see changed didn't all happen.  For example, physically the unit is the same as the model 4, and the ports have not been updated to new faster versions or additional ports. It also seems to have a couple of the same problems as the model 4.  Here is the "goes to Sleep when not wanted" problem as told on ZDNet.

The operating system is the new Windows 10 S, a somewhat cut down version, that can only run apps from the Windows Store.  I read that in a couple of months you will be able to update it to the Windows 10 Pro version for no charge.
General Discussion / SLO Bytes Annual BBQ - 07/02/17
« Last post by rsutter on June 21, 2017, 09:30:28 AM »
Hello All,

The SLO Bytes annual BBQ will take place on Sunday, July 2th, 2017 in conjunction with the July General Session.  Look forward to oak fired hamburgers with all the condiments.  Home made cake will also be served.

There is no charge for current members.  They may also bring one guest, again at no charge.  For additional guests, we suggest a $5 per person donation.

If you haven't already RSVPed, please do so by e-mailing me at so that we may make the appropriate arrangements.

This will be the first BBQ at our new location, the San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.  The facility offers the option of outdoor seating among the oaks.
Map at

I hope to see you there.

Ralph Sutter
Enjoy a two-hour motorcycle jaunt along California's Usal Road, from near the junction of Highway 1, North of Rockport, all the way until it becomes Chemise Mountain Road at Shelter Cove, along the Lost Coast. Gives you an idea of the setting along the isolated coastline area of Northern California. Set at real time speed, not high speed, it is a genuine enjoyment. YouTube offers a number of such vicarious voyages.

More coastline in this one:
General Discussion / Craigslist Blocks PIA VPN
« Last post by rsutter on June 16, 2017, 09:25:47 AM »
Hello All,

I use a Virtual Private Network, VPN, on my desktop computer.  The service, Private Internet Access, PIA;, offers many different locations from which I can connect.  I chose Silicon Valley.
When I attempted to read the Craigslist San Luis Obispo want ads,, the following message returned
This IP has been automatically blocked.
If you have questions, please email:

After I disconnected from the VPN, I was able to access Craigslist without incident.

I then selected Hong Kong as my VPN location and got the same response from Craigslist.  Switching off PIA VPN restored my ability to access Craigslist.

This is a behavior that I haven't seen when browsing to other pages behind a VPN.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Media Player Classic - Home Cinema. A great video program.
« Last post by Doug on June 15, 2017, 06:48:50 PM »
Here is a video program that I have been so satisfied with. Its flexible and very capable and is completely free of foistware and annoying promotions (but you can donate, if you wish to). Media Player Classic Home Cinema:  Click on "View", "Options", and consider to tune your viewing. Adjust the screen size by dragging a corner with your cursor. Completely free and very reliable.

The spiel:  Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC) is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows®. Media Player Classic Home Cinema supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback. Based on the original Guliverkli project, Media Player Classic Home Cinema contains a lot of additional features and bug fixes. Plus Media Player Classic Home Cinema is 100% spyware free, there are no advertisements or toolbars.

And don't miss the saga of Big Buck bunny......
General Discussion / Computer Meetings
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on June 12, 2017, 11:33:32 AM »
Sunday, July 2, 2017  SLO Bytes General Session
San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo
12:45 - 2:00 pm  First Session: Alan Raul moderating a Q & A session
2:00 - 3:30 pm  In lieu of the customary break and the Second Session, SLO Bytes will hold its annual BBQ. Please join us for oak-grilled hamburgers with all the fixings.
The event is free for all SLO Bytes members as a benefit of your club membership. You may also bring one guest at no charge.
For additional guests, we ask for a $5 per guest donation. Additional voluntary donations are welcome!
More at

Thursday, July 6, 2017  SLO Linux Users Group (SLOLUG)
KCBX Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo
6:30 pm --->
* Q and A
* What's new in tech?
* Endless OS Demo
* Ubuntu Server installation (SSD), then adding a separate (HDD) data drive.
   This will be a hands-on project where hopefully we all learn a few things.
More at

Sunday, July 9, 2017  SLO Bytes Photo Group
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00-4:00 pm
TOPIC: Deliberate Distortion
The concept is to create a pre-meditated non-standard outcome either when taking or editing an image.
More at

Sunday, August 6, 2017  SLO Bytes General Session
San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo
12:45 - 2:00 pm  First Session: Alan Raul moderating a Q & A session
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Social Time: We share coffee, goodies and conversation
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Second Session: John Waller will be speaking about Kodi, a free media player that is designed to look great on your big screen TV but is just as home on a small screen. 
More at
General Discussion / Notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group Meeting of 06/11/17
« Last post by rsutter on June 11, 2017, 09:41:53 PM »
Hello All,

Here are my notes from today's meeting of the SLO Bytes Photo Group
TOPIC Photographing Food
Ralph Sutter opened the meeting by displaying a series of very high resolution images from around the world;
   Mount Blanc;
   and Astana;
(Links thanks to Doug DePue)

Sutter then showed images of common foods, condiments and cooking oils as well as their storage locations.

Connie Sutter followed, sharing photos of apples, strawberries, bananas and how they were incorporated in beverages and edibles.

Monica Tarzier
offered pictures of flowering bushes, local landscapes, shots of the sky and sunlight radiating from a bowl of tomatoes

Alan Raul rounded out the presentations with a slide show of memorable dishes that he ate in various restaurants along California's Central Coast

NEXT MEETING Sunday, July 9th 2017 @ 2:00 pm
LOCATION:   Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
                              498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
TOPIC: Distortion with a Purpose

The topic for the Sunday, July 9th meeting will be Deliberate Distortion
The concept is to create a pre-meditated non-standard outcome either when taking or editing an image.

See the Links page for tutorials and other resources at

MAP at

You will find a dashcam video tracing the route through the village of Arroyo Grande to the Photo Group on YouTube at
Ralph Sutter
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