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Hello All,
You will find the notes to my Second Session presentation at the SLO Bytes General Meeting of August 5, 2018 at
I'll be adding to it until the time of my presentation.
Ralph Sutter
Windows 10 Won’t Boot? Try These 12 Fixes to Get Your PC Running Again.
I have been looking for the cost of 1 TB SSD's to drop. I have been using 1 TB Toshiba spinning HDD's for many years for off-site backup. They don't get much use so I didn't need to go with high-quality Samsung SSD. The spinning HDD's were getting painfully slow when you are use to SSD's.

I was looking at:
Inland 1TB 3D NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive  from MicroCenter for $159.99.

Until this deal showed up on the Amazon Prime Day 2018:
SanDisk SSD PLUS 1TB Solid State Drive - SDSSDA-1T00-G26 from Amazon for $149.99.
It's interesting to note that these SanDisk SSD's were first available on Amazon on June 11, 2018.

So I pulled the trigger and ordered 2. Now my off-site backups should take a fraction of time.

UPDATE: I had previously checked B&H and they were priced higher than Amazon. They now have dropped the price to match Amazon but without having to pay the sales tax.

General Discussion / Re: 'Dock" for reading older/newer hard drives IDE and SATA
« Last post by rsutter on July 15, 2018, 07:08:40 PM »
Hi Bob,
I use a Startech USB 3.0 to Dual 2.5/3.5 SATA HDD Dock with UASP.  It works very well.
Learn more at
It doesn't accept IDE Drives.  There is an adapter at
I haven't used it.

I found a less expensive solution at
I have no experience with this product.
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / 'Dock" for reading older/newer hard drives IDE and SATA
« Last post by Bob on July 15, 2018, 05:13:30 PM »
The web offers dozens of 'Docks' to facilitate reading IDE or SATA older hard drives using just a USB (2 or 3) connection. Does anyone have experience with one of these - enough to be able to recommend a particular device? Thanks.
Hello All,
When I received from Alan Raul and Bob Styerwalt the photos of our recent BBQ , I wanted to make them available on the SLO Bytes web site as quickly and simply as possible.  I could have uploaded the batches as .zip files but dimly remembered that I had previously come across a way to give links to each individual file without creating a photo index.  Sadly, I had forgotten how to do that.

When I finally rediscovered how to accomplish that, I created a tutorial to remind me and others how to do this with an .htaccress file.
My tutorial is available from my web site at

Please note that this method only offers links to the individual images.  It does not provide thumbnails.

Before I figured this out, I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 to create the two video slide shows.
As stated in an earlier post, you may view them at

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Photos from 2018 SLO Bytes BBQ
« Last post by rsutter on July 09, 2018, 01:32:17 PM »
Hello All,
I just uploaded two slide shows of the 2018 SLO Bytes BBQ.  The images were shot by Alan Raul and Bob Styerwalt, View them at
This was a quick and dirty project using Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 -Slideshow Creation Tool.
It will be replaced soon by a higher quality sideshow by Alan Raul
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 07/08/18
« Last post by rsutter on July 08, 2018, 05:31:28 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 07/08/18

TOPIC: Edit Free for All

The session opened with Ralph Sutter calling attention to the Links Page; He then opened the page, 27 Photos You Won't Believe - Or At Least You Shoudn't ;

There, we saw both final images and the tricks employed to achieve them. This served as an appropriate introduction to today's topic.

Prior to the meeting, members downloaded sample inages from and made whatever changes they deemed appropriate.

At the meeting, we compared the results. Some of us applied color correction or cropped the images. Others added objects to them not seen in the originals.

The session prompted a discussion of different editing programs and techniques. Encouraged, we agreed to repeat the format in the near future.

Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, August 12th at 2:00pm.  The topic is Symbols.  Each member is invited to share images of objects that evoke responses that take the viewer beyond the literal.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / New Club Projector
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on July 07, 2018, 08:30:15 AM »
After the projector failure at the last meeting, the Board of Directors has decided to purchase a new projector. The old projector had lasted 11 years. Independently, Ralph and Alan came up with the same suggested Optoma projector for the club to purchase.

The new club projector is a Optoma HD143X 1080p 3000 Lumens Projector.

General Discussion / Sutter Presentation - Manjaro; Linux Group 07-05-18
« Last post by sutter on July 02, 2018, 05:50:04 PM »
Manjaro Presentation – Sutter 07-05-18

Manjaro, pronounced Manharo, is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux.  However, it is not a more user-friendly version of Arch.  Its repositories are separate from Arch.  It is a rolling release, meaning that it is updated continuously rather than being rolled out at pre-determined intervals like Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

The current version is 17.1.11.
Download it from

Some available desktop environments are
Manjaro XFCE Edition (17.1.11)
Manjaro KDE Edition (17.1.11)
Manjaro GNOME Edition (17.1.11)
Manjaro-Architect ISO
See more options at

To update system from the Terminal, enter:  sudo pacman -Syyu
Proceed with update y/n?

Make sure to read each screen.  Simply entering Y at all prompts won’t work.

GUI alternative is Octopi;

See the Manjaro Beginner User Files at

Many familiar Linux programs are pre-installed by default.

Ralph Sutter

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