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General Discussion / Re: Alan Raul - July 2, 2017 Meeting Notes
« Last post by Doug on June 29, 2017, 08:25:35 PM »
Three more very nice views.

Cayucos Pier from the Shoreline Inn:

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and environs:

From the Inn at Avila Beach

Ransomware: An executive guide to one of the biggest menaces on the web:

New malware behaves as if it is ransomware but is only fooling you into thinking you can buy your way out while destroying your files permanently.
General Discussion / Alan Raul - July 2, 2017 Meeting Notes
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on June 28, 2017, 10:53:59 PM »
General Discussion / Re: new Microsoft Surface PRO
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on June 28, 2017, 08:30:20 PM »
Here's a YouTube comparison of the Apple and Microsoft tablets.

Although everyone is opinionated she does a pretty good comparison.
General Discussion / Re: new Microsoft Surface PRO
« Last post by dickJ on June 27, 2017, 07:48:57 PM »
I continue to read reviews which point out the limitations of the new Surface Pro, especially the Windows 10 S operating system.  I am no longer certain that this is the answer for me, but look forward to trying it out when they are in the stores. I intend to give the new crop of Apple machines   a good look to replace my current   iPad 4, 9.7" machine. While I have been happy with it, I still do not like some of the limitations of the Apple machines.
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 dickJ 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
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