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General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« Last post by Bob on May 06, 2018, 01:19:00 PM »
Ralph, I had wondered about Audacity (which I have on my HD}. Would it be asking too much of you to type out a 'menu' of steps for opening first Audacity (easy) and then opening Narration so Audacity can 'see' it for recording (and save as MP3) _ when you have time, of course? [the 'text' to read are chapters from my biography that Elise authored and is now in print]  :-)

General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« Last post by rsutter on May 06, 2018, 12:20:09 PM »
Hi Bob,
You can launch the freeware audio recording program, Audacity and then have Windows narrate. Stop the recording and export it as an .mp3 file.
General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« Last post by Bob on May 05, 2018, 12:22:25 PM »
Thanks, Ralph. But I want to do more than simply hear the text read. Can I make a recording of the narration? Realize that I need an audio file to add to a video slide show - just as I would add a musical score - MP3 or wav? is that possible?
General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« Last post by rsutter on May 04, 2018, 04:56:19 PM »
Hi Bob,
Narrator, built into Windows, should do this for you.  No download is required.
Learn more at
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / converting text to voice
« Last post by Bob on May 04, 2018, 12:33:04 PM »
I wish to use a page of text as a soundtrack for a new slide show. Now I am very familiar with the converse, 'voice recognition'. But the web offers many programs to convert text to voice. It is the old problem: which program is a 'safe' download? Has anyone attempted to do what I hope to do? Anyone have experience converting PDF or docx to MP3?

Thanks, Bob
General Discussion / Gimp 2.10.0
« Last post by rsutter on May 03, 2018, 05:22:29 PM »
Hello All,
Gimp, a multi-platform open source photo editor, released version 2.10.0 on 4/27/18.  This is the first update in 6 years.
Learn more at
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Alan Raul – May 6, 2018 Meeting Notes
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on May 03, 2018, 11:37:54 AM »
Announcing the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service
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Detailed VPN Comparison Chart

DuckDuckGo - We’re setting the new standard of trust online, empowering people to take control of their information.

Bangs allow you to search on thousands of sites, directly.
Terms of Service – Didn’t Read

Privacy - When discussing privacy, the argument "I have nothing to hide" keeps coming up. This can be debunked with two main arguments: you don't KNOW what you have to hide; and you SHOULD have something to hide. But there is a third point: it isn't ABOUT having something to hide - privacy is a basic human need.
Macrium Reflect 7 Review - Excellent free imaging software
eM Client - is a full featured e-mail client with a modern and easy to use interface. eM Client also offers calendar, tasks, contacts and chat. eM Client supports Gmail, Exchange, iCloud and Outlook.

Windows 10 help
4K Download - Free and useful applications for PC, macOS and Linux
APCUG Videos

Tech Disaster Preparedness, Toby Scott

Two Factor Authentication, Ron Brown

New PUSH Articles Available

Is it time to start a death data document? by Jerry Heaton, Central Kentucky Computer Society (Approx. 525 words). Do you have a death data document for your children or digital executor for when it's needed? Jerry's article has a lot of good information.

Jerry Heaton's actual document, Death Data Document, is available at

Your Last Best Gift;, offers a form for creating another Death Data Document.  This resource was mentioned at the May 6th 2018 SLO Bytes General Session
General Discussion / How to make the most of the new Gmail.
« Last post by Doug on May 01, 2018, 02:01:49 PM »
How to make the most of the new Gmail:

As Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands, Microsoft lists old features being cut:

General Discussion / Win 10 Version1803 is here!
« Last post by dickJ on May 01, 2018, 01:29:12 AM »
Monday night 4/30/2018 at around 11:30 P.M. I checked for routine updates and was surprised to see a Feature Update getting ready to go to work!  Windows 10 Version 1803, also now known as the April 2018 Update.The download was long, then the install, took about 50 minutes on my custom Puget Serenity machine. It all went smoothly except for signing in.  I had been using a letter and digit password.  It now wanted a Pin which I had to figure out.
Once it started I had to fight my way through a variety of Microsoft stuff which tried hard to get me to switch to their Edge browser and to go to the Microsoft Store for other things.  I finally found my way around most of that and ended up with my familiar Desktop.  It all works fine!
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