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Hello All,
I faithfully update my computer to assure that I am running the current version of Windows 10.

When I attempted to update Windows 10 version 1709 to version 1803, Windows Update advised me that I needed to restart my laptop to complete the process.

I restarted numerous times, sometimes rebooting and sometimes shutting the machine down before restarting.  Whatever I did, the updater displayed the same message; I needed to reboot before the update could be completed.

Since restarting accomplished nothing, I tried a different approach.  I went to
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
and clicked on the button, Download Tool Now
 
That action downloaded and ran MediaCreationTool1803.exe

After a lengthy process with many restarts, the Media Creation Tool successfully upgraded my operating system to Windows 10 Version 1803.  (without the advisory that I needed to restart my computer to complete the process.)
Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group Session of 5/20/2018
« Last post by rsutter on May 22, 2018, 09:51:24 AM »
The session opened with Ralph Sutter inviting Bob Grover to speak about the recently published biography of his life, Always a Quest, written over the period of 5 years by Bob's wife, Elise Wäälen. The book is available at http://booklocker.com/books/9644.html

Sutter then called attention to two new links on the Digital Photography web site. They are
Gimp 2.10.0; an open-source image manipulation program https://www.gimp.org/ and
Meetup Group - How Photographers Think
www.meetup.com/How-Photographers-Think

Sutter then played a video slide show of flowers found both in his back yard and on Santa Cruz Island.

Alan Raul showed flowers shot in camera raw and then optimized for true color.

John Waller shared more flowers. Waller used ProShow Producer; http://www.photodex.com/proshow/producer, a professional grade slide show creation program, taking advantage of its numerous capabilities.

Bob Styerwalt offered a profusion of flowers as well. Rather than overwhelm the group with his many excellent shots of individual flowers, he added collages featuring digital floral bouquets.

Kaye Raul, frustrated that she couldn't export her images from her computer to a portable media, brought her MacBook Pro laptop to the meeting and displayed her sharp images via Ralph's Apple TV. Her images and her perserverance were well-received.

Bob Grover added a historical perspective to the meeting with a presentation of former members of the SLO Bytes Digital Photography Group and their field trip to the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens. Thanks Bob.

The next meeting of the Photography Group will take place on Sunday, 06/10/18 beginning at 2:00pm
The topic is two-fold; either Black and White Images or Images of Animals.

Learn more about the SLO Bytes Photography Group at www.slobytes.org/digital

Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Bob Grover's Biography
« Last post by Bob on May 21, 2018, 06:06:05 PM »
After five years in preparation, Bob's biography is now on the market. Google amazon.com and search for 'Always a Quest'; alternatively, Google the printer, BookLocker.com. The story has been constructed to follow Bob's entire life, childhood and youth including service in WWII, his education, academic career leading to professor of Medicine and director of a research laboratory for 25 years, followed by 35 years of retirement in California, much of that time affiliated with SLOBYTES. The talented author is Bob's wife Elise

The book is available in two forms, paperback (304 pages) black and white, and as an ebook containing exactly the same material as in the printed version, available by download.

Alan Raul suggested I put this announcement on our BBS.

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Windows critical flaw: This security bug is under attack right now, says Microsoft. Microsoft patches two flaws that are already under attack, among the 67 bugs in May's Patch Tuesday update:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-critical-flaw-this-security-bug-is-under-attack-right-now-says-microsoft/
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General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« Last post by rsutter on May 07, 2018, 02:00:04 PM »
Hello Again Bob,
I investigated some freeware speech to text programs.  You will find a list at https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-text-to-speech-software
I downloaded the first three on the list.  The third program, Panopreter, seemed closest to what you requested.  Download Panopteter Basic from
https://www.panopreter.com/download/dlpb.php
I have attached a video screen capture showing how Panopreter works.
I've noticed that you must be logged in to this bulletin board to view the attachment. To make the attachment more widely accessible, I also uploaded it to the SLO Bytes web site.
View it at www.slobytes.org/bb-attachments/panopreter.mp4
Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Best Buy Hit by [24]7.ai Data Breach
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on May 07, 2018, 11:27:17 AM »
This is a follow-up from Sunday's SLO Bytes meeting.

The incident began on Sept. 26, and was discovered and contained on Oct. 12, 2017.

Best Buy Statement on [24]7.ai Cyber Incident
https://corporate.bestbuy.com/best-buy-statement-247-ai-cyber-incident

Updates on [24]7.ai Cyber Incident
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/privacy-policy/247-ai-cyber-incident/pcmcat1522954594900.c?id=pcmcat1522954594900

More information on the web
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Best+Buy+Hit+by+%5B24%5D7.ai+Data+Breach&ia=web

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General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« Last post by rsutter on May 06, 2018, 07:28:51 PM »
In response to Bob, I uploaded to Dropbox a video screen capture of how I used Windows Narrator and Audacity to create an .mp3 audio file.
I don't use Narrator routinely.  As such, the screen reader voices lots of unnecessary information.  With a more skillful operator, Narrator and Audacity together should be able to produce acceptable audio.
See my video screen capture at https://www.dropbox.com/s/ua2l9twt673ehy4/Screen Capture.mp4?dl=0
Ralph Sutter
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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]  :-)

Bob
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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.
Ralph
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