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General Discussion / SCaLE 16, the Linux Convention - Pasadena- 3/8-3/11/2018
« Last post by rsutter on October 18, 2017, 06:57:53 PM »
Hello All,

Registration is now open for SCaLE 16x! The 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo will take place on March 8-11, 2018, at the Pasadena Convention Center.  SCaLE draws OSS community members from around the world for a weekend of learning, sharing, networking and fun.
We have negotiated special SCaLE rates at local hotels.

For details or to register, go here:
https://register.socallinuxexpo.org/reg6/

Reposted by Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / FREE 2017 FALL VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE (VTC) 11/04/17
« Last post by rsutter on October 16, 2017, 07:40:23 AM »
Hello All,

This is a reposting of information that I received from APCUG regarding their upcoming webinar

FREE 2017 FALL VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE (VTC) on Saturday, November 4
10:00 1:00 PT
To register for this VTC, please click on the below link:
http://bit.ly/apcug-fall-2017-vtc-eventbrite
TRACK 1 1:00 PM ET
Tips for Staying Safe Online and Preventing Identity Theft Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist
2:00 PM ET
Internet Camouflage Using VPN Joe Melfi, D-Link
3:00 PM ET
iOS 11 Tips & Tricks Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society
TRACK 2 1:00 PM ET
Hands-on LibreOffice Demo John Kennedy East-Central Ohio Technology User's Club
2:00 PM ET
Google Photos Ron Brown, Program Chair, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club
3:00 PM ET
Voice Operated Assistants
Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood UG

Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Cloud vulnerabilities are being ignored by the enterprise.
« Last post by Doug on October 12, 2017, 11:07:41 PM »
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Microsoft's mystery update arouses anger, suspicion among Windows 10 users

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsofts-mystery-update-arouses-anger-suspicion-among-windows-10-users/
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General Discussion / Notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group Meeting of 10/08/17
« Last post by rsutter on October 12, 2017, 03:20:30 PM »
Hello All,

Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of Sunday, October 8, 2017.  I would have uploaded them earlier but my Internet has been down since Sunday.

TOPIC Geometric Shapes
The Photography Group welcomed back Bob Grover
Ralph Sutter opened the meeting with a slideshow of familiar objects having hard lines.
Kaye Raul showed a video featuring a variety of straight and curved shapes found in furniture.
Alan Raul shared some shots of boats and bridges as well as columns that he digitally enhanced using ACDSee Ultimate filters.
Bob Styerwalt displayed shots taken highlighting the geometric shapes found in and around the house.
Don Jones pointed out the geometry inherent in the sewing cabinet that he built for his wife
Bob Grover highlighted the lines found in public buildings and open spaces
John Waller added outdoor shots from La Purisima Mission, Yosemite and local landscapes

Connie Sutter
captured the lines and curves of Leffingwell Landing

NEXT MEETING Sunday, November 19th 2017 @ 2:00 pm (one week later than usual)
Topic : Architecture  images of man-made structures

LOCATION:
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road
Arroyo Grande, CA

Ralph Sutter
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Hello All,

I recently purchased a TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Mini Router.  It is configurable in various modes
  Standard Router
  Hotspot Router
  Repeater
  Client
  Access Point
I found the Quick Installation Guide did a good job of explaining the differences between these modes and showing how to enable each one.
View the guide at http://static.tp-link.com/res/down/doc/TL-WR810N(US)_V2_QIG.pdf 

I plan to use the device as an access point, bringing wireless to an area of my home that currently has erratic WiFi coverage.  I'll connect it to a nearby Ethernet cable and then use the WiFi signal for local WiFi devices in that area.
Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Creating a personal "Vanity E-Mail" addresss
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on October 05, 2017, 02:59:33 PM »
A vanity e-mail address might look like joe@smith.com or contact@thealanraul.com.

The basics...

Buy a domain
Lock it up for as long as possible since prices will increase
Pick a .com extension
I recommend GoDaddy
https://www.godaddy.com/domains

Choose a E-Mail service
Do not use POP3
I recommend Microsoft Exchange Online
This service will sync your e-mail, contacts, calendar and notes to all your devices regarding of the operating system. You can also log into your account via a web browser. This service is re-sold by many companies including GoDaddy.
https://products.office.com/en-us/exchange/exchange-online

Another option is G Suite by Google Cloud
https://gsuite.google.com/

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SECURITY - Security has a lot to do with PRIVACY.

HARDWARE
Hardware Firewall/Router - Located between your cable/DSL modem and your connected device (Wired or Wireless)
Your hardware firewall/router and modem can be in one device called a gateway.

VPN - Virtual Private Network This can be either software or a hardware deive. SOFTWARE

What Security Software Do You Recommend?
https://askleo.com/what_security_software_do_you_recommend/

Is it okay to run Windows Defender and another antivirus program at the same time?
http://superuser.com/questions/807968/is-it-okay-to-run-windows-defender-and-another-antivirus-program-at-the-same-time

McAfee Security Tips - 13 Ways to Protect Your System
http://www.mcafee.com/us/threat-center/resources/security-tips-13-ways-to-protect-system.aspx

DuckDuckGo - The search engine that doesn't track you.
https://duckduckgo.com/

Browser Extensions
Adblock plus
https://adblockplus.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adblock_Plus

Disconnect
https://disconnect.me/disconnect
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disconnect_Mobile
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/08/blocking-consumer-choice-googles-dangerous-ban-privacy-security-app

Ghostery
https://www.ghostery.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostery

HTTPS Everywhere
https://www.eff.org/HTTPS-EVERYWHERE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTPS_Everywhere

Privacy Badger
https://www.eff.org/privacybadger
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy_Badger

uBlock
https://www.ublock.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBlock

Avoid tech support phone scams
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx

Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/msname.aspx
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General Discussion / How I Save an .html web page as a .pdf document
« Last post by rsutter on September 29, 2017, 01:38:24 PM »
Hello All,

I just uploaded a screen capture video showing how I save an .html web page to a .pdf file.
PLEASE NOTE:  My goal here is to grab all of the information on the web page and save it in a single document.
While I could accomplish the same thing by printing out the page and then scanning it, I didn't want to use a scanner.

I also didn't opt for clicking on Save As HTML or Save as HTML Complete.  I explain why in the video.

View my tutorial at http://www.fullbean.com/tutorials/html-to-pdf-file.mp4
or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/eEYAKMOdo4s

Ralph Sutter
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