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General Discussion / Alan Raul – June 3, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: May 31, 2018, 06:31:50 PM »
Microsoft is now more valuable than Alphabet — by about $10 billion

Apple made more profit in three months than Amazon has generated during its lifetime

Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference - The event will include a first-day keynote where Apple will introduce upcoming software and new hardware.

Amazon Echo secretly records couple's conversation... and then sends it on to a contact

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Problems knock users but adoption still soars to 50%
Is Your Router Vulnerable to VPNFilter Malware?

Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

How to Protect Your Router from the Latest Malware Attack

Salesforce Tower is now San Francisco's tallest building

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union…

General Discussion / Best Buy Hit by [24] Data Breach
« 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] Cyber Incident

Updates on [24] Cyber Incident

More information on the web

General Discussion / Alan Raul – May 6, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:37:54 AM »
Announcing the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service
Private Internet Access Review
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

5 - What You Need to Know by Thio Joe

You would use for your DNS numbers vs. your ISP's default DNS numbers or...



GRC's DNS Nameserver Performance Benchmark

General Discussion / More VPN Info...
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:00:42 AM »

General Discussion / Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer...
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:57:39 PM »
Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer, and People Are Freaking Out

Some cybersecurity experts and regular users were surprised to learn about a Chrome tool that scans Windows computers for malware. But there’s no reason to freak out about it.

I found this article to be quite interesting. I wonder if this is true with portable Chrome which I use on occasion?

General Discussion / SLO Linux Users Group Notes for March 2018
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:30:54 PM »
2018 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report

Microsoft headlined a major Linux conference  - Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft is buying control of Linux - Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

Microsoft and Canonical to Offer Enhanced VM Experiences for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Sneak Peek: Taking a Spin with Enhanced Linux VMs

Video (5 min 45 seconds) of some random pictures of SCaLE 16x and comments by Ralph and Alan.

General Discussion / Spectrum Internet Speed
« on: March 05, 2018, 12:20:45 PM »
Periodically I check my Internet speed. This is my latest Spectrum Internet speed with my Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop running Ubuntu Mate 18.04 daily build with a "wireless connection."

121 Down
11 Up

General Discussion / The Best Dash Cam
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:55:21 AM »
Leo and friends have a good section on "The Best Dash Cam." It starts at around 38 minutes into the podcast.

The New Screen Savers #146

Wirecutter has a review of "The Best Dash Cam."

General Discussion / Alan Raul – March 4, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:47:26 AM »
GeGeek - I don’t reinvent the wheel, I just link to it.
List of Movies and TV Shows on Netflix

JustWatch can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows.

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

LAN (Linux Action News) #41 – Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browser information beginning at 3 minutes 30 seconds

Update on Pocket and Firefox Integration

Google Launches Snapchat Stories-Like AMP Stories and AMP for Email

The Two Faces of AMP

The Case Against Google - Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?

General Discussion / Affinity Photo for iPad
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:31:25 AM »
I have a variety of image editing programs on my 12.9" iPad Pro. One of these is Affinity Photo. Affinity Photo is available for macOS and Windows also.

I was quite impressed with the amount of improvements on the latest version.

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