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General Discussion / Free APCUG Virtual Technology Conference 02/10/18
« on: January 21, 2018, 03:28:57 PM »
Hello All,
This is a re-post of information that I received from APCUG's Judy Taylour.
   
FREE 2018 WINTER VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE (VTC)
Saturday, February 10
10:00 – 1:00 PT
Attend the FREE conference from the convenience of your own home! All you need is your computer, tablet, etc. and Internet access. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via Q&A; the questions are answered by the presenter at the end of the presentation or via e-mail if there isn’t enough time after the presentation.

APCUG uses ZOOM for the VTC webinar presentations (www.zoom.us). If you have not participated in a VTC, go to https://zoom.us/download to download the app for the device you will be using to ‘attend’ the conference. You should also make sure you have the latest version of Zoom on your device.

Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/apcugvideos.

To register for this VTC, please click on the below link:
https://goo.gl/WhSj8C
Spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your members. VTCs are a great way for them to expand their technology experience and be introduced to new skills. Below are the sessions that are currently scheduled.

TRACK 1
10:00 AM PT
 Social Networking: How to Navigate Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram
Abby Stokes, Author, “Is This Thing On?”
 Abby will explain what everyone is talking about when they bring up Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. She’ll also share how you can enjoy the benefits without risking the loss of your privacy and can avoid scams.
 
11:00 AM PT
Protect Your Important Tech ‘Stuff’
Toby Scott, Tech Guru, Channel Islands PCUG
From wildfires in California to hurricanes in Texas and Florida, Toby’s presentation will cover how to protect your important tech ‘stuff’ in the event of a natural disaster.
 
12:00 PM PT
2 Factor Authentication (2FA)
Ron Brown, Program Chair, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club
This presentation will show you a simple technique that can prevent unauthorized access to any of your accounts.
 
TRACK 2
10:00 AM PT
Digital Terrorism and Hate on the Internet
Rick Eaton, Senior Researcher, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Forums offer a wealth of information for would-be terrorists.  ". . . different explosives, manuals, and lessons in remote detonation, cell phone detonators, rockets . . . ." Eaton says there also are lessons in kidnapping and guerrilla management.
"And many times, these are spiced with the political philosophy -- not only how to do it, but [also] where you should do it and what targets you should attack."
 
11:00 AM PT
Google apps at home and on the go
Phil Sorrentino, The Computer Club secretary and newsletter contributor
Most of us know Google as a website we visit to get answers to all kinds of questions, but there is a lot more behind the company and the term Google. Google is a company, a website, a number, and a verb. Phil’s presentation will cover many Google’s apps.
 
12:00 PM PT
Becoming Your Own Computer Expert
Philip “Phil” Bock, President, Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts
Current club members (and potential new members) may have widely different levels of computer expertise. Moreover, the field keeps changing – new hardware, new applications, new software and, sadly, new security challenges!
Family members, co-workers, fellow club members and knowledgeable friends may be able to provide help when needed, but they are not always available or may not have the answer(s).
The solution? Become your own computer expert! It is not as hard as it sounds. In this presentation, Phil offers a two-step process to help with every day “how-to” questions and the more urgent “why” and “why doesn’t” questions when things don’t go as you expect: (1) already knowing the information you need, and (2) knowing where to find needed information that you don’t know.
Phil’s presentation is designed to elaborate on these two themes – Step #1 is to build a base of personal computer knowledge; Step #2 is to develop sources and strategies to get answers about things you do not know when you need to.
 
(As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. While Phil happily shares his version of this presentation, he anticipates that clubs who choose to do their own similar presentation will find ways to improve on / add to what he has put together. Phil’s hope is that we can share these efforts to the benefit of all.)
Virtual Technology Committee
Judy Taylour, Chair

Francis Chao
John Kennedy
Jere Minich
David Williams

Reposted by Ralph Sutter
 



 



   



   










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Hi Dick,
A Double A fellow like yourself may be looking wistfully for an extra boost but I for one still get a charge out of you.
Ralph

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Hello All,
According to a report at http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/18/technology/tim-cook-iphone-battery-opt-out/index.html
Apple will offer users of older iPhones the option to disable intentional slowdown of older phones.
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Wireless Internet Service to Replace DSL
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:12:10 AM »
Hello All,
I live in an area not currently served by cable access to the Internet.
I initially used DSL provided by AT&T.  That service suffered from frequent slowdowns and signal loss due to an unreliable phone line.  Though the advertised speed was 6Mbps download, I rarely approached that speed.

I considered Internet via Satellite but, in reading reviews of the various providers offering that service, I decided that it wasn't for me.

I then investigated Wireless Internet.  This technology provides Internet via a signal sent line-of-sight from a land-based radio tower. 
Below, I have listed three service providers for San Luis Obispo County, CA.  The information is current as of 01/16/2018 and was copied from the respective wireless service provider web sites.

Peak WiFihttp://www.peakwifi.com/ 
NO CONTRACTS NO DATA LIMITS $99 INSTALL*
PLANS & PRICING
BASIC  |  $49.95
3 MB DOWN, 1 MB UP

STANDARD  |  $69.95
10 MB DOWN, 3 MB UP

PREMIUM  |  $119.95
15 MB DOWN, 4 MB UP

ULTRA  |  $199.95
25 MB DOWN, 5 MB UP

Advanced Wirelesshttp://www.advwireonline.com/plans--pricing.html
Basic Install $395

Basic Plan $49.99 per month
4Mbps Download
1Mbps Upload

Basic +
$64.99 per month
8Mbps Download
2Mbsp Upload

Preferred
$79.99 per month
10Mbps Download
4Mbps Upload

Preferred +
15Mbps Download
5Mbps Upload

Premier
149.99 per month
20Mbps download
5Mbps upload

Premier +
$199 per month
30Mbps download
5Mbps upload

 
Ranch WiFihttp://ranchwifi.com/plans
NEW INSTALLATION FEE $99!

Stage Coach WIRELESS PLAN
Up to 5 Mbps Downloads
Up to 5 Mbps Uploads
$65 PER MO.

PONY EXPRESS WIRELESS PLAN
Up to 10 Mbps Downloads
Up to 5 Mbps Uploads
$95 PER MO.

STAMPEDE WIRELESS PLAN
Up to 20 Mbps Downloads
Up to 10 Mbps Uploads
$135 PER MO.

SILVER BULLET WIRELESS PLAN*
Up to 30 Mbps Downloads
Up to 10 Mbps Uploads
$165 PER MO.

I initially signed up with Peak WiFi, later moving to Advanced Wireless.  Both provided excellent service.  I have no experience with Ranch WiFi

My recommendation, based on performance is to opt for cable based Internet service if it is available.  If it isn't consider wireless.

Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Notes from the January 2018 Photo Group Meeting
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:27:59 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group Meeting of January 14th, 2018

TOPIC: Before and After
Ralph Sutter opened the meeting by showing a series of images that illustrated the progression from an alpaca to a pair of alpaca socks, a chicken to scrambled eggs and water from the storage tank to the faucet.

Alan Raul followed with numerous shots of the Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge. He also experimented with the slideshow program, Proshow Gold, exploring some motion effects that he had not tried before.

John Waller shared some of his image manipulation projects with the rest of us. He demonstrated color replacement, restoration of degraded photos and recreation of an image after the photo had been shredded by the family dog. He also added the illusion of flowing water to still images of waterfalls.

The next meeting of the Photo Group will take place on Sunday, February 11th. The theme is Water, whether in the form of rain falling from the sky, soap suds floating in a mop bucket or anything else that the word Water suggests to you.

The tentative meeting schedule for the remainder of 2018 is as follows
The tentative meeting schedule for 2018 is as follows
    February 11
    March 11
    April 8
    May 13
    June 10
    July 8
    August 12
    September 9
    October 14
    November 11
    December 9

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

Map at www.slobytes.org/digital/sutter-map.html
Dashcam video at www.slobytes.org/digital/images/dashcam-to-photo-group.mp4

Ralph Sutter


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General Discussion / SLO Bytes Second Session Notes; 01/07/18
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:27:06 AM »
Hello All,
Here are the tentative notes for my SLO Bytes General Meeting Second Session presentation on Sunday, 01/07/18

Browser Technique to keep focus on one site and still browse other sites:
     Open a new tab and paste focused site URL into that page
     Search from the original tab, using the back arrow for previous pages

Snagit: https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html Screen Capture program
and its free counterpart; Jing: https://www.techsmith.com/jing-tool.html

LastPass: https://lastpass.com/misc_download2.php Password Manager

Audacity: https://www.audacityteam.org/   Sound Editing Program

VLC: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html  Video display program that I use for extracting sound from video

YouTube Video Downloader:  http://www.youtubedownloaderhd.com/  For saving local copies of YouTube

WindowShade:  http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancements/WindowShades.shtml
     Checked for piggybacked Potentially Unwanted Programs: 
     Windows Notifications/All Settings/Uninstall/Apps and Features/

To do so, sorted programs by install date, most recent first and looked for any surprises.
     Demonstrated WindowShade configurations settings

Ralph Sutter


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General Discussion / Off-Topic Post - Kaldi Coffee Roaster
« on: December 28, 2017, 11:32:20 AM »
Hello All,
This off-topic post chronicles my efforts to roast green coffee beans on the recently purchased Kaldi Wide Coffee Roaster.
For an overview, see http://www.fullbean.com/coffee/kaldi/modification-notes.docx (a Word document)
The document is also available as an .htm document at http://www.fullbean.com/coffee/kaldi/modification-notes.htm
Additional documentation is available at http://www.fullbean.com/coffee/kaldi/index.html and http://www.fullbean.com/coffee/fullbean-eqpt.html
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / PUSH Articles Posted
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:02:41 PM »
Hello All,
I just posted the latest crop of PUSH articles from our parent organization, APCUG.
You will find them listed at several locations
Directly, see http://www.slobytes.org/push/1217/index.html
The Condensed Index resides at http://www.slobytes.org/push/push-condensed.html
All of the PUSH articles, complete with brief introductions are at http://www.slobytes.org/push/index.html
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Photo Group Notes for December 10, 2017
« on: December 10, 2017, 04:47:36 PM »
Hello All,

Here are my notes for the SLO Bytes Photo Group Session of December 10, 2017
TOPIC: Enclosed Spaces
The topic for the December 10th meeting was Enclosed Spaces

Ralph Sutter began the image show and tell with a slide show consisting of gopher traps, 10 in 1 screwdriveres and vignetted subjects.

Alan Raul followed displaying largely unretouched photos of the inside of local retailers and public areas.

John Waller also showed interiors of public buildings, amusement parks and private residences

Connie Sutter captured sundry nooks and crannies of her van

Those present commented on the various techniques that we used to view our images, culling the lackluster items and deciding whether to edit the selections that we wanted to share.

The topic for the January 14th 2018 session will be Image Manipulation; Before and After. Share images that have been modified either to enhance or to transform the original.

See Notes from earlier sessions at http://www.slobytes.org/digital/notes.html

Learn more about the Photography Group at http://www.slobytes.org/digital/

Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / APCUG Recognizes Alan Raul
« on: December 07, 2017, 12:44:05 PM »
Hello All,

Those of you who attended the SLO Bytes December 2017 General Session saw President Earl Kaplan award Trainer Alan Raul with a Certificate of Appreciation from our parent organization, APCUG.
You can view that commendation at http://www.slobytes.org/awards/apcug-appreciation-raul-2017.pdf
Congratulations Alan,

Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Show Unread Topics on This Bulletin Board
« on: December 07, 2017, 08:46:49 AM »
Hello All,
If you want a list of the topics on the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board that you have not read, go to http://slobytes.org/smf/index.php?action=unread;c=1
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Re: APCUG VTC Annual Meeting Talks
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:54:43 AM »
Hello All,
For a 45 minute presentation on security and Virtual Private Networks, I highly recommend
The Importance of Having a VPN, Joe Melfi - https://youtu.be/yQ1OAdliG90
Melfi makes a compelling case for VPN, doing so in simple terms that make the concept more accessible to the average end user.
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / APCUG VTC Annual Meeting Talks
« on: December 04, 2017, 11:19:49 PM »

Hello All,
Here are the links to the APCUG VTC Annual Meeting Talks
Annual Meeting - https://youtu.be/1H806HM8StY
Staying Safe Online, Bob Gostischa - https://youtu.be/TIZPEmtB_-8
The Importance of Having a VPN, Joe Melfi - https://youtu.be/yQ1OAdliG90
iOS 11 Tips & Tricks, Jere Minich - https://youtu.be/PhRVG0qRBP4
LibreOffice, John Kennedy - https://youtu.be/rCsN-krGhRw
Google Photos, Ron Brown - https://youtu.be/Uj-C8jsQ4T0
Voice Operated Assistants, Greg Skalka - https://youtu.be/GRFIJM39wHI
Reposted by Ralph Sutter

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Hello All,

Two items appeared in my mailbox today.  The first was a promotion from Acronis.  It offered three licenses of their True Image 2018 backup and recovery program for $29.00 (upgrade price).

The second was a segment of AskLeo, the newsletter put out by Leo Notenboom.  It referenced one of his previous articles; An Eight-step Back-up Plan Using Windows 10’s Built-In Tools.
That informative article is available at
https://askleo.com/eight-step-back-plan-using-windows-10s-built-tools/?awt_l=BHGrQ&awt_m=JI.3ady8S3dfbL

Ralph Sutter

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