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Hello All,
You will find the notes to my Second Session presentation at the SLO Bytes General Meeting of August 5, 2018 at
I'll be adding to it until the time of my presentation.
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
When I received from Alan Raul and Bob Styerwalt the photos of our recent BBQ , I wanted to make them available on the SLO Bytes web site as quickly and simply as possible.  I could have uploaded the batches as .zip files but dimly remembered that I had previously come across a way to give links to each individual file without creating a photo index.  Sadly, I had forgotten how to do that.

When I finally rediscovered how to accomplish that, I created a tutorial to remind me and others how to do this with an .htaccress file.
My tutorial is available from my web site at

Please note that this method only offers links to the individual images.  It does not provide thumbnails.

Before I figured this out, I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 to create the two video slide shows.
As stated in an earlier post, you may view them at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Photos from 2018 SLO Bytes BBQ
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:32:17 PM »
Hello All,
I just uploaded two slide shows of the 2018 SLO Bytes BBQ.  The images were shot by Alan Raul and Bob Styerwalt, View them at
This was a quick and dirty project using Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 -Slideshow Creation Tool.
It will be replaced soon by a higher quality sideshow by Alan Raul
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 07/08/18
« on: July 08, 2018, 05:31:28 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 07/08/18

TOPIC: Edit Free for All

The session opened with Ralph Sutter calling attention to the Links Page; He then opened the page, 27 Photos You Won't Believe - Or At Least You Shoudn't ;

There, we saw both final images and the tricks employed to achieve them. This served as an appropriate introduction to today's topic.

Prior to the meeting, members downloaded sample inages from and made whatever changes they deemed appropriate.

At the meeting, we compared the results. Some of us applied color correction or cropped the images. Others added objects to them not seen in the originals.

The session prompted a discussion of different editing programs and techniques. Encouraged, we agreed to repeat the format in the near future.

Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, August 12th at 2:00pm.  The topic is Symbols.  Each member is invited to share images of objects that evoke responses that take the viewer beyond the literal.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I recently purchased a Lenovo Yoga X1 2 in 1 laptop.  Lenovo includes Vantage, their utility for maintaining the machine up to date.  It integrated with Windows Update, adding additional updates specific to my computer.
I used it to successfully update computer firmware, perform driver updates as well as normal Windows 10 updates.
Earlier this week, I installed all of the recommended updates.  Lenovo also offered one optional update
Integrated Camera Driver for Sunplus (Windows 10 Build 1709 and later -10)[64]
Eager to have the latest and greatest for my new laptop, I installed the camera driver.  Mistake....

When the computer rebooted, facial recognition had disappeared from the login screen.  I tried to roll back the driver but to no avail.  I scoured the Internet, looking for solutions.  Finding none, I tried System Restore.  For the umpteenth time in a row,
that gambit failed.  A window appeared announcing that failure and suggesting that the failure might have been due to a conflict with anti-virus software.  Having seen that screen previously, I had disabled Windows 10's native firewall, Defender, prior to attempting a System Restore.  I fail to understand this failure since Microsoft wrote the software for both System Restore and Defender.

I moved to Plan B, restoring my C drive from a recent Acronis True Image backup.  That worked.  I regained facial recognition at login.  Basking in glory, I tried to open my Data partition.  To my surprise, it had been encrypted with BitLocker.  I needed to enter the BitLocker Drive Encryption Recovery Key. Since I had not deliberately encrypted any drive, I had no such recovery key.

Again using Acronis True Image, I successfully restored my Data Drive - un-encrypted.  Next, I consciously enabled BitLocker encryption of both drives, saved the encryption codes digitally on several removable devices and printed them out in hard copy.

Lesson Learned:  Think twice before installing the next optional update.
PS:  For those who opine "If it ain't broken, don't fix it" how useful is that mindset?  Do you pass on updating your anti-virus software because you don't have any known viruses?  I hope not.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Links to APCUG VTC Session of 05/05/18
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:59:04 AM »
Hello All,
This is a partial re-posting of an e-mail that I received today from APCUG.

Ralph Sutter

1. May 5 VTC Video Links
Create a Smart Home with Home Automation & Voice Assistants
Joe Melfi, Strategic Technical Marketing Engineer
Synchronizing Your PC, a Guide to…..
Bill James, VP, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; APCUG Advisor, Region 8
Teaching Technology Topics to Seniors
Ray Baxter, Payson Computer Meet-Up Club, APCUG Treasurer
What’s new in the Spring Windows 10 update?
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society
What’s new with Ubuntu?
Orv Beach, Training Chair, Southern California Linux expo – SCALE
Write and Publish Your eBook on Amazon Kindle… for Free
Bill Neves, Member, Silvercom Computer & Technology Club
2. Another New Column on - John Kennedy suggested a Linux column and, thanks to John, it happened. Since we are a tech organization, Judy Taylour thought we should also have a Chromebook column and reached out to several Chromebook users. Ron Brown, Program Coordinator for the Silvercom Technology & Computer Club, volunteered to send her articles. Annette van Ommeren (the person who put the website together and does the programming) created a graphic and the column was launched with 13 articles. If you love Chromebooks or are thinking of buying one, check it out.
3.  August 18 is the date for the Summer VTC!
Presentations scheduled to date:
•   Digital Afterlife, Phil Bock
•   Hate on the Internet, Rick Eaton
•   Linux and the ham radio "Internet," Orv Beach
•   Apple and Tech Tips on APCUG’s Website, Jere Minich
•   What's New with Chromebooks in 2018, Ron Brown
4.  Social Media
Does your group have a presence on social media? Can visitors to your website easily find the link(s) to your Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, YouTube, or Instagram pages?
Has your group liked APCUG’s page? Have you let your members know APCUG is on Facebook and that we encourage them to like the page? Lots of great information and tips posted regularly. (

General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 06/10/18
« on: June 12, 2018, 04:35:24 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 06/10/18
TOPIC: Animals or Black and White

The session opened with Ralph Sutter calling attention to the Links Page where the group reviewed the specs for the Sony RX100 VI camera.
Sutter then played a slide show highlighting local tide pools and a recent kayaking trip on the Sacramento River. He interspersed images of animals with scenes shown in color and in grey scale.

Alan Raul screened seascapes rendered in natural light and viewed after adjusting the color profile to emphasize different color channels.

Kaye Raul gave Ansel Adams a run for his money with stunning black and white images of Yosemite.

Bob Styerwalt displayed a collection of pets and other critters

Bob Grover reminded us that horses are not the only animals that we ride. Grover expanded the category with elephants, camels and others.

Monica Tarzier, unable to attend the previous session on flowers, shared many shots of local plants.

John Waller offered images of dogs, both his own and those of others. They included carefully edit stop-motion shots of dogs at play.

Connie Sutter closed the meeting with color images of black and white clothing.

The topic for the Sunday, July 8th meeting will be Edit Free for All
Each member is invited to submit one or more photos for the rest of us to manipulate. Send the items for editing to me at
I will upload them to

Download as many of these images as you choose, edit them as you see fit and bring the results to the July 8th meeting to amaze and amuse the rest of us.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / SLO Bytes Second Session Notes - Sutter 06/03/18
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:36:33 PM »
Hello All,
Here are links to various items mentioned in my presentation

Bob Grover Biography, Always a Quest at

Panopreter Basic; This is a freeware program for reading text aloud and saving it as a sound file

Logitech SetPoint/Connect Utility to restore Logitech Mouse connection;

KMZ file; Kayaking the Sacramento River from Bonneyview to Bend (Open the file with Google Earth Pro to play a tour of my recent kayaking trip.) Open the attachment at

Kayak Trip Documentation;

YouTube Video of Kayak Paddle

My Yoga X1 2 in 1 laptop specs;

Ralph Sutter

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
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

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

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 and
Meetup Group - 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;, 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

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Gimp 2.10.0
« 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 / New Version of PartedMagic Released
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:48:26 AM »
Hello All,
The disk partitioning program, PartedMagic, has just released version, Parted Magic 2018_04_30.
Learn more at
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / New PUSH Articles Available
« on: April 22, 2018, 10:03:37 AM »
Hello All.
I just uploaded the latest batch of PUSH articles to the SLO Bytes web site.
PUSH articles are short write-ups that come from SLO Bytes parent organization, APCUG, the Association of Personal Computer Groups.
That organization periodically offers material for insertion in the newsletter of its local groups.  Rather than add them to SLO Bytes' monthly newsletter, HardCopy, ( I upload all of the articles to our web site.

The latest PUSH articles may be found at

You will find past batches of articles at

The condensed listing resides at
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
This is a partial re-post of an e-mail that I received from SLO Bytes' parent organization, APCUG. It announces their upcoming Spring Virtual Technology Conference.
It runs Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific time.
Ralph Sutter
---Re-post begins below---
You only need to register once; you do not need an Eventbrite account to attend the conference. Before the VTC, you will receive an email with directions and links for attending both conference tracks.
You can attend using your computer or tablet with Zoom software. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via a chat window.
Make sure you have the latest version of Zoom for your device. Zoom Client for Meetings

The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting and is also available for manual download here.
When you attend the conference, please sign in with the user name and e-mail address you used to register for the VTC.
Register at Eventbrite
For detailed information about the presentations, including the presenters' bios click

11:00 AM PT
AI Assistants / Smart Homes
Joe Melfi, Mobile Road Warrior and Die-Hard Tech Enthusiast

Description TBD
Noon PT
What’s new in the Spring Windows 10 update
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society
Microsoft is readying the release of its semi-annual update to Windows 10. The upcoming update is expected to be called Spring Creators Update - Windows 10, version 1803. There are several new and useful features coming your way with Spring Creators Update. Here are the headlines, they will all be covered:
•   Timeline
•   Nearby sharing
•   Focus assist
•   Password recovery for local accounts
•   Choose your GPU (graphics processing)
•   Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer
•   Mute tabs in Edge
•   Swift Pair
•   Better privacy
•   A better Microsoft Store
1:00 PM PT
Teaching Computer Skills to Seniors
Ray Baxter, Payson Computer Meet-Up Club, APCUG Treasurer
As we know, Seniors are special; some are up-to-date with technology and some are still learning about it. Ray’s presentation will give us tips on how to open the world of technology to seniors as well as enhance the skills of others.
11:00 AM PT

Synchronizing Your PC, a Guide to…..
Bill James, VP, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; APCUG Advisor, Region 8
There are numerous ways to sync desktops, laptops, tablets and phones.
From the complex to relatively simple solutions, this presentation will cover sharing over a network, local file sync programs, LANs, Cloud services and more.
Noon PT

What’s new with Ubuntu?
Orv Beach, Training Chair, Southern California Linux expo – SCALE
Named “Bionic Beaver,” it is a Long-Term Support release with 5 years of support for both the desktop and server version. What’s new?
•   Minimal install option
•   Faster boot speed
•   Easier live patching
•   New Linux Kernel
•   GNOME desktop environment
•   New default apps
•   New way to install apps
1:00 PM ET
Write and Publish Your eBook on Amazon Kindle… for Free
Bill Neves, Member, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club
In this session you’ll learn how to easily and quickly do the following:
•   Research your book
•   Write your book
•   Name your book
•   Format your book
•   Set up your Amazon Kindle account
•   Upload your book
•   Offer your book for sale, or free
•   Rinse and Repeat
Virtual Technology Committee
Judy Taylour, Chair

General Discussion / Alternatives to Typing - Request for Help
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:23:04 AM »
Hello All,
I've begun working on a project to create text without typing.  I plan present it at a future SLO Bytes Second Session meeting. 
I am only considering freeware and trialware as opposed to commercial software.

One approach is optical character recognition (OCR).  The user scans a document and then uses OCR software to turn the image into text.
This is possible by pasting a .jpg image into Microsoft OneNote, selecting Copy Text from Picture and pasting the results into another document.

I found more OCR programs at  and elsewhere

Another approach is to use Speech Recognition software
One such program is Voice Notepad; an add on for Google Chrome - See

Please feel free to add the software/methods that you use.
Ralph Sutter

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