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Messages - Alan J. Raul

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1 - 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

General Discussion / Re: Running Gparted on Ubuntu 17.10.1
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:25:36 AM »
Since Ubuntu 18.04 is a LTS it will switch back to Xorg. It will be released at the end of April. Ubuntu was just testing Wayland on 17.10.

Ubuntu Drops Wayland, Switches back to Xorg

I am currently running Ubuntu Mate 17.10.1 on my laptop. I was going to try Ralph's snap suggestion and found that LibreOffice had already automatically been updated to the latest version.

The April SLOLUG topic will be Snaps.

Snaps are containerized software packages that are simple to create and install. They auto-update and are safe to run. And because they bundle their dependencies, they work on all major Linux systems without modification.

Find snaps for Linux

Some snaps...

LibreOffice - is a powerful office suite including word processing and creation of spreadsheets, slideshows and databases.

VLC - is the VideoLAN project's media player. VLC plays every multimedia file and streams.

Skype -  instant message, voice or video call – all for free, no matter what device they use Skype on. Skype is available on phones, tablets, PCs, Macs and Linux.

Pencilsheep - is a free professional image editor with full GPU acceleration.

Spotify - Stream the tracks you love instantly, browse the charts or fire up readymade playlists in every genre and mood. Radio plays you great song after great song, based on your music taste. Discover new music too, with awesome playlists built just for you.

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."

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General Discussion / Re: Need good CD DVD burner
« on: March 04, 2018, 11:03:13 AM »
A CD/DVD burning program I have used in Windows for years is CDBurnerXP. Don't let the XP scare you. It works well in Windows 10. Go to "More download options" to get the portable version.

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.

A good story about iFixit, a local San Luis Obispo company, and how they are the first to teardown a new iPhone.

I like the statement of "...the precision engineering found in something like a Swiss watch but on the production level of millions is insane."

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