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Windows warning: Tech-support scammers are ramping up attacks, says Microsoft:


https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-warning-tech-support-scammers-are-ramping-up-attacks-says-microsoft/
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General Discussion / New PUSH Articles Available
« Last post by rsutter 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, (www.slobytes.org/news.html) I upload all of the articles to our web site.

The latest PUSH articles may be found at www.slobytes.org/push/0518/

You will find past batches of articles at http://www.slobytes.org/push/index.html

The condensed listing resides at http://www.slobytes.org/push/push-condensed.html
Ralph Sutter
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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
https://apcug2.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2cbe3397fb80bd3345cfd3e8f&id=bcdf0608db&e=de35115502

The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting and is also available for manual download here.
https://zoom.us/download
 
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
https://apcug2.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2cbe3397fb80bd3345cfd3e8f&id=32b472a164&e=de35115502
 
For detailed information about the presentations, including the presenters' bios click
https://apcug2.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2cbe3397fb80bd3345cfd3e8f&id=8f502c41e8&e=de35115502

TRACK 1
 
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.
 
TRACK 2
 
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
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General Discussion / Alternatives to Typing - Request for Help
« Last post by rsutter 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 https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5-free-ocr-software-tools-to-convert-your-images-into-text-nb/  and elsewhere

Another approach is to use Speech Recognition software
One such program is Voice Notepad; an add on for Google Chrome - See https://dictation.io/speech

Please feel free to add the software/methods that you use.
Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group for 04/08/18
« Last post by rsutter on April 08, 2018, 04:44:15 PM »
TOPIC: Flowers
The topic for the Sunday, May 20th meeting will be Flowers
Share images of flowering plants.

Notes from the April 8th Session; TOPIC: Circles
The session opened with Ralph Sutter screening beautiful images forwarded by Stanford Brown. View them at www.slobytes.org/digital/images/brown-images.one

Sutter then played a video slide show with circular objects featuring ceiling lights, spinning discs, coins and wind chimes.

Alan Raul followed, taking the group to local hardware stores with assorted pipes, dowels and fasteners. Raul occasionally applied color saturation and haze reduction with dramatic results.

John Waller took the opportunity to share pictures of wheels on farm implements and locomotives with a mix of round and spherical objects found in the heavens and around the house.

Bob Styerwalt looked to his home for images of paint cans and door knobs before venturing out to the seashore with circular patterns among the waves and the wildlife.
See the Links page; http://www.slobytes.org/digital/links.html, for tutorials and other resources

Link to Notes of Prior Sessions; http://www.slobytes.org/digital/notes.html
Ralph Sutter
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1.1.1.1 - What You Need to Know by Thio Joe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiWs9n4fhys

You would use 1.1.1.1 for your DNS numbers vs. your ISP's default DNS numbers or...

OpenDNS
208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Google
8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4

https://blog.cloudflare.com/announcing-1111/

GRC's DNS Nameserver Performance Benchmark
https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm


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General Discussion / More VPN Info...
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on April 07, 2018, 10:00:42 AM »
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General Discussion / Screen Shot Programs
« Last post by rsutter on April 05, 2018, 09:13:18 AM »
Hello All,
I’m compiling a list of screenshot methods for an upcoming SLO Bytes presentation.  Below is a list of resources that I’ve found so far.
Please feel free to comment or to add resources to the list.

All Screen Shot Images
http://quickfics.facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/capture-screenshots-on-a-pc/

Screen Shots with iPhonehttps://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-take-a-screenshot-iphone/

Android  screenshots: https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/android-p-makes-way-easier-take-screenshots-heres-0183322/

Video screenshotshttps://filmora.wondershare.com/screen-recorder/best-open-source-screen-recorders.html

One of my favorites is Jing from Techsmith.  Read more at https://www.techsmith.com/jing-tool.html
Download from https://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/

Ralph Sutter
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Facebook launches bulk app removal tool to clean up your privacy settings:

https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/3/17194116/facebook-bulk-data-removal-tool-cambridge-analytica
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