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Hello All,

I have created a tutorial showing how I used Microsoft's Word 365 Mail Merge feature to create a letter for multiple recipients. 
The video has three parts
   Creating a data base from which to draw names and addresses
   Writing a standard letter with a personalized greeting for each recipient
   Addressing the envelopes by drawing from the data base.

View it on YouTube at
It is also contained in my collection of Fullbean Tutorials at
Specifically, it will be found at

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Windows File Explorer doesn't display a thumbnail for RAW images.  It shows the same blue blocky icon for all RW2 images.  In my tutorial, I show how to use the Thumbnail viewer plugin from the freeware graphics program, Irfanview to overcome this.
View the tutorial at
Download Irfanview from and choose either the 32 or 62 bit version.  Make sure to also download the corresponding Plugin files.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Find Out Where You Filed Outlook 365 Messages
« on: November 19, 2018, 08:47:34 PM »
Hello All,
I regularly use Microsoft Outlook 365, often saving e-mails in an elaborate file system.  I can relocate them by typing in the Inbox search engine words that probably are found in the title or the body of the message.  While that search often locates the wanted files, it doesn't tell me in which of my many folders the message resides.
However, the file location can easily be located.  I created a tutorial to remind me and possibly others how to go about that task.
You will find that explanation at
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I received the following post from SLO Bytes' parent organization, APCUG, offering a 20% discount on the file search program, FileLocator Pro.  The discounted price is $39.00.
The page for this discount is
Learn more about FileLocator Pro at

MythicSoft also offers a free file search utility, Agent Ransack, available at

I have not purchased FileLocator Pro.  I did download and install Agent Ransack, finding it quite useful.  Unlike Windows built-in file search program, Agent Ransack includes a more sophisticated search and the ability to print out the results.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 11/11/18
« on: November 12, 2018, 01:55:46 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 11/11/18
TOPIC: Images of the Night
The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter demonstrating how he enlarged an image, printing it over 36 pages using the Windows program, Paint.  Sutter’s goal was to create a life size profile of an Alpaca for tracing on a sheet of Masonite.  View his tutorial at
Ralph then shared night time shots of Cusco and other Peruvian locations.
Connie Sutter followed with images of the evening in Hangzhou, China and her own back yard.
Bob Styerwalt displayed night shots of his neighborhood pointing out subtle changes in focus and subject matter.
Bob Grover brought twilight images from the mountains of Tibet and the wilds of his own back yard.
Alan Raul presented numerous sunsets, both as observed and after manipulation with Aurora HD;
Monica Tarzier contributed night shots as viewed near her home in San Luis Obispo
John Waller demonstrated how he used long exposure times to illuminate night scenes, employing this technique both locally and at Disneyland.
The next meeting will take place on Sunday, December 9th, 2018 @ 2:00.  The topic will be Scenes Suggesting the Approach of Christmas.
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road
Arroyo Grande, CA
Map at   
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Sutter Second Session Notes - Irfanview and More
« on: November 04, 2018, 07:29:01 AM »
Hello All,
Here are the Second Session Notes for my SLO Bytes presentation of 11/04/18
November 4th, 2018 Second Session Notes by Ralph Sutter
Irfanview – Freeware Graphics Viewer for Windows;  download from
Download mirror;
Irfanview tutorials;
Sutter Irfanview tutorials;  Batch File Resizing using Irfanview
   Using Irfanview to Create a Simple HTML-based Photo Album
   Also on YouTube at
   Creating a Video Slide Show with Irfanview
   Also on YouTube at
Irfanview can open many graphics extensions.
With Plugins installed, it can also open video files and sound files
Cropping can be adjusted after initial selection by dragging the marquee frame edges
Can launch other editing programs; enabled through Options/Properties-Settings/Miscellaneous
Fast image viewer; Hit Enter for full screen
Slide show creation and export
Batch conversion
VLC – Cross-platform freeware Video Viewer and Converter, download from
Internet Radio;

General Discussion / Notes from the Photography Group Session of 10/14/18
« on: October 24, 2018, 05:29:48 AM »
Hello All,
Here are the notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group Session of 10/14/18
TOPIC: Scenes of the Fall
Thanks to Kaye Raul for the following notes.

Bob Grover started off with his photos taken at the Avila Valley Barn depicting colorful pumpkins and scarecrows.

Bob and Linda Styerwalt followed with fall decorations and scarecrows from their neighborhood.

John Waller showed fall scenes that he photographed in the Arroyo Grande Village.

Kaye Raul shared pictures of fall foliage taken along the Bob Jones Trail. Connie Sutter showed images of dramatic fall skies along with several of the recent rocket launches.

Alan Raul ended the presentation with photos that he shot with his new iPhone XS Max and shared how he processed them using Aurora HDR (

We ended with Monica Tarzier's great coffee and treats!

Hello All,
The link below is a re-post of a ZD Net article.  It explains that if you have the license for an earlier Windows Pro installation, you can use it to update your current Windows 10 Home edition to Windows 10 Pro for free.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / APCUG Webinar - 11/3/18 10-1 pm PT
« on: October 12, 2018, 08:00:37 PM »
Hello All
This is an edited re-post of an e-mail from our parent organization, APCUG

SATURDAY, November 3
10:00 – 1:00 PT
(For complete information, go to
Register at
Ralph Sutter

1:00 PM ET
If it’s Connected, it needs to be Protected!
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist
2:00 PM ET
Cut the Cord, Things to Consider Before Firing Your Cable Company
Hewie Poplock, Central Florida Computer Society Windows SIG leader; APCUG Representative
3:00 PM ET
Excel Magic
Alan Salmon, ASc, FCPB, PHF  President, Alan Salmon & Associates Inc. Founder, K2E Canada Inc.
1:00 PM ET
Take Control of Your Passwords
Joe Kissell, Publisher Take Control Books
2:00 PM ET
Hands-on Demo – Windows 10, October Release
Bill James, Vice President, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; Advisor, Region 8
3:00 PM ET
Digital Literacy with TechBoomers
Steve Black, TechBoomers Founder and CEO

General Discussion / Link to Presenter Notes for Bob Gostischa
« on: October 07, 2018, 05:16:21 PM »
Hello All,

Here is the link to the sites and products mentioned by Bob Gostischa in his presentation, If it's connected, it must be protected delivered via Zoom on 10/07/18

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Sound Recording Program Audacity 2.3.0 released
« on: October 01, 2018, 06:17:16 PM »
Hello All,
The open source audio recording program, Audacity, has just been released.
For Windows and Mac systems, see
For installation on Linux systems, go to
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Work Around When Windows Update Fails
« on: September 30, 2018, 04:18:14 PM »
Hello All,
Yesterday, I checked Windows Updates and learned that KB4458469 was available for my Windows 10 desktop machine.  This surprised me, since I had checked for updates on Tuesday and updated then.
I attempted to install the update but when it reached 25% installed, it restarted the process.  It did this many, many times yesterday and today.  Clearly, the update wasn't going to happen in the short term.
I went to Plan B and downloaded 2018-09 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x64-based Systems (KB4458469) from
I then installed it successfully and restarted the computer.

When I re-checked Windows Updates, it informed me that Update KB4458469 was ready to install.  Since I had just performed the update, this puzzled me as is often the case when dealing with Redmond.  Nevertheless, I told Windows Update to proceed.  This time, it went through the complete process that had failed many times over the past 24 hours but assured me that this time the update was successful.

I rebooted the machine and ran Windows Update once again.  The View Update History confirmed that KB4458469  had installed successfully and that no further updates were currently available.

Hopefully, your Windows Updates will work as advertised and the work-around that I describe here will only be a source of amusement, not the start of your own Plan B.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Capture Wiz Pro Discount
« on: September 24, 2018, 08:14:25 AM »
Hello All,
I am forwarding information from our parent organization, APCUG, regarding a discount on the screen capture program, CaptureWizPro.
The discounted price of $19.99 is available through 10/31/18 at
The program does screen shots, scrolling screen shots and video captures.  Learn more at

I have not used this program so I cannot comment on its usefulness.  I routinely use a competing program, Snagit from Techsmith (
Snagit sells for $49.95.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,

The topic was Animals.  The session opened with a series of images of animals from a National Geographics slide show. 
View the show at  Stanford Brown provided the link.
Next came the announcement of the APCUG Photo Contest.  Entry deadline is September 30, 2018.  Details at apcug/apcug-photo-2018.pdf
Ralph Sutter then shared his own tutorial explaining how he used Adobe Photoshop Elements to remove a dark background from the screen shot of a terminal window. 
View the tutorial at
Finally Sutter pointed out three excellent articles on the workings of the digital camera
   Anatomy of a Camera; of a Camera p6-9.pdf
   Digital Camera Control and Image Capture; Camera Control and Image Capture.pdf
   Digital Camera Processing; Camera Processing - Maybach.doc

After these introductory activities, members of the group offered images that fondly recalled pets, zoos and critters of all stripes. 
We saw a menagerie of feathered and finned creatures, both in the wild and domesticated, interspersed with animal sculptures, wall hangings and paintings
The meeting ended with the distribution of photographic wisdom and oatmeal cookies.

Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, October 14th beginning at 2:00 pm.
This time, we will meet at a different location, 
   The home of Monica Tarzier
   1657 Southwood Dr.   
   San Luis Obispo, CA

The topic will be Scenes of the Fall
Please bring images tied to Autumn for sharing with others.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Disable Optane Memory before Cloning OS Drive
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:28:00 AM »
Hello All,
I recently bought a Dell XPS 8930 computer with a 1Tb HDD hard drive and 16Gb Optane memory in the M.2 slot. My plan was to remove the Optane memory and replace them with a 500Gb Samsung 970 EVO M.2 drive.
I copied the contents of the HDD to the Samsung drive, replaced the Optane drive with the Samsung drive and unplugged the HDD. 

When I turned on the computer, it failed to reboot.  I re-installed the original drives and rebooted successfully.  Only then did I research how Intel Optane drives work.  See
In short, certain files usually stored on the HDD main drive are moved to the faster SSD Optane drive.  This boosts speed.

In order to move the operating system to the 500Gb SSD, I needed to first copy the content of the Optane drive back to the HDD and then disable the Optane drive.  Only then will I be able to clone the HDD drive and move the OS to the SSD.

The link below explains how to do this.

I have yet to do this.  My plan is to make a backup of the HDD before I copy the contents of the Optane drive back to it.  That way, if something goes wrong, I'll be able to return to the current state.
I'll report back after I complete the migration.

Ralph Sutter

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