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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
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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

General Discussion / Notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group for 04/08/18
« 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

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;, for tutorials and other resources

Link to Notes of Prior Sessions;
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Screen Shot Programs
« 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

Screen Shots with iPhone

Android  screenshots:

Video screenshots

One of my favorites is Jing from Techsmith.  Read more at
Download from

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / April 2018 SLO Bytes First Session Notes - Sutter
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:19:47 AM »
April 2018 SLO Bytes Notes by Ralph Sutter

Financial Report – Bob Styerwalt

New resource:  The Tech Enthusiasts’ Hour

The new tech is here when 3 of 4 cartoons deal with it; Stanford Brown

Alternatives to for on-line purchases;

Ask Leo Links; Leo Notenboom; 
(The end of this article defines common terms)

How Should I Back Up My Computer Before an Operating System Upgrade or Reinstall?

Actual URL is

For a more comprehensive list, see

Tree Size; free program that displays the size of all folders

Delete system files from C using Windows’ Disk Cleanup
(Candidates for deletion; Windows.old and Windows10Upgrade)

E-mail ostensibly from my credit card company:  What to do?;
Alexa Laugh  (John Waller)

Central Coast Home Roasting Coffee April 26 at 7:00 pm

SLO Bytes Unsecure via Google

Micro USB  to Lightning Adapter

Adobe Reader for PDF Viewer:  Limitations
Show how to save rotated .pdf file using a free pdf viewer, pdf-xchange editor
Install PortableApps;
Download a portable version at
(The PDF Exchange Editor web site didn’t link to a freeware version directly) The portable version can be run without PortableApps but you lose the convenience of update notifications.
Rotate image with PDF Xchange Editor
Print to Microsoft Print to PDF instead of an actual printer
Open the resulting .pdf file with any .pdf reader/editor and it will show the rotated version.

When the pdf file contains more information than required, use Microsoft Print to PDF to triage the unwanted pages
Example Porter Cable Drill Press.pdf

Notes on SCaLE
SCaLE Link  Alan and Ralph’s reports:
SCaLE Videos
SCaLE clip: (Very slow and problematic download; must be restarted many times)

The problem is with Alan’s host, GoDaddy, not with the actual file
I copied Alan’s file to my account on Dropbox and was then able to download the file in 3 minutes versus more than one hour on GoDaddy
My site:

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Videos of SCaLE 16x
« on: March 23, 2018, 08:38:54 AM »
Hello All,
Videos of the presentations delivered at the Southern California Linux Expo 3/8-3/11/2018 are on line at
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Running Gparted on Ubuntu 17.10.1
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:06:29 PM »
Hello All
I'm in the middle of a new install of Ubuntu 17.10.1 and couldn't get the disk partitioning program, Gparted to install, despite assurances from the Gnome desktop that it was, in fact installed.
A Google search revealed the following comment
"For people having problems running gparted on Ubuntu 17.10: note that the default graphics environment is now Wayland and not X11. It appears that some programs (like gparted) haven't made the switch yet.

Before you log in, click on the gear next to login and switch to xorg. Then gparted should come up just fine.. would be nice if they warned you about this, or perhaps printed a useful error message... I don't think it's fair to blame gparted though."

I followed these suggestions and was finally able to launch Gparted.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Here is how to install LibreOffice 6 from the Ubuntu Terminal with Snap
Open the Terminal (At the Ubuntu desktop, hold down the Ctrl key and press t)
Enter the next line
sudo snap install libreoffice

To launch LibreOffice 6 type the next line at the Terminal

Simply typing libreoffice will launch an earlier version of the program.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Notes of the March 11th 2018 Photo Group
« on: March 12, 2018, 06:32:16 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 03/11/2018

The session opened with Ralph Sutter calling attention to recent postings at, the Links page of the club web site. There, you will find a listing of 13 free photo editors.

Sutter then played a video showing fire ranging from the false fire of a realistic battery-operated candle to a birthday celebration, burn pile and wood stove.

Alan Raul followed with fire images of propane heaters in sidewalk cafes and flckering flames in a church sanctuary. He then demonstrated how applying warming filters can heighten the impact of the scene.

Kaye Raul mixed fire and smoke in her photos, explaining the challenges of capturing the latter in a way that added to the composition.

John Waller took the opportunity to share pictures of firefighting aircraft and to experiment with the Fire effect in Photoshop, setting ablaze ocean horizons and telephone wires.

Monica Tarzier showed rustic scenes illuminated by the campfire or the outdoor fire pit.

The presentations were followed by a wide-ranging discussion of image editing, image presentation and photography in general. The consensus view is that auto-advancing slide shows are more apt to be viewed in their entirity than presentations in which the viewer has to click on each image to advance the program.

Several members praised the capabilities of the slideshow presentation program, Proshow Gold;

The next meeting of the SLO Bytes Photography Group will take place on Sunday, April 8th beginning at 2:00 pm.  The topic will be Circles.  Attendees are encouraged to bring images of things circular.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / SCaLE 16X Report - Sutter
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:15:52 PM »
Hello All,
SCaLE 16 Ubicon Track Writeup – Ralph Sutter

I recently attended SCaLE 16X, the 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo.  It was held in the Pasadena Convention Center March 9-12, 2018 offering 17 separate tracks.  As in years past, I was looking forward to following the Ubicon track, which focused exclusively on Ubuntu.  When that track didn’t appear in the initial on-line schedule, I began to wonder if the volunteers from Ubicon had decided to opt out this time.  Finally, about 2 weeks before the convention, details about Ubicon began to appear on the SCaLE site.  Ubicon did indeed take place, running Thursday and Friday.

Thursday offered 5 sessions ranging from System 76 lamenting Canonicals’ unexpected cancellation of the Unity project and their launch of POP OS to presentations on Snap Apps, System Security and a talk by José Antonio Rey flying in from Perú to explain Open Source and Worldwide Communities.

Friday added 4 more sessions.  Following the theme of the open source community, J T Nelson detailed how he and his colleagues working in the Hollywood and Gaming industries, produced professional-quality video using powerful, readily available royalty-free on-line video editing software.

Author Nathan Haines gave a presentation on the evolution of Ubuntu followed by an Ubuntu Questions and Answers session.
The closing speaker, Jono Bacon, spoke on his time with Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager.  He along with other speakers on the Ubicon track, stressed the invaluable contributions of volunteers in developing and advancing Ubuntu.

In addition to the speakers, a principal attraction at SCaLE is walking the floor of the Exhibit Hall.  With over 100 exhibitors I had ample opportunity to collect swag for my grandkids and speak with reps from PIA, System 76, VideoLan and many others. 

Alan Raul and I carefully scoured the Pasadena Convention Center hoping to find free food to match the outstanding offerings of SCaLE 15x.  Alas, that was not to be.  The best we could do was complimentary coffee and bagels discovered when we followed a food cart to the DevOps Ballroom. 

We did manage to get comped cappuccino’s from Inteligencia Coffee thanks to two baristas curious about Linux.  We also scored free admission to the USC Asia Pacific Museum given the fortuitous coinciding of Art Night Pasadena with SCaLE 16X.

Will I attend SCaLE next year?  Most certainly.  It always affords something for all users of Linux, from end users like me to professional programmers and developers.  I’m looking forward to 2019.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Spectrum Internet Speed
« on: March 07, 2018, 08:52:17 AM »
Hi Alan,
I'm envious.  Here's what I get in the hinterland with Advanced Wireless (
Ping 21Ms Down 15.09Mbps Up 20.98Mbps
Where I live, the only "reasonable" alternative that I have to wireless Internet is AT&T's DSL with an advertised download of 3Mbsp and actual speeds somewhat slower if the service works at all.
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
In searching for how to install the video program, VLC from the Linux terminal, I found the following URL that explains how to do so using the SNAPPY Package Manager

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Any suggestions for a free Windows 10 photoviewer?
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:18:33 AM »
Hi Doug,
You may already be familiar with the program, Irfanview.  That's the photo viewer that I use.
It's free, fast and opens many different file formats.  You can expand its capabilities even further by downloading the corresponding plugin.
One thoughtful feature; During the install, if you choose to have Irfanview be the default program for everything that it can open, it asks "Really?", giving you another chance to reconsider your choices.
In downloading the program, read carefully before clicking.  Numerous sites offer Irfanview.  Some of them try to entice/trick you into downloading additional software by tempting you with large buttons that don't link to the Irfanview download.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / SLO Bytes Photography Group Notes-February 2018
« on: February 11, 2018, 06:44:26 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes for the SLO Bytes Photography Group meeting of 02/11/2018
The session opened with Ralph Sutter calling attention to recent postings in the Links Page of the club web site.

Two of the links offer suggestions relating to using Photoshop Elements.
Other links reference the photo editing programs Aurora; Bokeh;

Ralph then played a video collection featuring water; water making patterns as it dropped in a bowl and seascapes of the coast near Cambria, CA.

Alan Raul followed with water scenes shot locally and then enhanced with Aurora and Bokeh. Alan used this software to color-correct images and modify the depth of field in stills taken at the Mission of San Luis Obispo and other local areas.

Kaye Raul presented seascapes of the harbors of Avila Beach, Morro Bay and Piedras Blancas. She showed rowboats, sailboats, elephant seals, swarming seagulls and feeding whales.

John Waller delivered a photo essay on the stages of water; solid, liquid and gas, inserting photos of both the California Central Coast and the High Sierras.

Monica Tarzier began with water images from her backyard and then expanding to the Carrizo Plains.

Bob Grover took John's concept one step further. His opening image showed the earth as viewed from the moon. He then proceeded to share images of clouds, rivers and lakes, glaciers and ice taken from around the globe.

Don Jones showed scenes of some of the waterfowl hunting or perching that he often sees in his frequent walks along the boardwalk near the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach.

Ralph Sutter

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