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General Discussion / 16Gb Flash Drive Won't Accept 9Gb of Data -- Solved
« on: February 12, 2019, 08:17:42 AM »
Hello All,
As the Secretary our computer group, SLO Bytes, I maintain an archive of files relating to that organization.  I copy them to a 16Gb flash drive and give a copy to each member of our Board of Directors.

Over time, the archives have grown.  At some point, they will be too large to fit on 16Gb flash drives.  I decided to compress the content into a 9Gb .zip file.   

When I tried to copy that file to a flash drive, I got an error message indicating that the file was too large to fit on the drive.  It puzzled me why a 9Gb file wouldn't fit on a 16Gb flash drive.  I tried various flash drives with the same results.  In order to make sure that the supposedly empty drives didn't have hidden files that put me over the 16Gb limit, I reformatted them.  That didn't help.

It finally occurred to me that the problem might be due to the inherent limitations of the FAT32 file format.  Using the formatter built in to Windows 10 and other Windows versions, I reformatted in EXFAT and tried again to copy the large .zip file.

That solved the problem.  The large .zip file copied successfully to the 16Gb flash drive when formatted in EXFAT.  The EXFAT format has the advantage of being read writeable across multiple operating systems, a feature not found in some other formats.

Lesson learned

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Here are my notes from the latest meeting of the SLO Bytes Photo Group
TOPIC: Motion
Ralph Sutter began the meeting by pointing out the latest additions to the links page;

The first one pointed to Shotcut; a freeware open source, cross platform video editor. Sutter confessed that he was unlikely to use this very capable editor because he already has equally powerful tools. Though paid programs, Ralph has already purchased them and is hesitant to invest the time required to learn a new program with redundant features.

The second link was to the movie, High Flying Bird; This excellent film about professional basketball agents was shot completely on an iPhone 8.

Sutter then offered his slide show of running dogs, running water and bouncing balls.

Connie Sutter followed with her take on motion; She created a presentation with images of kinetic grandkids shot on her iPhone and edited in Adobe Rremiere Elements.

Alan Raul
, using both his iPhone and a Hero camera attached to his chest, explored the shoreline near Shell Beach, showing the same rocky cove over time with changing sea conditions.

Bob Styerwalt achieved interesting effects by photographing spinning objects at different shutter speeds thus freezing or adding blur to the images.

John Waller presented long-exposure night shots and curious seascapes created with multiple color channels in Photoshop.

The topic for our next meeting will be Shadows; images that aren't quite there.

See the Links page,,  for tutorials and other resources
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Transfer Speeds across Different Media Types
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:07:43 AM »
Hi Alan,
Yes, you got the card and the source right.  I paid a little less because I had earned credits when I purchased a portrait lens among other items.

General Discussion / Transfer Speeds across Different Media Types
« on: February 04, 2019, 05:03:34 PM »
Hello All,
At the SLO Bytes meeting of 02/03/19, I mentioned that I had purchased a high speed SD card that I planned to leave inserted in the micro SD slot of my Lenovo Yoga X1 laptop in order to expand storage without any bulky external drives.
Curious as to the relative speed of sending and retrieving data from the SD card versus other media, I performed a test.  I have posted the results below
Transfer Rates Across Different Media
In all cases, I transferred a 2.2Gb .mp4 file

The laptop is a Lenovo Yoga X1 running Windows 10 Pro version 10.0.17763 Build 17763 with the following specs
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8650U CPU @ 1.90GHz, 2112 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s) and 16GB of RAM
The transfer times from fastest to slowest are as follows

Yoga Desktop to another file on the computer:  2.3 seconds
Yoga Desktop to external Crucial M500 2.5 240GB SSD 6Gb/s over USB 3 using a Stockplop case:  15.9 seconds
Yoga Desktop to external Sandisk 1Tb6Gb/s SSD over USB 3 using Stockplop case:  16.5 seconds
Yoga Desktop to Mushkin Ventura Ultra 120Gb USB 3 Flash Drive:  17.9 seconds
Yoga Desktop to Sandisk Extreme PRO micro SDXC UHS-II 128Gb Card:  22.8 seconds
Yoga Desktop to Sandisk 64Gb USB-C Flash Drive:  1 minute 12.3 seconds
Yoga Desktop to 16Gb Mushkin Atom USB 3 Flash Drive:  3 minutes 44.8 seconds

When I transferred files from the Sandisk Extreme micro SDXC to the Yoga Desktop, the results were identical to the transfer speed from the laptop to the SD card
Sandisk Extreme PRO micro SDXC UHS-II 128Gb Card to Yoga Desktop:  22.8 seconds

I plan to use the SD card for data files that I don't access very often.  Since I will remove the SD card when I want to import photos and videos from my camera, I will not have any essential files on the removable drive.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: MY MISSING IE FAVORITES - Solved??
« on: January 22, 2019, 02:41:45 PM »
Hi Dick,
Try this solution to import Google Chrome Bookmarks into IE 11

General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 01/20/2019
« on: January 20, 2019, 05:49:42 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 01/20/2019

TOPIC: Doors and Other Portals
The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter calling attention to some recent links on the SLO Bytes Photography web site.
The links were
   Suggested by John Waller
   Windows 10 Photos Application Tutorial; by Ralph Sutter

Connie Sutter, unable to attend, nevertheless provided a series of door images taken at home as well as a poem about door.
Ralph followed with doors seen at his sister's Redding Alpaca farm, the town of San Luis Obispo and his own home.
Kaye Raul focused on doors and houses seen in Halcyon.
Alan Raul offered images of portals; the sea caves and shore lines of Shell Beach.
John Waller showed doors from Disneyland as well as entrances to native American structures and other historical buildings.
Bob Styerwalt chose doors from his neighborhood as well as many from England and Scotland.
Monica Tarzier shared images of doors and private spaces inside her San Luis Obispo home.
Due to a technical glitch, Bob Grover couldn't display his presentation of doors and entrances from around the world. The group looks forward to seeing his work at the February meeting.

Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, February 10th beginning at 2:00pm in the home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
The topic is Motion.  Please share images that capture or suggest movement.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I'm developing a presentation for the February 3, 2019 Second Session Presentation at SLO Bytes General Meeting.
My tentative presentation notes can be found at
I will demonstrate how to create video slide shows with still and moving images.
So far, I've included the following programs

   Irfanview - freeware -
       Fullbean tutorial at

   Microsoft Windows 10 Photos - included in Windows 10
       Fullbean tutorial at

   Microsoft Windows PowerPoint - included in Microsoft Office Suites -
        Fullbean tutorial at

    Shotcut;;  open source, cross platform video editor
    Fullbean tutorial at
    View the Developers tutorial at     

    Adobe Premiere Elements 19 - about $99

   Photodex ProShow Producer - about $249

I look forward to learning what programs SLO Bytes members use when they make slide shows.

Ralph Sutter


Hello All,
I have created a tutorial showing how I made a video slide show with Photos, a program included in Windows 10.
You will find it at
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
SLO Bytes' parent organization, APCUG, is holding the Winter Virtual Technology Conference on
Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Register for this free event at
More information at:
10:00 AM PT
3 mini-presentations
Microsoft Security Center Windows 10
New Privacy Updates Windows 10
Password Managers for all devices
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake Sumter Computer Society

11:00 AM PT
Staying Connected While You Travel
Ron Brown, Program Chair, Program Coordinator, Silvercom Computer & Technology Club

(Join us on Track 2 for a Roundtable discussion.)

10:00 AM PT
Unusual Sources on the Web for Family History Research
Jeri J. Steele, President, BGAMUG Computer Club

11:00 AM PT
The Future of Windows
Michael Shalkey, Computer Tutor and Troubleshooter
Channel Islands PCUG

Let’s talk. Share your thoughts and hear from others on programs ideas, successes and lessons learned. Let us know how we at APCUG can help you help your members get the most out of our user groups! We’ll use Zoom and be able to see each other.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
My Dell 8930 desktop is still running 1803.
I followed the same steps that I used earlier to successfully update my Lenovo laptop.  However, when I downloaded and attempted to install 1809 manually, I got a message that the update wasn't the right one for my machine.  This happened twice.  The Dell 8930 is running Windows 10 Professional 64 bit.  On both occasions, I downloaded  2018-11 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809 for x64-based Systems (KB4469342)

If this isn't the appropriate file for this computer, which one is?
I can only conclude that the 1809 update is still flawed.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
These are the topics that I intend to present at the SLO Bytes General Session of January 6th, 2019
They are also posted on the SLO Bytes web site at these locations

Icon replacement – on Bulletin Board at
YouTube -

Parted Magic version 2019_01_03  -

How to find where an e-mail message is located in Microsoft Outlook -

How to speak with a Microsoft representative via phone
Go to
This will bring up Microsoft’s Virtual Assistant
Type a description of the problem.
Every time that the Virtual Assistant proposes a solution, try it before indicating that the suggestion didn’t solve the issue.  After you have done that repeatedly, the Virtual Assistant will ask if you want to speak to a representative over the phone.  Respond YES and supply the information requested at
Upon conclusion, the Virtual Assistant will inform you that someone will contact you at the phone number that you provided and give you an estimated wait time.  Do not rely on the accuracy of this estimate.  A representative will eventually call.

Alpaca Project – Use Microsoft Paint to expand an image so that it prints across multiple pages

Microsoft Mail Merge in Word -
Windows 10 Update to version 1809 -

Second Session - My Most Often Used Applications

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Parted Magic 2019_01_03 Released
« on: January 03, 2019, 12:05:51 PM »
Hello All,
Parted Magic just released a new version of its Linux based software.  Read more at
I find this product very useful in troubleshooting non-Linux operating systems.
At $11, it is a tool well worth having.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Missing IE Favorites
« on: December 28, 2018, 09:26:19 AM »
Hi Dick,
Have you tried copying your IE Favorites to a new location?
Here's what I did.
Open IE
Click on Star (Favorites Bar)
Right Click on the Favorites Bar
Left Click on Copy
Paste the copied material to a folder that you create

I'm not sure if this new list will automatically update itself when the original IE Favorites self-destruct.
If so, this method won't work.
Still, it's worth a try.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I was finally able to update my Lenovo X1 Yoga laptop to Windows 10 version 1809.
Since the normal channels failed to install the update, I followed the steps at 
That process reported that I had a corrupted data base.
I followed all of the steps outlined at the link above.  All suggestions failed until I reached Fix Five

     Fix 5: Perform an in-place upgrade
     Performing an in-place upgrade may help resolve some troubles with the system. So maybe performing an in-place upgrade will fix this
     issue. Try downloading the Media Creation Tool and then follow the on-screen instructions to perform an in-place upgrade. Here is how to
     do it:

     Click  to visit the Microsoft official website for downloading Windows 10.
     Click Download tool now on the web page to download the Media Creation Tool.

The in-place upgrade didn't remove any of my installed programs or data as far as I can tell

Thanks to all who have offered suggestions for updating to Windows 10 version 1809

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / New PUSH Articles Available
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:02:38 PM »
Hello All,

Our APCUG Representative, Judy Taylour, often provides tech articles to supplement the newsletter of its member groups.
I never include any of them in the SLO Bytes newsletter, HardCopy.  Instead, I upload all of them to the SLO Bytes web site.
Judy just forwarded a new batch.
View all of them archived  at and
The latest ones can be found at

Ralph Sutter

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