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General Discussion / New HTPC (Home Theatre PC)
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:23:52 AM »
I worked with Charlie and a Intel NUC after everyone had left the SLOLUG meeting. I partitioned the SSD and configured Elementary OS, a Linux distribution, on the Intel NUC. I liked it so much I decided that my next HTPC (Home Theatre PC) would be an Intel NUC. I was most impressed with the "Intel Visual BIOS" which uses your mouse and not the up/down arrow keys, etc.

I researched the parts and ordered them from B&H. This will replace my older 2013 Shuttle HTPC which has been running continuously since it was turned on.

The parts cost $600…

I will install Windows 10 Professional and Ubuntu Mate 18.04.1 on the Intel NUC. You may ask "Why run Linux on your TV?" Because I can...

I opted not to go to an i7 or 32GB RAM since this is only a HTPC. One of the many reasons to upgrade the HTPC is that it will be 4K compatible with my TV, something my older Shuttle HTPC did not support. The Intel NUC will have 16GB of Crucial RAM and a Samsung 500GB 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 Internal SSD which is 4 to 5 times faster than a regular SSD.
3-Year Warranty
5-Year Warranty
Limited Lifetime Warranty

General Discussion / Alan Raul – February 3, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:18:50 AM »
Charter Communications - Technical Support Phone Number
888-438-2427 alternate contact number

Spectrum Mobile

Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox
•   Open Start and Search for "CMD" or "Command Prompt"
•   Right Click on it and select "Run as administrator."
•   Type: "setx /M MP_FORCE_USE_SANDBOX 1" and then press ENTER
•   Then restart your computer, that’s it

How to Find Your Original Windows 10 Product Key

Microsoft Store Apps

HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer

V3TApps Movie Maker 10

21 Hidden Smartphone Superpowers - Your iPhone or Android phone can help you count steps, schedule texts, ID photos faster, and more. Here's how.

Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File

How to Edit the Hosts File in Windows 10

Hosts File Editor

Other Hosts Editors

General Discussion / iCloud for Windows and Apple Manuals
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:29:24 PM »

General Discussion / Alan Raul – December 2, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: December 01, 2018, 09:28:29 PM »
FREE to watch YouTube Movies

Three ways you must prepare for a Microsoft Office 365 email outage

General Discussion / Alan Raul – November 4, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: October 28, 2018, 12:34:52 PM »
The Town That Facebook Built - How the headquarters of the world's largest social network went from a Harvard dorm room to the vast site it occupies today.

Shopping at Amazon Go in San Francisco
Office 365 Training Center

$250 Apple iPad - If you are looking to upgrade your current Apple iPad or purchase your first Apple iPad this might be a solution for you.

Full List of 2018 Black Friday Ad Leaks – NerdWallet

Black Friday 2018 Black Friday 2018

Windows 10 “Included” Image, Music and Video Software

Image Software included with Windows 10:
•   Paint
•   Paint 3D
•   Photos – lets you explore your memories, provides magical tools for editing and helps you create new videos and albums to share.
•   Snip & Sketch (Replaces Snipping Tool)

How to Use Windows 10’s Built-In Photos App
Music Software included with Windows 10:
•   Groove
•   Windows Media Player
Video Software included with Windows 10:
•   Movies & TV
•   Windows Media Player

General Discussion / Alan Raul – October 7, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: October 03, 2018, 06:10:38 PM »
Autodesk SketchBook - is a FREE pixel graphics software application that features a radial/pie-menu user interface, intended for expressive drawing and concept sketching. SketchBook is available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.
LibreOffice Getting Started Guide

LibreOffice: A history of document freedom
Microsoft Privacy
Microsoft Announce Enhanced Version of Ubuntu 18.04 for Hyper-V - It takes just 3 clicks to get Ubuntu running on Windows 10 Pro

Optimized Ubuntu Desktop images available in Microsoft Hyper-V gallery
Run Ubuntu virtual machines made even easier with Hyper-V Quick Create
What’s new in Windows and Office in October 2018

Download Windows 10
Get things done with Office 2019
Microsoft Office 2019 is NOT the version you want to buy

General Discussion / San Luis Obispo Linux Users Group Meeting
« on: September 03, 2018, 07:55:31 PM »
The next SLOLUG meeting will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

General Discussion / Alan Raul – September 2, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:44:23 AM »
The ROKU Channel

What is The Roku Channel?

Create a Roku account without a credit card
Just skip the last page where it asks for a credit card.
Acronis – True Image 2019, Disk Director 12 and more

User Group Relations – Gene Barlow

Acronis True Image 2019 Help

Acronis True Image 2019 Forum

What is an Acronis Survival Kit?
61639: Acronis True Image 2019: How to create Acronis Survival Kit provides FREE, high quality diagramming software for Chrome OS, Linux macOS and Windows.

27 Interesting Facts About Linux

Ubuntu Mate 18.04.1 LTS

What is Ubuntu MATE?

Linux Mint 19
Linux Mint Installation Guide

General Discussion / Router Backup and Update Settings
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:29:08 PM »
I have attached screen captures on how to update and backup a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 router. Other Netgear models and brands may be similar.

General Discussion / Alan Raul – August 5, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:03:30 PM »
Google made the Titan Key to toughen up your online security

Google pledges to foil phishing attacks with new Titan Security Key

Google Product Forums!home

5 ways to protect your privacy while using Amazon products and services

The Race to a Trillion
How to create a bootable USB drive for Windows 10

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

I have been looking for the cost of 1 TB SSD's to drop. I have been using 1 TB Toshiba spinning HDD's for many years for off-site backup. They don't get much use so I didn't need to go with high-quality Samsung SSD. The spinning HDD's were getting painfully slow when you are use to SSD's.

I was looking at:
Inland 1TB 3D NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive  from MicroCenter for $159.99.

Until this deal showed up on the Amazon Prime Day 2018:
SanDisk SSD PLUS 1TB Solid State Drive - SDSSDA-1T00-G26 from Amazon for $149.99.
It's interesting to note that these SanDisk SSD's were first available on Amazon on June 11, 2018.

So I pulled the trigger and ordered 2. Now my off-site backups should take a fraction of time.

UPDATE: I had previously checked B&H and they were priced higher than Amazon. They now have dropped the price to match Amazon but without having to pay the sales tax.

General Discussion / New Club Projector
« on: July 07, 2018, 08:30:15 AM »
After the projector failure at the last meeting, the Board of Directors has decided to purchase a new projector. The old projector had lasted 11 years. Independently, Ralph and Alan came up with the same suggested Optoma projector for the club to purchase.

The new club projector is a Optoma HD143X 1080p 3000 Lumens Projector.

General Discussion / Alan Raul – July 1, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: June 25, 2018, 11:10:00 AM »
O&O ShutUp10 – a FREE standalone antispy tool for Windows 10

Windows 10 how-to: Ed Bott's free tech support and troubleshooting guide - A curated list of the best sites for support information about Windows 10.

General Discussion / Rufus exe is infected - UPDATED
« on: June 23, 2018, 11:38:08 AM »
The SLOLUG group uses Rufus to create Linux bootable USB flash drives. Rufus can also be used to create a Windows install USB. The latest version of Rufus 3.1 activates Windows 10 Defender that the exe contains a Trojan:Win32/Plutruption!ARXep

I have tried downloading directly from the official Rufus website in addition to the portableapps web site both with identical results.

In the mean time I have retrieved an older version of Rufus which still works.

It would be appreciated if anyone can verify my findings.


From the Rufus website:

IMPORTANT: Once again, as was the case with the 3.0 release, Windows Defender (with definition update 1.269.1834.0) is erroneously reporting that Rufus 3.1 may contain Trojan:Win32/Plutruption!ARXep. We have reported this to Microsoft yet again and we expect them to clear this false positive very soon. In the meantime, you are invited to re-download Rufus 3.1, as we have put a temporary new version online that shouldn't trigger the antivirus.

General Discussion / Alan Raul – June 3, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: May 31, 2018, 06:31:50 PM »
Microsoft is now more valuable than Alphabet — by about $10 billion

Apple made more profit in three months than Amazon has generated during its lifetime

Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference - The event will include a first-day keynote where Apple will introduce upcoming software and new hardware.

Amazon Echo secretly records couple's conversation... and then sends it on to a contact

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Problems knock users but adoption still soars to 50%
Is Your Router Vulnerable to VPNFilter Malware?

Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

How to Protect Your Router from the Latest Malware Attack

Salesforce Tower is now San Francisco's tallest building

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union…

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