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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
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/29/microsoft-passes-alphabet-by-market-cap.html

Apple made more profit in three months than Amazon has generated during its lifetime
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/11/apple-made-more-profit-in-three-months-than-amazon-has-generated-during-its-lifetime.html

Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference - The event will include a first-day keynote where Apple will introduce upcoming software and new hardware.
https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

Amazon Echo secretly records couple's conversation... and then sends it on to a contact
https://betanews.com/2018/05/25/amazon-echo-alexa-secret-recording/
https://betanews.com/2018/05/29/check-and-delete-alexa-recordings/

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Problems knock users but adoption still soars to 50%
https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-april-2018-update-problems-knock-users-but-adoption-still-soars-to-50-percent/
 
Is Your Router Vulnerable to VPNFilter Malware?
https://www.pcmag.com/news/361431/is-your-router-vulnerable-to-vpnfilter-malware

Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/hackers-infect-500000-consumer-routers-all-over-the-world-with-malware/

How to Protect Your Router from the Latest Malware Attack
https://lifehacker.com/how-to-protect-your-router-from-the-latest-malware-atta-1826280946

Salesforce Tower is now San Francisco's tallest building
http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/23/technology/salesforce-tower/index.html
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=salesforce+san+francisco+tower&ia=images&iax=images
http://www.salesforcetower.com/

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation



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General Discussion / Best Buy Hit by [24]7.ai Data Breach
« on: May 07, 2018, 11:27:17 AM »
This is a follow-up from Sunday's SLO Bytes meeting.

The incident began on Sept. 26, and was discovered and contained on Oct. 12, 2017.

Best Buy Statement on [24]7.ai Cyber Incident
https://corporate.bestbuy.com/best-buy-statement-247-ai-cyber-incident

Updates on [24]7.ai Cyber Incident
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/privacy-policy/247-ai-cyber-incident/pcmcat1522954594900.c?id=pcmcat1522954594900

More information on the web
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Best+Buy+Hit+by+%5B24%5D7.ai+Data+Breach&ia=web


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General Discussion / Alan Raul – May 6, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:37:54 AM »
Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service
https://blog.cloudflare.com/announcing-1111/
 
Private Internet Access Review
https://thebestvpn.com/reviews/private-internet-access/
 
Detailed VPN Comparison Chart
https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-comparison-chart/

DuckDuckGo - We’re setting the new standard of trust online, empowering people to take control of their information.
https://duckduckgo.com/
https://start.duckduckgo.com/

Bangs allow you to search on thousands of sites, directly.
https://start.duckduckgo.com/bang
 
Terms of Service – Didn’t Read
https://tosdr.org/

Privacy - When discussing privacy, the argument "I have nothing to hide" keeps coming up. This can be debunked with two main arguments: you don't KNOW what you have to hide; and you SHOULD have something to hide. But there is a third point: it isn't ABOUT having something to hide - privacy is a basic human need.
https://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org/conferences/lfnw18/program/proposals/55
 
Macrium Reflect 7 Review - Excellent free imaging software
https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/macrium-reflect-7.html
 
eM Client - is a full featured e-mail client with a modern and easy to use interface. eM Client also offers calendar, tasks, contacts and chat. eM Client supports Gmail, Exchange, iCloud and Outlook.
http://www.emclient.com/

Windows 10 help
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/products/windows?os=windows-10
 
4K Download - Free and useful applications for PC, macOS and Linux
https://www.4kdownload.com/
 
APCUG Videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/APCUGVideos/videos

Tech Disaster Preparedness, Toby Scott
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEUOztVbCzA

Two Factor Authentication, Ron Brown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JlECpR4lQ

New PUSH Articles Available
http://slobytes.org/smf/index.php?PHPSESSID=mh6t21rcncnalg77h75n0osmi3&topic=157.0

Is it time to start a death data document? by Jerry Heaton, Central Kentucky Computer Society (Approx. 525 words). Do you have a death data document for your children or digital executor for when it's needed? Jerry's article has a lot of good information.
http://www.slobytes.org/push/0518/Is%20it%20time%20to%20start%20a%20death%20data%20document%20-%20Heaton.doc

Jerry Heaton's actual document, Death Data Document, is available at http://www.slobytes.org/push/0518/death-data-document.doc

Your Last Best Gift; http://www.slobytes.org/newsletter/your-last-best-gift.docx, offers a form for creating another Death Data Document.  This resource was mentioned at the May 6th 2018 SLO Bytes General Session

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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...
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:00:42 AM »

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General Discussion / Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer...
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:57:39 PM »
Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer, and People Are Freaking Out

Some cybersecurity experts and regular users were surprised to learn about a Chrome tool that scans Windows computers for malware. But there’s no reason to freak out about it.

I found this article to be quite interesting. I wonder if this is true with portable Chrome which I use on occasion?

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wj7x9w/google-chrome-scans-files-on-your-windows-computer-chrome-cleanup-tool


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General Discussion / SLO Linux Users Group Notes for March 2018
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:30:54 PM »
2018 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report
http://www.slolug.com/scale2018.html

Microsoft headlined a major Linux conference  - Bryan Lunduke
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLAIMB7whdc

Microsoft is buying control of Linux - Bryan Lunduke
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YdL7Hch78s

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/03/01/microsoft_ubuntu_virtualization_plan/

Microsoft and Canonical to Offer Enhanced VM Experiences for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-and-canonical-to-offer-enhanced-vm-experiences-for-ubuntu-18-04-lts-520035.shtml

Sneak Peek: Taking a Spin with Enhanced Linux VMs
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/virtualization/2018/02/28/sneak-peek-taking-a-spin-with-enhanced-linux-vms/

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Video (5 min 45 seconds) of some random pictures of SCaLE 16x and comments by Ralph and Alan.

http://www.slolug.com/scale2018.html

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General Discussion / Spectrum Internet Speed
« on: March 05, 2018, 12:20:45 PM »
Periodically I check my Internet speed. This is my latest Spectrum Internet speed with my Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop running Ubuntu Mate 18.04 daily build with a "wireless connection."

121 Down
11 Up


http://www.speedtest.net/result/7113520335

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General Discussion / The Best Dash Cam
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:55:21 AM »
Leo and friends have a good section on "The Best Dash Cam." It starts at around 38 minutes into the podcast.

The New Screen Savers #146
https://twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/146

Wirecutter has a review of "The Best Dash Cam."
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-dash-cam/


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General Discussion / Alan Raul – March 4, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:47:26 AM »
GeGeek - I don’t reinvent the wheel, I just link to it.
https://www.gegeek.com/
 
List of Movies and TV Shows on Netflix
https://flixable.com/

JustWatch can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows.
https://www.justwatch.com/us

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
https://www.videolan.org/

LAN (Linux Action News) #41 – Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browser information beginning at 3 minutes 30 seconds
http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/122527/linux-action-news-41/

Update on Pocket and Firefox Integration
https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2018/01/24/update-on-pocket-and-firefox-integration/

Google Launches Snapchat Stories-Like AMP Stories and AMP for Email
https://www.xda-developers.com/google-amp-stories-amp-for-email/

The Two Faces of AMP
https://timkadlec.com/remembers/2018-02-14-the-two-faces-of-amp/

The Case Against Google - Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/magazine/the-case-against-google.html



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General Discussion / Affinity Photo for iPad
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:31:25 AM »
I have a variety of image editing programs on my 12.9" iPad Pro. One of these is Affinity Photo. Affinity Photo is available for macOS and Windows also.

I was quite impressed with the amount of improvements on the latest version.

https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/

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