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General Discussion / MEM TEST
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:04:20 PM »
I tried the built-in Microsoft Memory Test mentioned at our November 5 meeting. It ran and said  it would display results upon re-start.  Upon completion I waited, nothing happened, so I re-started.  No results were displayed.
What did I do wrong?

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General Discussion / Size of Acronis BU since 1709 install
« on: October 30, 2017, 10:28:57 PM »
Since I did my Win 10 V 1709 Creators Update install, my Acronis Back Up has been over 10 GB larger.  Has anyone else had this happen?  Is it a Microsoft choice of holding on to the last Version for a while in case of a need to return to the last version, or is V 1709 really that much larger, or have I just held on to too much email or new programs? (I noticed that the last SLOBytes Newsletter seemed longer.....).
I would appreciate hearing any thoughts on this.
dickJ

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General Discussion / Installing new Windows Fall Creators Update
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:40:19 AM »
This morning I unexpectedly installed the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Version 1709. I was trying to update my Windows Defender Definitions and it wouldn't, so I went to the Windows Settings page and tried the Updates request there.  Next thing I knew it was working on the 1709 update!  After a while it advised me it had problems and to check error 0x80070020.  I did and it said it could be a conflict with my other virus protection (Malwarebytes). Then I noticed it was just after 7:00 AM when I have Malwarebytes scheduled to do its daily morning scan, and that was the problem.  When Malwarebytes was done I restarted Windows and again went to the Settings page and got the 1709 update underway with no problems.  It took  around 45 minutes or less and I had no further problems.
 Warning:  When you try to  use the new Defender Antivirus the first time and run a Quick Scan, instead of my usual 2 to 3 minutes, it automatically runs a first FULL scan which took my computer about 13 minutes.  The next Quick scan was back to just a couple of minutes.
Good luck!

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General Discussion / Page size of some desktop programs
« on: July 25, 2017, 12:04:29 AM »
I have somehow managed to change the page size of several of my desktop programs when opened in the reduced size, from my preferred 1/2  of the vertical screen, to 1/2 of the horizontal screen.  I somehow did this when working with the size of a photo I was printing and changing from Portrait to Landscape. I used to know how to change this back and then keep the change, but can no longer remember how to do it.  Can someone help?  Thanks.
dickJ

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Your phone rings and it is "Molly .. calling you from Apple Support" to advise you that your Apple Cloud is compromised and you must call 844-822-2855 and they can repair your computer! ( Of course, it will cost you, and in any case, if you let them in they will mess up your machine!  The Robo calls start at 6 AM or so and can be repeated all day.  If you can block phone calls, block 909-803-5220, and also 716-442-2268..  The calls come from operations in India and Pakistan. (the real Apple phone number is 800-692-7753). Otherwise, just hang up quickly.  They are clever and trying to deal with them at best just results in them hanging up.
Also, apparently the same group has calls advising you that "Windows Microsoft - your Windows license key has been expired" and all services are suspended on your computer.  To renew them, you are asked to call (the 844 number above) for the same people and "services".
If you want to read more about this Google the 844 number or "Molly calling from Apple Support."

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General Discussion / Non-Microsoft program updating
« on: July 16, 2017, 12:44:44 PM »
In pre-Windows 10 days, on my old now junked desktop computer, I used to have a program that scanned my non-OS programs and advised me when they had an Update available. I no longer remember its name, or if perhaps it is no longer available. My memory is bad enough now that if it exists it would be helpful. Are you familiar with such a program, and if so, is it safe?
Thanks.
dickJ

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General Discussion / new Microsoft Surface PRO
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:27:28 AM »
The new version of the Microsoft Surface PRO has arrived. It follows the Surface Pro 4, but has not been labeled #5. The reviews are beginning to appear and while they are generally positive, faster better new chips, bigger power supply, and longer battery time are some of the good new things pointed out.  Some things people wanted to see changed didn't all happen.  For example, physically the unit is the same as the model 4, and the ports have not been updated to new faster versions or additional ports. It also seems to have a couple of the same problems as the model 4.  Here is the "goes to Sleep when not wanted" problem as told on ZDNet.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-surface-pro-its-prone-to-random-sleep-issues-too-say-some-users/?loc=newsletter_featured_related_listing&ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=20515228363973305430273051723787

The operating system is the new Windows 10 S, a somewhat cut down version, that can only run apps from the Windows Store.  I read that in a couple of months you will be able to update it to the Windows 10 Pro version for no charge.
dickJ

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General Discussion / Hello again!
« on: June 04, 2017, 04:43:21 PM »
Just a thank you note to Ralph for his work in again restoring our bulletin board!
dickJ

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