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Hello All,
I faithfully update my computer to assure that I am running the current version of Windows 10.

When I attempted to update Windows 10 version 1709 to version 1803, Windows Update advised me that I needed to restart my laptop to complete the process.

I restarted numerous times, sometimes rebooting and sometimes shutting the machine down before restarting.  Whatever I did, the updater displayed the same message; I needed to reboot before the update could be completed.

Since restarting accomplished nothing, I tried a different approach.  I went to
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
and clicked on the button, Download Tool Now
 
That action downloaded and ran MediaCreationTool1803.exe

After a lengthy process with many restarts, the Media Creation Tool successfully upgraded my operating system to Windows 10 Version 1803.  (without the advisory that I needed to restart my computer to complete the process.)
Ralph Sutter

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The session opened with Ralph Sutter inviting Bob Grover to speak about the recently published biography of his life, Always a Quest, written over the period of 5 years by Bob's wife, Elise Wäälen. The book is available at http://booklocker.com/books/9644.html

Sutter then called attention to two new links on the Digital Photography web site. They are
Gimp 2.10.0; an open-source image manipulation program https://www.gimp.org/ and
Meetup Group - How Photographers Think
www.meetup.com/How-Photographers-Think

Sutter then played a video slide show of flowers found both in his back yard and on Santa Cruz Island.

Alan Raul showed flowers shot in camera raw and then optimized for true color.

John Waller shared more flowers. Waller used ProShow Producer; http://www.photodex.com/proshow/producer, a professional grade slide show creation program, taking advantage of its numerous capabilities.

Bob Styerwalt offered a profusion of flowers as well. Rather than overwhelm the group with his many excellent shots of individual flowers, he added collages featuring digital floral bouquets.

Kaye Raul, frustrated that she couldn't export her images from her computer to a portable media, brought her MacBook Pro laptop to the meeting and displayed her sharp images via Ralph's Apple TV. Her images and her perserverance were well-received.

Bob Grover added a historical perspective to the meeting with a presentation of former members of the SLO Bytes Digital Photography Group and their field trip to the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens. Thanks Bob.

The next meeting of the Photography Group will take place on Sunday, 06/10/18 beginning at 2:00pm
The topic is two-fold; either Black and White Images or Images of Animals.

Learn more about the SLO Bytes Photography Group at www.slobytes.org/digital

Ralph Sutter


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General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:00:04 PM »
Hello Again Bob,
I investigated some freeware speech to text programs.  You will find a list at https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-text-to-speech-software
I downloaded the first three on the list.  The third program, Panopreter, seemed closest to what you requested.  Download Panopteter Basic from
https://www.panopreter.com/download/dlpb.php
I have attached a video screen capture showing how Panopreter works.
I've noticed that you must be logged in to this bulletin board to view the attachment. To make the attachment more widely accessible, I also uploaded it to the SLO Bytes web site.
View it at www.slobytes.org/bb-attachments/panopreter.mp4
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« on: May 06, 2018, 07:28:51 PM »
In response to Bob, I uploaded to Dropbox a video screen capture of how I used Windows Narrator and Audacity to create an .mp3 audio file.
I don't use Narrator routinely.  As such, the screen reader voices lots of unnecessary information.  With a more skillful operator, Narrator and Audacity together should be able to produce acceptable audio.
See my video screen capture at https://www.dropbox.com/s/ua2l9twt673ehy4/Screen Capture.mp4?dl=0
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« on: May 06, 2018, 12:20:09 PM »
Hi Bob,
You can launch the freeware audio recording program, Audacity and then have Windows narrate. Stop the recording and export it as an .mp3 file.
Ralph

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General Discussion / Re: converting text to voice
« on: May 04, 2018, 04:56:19 PM »
Hi Bob,
Narrator, built into Windows, should do this for you.  No download is required.
Learn more at https://www.pcmag.com/news/352390/how-to-use-windows-10s-narrator-to-read-your-screen-aloud
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Gimp 2.10.0
« on: May 03, 2018, 05:22:29 PM »
Hello All,
Gimp, a multi-platform open source photo editor, released version 2.10.0 on 4/27/18.  This is the first update in 6 years.
Learn more at www.gimp.org.
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / New Version of PartedMagic Released
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:48:26 AM »
Hello All,
The disk partitioning program, PartedMagic, has just released version, Parted Magic 2018_04_30.
Learn more at https://partedmagic.com/
Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / New PUSH Articles Available
« on: April 22, 2018, 10:03:37 AM »
Hello All.
I just uploaded the latest batch of PUSH articles to the SLO Bytes web site.
PUSH articles are short write-ups that come from SLO Bytes parent organization, APCUG, the Association of Personal Computer Groups.
That organization periodically offers material for insertion in the newsletter of its local groups.  Rather than add them to SLO Bytes' monthly newsletter, HardCopy, (www.slobytes.org/news.html) I upload all of the articles to our web site.

The latest PUSH articles may be found at www.slobytes.org/push/0518/

You will find past batches of articles at http://www.slobytes.org/push/index.html

The condensed listing resides at http://www.slobytes.org/push/push-condensed.html
Ralph Sutter

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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
---Re-post begins below---
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
https://apcug2.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2cbe3397fb80bd3345cfd3e8f&id=bcdf0608db&e=de35115502

The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting and is also available for manual download here.
https://zoom.us/download
 
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
https://apcug2.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2cbe3397fb80bd3345cfd3e8f&id=32b472a164&e=de35115502
 
For detailed information about the presentations, including the presenters' bios click
https://apcug2.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2cbe3397fb80bd3345cfd3e8f&id=8f502c41e8&e=de35115502

TRACK 1
 
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.
 
TRACK 2
 
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

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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 https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5-free-ocr-software-tools-to-convert-your-images-into-text-nb/  and elsewhere

Another approach is to use Speech Recognition software
One such program is Voice Notepad; an add on for Google Chrome - See https://dictation.io/speech

Please feel free to add the software/methods that you use.
Ralph Sutter

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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 www.slobytes.org/digital/images/brown-images.one

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; http://www.slobytes.org/digital/links.html, for tutorials and other resources

Link to Notes of Prior Sessions; http://www.slobytes.org/digital/notes.html
Ralph Sutter

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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
http://quickfics.facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/capture-screenshots-on-a-pc/

Screen Shots with iPhonehttps://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-take-a-screenshot-iphone/

Android  screenshots: https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/android-p-makes-way-easier-take-screenshots-heres-0183322/

Video screenshotshttps://filmora.wondershare.com/screen-recorder/best-open-source-screen-recorders.html

One of my favorites is Jing from Techsmith.  Read more at https://www.techsmith.com/jing-tool.html
Download from https://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/

Ralph Sutter

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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 www.slobytes.org/financial

New resource:  The Tech Enthusiasts’ Hourhttps://tehpodcast.com/episodes/

The new tech is here when 3 of 4 cartoons deal with it; Stanford Brown
http://www.slobytes.org/presentations/sutter-0418/brown-graphic.png

Alternatives to Amazon.com for on-line purchases; https://techboomers.com/amazon-alternatives

Ask Leo Links; Leo Notenboom; https://askleo.com/
http://ask-leo.com/whats_the_difference_between_a_router_a_wireless_router_and_a_wireless_access_point.html
https://askleo.com/whats_the_difference_between_a_hub_a_switch_and_a_router/ 
(The end of this article defines common terms)

How Should I Back Up My Computer Before an Operating System Upgrade or Reinstall?
https://askleo.com/how-should-i-back-up-my-computer-before-an-operating-system-upgrade/?awt_l=BHGrQ&awt_m=Isdcj4Rg63dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20180320&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

Actual URL is https://askleo.com/how-should-i-back-up-my-computer-before-an-operating-system-upgrade/

For a more comprehensive list, see https://askleo.com/glossary/

Tree Size; free program that displays the size of all folders
https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/download.shtml

Delete system files from C using Windows’ Disk Cleanup
(Candidates for deletion; Windows.old and Windows10Upgrade)
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10/how-to-free-up-disk-space-in-windows/2458cc31-bd19-482f-ace5-7e3bd9da8098

E-mail ostensibly from my credit card company:  What to do?; http://www.slobytes.org/presentations/sutter-0418/April-SLO-Bytes.docx
 
Alexa Laughhttps://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/3/7/17092334/amazon-alexa-devices-strange-laughter  (John Waller)

Meetup; www.meetup.com
Central Coast Home Roasting Coffee April 26 at 7:00 pm

SLO Bytes Unsecure via Google

Micro USB  to Lightning Adapter
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZYN9DGL/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Adobe Reader for PDF Viewer:  Limitations
Show how to save rotated .pdf file using a free pdf viewer, pdf-xchange editor
Install PortableApps; https://portableapps.com/
Download a portable version at https://portableapps.com/apps/office/pdf-xchange-editor-portable
(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:  http://www.slolug.com/scale2018.html
SCaLE Videos https://www.youtube.com/user/socallinuxexpo
SCaLE clip: http://www.slolug.com/videos/102.mp4 (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:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/aqjm3fux2cvfcok/Alan%20at%20SCaLE.mp4?dl=0

Ralph Sutter

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