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General Discussion / Re: Drivers in Windows 10 computers
« on: June 21, 2019, 10:23:13 AM »
My routine is every 3 to 6 months going to the manufacturers web site and checking for BIOS and driver updates. Windows 10 will sometimes update the hardware drivers but not necessarily. My Lenovo laptop and two Intel NUCs PC's have software which checks for BIOS and driver updates. Your given the option to select one or more of the updates. My experience with this has been 100% successful.

I have attached some details of one my Intel NUC's and what it looks like for BIOS and hardware updates.

General Discussion / Private Internet Access
« on: May 30, 2019, 12:19:38 PM »
Make sure you using the latest version of Private Internet Access which is 1.2.0.


General Discussion / Alan Raul – June 2, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: May 30, 2019, 10:19:09 AM »
Download Windows 10
Rufus - is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives.
Windows 10 May 2019 Update Feature Focus:
Light Themes and Sandboxes
Windows 10 Major "May Update" - Best New Features! (2019)
Launch folder windows in a separate process
Control Panel > File Explorer Options > View > Files and Folder
Make sure this is checked “Launch folder windows in a separate process”
The main reason for turning this on is so that if you have a folder window open which stops responding and you kill the task, it should not take the main explorer.exe with it (meaning your desktop won't be inaccessible for a few moments while windows restarts it). Windows 10 19.03 update should now enable this by default, but check to make sure.

Windows 10 1903: Windows Defender Antivirus gets Tamper Protection feature

General Discussion / Alan Raul – May 5, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: May 02, 2019, 11:49:18 AM »
What is Optane? The 4 types explained

Intel Optane Memory H10 SSD review: More responsive, yet slower too
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Samsung SSD. Installing and Using the Magician & NVME Driver

PhotoCard allows you to take images on your iPad or iPhone, add some stickers, and create a postcard. They are large, 8.25” x 5.5” cards. You can even customize the stamp and it is real postage so it can actually be mailed out.
PhotoCard for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch
App Store Preview PhotoCard by Bill Atkinson

This is a very good PowerPoint presentaion on adopting and contriibuting to Chromium by Microsoft enginerers.

It's interesting to note the services Microsoft replaced or turned off.!400130&ithint=file%2cpptx&authkey=!ADAerq8JH6E4yRA

General Discussion / Alan Raul – April 7, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: April 04, 2019, 08:58:17 PM »
2019 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Video
Video (5 min 44 seconds - 470 MB) of some random pictures of SCaLE 17x.
It's best to right-click the above link and select Save link as... or Save target as...

2019 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report

AVADirect Custom Computers
Clevo N151ZU
•   8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8565U Processor (1.80GHz Base / 4.60GHz Turbo), 4 Cores, 8MB Smart Cache, TDP: 15W
•   KINGSTON 32GB Kit (2 x 16GB) HyperX Impact DDR4 2400MHz, CL14, Black, SO-DIMM Memory
•   SAMSUNG 512GB 970 PRO 2280, 3500 / 2300 MB/s, V-NAND 2-bit MLC, PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe, M.2 SSD

Microsoft Edge - is a web browser based on the “Chromium open source project” and other open source software.
Edge Advanced Options = edge://settings/
Chrome Advanced Options = chrome://settings/

Microsoft Edge Insider

Skype from a web browser

What you can do right now to stop robocalls - The world's most private search engine.

Killed by Google - It’s amazing how many projects (Hardware and Software) Google has tried and killed over the years. I would like to see the same thing for Apple and Microsoft.

2019 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report

Video (5 min 44 seconds - 470 MB) of some random pictures of SCaLE 17x.
It's best to right-click the above link and select Save link as... or Save target as...

General Discussion / Microsoft Edge
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:58:48 AM »
Microsoft Edge is a web browser based on the Chromium open source project and other open source software.

Microsoft Edge Insider

I installed on Saturday night the latest Windows 10 Pro 1903 (OS Build 18362.1) on a new Intel NUC. It runs fast and Microsoft cleaned up the interface quite a bit. I'm liking the "light mode."

Build 18362 looks to be the Windows 10 1903 Release Candidate


SCaLE is the largest community-run (All volunteer) open-source and free software conference in North America. It’s held annually in Pasadena, CA.

General Discussion / Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge
« on: March 05, 2019, 09:08:51 AM »
Better late than never... I have finally uploaded pictures and videos of the Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge.

You can see the web site preview here.

Eventually the domain will point from

How did we ever live with those 5400 RPM spinning hard drives?

General Discussion / Malwarebytes Browser Extension
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:43:53 AM »
The Malwarebytes Browser Extension is a free web extension which protects you from malware, scams, clickbait, and it also has advertising/tracker protection built-in.

It's available for the Chrome and Firefox web browser.

General Discussion / Windows Sandbox
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:12:20 AM »
Ralph brought this article to my attention. I'm looking forward to this feature in the next Windows 10 update. This will supplement my use of Virtual Machines.

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