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General Discussion / Acronis Disk Director 12 Update 2
« on: July 19, 2017, 09:39:36 PM »
Acronis has released Acronis Disk Director 12 Update 2.

Log into your Acronis account to download the latest version.

I spoke at the May 2017 meeting regarding bootable OS's from a USB flash drive.

I carry these USB flash drives with me. So when the occasion arises, I have a personalized, secure, bootable operating system.

Bootable macOS USB flash drive; Created with SuperDuper!
FileVault used for encryption Boots into any Mac laptop or desktop computer

Bootable Windows to Go USB flash drive; Now available in Windows 10 Professional,2-1089.html
You need a Windows 10 Enterprise ISO to create the USB flash drive BitLocker used for encryption Boots into any Windows/Mac laptop or desktop computer Bootable Linux USB flash drive

You can install most Linux distributions onto a USB flash drive
Linux Unified Key Setup or LUKS used for encryption Boots into any Windows/Mac laptop or desktop computer

General Discussion / Re: Affinity - Photo Editing Software
« on: July 02, 2017, 09:16:44 AM »
You get Affinity for the iPad for $19.99.

I now have Affinity installed on my new 2017 iPad Pro 12.9. My learning now begins...

They do have a lot of tutorial videos online.

General Discussion / Re: Alan Raul - July 2, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: July 02, 2017, 09:08:50 AM »
Alan, Is it possible that the streaming is live during the day and recorded playback at night? This is the first time that I have viewed the above three websites at night, as I thought there would be nothing to see in the darkness. I was quite surprised to see illuminated imagery. During the day, however, the Sun seems to be in approximate sync with the time, especially at sunset. Avila Beach is Surfline also. When you click to full screen, a brief message states that you are on

It does look like they are live streaming during the day and post up a daylight recording at night. I have found some interesting things going on at the top of the Inn at Avila Beach (via SurfLine) at night!!!

General Discussion / Re: Alan Raul - July 2, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: June 30, 2017, 10:57:02 PM »
Three more very nice views.

Cayucos Pier from the Shoreline Inn:

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and environs:

From the Inn at Avila Beach

These are not live streams but recordings. My links are live streams.

I am also a subscriber to I use this app on my iPhone and iPad many times throughout the day. I use to have a subscription to outdoortheatre which sold out to Surfline. My membership was moved over to Surfline. I was also grandfathered in for a 50% lifetime rate of $34.95/year (Normally $69.99). This gives me access to many live cameras in HD, full screen and without ads. I am also able to download past 10 minute streams from different days.

General Discussion / Re: new Microsoft Surface PRO
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:30:20 PM »
Here's a YouTube comparison of the Apple and Microsoft tablets.

Although everyone is opinionated she does a pretty good comparison.

General Discussion / Re: new Microsoft Surface PRO
« on: June 25, 2017, 10:27:27 AM »
I personally have given up on my 2014 Surface Pro. It's still a good choice for many. I have found my older 2015 Apple iPad Pro 12.9 was a better option for me. The slightly larger screen size means a lot to me. I have apps available to me on iOS that I use which are not available on Windows 10. I am still able to use Windows 10 applications by remotely logging into my desktop computer remotely or locally from my living room if the need arises. Since I have 2 iPhones (iPhone 7 Plus and a iPhone SE) everything just plays nicely together. I am still able to synchronize my files between iOS and Windows 10 and even Linux.

I have recently sold my old 2015 iPad Pro and am anxiously awaiting my new 2017 Apple iPad Pro 12.9 inch.

General Discussion / Re: Craigslist Blocks PIA VPN
« on: June 25, 2017, 10:10:35 AM »
I have found the same situation on Craigslist and on other web sites. One example is checking your warranty status on Apple products.

My solution is to choose a different PIA end point or temporarily turn off PIA.

Many years a go I used this program. I then switched to VLC. More recently on Windows 10 I am using the included Movies and TV app for my 4K or other high def videos. A few of us have found other media players just won't handle the new files.

General Discussion / Computer Meetings
« on: June 12, 2017, 11:33:32 AM »
Sunday, August 6, 2017  SLO Bytes General Session
San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo
12:45 - 2:00 pm  First Session: Alan Raul moderating a Q & A session
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Social Time: We share coffee, goodies and conversation
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Second Session: John Waller will be speaking about Kodi, a free media player that is designed to look great on your big screen TV but is just as home on a small screen. 
More at

Thursday, August 10, 2017  SLO Linux Users Group (SLOLUG)
KCBX Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo
6:30 pm --->
* Q and A
* What's new in tech?
* Barry will be showing us the latest Linux Mint 18.2
* Adam will be showing his new custom computer from AVADirect
More at

Sunday, August 13, 2017  SLO Bytes Photo Group
Only for the month of August, will we be meeting at the home of Monica Tarzier
1657 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00-4:00 pm
TOPIC: Books
This vague guideline will probably lend itself to a wide variety of interpretations.
More at

General Discussion / Microsoft Lumia Phone
« on: June 03, 2017, 11:58:00 PM »
A few of us use a Microsoft Lumia Phone. I have successfully updated from Anniversary Edition to Creators Edition (17.03). Windows 10 on the phone works fast. I use this phone as a backup phone.

I have also included a screenshot of my PIA (Private Internet Access) VPN connection.

General Discussion / Alan Raul - June 4, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: June 03, 2017, 11:49:13 PM »
3D YouTube Downloader - is a simple yet powerful downloader from YouTube and other popular video sites.

YouTube Downloader HD - is the fastest free video downloader.

Hammers that I Have Known -  a slide show by Ralph Sutter
Atomic Clock Sync - a free configuration utility.
Pismo Preserve - Starting in June, the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County will hold two “Discovery Days” each month, where people can explore the preserve’s 900 acres unsupervised.

Pismo Preserve Map
Hikers can soon explore Pismo Preserve on their own — but only on these days.
All in One – System Rescue Toolkit - The All in One Linux distribution is an Ubuntu-based live disc for performing system rescue, data retrieval and hardware tests. This utility disc is designed to quickly and efficiently aid a technician with troubleshooting and repairing Windows based PC's.

All in One – System Rescue Toolkit 2017-05-26–_system_rescue_toolkit_technician.html

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13")

ZTE Mobley - Car Wi-Fi Hotspot Device AT&T

General Discussion / Bulletin Board Posting Tips
« on: June 03, 2017, 11:42:59 PM »
The only stupid question is the one that you don't ask.

See the attached PDF for Bulletin Board Posting Tips.

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