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General Discussion / New HTPC (Home Theatre PC)
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:23:52 AM »
I worked with Charlie and a Intel NUC after everyone had left the SLOLUG meeting. I partitioned the SSD and configured Elementary OS, a Linux distribution, on the Intel NUC. I liked it so much I decided that my next HTPC (Home Theatre PC) would be an Intel NUC. I was most impressed with the "Intel Visual BIOS" which uses your mouse and not the up/down arrow keys, etc.

I researched the parts and ordered them from B&H. This will replace my older 2013 Shuttle HTPC which has been running continuously since it was turned on.

The parts cost $600…

I will install Windows 10 Professional and Ubuntu Mate 18.04.1 on the Intel NUC. You may ask "Why run Linux on your TV?" Because I can...

I opted not to go to an i7 or 32GB RAM since this is only a HTPC. One of the many reasons to upgrade the HTPC is that it will be 4K compatible with my TV, something my older Shuttle HTPC did not support. The Intel NUC will have 16GB of Crucial RAM and a Samsung 500GB 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 Internal SSD which is 4 to 5 times faster than a regular SSD.

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/kits/nuc8i5bek.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1437352-REG/intel_boxnuc8i5bek1_nuc_kit_nuc8i5bek.html
3-Year Warranty

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1454173-REG/samsung_mz_v7s500b_am_500gb_970_evo_plus.html
5-Year Warranty

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=samsung-970evo-plus

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1233407-REG/crucial_ct2k8g4sfs824a_16gb_2_x_8gb.html
Limited Lifetime Warranty


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General Discussion / Re: Transfer Speeds across Different Media Types
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:32:58 PM »
That's a FAST card!!! Not cheap, but you get what you pay for.

Is this the card you have?
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1233209-REG/sandisk_sdsqxpj_128g_ancm3_128gb_extreme_pro_uhs_ii.html

I use CrystalDiskMark Portable for benchmarking read/write speeds.
https://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/crystaldiskmark_portable

I used CrystalDiskMark for this older 2015 comparison.
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD and a Samsung 950 PRO 512GB PCIe NVMe - M.2. You can see that there is a substantial speed increase with the PCIe interface.

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General Discussion / Alan Raul – February 3, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:18:50 AM »
Charter Communications - Technical Support Phone Number
https://www.spectrum.net/support/
800-438-2427
888-438-2427 alternate contact number

Spectrum Mobile
https://mobile.spectrum.com/

Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/10/26/windows-defender-antivirus-can-now-run-in-a-sandbox/
https://thehackernews.com/2018/10/windows-defender-antivirus-sandbox.html
•   Open Start and Search for "CMD" or "Command Prompt"
•   Right Click on it and select "Run as administrator."
•   Type: "setx /M MP_FORCE_USE_SANDBOX 1" and then press ENTER
•   Then restart your computer, that’s it


How to Find Your Original Windows 10 Product Key
https://www.techspot.com/guides/1760-find-your-windows-product-key/

Microsoft Store Apps
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/top-free/apps/pc

HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/hevc-video-extensions-from-device-manufacturer/9n4wgh0z6vhq?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

V3TApps Movie Maker 10
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/movie-maker-10-tell-your-story/9mvfq4lmz6c9?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
https://moviemaker.support/

21 Hidden Smartphone Superpowers - Your iPhone or Android phone can help you count steps, schedule texts, ID photos faster, and more. Here's how.
https://www.consumerreports.org/smartphones/21-hidden-smartphone-superpowers/

Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

How to Edit the Hosts File in Windows 10
https://windows101tricks.com/edit-hosts-file-on-windows-10/
https://www.groovypost.com/howto/edit-hosts-file-windows-10/

Hosts File Editor
https://hostsfileeditor.com/

Other Hosts Editors
https://www.majorgeeks.com/mg/sortname/hostsfile.html



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General Discussion / Re: Routers
« on: January 28, 2019, 10:51:23 AM »
When it comes to routers I personally like the Netgear brand. It's been my recommended brand to other people for the last 5 years.

I have been using a Netgear AC1900 (R7000) (Like Dick as per my recommendation) since November 2014. My sister purchased the same model Netgear router about 1 year ago. Almost all my devices are 802.11ac so I maximize the network speed with this router. My wireless speed is almost the same speed as my wired connection.
https://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/wifi-routers/R7000.aspx

My recommended online purchase site is B&H.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1010155-REG/netgear_r7000_100pas_r7000_wireless_router.html


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Some computers are "finally" getting the update. If you "seek" out the update you might get it.

If you want to manually update the computer download the current 18.09 Windows 10 ISO.

You can mount the ISO from within Windows 10 and then click the EXE to start the upgrade.

You can also extract the ISO and then run the EXE to start the upgrade.

Needless to say... HAVE A CURRENT BACKUP.

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General Discussion / iCloud for Windows and Apple Manuals
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:29:24 PM »

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General Discussion / Alan Raul – December 2, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: December 01, 2018, 09:28:29 PM »
FREE to watch YouTube Movies
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHPTxTxtC0ibVZrT2_WKWUl2SAxsKuKwx

Three ways you must prepare for a Microsoft Office 365 email outage
https://office-watch.com/2017/prepare-microsoft-office-365-email-outage/

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General Discussion / Alan Raul – November 4, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: October 28, 2018, 12:34:52 PM »
The Town That Facebook Built - How the headquarters of the world's largest social network went from a Harvard dorm room to the vast site it occupies today.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-k3R6BQjjU
https://www.theb1m.com/video/the-town-that-facebook-built

Shopping at Amazon Go in San Francisco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeDcJgwHc6Q
 
Office 365 Training Center
https://support.office.com/en-us/office-training-center

$250 Apple iPad - If you are looking to upgrade your current Apple iPad or purchase your first Apple iPad this might be a solution for you.
https://bestblackfriday.com/ads/costco-black-friday
https://www.zdnet.com/article/costco-kicks-off-black-friday-ad-leaks-season-with-pair-of-200-laptops/

Full List of 2018 Black Friday Ad Leaks – NerdWallet
https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/shopping/black-friday/

Black Friday 2018
https://bestblackfriday.com/

BFAds.net Black Friday 2018
https://www.bfads.net/

Windows 10 “Included” Image, Music and Video Software

Image Software included with Windows 10:
•   Paint
•   Paint 3D
•   Photos – lets you explore your memories, provides magical tools for editing and helps you create new videos and albums to share.
•   Snip & Sketch (Replaces Snipping Tool)

How to Use Windows 10’s Built-In Photos App
https://www.howtogeek.com/320942/how-to-use-windows-10s-built-in-photos-app/
 
Music Software included with Windows 10:
•   Groove
•   Windows Media Player
 
Video Software included with Windows 10:
•   Movies & TV
•   Windows Media Player

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General Discussion / Alan Raul – October 7, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: October 03, 2018, 06:10:38 PM »
Autodesk SketchBook - is a FREE pixel graphics software application that features a radial/pie-menu user interface, intended for expressive drawing and concept sketching. SketchBook is available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.
https://www.sketchbook.com/
http://www.sketchbook.com/blog/category/tutorial/
https://www.sketchbook.com/help/
 
LibreOffice Getting Started Guide
https://documentation.libreoffice.org/en/english-documentation/getting-started-guide/

LibreOffice: A history of document freedom
https://opensource.com/article/18/9/libreoffice-history
 
Microsoft Privacy
https://account.microsoft.com/account/privacy
 
Microsoft Announce Enhanced Version of Ubuntu 18.04 for Hyper-V - It takes just 3 clicks to get Ubuntu running on Windows 10 Pro
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/09/hyper-v-ubuntu-1804-windows-integration

Optimized Ubuntu Desktop images available in Microsoft Hyper-V gallery
https://blog.ubuntu.com/2018/09/17/optimised-ubuntu-desktop-images-available-in-microsoft-hyper-v-gallery
 
Run Ubuntu virtual machines made even easier with Hyper-V Quick Create
https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2018/09/17/run-ubuntu-virtual-machines-made-even-easier-with-hyper-v-quick-create/
 
What’s new in Windows and Office in October 2018
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/10/02/find-out-whats-new-in-windows-and-office-in-october/

Download Windows 10
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
 
Get things done with Office 2019
https://products.office.com/en-us/get-started-with-office-2019
 
Microsoft Office 2019 is NOT the version you want to buy
https://www.komando.com/happening-now/492090/microsoft-office-2019-is-not-the-version-you-want-to-buy



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General Discussion / Re: A new pop up in my yahoo mail "image8.pubmatic.com"
« on: September 30, 2018, 03:13:20 PM »
I assume you were using web browser to check your mail and not a dedicated e-mail client.

While surfing for a deal on a MacBook Air for a friend I got this notice at the bottom of the web page using Windows 10/Internet Explorer. I then pasted the link into Firefox running in a virtual machine running Ubuntu 18.04.1. No popup occurred... 



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General Discussion / Re: Lost Password for Win 10
« on: September 27, 2018, 08:10:53 PM »
I assume you have recovered all the files from his son.

I would make a complete backup of the drive before working on it. You always want to have a point to return to.

I can only "assume" you will be able to create a new user/password. If you do a clean install then the answer is yes. Otherwise I'm not sure.

If the computer previously had Windows 10 then it will be automatically activated.

Did you find the Windows 10 USB install drive I created for you? It will be time to create a new one since Windows 10 will have a new update in October.

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General Discussion / Re: A new pop up in my yahoo mail "image8.pubmatic.com"
« on: September 26, 2018, 04:35:27 PM »
A safe way to begin would be:

1) Try to get rid of it by going to search and typing Windows Defender Security Center and opening it. Click Virus and do a scan.

2) Download the latest Malicious Software Removal Tool and run it.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

If all else fails restore a previous system backup

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General Discussion / San Luis Obispo Linux Users Group Meeting
« on: September 03, 2018, 07:55:31 PM »
The next SLOLUG meeting will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

http://www.slolug.com/


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General Discussion / Alan Raul – September 2, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:44:23 AM »
The ROKU Channel
https://therokuchannel.roku.com/

What is The Roku Channel?
https://support.roku.com/article/115012374788-what-is-the-roku-channel-

Create a Roku account without a credit card
Just skip the last page where it asks for a credit card.
https://my.roku.com/signup/nocc
 
Acronis – True Image 2019, Disk Director 12 and more
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/

User Group Relations – Gene Barlow
http://ugr7.com/

Acronis True Image 2019 Help
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/support/documentation/ATI2019/#35899.html

Acronis True Image 2019 Forum
https://forum.acronis.com/forum/acronis-true-image-discussions/acronis-true-image-2019-forum

What is an Acronis Survival Kit?
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/support/documentation/ATI2019/#41690.html
 
61639: Acronis True Image 2019: How to create Acronis Survival Kit
https://kb.acronis.com/content/61639

draw.io provides FREE, high quality diagramming software for Chrome OS, Linux macOS and Windows.
https://about.draw.io/integrations/#integrations_offline

27 Interesting Facts About Linux
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/08/interesting-facts-about-linux

Ubuntu Mate 18.04.1 LTS
https://ubuntu-mate.org/

What is Ubuntu MATE?
https://ubuntu-mate.org/what-is-ubuntu-mate/

Linux Mint 19
https://www.linuxmint.com/
 
Linux Mint Installation Guide
https://linuxmint-installation-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/


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General Discussion / Router Backup and Update Settings
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:29:08 PM »
I have attached screen captures on how to update and backup a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 router. Other Netgear models and brands may be similar.

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