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General Discussion / More VPN Info...
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:00:42 AM »

General Discussion / Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer...
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:57:39 PM »
Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer, and People Are Freaking Out

Some cybersecurity experts and regular users were surprised to learn about a Chrome tool that scans Windows computers for malware. But there’s no reason to freak out about it.

I found this article to be quite interesting. I wonder if this is true with portable Chrome which I use on occasion?

General Discussion / SLO Linux Users Group Notes for March 2018
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:30:54 PM »
2018 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report

Microsoft headlined a major Linux conference  - Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft is buying control of Linux - Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

Microsoft and Canonical to Offer Enhanced VM Experiences for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Sneak Peek: Taking a Spin with Enhanced Linux VMs

Video (5 min 45 seconds) of some random pictures of SCaLE 16x and comments by Ralph and Alan.

General Discussion / Spectrum Internet Speed
« on: March 05, 2018, 12:20:45 PM »
Periodically I check my Internet speed. This is my latest Spectrum Internet speed with my Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop running Ubuntu Mate 18.04 daily build with a "wireless connection."

121 Down
11 Up

General Discussion / The Best Dash Cam
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:55:21 AM »
Leo and friends have a good section on "The Best Dash Cam." It starts at around 38 minutes into the podcast.

The New Screen Savers #146

Wirecutter has a review of "The Best Dash Cam."

General Discussion / Alan Raul – March 4, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:47:26 AM »
GeGeek - I don’t reinvent the wheel, I just link to it.
List of Movies and TV Shows on Netflix

JustWatch can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows.

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

LAN (Linux Action News) #41 – Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browser information beginning at 3 minutes 30 seconds

Update on Pocket and Firefox Integration

Google Launches Snapchat Stories-Like AMP Stories and AMP for Email

The Two Faces of AMP

The Case Against Google - Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?

General Discussion / Affinity Photo for iPad
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:31:25 AM »
I have a variety of image editing programs on my 12.9" iPad Pro. One of these is Affinity Photo. Affinity Photo is available for macOS and Windows also.

I was quite impressed with the amount of improvements on the latest version.

A good story about iFixit, a local San Luis Obispo company, and how they are the first to teardown a new iPhone.

I like the statement of "...the precision engineering found in something like a Swiss watch but on the production level of millions is insane."

General Discussion / SLO Linux Users Group Notes for February 2018
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:35:17 AM »
What are Snaps?
Snaps are universal apps that run anywhere. App developers don’t have to create separate installer packages for separate Linux distros; they just create one Snap, and know it will run everywhere.

How to install Spotify application on Linux

It Just Got Easier to Install Skype on Ubuntu

How to Check Your Linux PC for Meltdown or Spectre Vulnerability

Diagramming You Network:

Ralph's current network

Ralphs network notes, etc.

Programs to diagram your network:


yEd Graph Editor

LibreOffice - Draw

Dia Diagram Editor

Install Ubuntu on your Chromebook

Ubuntu MATE 17.10 by Joshua Allen Holm

MATE Desktop Environment

XPS 13 Developer Edition — the 7th gen is here!
Don't get confused... This is the 7th gen Dell XPS 13 using the Intel 8th Gen CPU.

Dell Systems Developed by and for Developers

2018 Notes can be found:

Archived Notes can be found:

General Discussion / Alan Raul – February 4, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:51:32 AM »
SCaLE (Sothern California Linux Expo) - The 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo – will take place on March. 8-11, 2018, at the Pasadena Convention Center. SCaLE 16X expects to host 150 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials and special events.
SCaLE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America. It is held annually in the greater Los Angeles area.
Diamond Sponsor - PIA (Private Internet Access)
Platinum Sponsor - Microsoft

Malwarebytes pushed out a protection update that gobbled up memory and CPU resources and turned off web protection.
InSpectre – Check Windows operating system and processor hardware safety.
InSpectre Download

About speculative execution vulnerabilities in ARM-based and Intel CPUs

How Will the Meltdown and Spectre Flaws Affect My PC?
Acronis Ransomware Protection Free – Not recommended if you currently have Acronis True Image 2017 or 2018.

Freeware for Diagramming Network - Via Ralph’s post on the BB
Here’s his end result -

Lenovo Yoga 920 - I needed a replacement device for a variety of aging portable laptop devices ranging from years 2012, 2013 and 2014. My go to everyday devices are still the iPhone 10 and the 2017 iPad Pro 12.9 tablet. I still have a variety of Windows 10 and Linux desktop and servers at home.

The Difference between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C

LibreOffice - is a free and open source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. It was forked from in 2010, which was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice. The LibreOffice suite comprises programs for word processing, the creation and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formulae.

GeeksOnTour - teach you about using your technology for fun stuff like photos, maps, and blogs.

LearnGooglePhotos - offers articles almost every week on tips and tricks for using Google Photos and Picasa.

General Discussion / Great External Hard Drive Deals from Best Buy and WD
« on: January 29, 2018, 09:27:15 AM »
Best Buy has some great deals on Western Digital external hard drives.

WD - easystore 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $109.99

WD - easystore 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black $159.99

* You can remove the internal 8TB from the enclosure and put that drive in your server, NAS, etc.
* Be sure you get the drive manufactured in Thailand not China. The Thailand drives have a 256mb cache and the China ones are allegedly only 128mb.

General Discussion / SLO Linux Users Group Notes for January 2018
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:06:48 AM »
Here are the January 11th, 2018 SLO Linux Users Group Notes.

Ranch WIFI - Bringing true high speed internet to the rural fringe.

WyzeCam - The best value all-in-one 1080p HD smart home camera.

WyzeCam Review: the best security camera $20 can buy

WyzeCam Review and Rating by PCMAG

WyzeCam 1080p - Amazon

Blink Home Security

January 1, 2018 Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge

Lenovo Yoga 920  - I needed a replacement device for a variety of aging portable laptop devices ranging from years 2012, 2013 and 2014. My go to everyday devices are still the iPhone 10 and the 2017 iPad Pro 12.9 tablet. I still have a variety of Windows 10 and Linux desktop and servers at home.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018

SCaLE (Southern California Linux Expo)
Contact Alan for a discount code.

New Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

Intel NUC Goes Hades Canyon – Check Out The NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK

Intel's Hades Canyon NUCs with Radeon Graphics are Official: $799 - $999, Shipping in Spring 2018

Fix Windows and Linux Showing Different Times When Dual Booting 

Linux Mint Installation Guide

2018 Notes can be found:

Archived Notes can be found:

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