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General Discussion / Alan Raul – January 7, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:09:33 AM »
January 1, 2018 Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge

What the Most Profitable Companies Make Per Second

Device encryption in Windows 10 - With the right hardware configurations, Windows 10 automatically encrypts a device, helping to keep customer data safe.

Windows 10 BitLocker Overview

7 ways to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

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.

General Discussion / Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles
« on: December 18, 2017, 10:54:58 AM »
This is a PSA (Public Service Announcement) that's for your safety.

California State Fire Marshal
Information Bulletin 17-003

More than 37 million fire extinguishers recalled after fatality

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall 2017 Guide for US and Canada

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

Kidde Product Safety Recall

General Discussion / See what was trending in 2017
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:19:51 AM »
Very interesting to see what people searched for. You can change the “global” to other countries.

General Discussion / SLO Linux Users Group Notes for December 2017
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:41:48 PM »
Here are the December 7th, 2017 SLO Linux Users Group Notes.

SSL Server Test - This free online service performs a deep analysis of the configuration of any SSL web server on the public Internet.

IP Leak privacy test: IP-address, DNS, WebRTC and others

MX LOOKUP - This test will list MX records for a domain in priority order. The MX lookup is done directly against the domain's authoritative name server, so changes to MX Records should show up instantly. You can click Diagnostics , which will connect to the mail server, verify reverse DNS records, perform a simple Open Relay check and measure response time performance. You may also check each MX record (IP Address) against 105 DNS based blacklists . (Commonly called RBLs, DNSBLs)

Basic BASH Script Automatically Installs Programs in Ubuntu
Ralph Sutter created a script that, when run from a terminal, automatically installs certain programs in Ubuntu or Ubuntu-like systems.

Which Ubuntu Version Should I Use?

How to Get Started With the Ubuntu Linux Distro

The 10 Easiest Ways to Keep Ubuntu System Clean

Synergy – Share Your Mouse and Keyboard Between Multiple Computers

2017 Notes can be found:

Archived Notes can be found:

General Discussion / Area Code 820
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:49:01 AM »
We have all heard of 805 beer.

Have you heard about 820 beer? It could be coming.

What is coming in June of 2018 is a new phone area code called 820.

I'm sure some people would have liked the new phone area code to be called 420. <grin>

Anyone with an 805 area code now will keep it.

Anyone getting a new phone number in June of 2018 and beyond with get it with the area code 820.

The 805 area code was born in 1957 after splitting from the 213 area code and covering the coastal and inland area north of Los Angeles. The 805 area code was reduced to its current configuration along the coast when the 661 area code was split off it in 1999.

The new area code will be part of what's known as an area code overlay, which adds a second area code to a geographic region allowing for multiple area codes to co-exist within the same geographic region.

Customers must dial the three-digit area code for all calls to and from telephone numbers with the 805 and new 820 area codes.

Here are some tips to help prepare for the area code overlay:
• Contact security or alarm vendors to update dial-up numbers to avoid a break in security routines and contacts.
• Reprogram equipment or features i.e., automatic dial, speed-dial, call forwarding, modems for computer or Internet dial-up access etc., programmed to dial seven digits to dial "1+ area code + telephone number.
• Update items like stationery, checks, etc., to include your area code + telephone number.
• Start thinking of dialing 1 + the area code + telephone number for all calls.
• Advise families, friends etc., to dial 1 + the area code + telephone number for all calls.
• Provide your area code + telephone number, not just the telephone number, as needed.
• When asking for someone else’s number, remember to ask for the area code too.
• Remember that the previous area code and the new area code will co-exist within the same geographic region.

General Discussion / Alan Raul – December 3, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:47:58 PM »
APC UPS 450VA BN450M, 6 Outlets
APC UPS 650VA, BN650M1, 7 Outlets,1 USB charging port
Microsoft Safety Scanner -  is a scan tool designed to find and remove malware from Windows computers. Simply download it and run a scan to find malware and try to reverse changes made by identified threats.

HDR is the most confusing term in consumer tech right now

HDR is the most used term in consumer tech but you don’t always need it

Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Readers – Download them now before they disappear

General Discussion / Alan Raul – November 5, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:54:33 AM »
Steganos LockNote - Store your most valuable notes in a LockNote. Hide your everyday notes in a safe place. Application and document in one: the mechanism to encrypt and decrypt a note is part of it. Secure, simple, independent. No installation required. Last updated in 2010.

Steganos -  Makes privacy software

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now available

Windows 10 Fall Creators update (1709) Megathread

Windows 10 setup and configuration tips: Don't settle for default settings
2017 Black Friday Ads

General Discussion / Creating a personal "Vanity E-Mail" addresss
« on: October 05, 2017, 02:59:33 PM »
A vanity e-mail address might look like or

The basics...

Buy a domain
Lock it up for as long as possible since prices will increase
Pick a .com extension
I recommend GoDaddy

Choose a E-Mail service
Do not use POP3
I recommend Microsoft Exchange Online
This service will sync your e-mail, contacts, calendar and notes to all your devices regarding of the operating system. You can also log into your account via a web browser. This service is re-sold by many companies including GoDaddy.

Another option is G Suite by Google Cloud

SECURITY - Security has a lot to do with PRIVACY.

Hardware Firewall/Router - Located between your cable/DSL modem and your connected device (Wired or Wireless)
Your hardware firewall/router and modem can be in one device called a gateway.

VPN - Virtual Private Network This can be either software or a hardware deive. SOFTWARE

What Security Software Do You Recommend?

Is it okay to run Windows Defender and another antivirus program at the same time?

McAfee Security Tips - 13 Ways to Protect Your System

DuckDuckGo - The search engine that doesn't track you.

Browser Extensions
Adblock plus



HTTPS Everywhere

Privacy Badger


Avoid tech support phone scams

Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently

General Discussion / Alan Raul - October 1, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:43:14 PM »
Acronis True Image 2018 Update 1 – (September 27, 2017 List of Changes)
Security Notification for CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 for 32-bit Windows users

Temp File Cleaner - (TFC for short) is a Windows application designed to rid your PC of the temporary files that accumulate on your hard drive because other applications leave them behind.

BleachBit - you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there.
Microsoft Pix - is an iOS only camera app that supposed to be testing various cloud systems for enhancing photos. All courtesy of Microsoft's Computational Photography Group. The difference to Office Lens is that Pix makes the changes automatically.

Windows 10 Help
Windows 10 Creators Update Installed Now PC Fails to Boot

About iOS 11 Updates

iOS 11's new image format might pose problems for PC users

Apple has switched from the ancient JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) format to the new HEIF (high-efficiency image format) in iOS 11. To capture it and hardware encode/decode HEIF, you'll need a recent device though — A10 Fusion-powered or later, which means iPhone 7 and iPad Pro (2nd Gen) at the least.

Here’s why HEIC files are great:
Around half the size of JPG for the same quality
Can store multiple photos in one file (ideal for Live Photos and bursts)
Supports transparency like GIF files
Can store image edits, such as cropping and rotating so you can undo them
Support 16-bit color vs JPG’s 8-bit

Convert Heic Photos to JPEGs

Privacy and Security Links

7 Ways to Block Computer Viruses

Credit Freeze FAQs

Extended Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes

Fraud alerts vs. credit freezes: FTC FAQs

Fraud alert or credit freeze – which is right for you?

Report identity theft and get a recovery plan

Krebs on Security
Know How... 344 Equifix-It!

As Equifax Amassed Ever More Data, Safety Was a Sales Pitch

Equifax Isn’t Your Problem: Credit Protection Tips from an Identity Theft Victim

Equifax Got Hacked: How to Stop Identity Thieves from Opening Accounts in Your Name
Equifax Aftermath: How to protect against identity theft

Equifax Will Offer Free Credit Locks for Life, New CEO Says

In California anyone 65 years of age or older, placing a freeze is FREE.

Credit Freeze Information by State

How to "Freeze" Your Credit Files

How to “Freeze” Your Credit Files
From the California Attorney General

General Discussion / Upcoming Tech Dates
« on: September 03, 2017, 10:09:43 AM »
Upcoming Tech Dates...

September 1, 2017 - Google Android 8.0 (aka Oreo) is rolling out to the Google Pixel and Nexus devices now

September 12, 2017 - iPhone 8, iOS 11 and more event

October 17, 2017 - Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Release Date

October 19, 2017 - Ubuntu 17.10 Release Date

General Discussion / Alan Raul - September 3, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:00:00 PM »
JustWatch - On JustWatch you can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows in the United States. JustWatch is easy and effective: Choose your favorite streaming providers and see what’s new on Netflix and Co. Filter by genre and release year to find the perfect movie to stream tonight. Search for a specific movie or TV show to find out where to watch it legally online.

Reddit - is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website.
Reddit – Windows 10

Glary Utilities 5 - The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-in-one utility for cleaning your PC.
FREE vs. Paid Pro Version
Acronis True Image 2018

User Group Relations – Gene Barlow
Discount Code = SLO Bytes
Acronis True Image 2018 Release Notes

Acronis True Image 2018 Documentation

[How to] uninstall a previous Acronis installation
Acronis True Image 2018 Forum

Fing - Scan, secure, manage and troubleshoot any network.

Network Analyzer - is an all-in-one app for network analysis, scanning and problem detection. Network Analyzer is equipped with a high-performance wifi device discovery, including all the device's addresses, manufacturers and names.

Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Blue Tooth Speaker

General Discussion / iOS 11 Coming Soon
« on: August 24, 2017, 09:47:30 AM »
iOS 11
A giant step for iPhone.
A monumental leap for iPad.

iOS 11 Feature Videos

General Discussion / Planned Obsolescence
« on: August 19, 2017, 11:52:43 AM »
I was looking for ideas for our next photo assignment and came across this article. It’s an interesting read… enjoy.

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