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General Discussion / Advantages of a Personal Domain Name
« Last post by rsutter on October 09, 2014, 08:55:26 AM »

Hello All,

Recently, a friend contacted me asking about the advantages of a personal e-mail address versus one provided by Hotmail or other services.  Thinking that my response may be of general interest, I have pasted it below.

Please feel free to add your own experiences, whether in favor or against my strategies.

I have a personal domain name,  With it and a web hosting account, I have created my personal e-mail address,  I also have several free e-mail addresses, and ralphesutter@gmail.comAT&T, my DSL provider, gave me an SBC Global address,  I never use the Cuesta or the Gmail addresses to send e-mail.  I only use the SBC Global address when contacting AT&T to report a problem.
 I prefer the control that having a personal e-mail account gives me.  I set up an IMAP account.  With an IMAP account, I can configure it so that all of my e-mails are available off-line. When I go on-line I see the same e-mails whether I connect from my Windows 8 desktop, my Windows 8 laptop, my Apple laptop or my Linux computers.  If I receive or delete a message from one machine, it's added or removed everywhere.
 My e-mail client is Thunderbird.  It's cross-platform, working on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.  I run Spam Assassin.  It is a feature incorporated in Thunderbird that intercepts suspected spam and allows the user to add new spam to the filtering.
 When I set up Thunderbird on a new computer, I simply download the program and install it on the new device.  Then I export my address book from another machine, importing it into the new machine.  In less than 3 minutes, I have all of my saved e-mails and addresses on the new machine.
 NOTE:  Many web hosts include domain name registration in the web hosting package.  GoDaddy is one such host.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Preview
« Last post by DougD on October 05, 2014, 01:23:07 PM »
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do.    :D 8)

Looks to me as if WIN10 could be the needed rescue and rejuvenation of the Windows OS. Good to know.

General Discussion / Re: Preview of Sutter's October Presentation on Printers
« Last post by rsutter on October 05, 2014, 10:37:47 AM »
Hello All,

I have reposted the notes on my printer presentation of 10/05/2014.  They still can be found at the original location,

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / October 5, 2014 General Windows SIG review by Alan Raul
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 05, 2014, 08:56:40 AM »
The following software and links were discussed at the meeting:

Microsoft Surface Pro 3


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From ‘Monkey Boy’ to Developers: 6 classic videos of Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer

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General Discussion / Bulletin Board Update
« Last post by rsutter on October 05, 2014, 08:35:49 AM »
Hello All,

I just updated the software that runs the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board to SMF 2.09.
I didn't notice any ill effects as a result of this update.
If your experience differs from mine, please either post a message on this bulletin board or e-mail me directly at


Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Preview
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 04, 2014, 10:15:28 PM »
I had an old SSD with Windows 7 and applications installed laying around which I did not use anymore. I did the Windows 10 upgrade just for experience. I have a backup to restore from if needed.

I have been using Windows 8 on my main desktop computer continuously for the last 1 1/2 years even though it has been out for almost 2 years. I also run Windows 8 on a variety of other computers, HTPC and laptops. I only used the Windows 8 desktop and not the Metro interface.

About a year ago I purchased a ASUS Transformer and then used the Metro interface as this is what it was really designed for. Last month I purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and again I am using the Metro interface.

Initial impression with Windows 10 preview...
* The Windows 10 interface is a combination of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
* The Windows 10 underlying architecture could be called Windows 8.2.
* No major glitches, etc. so far. I have set up a computer with Windows 10 to take to the Sunday meeting for SLO Bytes members to get a hands-on experience. Let's see if they can break Windows 10!

On a side note... I have Windows 10 installed on a headless computer (No monitor, keyboard or mouse). The computer is only connected to the network and AC. The computer is on 24/7. I am able to play and look at Windows 10 from any of my computers including my iPad and large screen TV.

Don't you just love technology!

General Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Preview
« Last post by DougD on October 04, 2014, 03:51:07 PM »
That's very interesting, Alan. I assume that the WIN7 is a restored backup copy of a fully operational OS, with all, or most of, your often used and necessary programs installed? Are you running into any malfunctions, such as hang-ups, freeze-ups, no responses, error messages and crashes, or is this preview running pretty much without a snag? Are the new features of the WIN10 preview impressing you?

I genuinely hope that WIN10 is going to emulate WIN7 in terms of reliability and improvements. Do you feel, so far at least, that this appears to be the case?  I have been thinking of getting a WIN7 ProEdition in a new desktop, fearing that WIN9 was going to be only a halfway correction of WIN8.1. If WIN10 turns out to be a winner, I will wait a while and get it instead of one of the remaining WIN7 offerings.

General Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Preview
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 04, 2014, 09:45:52 AM »
Naturally, nobody is going to try to install WIN10 over WIN7 or 8/8.1.

I like to speak from experience whenever possible. I did an update from Windows 7 on a spare SSD on my main computer. Why do this? SLO Bytes pays me the big $$$ to try these things!!! <grin>

General Discussion / 5 Windows Power User Tools That Every User Should Know About.
« Last post by DougD on October 02, 2014, 10:07:02 PM »
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