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General Discussion / APCUG Free 2014 Fall Virtual Technology Conference 11/1/14
« Last post by rsutter on October 12, 2014, 07:10:59 AM »
Hello All,

What follows is a repost from the APCUG web site.  It begins at 10:00 am Pacific Time.
APCUG’s FREE 2014 Fall Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) will be held on Saturday, November 1, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight time. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via a chat window. Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2014
« Last post by DougD on October 11, 2014, 09:30:11 PM »
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2014 -

Of the nine Security Bulletins, three are critical, five are important and one is moderate.

The definitions of the Severity ratings are:


A vulnerability whose exploitation could allow code execution without user interaction. These scenarios include self-propagating malware (e.g. network worms), or unavoidable common use scenarios where code execution occurs without warnings or prompts. This could mean browsing to a web page or opening email.

Microsoft recommends that customers apply Critical updates immediately.


A vulnerability whose exploitation could result in compromise of the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of user data, or of the integrity or availability of processing resources. These scenarios include common use scenarios where client is compromised with warnings or prompts regardless of the prompt's provenance, quality, or usability. Sequences of user actions that do not generate prompts or warnings are also covered.

Microsoft recommends that customers apply Important updates at the earliest opportunity.


Impact of the vulnerability is mitigated to a significant degree by factors such as authentication requirements or applicability only to non-default configurations.

Microsoft recommends that customers consider applying the security update.


Impact of the vulnerability is comprehensively mitigated by the characteristics of the affected component.

Microsoft recommends that customers evaluate whether to apply the security update to the affected systems.

Microsoft Security Tech Center
General Discussion / SLOLUG Pictures
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 11, 2014, 10:38:15 AM »
We had a great turnout at the Thursday SLOLUG meeting. We had a lot of audience participation and demonstrations. It was not just me speaking.

Here are some pictures...

A panoramic shot from the back of the Training Center at the Linux Users Group.

Alan showing the Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 Tower Server.

All these pictures were shot with the iPhone 6 Plus. None of the pictures were modified in any way.

General Discussion / Re: Updating ios
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 11, 2014, 10:33:30 AM »
If you are able to update to iOS 7, then do so. I would not update to iOS 8 on an older device as Apple tends to make their latest OS work on the more recent devices. You may look on the Internet for people with an iPad 2 who updated to iOS 8 and look at their results.

NOTE: If you choose to update to iOS 8, you can not revert back to iOS 6 or 7.
General Discussion / Updating ios
« Last post by Joseph on October 11, 2014, 07:53:59 AM »
I still have ios 6 on IPad 2. Waited because ios 7 had some issues. Now ios8 is out and some apps now requires ios7, is it safe to update to 7. Or should I think of going to 8? Heard 8 may not work well with IPad 2.  Recommendations, thanks
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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


Are detachable computers the best of both worlds?
Laptops are workhorses; tablets are lightweight and fun. New detachable computers promise it all.

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

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