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General Discussion / "They're Watching You" - Updated
« Last post by Alan Raul on May 10, 2017, 06:22:42 PM »
"They're Watching You"  - Recorded live at LinuxFest NorthWest with Bryan Lunduke on May 6th, 2017.

Ralph and I have listened to this man many times over the years. His latest talk is very mind-provoking.

Some follow-up links:
The NSA Wouldn't Let Us in This Building (But We Found Out What's Inside)

Utah Data Center

General Discussion / Win 10 Update
« Last post by dickJ on May 10, 2017, 11:10:44 AM »
Don't be surprised if you get a Windows 10 Cumulative update today, and it takes a long time to download and install.  It is NOT Creators, it is a new Build for V 1607.  It is taking a long time for lots of people, but finally installing well and making LOTS of fixes. My result is Windows 10 Pro version 1607 Build 14393.1198.
Hello All,

I saw this product while shopping at Miners Hardware Arroyo Grande today
WiOn Outdoor Wi-Fi Yard Stake has 3-Outlets, Wireless Switch, Programmable Timer

Turn devices on/off from anywhere using a smart phone or tablet
Use with Wi-Fi network or mobile internet
Program multiple on/off settings
Flexible on/off at sunset or sunrise
Automatically turns off device after selected time
Random on/off security mode
Control anytime from anywhere over 3G/4G/Wi-Fi using your smart device
Free APP works with Apple or Android smart devices
Requires: Wireless router. iOS 7 or higher or Android 4.0 or higher

It's available elsewhere at lower prices.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Install Google Earth Pro on Ubuntu -Then Make a Movie
« Last post by rsutter on May 04, 2017, 01:27:51 PM »
Hello All,

Having run Google Earth Pro on both Windows 10 and OSX Sierra, I decided to try installing it on Ubuntu 16.04 (64 bit).
Many of my attempts failed.  I finally had a successful install by following the steps at
Despite the mention of Ubuntu 17.04, the instructions also worked for a Ubuntu 16.04 install.

With Google Earth Pro (GEP) installed, I used GEP's Add Path tool to follow High Mountain Road from Lopez Lake to Pozo.  I then used GEP's Play Tour tool to watch a movie of that trip.

I have included that tour in an attachment to this message.  It's called Lopez Lake to Pozo via High Mountain Road.kmz
If you already have GEP installed, click on my attachment and the tour will play.  If you don't have GEP installed, you can download it for free from
The current version of GEP no longer has the GEP Movie Maker that appeared in earlier versions.
I attempted to add audio using GEP's Record a Tour tool but was unsuccessful.

Switching to Plan B, I used the screen capture program, Snagit 13.1.0 to record my GEP tour and then, With open source software audio recording program, Audacity, I recorded my narrative.
Finally, I put it all together into an .mp4 movie with Adobe Premiere Elements 15.
View my narrated video at
It is also on Youtube at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Alan Raul - May 7, 2017 First and Second Session Notes
« Last post by Alan Raul on May 04, 2017, 12:27:34 AM »
Post-FCC Privacy Rules, Should You VPN?
Simple VPN Comparison Chart

IP-DNS Detect - What is your IP? What is your DNS? What information are you sending to websites?

What’s My IP Address?

The Path to Protecting Americans’ Online Privacy

3 Tools That Hide Your Browsing

HTTPS Everywhere

Privacy Badger

uBlock Origin

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Windows 10 S FAQ
Google Connected apps & sites - Sign in to review the apps and sites you’ve approved to connect with your account and keep track of your saved passwords.
7 advanced Google Chrome tips and tweaks that save you time

Acronis Active Protection - is an advanced ransomware protection technology. It actively protects all of the data on your computer – documents, data of all types, and your Acronis Backup Files.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prints

Alexa Skills

MBR2GPT Disk Conversion Tool in Windows 10 v1703 - converts a disk from Master Boot Record (MBR) to GUID Partition Table (GPT) partition style without modifying or deleting data on the disk. The tool is designed to be run from a Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) command prompt, but can also be run from the full Windows 10 operating system (OS).

Boot to UEFI Mode or Legacy BIOS mode

Bootable macOS USB flash drive
Created with SuperDuper! 
FileVault used for encryption
Boots into any Mac laptop or desktop computer

Bootable Windows to Go USB flash drive
Now available in Windows 10 Professional,2-1089.html 
You need a Windows 10 Enterprise ISO to create the USB flash drive
BitLocker used for encryption
Boots into any Windows/Mac laptop or desktop computer

Bootable Linux USB flash drive
You can install most Linux distributions onto a USB flash drive
Linux Unified Key Setup or LUKS used for encryption
Boots into any Windows/Mac laptop or desktop computer

Your Microsoft Privacy Settings - Sign in to Microsoft to view and clear the data that Microsoft saves to the cloud.

Windows 10 privacy journey continues: more transparency and controls for you

Microsoft Will Release 2 Major Updates Each Year for Windows 10 — Every March and September.

Microsoft will separate Edge browser updates from the Windows 10 OS with Redstone 3.

Download Windows 10

Download the Media Creation Tool at this link:

How to create bootable USB media from ISO for Windows 10

General Discussion / Re: Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is here??
« Last post by dickJ on May 02, 2017, 09:25:39 AM »
All I can find online so far is a new Surface unit for students powered by a compact OS, Windows 10-S?  It will not be available for a bit.

I begin to believe that the 10-S unit is what was displayed and that the Surface Pro 5 is still "yet to come" !
General Discussion / Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is here???
« Last post by dickJ on May 02, 2017, 08:53:45 AM »
The long awaited new Microsoft Surface Pro 5 computer was displayed and demonstrated on the business TV station CNBC this morning.  It looks good. Watch for the reviews.
dickJ  :-\
General Discussion / Video Showing How to Reset Your Bulletin Board Password
« Last post by rsutter on April 30, 2017, 03:13:06 PM »
Hello All,

I just created a video that shows how to reset your password for the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board.  View it at
It also appears at the bottom of the permanent Bulletin Board link, Info Sheet and Password Recovery Instructions for the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board,

Members sometimes ask me to send them their password.  I don't have that information. 
Instead, I delete your account and create another one with the same e-mail address and userid as your previous account but with a temporary password.
I also urge you to change that password to something more memorable. 
My video shows you how to do that.

That being said, you can recover your own password or reset it by taking these steps
Log in to the Bulletin Board using your user name and leaving the password blank. 
That will bring up a new page asking if you forgot your password. 
Click Yes and you will be taken to another page. 
It asks for your e-mail address associated with this bulletin board. 
Providing that information will send an e-mail to you with a password reset link.

Feel free to e-mail me at if you have questions or need help.

Ralph Sutter
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