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General Discussion / Re: Adobe Flash Player protection from Critical Virus
« Last post by dickJ on May 17, 2016, 12:29:21 AM »
The attack is Ransomware, where the computer is locked up until a sum of money is paid.
It is advisable that you go to the Adobe site and run the test to see if you also have the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player installed.
This page may also be useful:
General Discussion / Adobe Flash Player protection from Critical Virus
« Last post by dickJ on May 16, 2016, 06:58:01 PM »
If you are running a Windows O.S. and have your Windows Updates set to download but not install Updates, be sure you check for the Critical Update released on Sat May 14 that protects you from a serious Virus.  The Adobe Flash Player can be invaded unless you install it.  For Win 8.1 it is MS16-064, KB 3163207.
General Discussion / Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2016
« Last post by DougD on May 10, 2016, 10:56:55 PM »
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2016

There are eight critical and eight important security updates.
General Discussion / Disrupting the PC Market
« Last post by Alan Raul on May 07, 2016, 09:58:19 AM »
Watch the first 30 minutes of this video. It gives an overall view of how computing has changed since the introduction of the Apple iPhone. Amazingly, Paul does not offer up any of his prejudices from Non-Windows products!

Paul discusses the decline of the PC market and how the iPhone disrupted the growth of the PC market. Andrew and Paul also discuss iPhone sales dropping and people moving away from Microsoft Windows.
General Discussion / SLO MakerSpace Expo | May 7, 2016 -- Mission Plaza, SLO
« Last post by Alan Raul on May 06, 2016, 01:06:39 PM »
SLO MakerSpace Expo | May 7, 2016 -- Mission Plaza, SLO

Hey makers! Hey Central Coast! The annual event that brings artists, inventors, techies, tinkerers, explorers, recyclers, and dreamers of all ages is back.
General Discussion / Google Advanced Search - Search by Date
« Last post by rsutter on May 06, 2016, 11:42:32 AM »
Hello All,

I just uploaded a screen capture showing how you do a Google search in which you specify the recency of the results.  In my example, I searched US Presidential Elections, limiting the query to the previous week.  You will find my tutorial at

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / ODrive - Auto Sync Cloud Accounts
« Last post by rsutter on May 06, 2016, 10:17:40 AM »
Hello All,

I just installed Odrive, a service that allows you to auto sync multiple Cloud services.  I am currently testing it to sync Amazon Cloud Drive between my primary desktop computer and my Amazon Cloud Drive.  I'm using the free version of Odrive,
Here is what the Odrive web site says

"Cloud storage is better when it syncs with your computer. The odrive sync engine makes your cloud files work like local files. Directly open and edit any file; any changes automatically sync with the cloud. Placeholder files allow you to sync unlimited cloud storage even with limited disk space; see everything but only download what you want."
I'm looking for comments from those of you who have used this service.

Ralph Sutter
Hello All,

In an earlier post, I requested feedback as I researched using the Cloud for storage and backup.  That will be the topic for the Second Session of the June 5th SLO Bytes General Session
Some Cloud storage sites also offer Cloud backup.  The distinction that I make between these two services is the following;  It is Cloud storage if the service allows you to use it as essentially an external hard drive.  If not, it is Cloud backup.
So far, I plan to consider the following providers
Amazon Cloud Drive
Apple iCloud Drive
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
I welcome your suggestions for the inclusion of other players as well as your comments on each.  I also invite you to join the roundtable panel.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: USB labels and storage
« Last post by dickJ on May 02, 2016, 06:52:37 PM »
I got the wrong item in my last reply.  Here's the less expensive one:
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