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General Discussion / Re: Big Charter News! Note the additional information in Replies
« Last post by johnw on August 15, 2014, 01:42:36 PM »
ARe you sure that this is the Spectrum change???  This change occurred in Arroyo Grande on July 29th, but Charter tells us that Spectrum is still to come, although all the hype suggests that it is the internet service that will see most of the impact.
General Discussion / Re: Charter SPECTRUM Update
« Last post by johnw on August 15, 2014, 01:36:24 PM »
Are you sure that this is related to Charter Spectrum?  That is, we were recently forced to move to Charter Digital and this is a feature of it.  But we do not have Spectrum yet. 
General Discussion / How to test the speed of your USB drives.
« Last post by DougD on August 15, 2014, 12:02:21 AM »
General Discussion / Charter SPECTRUM Update
« Last post by dickJ on August 14, 2014, 10:50:14 AM »
Now that channel 902 has disappeared from your Charter Cable Box, you can choose the channel # you want to appear when you turn your boxes on.
1.  Turn on your box and TV.
2.  Press the Menu button near the top of your remote control.
3.  Press it again.
4.  Press the small triangular Yellow A button (More Settings) and you will get My Preferences.
5.  Use the bottom Arrow button to go down to Power On Channel.
6.  Use the Right Arrow to get the channel list.
7.  Use the Up or Down arrows to pick the channel you want to appear when you turn your set on.  If there are more than one channel numbers for that station, it will give you the lowest (they are all HD now).  You also have the option (above channel 1) to chose Last Channel and when you turn your set On the last channel you had On will appear.
8.  Press the small Exit button on the left of your Remote Control to accept you choice and turn the settings Off.

There may be more than one route to do this, but this is the one I like.

Finally, at this time I can find nothing absolutely definite about the date and amount of the Charter Internet speed update. It may be this will vary depending upon where you live?
General Discussion / Home Server with Ubuntu Server 14.04.1
« Last post by rsutter on August 12, 2014, 03:17:41 PM »
Hello All,

After numerous false starts, I managed to create a Ubuntu home server running Ubuntu Server 14.04.1. 64 bit.  I found the YouTube video by David Goguda to be an invaluable step-by-step guide for the installation.  View it at

Since it is designed for servers, Ubuntu Server requires the administrator to do everything from the command line.  As one who is terminal adverse, I added a stripped down Gnome desktop graphical user interface.  I did so by opening the terminal and typing the following
sudo apt-get install xorg gnome-core gnome-system-tools gnome-app-install.

With the server, I am able to share files among my Windows, Mac and Linux based computers.

Here are the computer specs
Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 70A4000HUX i3-4130 3.4GHz
Intel Core i3-4130 Processor (3MB Cache, 3.40GHz)
two sticks 4GB DDR3 1333/UDIMM  RAM (2 more slots unused)
1TB WD hard drive
2TB WD hard drive

So far, I have only enabled one of the hard drives.  As time goes on, I plan to decommission my HP server running Windows Home Server 2008 in favor of this ThinkServer.  For the time being, I'll test the new server's capabilities and my own skill set before I complete the migration.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2014
« Last post by DougD on August 12, 2014, 11:42:11 AM »
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2014- Published: August 12, 2014
Version: 1.0   There are two critical and seven important bulletins.

General Discussion / How to Remove Old and Useless Drivers in Windows 8.
« Last post by DougD on August 09, 2014, 05:41:37 PM »
General Discussion / Read an extensive explanation of Windows 7 startup.
« Last post by DougD on August 09, 2014, 12:31:57 AM »
Read an extensive explanation of Windows 7 startup.

Windows 7 Startup
General Discussion / Nokia Windows Phone Emulator
« Last post by Alan Raul on August 07, 2014, 12:11:18 PM »
See what Windows Phone looks like on a Nokia phone.
General Discussion / Windows 9 "Threshold"
« Last post by dickJ on August 07, 2014, 09:12:55 AM »
Windows 9, code named Threshold will apparently appear this Fall. Several good changes, including a new Start Menu and getting rid of the "Charms".  Also, the inclusion of Virtual Desktops.
Here's ZD Net's story.
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