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General Discussion / Linux Mint Hacked
« Last post by rsutter on February 22, 2016, 08:16:52 AM »
Hello All,

See for details on the hacking of Linux Mint - backdoor installed.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,

I just watched a Geeks on Tour session on Picassa and Google Photos.  Jim and Chris Guild, aka Geeks on Tour have an extensive library of tutorials on a wide range of topics.  (  In today's YouTuble video, they invite a panel of 5 other experienced Picassa users to discuss how they will adjust to the changes at Google.

View the panel discussion at

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: Ralph Sutter APCUG Award
« Last post by DougD on February 20, 2016, 11:44:34 AM »
A well deserved honor, to be sure. Ralph has kept Slo Bytes alive and well with his persistent, dedicated efforts. The quality website and Bulletin Board are very much appreciated. Thank you, Ralph. 
General Discussion / Ralph Sutter APCUG Award
« Last post by Alan Raul on February 20, 2016, 11:24:16 AM »
I want to bring this to the attention of the SLO Bytes membership. Since it was Super Bowl Sunday; we did not have our usual attendance when this award was presented to Ralph.
Make sure to scroll to the last page to see the certificate.

Ralph conveniently placed his award where it could not be found easily.  >:(
General Discussion / Linux Notes
« Last post by Alan Raul on February 20, 2016, 11:03:33 AM »
Here are some beginning notes for the FRIDAY, March 11 SLOLUG Meeting
NOTE: Instead of Thursday, the SLOLUG meeting will be held on FRIDAY, March 11

Recommended USB Flash drives to boot Linux from:
Remember that the higher the read speed, the faster Linux will boot into memory.
Note that different capacities on the same brand/model USB Flash drives can have different read/write speeds.

How to Dual Boot Windows 10 and Linux Mint 17.3 with USB Flash Drive Step-by-Step

How to Dual Boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.10 with USB Flash Drive Step-by-Step
General Discussion / Re: Dashcam Video - Arroyo Grande to Photo Group Site
« Last post by DougD on February 16, 2016, 08:55:06 PM »
Alan is lucky he didn't get a ticket for all those spontaneous bursts of speed......    lol    ::)

                              8)                           C:-)
General Discussion / Dashcam Video - Arroyo Grande to Photo Group Site
« Last post by rsutter on February 16, 2016, 07:03:53 PM »
Hello All,

Alan Raul offered me the footage from his dashcam as he drove from his house to Sunday's Photo Group.  I edited the video,sped it up and uploded it to YouTube.  You can view it at  Thanks Alan
Ralph Sutter
Yesterday, I received an email that announced that Picasa, a photo program, was to have its support ended in April and Google pictures would be taking its place. I had Picasa on one of my desktops long ago, and as I recall, it became so bloated and space hogging that I deleted it. Having read of its impending doom, I considered taking one last look at it to see if I might like to just have it installed off to the side for whatever potential reason might reveal itself.   BIG boo-boo!

I guess that most of us are fed up with foistware. I certainly am. But, this lovely program must be avenging its ultimate demise, or something to that effect. I downloaded what I thought was the program, but it was the installation program. Along with my gullible act of innocence, the mere placing of this "installation program", brought with it a hijacking of my primary Firefox browser. First, it hijacked Chrome, which is an infrequently used back-up browser, and converted it to a "fast bestbrowser". But, it also closed Firefox and placed it in a new series of directories, under this same foistware browser.

When I caught on to what was happening, I uninstalled this new browser and the installation program. I might have tried reinstalling Firefox first, to see if that would retrieve it from its hijacked captivity. Iobit's Uninstaller revealed that it had also installed two other programs, which I then removed.

Last, but not least, was the group of folders that held Firefox captive. So, I removed that too, and there went Firefox along with it. Fortunately, I had just completed backing up my drive C:\ with Acronis True Image, so I restored Firefox, along with the rest of the system drive's programming, in almost the exact state things were in when I inadvertently uninstalled Firefox. My Thunderbird downloaded email was still on my server's website, so none of that was lost either.

This goes to show just how ruthless some of the free programs can get, especially in their death throes. A novice computer operator would have had a problem getting their browser back and removing all the malicious foistware.

I think it would be best for most PC users to let Picasa go by the wayside. I still don't know how much worse it might have gotten if I had installed Picasa after the installation program performed its scheming exploitation.

General Discussion / My Raspberry Pi Presentation - Linux Group 02/11/16
« Last post by rsutter on February 09, 2016, 02:19:23 PM »
Hello All,

I have updated the notes for my presentation on Raspberry Pi and OpenELEC (02/11/16).
They are attached to this post and downloadable from

I removed an earlier post after expanding the contents.

Ralph Sutter
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