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General Discussion / iPhone 6 Plus Connection Speed
« Last post by Alan Raul on February 13, 2015, 07:44:28 PM »
I periodically test my bandwidth on my iPhone 6 Plus inside and outside my house.

Using my Charter connection at my house; my speed via my 802.11 AC Wi-Fi connection was:
65.65 down
4.23 up

Using a Verizon Wireless connection in Orcutt my speed was:
52.13 down
11.32 up

Using a Wi-Fi connection at the Pismo Beach Starbucks:
79.15 down
5.61 up

Using my Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Pismo Beach Starbucks:
84.52 down
5.44 up

General Discussion / iPhone App - iPhone with Digital SLR Controls
« Last post by rsutter on February 13, 2015, 10:29:29 AM »
Hello All,

Cal Poly Graphic Design Professor, Brian Lawler, in his talk at the February 2015 meeting of the Mac Users' Group,, mentioned the app, 645 Pro Mk III.

Here is a quote from the app's web site:  "Drawing its inspiration from the obsession with quality embodied by top-end Medium Format film and digital cameras, 645 PRO Mk III is designed to help you use your iPhone as a tool for composing, taking and saving the finest possible photographs.

This $3.99 app offers the user far more control over the iPhone camera than can be found natively.

Read more at  Download the manual from

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for February 2015
« Last post by DougD on February 11, 2015, 07:26:01 AM »
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for February 2015.

There are three critical and six important security updates.

MS Security Tech Center
General Discussion / Google Drive - Free 2GB of Storage for doing Security Checkup
« Last post by Alan Raul on February 10, 2015, 11:18:32 AM »

"We’ll be granting the storage automatically to everyone around 28 February 2015 and we’ll send you an email when your adjustment is complete."

General Discussion / February 2015 Photo SIG Write-up
« Last post by rsutter on February 08, 2015, 08:03:12 PM »
Hello All,

I have posted my write-up of the Photo SIG meeting of 02/08/15 on the group web site,

You will find a link to the PowerPoint presentation, Acuarelas, at the bottom of the Links tab,

The next Photo SIG meets on March 8th 2015.  The topic will be Video Editing with Microsoft's Movie Maker.  Download the freeware software at

Follow the SLO Bytes Photo SIG at

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: Google Earth Pro - FREE
« Last post by Alan Raul on February 07, 2015, 10:20:56 AM »
Nancy V. brought this up at Thursday Linux meeting as a possible future topic for SLO Bytes. It's a $399 dollar product; now FREE.

Do we have any volunteers who would want to show/demonstrate this at one of our Sunday meetings? The demo could be as short as 15 minutes. 
General Discussion / Google Earth Pro - FREE
« Last post by Cayucostom on February 06, 2015, 08:25:18 AM »
My son who is a Southern California architect came across this the other day thought I might share with SLO Bytes group

Click on the link contained above to download,  copy the  serial number, then install...
no funny crapware or anything no need to register according to screen just download.  It installs alongside Google Earth - Standard

This program used to cost several hundred dollars so enjoy........

Easily Create Your Own Start Button in Windows 8 - If you are not satisfied with the start button in WIN8.1, or the absence of same in WIN8, you might consider to resort to creating your own custom toolbar(s).

Make Tech Easier

Updated 3-1-2015

The Start10 Alternative
General Discussion / Tuscon Computer Society Notes Page
« Last post by rsutter on February 02, 2015, 10:48:46 PM »
Hello All,

In looking for future  topics to present at SLO Bytes' General Sessions, I visited the Notes page of the Tuscon Computer Society and found a great deal of information about Windows 10, virtual machines, UEFI vs BIOS, Raspberry Pi and other subjects of interest to me.

Take a look yourself at

Ralph Sutter
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