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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.
General Discussion / Re: Big Charter News!
« Last post by dickJ on August 05, 2014, 09:27:12 PM »
Well, the change has happened. It wasn't quite as easy as I thought, but I got most of it done.  I still have to exchange and install one cable box.
What I didn't expect, is that when it changed all the channels, it would also do it on my DVR box.  Also, LOTS of channels have different numbers and there are a few new and a few gone.  You can get the channel changes at on the Support Tab. Look for Channel Lineup.
Warning, If you try to print it, do it in Landscape mode.  Also, its runs 14 pages!
Good luck!
General Discussion / Re: PortableApps - Sutter Presentation Notes
« Last post by Alan Raul on August 04, 2014, 10:27:40 AM »
Another great presentation from Ralph...

I would like to add this website with more portable freeware which can be run from a USB flash drive or any other location you choose. Be warned that some of these programs may leave little bits of info on the computer they are run on. The description of each program tells exactly what bits, if anything, are left on the host computer.

The Portable Freeware Collection

General Discussion / August 3, 2014 General Windows SIG review by Alan Raul
« Last post by Alan Raul on August 03, 2014, 08:55:50 AM »
The following software and links were discussed at the meeting:

5 Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

Windows Startup Settings (including safe mode)

AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 - No Contract GoPhone
The Nokia Lumia 635 is a replacement for the Nokia Lumia 520. The Nokia Lumia 635 has an updated processor, a bigger screen, Sensor Core technology and Windows Phone 8.1.

AT&T GoPhone Phone Prepaid Refill Cards
My suggestion is to purchase the $100 prepaid card which is good for one year (365 days).
10 cents/per minute for talk
20 cents/per text message
1 cent/per 5kb of data

Windows Phone

What's new in Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide

Tapping into your phone’s sensors: Nokia SensorCore

PC Optimizer Pro

Western Digital RED NAS Drives – Now up to 6TB for 1 to 8 bay NAS.

An example of a Western Digital Red 6 TB NAS Hard Drive from Amazon:

Alan Raul
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