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General Discussion / Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2014. UD: 2-4-14.
« Last post by DougD on January 30, 2014, 09:15:02 PM »
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2014 - Version: 1.0
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014. 
This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for January 2014.

MS Security Bulletin

Updated 2-4-14:

Microsoft Security Advisory (2755801)
Update for Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer
Published: Friday, September 21, 2012 | Updated: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Version: 19.0
General Discussion / A few Computer Builds
« Last post by Alan Raul on January 29, 2014, 08:54:13 PM »
Here are a few computer builds. These web pages are constantly being updated so some links and information are not complete. E-mail me if you see any glaring misspellings or broken links.

Shuttle SH67H3 v2.0 Multi-OS Build

Shuttle DS47 Fanless Slim-PC

System76 14.1" Lemur Ultra Laptop

Shuttle SH67H3 Windows Home Server 2011 Build

General Discussion / April Computer Meetings
« Last post by Alan Raul on January 29, 2014, 07:43:16 PM »
Sunday, April 6, 2013
SLO Bytes General Meeting - Jim Guld of Geeks on Tour - "Technology for Travelers"
12:45 PM I.O.O.F. Hall

Wednesday, April 9, 2013
SLO MAC Users Group - "iOS 7.01 and General Apple Q&A"
7:00 PM San Luis County Library in the Library conference room

Thursday, April 10, 2013
SLO Linux Users Group - Alan Raul - "Run Linux on your Mac"
6:30 PM Training Center

Monday, April 21, 2013
SLO Bytes Digital Photography Group - "To be announced"
7:00 PM Bob Grover's house

General Discussion / Windows 8.1 Update 1 !
« Last post by dickJ on January 28, 2014, 09:55:10 PM »
This is sort of a repost of my item from the crashed BB.
Here is ZD Net's story on the possible release date of the latest chapter in Windows 8!
General Discussion / Re: Bulletin Board Crash
« Last post by DougD on January 28, 2014, 09:07:32 PM »
Nobody's perfect, Ralph.  Your efforts are appreciated.  DougD
General Discussion / Re: Bulletin Board Crash
« Last post by rsutter on January 28, 2014, 01:43:50 PM »
Hello Doug,

Unlike other crashes of the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board, this one was probably caused by operator error - mine.

Simple Machines Forum, SMF, is installed by a script.  Web hosts make the script available for automatic installation of the program but the program itself is self-contained.  The program alerts me when updates become available and allow me to test them before they are installed.

Our web hosting service, GoDaddy, also notifies me when SMF updates are available.  The update announcement comes first from SMF and later from GoDaddy.  Apparently, GoDaddy doesn't check to see whether or not I have already installed the update. 

When GoDaddy announced the update, I authorized the it and then realized the double authorization.  Trying to discover if I had caused any problems, I inadvertently over-wrote the SMF installation with a brand new one, wiping out the original data base.  I was unable to replace the new data base with the backup copy from the previous installation.

That's the long version of the SLO Bytes BB relaunch.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Schedule for SCALE Convention - Feb 21-23
« Last post by rsutter on January 28, 2014, 10:21:11 AM »
Hello All,

Here is the schedule for the Linux SCALE convention.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: Saved URLs from prior postings - Number One.
« Last post by rsutter on January 28, 2014, 07:48:41 AM »
Thanks Doug

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Some URLs from prior postings - Number One.
« Last post by DougD on January 27, 2014, 08:30:57 PM »
Some URLs from prior postings. Number Two.

Saved suggested URLs from the Slo Bytes BB for 2012 and 2013.  Mainly DougD postings.

WEATHER and TIME Websites. Additional Sites Wanted, if known about...
on: September 27, 2011, 11:18:24 PM
Here are a few of the many weather websites: (Please add any websites that are found to be informative).

World Time Server:

Official U. S. Time:

Greenwich Mean Time + World Time:

A Number of Worthy Programs Brought Forward From The Prior BB. UD:1-12-12.
on: September 27, 2011, 12:18:44 AM
For back reference, these programs might still be of interest for future installations:

Free Youtube Downloader:;contentMain

YouTube Downloader HD:

IOBit Smart Defrag 2:

MyDefrag ver. 4.3.1:

Foxit PDF Reader:

IOBit Malware Fighter:



IOBit Advanced SystemCare:

Recuva - recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player.

J Album Nice slide shows, easy to use.  Cons:  doesn't automatically resize images

Visual Slideshow
Offers transitions, special effects, resizes images

Dynamic Drive Javascript Library  Numerous scripts for creating slideshows  Cons:  I didn't find a script that created both thumbnails and main images.

Porta  An old favorite.  highly configurable, resizes images

Acronis True Image:
Microsoft WORD Viewer:

World's Smallest PC:

World's Smallest Computer:

Slider Technology JQuery Plugin:

Download Internet Explorer 9:

CMS "Bounce Back Ultimate" (portable) Computer Recovery Program:

Track a Stolen Laptop:

Numerous Flash Drive Programs Liberty Key:

Mozilla Plug-in Checker:

Monitor Laptop Components:

Speccy System Information

CrystalDiskInfo - Disk Information Tool

CPUID - Hardware monitoring


Two Quality Smiley/Emoticon Websites:

Updated on 1-12-2012 -

Photo file "Stitching" Programs For Panoramic Photographs:

     Autostitch ver. 2.2:
       (Free DEMO version plus various retail offerings).

     Arcsoft Panorama Maker 6:

     The "trial" version is free, $80.00 for the retail product (which is often included free with digital camera purchases).  You might like to search the Internet for other offerings as there are quite a few new photo stitching and panorama making programs available.

Last Edit: January 12, 2012, 01:39:47 PM by DougD

Wind Current Websites Show Atmospheric Flow Plus Temperatures. UD: 6-3-12.
on: May 05, 2012, 10:52:42 PM
Wind Map For The USA:  (mouse-click to zoom-unzoom map).

Global Wind Current and Precipitation Map (click FWD to set in motion):

North American Cloud Movements:


USA Temperature Map:

Global Temperature Map:

World Temperature/Wind Readings:

Check out the "weather" around the Sun and how it affects the Earth:

--- ALSO ---

Union of Concerned Scientists "Climate Hot Map:"

The above map references locations where global warming is having an impact.
Last Edit: June 03, 2012, 06:12:04 PM by DougD

Have You Been Using The Duckduckgo Search Engine? Try Duckduckgoog.
on: August 01, 2012, 04:16:16 PM
Netted by the Webbys explains the added capabilities of the former DuckDuckGo, in the new, enhanced superseding search engine, DuckDuckGoog. The new search engine combines Google Search results (encrypted) with the so-called !bangs direct search features of DuckDuckGo.

Here is the new enhanced variant of the Duckduckgo search engine, Duckduckgoog:

Netted website explains the advantage:

Further explanation from
Last Edit: August 01, 2012, 05:13:37 PM by DougD

Worried About Bandwidth Usage In Windows 8? Meter Your Wireless Connection! UD7
on: December 03, 2012, 09:16:50 PM
Worried About Bandwidth Usage In Windows 8? Meter Your Wireless Connection!


Updated 12-7-12:

Windows 8 Mega-Guide! 50 Insider Tips From Computer Shopper.

Computer Shopper:!-50-insider-tips
Last Edit: December 09, 2012, 02:58:56 PM by DougD

US Stream Offers Live Streamimg Websites, + Lists of Other Streaming Sites.
on: January 03, 2013, 02:50:06 PM
These are streaming opportunities to observe activities in progress that might not be getting mainstream news up-to-date coverage, plus various videos, including documentaries.

US Stream:

Wikipedia - List of Steaming Websites: - Five Top Video Streaming Sites:

Buffalo Tech - free Video Streaming Websites (documentaries, etc.) - some ads: - Ten Top free Sports Video Stream Sites:

Review of Streaming Websites:
Last Edit: January 03, 2013, 03:19:38 PM by DougD

How to Temporarily Disable Microsoft Security Essentials
on: January 24, 2013, 05:31:31 PM
How to temporarily disable Microsoft Security Essentials (for troubleshooting or installations). I should mention that this should rarely be necessary.

PC World:
Last Edit: January 28, 2013, 04:13:00 PM by DougD

Mozilla Thunderbird's Comprehensive "How To"/FAQ Webpage.
on: February 26, 2013, 11:42:14 AM
Mozilla Thunderbird's Comprehensive "How To"/FAQ Webpage. Lots of helpful info here:

Mozilla Thunderbird Help Page Index:
Last Edit: February 26, 2013, 11:44:47 AM by DougD

The USGS Online Map Service Allows For Viewing and Downloading PDF Files.
on: March 01, 2013, 10:37:13 AM
The United States Geological Survey affords numerous excellent offerings for interested parties. Their map service now allows for downloading GeoPDF files of topographical maps, plus numerous other types. Very worthwhile if you have an interest. View a map and "snip" or printscreen a portion of it for saving to a folder. You may also order printed maps, if desired.

USGS Website Home Page (for everything):

USGS Introduction Page (with an interesting 3D effect):

USGS Historical Map Search Webpage:
Last Edit: March 01, 2013, 10:42:14 AM by DougD

Multi-gigapixel High Resolution Computer Stitched Panoramic Photography.
on: March 24, 2013, 03:30:48 PM
The Internet offers a number of opportunities to view panoramic stitches of very high resolution subjects. You can observe the panorama and then zoom way in to note specific details at an extraordinarily close range. Very entertaining and educating for the curious. High resolution computer screens make it even better. With the right equipment, an experienced photographer could stitch their own gigapixel panoramas.

Wikipedia on Gigapixel Imagery:

The Vancouver Gigapixel Project:  (The galleries have numerous gigapixel panoramic photographs).

Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu:  (Be sure to focus in on the top of the pointed mountain behind Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu - pronounced "Way-na" - as it has also been extensively developed).

Gigapixel Photography:

111 Gigapixel 360 degree (almost) Panorama of Seville:

320 Gigapixel 360 degree Panorama of London - The World-s Largest Gigapixel Panorama:

Added 3-30-13:  Curiosity Rover - 4 Billion Pixel Inter-active Panoramic View of Mars:
Last Edit: March 30, 2013, 10:16:04 PM by DougD

Using RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) For Storage.
on: May 07, 2013, 01:47:17 PM
Using RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) For Storage.

How to Use Multiple Disks Intelligently: An Introduction to RAID This article defines the different RAID types and how they are utilized. A PC operator might consider to assemble some older drives for such usage, although with the low cost of terabyte drives, it might not be worth the effort. An array of new terabyte drives might still appeal to some.  Interesting to know about, in any case.


Wikipedia on RAID:

How To Set up RAID on Windows 7 -


Last Edit: May 07, 2013, 02:00:47 PM by DougD

jQuery Image Wowslider ver. 4.2 is here already.
on: July 23, 2013, 05:24:55 PM
Gosh, we just got through looking over version 3.9. The new features of Wowslider v4.2;

What's new

"July 24, 2013 WOW Slider v4.2

* New demos: Premium, Gothic, Chess

* New transition effects: Page and Domino

* Pause/Play option. See live demo of the Pause/Play button."

A Free Dictionary Covering Specific, Comprehensive Categories at One Website.
on: July 14, 2013, 03:14:53 PM
A fairly comprehensive free dictionary offering, with dictionaries covering:

Dictionary/thesaurus, Medical dictionary, Legal dictionary, Financial dictionary,
Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia encyclopedia. This has a lot to offer all at one website.

The Free Dictionary by Farlex:
Last Edit: July 14, 2013, 04:57:38 PM by DougD

Ocean Webcams Added and Moved To a New URL:
on: August 18, 2013, 05:25:22 PM
Ocean Webcams Added and Moved To a New URL:  Weather and wind info plus Google maps, etc., are included.

The New Local Webcam URL:
Last Edit: August 18, 2013, 10:03:49 PM by DougD

Robosizer rapidly contours emailed photos to your configuration.
on: August 04, 2013, 10:32:31 PM
I have found this free photo file image resizer to be so useful and efficient that I am taking the occasion of this post to mention it again. Whether you are simply compacting images in full size or reducing them in size to facilitate their convenient emailing, Robosizer automatically performs the task with reliable efficiency. I have been sending out sixty or seventy resized scans of color slides per email that can initially be 2 to 3 megabytes in size, or greater, in a breeze. They are usually reduced in size to 200 kb to 350 kb. As soon as you mouse-click to attach the photofiles to your email, Robosizer proceeds to rapidly convert them to a substantially reduced size, contoured to fit your email format and with plenty of sharp detail and true color. The picture itself remains unchanged. I cannot imagine the amount of time required to perform these tasks manually. Robosizer makes it possible to email large quantities of pictures without hang-ups over server limitations (within reason) or time consuming upload periods.  If you have any possible need for this type of augmentation to your email program, it could well be worth your time to check it out. Works with all popular email programs, browsers and instant messengers.

Robosizer supports:  Outlook, Thunderbird, Webmail (Gmail, Yahoo etc.), Skype, ICQ, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and more than 30 other apps.

Robosizer's list of supported applications:

The Robosizer website:
Last Edit: August 05, 2013, 11:28:51 AM by DougD
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