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Updated 4-10-14 -

Microsoft's webpage concerning the end of XP support, with advice as to what MS thinks that you ought to do:

Updated 4-7-14:  A Chinese anti-virus program seems to help protect Windows XP. The Chinese will apparently continue with XP on a grand scale. As long as the political situation between China and the U.S. is cordial, this might be considered by some to enable XP to function online. I guess I'm beating a dead horse on this topic, but it still has some nostalgic curiosity and intrigue attached to it.


Windows XP still going strong despite looming end of support deadline:

PC World

Naked Security

Prior postings -

Windows XP: What to expect once Microsoft shuts down free support on April 8th. Unless you are paying for continued XP support, the end has come for XP security updates from Microsoft. If you have programs that will not run on a later version, disconnect the computer from the Internet and be careful about plugging in any untrustworthy flash drives or installing questionable free programs. I have a slide scanner that must have XP to run. You could install XP on a separate boot partition (or perhaps a flash drive?) and remember to unplug, or otherwise block, your Internet connection when you boot into it.


Miscellaneous articles on XP:




A Timeline History of Windows:


Is Zorin OS a Good Alternative to Windows XP?

Quoted from the article: "Zorin OS is a Linux distribution which tries to bridge the gap to Windows. It has been designed specifically for Windows users who want to move away from XP. It is based on Ubuntu and can be installed alongside XP. It also provides a way to run Microsoft Windows programs with the help of WINE and PlayOnLinux."

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General Discussion / How to Remove Pre-Installed Programs in Windows 8.
« Last post by DougD on March 21, 2014, 11:22:18 PM »
How to Remove Pre-Installed "native app" Programs in Windows 8. Advice on how to remove cluttering programs from Windows 8, and even how to restore them back, if needed.
Microsoft is working to advance cybersecurity policy initiatives.  Download the whitepapers to learn more. Note also the security websites at the bottom of the webpage.
General Discussion / Another Apple security problem
« Last post by dickJ on March 17, 2014, 04:01:49 PM »
Apparently, Apple's latest Operating System, iOS7, while attempting to stop a security flaw, created a new possibility.  Here is the CNET story:
General Discussion / 3 ways to get a new Windows 7 PC in the Windows 8 era.
« Last post by DougD on March 10, 2014, 10:17:30 PM »
3 ways to get a new Windows 7 PC in the Windows 8 era -

There is good advice here. Not only can you buy a new PC with Windows 7 installed in it and Buy a copy of Windows 7 on the open market for $100.00 from E-tailer's hefty stockpiles, you can actually >>>>>  "Downgrade Windows 8 Pro. If you've already purchased or built a Windows 8 Pro computer and found you loathe Live Tiles, all is not lost. Microsoft's rarely invoked downgrade rights can be tapped to transmogrify your PC into a Windows 7 Professional system." It should be noted that this option is a bit complicated. See the article.

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General Discussion / GPS info embedded in your photo files - it could be risky
« Last post by Dave on March 10, 2014, 05:37:49 PM »
Hi, SLO Byters...

My wife's cousin, not a techie, recently sent her a link to a short (4 1/2 minute) video which highlights the possible risks in allowing your digital camera to automatically insert GPS information (the locations where the pictures were taken) into photo files.  If you later post them to Dropbox or Facebook or elsewhere, that info is available to possible "bad guys"...

He mentions posting pix that might have something valuable shown like a coin collection, etc., and then shows a sample picture in Irfanfiew, a pretty popular photo editing program, but this GPS information is available to ANY photo editor.

The "EXIF" data (shown in Irfanview by pressing the key with the letter I on it) will display the latitude and longitude if GPS was on when the picture was taken.  THEN, you can click to bring up Google Street View and voilą, there's your house for all the world to see -- with your coin collection inside!

I hadn't thought much about this, and I've always just turned off the GPS in every digital camera I've owned because I just didn't think I needed that information. 

Take a look at the video -- it's an eye opener.

If you need to turn off the GPS in your camera it should be pretty easy to find in the settings -- or you can always RTFM.  Don't know how to remove the GPS info in a photo you need to post -- but there probably exists a program that can do that...

Dave McLaughlin
General Discussion / Intriguing Active Grid Mural Mosaic.
« Last post by DougD on March 09, 2014, 10:03:56 PM »
Very interesting artwork -

Town of Cochrane Community Mural Mosaic -Active Grid - click on the eye

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General Discussion / Run Windows on your MAC - UPDATED Presentation Notes
« Last post by Alan Raul on March 08, 2014, 11:12:24 PM »
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @7:00 PM
TOPIC: Run Windows on your MAC
SPEAKER: Alan Raul

Alan Raul will discuss and demonstrate how to run both the Windows and the MAC operating systems on the same Apple computer. Some people can not live in a totally MAC world and sometimes need Windows to do their job or perform a certain task.

Alan will demonstrate Boot Camp which is included in the Mavericks operating system.

Another way to run Windows on a MAC computer is  Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac.

Two ways to do accomplish the same thing..... Run Windows on your MAC. Alan will show the advantages and disadvantages of both ways.

 :) Presentation Notes :)

San Luis Obispo Macintosh User Group

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