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General Discussion / Fumble-free USB 3.1 connector will be in products by year end.
« Last post by DougD on April 02, 2014, 06:59:23 PM »
Fumble-free USB 3.1 connector will be in products by year end -


PC Worldhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2139041/fumblefree-usb-31-connector-will-be-in-products-by-year-end.html#tk.nl_today

USB History on Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB
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General Discussion / Re: Windows 8.1 Update 1, new information
« Last post by DougD on April 02, 2014, 06:56:40 PM »
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General Discussion / Southwest Technology and Computer Conference June 27-29 Pomona
« Last post by rsutter on April 02, 2014, 07:55:08 AM »
Hello All,
The Southwest Technology and Computer Conference will take place from June 27-29.  It will be held on the Cal Poly Pomona campus at the Kellogg-West Conference Center.  The cost is $85 before June 2 or $100 thereafter.  Accommodations are available on site at $89-$109 depending on room size.

I attended this event last year and have done so several times previously when it was held in San Diego.  I found the program first-rate, the food delicious, the venue gorgeous and the overall experience very worthwhile.  I've already made my reservations for this year.  Please contact me if you would like to car pool.

Learn more at www.theswcc.org.

Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Hacked: 11 Signs Your Online Security Is Being Compromised.
« Last post by DougD on March 28, 2014, 08:07:59 AM »
Hacked: 11 Signs Your Online Security Is Being Compromised: 

"There could be any number of explanations as to why a certain program is running painfully slow or why your computer has started acting differently. While it could be your processor’s fault, or maybe your system doesn’t have an adequate amount of RAM inside, you can’t rule out the possibility that your online security has been compromised and you are being hacked, which is obviously more alarming. Below you will find about eleven symptoms, which if you ever come across, should make you consider the possibility of having been hacked."



Make Tech Easierhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/signs-for-compromised-online-security/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=28032014
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General Discussion / Is Zorin OS (Linux) a Good Alternative to Windows XP?
« Last post by DougD on March 27, 2014, 05:57:09 PM »

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."

Make Tech Easier:  http://www.maketecheasier.com/zorin-os-alternative-windows-xp/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25032014

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General Discussion / Re: Garmin Dash Cam 20 – HD GPS standalone driving recorder
« Last post by DougD on March 27, 2014, 05:53:28 PM »
Very sharp images, none-the-less. This could be very helpful in the event of a vehicle collision and could serve to remind people about places they have driven to and what they might have only gotten a fleeting glimpse of. Copy the image files off onto a computer or simply replace the 4GB to 32GB Micro SD card. Take it off the dash and point it around at events that are off the front roadway. It even takes snapshots when you take it outside the vehicle.  Nifty.

Hey, Alan! Next time you drive up highway 1, get some coverage north of Cambria.   ;D
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General Discussion / Garmin Dash Cam 20 – HD GPS standalone driving recorder
« Last post by Alan Raul on March 27, 2014, 04:15:31 PM »
I am on the road a lot and see a lot of interesting things while driving. I purchased the Garmin Dash Cam 20, a HD GPS standalone driving recorder. I put some sample videos up to show the quality. These videos are not spectacular but you will get the idea even through my dirty windshield. I plan to eventually mount the camera higher to eliminate my windshield wipers. The talking in the background is a technology podcast.

http://alanraul.com/videos/garmin/

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-road/533/garmin-dash-cam-20/prod146282.html

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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: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/securitytipstalk/archive/2014/04/08/get-security-updates-for-april-2014.aspx


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.

Softpediahttp://news.softpedia.com/news/Chinese-Anti-Virus-Protects-Windows-XP-PC-During-13-Hours-of-Continuous-Attacks-436187.shtml



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

PC Worldhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2138686/windows-xp-still-going-strong-despite-looming-end-of-support-deadline.html#tk.nl_today

Naked Securityhttp://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/04/01/42-days-to-go-for-xp-8-tips-if-you-arent-going-to-make-it/?utm_source=Naked+Security+-+Sophos+List&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5303d4bf83-naked%252Bsecurity&utm_term=0_31623bb782-5303d4bf83-301420529



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.

ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/windows-xp-what-to-expect-once-microsoft-shuts-down-support-7000025348/


Miscellaneous articles on XP:

ZDNethttp://www.zdnet.com/research-37-percent-continuing-with-microsoft-xp-post-support-7000025850/

ZDNethttp://www.zdnet.com/executives-guide-to-the-end-of-windows-xp-support-free-ebook-7000025862/

ZDNethttp://www.zdnet.com/windows-xp-and-windows-8-the-worst-possible-combination-for-microsoft-7000025788/


A Timeline History of Windows:

ZDNethttp://www.zdnet.com/the-history-of-windows-a-timeline-7000025145/


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."

Make Tech Easierhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/zorin-os-alternative-windows-xp/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25032014


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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.


http://www.maketecheasier.com/remove-pre-installed-programs-windows-8/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=17032014
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