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General Discussion / Notes from the 01/18/14 SLO Bytes Photo SIG
« Last post by rsutter on January 18, 2015, 11:27:01 PM »
Hello All,

I have posted the notes from the SLO Bytes Photo SIG on the club web site at
You will also find updated material on the Links page at

The next meeting of the Photo SIG will take place on February 8th beginning at 2:00 pm in the home of Ralph Sutter.
The topic will be Images in Black and White.  Learn more at

Looking ahead to the March meeting on 03/08/2014, we will focus on simple video editing using the free Windows program, Windows Movie Maker.  This program, downloadable at, is available for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and earlier Windows operating systems.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Windows 7 exodus - need help
« Last post by dickJ on January 16, 2015, 04:06:07 PM »
Unfortunately, the Lenovo page on updating machines to Windows 8.1 does not list my laptop, Lenovo Idea Pad Y470 (Windows 7 Home Premium) as updatable to Windows 8.1. 
If anyone has any ideas, or wants to buy a very fine Windows 7 laptop, please contact me.
General Discussion / Run a quick ZDNet broadband speed test, plus a few others.
« Last post by DougD on January 14, 2015, 11:54:44 PM »

My HP Desktop came up with 34.666 Mbps on Comcast (Salem, Oregon).

Interestingly, a Comcast broadband speed test displayed:
     Download Speed: 59.38 Mbps
     Upload Speed:  12.12 Mbps
     Latentcy: 10 ms

The GEEK Squad test:

     Download Speed:  10.94 Mbps
     Upload Speed:  10.28 Mbps           (quite a difference). ?????


     Download Speed:  59.34 Mbps
     Upload Speed:  12.03  Mbps
     Latency:  18 ms

Charter Communications

      Download Speed:  59.44 Mbps
      Upload Speed:  12.06  Mbps
      Latency:  25 ms
General Discussion / Re: Windows 7 exodus - need help
« Last post by DougD on January 14, 2015, 08:30:55 PM »
You might as well contact Lenovo support and/or the dealer you bought the laptop from, and determine what they might offer as an upgrade from Windows 7 to a customer. Its at least worth a try.   ::)

Lenovo Support:

Lenovo Forums:

Lenovo Upgrade to 8.1 advisory:

Lenovo Upgrade to 8.1 FAQ:

Here is an eBay offer of a Windows 8 "Lenovo Windows 8 Pro/App Drivers Recovery Disc set/Upgrade to 8.1 (13355-402D". If you could somehow install this over Windows 7, you might then be able to get a free upgrade to Windows 8.1. Probably a bit chancy though. Can't guarantee results but the cost is $14.99 plus $3.84 shipping. You might check with Alan on this.
General Discussion / Re: Windows 7 exodus - need help
« Last post by dickJ on January 14, 2015, 11:18:39 AM »
Or here's a cheaper one ($64.99) from someone I never heard of on Amazon.  Is it safe to do this?  Do they work? Disadvantages?

General Discussion / Re: Windows 7 exodus - need help
« Last post by dickJ on January 14, 2015, 10:56:44 AM »
I just found a download copy of Win 8.1 Pro for $69.99 at the location below.  What are the problems or disadvantages of getting this one?


General Discussion / Windows 7 exodus - No longer need help!
« Last post by dickJ on January 13, 2015, 01:34:20 PM »
As of today Microsoft will only supply critical patches for Windows 7 as it enters its 5 year exodus period.  I would like to change my Lenovo laptop from Windows 7 to 8.1 but only find Windows 8.1 programs costing more than $100.  Is there a less expensive answer?
Updated 1/14/2015 - Sophos-Naked Security summarizes the January updates (not patches):

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2015 - Note the change info below regarding advance notifications. There are seven important bulletins and one critical one.

Please note the announced change(s) in the advanced notification service. The Security Bulletin Summary appears to be basically unchanged.

New offering> My Bulletins (contoured to your personal needs):
General Discussion / Cicret Bracelet
« Last post by rsutter on January 10, 2015, 11:45:19 AM »

Hello All,

Here's the perfect item for the minimalist.

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