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Hello All,

Our parent organization, APCUG, will hold another webinar on August 19th beginning at 10:00 Pacific Time
Register for this free event at
The two track event features the following topics

10:00 AM PT - Pi-hole by Don Arrowsmith
Pi-hole is a LAN-wide ad blocker that runs on a Raspberry-pi. If you're sick of ads all over the web pages you look at, tired of auto-starting audio and video ads, and disgusted at pop-up and pop-under ads every time you click a link, then you need a Pi-hole. It will eliminate all of those annoyances from every device on your LAN without having to make any configuration changes to those devices. The software is free and runs on a Raspberry Pi, a small, inexpensive system about the size of a deck of cards. If you have been wanting to learn more about hardware like this, it'll also be an educational tool. Don will run through the entire process of getting the software and hardware, installing everything, integrating it into your network, and maintaining it.

11:00 AM PT - Home Automation Security by Bill James
Are your worried about home automation devices listening in on your conversations? Wonder if your devices can be hacked and donít know how to keep them from being hacked? Many smarthome devices are designed to be easy to use but donít come with a ton of security features Ė what should you do? Bill will answer these questions and more in this presentation, maybe making it a little bit easier to take the first step to automate your home and get a better price for it when you sell.

Noon PT - Finding Tech Information on by Kathy Jacobs
Medium is a large site for writers and readers. The platform is built to make it easy to share stories about almost anything. This presentation will introduce you to the basics of Medium's interfaces (app and website) via the introduction to some of the best tech publications on the site. You will also learn:
How to search for publications, articles, and writers on topics of interest to your club
Navigating the 3 basic kinds of articles in the Medium universe: Stories, responses, and series
Tagging on Medium
Writing responses that will get read
Connecting with authors and publication editors

10:00 AM PT - GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) - Why You Shouldnít Get Lost! By Bill Hobbs
This presentation includes information about GPS and other systems. He goes over GLONASS, Galileo, etc., history, signals, accuracy, and errors involved in the global navigation systems. In addition, he will demonstrate how to calculate location and time using a very simplified system.

11:00 AM PT - Chromebooks are for Seniors by Ron Brown
Are you looking for a computer that isnít complicated to use? How about one you canít ruin by making a mistake from the keyboard? No maintenance, malware, trojans, and viruses, no subscription cost and itís always up-to-date with web technology? The Chromebook is for you!

Noon PT - Ideas for Revitalizing Your Computer Club by Judy Taylour
Is your group suffering from?
Officer / leader burnout
One, two, or three officers are in charge of everything
They have done everything for years
Lack of volunteers
Reduced membership
Same person / people always give presentations
Presentations donít meet membersí needs
Newsletter editor retired Ė no one wants to learn a desktop publishing program
Webmaster moved away Ė no one knows how the website works
This presentation offers ideas you might want to try to revitalize your group.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 08/13/17
« Last post by rsutter on August 14, 2017, 12:02:52 AM »
Hello All,

Here are my notes from today's meeting of the Photo Group

Alan Raul opened the meeting with a collage of images shot at the Phoenix Bookstore. Alan captured images of books from many different genres and then built a slide show from them using the software program, Proshow Gold,

John Waller followed with shots of texts offered at the Santa Maria Public Library.

Ralph Sutter showed messages conveyed either by text or by visual images from his recent travels.

Kaye Raul shared scenes featuring the library of her mother

Bob Styerwalt displayed some of the books found in his personal library. The categories included volumes on travel, history, religion, classics, reference materials and technical volumes. Like Alan and Ralph, Bob used Proshow Gold to present his images.

Following the display of images, Kaye shared an article that predicted how new technologies would reshape our lives, rendering obsolete many current devices and behaviors. This resulted in lengthy conversations, so much so that we chose Obsolescence as the focus topic for the September meeting

NEXT MEETING Sunday, September 10th 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road
Arroyo Grande, CA

Map at
Dashcam video at

TOPIC: Obsolescence
The topic for the Sunday, August 13th meeting will be Obsolescence
Share images that capture objects or practices whose relevance is behind them.

Here is the meeting schedule for the remainder of 2017
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10

See the Links page for tutorials and other resources;
Link to Notes of Prior Sessions;

Ralph Sutter
Windows 10 after two years: Microsoft's mixed report card

ED Bott, ZDNet:
General Discussion / Alan Raul - August 6, 2017 Meeting Notes
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on July 31, 2017, 07:46:57 PM »
July 2017 SLO Bytes BBQ Video
Itís 1.10 GB in size and 18:04 minutes in length. It will be available at the meeting if someone wants it transferred to a USB flash drive.

Camelcamelcamel is a free Amazon price tracker!

Wolfram Alpha is more than a search engine. It gives you access to the world's facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics, including science...
Patch My PC Updater is a free, easy-to-use program that keeps over 100 programs up-to-date on your computer.

7 ways to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10 - See all the ways you can get into Safe Mode in Windows 10.
Google Drive Backup and Sync for Windows - Upload and store files from any folder on your computer, camera, and SD cards in the cloud. You can find your content on any phone, tablet, or computer using Google Drive, and your photos and videos in Google Photos.

Netflix Original Series and Movies
JustWatch - On JustWatch you can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows in the United States. JustWatch is easy and effective: Choose your favorite streaming providers and see whatís new on Netflix and Co. Filter by genre and release year to find the perfect movie to stream tonight. Search for a specific movie or TV show to find out where to watch it legally online.

All in One - System Rescue Toolkit YouTube Videos
General Discussion / Re: Page size of some desktop programs
« Last post by dickJ on July 31, 2017, 07:23:32 PM »
 :D  Here is a solution.  While in Minimize position, use the top left corner arrows to adjust the top and left positions you want to keep.  Then go to the bottom right corner arrow and make your final adjustment.  You may now go to Maximize and back to Minimize and it may hold these dimensions on this and your other apps!
You may still make other changes, and as long as you do not use the bottom right corner arrow last, you will keep the desired size for the Minimize window.
This usually works for Windows 10.  I do not know about prior O S's.
Note:  Sometimes this doesn't seem to work until the next AM when I turn the computer on.
General Discussion / Re: Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows XP in businesses.
« Last post by Doug on July 31, 2017, 06:23:32 PM »
Although there is no date on this OS Pie Chart, it appears to be fairly recent.  Windows 2000 and Windows NT are on the key but are not shown on the chart. Otherwise, this can give you a fairly current idea about the overall percentage usage of the operating systems.

Pie Chart:
General Discussion / Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows XP in businesses.
« Last post by Doug on July 31, 2017, 05:56:50 PM »
Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows XP in businesses, but Windows 7 still operates 68% of business computer operations.
General Discussion / Windows 10 S made available for developers only.
« Last post by Doug on July 31, 2017, 05:51:02 PM »
Windows 10 S Version 1703 made available for developers only. All programming and peripherals must be acquired from the Windows Store.....

Ed Bott/ZDNet
General Discussion / Re: Page size of some desktop programs
« Last post by dickJ on July 28, 2017, 10:58:29 AM »
Again, I tried lots of things to solve this yesterday and none seemed to work.
This morning, as far as I can tell, ....
 I do not know why.     I wish I could tell you which of the many things I tried solved it.  I worked with my WIN 10 Settings, I tried various "Printing" things, I tried various IrfanView things.
In any case, I am delighted and very thankful!!
Obviously, it is now time to do a new Back Up
 :) :) :D :D ;D ;D !!!!
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