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General Discussion / System BIOS Boot Keys for Laptops/Desktop PCs
« Last post by rsutter on October 14, 2016, 05:04:35 PM »
Hello All,

Here's a reference for how to boot a computer from different devices.  Standardization would have been nice.


Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Velocity Micro Lifetime Update Program -$149
« Last post by rsutter on October 12, 2016, 09:01:16 AM »

Hello All,

Today, I received an e-mail from Velocity Micro announcing their Lifetime Update Program.  You pay a one-time fee of $149.  When you want to upgrade your computer, you select what components or features you want to add, box up your computer and send it to Velocity Micro in a prepaid carton for the installation.  You pay for the parts that you select but not their installation.  Updates to the BIOS and other tweaks are apparently covered in the one-time fee.
Lerarn more at
Since I usually build my own systems or buy a new machine and swap out components myself, I'm unlikely to use this service.  However, for some, it seems like a worthwhile idea.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / View All Windows 10 Applications in a Single Window
« Last post by rsutter on October 11, 2016, 07:02:38 PM »

Hello All,

I just finished a tutorial explaining how to view all of the Windows 10 applications in a single folder rather than scrolling through the Start Menu.  While it may be more convenient to simply type the name of the program in the Ask me anything/Cortana box, that is less successful if you don't remember the exact name of the program.

View my tutorial at

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / October 11 Photo Group Notes
« Last post by rsutter on October 09, 2016, 08:03:44 PM »
Notes from the meeting of 10/09/16; Shell Beach Photo Shoot Portfolio

The October meeting was a follow up to the September event. Members displayed images that they had taken at the Shell Beach Photo Shoot.
As expected, though we all took pictures at the same time and place, we focused on a wide variety of subjects.

Many of us chose seascapes but we also shared images of wave patterns, close-ups of flowers, soaring birds, back lit silhouettes and beach goers strolling the shore and swimming in the surf.
Alan Raul described how he took panoramas with his iPhone. See to view his work.

This led to a discussion on how to techniques for shooting panoramas. Raul then took an indoor panorama of our group with his phone to illustrate the power of smart phone imaging software.
The group decided that Panoramas would be the focus of our next meeting on November 13th. One free software program for creating panoramas is Microsoft's Image Composite Editor.
Download it from

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Speech Recognition - Microsoft Cortana vs Apple Siri
« Last post by rsutter on October 08, 2016, 09:42:54 AM »
Hello All,

Today, I decided to test the speech to text recognition abilities of Microsoft's Cortana against Apple's Siri.

I opened Word 2016 on both platforms and dictated the this familiar nursery rhyme

Mary had a little lamb
Whose fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go

It followed her to school one day
That was against the rules
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school

Microsoft's Cortana heard the following
Mary had a little lamb was lease was white as snow and everywhere that Mary when the land which sure to go it all the art of school one day that was against the rules it made it showed a lack the late to see all ramp at school

Apple's Siri understood
Mary had a little lamb who’s fleece was white as snow and everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go it followed her to school one day that was against the rules it made the children laughing play to see a lamb at school

The microphone that I used for Cortana was a Logitech 525 USB webcam connected to a Dell XPS 8900 desktop and running Windows 10 Pro version 10.0.1493 build 1493.

Siri listened via the integrated webcam on my Macbook Pro 15" Retina running Sierra 10.12.  Both Cortana and Siri have been voice-trained.
I would be interested in hearing about the experiences of others in using built-in voice recognition.

Wanting to give Windows 10 another chance at speech recognition, I read the same rhyme into Word 2016 on my HP laptop.  The laptop, ominously, heard

Mary had a little lamb who's fleece was white as snow it alone after school one day that was against the rules it may show to let them play concealed weapon to school

I then spoke to Cortana, using dictation to correct what she heard.  This took a while but when I finished, I dictated the rhyme again to her.  She transcribed every word correctly except for the homonym pair who's/whose.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Alan Raul - October 2, 2016 First Session Notes
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 01, 2016, 09:54:25 AM »
The Consumer Reports 10-Minute Digital Privacy Tuneup

66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now

How to Use Facebook Privacy Settings

Samsung Announces 960 PRO And 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSD's

The DEATH of the Consumer Camera - Camera manufacturers (Canon/Nikon/Sony/Pentax/Fuji/Olympus/Panasonic) ignored the potential of the iPhone & other smartphones for too long, and now they've lost the consumer camera market. The industry is devastated. If they don't act fast, they'll lose the enthusiast market, too.
Remove software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer
Synergy - Mouse and keyboard sharing software

Microsoft Garage Mouse without Borders - allows you to control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard. This means that with Mouse without Borders you can copy text or drag and drop files across computers.

Microsoft Garage Mouse without Borders Forum

Microsoft Quick Assist - is a Windows 10 app that enables two people to share a computer over a remote connection so that one person can help solve problems on the other person’s computer.
BIO-key’s Windows Hello fingerprint accessories now available at Microsoft Stores

How to Generate a Battery Health Report on Windows 8 or Windows 10

powercfg /batteryreport /output %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\battery_report.html
General Discussion / This Bulletin Board Software Updated
« Last post by rsutter on September 28, 2016, 07:24:23 AM »
Hello All,

Today, 9/28/16,  I updated the software that runs this bulletin board to the latest release, SMF 2.0.12-1.  Please let me know if you notice any problems because of the update.


Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: Help me with Adobe Photoshop Elements
« Last post by dickJ on September 16, 2016, 11:53:29 AM »
just testing to see if I can add a reply with my "new"name
General Discussion / Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2016.
« Last post by DougD on September 13, 2016, 08:16:52 PM »
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2016 - Published: September 13, 2016 - Version: 1.0

There are seven critical and seven important security updates.
General Discussion / Sutter Second Session Presentation - Elements+
« Last post by rsutter on September 02, 2016, 07:53:07 PM »
Hello All,
I will be giving a presentation at the Second Session of the SLO Bytes General Meeting of 09/04/16.  My topic is Elements+, an add-on for the Adobe Photoshop Elements photo editing program.  You will find my notes at
Ralph Sutter
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