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General Discussion / Cyber Security Articles from APCUG
« Last post by rsutter on October 07, 2015, 11:45:55 AM »
Hello All,

In recognition that October is Cyber Security Month, Judy Taylour of APCUG has assembled a series of articles on the topic for inclusion in the newsletter of local chapters.

I have posted all of those articles on the SLO Bytes web site.  You will find them at

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Food For Thought
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 07, 2015, 09:23:59 AM »
Microsoft’s relevance in the personal computing market—which commingles smart phones, tablets, and PCs of all kinds—has shrunk from nearly 100 percent in June 2007 to roughly 15 percent today. What happened in June 2007, you ask? Right. The first Apple iPhone was released.

Mobile: It Changes Everything

He has some great information on his Twitter and personal web site.

General Discussion / Quick Dam Sandless Sandbags
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 05, 2015, 09:41:47 AM »
At our Sunday meeting we had a little "El Nino" talk.

Remember rain? It's water that comes out of the sky!

Here are some past images of flooding at Avila Hot Springs in 2010.

San Luis Creek - LOVR and 101 FWY

Alan brought up that he has purchased Quick Dam Sandless Sandbags for different properties.

An assortment of sizes and lengths are available from Amazon.

Quick Dam Sandless Sandbags 12" x 24" x 3" (6 Pack)

Quick Dam Flood Barrier 6" X 5' (2 pack)

Quick Dam QD610-1 Flood Barrier, 6-Inch x 10-Feet, 1-Pack

Quick Dam QD617-1 Flood Barrier, 6-Inch x 17-Feet, 1-Pack
General Discussion / Weather Map Updates.
« Last post by DougD on October 04, 2015, 05:16:55 PM »
Here is the latest that I have on watching the WIND, and weather. These motion images can be altered, as needed, and enlarged for greater detail and various readings. WindyTY and Sailflow are new, the others have been posted before. 

WindyTY,-91.846,3   nw

Sailflow,-116.24,5,1   nw

              Home page: ( )

Just USA wind patterns
Be alerted to the fact that the "Cool Previews" Firefox add-on is no longer supported or available from its developer. Evidently, it can be restored from the Firefox "profiles" back up. I have looked around for a replacement program to no avail. Cool Previews has enabled a user to view a URL or facebook/twitter posting without leaving the webpage. Placing a cursor over the image/url would open a size-adjustable window that revealed the highlighted webpage, and even allowed for limited navigation within it. This was a real time saving convenience. Unfortunately, I refreshed Firefox because Twitter had stopped automatically downloading images, and had to reinstall my add-on extensions. That part was OK, but the inability to restore Cool Previews has been a major disappointment. My reason for posting this info is twofold;

     1. I am alerting the members who use Cool Previews to be sure it is backed up in a "profile" folder with Mozilla Firefox backup, towards the day that it might have to be reinstalled, and

     2. Does anyone know of a program that can replace Cool Previews?

Internet info on this:


>>> BACK-UP Your Firefox Extensions:

In order to restore Cool Previews to my Firefox add-ons, I had to restore my Drive C: partition with True Image. Adding the FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension), would make it possible to restore extensions that were deleted intentionally, or otherwise.

NOTE: Just to be on the safe side, I would go to the "extensions" webpage, click on "more" under the Cool Previews listed extension and disable the "automatic updates" option. Since there will be no updates, this could protect you from having the program disabled by what appears to be a disgruntled developer team.  :o
General Discussion / Alan Raul - October 4, 2015 First Session Notes
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 04, 2015, 11:13:48 AM »
The following software and links were discussed at the meeting:

Windows 10 Complete Privacy Guide

San Luis Creek - LOVR and 101 FWY

General Discussion / Re: OS X El Capitan
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 03, 2015, 09:04:26 AM »
David Cox is fast becoming one of my many YouTube hero's!!!

I am also an iMore fan both on YouTube and on their website tutorials.
General Discussion / Re: OS X El Capitan
« Last post by rsutter on October 03, 2015, 07:33:12 AM »
David C Cox has an informative video on El Capitan at

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / OS X El Capitan
« Last post by Alan Raul on October 01, 2015, 11:56:36 AM »
I realized this covers a small part of the SLO Bytes audience but here's the useful info...

The latest and greatest Mac OS has been released...  OS X El Capitan 10.11

What's new from Yosemite

Everything you wanted to know about... OS X 10.11 El Capitan: The Ars Technica Review

Once I download (BUT DID NOT INSTALL) the new OS (OVER 6 GB) from the App Store I verified the dmg file using hdiutil. See image below...

I then create a bootable USB flash drive if I decide to do a clean install in the future. You can use a terminal window to do this but I chose the lazy way this time using DiskMaker X.

I also saved a copy of the Install OS X El for future uses.

Once all the above actions have taken place I then installed the new OSX.

USB Drives No Longer Required to Install Windows with Boot Camp in OS X El Capitan
Boot Camp has gained the ability to install a Windows partition without a USB drive.

I was prompted to update the following software:
Acronis TrueImage 2016

I will create updated system backups after the first OSX update.

So far, so good on the OSX update, application updating and using El Capitan.
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