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Synology is a company that specializes in Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances. A NAS is an intelligent storage device connected to your home or office network. You can store all your family and colleagues’ files on the NAS, from important documents to precious photos, music and video collections. By using a web browser or mobile apps, you can access files and use various services provided by the NAS via the Internet.
https://www.synology.com/en-us

Synology DiskStation DS218+ - All-around storage solution optimized to safeguard your data and more.
https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS218+

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is an intuitive web-based operating system for every Synology NAS, designed to help you manage your digital assets across home and office.
https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm

Synology Add-On Packages are available to expand the value and functionality of your Synology NAS. You will be able to download and install the packages designed specifically for your unique needs, whether it's sharing files on the cloud, sharing photos on an online album, setting up a VPN environment or even an antivirus to protect your system. Everything can be found and done in Package Center, with just a few clicks.
https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/packages

Synology DiskStation Manager Tutorials & FAQ’s
https://www.synology.com/en-us/knowledgebase/DSM/tutorial

Synology DiskStation Manager Video Tutorials
https://www.synology.com/en-us/knowledgebase/DSM/video

Synology DiskStation Manager Help Articles
https://www.synology.com/en-us/knowledgebase/DSM/help 

Helpful YouTube Videos:

Synology
https://www.youtube.com/user/synologyinc/videos

Getting Started With Synology
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABw3qHsi2sg

Robust Photography Backups on a Budget
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80kgljZiUQU

Willie Howe
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=willie+howe+synology

Mydoodads
https://www.youtube.com/user/mydoodads/videos

NASCompares
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFyP17HoU-vpxhIpGXnXx2g/

RickMakes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmxNC-KD0Qc&list=PLErU2HjQZ_ZPL8Yx7FxnY6xKxcMiVWkkJ

SPANdotCOM
https://www.youtube.com/user/SPANdotCOM/videos

KNOW HOW... 380 SYNOLOGY MADNESS - PART I
https://www.twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/380

KNOW HOW... 382 SYNOLOGY MADNESS - PART 2
https://www.twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/382

KNOW HOW... 384 SYNOLOGY MADNESS - PART 3
https://www.twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/384

KNOW HOW... 386 SYNOLOGY MADNESS - PART 4
https://www.twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/386

ORICO Tool free USB 3.0 to SATA External 3.5 Hard Drive Enclosure
https://www.amazon.com/ORICO-Toolfree-External-Enclosure-Support/dp/B00GAML7OK

2BrightSparks SyncBackPro, SyncBackSE and SyncBackFree – is the best backup software for a Windows PC: powerful, easy to use solution for backing up and synchronizing files on local/network drive, cloud, FTP server and more.
https://www.2brightsparks.com/
https://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/index.html


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General Discussion / Alan Raul - February 2, 2020 Meeting Notes
« on: January 29, 2020, 08:51:26 AM »
Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qjdkq7/avast-antivirus-sells-user-browsing-data-investigation

The Cost of Avast's Free Antivirus: Companies Can Spy on Your Clicks
https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-cost-of-avasts-free-antivirus-companies-can-spy-on-your-clicks

Stay in control of your Microsoft privacy
https://account.microsoft.com/account/privacy

Use Snip & Sketch to take a screenshot in Windows 10
https://community.windows.com/en-us/videos/use-snip-sketch-to-take-a-screenshot-in-windows-10/T1p2kgd-Rsc

Welcome to Microsoft Tips
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/tips/home 

Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Browser Released
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge

Welcome to the new Microsoft Edge
https://microsoftedgewelcome.microsoft.com/en-us/

Send Microsoft feedback about the new Edge browser
In Edge, press Alt + Shift + i to bring up the “Send feedback” dialog.

Microsoft Edge Forum
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftedge/forum

How to back up your Favorites in Chromium Edge
Type "edge://version" into the address bar and look at "Profile path:". This will tell you where your settings are stored. Backup the file called "Bookmarks".

The cleaner easier way…  Type " edge://favorites" into the address bar and look at the bottom left side and select “Export favorites” and follow the prompts.

WARNING: EXPERIMENTAL FEATURES AHEAD! By enabling these features, you could lose browser data or compromise your security or privacy. Enabled features apply to all users of this browser.
Type "edge://flags" into the address bar.

Hidden configuration pages offer additional settings for Edge, Chrome, Firefox browsers
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/about-chrome-flags-config-edge-firefox
 
New Edge Browser (Chromium) Tips and Tricks for Windows 10
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/edge-browser-chromium-tips-and-tricks



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General Discussion / PHOTODEX IS SHUTTING DOWN
« on: January 11, 2020, 11:29:05 AM »
I personally really liked using ProShow Gold for making slide shows.

PHOTODEX IS SHUTTING DOWN
http://www.photodex.com/shutdown.html

Photodex is recommending Photopia as a replacement.
https://photopia.nl/

Transition From ProShow To Photopia
https://photopia.nl/proshow/



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General Discussion / Alan Raul - January 5, 2020 Meeting Notes
« on: January 02, 2020, 06:40:57 PM »
Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge - The 8th annual Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge is a celebration of fitness, nature, a New Year, camaraderie and still having dessert.
http://www.avilabeachpolarbearplunge.com/

magicJack Automated Call Screening - Block unwanted calls from automated calling systems, telemarketers and others.
https://wp.magicjack.com/features/automated-call-screening/

Don’t Trust. Verify.
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/12/dont-trust-verify/

California Consumer Privacy Act may help take back your privacy and give you more rights over your data
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/12/27/california-privacy-law-could-help-all-americans-protect-their-data/2700206001/

Avast Online Security and Avast Secure Browser are spying on you
https://palant.de/2019/10/28/avast-online-security-and-avast-secure-browser-are-spying-on-you/

LastPass Parent Company Sold to Private Equity Firms
https://www.pcmag.com/news/372604/lastpass-parent-company-sold-to-private-equity-firms

LogMeIn agrees to be acquired by Francisco Partners and Evergreen for $4.3B
https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/17/logmein-agrees-to-be-acquired-by-francisco-partners-and-evergreen-for-4-3b/

1Password (AgileBits) announced in November that they were partnering with a venture capital firm.
https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/14/fourteen-years-after-launching-1password-takes-first-funding-a-200m-series-a/

1Password partners with Accel for continued growth
https://blog.1password.com/accel-partnership/


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General Discussion / Alan Raul - December 1, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: November 28, 2019, 08:46:50 PM »
Windows 10 November 2019 Update is seriously small, but Microsoft says not to get used to it
https://betanews.com/2019/11/24/tiny-windows-10-november-2019-update/

Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.
https://www.flightradar24.com/

What Is REAL ID?  When Do I Need A REAL ID?  How Do I Get A REAL ID?
https://realid.dmv.ca.gov/

Private Internet Access to Be Acquired by Kape
https://www.toptutorials.co.uk/private-internet-access-to-be-acquired-by-kape/
https://torrentfreak.com/private-internet-access-to-be-acquired-by-kape/

The continually evolving fight for freedom
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/11/the-continually-evolving-fight-for-freedom/

Acronis True Image 2020 Update 2 for Windows
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/support/updates/changes.html?p=41999

DNS-over-HTTPS will eventually roll out in all major browsers, despite ISP opposition
https://www.zdnet.com/article/dns-over-https-will-eventually-roll-out-in-all-major-browsers-despite-isp-opposition/

DNS over HTTPS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS_over_HTTPS

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General Discussion / Alan Raul - November 3, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:51:33 PM »
Thunderbolt 3 Technology
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/docs/io/thunderbolt/thunderbolt-technology-general.html

USB-C vs. Thunderbolt 3
https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/usb-c-vs-thunderbolt-3/ 

Fledging Shell Thunder - External SSD Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure
https://fledging.net/shell-thunder/

AMAZON - Fledging Shell Thunder - External SSD Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure
https://www.amazon.com/Shell-Thunder-Enclosure-Only-Fledging/dp/B07QY9V2KM

Samsung 970 EVO 1TB SSD (MZ-V7E1T0BW) NVMe M.2 V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-970-EVO-1TB-MZ-V7E1T0BW/dp/B07BN217QG/

Black Friday 2019 Ads
https://www.bfads.net/

Best Black Friday 2019 Ads
https://bestblackfriday.com/

Yahoo! Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation Settlement
https://www.yahoodatabreachsettlement.com/en




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General Discussion / Computer Meetings
« on: October 11, 2019, 09:57:14 AM »
Sunday, February 23, 2020  SLO Bytes Photo Group Two weeks later than usual
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00 - 4:00 pm
TOPIC: Photo Editing Software Again - Please share images that you modified using your favorite image manipulation software. Due to the interest shown for this topic at the January meeting, it has been held over by popular demand.
More at https://www.slobytes.org/digital/



Sunday, March 1, 2020  SLO Bytes General Session
San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo   
12:45 - 2:00 pm  First Session: Alan Raul moderating a Q & A session
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Social Time: We share coffee, goodies and conversation
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Second Session: John Waller will demonstrate alternatives to the slideshow creation software, Photodex Proshow. Photodex ceased operations in January 2020.
More at https://www.slobytes.org/

Thursday, March 12, 2020  SLO Linux Users Group (SLOLUG) One week later than usual
KCBX Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo
6:30 - 10 pm
TOPIC:
* Q and A
* What's new in tech?
* SCaLE ( Southern California Linux Expo) Review
More at http://www.slolug.com/

Sunday, March 15, 2020  SLO Bytes Photo Group One week later than usual
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00 - 4:00 pm
TOPIC: To be announced...
More at https://www.slobytes.org/digital/



Sunday, April 5, 2020  SLO Bytes General Session
San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo   
12:45 - 2:00 pm  First Session: Alan Raul moderating a Q & A session
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Social Time: We share coffee, goodies and conversation
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Second Session: To be announced...
More at https://www.slobytes.org/

Thursday, April 9, 2020  SLO Linux Users Group (SLOLUG)
KCBX Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo
6:30 - 10 pm
TOPIC:
* Q and A
* What's new in tech?
* To be announced...
More at http://www.slolug.com/

Sunday, April 19, 2020  SLO Bytes Photo Group One week later than usual
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00 - 4:00 pm
TOPIC: To be announced...
More at https://www.slobytes.org/digital/


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I wanted to create a “Acronis USB Recovery Drive” containing BOTH Acronis Disk Director 12.5 and Acronis True Image 2020 on a Windows 10 Pro computer where both products were installed.

I first formatted a USB flash drive with File Explorer to FAT32.

I selected the Acronis folder from the Start menu >
Bootable Rescue Media Builder >
Advanced >
Linux-based Media >
Choose Media Destination >
ISO or USB Flash Drive >
Follow the prompts

I first created a flash drive which worked perfectly. I then created an ISO followed by creating another flash drive using Rufus which also worked perfectly.

From within either Acronis Disk Director 12.5 or Acronis True Image 2020 >
CTRL-ALT-F2 will drop you to a Linux terminal
Press ALT-F1 to return to the Acronis GUI


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General Discussion / Alan Raul – October 6, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: October 06, 2019, 09:22:27 AM »
How to Record the Sound Coming From Your PC (Even Without Stereo Mix)
https://www.howtogeek.com/217348/how-to-record-the-sound-coming-from-your-pc-even-without-stereo-mix/
 
I chose Option 2: Audacity’s WASAPI Loopback to record the Adventure Photography with Chris Burkard podcast.
B&H Photography Podcast

https://soundcloud.com/bh-photography-podcast

Ralph Sutter's Tutorial Demonstrating WASAPI
http://www.fullbean.com/tutorials/audacity-record-system-audio.mp4

Podcast: Adventure Photography with Chris Burkard
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/podcasts/photography/podcast-adventure-photography-with-chris-burkard
 
Microsoft Excel: Add the Windows Calculator to the Quick Access Toolbar
https://www.groovypost.com/howto/add-calculator-excel-2007-2010/
 
Microsoft Excel: Real-time Stock Quotes
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/get-a-stock-quote-e5af3212-e024-4d4c-bea0-623cf07fbc54
 
Windows 10 is pretty much forcing users towards Microsoft accounts rather than local ones
https://betanews.com/2019/10/02/windows-10-local-account-hidden/
 
Windows 10 users fume: Microsoft, where's our 'local account' option gone?
https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-users-fume-microsoft-wheres-our-local-account-option-gone/
 
Windows 10 setup: Which user account type should you choose?
https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-which-user-account-type-should-you-choose/

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General Discussion / Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 1080p
« on: September 05, 2019, 07:13:22 PM »
Stan just purchased this Lenovo laptop from Costco for $1,299.99 + tax.

https://www.costco.com/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X1-Laptop---Intel-Core-i7---1080p.product.100497492.html

Processor & Memory:
Intel® Core™ i7-8565U Processor 1.8GHz
16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz RAM

Operating System: 
Microsoft® Windows 10 Home (64 bit)
Drives:   
512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
No Optical Drive

Graphics & Video:   
14" Touchscreen Anti-glare LED Backlit IPS FHD (1920 x 1080) Display
Intel Integrated 620 Graphics

Communications:
802.11 Wireless-AC 2x2 + Bluetooth® 5.0
Integrated dual Microphone Array

Audio:   
Dolby Premium Audio Processing

Keyboard:
Backlit English Keyboard

Ports & Slots:
2x USB 3.1
2x USB Type C Thunderbolt with PowerDelivery
1x HDMI
1x Mini RJ-45
1x Combination Audio Jack

Battery:   
4 Cell 51Wh (Up to 16-hour total) Battery

Additional Information:
Dimensions: 8.55" x 12.74" x 0.59"
Approximate Weight: 2.65lbs


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General Discussion / Alan Raul – July 7, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: July 04, 2019, 08:15:47 PM »
Tip of the Day...
Have you checked the batteries in your devices lately? When you grab your flashlight, which has been in your vehicle for years, and find it barely produces light. You open the flashlight to change the batteries and find corrosion throughout the flashlight which may not be easily cleaned or has permanently destroyed your device. Check your batteries in your TV remote control, emergency radio, mice, keyboard, clock, garage door opener, etc. You might be surprised to find the dating, the leaking or corrosion on the batteries.

Google – Privacy and Terms
https://policies.google.com/
 
Coinstar – Turn your coins into… Amazon gift card, etc.
https://www.coinstar.com/
 
Coinstar Locations
https://www.coinstar.com/findakiosk

Amazon Prime Day 2019
https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Day/b?node=13887280011
https://www.theblackfriday.com/amazon-prime-day.php
 
Windows 10 Field Guide - is a full-length e-book about the latest version of Microsoft Windows, aimed at those users who will upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or acquire Windows 10 with a new PC.
https://leanpub.com/windows10fieldguide
 
Windows 10 May 2019 for Microsoft Office users - is a focused and unvarnished look at Windows 10, especially written for the many people who use Microsoft Office. Fully up-to-date with coverage of the May 2019 of Windows 10 including new features like Sandbox, Dark Mode, Clipboard and Timeline.
https://office-watch.com/product/windows-10-for-microsoft-office-users/
 
Without Amazon, most of the internet disappears - There’s a whole invisible network of computers that makes the internet work -- and weirdly, most of those computers are controlled by Amazon Web Services. Here’s why Amazon is THE internet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxCfygY1dk8

Mapping out Amazon’s invisible server empire - It’s bigger than you think
https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/10/18563485/amazon-web-services-internet-location-map-data-center

Photography Cheat Sheet: Manual Mode Camera Settings (Infographic)
https://skylum.com/blog/photography-cheat-sheet-manual-mode-camera-settings
https://skylum.com/uploads/uploads/download/Photography-Cheat-Sheet-by-Skylum.pdf
https://www.dropbox.com/s/o9iqx7h1q8tasf3/PhotographyCheatSheet-Skylum.pdf?dl=0
 
FREE Cheat Sheet, DSLR Manual Photography
https://www.lukezeme.com/tutorials/free-cheat-sheet-dslr-manual-photography/
https://www.dropbox.com/s/g41wfalh94pgm0h/Cheat%20Sheet,%20by%20Luke%20Zeme.pdf?dl=0



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General Discussion / Re: Drivers in Windows 10 computers
« on: June 29, 2019, 09:47:44 AM »
This is what a driver update looks like on my Lenovo Yoga laptop.

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General Discussion / Re: Drivers in Windows 10 computers
« on: June 21, 2019, 10:23:13 AM »
My routine is every 3 to 6 months going to the manufacturers web site and checking for BIOS and driver updates. Windows 10 will sometimes update the hardware drivers but not necessarily. My Lenovo laptop and two Intel NUCs PC's have software which checks for BIOS and driver updates. Your given the option to select one or more of the updates. My experience with this has been 100% successful.

I have attached some details of one my Intel NUC's and what it looks like for BIOS and hardware updates.

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General Discussion / Private Internet Access
« on: May 30, 2019, 12:19:38 PM »
Make sure you using the latest version of Private Internet Access which is 1.2.0.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/download


 

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