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General Discussion / APCUG Virtual Technology Conference - 2/8/20
« on: January 18, 2020, 08:36:01 AM »
Hello All,
I'm re-posting an invitation to attend a VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE organized by SLO Bytes' parent organization, APCUG
Ralph Sutter

(APCUG's Virtual Technology Conferences are FREE!)

Saturday, February 8
10:00 – 1:00 PT
Registration closes @ 8:30 PM PT on February 7
  Attend using your computer, tablet or phone with the app.
  Download the app for the device you will be using at:
  Sessions are 50 minutes with time for Q&A
  Register once via Eventbrite
  You do not need an Eventbrite account to attend the conference
  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the VTC
  Before the event, you will receive an email with directions and links for attending Tracks 1 and 2.
  Day of conference, after connecting via Zoom, it is very helpful if you sign into each presentation you attend via the Chat Box; first and last name you used to register at Eventbrite.
  Why? If all of the questions aren’t answered during the session, the rest of the answers will be sent to you. Or, there might be a handout.
Register at Eventbrite;
 More information at:
Here's the lineup

10:00 AM PT
The Browser – Your Most Important App
Hewie Poplock, APCUG Rep, Central Florida Computer Society & Sarasota Technology User Group; Chromebook Evangelist
The computer program or app that we all use the most is the browser. A browser, which is short for web browser, is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web or Internet. Hewie will describe some of the important features of browsers and describe many important settings used in most browsers. He will also talk about little add-on programs called extensions for browsers, including where to find them, how to add them, and talk about some that he has found invaluable.
11:00 AM PT
What will 5G mean to you?
Ron Brown, Program Coordinator, Silvercom Computer & Technology Club
Getting started in researching your Family History (Even if you have been researching for years)
Jeri Steele, Genealogist

Whether you are just getting started or have been researching your family history for years, Jeri presents some steps to organize, plan, document, and record your work. These steps keep you moving forward with your research instead of getting buried in the details. Case studies will be presented as examples.
10:00 AM PT
Future of Technology
Dave Dockery, President
Tampa Bay Technology Society
While it’s obvious that change in the world has been speeding up in the last several years, Doc will explain why the world is going to speed up even more in the future.  What does that mean for those of us who want to keep abreast of all of the coming changes.
11:00 AM PT
Introduction to Home Automation
Bill James, Vice President
Computer Club of Oklahoma City
Bill’s presentation covers: What is home automation, how to get started, what is required, two approaches – device or system, commercial home automation and security systems, do it yourself devices, types of hubs or controllers, security and privacy.
Creating a Podcast for your group
Michael Crose, Board Member and Podcast Creator
Tampa Bay Technology Center
Is there a podcast in your group’s future? Michael’s presentation covers:
What is a podcast?
What can you podcast about?
How hard is it to start a podcast?
What kind of equipment and software do you need?
Do you need a website?
How do you get your podcast out there?




General Discussion / Windows Start Menu - Link to any file
« on: January 15, 2020, 07:32:57 PM »
Hello All,
I created a how-to screen capture video explaining in detail how to use a particular piece of software in the hope that the user would find it useful. 
My challenge was to put that file somewhere obvious so the user could find it.  I opted for the Windows Start Menu.
Here's how I did it.
Create a shortcut to the file by right-clicking on the file name listing in File Explorer and choose Create Shortcut
In File Explorer, open Windows (C)
Click on ProgramData
Click on Microsoft
Click on Windows
Click on Start Menu
Click on Programs
Paste the Shortcut that you created in Step 1 into the Programs folder
That shortcut will appear on the Start Menu
Ralph Sutter


General Discussion / SLO Bytes Photo Group Notes for 01/12/20
« on: January 13, 2020, 01:55:33 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my Notes for the SLO Bytes Photo Group session of 01/12/20

TOPIC: Photo Editing Software; Please share images that you modified using your favorite image manipulation software.

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting, calling the group's attention to several recent posts on the Links Page of the group's web site. See
   Screen Capture Tutorial; Luminar 4 Sky Replacement;
   on YouTube at
   Skylum Luminar as an Adobe Photoshop Elements Plug-in;
   Luminar 4 Update Available; Open Luminar 4, Click on Help/Check for Updates;

Ralph then showed images that he had manipulated using the Sky Replacement feature of Luminar 4.

Alan Raul distributed a list of the software that he uses to alter images;
See his list here Alan demonstrated several of the possibilities that the programs make possible.

Kaye Raul improved some already crisp images using color adjustments available in Luminar.

Linda Styerwalt likewise explored how she could improve photos with that software.

John Waller moved beyond Skylum Luminar, using advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop.

Here are the revised tentative dates for the meetings of this group in 2020 The next three meetings have been moved back one week due to intervening schedules/holidays
   February 16th
   March 15th
   April 19th
   May 17th
   June 14th
   July 12th
   August 9th
   September 13th
   October 11th
   November 8th
   December 13th

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Logitech Mice Don't Remember Customizations
« on: January 09, 2020, 02:37:30 PM »
Hello All,
My pointing device of choice is a Logitech M570 Trackball.  Logitech software supposedly allows the user to customize certain mouse actions.  I always set mine so that when I click the scrolling button, it pastes anything on the clipboard into the document wherever the cursor is located. 
I find this very convenient.  However, after a short period of time, (minutes, hours or days depending on the whims of the Cybergods), that functionality disappears.  Sometimes, I can regain it by opening the Mouse and Keyboard setting from the search window, clicking Apply and restoring the Paste function. 
When this doesn't work, I uninstall the Logitech software and make sure that I reinstall SetPoint6.68.250_64.exe, not a later version.  I did that again today and restored the Paste option for about 10 minutes.  After that time, my trackball reverted to scrolling when I clicked the middle mouse button.

I searched Logitech's web site looking for a solution but found none.  However, I did find an independent developer who wrote his own mouse control program.  It is called XMouseButtonControl 2.18.8.  I opted for the portable version.
It supposedly works on Microsoft Windows from XP onward.  I have installed and configured it so that pressing the Scroll button pastes the clipboard content.  I also adjusted the cursor speed.  So far, I'm pleased with the free software.  I'll report back after I've used it for a while.
Learn more or download from (Once there, click on the link X Mouse Button Control)

X Mouse Button Control continues to work well for me.  I created two tutorials related to this software
  XMouseButtonControl; enables mouse/trackball configurations that Logitech can't remember; and
  Video Screen Capture of XMouseButtonControl setup;

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I just re-enabled the ability to include attachments in postings on the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board.  That ability was lost when I migrated to the new host.  I figured out how to re-enable it.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Display Word Document Full Screen
« on: December 25, 2019, 02:50:26 PM »
Hello All,
I recently wanted to expand a Microsoft Word document so that it covered the entire screen, hiding the toolbars and everything else but the document itself.
I learned how to accomplish this by reading the information at

The option that I chose was to add a Toggle Full Screen icon to the Quick Access Toolbar.
(Scroll image to the right for complete image)

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,

I will be the Second Session Presenter at the SLO Bytes General Session on January 5th, 2020.  I will speak on Amazon Echo and Wf-Fi Enabled Switches.
Using a Gosund Wi-Fi enabled switch, ($17.99),  I am able to use Echo's voice commands to turn on/turn off my smart TV.  No hub is required. This is more a proof of concept than a critical need.
I will also explain how to send the Echo's sound output through my home entertainment center.
My notes can be found at

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I just uploaded a screen capture video showing how I replaced a plain sky with one more dramatic using the Image editor Luminar 4 by Skylum. 
I used the California Sunsets add on from the Luminar Marketplace.
My video:
On YouTube at
Skykum Luminar 4:
California Sunsets Add-on:

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I have a drawer full of Logitech keyboards and mice, so many that I identify the USB dongle that matches the mouse/keyboard by labeling each with a letter.  Today, I wanted to add a Logitech K800 keyboard but couldn't find the appropriate dongle.
I solved the problem by downloading the Logitech Unifying Multi-Connect Utility from, installing and running the software.
In very short order, it paired the new keyboard to my existing USB Unifying dongle.
Life is good.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 12/08/2019
TOPIC: One Spot; many images

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting with landscapes seen throughout the day and night from his patio and bedroom window.
He followed with a series of still image that he tried to animate using Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 and Proshow Producer 2019. The latter was more realistic.

Next, Connie Sutter displayed images of a grove of trees at different moments, creating everything with her iPhone.

Kaye Raul followed with different landscapes that she modified using Skylum Luminar software. The rest of the group, intrigued by the possibilities, decided to dedicate the January 2020 session to software manipulation programs.

Bob Styerwalt captured the passage of time as observed at various locations of his home.

NEXT MEETING Sunday, January 12th @ 2:00 pm
TOPIC: Photo Editing Software; Please share images that you modified using your favorite image manipulation software.

Here are the tentative dates for the meetings of this group in 2020
   February 9th
   March 8th
   April 12th
   May 10th
   June 14th
   July 12th
   August 9th
   September 13th
   October 11th
   November 8th
   December 13th

See the Links page for tutorials and other resources;

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Delete a Ghost Printer from Windows 10
« on: December 04, 2019, 08:21:34 PM »
Hello All,
Running Windows 10 on my Dell 8930 desktop, I recently used Word's Mail Merge to address my Christmas envelopes.  When I tried to print the envelopes, my Brother MFC-J870DW inkjet printer told me that I was using the wrong size paper.
I tried performing the same action with the same printer from a my Lenovo X1 Yoga, computer laptop, the envelopes printed normally.  I decided to delete the printer from the first computer and reinstall it.
That didn't work. 

While the entry in Printers and Scanners showed that the printer was deleting, it never finished doing so even after numerous shut downs and restarts.
I reinstalled the drivers for the printer.  This gave me the entry,  MFC-J870DW (Copy 1) and I could successfully print Mail Merged envelopes choosing that "printer" but the original MFC-J870DW just told me that the paper was the wrong size.
(I remind you that the same printer with the same envelopes printed them successfully from the laptop and (Copy 1).

I finally stumbled across the solution to removing the non-functional MFC-J870DW by performing the following actions
I went to the Windows Search Window (Windows Key + S)
Typed run
Typed printmanagement.msc
Double Clicked on All Printers
In an open area of that last screen, I right-clicked the mouse and then left-clicked Refresh

True to its name, the Refresh command refreshed the listing of printers.  That listing no longer included the entry MFC-J870DW (deleting)
I hope that others faced with a similar issue find this post useful and save themselves from the exasperation that I experienced.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Dictate into a Chat Window on a PC
« on: November 14, 2019, 11:38:30 AM »
Hello All,

Being a poor typist, I always dread it when I have to communicate on-line via a Chat window.  I wondered if I could use the Speech Recognition Tool built into Windows 10 (and before) to dictate into Chat.
Yes, I can.  Just hold down the Windows key  + h and Windows will launch the Speech Recognition Tool, inserting a transcript of your voice in any text box in which your cursor is located.
This assumes that your computer has a microphone installed.  Most current laptops have a microphone built in.  My desktop does not.  However, I have a USB webcam attached and its microphone launches when I hit the Windows Key + h key combination.

While no speech recognition program is error free, they are all more accurate then my typing.

Windows Speech Recognition Commands;

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I recently had to replace my water heater. It was an elaborate project so when I finished, I made o diagram of the plumbing and electrical connections for my own future reference.
To create the drawing, I used Techsmith Snagit 2020 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019;
View the diagram at
For true plumbing enthusiasts, view the video that I created with Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 at
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 11/10/2019.
TOPIC: Trees; images of arboreal specimens
Ralph Sutter opened the meeting by playing three tutorials that he created. They are
   Add Text to an Image with Irfanview;
   Configuring Irfanview to Play .mp4 Files;
   Using FormatFactory to Join Two or More .pdf Files;
Sutter then showed a slideshow of trees seen in and around Redding California's Sundial Bridge.
Ralph then shared a series of tree images sent by Connie Sutter during her visit to Westlake, Hangzhou China.
Kaye Raul followed with photos of trees large and small.
Bob Styerwalt aimed his camera at local fruit trees and bushes.
John Waller, in addition to showing the thriving redwoods of Yosemite and elsewhere, offered numerous images of dead and fallen trees forming natural sculptures.
Several members commented that most the deciduous trees of the Central Coast have not yet begun to change color or lose leaves.
NEXT MEETING Sunday, December 8th @ 2:00 pm.
TOPIC: One Spot; many images; Please share sequences of images shot at different times in the same locations

This will the last meeting of the SLO Bytes Photo Group this year
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
If the freeware graphics program, Irfanview;, doesn't play .mp4 videos, open Options/Properties and Settings/video/Sound and change the selected option from Use internal video/sound player to Use external player
I created a screen capture video showing the steps. 
View it at
Ralph Sutter

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