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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

Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.

What Is REAL ID?  When Do I Need A REAL ID?  How Do I Get A REAL ID?

Private Internet Access to Be Acquired by Kape

The continually evolving fight for freedom

Acronis True Image 2020 Update 2 for Windows

DNS-over-HTTPS will eventually roll out in all major browsers, despite ISP opposition


General Discussion / Alan Raul - November 3, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:51:33 PM »
Thunderbolt 3 Technology

USB-C vs. Thunderbolt 3 

Fledging Shell Thunder - External SSD Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

AMAZON - Fledging Shell Thunder - External SSD Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

Samsung 970 EVO 1TB SSD (MZ-V7E1T0BW) NVMe M.2 V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive

Black Friday 2019 Ads

Best Black Friday 2019 Ads

Yahoo! Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation Settlement

General Discussion / Computer Meetings
« on: October 11, 2019, 09:57:14 AM »
Sunday, January 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...
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Thursday, January 9, 2020  SLO Linux Users Group (SLOLUG)
KCBX Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo
6:30 pm --->
* Q and A
* What's new in tech?
* “Open Session” no set topic but all discussions are welcome
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Sunday, January 12, 2020  SLO Bytes Photo Group
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00-4:00 pm
TOPIC: To be announced...
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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

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)
I chose Option 2: Audacity’s WASAPI Loopback to record the Adventure Photography with Chris Burkard podcast.
B&H Photography Podcast

Ralph Sutter's Tutorial Demonstrating WASAPI

Podcast: Adventure Photography with Chris Burkard
Microsoft Excel: Add the Windows Calculator to the Quick Access Toolbar
Microsoft Excel: Real-time Stock Quotes
Windows 10 is pretty much forcing users towards Microsoft accounts rather than local ones
Windows 10 users fume: Microsoft, where's our 'local account' option gone?
Windows 10 setup: Which user account type should you choose?

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.

Processor & Memory:
Intel® Core™ i7-8565U Processor 1.8GHz

Operating System: 
Microsoft® Windows 10 Home (64 bit)
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

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

Dolby Premium Audio Processing

Backlit English Keyboard

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

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

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

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
Coinstar – Turn your coins into… Amazon gift card, etc.
Coinstar Locations

Amazon Prime Day 2019
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.
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.
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.

Mapping out Amazon’s invisible server empire - It’s bigger than you think

Photography Cheat Sheet: Manual Mode Camera Settings (Infographic)
FREE Cheat Sheet, DSLR Manual Photography,%20by%20Luke%20Zeme.pdf?dl=0

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.


General Discussion / Alan Raul – June 2, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: May 30, 2019, 10:19:09 AM »
Download Windows 10
Rufus - is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives.
Windows 10 May 2019 Update Feature Focus:
Light Themes and Sandboxes
Windows 10 Major "May Update" - Best New Features! (2019)
Launch folder windows in a separate process
Control Panel > File Explorer Options > View > Files and Folder
Make sure this is checked “Launch folder windows in a separate process”
The main reason for turning this on is so that if you have a folder window open which stops responding and you kill the task, it should not take the main explorer.exe with it (meaning your desktop won't be inaccessible for a few moments while windows restarts it). Windows 10 19.03 update should now enable this by default, but check to make sure.

Windows 10 1903: Windows Defender Antivirus gets Tamper Protection feature

General Discussion / Alan Raul – May 5, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: May 02, 2019, 11:49:18 AM »
What is Optane? The 4 types explained

Intel Optane Memory H10 SSD review: More responsive, yet slower too
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Samsung SSD. Installing and Using the Magician & NVME Driver

PhotoCard allows you to take images on your iPad or iPhone, add some stickers, and create a postcard. They are large, 8.25” x 5.5” cards. You can even customize the stamp and it is real postage so it can actually be mailed out.
PhotoCard for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch
App Store Preview PhotoCard by Bill Atkinson

This is a very good PowerPoint presentaion on adopting and contriibuting to Chromium by Microsoft enginerers.

It's interesting to note the services Microsoft replaced or turned off.!400130&ithint=file%2cpptx&authkey=!ADAerq8JH6E4yRA

General Discussion / Alan Raul – April 7, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: April 04, 2019, 08:58:17 PM »
2019 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Video
Video (5 min 44 seconds - 470 MB) of some random pictures of SCaLE 17x.
It's best to right-click the above link and select Save link as... or Save target as...

2019 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report

AVADirect Custom Computers
Clevo N151ZU
•   8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8565U Processor (1.80GHz Base / 4.60GHz Turbo), 4 Cores, 8MB Smart Cache, TDP: 15W
•   KINGSTON 32GB Kit (2 x 16GB) HyperX Impact DDR4 2400MHz, CL14, Black, SO-DIMM Memory
•   SAMSUNG 512GB 970 PRO 2280, 3500 / 2300 MB/s, V-NAND 2-bit MLC, PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe, M.2 SSD

Microsoft Edge - is a web browser based on the “Chromium open source project” and other open source software.
Edge Advanced Options = edge://settings/
Chrome Advanced Options = chrome://settings/

Microsoft Edge Insider

Skype from a web browser

What you can do right now to stop robocalls - The world's most private search engine.

Killed by Google - It’s amazing how many projects (Hardware and Software) Google has tried and killed over the years. I would like to see the same thing for Apple and Microsoft.

2019 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report

Video (5 min 44 seconds - 470 MB) of some random pictures of SCaLE 17x.
It's best to right-click the above link and select Save link as... or Save target as...

General Discussion / Microsoft Edge
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:58:48 AM »
Microsoft Edge is a web browser based on the Chromium open source project and other open source software.

Microsoft Edge Insider

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