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I recommend downloading zoom_0.mp4 to your local computer before viewing.

Sorry, no second session recording was made.

General Discussion / Recorded July 2, 2020 SLOLUG Zoom Session
« on: July 03, 2020, 09:12:51 AM »

I recommend downloading zoom_0.mp4 to your local computer before viewing.

General Discussion / Alan Raul - July 5, 2020 Meeting Notes
« on: July 02, 2020, 10:08:52 AM »
Manage Your Spectrum (Charter) Account - Change network info, restart modem and more with the My Spectrum App.
The ultimate Windows 10 information hub: Everything you need in one place
Windows Calculator to get an 'Always on Top' mode

National Park Service Channel Islands App - Digitally explore the park—by map or by topic of interest. Discover the natural and cultural stories in context with their locations. Find the information you need about visitor centers, events, services, and self-guided tours and trails throughout the park.

Channel Islands Live Ocean Webcam

Mount Diablo Webcam

The Official Film of Channel Islands National Park
Download iCloud for Windows

WiFi Photo Transfer Easily access your photo libraries via wifi from any computer with a web browser!

General Discussion / Alan Raul - June 6, 2020 Meeting Notes
« on: June 06, 2020, 09:27:04 AM »
Download Windows 10

Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004, build 19041) Reddit MegaThread 

After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately

All the security features added in the Windows 10 May 2020 update

Windows 10, version 2004 known issues
Getting to Know Windows from An Insiders Point of View, 5-13-20 - Bill James, APCUG
Computer Power Backup,412.0.html

Patch My PC Updater is a free, easy-to-use program that keeps over 300 apps up-to-date on your computer. It is an easy way to update or install any of these programs on to your computer.

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Ghost Canyon - NUC9I9QNX 

I backup my Favorites on a regular basis. Microsoft, in their wisdom, chose to put "Export Favorites" in a new location.

The most efficient way to backup your Edge Favorites is to export those to a HTML file, which you can import at a later date . . .

In edge, click the 3 dots at the top right of Edge, choose Favorites - Manage Favorites

On the resulting page, at the top, beside the 'Add a Folder' icon, click the 3 dots and choose 'Export Favorites'

Zoom users can change their virtual background with one of these...

Give your video calls a makeover, with this selection of over 100 empty sets from the BBC Archive.

Link provided by Ron J.

General Discussion / Computer Power Backup
« on: May 11, 2020, 04:21:49 PM »
A question was sent to both Ralph and myself regarding computer power back up.

I use the APC Back-UPS 650VA, 120V + 1 USB charging port (BN650M1). I purchased 5 of these for $34.99 each on sale. Throughout the year and on Black Friday weekend; Best Buy, Office Depot/Office Max and Staples will have them for a VERY DEEP DISCOUNT.

One advantage of this APC UPS is a USB charging port for the ability to charge tablets, phones, cameras and other USB connected devices in case of a power interruption/failure.

I have found that Spectrum (Charter) Internet usually stays on in the case of a power interruption/failure. This allows me to still use my magicJack and other network and Wi-Fi connected devices.

I use 4 of the APC UPS's in the following locations:

Network Closet UPS:
Cable Modem
Verizon 4G LTE Network Extender
See attached "Network Closet" picture - This is not a fancy wiring job; but very easy to troubleshoot and to work on.

Office - UPS #1:
Desktop computer (connected to the APC UPS with a USB cable and the computer using PowerShoot software)
NO printer or speaker system is connected to the UPS.

Office - UPS #2:
Synology NAS (connected to the APC UPS with a USB cable and the NAS using Synology software)
Swann Network Video Recorder

Living Room UPS:
HTPC (Intel NUC)
Apple HomePod
Apple TV
NO TV is connected to UPS.

General Discussion / Alan Raul - May 3, 2020 Meeting Notes
« on: April 30, 2020, 12:15:43 PM »
NCH Software PhotoStage Slideshow Software

Netstor Thunderbolt 3 Desktop Storage

Talley Farms - Get the best California fruits and vegetables year-round delivered to your door.

Apple Site Map

Google Products

Google Account

Google Store

Google Cloud Products

Submit a request regarding a deceased Google user's account

About Google Inactive Account Manager

Microsoft Site Map

2BrightSparks SyncBackFree - is the best free backup and synchronization software on the planet - with great features and no cost!

Backup Checklist

Practical and Robust Backup Strategy - The 3-2-1 Backup Rule

General Discussion / Alan Raul - April 5, 2020 Meeting Notes
« on: April 02, 2020, 10:12:58 AM »
Quick Assist is a Windows 10 app. It allows someone you trust to take over your computer and help you solve a problem. To get started, your helper needs to launch the Quick Assist app, get a 6-digit code, and share that with you. 

TeamViewer - Remotely access, manage, and support computers, mobile devices, network machines, and more — from anywhere, anytime.
TeamViewer QuickSupport - Optimized for instant remote desktop support, this small customer module does not require installation or administrator rights — simply download, double click, and give the provided ID and password to your supporter.

TeamViewer Portable generally comprises all the features of the full version of TeamViewer without the need to install anything. Instead, TeamViewer portable runs directly from a USB stick or a CD — TeamViewer Portable is the perfect solution when you are on the road and using different computers.

Caltrans CCTV Map
US-101 : Pismo Beach US-101 : Mattie Road

Surfline - United States Surf Reports & Cams

Avila Beach Surf Report & Forecast

Virtual Railfan
San Juan Capistrano, California USA - Virtual Railfan LIVE
4K Video Downloader allows downloading videos, playlists, channels and subtitles from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and other video sites in high quality.
4K Stogram is an Instagram Viewer and Downloader.
4K YouTube to MP3 was specifically created for audio extraction from YouTube, VEVO, SoundCloud and Facebook in MP3, M4A, OGG.
4K Video to MP3 extracts audio from any video.
4K Slideshow Maker - is an extremely easy-to-use app to create slideshows. Just add your favorite photos from Instagram or from your own computer, select the music and then apply gorgeous effects and transitions. Get started for free!

General Discussion / Alan Raul - March 1, 2020 Meeting Notes
« on: February 24, 2020, 11:18:26 PM »
Autoruns for Windows 13.96 is a utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and when you start various built-in Windows applications like Edge, Explorer and media players.

NirSoft Wireless Network Watcher 2.21 is a small utility that scans your wireless network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network.

Synergy is a software download that shares one mouse and one keyboard between multiple computers. Simply move your mouse between your computers effortlessly. You can even copy and paste between computers. Synergy works on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Raspberry Pi. You only need a regular Ethernet or Wi-Fi network connection, and no special hardware. It works like magic.

How to Clear All Cache in Windows 10

Clear browser cache for all web browsers
C:\Users\alan\AppData\Local\Temp (replace alan with your username)
Run wsreset.exe
Settings > Privacy > Location > Clear location history on this device
Windows PowerShell (Administrator) Type ipconfig /flushdns
Create a Restore Point > Configure > Delete all restore points for this drive > Create a restore point
Start > Disk Cleanup > Clean up system files > More Options > System Restore and Shadow Copies
Go back to the Disk Cleanup tab and select OK

How to Stop Receiving Junk Mail Additional link not in the video.
Make sure and cover up the bar code of the mail you are sending back or it will be sent back to you.

How Much Are We Paying for Our Subscription Services? A Lot
In 2019, we each spent $640 on digital subscriptions like streaming video and music services, cloud storage, dating apps and online productivity tools, according to an analysis for The New York Times by Mint, the online-budgeting tool owned by Intuit, using data from millions of its users.

Subscriptions Manager for Excel 2007-2016 is a way to list and manage the many online plans we sign up for; HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Spotify and so many more.

How To Make Windows 10 Fix Itself No Special Software Needed

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.

Synology DiskStation DS218+ - All-around storage solution optimized to safeguard your data and more.

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.

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.

Synology DiskStation Manager Tutorials & FAQ’s

Synology DiskStation Manager Video Tutorials

Synology DiskStation Manager Help Articles 

Helpful YouTube Videos:


Getting Started With Synology

Robust Photography Backups on a Budget

Willie Howe









ORICO Tool free USB 3.0 to SATA External 3.5 Hard Drive Enclosure

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.

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

The Cost of Avast's Free Antivirus: Companies Can Spy on Your Clicks

Stay in control of your Microsoft privacy

Use Snip & Sketch to take a screenshot in Windows 10

Welcome to Microsoft Tips 

Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Browser Released

Welcome to the new Microsoft Edge

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

Microsoft Edge 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
New Edge Browser (Chromium) Tips and Tricks for Windows 10

« on: January 11, 2020, 11:29:05 AM »
I personally really liked using ProShow Gold for making slide shows.


Photodex is recommending Photopia as a replacement.

Transition From ProShow To Photopia

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