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General Discussion / Retrieve Passwords Saved by Your Browser
« on: July 31, 2020, 12:50:03 PM »
Hello All,

If you allow your browser to save passwords for you, there may be a time when you need to retrieve them.  (Think browsing from another computer)

To retrieve passwords from Chrome, see
For Firefox, the link is

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
This is a repost of the announcement sent by Judy Taylour of APCUG
Ralph Sutter

Saturday, August 15
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET / 12:00 – 3:00 CT
11:00 – 2:00 MT / 10:00 – 1:00 PT
Register at:
Registration closes at 11:59 PM ET on August 14.
•   You do not need an Eventbrite account or eTicket, or a Zoom account to attend the conference.
•   Download the current version of Zoom:
•   Information about the presentations plus presenter bios: 
•   More info:
1:00 PM ET
Saving Your Life with Technology, Part 2
Ron Brown, Program Chair, Silvercom Computer & Technology Club
This is a continuation of Mary’s story, who is a fictitious senior, widowed and lives in a resort in Mesa, Arizona. She has a fall at night that results in a broken hip from an undiagnosed heart problem. Part 1 covered the importance of knowing what your heart rate is and the many devices that can monitor and record it. Part 2 focuses on fall detection, emergency notification, and home automation to ensure safety for a senior living alone. Ron will discuss how to set up a home network, the Echo Show, Google Nest, and the new Zoom all-in one home appliance.
2:00 PM ET
"FreeNAS - A Great Choice For A Home Server"
Don Arrowsmith, President, Philadelphia Area Computer Society
This presentation details how Don replaced his aging Windows Home Server 2011 system.
3:00 PM ET
Chromebooks for Geeks
Bill James, Vice President, Computer Club of Oklahoma City
A Chromebook does the things that many people want a computer to do, better and faster than any other laptop, regardless of price. It is the most secure portal to the web that has ever been built because of super-fast updates and sandboxing. A Chromebook can pair with your Android phone and be used for messaging and video calling. It is perfect for anyone who wants to grab a laptop, sign in, and spend an afternoon watching Netflix or shopping online. You can also use it as a terminal to connect to your Windows PC or Mac. Chromebooks are Fun! Learn more from this informative presentation.
Track 2
1:00 PM ET
Fundamentals of Microsoft 365
Rob Truman, Webmaster, Computer Booters of Sun Lakes
A hands-on demonstration to learn how to use the many useful apps included in the Microsoft 365 subscription. Rob will also review the various subscription packages available along with what discounts are available.
2:00 PM ET
Solve Your Password Management Problems
Kenneth Tubaugh. Educational Services Director & Program Coordinator
Columbus Computer Society
Password theft is a serious problem. The websites and apps that you use are under attack every day. Security breaches occur, and your passwords are stolen. When you reuse the same passwords everywhere, hackers can easily access your email, bank, and other important accounts.
Stay Safe with a Simple Password Manager. Security experts recommend that you use a different, randomly generated password for every online account that you create. But how are you supposed to remember and keep up with that many passwords? Bitwarden Password Manager helps you create and manage secure passwords so that you can get back to enjoying your life online.

General Discussion / APCUG Webinar - Windows 10 File Explorer
« on: July 29, 2020, 10:05:49 AM »
Hello All,
Below, you will find a link to the APCUG webinar by Bill James given on 07/08/2020. 
His topic was Windows 10 File Explorer 

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Session of 07/12/2020
« on: July 12, 2020, 05:48:36 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group Meeting held on 07/12/2020
TOPIC: Artistic Growth; Learn a new skill for use inside or outside the camera and present it to the group.
The meeting took place via Zoom
Ralph Sutter Showed the Links Page at
He called attention to
   Reading Histograms and
   Shooting in Full Manual Exposure

Anticipating possible Zoom problems, Ralph mentioned that he had previously uploaded his slide shows to YouTube at
   Created with DaVinci Resolve; and
   Created with Irfanview;

Kaye Raul showed how she used Photoshop to transform still images into simulated oil paintings. She also spoke about in-camera adjustments such as focus peaking and focus assist. She then shared stunning close-up images achieved with these tools.

Alan Raul explained how he went about cleaning the sensor on his camera, urging other members of the group to learn more by following the link,

John Waller explored time-lapse photography and astro photography, experimenting with different iso, aperture and speed settings to achieve optimum results.

Linda Styerwalt alerted everyone that there is currently a comet passing overhead near the Big Dipper. Learn more at

NEXT MEETING: Sunday, August 9th, 2020@ 2:00 pm
The topic is Artistic Growth-Phase Two; Held over by popular demand
Learn a new skill for use inside or outside the camera and present it to the group. The meeting will take place via Zoom

A Zoom invitation will be e-mailed to Photo Group members shortly before the meeting.
The meeting schedule for the remainder of 2020 is as follows

   September 13th
   October 11th
   November 8th
   December 13th

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Slideshow Created with Irfanview
« on: July 06, 2020, 08:50:24 AM »
Hello All,
I attempted to show some of the capabilities of the PC freeware program, Irfanview;, at the SLO Bytes General Meeting of 07/05/2020.
My poor Internet connection didn't allow me to demonstrate many of the program's features.
I had hoped to show how I created a slideshow with Irfanview that included titled slides, a music sound track as well as video and still images.
When I didn't have the bandwidth to do that, I was forced to only describe the process.
Today, I uploaded that slideshow to YouTube.
View it at
What you see is a video screen capture of that slideshow.  Irfanview allows the user to create the slideshow that I describe above and save it as an .exe file.  One could then copy that .exe file to removable media and share it with others.
It would play on any PC computer as a self-contained program.
If the end user were interested in extracting the separate images/files of the slideshow, he or she would simply begin running the .exe file and then type e
That would extract the images/files to wherever the user wished.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Second Quarter PUSH Articles from APCUG
« on: July 01, 2020, 06:04:07 PM »
Hello All,
I just uploaded the Second Quarter 2020 APCUG PUSH articles to the SLO Bytes web site.
You will find them at
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I will be the Second Session Presenter at the July 5th 2020 SLO Bytes General Meeting.
My topic will be Some Features of Irfanview
Irfanview is a very capable Image Viewer/Editor with many additional capabilities.
I will demonstrate some of them during my Zoom talk
View my notes at

Due to an unreliable Internet connection, I wasn't able to demonstrate most of Irfanview's features.  I could merely describe them.
Today, I did a screen capture of the Irfanview slideshow that I created and uploaded itt to YouTube at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Windows Sandbox
« on: June 22, 2020, 08:54:03 AM »
Hello All,
Windows Sandbox is a feature available in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise but not Windows 10 Home.
It allows the user to run untested programs in a secure environment before installing them on the main system.

Once enabled, launch Windows Sandbox by typing Windows Sandbox in the Search Box (the one just to the right of the Start Menu)
This boots the user into a sandbox (virtual machine).  The new desktop consists of  an icon to launch the Microsoft Edge browser and access to File Explorer but empty of any programs installed outside Sandbox.
The user can now install untested software, try it and decide whether or not to install it permanently on the main system.

Shutting down Windows Sandbox, resets Sandbox to its prior state, undoing whatever changes the user made
A message will appear on the screen stating
The connection to the sandbox was lost  Would you like to submit feedback about this issue?
Presumably, the user will not submit feedback since he or she initiated the loss of connection.

After shutting down Windows Sandbox, the computer will boot into the normal environment, not Sandbox.
If the tested software performed as desired, the user can now confidently install it in the normal environment.

To enable Windows Sandbox on a computer running version 1903 or later of Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise
   Open Start.
   Search for Turn Windows features on or off, and click the top result to open the Windows Features experience.
   Check the Windows Sandbox option.

Learn more at

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Below is the link to APCUG's Bill James Zoom presentation given on 06/10/2020. 
James spoke on Getting to Know Windows from An Insiders Point of View-Session 2, Settings
View it at

I included two attachments

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Photo Group Notes for Meeting of 06/14/2020
« on: June 14, 2020, 05:56:36 PM »
Hello All
Here are my Notes for the Photo Group Session of 06/14/2020

TOPIC: Animals; please share images of fauna that walk the earth, fly the skies or swim the seas
The meeting took place via Zoom

Ralph Sutter began the meeting by reviewing the links posted on the web site at
Ralph then shared photos of animals seen around his house and at Santa Margarita Lake.  Sutter used two programs to display his images; Photodex Proshow Producer and DaVinci Resolve.  Photodex ceased to exist on 01/31/2020 but their software still works with the exception of their on-line resources.  Ralph found the freeware program, DaVinci Resolve to be a very sophisticated video editor whose features equal or surpass those of Adobe Premiere.

Doug DePue showed the elephant seals of Piedras Blancas.  They were photographed long before that stretch of Highway 101 offered dedicated viewing areas and vehicle parking lots.

Alan Raul used Adobe Spark and other Adobe products to create photo collages of some of his four-legged friends.

Bob Styerwalt documented Bath Day for his puppy, adding images of backyard birds and bees.

Kaye Raul showed painted cow statues, livestock and wildlife found near the Madonna Inn and the Avila Barn as well as photos of her dog shedding snow drifts of hair.

Stanford Brown
captured still images of bison, elephant seals, domesticated fishing cormorants, bears, deer and sundry other wild animals photographed around the world.

Connie Sutter pressed into service stuffed animals and hand puppets from her days as a classroom teacher, finishing off with a shot of her new and very lively puppy.

John Waller
shared images of seals in Morro Bay, deer in Yosemite, many animals of the Santa Barbara Zoo and others roaming Hearst Ranch.

NEXT MEETING: Sunday, July 12th, 2020@ 2:00 pm
The topic is Artistic Growth; Learn a new skill for use inside or outside the camera and present it to the group.
The meeting will take place via Zoom

A Zoom invitation will be e-mailed to Photo Group members shortly before the meeting.
The meeting schedule for the remainder of 2020 is as follows
   August 9th
   September 13th
   October 11th
   November 8th
   December 13th

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Raspberry Pi 4
« on: June 07, 2020, 07:05:06 PM »
Hi Dick,
I can use the Raspberry Pi 4 to browse the web.  It comes with Chromium pre-installed.
It’s based on Linux Debian so lots of free software is available including LibreOffice.
I loaded the 64Gb SD card with four boot options
   Raspbian Full – a port of Debian with desktop and recommended software
   Raspberry Pi Full (32 bit) - “  “
   LibreELEC – Minimum install designed for running the KODI Entertainment Center and                                      SAMBA
   Raspberry Pi Minimum Install
I set up LibreELEC to load content from my main server
I can print to my network printers, access my NAS devices and store data.

I bought a kit that included a USB keyboard and mouse.  The keyboard has 3 USB 2.0 ports built in
This is in addition to 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.1 ports and a USB-C port.
Yesterday, I hooked up two monitors to the computer.  The kit came with one micro HDMI to Full HDMI cable.  I got another one with my purchase of the 13” monitor

The Raspberry Pi has a robust support network and how-to documentation for doing everything from setting up a data base to creating a video surveillance system.

I will never get around to exploring all of the machine’s capabilities but I’m confident that I’ll have a lot more fun with this $200+ purchase than I’ve had with much more costly computers.

(I am responding to your question on my Raspberry Pi)


General Discussion / Raspberry Pi 4
« on: June 07, 2020, 04:51:54 PM »
Hello All,
I purchased a Raspberry Pi computer recently.
Here are the specs
•   Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
•   CanaKit 3.5A USB-C Power Supply
•   Premium White Case Set of 3 Aluminum Heat Sinks
•   CanaKit Fan
•   Official Raspberry Pi Keyboard and Mouse
•   Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable (6-foot cable)
•   SanDisk 32GB Class 10 MicroSD Card, USB Card Reader Dongle
•   CanaKit Quick-Start Guide
64 GB Capacity
•   High-Speed Class 10
•   Pre-loaded with NOOBS -- Just plug and play!
•   Includes MicroSD to SD Card Converter

More at

I also bought a monitor that I mounted to a VESA articulating arm.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with my third Raspberry Pi but I’m curious to see the vast improvements in the 4th generation. 
Supposedly, there is a 64 bit version in the works too.  See

Additional Links
Set up raspberry pi  -
Set up -Setup for server

Amazon links (affiliate): CanaKit Raspberry Pi Starter Kit:

FreeNove Ultimate Starter Kit:

MagPi (PDF download is free - otherwise you have to subscribe):

Getting Started Guide FULL INSTRUCTIONS:

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Freeware That I Use
« on: May 28, 2020, 12:00:49 PM »
Hello All,
Here is a list of some freeware that I use.
I encourage others who post on the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board to share their go-to freeware
Ralph Sutter

Audacity – - Audio editing program (PC,MAC,Linux)

Bluemail - - E-mail client; Outlook alternative (PC,MAC,Linux)

DaVinci Resolve - - Non-linear video editor (PC,MAC,Linux)

Filezilla - - FTP (File transfer protocol program) (PC,MAC,Linux)

Format Factory - File converter for audio, video and text files (PC only)

Gimp – Graphics editor (PC,MAC,Linux)

Google Chrome - Browser (PC,MAC,Linux)

Google Earth Pro - Mapping software (PC,MAC,Linux)

Irfanview – – Graphics viewing program; also plays video and audio files (PC only)

Plex - Media streaming platform software (PC,MAC,Linux)

VLC - – Video viewing and conversion software (PC,MAC,Linux)

Hello All,
I recently downloaded the non-linear video editor, DaVinci Resolve.
I wanted to explore the capabilities of the free version versus Adobe Premiere Elements ( $69.99)
The interface, while different than Premiere Elements, is straightforward though very detailed.
DaVinci Resolve is a far more capable than Microsoft Movie Maker (no longer available), a worthy replacement for Adobe Premiere Elements (as well as Adobe Premiere)

Navigate to the links below for more information.

Download Link - DaVinci Resolve (free) and DaVinci Resolve Studio (One time payment of $299.00)

DaVinci Resolve vs DaVinci Resolve Studio

DaVinci Resolve vs Adobe Premiere Pro

Another take; DaVinci Resolve Studio vs Adobe Premiere Pro
DaVinci Resolve 16: Crash Course for Beginners | Basics Tutorial

Ralph Sutter

Hi Alan,
In the case of making sure that my local copy of the SLO Bytes web site matched the on-line content, the issue wasn't how to find the differences.  It was how to make them the same.  I created virtually all of the content on the SLO Bytes web site with two computers.  I used SyncBack to compare the local version of the SLO Bytes web site on my laptop with the local version on my desktop computer. 
This gave me the latest version.
As far as I know, SyncBack can't be used to compare on-line content with local content.

Regarding the task of finding duplicate files, I wanted to clean up my Photo collection.  The issue wasn't finding the duplicate files.  It was purging them.  I had over 1000 duplicates spread over many directories.  With Duplicate Cleaner Pro (or many other similar products), I identified the duplicates and purged all but one copy with a single click.

Ralph Sutter

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