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General Discussion / A few Webcams.
« on: August 02, 2020, 05:14:28 PM »
Here are a few interesting webcams covering the San Luis Obispo County area.

Elephant Seal Rookery Live:  Only one beachmaster left for this season.

Baywood estuary:

Cayucos Pier (still down for some reason):

Morro Bay:

Cayucos Beach:



Avila Beach:

General Discussion / Windows 10 2004 and Photo Viewing.
« on: July 26, 2020, 03:13:16 PM »
Just yesterday, my HP Omen Windows 10 2004 received its latest update. It went along OK and wasn't all that long to install. Upon completion of the installation, the screen offered a look at a few of the now current features. Photo viewing and the Magnifier were highlighted, so, I went along for the ride and checked it out. I am not certain as to what the magnifier and viewing offered before yesterday, but I am very much impressed with the newly installed capabilities.

I have been posting a lot of scanned color slides on Facebook that were taken as far back as the late thirties, when Kodak's color film had an ASA setting of 10, and which produced very sharp images. Later, Kodachrome 25 was the basic standard, which also produced very sharp color images. This was especially useful for scenery shots and panoramic stitches. 

Once the photos and dialog are posted on Facebook, they can be both viewed and downloaded, if desired. Downloads can be viewed on one's own viewer(s) and scrutinized for close-in details. However, with today's Windows 10 2004 capabilities, it isn't necessary to download the photographs to extensively view them in large screen and very close-in detail.

In Facebook,  Left mouse-click the image and you will get a partial enlargement. Then, right mouse-click, and select "view image". If desired, left mouse-click for the enlargement of the entire photo. This size of the photo file will determine how large this display will be. Now, the screen reveals only part of the image, but the bars along the side and bottom of the window can move right and left, up and down, to display the various sections of the large photo.  Both a "+" and "-" sign will change the display from full screen to enlarged. You can change back and forth, as needed. 

Then, to scrutinize the details at an even higher resolution, depress the Windows 10 Logo Key and the "+" key, and one of the three magnifier options will appear on your screen. In the case of the Lens option, a window will appear that can be moved around the image by mouse to view its image enlarged by 2 to 5 times. You can preset the dimensions of the lens window in Magnifier Settings. You can choose between lens, docked and full screen in Settings.  To exit the magnifier, depress the Windows 10 Logo key and the Escape key, and it disappears. Nifty. 

These capabilities make it possible to fully view large, high resolution photographs without having to download them.

The disconnected keyboard.

Yesterday night, when I was closing down my Dell desktop, Microsoft installed its Security Update for Defender. I had selected the option to install updates and restart. When the pre-desktop, picturesque screen presented itself upon restarting, I was unable to open the pin entry by hitting the escape key on my keyboard. I could, however, bring it to open by double-clicking with my mouse. Then, when I tried to enter my pin number, there was no response on the screen. My keyboard was no longer connected. I shut down for the night as I had decided to solve the problem this morning.

I had a new keyboard ready to go, in case the one I had was defective. I located the USB2 connects on the front of the computer and firmly reset them to be sure that they were not physically loose. I also patiently depressed every key on the keyboard to be sure that none of the keys were jammed. All keys were physically responding as would be expected. Booting up resulted in the same problem; mouse working Okay, keyboard not producing any results on the screen. But, interestingly, every time I depressed the escape button on the keyboard, the mouse cursor displayed the hourglass symbol for a few seconds which then reverted to the pointer cursor, without the pin box opening.   

So, what was the problem with the keyboard? Was it:

A defective keyboard
A defective USB2 port
A faulty keyboard driver
Something in the computer's connections or wiring
Something in the programming of Windows 10
A glitch in the new update

Fortunately for me, I fixed it with my next guess. I disconnected both the mouse and the keyboard at their USB2 ports. I knew that the mouse was working Okay, so if the keyboard returned to functioning and I lost the mouse cursor, then it would be almost certain that the problem was with the USB2 port.

I had booted up to the point at which the pin could not be entered into the window for same. I pulled both USB2 plugs out of their ports and switched them over. Presto, the keyboard was back in action. But, interestingly, the mouse was still working also, even though a small window at the lower right of the screen proclaimed that Microsoft was installing the MOUSE (not the keyboard).
With the keyboard once again working, I can only assume that the keyboard driver was still installed. So, why was the keyboard not getting its signal through to the screen? Can anyone explain how this was the case?

Update 6-19-2020: I installed the Windows 10 2004 Update on my Dell desktop. It took a couple of hours to do so. All I had to do, after the installation did everything, including several preparation readings, downloads and restarts, was click for the grand finale "Restart". Then, wouldn't you know it, the keyboard was gone again. I pulled the switcheroo that restored the keyboard last time. But, this time around it didn't work.

I switched the keyboard and mouse USB2 cables to each other's USB2 port and I lost the mouse yet regained the keyboard. So, the diagnosis is that the leftmost USB2 port is having connection difficulties. The computer's top front has two USB3 and two USB2 ports. I have attached a four-port extender to one of the USB3 ports, and plugged the mouse into it. Now, once again, I am back in business with both keyboard and mouse, but still wondering what the problem is with the leftmost USB2 port. I will now check the Device Manager to see if the drivers are Okay.

No driver defect markings in the Device Manager, so I am guessing that it could be a physically worn out USB2 port. Perhaps not. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to check the port or somehow restore its usability?

General Discussion / How to Change From 32-bit to 64-bit Windows 10.
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:32:17 AM »
How to Change From 32-bit to 64-bit Windows 10.

General Discussion / Re: Raspberry Pi 4
« on: June 07, 2020, 11:41:54 PM »
Hi Ralph,

Thanks for the great update on Raspberry Pi. I considered it to be potentially useful if a person had two desktop setups at different locations and simply carried the Pi in their pocket. It could be quickly connected at either location and booted up from each. Its too appealing a device not to at least be intriguing. Very cost effective, as well.


Windows 10 2004: These are the features we're deprecating or dropping, says Microsoft.


The long-rumoured 8GB Raspberry Pi 4 is now available, priced at just $75.

The Raspberry Pi 4 Products:

General Discussion / Re: Scanning After Update
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:12:35 PM »
Instead of using the latest install program, you might try using the original program disc to reinstall the original HP 6500 printer program. Be sure that the usb cable is connected directly to the computer and printer usb ports. As I recall, the older HP printers guided the user to not connect the usb cable to the printer until instructed to do so. Try following the steps exactly as arranged when the printer was new. Barring a defect caused malfunction in the hardware, an original reinstall should work.   

Ralph and Alan,

I see the schedule for June and July for the Zoom sessions.

So, see you then.


Hi Alan,

Yes, I have ZOOM installed, with both camera and headphones with microphone (use of the speakers was causing feedback). I have used it in my work with the Easter Seals of Oregon Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Zoom Sessions. I am employed for twenty hours a week as a Data Entry Specialist and Program Assistant. We assist persons 55 years of age and older by helping them bring their skills up to date for contemporary business requirements through training assignments to host agencies and guide them as they search for employment at the WorkSource offices and at home around the State of Oregon. My primary duties involve records keeping and assisting with producing needed forms and other office activities. Since Oregon is under Covid-19 lockdown, I have been working at home. That is a pleasant way to get things done with few interruptions and distractions and a quiet atmosphere.

I will make a point of bringing up Zoom for our next Slo Bytes meeting. I haven't been physically present at a Slo Bytes meeting since 2010. Ralph, will you be sending emails or posting the URL to click to bring up the Zoom session on the General Discussion webpage?

Thanks for letting me know that the Zoom Sessions are doing well and have worthy attendance. I look forward to participating.


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