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General Discussion / APCUG Webcom on 8/17/19 10:00-1:00 pm PT
« on: August 03, 2019, 06:56:34 AM »
Hello All,
This is a re-posting of a message that I received regarding the webcom offered by SLO Bytes' parent organization, APCUG, announcing the upcoming event.

Ralph Sutter

-----repost follows below----

Saturday, August 17
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET -- 12:00 – 3:00 CT
11:00 – 2:00 MT -- 10:00 – 1:00 PT
4:15 pm - 3:15 pm - 2:15 pm - 1:15 pm
APCUG's Virtual Technology Conferences are FREE!

Registration closes @ 11:59 PM ET on August 16
•   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 both conference tracks, as well as the Let's Talk ROUND TABLE.
•   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:

Questions: Contact

1:00 PM ET
Driving with Google Maps
Ron Brown, Program Director, Silvercom Computer & Technology Club, Arizona
This presentation explains the differences between Google Maps and Garmin-TomTom devices. Ron discusses how it works through your phone and placement options in your vehicle. He outlines the difference between the "Off-Line" and "Connected Version" as well as all the settings and options.

2:00 PM ET
The Installation, Care and Feeding of a Mesh Router
Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood User Group, California
Wi-Fi has become essential for supporting our hand-held devices, smart speakers, voice operated assistants and other smart home devices, but getting good signal coverage throughout your home with a single Wi-Fi-enabled router can be difficult. A popular option to provide whole-house Wi-Fi is a mesh network. Greg will discuss mesh network issues and benefits and how to install and use a Netgear Orbi system.

3:00 PM ET
OPEN - Your presentation could be here!

1:00 PM ET
How I fired my cable company and still enjoy TV, Internet and a home phone
Stew Bottorf, Chromebook and Cut Cable SIG Leader
Tampa Bay Technology Center, Florida
Last May, I had an overflow “Cut Cable” meeting emphasizing antennas and purchasing streaming packages. I was encouraged to go-further by one club member who was well ahead of me. In September I again packed our meeting hall with several new cutting ideas. I began bi-weekly SIG meetings helping members side-load apps on Amazon Firesticks. Unfortunately, this solution did not save big dollars and definitely did not fly in my home. Several revelations later, helped by my SIG participants, I was finally able to fire the cable company, saving $1200 / year while adding additional TV channels and maintaining my Internet and Google home phone connections. Along my cutting journey I’ve discovered a real opportunity for local non-profit computer clubs to add a potentially rich new income source.

2:00 PM ET
The most common issues that need repair from a PC/Mac repair shop perspective
Dan Douglas, President, Space Coast PCUG, Florida
Dan Douglas, owner of DataDan Computer Services will share his experiences of repairing and dealing with frustrated users based on his case studies of actual 'daily walk through the door' issues. The top ten issues and their solutions will be discussed.

3:00 PM ET
Going Paperless
Pierre Darmon, President, Westchester PCUG, New York
Learn to be green and save the environment! This presentation covers the concept of going paperless, the advantages and the drawbacks. Pierre has been doing so since 2007. You will learn how you can reduce the paper clutter, download your statements and organize them, and protect them from disaster.
This applies to your bank statements, preferred airline miles or internet service provider bill, and then some. And what to do with all that paper?

4:00 PM ET

Do you have a problem you need help with? Ask the question and you will receive an answer or two or three... Have you had some new presentations? Share them with the RT attendees. Plus, whatever the attendees want to discuss.


General Discussion / APCUG PUSH Articles for July 2019 On-line
« on: August 01, 2019, 10:04:39 AM »
Hello All,
I just uploaded the July 2019 batch of APCUG's PUSH articles to the SLO Bytes web site.
View them at the following locations
APCUG's Judy Taylour makes the articles available for SLO Bytes and other APCUG clubs to use them in their newsletters.  Rather than do that, I choose to put all of the articles on line though separate from our newsletter.
Thanks, Judy
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Migration of SLO Bytes Web Site to New Host
« on: July 17, 2019, 03:48:20 PM »
Hello All,
the SLO Bytes web site now displays https in the address bar of browsers that visit it.  The setup will be really easy if I ever do it again.  That was not the case in the initial configuration.
Fortunately, NameCheap Chat walked me through the difficulties that I encountered.

NOTE to users of the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board
Please let me know if you notice odd website behavior.
You can either post your observations here or e-mail me at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Migration of SLO Bytes Web Site to New Host
« on: July 16, 2019, 02:10:34 PM »
Hello All,
I successfully updated SMF, the software that runs the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board, to the latest version.  On previous occasions, with a different web host, attempts to do this resulted in losing the bulletin board. 
I also adjusted the location of certain configuration files for which I had been receiving warnings that the path to them was incorrect.
I also purchased an SSL certificate.  Once installed, it should remove the Not secure warning that currently shows up in the address window of Chrome and other browsers.
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Another SLO Bytes member asked me for a recommended anti-virus program to use with Windows 7.
My suggestion was to use Windows Defender.
Here's a link showing how do enable it for that OS.

Please feel free to add your own recommendations.  (Don't bother pointing out the drawbacks of continuing to use Windows 7.)


Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Migration of SLO Bytes Web Site to New Host
« on: July 12, 2019, 09:20:57 AM »
Hello All,
Today, I completed the migration of the SLO Bytes web site from GoDaddy to NameCheap.
NameCheap mirrored the existing site so that I could determine if everything worked.  It did, including this bulletin board.
Over the next 72 hours, I expect the migration to be complete. 
At that point, I expect to see https in the url instead of http.

If you are a registered SLO Bytes Bulletin Board user and encounter problems with the recreated bulletin board, please post details here.  If you can't post, e-mail me at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Migration of SLO Bytes Web Site to New Host
« on: July 08, 2019, 03:09:36 PM »
Hello All,
Today, I signed up with to host the SLO Bytes web site.  The migration will take place in the next few days.
With the move away from hosting by, I may have to recreate the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board.  Whether the current bulletin board survives the move or not, it will still be accessed at the same URL.

I have backed up some of the content of the bulletin board but not all.  I suggest that users save locally any posts that they find relevant in order to have that information regardless of the success of the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board move.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 06/09/19.

TOPIC: Bridges; structures through the air

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting showing a link to listing some bridges in San Luis Obispo County. Thanks to Alan Raul for the resource.

Ralph then shared a slide show of bridges found in and around Arroyo Grande.

Connie Sutter followed with bridges found in Thailand.

Kaye Raul showed bridges and railroad trestles including shots from Huasna Valley.

Alan Raul presented bridges from Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo and Shell Beach. Most of his pictures were taken with his new Sony full-frame digital camera. Working from the raw images, Raul brought out rich detail without retouching.

John Waller offered bridges seen locally as well as in Yosemite, Disneyland and Nipomo. He demonstrated how he used the new Content Aware brush from Photoshop to remove a barbed wire fence from the image of the Lopez Lake Bridge.

Bob Styerwalt showed bridges from around the world, visiting the US, Canada, and Europe.

The meeting ended at which time Ralph invited everyone to build their own pizza and bake it in his recently completed pizza oven. Bob Styerwalt memorialized the event with photos.  His images can be seen on Dropbox at  and

Alan Raul did the same.  You will find his pizza party shots at

Monica Tarzier added to the festivities, bringing a delicious potato salad.

NEXT MEETING Sunday, July 14th 2019 @ 2:00 pm;
TOPIC: Signs;
Please share images that send messages with words and symbols
The tentative schedule for the remainder of 2019 is as follows
   July 14th
   August 11th
   September 8th
   October 13th
   November 10th
   December 8th

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I just uploaded another batch of PUSH articles to the SLO Bytes web site.  View them at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / SLO Bytes Second Session Notes - 06/02/19
« on: May 29, 2019, 09:20:40 AM »
Hello All,
Here are the notes for my Second Session Presentation to SLO Bytes -06/02/2019

SLO Bytes Newsletter HardCopy

SLO Bytes Bulletin Board

SLO Bytes Presenters’ Notes

SLO Bytes Presenters by Month

PUSH Articles on SLO Bytes Web Site

APCUG Resources

APCUG Speakers’ Bureau

Notes from the VTC Conferences (Mark Zinzow on WordPress)

VTC Videos
Next VTC Conference:  August 19, 2019

APCUG YouTube Videos

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Acronis Disk Director 12.5 Available
« on: May 25, 2019, 09:54:40 AM »
Hello All,

Acronis Disk Director 12.5 has just been released.
The Acronis price is $49.99 for a one computer license.
Gene Barlow offers it for $25 at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / SLO Bytes Photo Group Notes - 5/19/19
« on: May 20, 2019, 08:21:25 AM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes for the May 2019 meeting of the SLO Bytes Photo Group.

TOPIC: Boats; images of floating watercraft

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting showing a video of sand paintings that gave the illusion of being three dimensional. View it at
Alan Raul suggested another sand painting artist found at

Ralph then shared a slide show of sundry boats that he shot while kayaking at Port San Luis and Morro Bay.

John Waller followed with boats seen in Santa Barbara Harbor.

Alan presented images of boats, large and small from paddleboards to ships.

Bob Styerwalt opened with the painting of a sailing ship that hangs in his living room. He then showed travel pictures of boats seen in Great Britain, Alaska as well as local waters.

Connie Sutter went small, capturing plastic toy boats floating on her pond.

NEXT MEETING Sunday, June 9th @ 2:00pm.
TOPIC: Bridges
Please share images of spans through the air

The tentative schedule for the remainder of 2019 is as follows
   June 9th
   July 14th
   August 11th
   September 8th
   October 13th
   November 10th
   December 8th

See the Notes from previous sessions at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / New URL for SLO Bytes Opening Page
« on: May 07, 2019, 12:52:34 PM »
Hello All,
I just changed the opening page for the SLO Bytes web site from to

I did this after GoDaddy, who hosts the web site, informed me that malware had been injected into the site through the out-of-date .php extension.
 I updated the PHP to version 5.6 and removed the suspect files.

Visitors who access the SLO Bytes web site from will get a message informing them that the site has moved to and that they will be transferred there in 5 seconds.

I am at a loss to explain why GoDaddy doesn't automatically update its hosted accounts to current versions of PHP and will be shopping for a host that does.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Today, I updated a batch of PUSH articles to the SLO Bytes web site.  They come to us via Judy Taylour of APCUG for possible inclusion in our newsletter.  Though I never do that, I often find articles that are both timely and informative. You will find them at
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / April 2019 Photo Group Report
« on: April 14, 2019, 05:34:05 PM »
Hello All,
Here is my Photo Group Report for April 14, 2019
Notes from the meeting of 04/14/2019
TOPIC: Green; images of a verdant hue

Ralph Sutter began the meeting with photos taken along the shore and from a helicopter over-flying San Luis Obispo, local lakes and beaches.

Alan Raul presented images taken as he followed to course of San Luis Obispo Creek above Avila.

Kaye Raul revisited the village of Halcyon to photograph some brightly colored glass whimsically placed in the front yard of a local house.

Bob Styerwalt walked the shoreline near Shell Beach in search for green and found a dramatically lit window at home.

Connie Sutter brought her iPhone to the Getty Museum in Malibu and captured green vases, green foliage, mixed with local landscapes.

The tentative schedule for the remainder of 2019 is as follows
   May 19th one week later than usual due to Mothers' Day
   June 9th
   July 14th
   August 11th
   September 8th
   October 13th
   November 10th
   December 8th

Ralph Sutter

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