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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 / Re: Drivers in Windows 10 computers
« on: June 29, 2019, 09:47:44 AM »
This is what a driver update looks like on my Lenovo Yoga laptop.

General Discussion / Re: Drivers in Windows 10 computers
« on: June 21, 2019, 10:23:13 AM »
My routine is every 3 to 6 months going to the manufacturers web site and checking for BIOS and driver updates. Windows 10 will sometimes update the hardware drivers but not necessarily. My Lenovo laptop and two Intel NUCs PC's have software which checks for BIOS and driver updates. Your given the option to select one or more of the updates. My experience with this has been 100% successful.

I have attached some details of one my Intel NUC's and what it looks like for BIOS and hardware updates.

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

I installed on Saturday night the latest Windows 10 Pro 1903 (OS Build 18362.1) on a new Intel NUC. It runs fast and Microsoft cleaned up the interface quite a bit. I'm liking the "light mode."

Build 18362 looks to be the Windows 10 1903 Release Candidate


SCaLE is the largest community-run (All volunteer) open-source and free software conference in North America. It’s held annually in Pasadena, CA.

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