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General Discussion / PHOTODEX IS SHUTTING DOWN
« on: January 11, 2020, 11:29:05 AM »
I personally really liked using ProShow Gold for making slide shows.

PHOTODEX IS SHUTTING DOWN
http://www.photodex.com/shutdown.html

Photodex is recommending Photopia as a replacement.
https://photopia.nl/

Transition From ProShow To Photopia
https://photopia.nl/proshow/



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General Discussion / Alan Raul - January 5, 2020 Meeting Notes
« on: January 02, 2020, 06:40:57 PM »
Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge - The 8th annual Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge is a celebration of fitness, nature, a New Year, camaraderie and still having dessert.
http://www.avilabeachpolarbearplunge.com/

magicJack Automated Call Screening - Block unwanted calls from automated calling systems, telemarketers and others.
https://wp.magicjack.com/features/automated-call-screening/

Don’t Trust. Verify.
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/12/dont-trust-verify/

California Consumer Privacy Act may help take back your privacy and give you more rights over your data
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/12/27/california-privacy-law-could-help-all-americans-protect-their-data/2700206001/

Avast Online Security and Avast Secure Browser are spying on you
https://palant.de/2019/10/28/avast-online-security-and-avast-secure-browser-are-spying-on-you/

LastPass Parent Company Sold to Private Equity Firms
https://www.pcmag.com/news/372604/lastpass-parent-company-sold-to-private-equity-firms

LogMeIn agrees to be acquired by Francisco Partners and Evergreen for $4.3B
https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/17/logmein-agrees-to-be-acquired-by-francisco-partners-and-evergreen-for-4-3b/

1Password (AgileBits) announced in November that they were partnering with a venture capital firm.
https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/14/fourteen-years-after-launching-1password-takes-first-funding-a-200m-series-a/

1Password partners with Accel for continued growth
https://blog.1password.com/accel-partnership/


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General Discussion / Alan Raul - December 1, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: November 28, 2019, 08:46:50 PM »
Windows 10 November 2019 Update is seriously small, but Microsoft says not to get used to it
https://betanews.com/2019/11/24/tiny-windows-10-november-2019-update/

Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.
https://www.flightradar24.com/

What Is REAL ID?  When Do I Need A REAL ID?  How Do I Get A REAL ID?
https://realid.dmv.ca.gov/

Private Internet Access to Be Acquired by Kape
https://www.toptutorials.co.uk/private-internet-access-to-be-acquired-by-kape/
https://torrentfreak.com/private-internet-access-to-be-acquired-by-kape/

The continually evolving fight for freedom
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/11/the-continually-evolving-fight-for-freedom/

Acronis True Image 2020 Update 2 for Windows
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/support/updates/changes.html?p=41999

DNS-over-HTTPS will eventually roll out in all major browsers, despite ISP opposition
https://www.zdnet.com/article/dns-over-https-will-eventually-roll-out-in-all-major-browsers-despite-isp-opposition/

DNS over HTTPS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS_over_HTTPS

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General Discussion / Alan Raul - November 3, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:51:33 PM »
Thunderbolt 3 Technology
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/docs/io/thunderbolt/thunderbolt-technology-general.html

USB-C vs. Thunderbolt 3
https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/usb-c-vs-thunderbolt-3/ 

Fledging Shell Thunder - External SSD Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure
https://fledging.net/shell-thunder/

AMAZON - Fledging Shell Thunder - External SSD Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure
https://www.amazon.com/Shell-Thunder-Enclosure-Only-Fledging/dp/B07QY9V2KM

Samsung 970 EVO 1TB SSD (MZ-V7E1T0BW) NVMe M.2 V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-970-EVO-1TB-MZ-V7E1T0BW/dp/B07BN217QG/

Black Friday 2019 Ads
https://www.bfads.net/

Best Black Friday 2019 Ads
https://bestblackfriday.com/

Yahoo! Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation Settlement
https://www.yahoodatabreachsettlement.com/en




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General Discussion / Computer Meetings
« on: October 11, 2019, 09:57:14 AM »
Sunday, February 2, 2020  SLO Bytes General Session
San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo   
12:45 - 2:00 pm  First Session: Alan Raul moderating a Q & A session
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Social Time: We share coffee, goodies and conversation
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Second Session: Alan Raul will demonstrate a NAS (Network Attached Storage). 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.
More at https://www.slobytes.org/

Thursday, February 6, 2020  SLO Linux Users Group (SLOLUG)
KCBX Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo
6:30 - 10 pm
TOPIC:
* Q and A
* What's new in tech?
* Alan Raul will demonstrate a NAS (Network Attached Storage). 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.
More at http://www.slolug.com/

Sunday, February 16, 2020  SLO Bytes Photo Group One week later than usual
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00 - 4:00 pm
TOPIC: TOPIC: Photo Editing Software Again - Please share images that you modified using your favorite image manipulation software. Due to the interest shown for this topic at the January meeting, it has been held over by popular demand.
More at https://www.slobytes.org/digital/



Sunday, March 1, 2020  SLO Bytes General Session
San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo   
12:45 - 2:00 pm  First Session: Alan Raul moderating a Q & A session
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Social Time: We share coffee, goodies and conversation
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Second Session: To be announced...
More at https://www.slobytes.org/

Thursday, March 12, 2020  SLO Linux Users Group (SLOLUG) One week later than usual
KCBX Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo
6:30 - 10 pm
TOPIC:
* Q and A
* What's new in tech?
* SCaLE ( Southern California Linux Expo) Review
More at http://www.slolug.com/

Sunday, March 15, 2020  SLO Bytes Photo Group One week later than usual
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00 - 4:00 pm
TOPIC: To be announced...
More at https://www.slobytes.org/digital/



Sunday, April 5, 2020  SLO Bytes General Session
San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo   
12:45 - 2:00 pm  First Session: Alan Raul moderating a Q & A session
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Social Time: We share coffee, goodies and conversation
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Second Session: To be announced...
More at https://www.slobytes.org/

Thursday, April 9, 2020  SLO Linux Users Group (SLOLUG)
KCBX Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo
6:30 - 10 pm
TOPIC:
* Q and A
* What's new in tech?
* To be announced...
More at http://www.slolug.com/

Sunday, April 19, 2020  SLO Bytes Photo Group One week later than usual
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00 - 4:00 pm
TOPIC: To be announced...
More at https://www.slobytes.org/digital/


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I wanted to create a “Acronis USB Recovery Drive” containing BOTH Acronis Disk Director 12.5 and Acronis True Image 2020 on a Windows 10 Pro computer where both products were installed.

I first formatted a USB flash drive with File Explorer to FAT32.

I selected the Acronis folder from the Start menu >
Bootable Rescue Media Builder >
Advanced >
Linux-based Media >
Choose Media Destination >
ISO or USB Flash Drive >
Follow the prompts

I first created a flash drive which worked perfectly. I then created an ISO followed by creating another flash drive using Rufus which also worked perfectly.

From within either Acronis Disk Director 12.5 or Acronis True Image 2020 >
CTRL-ALT-F2 will drop you to a Linux terminal
Press ALT-F1 to return to the Acronis GUI


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General Discussion / Alan Raul – October 6, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: October 06, 2019, 09:22:27 AM »
How to Record the Sound Coming From Your PC (Even Without Stereo Mix)
https://www.howtogeek.com/217348/how-to-record-the-sound-coming-from-your-pc-even-without-stereo-mix/
 
I chose Option 2: Audacity’s WASAPI Loopback to record the Adventure Photography with Chris Burkard podcast.
B&H Photography Podcast

https://soundcloud.com/bh-photography-podcast

Ralph Sutter's Tutorial Demonstrating WASAPI
http://www.fullbean.com/tutorials/audacity-record-system-audio.mp4

Podcast: Adventure Photography with Chris Burkard
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/podcasts/photography/podcast-adventure-photography-with-chris-burkard
 
Microsoft Excel: Add the Windows Calculator to the Quick Access Toolbar
https://www.groovypost.com/howto/add-calculator-excel-2007-2010/
 
Microsoft Excel: Real-time Stock Quotes
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/get-a-stock-quote-e5af3212-e024-4d4c-bea0-623cf07fbc54
 
Windows 10 is pretty much forcing users towards Microsoft accounts rather than local ones
https://betanews.com/2019/10/02/windows-10-local-account-hidden/
 
Windows 10 users fume: Microsoft, where's our 'local account' option gone?
https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-users-fume-microsoft-wheres-our-local-account-option-gone/
 
Windows 10 setup: Which user account type should you choose?
https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-which-user-account-type-should-you-choose/

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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.

https://www.costco.com/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X1-Laptop---Intel-Core-i7---1080p.product.100497492.html

Processor & Memory:
Intel® Core™ i7-8565U Processor 1.8GHz
16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz RAM

Operating System: 
Microsoft® Windows 10 Home (64 bit)
Drives:   
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

Communications:
802.11 Wireless-AC 2x2 + Bluetooth® 5.0
Integrated dual Microphone Array

Audio:   
Dolby Premium Audio Processing

Keyboard:
Backlit English Keyboard

Ports & Slots:
2x USB 3.1
2x USB Type C Thunderbolt with PowerDelivery
1x HDMI
1x Mini RJ-45
1x Combination Audio Jack

Battery:   
4 Cell 51Wh (Up to 16-hour total) Battery

Additional Information:
Dimensions: 8.55" x 12.74" x 0.59"
Approximate Weight: 2.65lbs


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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
https://policies.google.com/
 
Coinstar – Turn your coins into… Amazon gift card, etc.
https://www.coinstar.com/
 
Coinstar Locations
https://www.coinstar.com/findakiosk

Amazon Prime Day 2019
https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Day/b?node=13887280011
https://www.theblackfriday.com/amazon-prime-day.php
 
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.
https://leanpub.com/windows10fieldguide
 
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.
https://office-watch.com/product/windows-10-for-microsoft-office-users/
 
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxCfygY1dk8

Mapping out Amazon’s invisible server empire - It’s bigger than you think
https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/10/18563485/amazon-web-services-internet-location-map-data-center

Photography Cheat Sheet: Manual Mode Camera Settings (Infographic)
https://skylum.com/blog/photography-cheat-sheet-manual-mode-camera-settings
https://skylum.com/uploads/uploads/download/Photography-Cheat-Sheet-by-Skylum.pdf
https://www.dropbox.com/s/o9iqx7h1q8tasf3/PhotographyCheatSheet-Skylum.pdf?dl=0
 
FREE Cheat Sheet, DSLR Manual Photography
https://www.lukezeme.com/tutorials/free-cheat-sheet-dslr-manual-photography/
https://www.dropbox.com/s/g41wfalh94pgm0h/Cheat%20Sheet,%20by%20Luke%20Zeme.pdf?dl=0



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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.

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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.

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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.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/download


 

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General Discussion / Alan Raul – June 2, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: May 30, 2019, 10:19:09 AM »
Download Windows 10
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 
Rufus - is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives.
https://rufus.ie/
 
Windows 10 May 2019 Update Feature Focus:
Light Themes and Sandboxes
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14388/windows-10-may-2019-update-feature-focus-light-themes-and-sandboxes
 
Windows 10 Major "May Update" - Best New Features! (2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkKBObURSu0
 
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
https://winaero.com/blog/tamper-protection-windows-10/
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/tamper-protection-feature-in-windows-security-microsoft-defender-atp
https://www.ghacks.net/2018/12/19/windows-10-1903-windows-defender-antivirus-gets-tamper-protection-feature/


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General Discussion / Alan Raul – May 5, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: May 02, 2019, 11:49:18 AM »
What is Optane? The 4 types explained
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0Lf3gp6LIA

Intel Optane Memory H10 SSD review: More responsive, yet slower too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMOmbID3YMs
 
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Samsung SSD. Installing and Using the Magician & NVME Driver
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ6GW21xf_0

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=_MzV8kEPYbc
 
PhotoCard for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch
http://www.billatkinson.com/Pages/aboutPhotoCard.html
 
iOS Pick: PHOTOCARD
https://twit.tv/posts/picks/ios-pick-photocard
 
App Store Preview PhotoCard by Bill Atkinson
https://itunes.apple.com/app/bill-atkinson-photocard/id333208430?mt=8


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