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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

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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.

General Discussion / Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge
« on: March 05, 2019, 09:08:51 AM »
Better late than never... I have finally uploaded pictures and videos of the Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge.

You can see the web site preview here.

Eventually the domain will point from

How did we ever live with those 5400 RPM spinning hard drives?

General Discussion / Malwarebytes Browser Extension
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:43:53 AM »
The Malwarebytes Browser Extension is a free web extension which protects you from malware, scams, clickbait, and it also has advertising/tracker protection built-in.

It's available for the Chrome and Firefox web browser.

General Discussion / Windows Sandbox
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:12:20 AM »
Ralph brought this article to my attention. I'm looking forward to this feature in the next Windows 10 update. This will supplement my use of Virtual Machines.

General Discussion / Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:09:07 AM »
If you are using a Mac or iPad with the Apple keyboard here is a list of helpful shortcuts.

General Discussion / Alan Raul – March 3, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: February 28, 2019, 11:25:27 AM »

General Discussion / New HTPC (Home Theatre PC)
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:23:52 AM »
I worked with Charlie and a Intel NUC after everyone had left the SLOLUG meeting. I partitioned the SSD and configured Elementary OS, a Linux distribution, on the Intel NUC. I liked it so much I decided that my next HTPC (Home Theatre PC) would be an Intel NUC. I was most impressed with the "Intel Visual BIOS" which uses your mouse and not the up/down arrow keys, etc.

I researched the parts and ordered them from B&H. This will replace my older 2013 Shuttle HTPC which has been running continuously since it was turned on.

The parts cost $600…

I will install Windows 10 Professional and Ubuntu Mate 18.04.1 on the Intel NUC. You may ask "Why run Linux on your TV?" Because I can...

I opted not to go to an i7 or 32GB RAM since this is only a HTPC. One of the many reasons to upgrade the HTPC is that it will be 4K compatible with my TV, something my older Shuttle HTPC did not support. The Intel NUC will have 16GB of Crucial RAM and a Samsung 500GB 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 Internal SSD which is 4 to 5 times faster than a regular SSD.
3-Year Warranty
5-Year Warranty
Limited Lifetime Warranty

Other helpful links:

General Discussion / Re: Transfer Speeds across Different Media Types
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:32:58 PM »
That's a FAST card!!! Not cheap, but you get what you pay for.

Is this the card you have?

I use CrystalDiskMark Portable for benchmarking read/write speeds.

I used CrystalDiskMark for this older 2015 comparison.
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD and a Samsung 950 PRO 512GB PCIe NVMe - M.2. You can see that there is a substantial speed increase with the PCIe interface.

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