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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.

General Discussion / Alan Raul – February 3, 2019 Meeting Notes
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:18:50 AM »
Charter Communications - Technical Support Phone Number
888-438-2427 alternate contact number

Spectrum Mobile

Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox
•   Open Start and Search for "CMD" or "Command Prompt"
•   Right Click on it and select "Run as administrator."
•   Type: "setx /M MP_FORCE_USE_SANDBOX 1" and then press ENTER
•   Then restart your computer, that’s it

How to Find Your Original Windows 10 Product Key

Microsoft Store Apps

HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer

V3TApps Movie Maker 10

21 Hidden Smartphone Superpowers - Your iPhone or Android phone can help you count steps, schedule texts, ID photos faster, and more. Here's how.

Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File

How to Edit the Hosts File in Windows 10

Hosts File Editor

Other Hosts Editors

General Discussion / Re: Routers
« on: January 28, 2019, 10:51:23 AM »
When it comes to routers I personally like the Netgear brand. It's been my recommended brand to other people for the last 5 years.

I have been using a Netgear AC1900 (R7000) (Like Dick as per my recommendation) since November 2014. My sister purchased the same model Netgear router about 1 year ago. Almost all my devices are 802.11ac so I maximize the network speed with this router. My wireless speed is almost the same speed as my wired connection.

My recommended online purchase site is B&H.

Some computers are "finally" getting the update. If you "seek" out the update you might get it.

If you want to manually update the computer download the current 18.09 Windows 10 ISO.

You can mount the ISO from within Windows 10 and then click the EXE to start the upgrade.

You can also extract the ISO and then run the EXE to start the upgrade.

Needless to say... HAVE A CURRENT BACKUP.

General Discussion / iCloud for Windows and Apple Manuals
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:29:24 PM »

General Discussion / Alan Raul – December 2, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: December 01, 2018, 09:28:29 PM »
FREE to watch YouTube Movies

Three ways you must prepare for a Microsoft Office 365 email outage

General Discussion / Alan Raul – November 4, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: October 28, 2018, 12:34:52 PM »
The Town That Facebook Built - How the headquarters of the world's largest social network went from a Harvard dorm room to the vast site it occupies today.

Shopping at Amazon Go in San Francisco
Office 365 Training Center

$250 Apple iPad - If you are looking to upgrade your current Apple iPad or purchase your first Apple iPad this might be a solution for you.

Full List of 2018 Black Friday Ad Leaks – NerdWallet

Black Friday 2018 Black Friday 2018

Windows 10 “Included” Image, Music and Video Software

Image Software included with Windows 10:
•   Paint
•   Paint 3D
•   Photos – lets you explore your memories, provides magical tools for editing and helps you create new videos and albums to share.
•   Snip & Sketch (Replaces Snipping Tool)

How to Use Windows 10’s Built-In Photos App
Music Software included with Windows 10:
•   Groove
•   Windows Media Player
Video Software included with Windows 10:
•   Movies & TV
•   Windows Media Player

General Discussion / Alan Raul – October 7, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: October 03, 2018, 06:10:38 PM »
Autodesk SketchBook - is a FREE pixel graphics software application that features a radial/pie-menu user interface, intended for expressive drawing and concept sketching. SketchBook is available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.
LibreOffice Getting Started Guide

LibreOffice: A history of document freedom
Microsoft Privacy
Microsoft Announce Enhanced Version of Ubuntu 18.04 for Hyper-V - It takes just 3 clicks to get Ubuntu running on Windows 10 Pro

Optimized Ubuntu Desktop images available in Microsoft Hyper-V gallery
Run Ubuntu virtual machines made even easier with Hyper-V Quick Create
What’s new in Windows and Office in October 2018

Download Windows 10
Get things done with Office 2019
Microsoft Office 2019 is NOT the version you want to buy

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