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General Discussion / Slideshow Created with Irfanview
« Last post by rsutter on July 06, 2020, 08:50:24 AM »
Hello All,
I attempted to show some of the capabilities of the PC freeware program, Irfanview; www.irfanview.com, at the SLO Bytes General Meeting of 07/05/2020.
My poor Internet connection didn't allow me to demonstrate many of the program's features.
I had hoped to show how I created a slideshow with Irfanview that included titled slides, a music sound track as well as video and still images.
When I didn't have the bandwidth to do that, I was forced to only describe the process.
Today, I uploaded that slideshow to YouTube.
View it at https://youtu.be/AkYGcBizTuU
What you see is a video screen capture of that slideshow.  Irfanview allows the user to create the slideshow that I describe above and save it as an .exe file.  One could then copy that .exe file to removable media and share it with others.
It would play on any PC computer as a self-contained program.
If the end user were interested in extracting the separate images/files of the slideshow, he or she would simply begin running the .exe file and then type e
That would extract the images/files to wherever the user wished.
Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Recorded July 5, 2020 SLO Bytes First Zoom Session
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on July 05, 2020, 05:06:28 PM »
http://www.slolug.com/zoom2/

I recommend downloading zoom_0.mp4 to your local computer before viewing.

Sorry, no second session recording was made.
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General Discussion / Recorded July 2, 2020 SLOLUG Zoom Session
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on July 03, 2020, 09:12:51 AM »
http://www.slolug.com/zoom/

I recommend downloading zoom_0.mp4 to your local computer before viewing.
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General Discussion / Alan Raul - July 5, 2020 Meeting Notes
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on July 02, 2020, 10:08:52 AM »
Manage Your Spectrum (Charter) Account - Change network info, restart modem and more with the My Spectrum App.
https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id942608209?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brighthouse.mybhn
 
The ultimate Windows 10 information hub: Everything you need in one place
https://www.zdnet.com/article/free-how-to-help-windows-10-ed-botts-tech-support-troubleshooting-guide/
 
Windows Calculator to get an 'Always on Top' mode
https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-calculator-to-get-an-always-on-top-mode/
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4026389/windows-10-calculator-in

National Park Service Channel Islands App - Digitally explore the park—by map or by topic of interest. Discover the natural and cultural stories in context with their locations. Find the information you need about visitor centers, events, services, and self-guided tours and trails throughout the park.
https://www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/app.htm

Channel Islands Live Ocean Webcam
https://www.nps.gov/chis/learn/photosmultimedia/ocean-webcam.htm

Mount Diablo Webcam
https://www.nps.gov/chis/learn/photosmultimedia/mount-diablo-webcam.htm

The Official Film of Channel Islands National Park
https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=FFFC1B18-F686-F8E0-CAAF5A93BAB98E12
 
Download iCloud for Windows
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204283

WiFi Photo Transfer Easily access your photo libraries via wifi from any computer with a web browser!
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wifi-photo-transfer/id380326191

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General Discussion / Second Quarter PUSH Articles from APCUG
« Last post by rsutter on July 01, 2020, 06:04:07 PM »
Hello All,
I just uploaded the Second Quarter 2020 APCUG PUSH articles to the SLO Bytes web site.
You will find them at www.slobytes.org/push/0720
Ralph Sutter
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Hello All,
I will be the Second Session Presenter at the July 5th 2020 SLO Bytes General Meeting.
My topic will be Some Features of Irfanview
Irfanview is a very capable Image Viewer/Editor with many additional capabilities.
I will demonstrate some of them during my Zoom talk
View my notes at https://www.fullbean.com/tutorials/irfanview-features.html

Follow-up
Due to an unreliable Internet connection, I wasn't able to demonstrate most of Irfanview's features.  I could merely describe them.
Today, I did a screen capture of the Irfanview slideshow that I created and uploaded itt to YouTube at https://youtu.be/AkYGcBizTuU


Ralph Sutter
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General Discussion / Windows Sandbox
« Last post by rsutter on June 22, 2020, 08:54:03 AM »
Hello All,
Windows Sandbox is a feature available in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise but not Windows 10 Home.
It allows the user to run untested programs in a secure environment before installing them on the main system.

Once enabled, launch Windows Sandbox by typing Windows Sandbox in the Search Box (the one just to the right of the Start Menu)
This boots the user into a sandbox (virtual machine).  The new desktop consists of  an icon to launch the Microsoft Edge browser and access to File Explorer but empty of any programs installed outside Sandbox.
The user can now install untested software, try it and decide whether or not to install it permanently on the main system.

Shutting down Windows Sandbox, resets Sandbox to its prior state, undoing whatever changes the user made
A message will appear on the screen stating
The connection to the sandbox was lost  Would you like to submit feedback about this issue?
Presumably, the user will not submit feedback since he or she initiated the loss of connection.

After shutting down Windows Sandbox, the computer will boot into the normal environment, not Sandbox.
If the tested software performed as desired, the user can now confidently install it in the normal environment.

To enable Windows Sandbox on a computer running version 1903 or later of Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise
   Open Start.
   Search for Turn Windows features on or off, and click the top result to open the Windows Features experience.
   Check the Windows Sandbox option.

Learn more at
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-windows-sandbox-windows-10-may-2019-update#enable_windows_sandbox_windows10_1903

Ralph Sutter

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General Discussion / Running both Defender and Malwarebytes
« Last post by dickJ on June 21, 2020, 01:15:33 PM »
I really like Malwarebytes Premium for my security in Windows and have used it successfully for many years.  It often finds potentially bad items that other programs do not find. Also, I like and use Windows Defender to have an option to check problems.  Normally, both can be used in the same machine.  Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, apparently a new version of Malwarebytes shut off Defender.  Not finding a way to get it back on, I went to Malwarebytes Support and filed a problem.
They found the following solution, and it worked!
Open Malwarebytes and click on the gear icon.  Go to the Security tab and scroll down until you see "Windows Security Center". Turn OFF the switch next to "Always register Malwarebytes in the Windows Security Center". Restart the computer and Defender should be back on. It was and all I needed to do then was to go to my Windows Security, Virus and Threat Protection and run a Defender Update and all works fine again.  Many thanks to Wm. Rowland at Malwarebytes Technical Support!
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General Discussion / The case of the missing keyboard. Update 6/19/2020.
« Last post by Doug on June 19, 2020, 04:58:10 PM »
The disconnected keyboard.

Yesterday night, when I was closing down my Dell desktop, Microsoft installed its Security Update for Defender. I had selected the option to install updates and restart. When the pre-desktop, picturesque screen presented itself upon restarting, I was unable to open the pin entry by hitting the escape key on my keyboard. I could, however, bring it to open by double-clicking with my mouse. Then, when I tried to enter my pin number, there was no response on the screen. My keyboard was no longer connected. I shut down for the night as I had decided to solve the problem this morning.

I had a new keyboard ready to go, in case the one I had was defective. I located the USB2 connects on the front of the computer and firmly reset them to be sure that they were not physically loose. I also patiently depressed every key on the keyboard to be sure that none of the keys were jammed. All keys were physically responding as would be expected. Booting up resulted in the same problem; mouse working Okay, keyboard not producing any results on the screen. But, interestingly, every time I depressed the escape button on the keyboard, the mouse cursor displayed the hourglass symbol for a few seconds which then reverted to the pointer cursor, without the pin box opening.   

So, what was the problem with the keyboard? Was it:

A defective keyboard
A defective USB2 port
A faulty keyboard driver
Something in the computer's connections or wiring
Something in the programming of Windows 10
A glitch in the new update

Fortunately for me, I fixed it with my next guess. I disconnected both the mouse and the keyboard at their USB2 ports. I knew that the mouse was working Okay, so if the keyboard returned to functioning and I lost the mouse cursor, then it would be almost certain that the problem was with the USB2 port.

I had booted up to the point at which the pin could not be entered into the window for same. I pulled both USB2 plugs out of their ports and switched them over. Presto, the keyboard was back in action. But, interestingly, the mouse was still working also, even though a small window at the lower right of the screen proclaimed that Microsoft was installing the MOUSE (not the keyboard).
With the keyboard once again working, I can only assume that the keyboard driver was still installed. So, why was the keyboard not getting its signal through to the screen? Can anyone explain how this was the case?

Update 6-19-2020: I installed the Windows 10 2004 Update on my Dell desktop. It took a couple of hours to do so. All I had to do, after the installation did everything, including several preparation readings, downloads and restarts, was click for the grand finale "Restart". Then, wouldn't you know it, the keyboard was gone again. I pulled the switcheroo that restored the keyboard last time. But, this time around it didn't work.

I switched the keyboard and mouse USB2 cables to each other's USB2 port and I lost the mouse yet regained the keyboard. So, the diagnosis is that the leftmost USB2 port is having connection difficulties. The computer's top front has two USB3 and two USB2 ports. I have attached a four-port extender to one of the USB3 ports, and plugged the mouse into it. Now, once again, I am back in business with both keyboard and mouse, but still wondering what the problem is with the leftmost USB2 port. I will now check the Device Manager to see if the drivers are Okay.

No driver defect markings in the Device Manager, so I am guessing that it could be a physically worn out USB2 port. Perhaps not. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to check the port or somehow restore its usability?
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Windows 10 2004 glitch: Microsoft admits bug breaks Storage Spaces, corrupts files:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-2004-glitch-microsoft-admits-bug-breaks-storage-spaces-corrupts-files
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