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TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting and summer plans

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Sep 15, 2015 (3rd Tuesday) 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Traditionally we are on vacation during the summer- June, July, August.

The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is July 14, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see . To get the most out of these meetings bring your ideas, questions and be an active part of the discussion. New members are always welcome.

We have three major computer systems today: Windows which is based on DOS, Apple’s OS X which was derived from open source FreeBSD . (Windows and Mac are closed proprietary systems). Linux, which is based on the Linux kernel and unlike the first two, is basically free and open source. Companies make money from the packaging and support of Linux. Linux is much more secure because its roots are from Unix, a serious business multiuser system. Linux has extra built in security such as Netfilter and IPTables which makes your system rock solid and secure. The Linux live/install DVD should be ahead of your hard drive in the boot order of your computer’s bios. You need to enter F2, F10, delete, etc. when booting to enter your bios. You can run Linux live with no effect on your computer or opt to install.

Linux was created by Linus Torvalds in 1991 because he wanted a better desktop operating system. Ironically, it has totally dominated everywhere else from supercomputers, to servers, chromebooks and your smart phone but monopolies have so far mostly kept it off computers you can buy until now. With the fact that Linux is so much more secure, it is time to switch to Linux including Linux Mint XFCE or a Chromebook. Linux Mint is the number four operating system in the world! Download and try it for free. Install if you like it. You convert easily and save lots of money! A+ Computers sells Linux computers along with other proprietary computers.

ARM processor Chromebooks are top sellers at Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, etc. for around $200. ChromeOS, which comes installed on the Chromebook, was primarly designed to work on the internet but people often have the need to work on documents, Emails, etc. offline and there is a way to do that. If you go to your documents or – More – Offline, you can set up to work offline. Many persons are installing a Linux operating system on ARM Chromebooks which gives them the ability to also work offline with all the usual applications such as LibreOffice, etc. and all the associated features we are used to.

We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, Chromixium, Nvidia Tegra K1 computers, K1 Linux install, Transmission, Openshot, Google Drive, Linux flash drive install, Gnome system monitor, quantum computers, youtube-dl, SweetHome3D, gsmartcontrol for hard drives, Lightbeam, Raspberry Pi 2Google hangout, Google Keep, Kdenlive, recorditnow, Chromecast, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys and mesh networks, dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer, audacity, Mint xfce 4.12 upgrade, smart phone customizing: Convert Android to OnePlus One, TV music streaming, owncloud, youtube-dl, Google+ Hangout On Air, Samsung ARM chromebook hdmi to vga cable, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, Seabios, OpenBios, Plop, flashrom.  We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using.For details, see

Microsoft to retire ‘Modern’ Skype app next month

Microsoft today said it would retire the “Modern,” née “Metro,” app for Skype in less than four weeks, abandoning it for the more traditional Windows desktop application.

Apple to court Android defectors with switcher’s app

Apple did not trumpet it earlier this week during the keynote address kicking off its Worldwide

“We’re simplifying your PC experience down to one app that you can use either with your mouse and keyboard or with touch,” said Aga Guzik, the lead for desktop product marketing at Luxembourg-based Skype, Microsoft’s instant message, audio and video chat service. “Starting on July 7, we’re updating PC users of the Windows modern application to the Windows desktop application, and retiring the modern application.”

As of July 7, any user of the Modern version of Skype will be automatically redirected to the desktop edition download. Customers who bought a Surface or Surface 2 tablet — the discontinued devices that ran the failed Windows RT operating system — can continue to use the Modern app. Windows RT does not support Win32 desktop applications.

Not surprisingly, Guzik spun the change as good for customers. “With the upcoming release of Windows 10 for PCs, it makes sense to use the Skype application optimized for mouse and keyboards use, capable of doing touch as well rather than two separate applications performing the same function,” she said.

The move, however, is a surrender of sorts for Microsoft: The company had pinned hope on its Metro/Modern app model, which was a major part of its pitch for 2012’s Windows 8 and the next year’s Windows 8.1.

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Google’s Vint Cerf warns of ‘digital Dark Age’

What do YOU think ?

Vint Cerf, a “father of the internet”, says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost.

Currently a Google vice-president, he believes this could occur as hardware and software become obsolete.

He fears that future generations will have little or no record of the 21st Century as we enter what he describes as a “digital Dark Age”.

Mr Cerf made his comments at a large science conference in San Jose.

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Even if we accumulate vast archives of digital content, we may not actually know what it is”

Vint CerfWeb pioneer and Google VP

He arrived at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science stylishly dressed in a three-piece suit. This iconic figure, who helped define how data packets move around the net, is possibly the only Google employee who wears a tie.

I felt obliged to thank him for the internet, and he bowed graciously. “One is glad to be of service,” he said humbly.

His focus now is to resolve a new problem that threatens to eradicate our history.

Our life, our memories, our most cherished family photographs increasingly exist as bits of information – on our hard drives or in “the cloud”. But as technology moves on, they risk being lost in the wake of an accelerating digital revolution.

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What is the future of OMUG ?

We are soliciting your thoughts and ideas about OMUG as an organization.

Please download this questionnaire and fill it out.



You can get it to us in one of three ways:

1. Give it to Pat Sonnenstuhl, your webmaster, at our general meeting in March or April, or at her WordPress SIG

2. Email the word document to Pat Sonnenstuhl at

3. Mail it to Pat at:

Pat Sonnenstuhl

2510 Walnut Rd NW

Olympia, WA, 98502

OneDrive At The Core Of The Windows 8.1 Experience – What Does it Mean?

In Windows 8.1, you don’t need to install a desktop client for OneDrive, nor any app from the Store, like you do in Windows 8 or Windows 7. OneDrive is now part of the operating system and sits at the center of your computing experience. What does this mean and what are the consequences of this strong integration? Let’s find out in this overview:

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Upcoming computer groups activities, Linux News

Oct 9, 2014 7 PM OMUG

General Meeting: Computer Transportation Planning by Intercity Transit.

Oct 11, 2014 9:30 AM TAPCUG General Meeting:

Introduction to Linux by Joel Carlson and John Wickliffe.

Oct 14, 2014 7 PM OMUG Linux SIG is cancelled this month.

Oct 21, 2014 5:30 PM TAPCUG Linux SIG (third Tuesday)
The Linux operating system (android, chromebooks, supercomputers, Linux Mint, etc.) has many more exciting new developments to keep up with at the Linux meetings.

I downloaded the Windows 10 preview (which looks like Windows 8) and ran it on a test computer.

We can discuss this.

Thanks, Joel Carlson

Microsoft ready to go head-to-head with Chromebooks and Android tablets

t’s no secret that the de facto dominance of the traditional PC — and by extension, that of the Microsoft Windows operating system — has been declining in recent years. Microsoft and its partners got caught sleeping as new tech trends chipped away at their relevance and market share. However, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner revealed at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference that Microsoft is prepared to face that challenge head on.

There have been two existential threats to the traditional Microsoft Windows PC ecosystem. The first was the rise of mobile devices and cloud services. The convenience of ubiquitous access to information and services from smartphones and tablets has relegated the traditional PC to the status of a second-class citizen for many users. The mobile device is the primary computing device, and the PC is there as a secondary device for more mundane productivity tasks that don’t translate easily to a mobile platform.

The second threat was the introduction of the Chrome OS by Google and the advent of Chromebooks. The cheap pricing of many Chromebooks is enough to overcome the Google-centric, cloud-dependent nature of the devices — leading many would-be PC users to choose price over function.

Kevin Turner let it be known that Microsoft isn’t sitting idly on the sidelines. According to The Verge, Turner stated, “We are going to participate at the low-end. We’ve got a great value proposition against Chromebooks, we are not ceding the market to anyone.”

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APCUG – Notice of 2014 Annual Meeting

Notice To All Member Groups (OMUG is a member Group)

 The Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG) will hold it’s 2014 Annual Meeting on Saturday May 3rd. The online meeting will start at 4:00 PM Eastern Time and is being held in conjunction with our 2014 Spring Virtual Technology Conference. Reports about your organization will be presented for your benefit. All member groups are urged to attend.

In addition to the Annual Meeting, you will also be registered to take part in the 2014 Spring Virtual Technology Conference, where you will be able to attend presentations on subjects like Photoshop Elements, Printers and printing, Windows 8.1 and more, given by leaders in the user group community. For more information on the conference, please click here.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

David Steward

Secretary, APCUG