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SD Card Choices

Greater Performance Choices

There are wide discrepancies in memory card transmission speeds depending on the SD memory card manufacturer and brand. Varying speeds make it difficult to determine which card will provide reliable recording of streaming content. Recording video require a constant minimum write speed to ensure a smooth playback. The SD Association defines Speed Class standards indicated by speed symbols to help consumers decide what card will provide the required minimum performance for reliability. There are two kinds of speed indications regarding SD bus generation:”

More at the like above.

I like to play with video, so I use this card for my stuff.–SDSDQXN-064G-G46A-Version/dp/B00M55BS36/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1424789742&sr=1-8&keywords=class+10+micro+sd+card


When I used an older 64 (the black one) my device said that it was slow……………and I would have better performance from an better card.

So far, I’ve been real happy with it.


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

Free Movies and Movie Reading Programs

1. there is a movie site tied in through the library called Hoopla.

go to the Library site, and it should be listed.

I use my library card to get free movies there.

2. Overdrive (library too) leads to free books and apparently free movies…

3. VLC:  a program for viewing films without the DVD.

This is where I found the program (s) that worked well for me:

If you have a DVD movie, and save it to your computer, then you can view the movie on your computer without the DVD.


Internet and IE Security: More


Stop using Microsoft’s IE browser until bug is fixed, US and UK warn

In a rare move that highlights the severity of the security hole in one of the Web’s most popular browsers, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team and its British counterpart tell people to stop using Internet Explorer until Microsoft can fix it.


It’s not often that the US or UK governments weigh in on the browser wars, but a new Internet Explorer vulnerability that affects all major versions of the browser from the past decade has forced it to raise an alarm: Stop using IE.

The zero-day exploit, the term given to a previously unknown, unpatched flaw, allows attackers to install malware on your computer without your permission. That malware could be used to steal personal data, track online

There’s more



Bill Proffitt

April 10: OMUG Monthly Meeting

We are having another good program at the next meeting on April 10 at 7 pm !

John Wickliffe ( a member ) will show and discuss the other Skype- type programs available.  Some people mentioned them at the last meeting about Skype;

He will show them and how to install on your computer.  If you bring your laptops John will demonstrate how to install the other programs

I know you’ll be there to vote for new officers so this will be entertaining and interesting after you vote.


End of XP as We Know It RIP April 8, 2014

“Warning for Windows XP users: The end is near.

No, that doesn’t mean computers using the 12-year-old operating system will suddenly crash and spread calamity throughout the Internet.

But considering Windows XP is still running nearly 30 percent of all desktops, computer security experts worry that millions of Internet-connected computers will be vulnerable to hackers because Microsoft Corp. will stop issuing updates after April 8.

“I’ve been in security responses for 15 years, and we’ve never faced anything like this,” said Christopher Budd, who as a member of the Microsoft Security Res …”

More at the link above.
Bill P.

Microsoft® IT Academy Free, online, self-paced technology courses

If you are searching for a new job, advancing in your career, preparing for
college, or looking to improve productivity for your business:
The Microsoft IT Academy, available on the Timberland Regional Library website,
offers hundreds of self-paced, interactive technology courses on three levels:
Basic digital literacy skills
• Microsoft Office skills
• Advanced skills for IT professionals

The Microsoft IT Academy can help you improve your skills to become more
competitive in the job market, obtain certification in Office products and other
applications, or get ready for college and learn shortcuts to be more efficient.

How to get started

  • Have a Timberland Regional Library card or identification showing you are a Washington resident.
  • Talk with staff at any Timberland library branch or visit and click Research then Microsoft IT Academy for more information.
  • If you have questions, call 704-4636 in the Olympia area. Outside the Olympia calling area call 1-800-562-6022.

TRL offers free access to the Microsoft IT Academy for all area residents through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State, the Washington State Legislature and Washington libraries.


Think You’re Safe With Apple Products??? Serious flaw in I-phone OsX


“On Friday, Apple quietly released iOS 7.0.6, explaining in a brief release note that it fixed a bug in which “an attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS.” That’s the understated version. Another way to put it? Update your iPhone right now.

Oh, and by the way, OS X has the same issues—except there’s no fix out yet.

If you understand what that release note meant in full, chances are you were first in line for the iOS update. If it reads like deleted scene from Sneakers, here’s what it means for you and your Apple devices.

What Is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and it’s what helps ensure that communication between your browser and your favorite websites’ servers remains private and secure. TLS, or Transport Layer Security, is a more recent protocol that does essentially the same. In brief, SSL/TLS is a cryptographic key that lets a browser and a server know they are who they say they are, a secret digital handshake that keeps your financial information safe when you … “

More at the link above to

Bill Proffitt