Month: July 2014

Rest Stop Event Canceled for 2014

We have decided to cancel the Rest Stop Event for 2014. We just didn’t have enough people power to cover the full weekend. Thanks so much for offering to help !

Waiting until the las minute to cancel would be unfair to the cookie bakers, to Fred who is in charge of buying all the supplies, to everyone involved who may wish to make other plans for that weekend and to the Washington State Dept. of Transportation which will probably be able to find a back-up group to sponsor their own event.

Perhaps we can take another run at this next year; or at least rethink if we want to do it at all.

Noral Baughman

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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Cloud storage vs. external hard drives: Which really offers the best bang for your buck?

Behind the Spec Sheet seeks to draw new insights based on hardware data. Produced by FindtheBest, a company that aggregates specs and features in a centralized database, this weekly guest column will share data-driven discoveries and surprises, and attempt to expose common misconceptions.

By now, you know the basic arguments in the on-site versus off-site storage debate. External hard drives are fast (everything backed up in minutes!) and safe from hackers (you control the data), but are susceptible to theft, fire, and hard drive failure. Meanwhile, cloud solutions provide ongoing, reliable service, but are slower than on-site solutions, and (theoretically) more vulnerable to hackers.

But for today, let’s put aside the usual arguments and focus strictly on cost. Assuming your data will not be hacked, stolen, or burnt to a crisp in a house fire, which solution—cloud storage or an external hard drive—is more cost effective, byte for byte?

At FindTheBest, we compiled data on more than 400 external hard drives, including brands like Seagate, LaCie, and Western Digital, as well as more than 80 online backup services, including familiar names like DropBox and Box, as well as smaller companies like BackBlaze and Crashplan.

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Hidden smartphone setting maps your every move

SEATTLE — It’s supposed to provide iPhone users the ability to see where they’ve been, but a hidden setting could also allow someone with access to the device see where the user has been and map their movements.

It’s called “locations services,” and many applications use it to provide location-based information for various iPhone apps.

Customers with concerns about a phone recording and even broadcasting their location have learned to turn off location services for particular applications except those needed to enable mapping programs and security measures. 

Those actions do not disable a deeper setting in the Apple IOS 7 mobile operating system which tracks a user’s frequent locations. If the wrong person got his hands on that device and was able to access it, he can easily learn the daily habits of the phone’s owner.

Students at the University of Washington volunteered their phones to see how easy it can be to see where the device has been. The frequent locations setting creates a map, and tapping on a specific locations reveals the dates and times of a particular visit and even how long you were there.

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How to back up your Google Voice data

Moving files from your physical drives to cloud storage is what usually comes to mind when you think about data backup. However, if you’ve created your data in the cloud, it’s not a bad idea to back it up on physical storage.

Google Takeout is a great tool that lets you export data from services like Gmail, YouTube, and even Google Voice. Although nothing has been confirmed about the integration of Google Voice into the Hangouts application, now is a great time to make sure you won’t lose any important texts or voice mails.

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July 10, 2014: Staples Presentation

Our July meeting is Thursday, July 10 at 7 pm. 

Back up, backup your data. 

How many times have you been warned that you WILL need your data backed up or lose it sometime? 

All those precious pictures and important documents, lost.

The “Cloud” is fine, but what if I want to have my data and my computer system backed up.

What devices are available to help me decide what I need?  Flash drives, hard drives, etc, etc.

Two representatives from Staples will be presenting some of the devices available and able to answer your backup questions at the July 10th OMUG meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7 PM sharp. 

Come and mingle at 6:30 pm, Thursday, July 10th.

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