Month: June 2015

Windows 10 on an old PC: When it comes to specs, how low can you go?

The days of Windows being a system hog are gone.

So modest are the requirements for Windows 10, you may be able to run it on machines that shipped with Windows Vista eight years ago.

But just how low can Windows 10 go when it comes to PC specs? Since Microsoft released the OS for testing last year people have been loading Windows 10 onto hardware dating back to 2003 – eons ago on the PC refresh timescale.

Here are the low-end and long-in-the-tooth machines that proved capable of running Windows 10.

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How To Reserve Windows 10 If You Don’t Have The “Get Windows 10” App

A while ago, Microsoft pushed the “Get Windows 10” app via its Windows Updatechannels. The app is supposed to help you reserve a Windows 10 copy for your computer, once it is officially released to the general public. However, many users didn’t get this app and couldn’t reserve their Windows 10 copies, even if, theoretically, they met all the requirements. This article will help you check if you meet the requirements for being eligible to a free Windows 10 upgrade, and also troubleshoot some issues that may stop your device from getting the reservation app.

Note: This guide is sharing information on how to enable the “Get Windows 10” app on a Windows device that didn’t get it yet. If you already have the app in your system tray, then these two guides might prove useful to you:

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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 http://olymug.org . 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 http://drive.google.com – 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 http://Linux-Now.us

How To Turn Your Windows 8.1 Or Windows 10 Device Into A WiFi Access Point

If you used Windows 7 or Windows XP, you know that these operating systems allow you to create ad hoc wireless connections between computers. You could use those connections to create a wireless network between multiple computers or to share the Internet connection that was available on one of them. If you use Windows 8.1 or if you just migrated to Windows 10, then you might have noticed that this can no longer be done, at least not using a visual interface. However, with the help of theCommand Prompt and a few commands, you too can turn your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 laptop or hybrid device into a WiFi access point. Here’s how:

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How To Use Your Android Smartphone As A Mobile WiFi Hotspot

One might think that WiFi is such a widespread technology that no matter where you go, you will have access to a free hotspot and the Internet. While WiFi is indeed very popular it is far from being available everywhere. You might encounter many situations when you need Internet access but there is no WiFi network nearby. When that happens, you can use your smartphone and its 3G or 4G connection and you don’t even need a cable. This tutorial will cover all steps necessary to share your Android smartphone’s mobile network connection with other devices and turn it into a mobile wireless hotspot:

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Simple Questions: What Is WiFi Direct? How Does It Work?

WiFi? You know that, and use it everyday. Bluetooth? You know that too, and also use it quite often. What if you could combine all the best features of the two? Well, it turns out you can and that’s WiFi Direct. In this tutorial we will talk about this technology and how it works. Let’s get started:

Before Describing WiFi Direct, Let’s Talk WiFi

So, there is this thing called WiFi (or Wi-Fi, whichever you like, there is really no rule on which one to use). You have probably heard about it and you probably use it quite a lot, maybe even now. This is a wireless communication technology that has lots of uses, but it is most widely used for accessing the Internet.

An everyday user’s most common way of meeting WiFi is by connecting to a wireless router and accessing the Internet through this device. The router is a physical device that creates anaccess point (AP), which you can see on your smartphone or computer when you’re looking for a network to connect to. You select the one you want, enter a password if required and tada, you’re all set to access the web.

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How To Share Files Between Smartphones & Windows PCs With Feem

Has it ever happened that you wanted to share some files between your smartphone and your computer, but you had no USB cable with you? If there was no Internet connection either, you probably had to use the slow and problematic Bluetooth. Thankfully, both your smartphone and your Windows PC have a WiFi adapter and you can connect the two devices directly. Today we will demo the Android version of a multiplatform application called Feem that lets you do exactly this: send files from your smartphone to your PC and vice versa. Here’s how.

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TAPCUG and OMUG Linux SIG Updates

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 June 9, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see http://olymug.org . 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.

We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, 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 drivesLightbeamGoogle 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, 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 http://Linux-Now.us

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