How to Opt Out of Facebook Sharing

How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Opt Out of Platform API Sharing

You shouldn’t have to do this. You shouldn’t have to wade through complicated privacy settings in order to ensure that the companies with which you’ve entrusted your personal information are making reasonable, legal efforts to protect it. But Facebook has allowed third parties to violate user privacy on an unprecedented scale, and, while legislators and regulators scramble to understand the implications and put limits in place, users are left with the responsibility to make sure their profiles are properly configured.

The Question May Never Arise but…

Does a USB drive get heavier as you store more files on it?

Believe it or not, they get lighter. USB drives use Flash memory, which means the the ones and zeros of your data are stored on transistors. When you save data, a binary zero is set by charging the float gate of the transistor, and a binary one is set by removing the charge. To charge it, we add electrons, and the mass of each electron is 0.00000000000000000000000000091 grams. This means that an empty USB drive (which mostly holds zeros) weighs more than a full USB drive (which has ones and zeros). Add data, reduce the weight.

However, you would need to weigh more USB drives than exist on the planet together at once before the difference in weight became easily measurable.

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DO NOT Install Any Microsoft Updates


This is from Sue Kayton, our Computer Doctor

There is a major problem with latest update from Microsoft.  See this article:

Turn off automatic updating immediately.

To turn off, do a search in Windows for Services.  You will see a pop-up with a gear and the word Services.  Click on it.


The computer will think for a few seconds, then you will see an alphabetical list of services.  Scroll almost all the way to the bottom to see Windows Updates.  Double click on it.




Change Automatic or Manual to Disabled.






Click on Apply, then on OK.

Reboot the computer and automatic Windows updates will be turned off.

In a few weeks, you’ll want to re-enable the updates once Microsoft has fixed the problem

Brad Youngman

Brad Youngman passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017,  of kidney failure. It was very peaceful, his family were all around, and earlier there had been musicians, a Spanish classical guitarist and an Irish harpist.

Brad was a long time member of SPAUG and served as President in 2014. For many years he ran the Computer Lab in the Sunnyvale Senior Center. (Biography)

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of
Sunnyvale, at 1112 S. Bernardo Av. at Remington, Saturday, October 14 at 1 pm. (map)