February 12, 2020 Meeting

Highlights of CES 2020

Andy Marken returns to SPAUG to review the highlights and the best new products of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show.

If it wasn’t at CES this year it probably isn’t worth considering -nearly 4500 companies from over 160 countries, over 100 educational/informational sessions covering everything was there this January.  Think of the show as the UN and Davos of consumer technology. Lots of talk about 5G and AI but you couldn’t touch it, play with it so they’re just nice talking points.  Andy will return again to cover the highlights of smart everything – cars, TVs, toys, games, homes, cities, streaming content and more. 

No, he didn’t cover all 20 football fields of exhibit space but still there was plenty of really good stuff and lots of stuff that won’t be back next year (hint – we’ll try not to let you know about those so as not to build false hopes).  All we can say is that the show keeps getting bigger/better, attracting companies from every business segment around the globe. But as in recent years and did all the hard leg work for you to ferret out the good stuff! If you heard rumors about stuff and he doesn’t mention it during the meeting…sorry!  However listen hard and come with your questions…he’ll fill in the blanks!

Andy Marken is President of Marken Communications and has been involved in the marketing of storage technology for more than 25 years. His experience includes work with Panasonic, Verbatim, Matsushita, Plasmon, Nikon, Mitsubishi Chemical, OWC, Newertech and a number of storage solution manufacturers Andy can be reached at andy@markencom.com.

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto and begins at 7PM. We will be meeting in the Conference Room on the second floor.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our usual no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro Café on the first floor of the lodge.

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File or Path Name Too Long? Find out before you do your backup

Those of us who back up our devices sometimes get a message that some file couldn’t be backed up because its name — more likely its file path name — is too long. Lim Electronics‘ website offers a free, small, easy-to-use program called, appropriately enough, FindLongNames, that lets you check your Windows machine for files whose name or pathname is longer than some number of characters you specify, so you can do some adjustment beforehand and hopefully not have to deal with the long-name problem after your backing up procedure has run. Their page of free software includes other programs you may want to check out.

It Never Stops!

You would think that after some time people would catch on and the scammers would find a new way to entice us. But NO! It seems that what goes around, comes around. Here are two examples I recently received.


An email from Bank of America warning me that my account was locked and I needed to ‘sign in’ to unlock it.

Security Alert_ Unusual Account Activity Detected  (you can click on this)

If you look at the email and simply roll your cursor over the links you will see:

  1. It is addressed to ‘All Recipients’,
  2. Both the sender address and recipient link to ‘xx@yy.com’,
  3. The ‘sign-in’ link points to ‘http://adamitcorp.com/login.php’ and
  4. I don’t have an account at Bank of America!

The classic Nigerian scam – I thought this one died years ago

Garki 11, Garki-Abuja.
Our Ref: FGN/CBN/NIG/011/2018.
Tel/Fax: +234-003 087 5119

Attention: Fund Beneficiary,

I wish to use this medium to inform you that your CONTRACT/INHERITANCE Payment of US$10.5M (Ten Million Fiv Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from CENTRAL BANK have been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward transfer to you via either bank to bank wire transfer Or through ATM Inter-switch CARD,as a medium to pay you,your long overdue unpaid fund.The approved sum has been programmed to be released to you upon your response to this letter.We have made several attempts to contact and pay you but,all effort failed,this is the 3rd and perhaps the last letter to you in respect to this matter.

I received a letter that your unclaimed approved payment which has been overdue for payment should now be paid to Lawrence R. Larson of
7251 Grove Road, Apt. 160, Brooksville, Florida 34613 U.S.A.In the said letter titled change of beneficiary/ownership. Its clearly stated that you are dead and that he is your next of kin, it went further to say you signed a deed and an agreement with Lawrence R.Larson to become your beneficiary before your untimely death.Officially arrangement had been concluded for the approved funds transfer into the account below.

Bank Address: 6124 S. Staples, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413 U.S.A.
Routing Number: 114914723
Account Number: 909009245
Account Name: Lawrence R. Larson

But because of the elaborate global scam, I decided to contact you first for confirmation before transferring the funds and if after seven working days, no response is received from you, it will be assumed that you are dead and as such authorization and approval will be granted on behalf of Lawrence R. Larson to claim/receive the fund.

But if you are well and alive then confirm this letter and reconfirm your Information and how you want your said fund to be paid to you without further delay.Send your responses to me immediately by email.As we are mandated by World Bank and United Nations{UN},to you pay within the next 72hours upon reconfirmation of your personal and account details.You are therefore advised to reconfirm your following information/Details.

1. Your Full Names………
2. Current Address……….
3. Current Phone Numbers….
4. Gender/Sex………
5. Age…………….
6. Occupation………
7. Copy Of Your Identification…….

I assured you that your fund transfer will be executed within 72hours in receipt of your re-confirmation of your personal details.Therefore kindly reconfirm your details and call me immediately for the transfer to be executed.

I await for your immediate and positive response soonest via Email- hejo98765@outlook.com

Best Regards.

Mr.Godwin Emefiele.

Executive Governor,
Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN).
Direct Number:+234-003 087 5119


August 10, 2016 Meeting

We will demonstrate the upgrade of one of the club’s HP laptop computers, replacing the current HDD with an SSD drive and upgrading the operating system to Windows 10.

While the computer is ‘doing its thing’ we will have an open forum random access discussion.

The meetin will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. NOTE: We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room. All members and guests are invited to attend an optional NO-host dinner prior to our general meeting. Dinner will be at 5:45 PM at The Bistro located on the ground floor of the Elks Lodge.