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Windows 10: Tuesday 9/29, 5-7 pm (new time)

Apple's 'Siri,' Microsoft's 'Cortana,' Google 'Now' voice assistants: 10/22, 3-5 pm

Become an iPad Expert: Part 1 and Part 2 -- 11/5 & 11/12, 5-7 pm

Transferring photos: 11/23, 10-11 am

iPad settings: 12/1 & 12/8, 3-5:30 pm

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Al and Nancy Fasoldt
Technology writer and photographer Al Fasoldt writes about consumer technology for Technofile Online in Syracuse, New York, USA. He and his wife, Nancy, host workshops in computers and photography.

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Green is the coolest shade

LeavesPhoto by Al Fasoldt. Copyright © 2015 Al Fasoldt. All rights reserved.

UNADULTERATED, uncooked and unusually pure is this photo of part of our garden at Countless Pines. It was taken by my Lumix DMC-ZS40 camera in raw mode, then transferred to a PNG. No lossy compression was used at any point and no JPG processing. Raw mode bypasses all image processing usually done in the camera. This is a 100% view of a small area of the image as it came from the image sensor. The Lumix is reviewed below.

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