Amateur Radio (a.k.a. Ham Radio) October 25, 2016
Privacy and Computer Security (It's far worse than you think!)
- Browser add-ons to protect your privacy (applies to all operating systems):
- DuckDuckGo - The capable search engine that doesn't track you.
- Ghostery - While it can optionally forward your web activities to marketing groups, it does so without identifying you. That's how they stay in business! I'm fine with that. Everybody wins!
- Privacy Badger - From the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- Ad Block Plus - Blocks tracking, malware domains, banners, pop-ups and video ads.
- ublock - Their motto: "Content. Not Clutter."
- Electronic Frontier Foundation - Defending your rights in a digital world.
- Electronic Privacy Information Center - A public interest research center in Washington, DC.
- Gibson Research Corp. - Steve Gibson is one of the good guys. His site is especially useful to MS-Windows users.
- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse - Empowering consumers. Protecting privacy.
MS-Windows 7, 8 & 10 Information Center October 23, 2016
- If you are using MS-Windows 7, 8.x or 10, you need to understand the first
twothree sections on THIS PAGE. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update restricts user control and has more surveillance!
- Check out the links to discover Microsoft's other nefarious activities.
- Since I no longer use MS-Windows, I'm publishing this information to assist family, friends and anyone else who may stumble upon this site. If you have something to add, please let me know via the email link below. Thanks x106 !!!
Vintage Operating Systems
- Do you miss that ancient OS? You can probably find it at and download from WinWorld's Abandonware site. What's there: MS-DOS, DR DOS, CP/M, Concurrent DOS, MS-Windows, Apple/MAC, OS/2, NetWare, BeOS, Breadbox Ensemble, GeoWorks, AmigaOS, QNX, RISC OS, GEM, VMS, UNIX, Plan 9, Tandy Deskmate, Inferno, Visi On, UCSD p-System, Atari DOS and much more! "We are happy to be able to provide you with free access to one of the largest collections of abandonware and pre-release software online."
- Curious? Here's an enjoyable and informative look at some Linux Mint applications, presented by Joe Collins.
- Linux is all about choice. Here is a comparison of eight of the many Linux desktop choices. Your desktop choice involves more than just appearance. Each desktop typically has a unique way of doing things.
- Linux distributions (commonly called distros) are released for specific uses: high performance computers, old PCs, servers, appliance control, firewalls, disk maintenance, etc. (There's even a distro designed to rescue corrupted MS-Windows installations!) Compare Linux distros at DistroWatch
- Getting started with Linux: The Complete Guide.
- Linux can run many MS-Windows and old DOS programs, including games. This screen shot (1440p) shows one of my concurrent Linux desktops running a modern MS-Windows program for my LAN-based Software Defined Radio and an old DOS based Motorola semiconductor databook:
- My Linux system: I began using Linux in 2001 with very early versions of Mandrake Linux. Years later, I used Ubuntu. After growing weary of Ubuntu’s new "user hostile" Unity interface, I moved to Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop. Over the years I have used the following desktops: KDE, GNOME, XFCE, Unity and Cinnamon. BTW, I retained all of my work files during these migrations. Sweet!
I use two monitors for my Linux installation. One (1080p) is positioned just above my radio gear and displays Ham Radio software. It works with a small wireless keyboard and mouse. The other (1440p) uses a traditional wired keyboard and the same wireless mouse. It is located on an adjacent table along with the CPU box, networked photo/document printer, networked photo/document scanner, LAN RAID 0 drives, LAN backup drives, ethernet/WiFi router, DSL modem and UPS system. There's an additional backup system kept off-line.
Adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast to see all twenty levels of illumination in the image below.
Test Your Internet Speed
- The SourceForge Speed Test will test your current Internet connection speed for Latency/Ping, Jitter, Download Speed, Upload Speed, Buffer Bloat, and Packet Loss. Upon completion, you will learn what types of services your connection is capable of handling, as well as additional reports about your connection.
My Favorite Links
- This Hour Has 22 Minutes - Video humor from Canada (often politically incorrect, but always funny!)
- Bartleby's - Great free books online
- Doctor Who - The world's longest running science fiction TV show.
- The museum of Hewlett Packard calculators
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Help find a missing child.
- A Prairie Home Companion - Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegone, Samuel Adams beer & walleyes!
- The offical site of the Punxutawney Groundhog Club
- The Red Green show - Humor from the north woods October 1, 2016
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