Amateur Radio (a.k.a. Ham Radio)
My Favorite Links:
- This Hour Has 22 Minutes - Humor from Canada
- Bartleby's - Great free books online
- The Chicago Blackhawks
- My beloved Chicago Cubs- You just wait until next year!
- Out of deference to my son-in-law, I reluctantly present this link: The Chicago White Sox
- The Dilbert Zone - Fortunately, I relate less to Dilbert since retirement!
- The offical site of the Punxutawney Groundhog Club
- The museum of Hewlett Packard calculators
- Library of Congress - Tax dollars put to good use!
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Help find a missing child.
- A Prairie Home Companion - Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegone, Samuel Adams beer & walleyes - Ya know, life just doesn't get any better than this!
Privacy and Computer Security (It's worse than you might think!)
- 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.
- Browser add-ons to protect your privacy:
- DuckDuckGo - The search engine that doesn't track you.
- Ghostery - Ghostery is my favorite and most effective tracking cookie blocker. While it does track and 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.
- 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."
- Linux is all about choice. For example, here is a comparison of eight of the many Linux desktop choices. BTW, your desktop choice involves more than just appearance. Each desktop typically has a unique set of functions.
- Linux distributions (commonly called distros) are released for specific uses: high performance computers, old PCs, servers, appliance control, irewalls, disk maintenance, etc. (There's even a distro designed to rescue corrupted MS-Windows installations!) Compare Linux distros at DistroWatch
- Getting started on Linux
- Linux can run most MS-Windows and old DOS programs. 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. 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, LAN RAID 0 drives, LAN backup drives, an additional backup system (kept off-line), ethernet/WiFi router, DSL modem, UPS and LAN connected photo/document scanner.
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