Amateur Radio (a.k.a. Ham Radio) June 4, 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
- If you are using or are considering using MS-Windows 7, 8.x or 10, you NEED to understand everything on this page. Microsoft's business model has changed and your privacy has been eliminated! Check out the links on this page to discover other nefarious activities Microsoft has been up to. My sympathy goes out to ASUS, it's employees and it's customers.
- 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 !!!
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.
- The OOKLA Internet Speed Test.
- There were reports in the Linux media that Linus Torvalds, creator and current head of the Linux kernel development team, was approached by unnamed authorities and "encouraged" to place an undocumented back door in the Linux kernel. Clearly, these authorities didn't understand the meaning of the term "Open Source." His response? "Go forth and multiply!" (my words, not necessarily his!)
- In the highly unlikely event a "back door" was somehow written into the Linux kernel source code, it would surely be discovered by the kernel developers and others during subsequent Open Source code review & testing. If an end user or distro publisher compiled a Linux kernel from publicly available Open Source code, there would be no malware because there could be no "hidden" code. That's one of the many benefits of Open Source software.
- Six reasons Why You Should Use Linux. Some valid ideas to seriously ponder.
- 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 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.
My Favorite Links
- This Hour Has 22 Minutes - Video humor from Canada (politically incorrect, but funny!)
- Bartleby's - Great free books online
- The offical site of the Punxutawney Groundhog Club
- 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!
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