The NSA allegedly steals your privacy with a fiber optic beam splitter. No hacking required. They need a bit of time to put a patch in your fiber optic cable.





Game of thrones author George RR Martin has explained why he does all his writing on an obsolete disk operating system (DOS) computer – “because it does not correct his spelling” and other errors. He also said he feels more secure since the dos system is not connected to the internet. He does have a more modern computer to do the internet email, twitter and etc.

More information at:


Two videos as a tribute to Aaron Swartz…


If you liked the British comedy known as the “IT Crowd” then you might like to make this box.

External wifi host > wireless access point > wifi router > clients. External wifi host > wireless access point > wifi router > clients.

the internet = wireless access point > wifi router


Parabolic antenna and a yagi antenna.









You can actually have a network without depending on the internet.

Basic setup (part 1).

More goodies (part 2).

For small offices and neighborhood setups, these ideas can be a boon to privacy.




My old Pentium II running arch linux. It ain’t dead till I say it is.
$ 1 # network 192.168.1
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.537 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.054 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.443 ms
eddie@oelt02:~$ nslookup
Address:    name = archie.

eddie@oelt02:~$ ssh archie

Last login: Fri May 30 00:52:50 2014 from oelt02
Arch Linux
[eddie@archie~]$ uname -a
Linux archie 3.14.4-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue May 13 16:44:54 CEST 2014 i686 GNU/Linux
[eddie@archie~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor    : 0
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 5
model name    : Pentium II (Deschutes)
stepping    : 2
cpu MHz        : 451.025
cache size    : 512 KB


Even the Sega Dreamcast runs nix and not MSWindows. Nix runs on almost anything.

Linux is available for


alpha Digital Alpha-based systems
amd64 AMD64-based systems
armish ARM-based appliances (by Thecus, IO-DATA, and others)
hp300 Hewlett-Packard HP 9000 series 300 and 400 workstations
hppa Hewlett-Packard Precision Architecture (PA-RISC) systems
i386 Standard PC and clones based on the Intel i386 architecture and compatible processors
landisk IO-DATA Landisk systems (such as USL-5P) based on the SH4 cpu
loongson Loongson 2E- and 2F-based systems, such as the Lemote Fuloong and Yeeloong, Gdium Liberty, etc.
luna88k Omron LUNA-88K and LUNA-88K2 workstations
macppc Apple New World PowerPC-based machines, from the iMac onwards
mvme68k Motorola 680×0-based VME systems
mvme88k Motorola 881×0-based VME systems
sgi SGI MIPS-based workstations
socppc Freescale PowerPC SoC-based machines
sparc Sun sun4, sun4c, sun4e and sun4m class SPARC systems
sparc64 Sun UltraSPARC and Fujitsu SPARC64 systems
vax Digital VAX-based systems
zaurus Sharp Zaurus C3x00 PDAs



One thing I like about servers is that clients or users can run an application from a server. That means software only has to be installed and or upgraded once at a time. What a savings in support time. Places such as have many programs that can run from a web server.

Three of the most common programs that people use are a spreadsheet, word processing. and a database. One such program although it was not in the package I used was a relational database. A flatfile database could be created in the spreadsheet. The program I am talking about is eyeOS. eyeOS is sort of a computer desktop for your browser.  That means the software should be platform independent.  That means you can generally use any touchpad, desktop, laptop, or anything with a browser. No per se special setup is needed in most cases on the user side.

You do need a web server to host the software. A lamp, wamp, mamp, or similar type server should work. We use Apache a lot.The neat thing about web based apps is you do not need a gui based machine to hose the software. We use and old Pentium II computer at home to host the software. In fact, I have run it on an nslu2 running debian.

If you would like to know more about installing eyeOS see:


Need some files that I thought were on a floppy. Went through all the floppies and they were not there. Have to check the old XP machine for them. Anyway, I noticed a change the way I had to mount the floppies.

First we will make a directory to mount to

$ sudo mkdir /media/floppy

We will mount the floppy: (old way: sudo mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /media/floppy).You will not have the persistent fdx anymore, so you will have to do a sudo fdisk -l to see what drives you have.

$ sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb /media/floppy

Get a directory

$ ls /media/floppy

Unmount the drive unless you want to copy some files.

$ sudo umount /media/floppy

Mtools no longer seemed to work properly. At least they did not for me using  traditional commands.


Wondered if there was a way to get information about a web server from the web. After researching, I found an abandoned article with a script that fit the bill. From a few lines, the script has expanded quite nicely. The script is becoming more and more popular. You can get more information at:


Coffee makers are not just for coffee anymore. You can actually make some interesting meals. Soup of course(, but you can even make pasta from scratch. 
But of course those are the standards. We can actually go a bit farther and even make cheese and other goodies ( ). What will be your next coffeemaker meal?


Time to make fajitas again.



Good day.