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: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-2740750
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). http://www.instructables.com/id/Your-personal-intranet-Part-1/
More goodies (part 2). http://www.instructables.com/id/Your-personal-intranet-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.
$ pingall.sh 1 # network 192.168.1
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.537 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.125: icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.054 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.126: icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.443 ms
eddie@oelt02:~$ nslookup 192.168.1.126
22.214.171.124.in-addr.arpa name = archie.
eddie@oelt02:~$ ssh archie
Last login: Fri May 30 00:52:50 2014 from oelt02
[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
Bsd is available for:
|alpha||Digital Alpha-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 Sourceforge.net 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: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-linux-commands-from-a-web-page/
Coffee makers are not just for coffee anymore. You can actually make some interesting meals. Soup of course( http://www.instructables.com/id/Tuna-noodle-coffepot-soup/), but you can even make pasta from scratch. http://www.instructables.com/id/Coffee-maker-pasta/
But of course those are the standards. We can actually go a bit farther and even make cheese and other goodies (http://www.instructables.com/id/Coffeemaker-meals-and-etc/ ). What will be your next coffeemaker meal?
Time to make fajitas again.