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Sunday, 6 November 2016

John McAfee: Security is an Illusion

Filed under: Preparedness, Security, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:01 PM (23:01)


  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / seen.life / Tea Party Community / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Fooling Google and Facebook a Bit

Filed under: Humor, Preparedness, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:34 PM (19:34)

After installing Linux Mint 17.2 on my Asus K54L laptop, I logged into Google, and got the following alert message at my Gmail account:

2015-11-15-182044-ss-gmail-google-login

Then I logged into Facebook, and received this alert message:

2015-11-15-18-19-08-ss-gmail-fb-login

Here’s the funny thing — I logged into both accounts using Mozilla Firefox.

So why am I getting messages saying that I used Safari on Mac OS X?

For the record, I haven’t touched anything Apple or Mac since April, 1994, when I had to use a Leatherman multi-tool to pull my floppy disk out of the drive slot when the “Eject” command (⌘-E) didn’t work after repeated tries.

After installing Linux Mint on the laptop, I launched Firefox, and installed the following add-ons to Firefox —

The costs of this?

  1. Linux Mint 17.216.99 + tax (It was on the live DVD glued to the front cover of Linux Format magazine – part of the price tag is for the DVD. Another part of the price tag is that it’s printed in the UK and shipped across the Atlantic every month.)
  2. A few minutes of time, a few watts of electricity to spin that live DVD in the drive.
  3. A few mouse clicks here and there . . .

. . . and to paraphrase the MasterCard advertising copy, the upside — giving a virtual single-digit salute to two of the biggest privacy invaders on the planet — PRICELESS.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Bananas! at liberty.me by David Montgomery — You’re a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.4
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

My First Run with antiX Linux

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:58 PM (21:58)

Yesterday, I popped the live DVD that came included with Linux Format #201. Bundled on that disc was antiX 15-V.

First impressions —

  • The desktop GUI looks and feels a bit like KDE, but isn’t KDE. (I’m not a fan of KDE at all.)
  • It shuts down QUICK – with 5 seconds.
  • It’s very easy to customize the general look and feel of the desktop – there’s even a spot on the main menu for this.

Is antiX a keeper as Linux Mint seems to be? I’m not sure, but am willing to pursue further use.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. antiX Wikipedia page
  2. Official site of antiX

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / FetLife / Google Plus / MeetMe / tsu / Twitter / WordPress

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Building Desktop 2: Part 2

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:14 PM (18:14)

Tonight I disassembled this old-style Western Digital external hard drive I’ve had sitting around for ages (model WD1200B008[1]). It turns out that the only drivers available for this one are for Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP – NOTHING for Windows 7. Nor does it connect to my Tosh Satellite C55D with Linux Mint 15[2] installed. Really aggravating.

So after I took it apart, I found that the unit is nothing more than a standard internal-type hard drive with a power port and USB port attached to it, so you can connect it to your desktop or laptop. Which means I can use it as an internal drive for the desktop I’m in the process of rebuilding.

Only one “problem” – there’s some data on the drive that I want to recover before I load an operating system onto it.

Solution – after I put the system together (ETA for that is presently mid-December), I’ll run LM 16 from whatever DVD drive I end up installing in the system as a live DVD[3], extract the data, and then have fun.

The plan is for DT2 to end up with a 16 GB solid-state drive[4] in the “master” drive slot, with this 120 GB drive from the external unit as a “slave” drive (along with another 20 GB drive I have laying around).

Or I could use the 20 GB unit as the “master” drive, and get the job done a little faster.

Using the 20 GB drive in the “master” slot, then all I need is a new motherboard (form factor micro-ATX) with chipset and fan, power supply (about 40) and a DVD drive.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Google search – Western Digital external hard drive WD1200B008
  2. http://linuxmint.com/ / Linux Mint Wikipedia page
  3. Live CD Wikipedia page
  4. Solid-state drive Wikipedia page

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.3
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter
  3. Current mood: content, horny, pensive
  4. Listening – Immortalis by Overkill

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    Tuesday, 16 September 2014

    Building Desktop 2, Part 1

    Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:08 PM (21:08)

    Initial equipment

    Hewlett Packard Pavilion S5000 – http://h20424.www2.hp.com/product/desktops/sg/en/hp-pavilion-series-s.asp

    Motherboard: M2N68-LA Rev. 5.00 – http://h10010.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c01701270#N74

    Form factor – Micro-ATX: 24.5 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.5 cm (9.6 inches) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MicroATX

    Repair parts

    Motherboards at pricewatch.com – http://www.pricewatch.com/price/motherboards/micro-atx

    Internal drives (hard and SSD) at pricewatch.com – http://www.pricewatch.com/hard_removable_drives/

    HP-specifically-compatible motherboards: – http://pcmotherboardmart.com/m2n68.html

    Power supply (matches HP P/N 504966-001) – http://outletpc.com/as6252.html ∅39.94 + S&H

    6-IN-1 Memory Card Reader Combo (HP P/N 505163-001) – http://impactcomputers.com/505163-001.html ∅69.95 + S&H

    Ascendtech motherboard – http://ascendtech.us/hp-462798-001-m2n68-la-narra3-main-board_i_mbhp462798m2n68.aspx ∅59.99 + S&H

    Call Ascendtech – ask if their HP motherboard is socket type AM2 or AM3 (AM3 is preferred!). Customer Service: 216-458-1101, Technical Support: 216-458-1104

    TOTAL ∅169.88

    • 1000 – Accepted computer from a co-worker, he said “it’s trash.”
    • 1800 – Got computer home and opened up the side panel — it looked like something had been spilled into the ventilation grille on the top and dripped down across the motherboard. Took a few minutes with Purple Power [MSDS] to clean it all off.
    • The motherboard appears to be a 2005 model. It also appears to be burned out. No fucking way am I plugging it in – don’t want to burn the house down.
    • The 6-in-1 memory card reader appears to be trashed
    • If he had taken some time to clean the inside on occasion, it would probably still be functional (if he hadn’t spilled whatever it was on the vent).

    NOTES

    1. Current mood: pensive, bored, horny
    2. Listening – Ironbound by Overkill

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    Tuesday, 26 May 2009

    A Question about Operating Systems?

    Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:54 PM (17:54)

    Current mood: happy

    First, let me start off by saying that I posted a suggestion to the Featured Questions page, and the staff at Xanga posted as one of the daily questions.

    WAY COOL! (This is my first time being featured like this, so cut me some slack here, OK?)

    Anyway, to answer my own question —

    In 1989, I started as a computer user with a Tandy 1000 series computer, using MS-DOS 2.0, if I recall correctly. Back then, Tandy was a part of Radio Shack, but not fully integrated into it, and as such, had its own brand name for computers. With the Tandy 1000 series came their own version of a graphical user interface (GUI), which operated mostly from the keyboard. It was using that system that I learned the ins and outs of the DOS command-line interface — copying and deleting files, etc.

    My experience with Windows started in July, 1998, when I bought a modern-style PC. I learned the hard way what a pain in the ass Windows can be from the beginning, as the guy who sold it to me installed a bootleg copy of Windows 95 on it. I had some problems there, and tried “fixing” them by upgrading to Windows 98. When that didn’t work, I ponied up for a full edition of that disaster-on-a-CD-ROM.

    Fast-forward to 2001 — I bought a copy of Windows 2000 Pro at the local Staples, and it beat the crap out of Win-98. (I still have that CD, by the way.)

    Now I’m using a combination of Windows XP and Ubuntu. I’ve played around with Knoppix, OpenSuse and Suse Enterprise Desktop, while using a version of Red Hat at work for the past four years.

         I just answered this Featured Question; you can answer it too!


    Wednesday, 20 May 2009

    Killer Tux (Linux vs. Windows)

    Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:59 AM (01:59)

    Current mood: amused


    Thanks to Tom Knapp for posting this one.

    Reposted here to the NM Linux Fest site.


    Wednesday, 13 May 2009

    Summer 2009 Courses

    Filed under: Education — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:47 PM (23:47)

    Current mood: productive

    Summer 2009 Course Schedule
    18 May — 9 August 2009

    All at Main Campus

    Total Hours: 8.00

    CRN Course Title CR Days Times Building / Room
    92489 CIS 1425 Network Topology / CISCO I 3 T R 2:00 — 4:45 PM N-0114
    92424 MATT 1035 Metals Blueprint Reading II 2 T R 12:30 — 1:40 PM W-0009
    92552 PHOT 1010 Introduction to Fiber Optics 3 T R 8:00 — 10:50 AM N-0123

    Wednesday, 29 April 2009

    Electronics 2020 — PC Upgrade and Repair

    Filed under: Education, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:54 PM (18:54)

    This course maps fully to CompTIA’s new 2006 A+ Exam objectives. The course is designed to be a complete, step-by-step approach for learning the fundamentals of supporting and troubleshooting computer hardware.

    Course Modules

    • Hardware Needs Software to Work
    • PC Repair Fundamentals
    • Form Factors and Power Supplies
    • Processors and Chipsets
    • Motherboards
    • Upgrading Memory
    • Hard Drives
    • Installing and Supporting Input / Output (I/O) Devices
    • Multimedia Devices and Mass Storage
    • PCs on a Network
    • Notebooks, Tablet PCs and PDAs
    • Supporting Printers and Scanners

    Student Competencies

    Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

    1. Identify fundamental parts of a computer and their functions.
    2. Distinguish between AT, ATX, BTX, LPX and NLX form factors.
    3. Identify system requirements for software and hardware installations and upgrades.
    4. Identify hardware requirements for setting up a SOHO network.
    5. Identify fundamental parts of a laptop and a PDA.
    6. Describe function and parts of an inkjet, laser and dot-matrix printer.

    Computer Information Systems 1410 — Information Technology Essentials I: PC Hardware and Software

    Filed under: Education, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:15 PM (18:15)

    This course covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Students will also be able to connect to the Internet and share resources in a network environment. Hands-on lab activities will be an essential element of this course. Virtual learning tools are integrated to supplement classroom learning activities and provide interactive “hands-on” experience.

    Student Competencies

    Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

    1. Define information technology (IT) and describe the components of a personal computer.
    2. Protect the student against accidents and injury, protect equipment from damage, protect data from loss, and protect the environment from contamination.
    3. Perform a step-by-step assembly of a desktop computer tower.
    4. Explain the purpose of preventive maintenance and identify the elements of the troubleshooting process.
    5. Explain, install and navigate an operating system
    6. Upgrade components (security and otherwise) based on customer needs
    7. Perform preventive maintenance and troubleshooting
    8. Describe, remove and replace select components of a laptop computer.
    9. Describe, remove and replace select components of a printer and scanner.
    10. Describe and install a network.
    11. Perform advanced installation of a desktop computer tower.
    12. Apply good communication skills and professional behavior while working with customers.

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