Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I just bout a a new Compaq notebook with Vista Home Premium, It has an AMD dual core proceser that runs at 1.7 Ghz. It has 1 Gig of memory. By the specks it should be a rocket compared to my old HP 4900, but its not. Why ? I'm trying to figure it out. Vista is somewhat the same as far as the user is concerned but the file system and deep down in the guts is much different. It is going to take some time to understand just what Bill was thinking about when he coded Vista. I find the built in wireless (WiFi) works much poorer and takes a lot of head scratching to connect. I find that it takes as long as five minutes to connect to my network from a cold boot-up even after it was configured to it. I'm going to put another 1 Gig. of memory in it and see if this helps to speed up the process. I do like the wide screen and light weight and the touch pad is very smooth. It took me 4 hours to un-install all the junk & trial ware that came installed on it. I crashed the OS completely in the process but I restored it from the 2 DVD disks I made then repeated the un-install process without a problem the 2nd time. Most all the big computer sales companies are too cheap now to provide the Windows OS on CD or DVDs. I bet it saves them at least 50 cents per machine. Make sure you burn the OS to dvd after you buy a new machine, believe me you're going to need them. I'm going to try a few things on this computer to get it going to the way I think it should be running. I'll keep you posted as the nightmare marches on...........jackDemaree.
Friday, August 24, 2007
I have just installed a new camera atop my Ham radio tower. It produces a very high resolution image and has extremely good night vision. It will be aimed at State Rd. 129 and South Main street through out the day till near sunset, Stratton - Karsteter Funeral Home is centered in the frame, then moved to Benham Rd. and South State Rd. 129, this move is because of sun angles. You can see the image at:
Scroll down the page till you see the two side by side photos. The new camera view is in the right frame. I wish to thank all of the nice emails and guest book entries received from all the people that were from Versailles, but now living afar. I'm glad I can give you a small view of your home town. By the way, leave a note in the guestbook as people love to read them........ Jack
Friday, August 17, 2007
A lady called just awhile ago to tell me she received an email telling she had just bought a camera from eBay and the payment was in question via PayPal. She tells me she has no eBay account and no PayPal account. My reply was hit the delete button. If you do not have an account how can you confirm your user name and password. Ebay, PayPal, or any other will "never never ever" ask for your password. Don't fall for these phishing trips and spoofs. Out of my 100 plus emails I receive each day at least 5 are spoofs, some are real good ones and I have to laugh to think that someone would revel this information to a company or widow in Liberia Africa who wants me to transfer money from her dead husband's bank account. Get real, and get off the crack, just hit delete !
Sunday, August 05, 2007
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Thursday, August 02, 2007
Think your home or small office wireless network is safe? Do you have any idea whether there are any intruders on it? This free program is a great way to find out. It's a bit technical for novices, but will do no harm if you decide to use it as a learning tool.
Run RogueScanner on a PC attached to your network via Ethernet. (The program won't work in Windows Vista, so you'll need Windows XP.) When you run it, it immediately does a network scan, finding the wireless and wired devices attached to it. For each device, it lists the unique MAC address (a kind of serial number), the IP address, the manufacturer if it can figure it out and model number if it can find that. It also tells you what kind of device it is, such as a router, printer, PC, and so on. And it will also flag any suspect devices it finds.
Just compare the information it finds to what you know of your network. If there are any wireless devices connected that you don't know about, you may have an intruder. Get RogueScanner here: http://www.networkchemistry.com/products/roguescanner.php
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This is also a quick way to gather all your IP addresses in your network.