Jan 25, 2017

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Glenn’s NEW WATCH hahahaha!

Ubiquitous! the Word! http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ubiquitous
Firrrrrreeeeeefoxxx! — Broadcaster CAnnot Help It!

Finally: Interoperability, Antidisestablishmentarianism

Note how many innocuous sites now use SSL by the way!

Extra Download of for example Sierra!

Puppy Linux NOOO Hard Drive!

MAC Recovery Mode, and Monkeying Needlessly…

Funky New Top Level Domain Names and how to find them. Total currently 1500+ TOP level names, not all listed here
nic.whatever- Illlustrating a Problem of Google Search of ‘Currency’ or rather ‘recency’
FULL IANA DataBase- of Upcoming and Current

UniCode Domain Names! Pretty. http://www.unicode.org

Fun World Wide RAdio Tuner, illustrating new Top Level Names Dot-GARDEN.
NOT ALL can be used by the Public, and maybe are not needed anyway.

Lose Cable? http://www.sling.com

Addtional notes

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For a couple of months, the audio of today’s show is here. Recent shows are here.


Both Paul and Glenn were in the studio today.


Glenn upgraded from his iMac to a Mac Mini. His old machine couldn’t be upgraded to anything newer than OS 10.6.3. [Newest updates to] many of the programs he uses would no longer run with the older OS. He considered changing the microprocessor to one with a dual core. That would have allowed going only the next OS update. So instead, he bought a new Mac Mini, which was on sale. He said it’s a lot less expensive than buying a new Mac or Mac Book.

Apple hasn’t changed this model since 2014. It came with Sierra 10.12 OS and he updated it to 10.12.2, which took about 1 hour. He then restored from the Timemachine backups of his old computer, which went smoothly.

The Mac Mini comes with no screen, no keyboard and no mouse. So he also bought a Specter 24″ LCD screen for $99 from Ebay.

The Mac Mini came with an Intel Core I5 processor running at 1.6 gigaHertz with turbo boost up to almost 3 gigaHertz and 4 gig of RAM. It also came with Siri. Siri taxes a computer with less than 8 gig of RAM, Glenn said. Paul suggested going to preferences and unchecking the box for Siri. You can always run Siri manually when you need it.

Paul said that Macs and PCs leave things running in the background just in case they need to start running quickly. Each program uses up a few percent of processor’s time, which can add up. On Win10 machine you use the “startup control” to turn things off. For older Windows versions, Paul uses the startup control within Spybot Search and Destroy — a free program.

Paul noted that a Mac Mini is not the cheapest way to go. “If somebody wanted a Mac and they had nothing else, a Mac Book Air is the cheapest way to go” at $800. Someone going from a PC already has a screen, keyboard and mouse. And the Mac has a utility call Migration Assistant to help bring in the data from a PC running Windows versions as far back and including XP.

Glenn added that the Mini came with a 500 gig hard drive and a HDMI out port for connecting directly to the monitor, no adapters required.

Paul said he has a nice app for his Android tablet called Pinouts. It has many pages of references of the names, types, purposes and electronic functions of DVI, HDMI, SVGA etc.
<There are a bunch of apps for pinouts. Search in Google for: site:play.google.com pinouts>

Glenn’s Mac Mini has an odd name for its memory — LP SODIMM It’s physically shorter and meant for a laptop. He thought LP might stand for either low profile or low power or maybe both. He’s thinking of adding another 4 gig of RAM.

Paul thought this Mac Mini will be the last Mac with a real hard drive <with spinning platters>. Increasingly, Macs and PCs are being sold with solid state drives (SSD). Most computers made in the last 10 years have a SATA hard drive interface <for the spinning drives>. SSDs are housed in the same physical package as the spinning drives. mSATA is a circuit board with the flash drive on it and an SATA interface. But it’s not in the same format as would plug into an SATA buss <connector on the motherboard>.

You can upgrade your laptop by getting a mSATA drive quite inexpensively from Ebay. Paul found one that’s 64 gigs for $20. And, Paul said, “for $5 from China you can get a SATA enclosure to an mSATA adapter”. You put the mSATA circuit board (with the drive) into the enclosure and put the enclosure into your SATA-compatible computer <replacing the spinning hard drive, as I understand it>.

Another upgrade you can do to your computer, if you have little use for the CD/DVD drive, is to put in a second SSD. With the power off, you can extract the CD/DVD drive of your computer and then get, again from Ebay, a Chinese CDROM-carrier-to-SATA converter. <He implied that you then add a mSATA circuit board (with drive), as before>. You end up with a second SSD in your computer’s CDROM slot. It’s important to pull the power plug and laptop battery and wait several minutes for the charge to dissipate before you do any work.

With this dual drive setup you can keep your operating system on one drive and data on the other. This will simplify replacing the operating system drive if it crashes — you won’t trash the data. You’ll also see a speed boost.

Glenn got a new watch, which doesn’t do a lot unless you get a SIM and make it a phone. It does synch with his iPhone via Bluetooth and he was able to bring all of his contacts into the watch. WhatsApp, Twitter and browser can’t access his iPhone because it <the iPhone?> can’t act as a hot spot.
– You can add a micro SD card for external memory where you can store the photos you take with its camera.
– It has a touch sensitive screen that’s about 1″ square, which is quite functional given that both Glenn and Paul have ‘fat’ fingers.
– It records sound.
– It has Bluetooth.
– But it can’t go on the internet on it’s own. You’ll need a SIM card and a cellular plan.
– The Easy Go plan from H2O wireless is $4.99/mo plus 5 cents/min for talk/text and a 1 meg of data.
– It has a micro USB charger for its lithium battery
– Paul said you can use the watch and a cheap cellular plan as an emergency phone or to run a remote control.
– He paid $14.99 for it at newfrog.com.

You can get a remote control for about $29. You then put a SIM card in it, so it can connect to a cellular network, and you can send it text (SMS) messages. The text commands can turn lights on/off or open/close gates, for example.

Glen reminded people that they can become a contributing member of KVMR by calling the office number 530-265-9073. You can also donate your old used vehicle to the station by calling 1-877-411-3662 (1-877-411-donate).

Paul noted that Wikipedia has a link at the top of its pages labeled ‘Say it’ that will pronounce words for you. See the link at the top of this page.

Paul noticed that a lot of connections to the KVMR audio stream are coming from radio.garden. The site has a web crawler that checks the viability of radio streams. <I guess people are using it to see if the KVMR stream is working>.

Bob called. He has an HP 1010 printer that uses USB 1 and a Windows 10 laptop with USB 3. He sometimes gets a warning that the two are not compatible and nothing prints. If he waits long enough, it does prints.
– Paul said the versions of USB are backward compatible and should work.
– Glenn did a search for the problem on the HP website and came up with this.

John called. He’s using Windows Vista on a 10-year-old laptop and is getting security warnings from Microsoft’s Security Essentials. Paul said that particular anti-virus program is no longer supported and should be uninstalled. Instead, use avast.com.

Also he was shopping for a computer and wanted to know the difference between Windows 10 and 10.1. Paul said 10.1 is the latest and he should get that if possible.

Bob also has an old computer running Windows 7 and he wants to run Autocad. Paul told him that though Win7 itself will be supported thru 2020, program developers are discouraged from developing software for Win7. If you go to puppylinux.org, you can create a bootable CD (or USB stick) with the Linux operating system. You can do the same with other versions of Linux but Puppy Linux is more suitable for old machines.

Bob also asked about the difference between Office 365 & Office 2016. Paul said Office 365 is a subscription product, either $70 or $99. If you really want to save money, go to libreoffice.org for their office suite. It’s free and if it doesn’t meet your needs you can uninstall and then buy Microsoft Office.

Berry called. He has a 2009 24″ iMac and sometimes he gets a warning that another device is using your IP address. He also has an iPad and a printer.
– Shut down the router (the box that gets the internet into your house).
– Then shut down everything else — the Mac, iPad and printer.
– Start them up again starting with the router followed by the Mac and other devices. But wait a few minutes between shut down and startup.
– If you still get the message after turning on the Mac, there may be other devices on the internet like Apple TV.

Nick called. He had a tip for people not everybody knows about. You can search images on Google. For instance, if someone sends you a picture and you want to know the location, Google can often figure it out for you. You send the image to Google and it returns a text description of the location.

Glenn reminded us that the guys reached by sending email to zen at kvmr dot org

IANA DataBase (link at the top) is a database of domains like .energy, .engineer, .engineering, enterprises, .equipment. You can find out how to register for one (for example .generic) by putting ‘nic’ in front of it (nic.generic).

Last Updated 12:22 AM 1-26-2017