Knoppix ‘Live’ CD

Nov - 22 2006 | no comments | By

Here is a description of a Linux distribution known as Knoppix, from Germany.
I have used Linux from its earliest days when I got it on a set of some 20 floppy disks from a local dial up Bulletin Board. It required enormous patience and not a little luck to install and configure at a time when computers were nowhere near as inexpensive as they are now.

Knoppix is another flavor of Linux, with a twist it shares with only 2 other of the many distributions I am aware of- It easily launches and initialises from a CDROM WITHOUT installing itself to the hard drive.
You launch it– it works. That's It. At least on most modern hardware. 

Plus, its Free.
You will need a high speed connection or freinds with one,
and the ability to burn CDROms, then visit here:  

If you are Nice to us we can probably get you a copy, and Yes, it is legitimate to copy and redistroubute this just as much as you like.

THsi CD makes a superb testing utility for a machine where you are uncertain whether Windows is broken or there is somethign wrong wotht he hardware, as the CDROM boot sequence checks everythign thoroughly. Plus, there is an override taht allows you to perform a so called MEMTEST86 Memory Check for those more elusive troubles. These are all things it is almost impossibel to check whilest inside Windows itself.

 How easy is Knoppix to use? you be the judge. We welcome your reviews here..!


DEC 04 2006

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Bill, video display problem with dell laptop … color saturation is extremely high on certain websites, using Windows Media Player version 9 … install most recent version 11, call back to let us know if that works.

James, can routers be put into series to increase the number of ports? No … use the 1st router then add a switch for additional ports.  Also, is it ok to suspend a a laptop rather than turn it off when you're done with it. Paul suggests not using suspend as sometimes the screen won't turn off. Mikail says that with a Mac it is not a problem. Plus leaving your computer on for long periods of time will cause memory drains so turning it off when not in use is best.

Nick, his laptop's cursor randomly jumps around … try turning off the touch pad to decrease sensitivity. And tread lightly on the front of the laptop with your palms, it tends to tweak things inside the laptop and cause the cursor to jump around! Mikail's website for listening to his show online!

mp3 ripper … only for a Mac ;-(

for the Mac Media Rage $29.95 encodes for the PC

Charlie has a grey G4 Tower Mac with an extra video card 10.3.9 OS, both monitors look good in OS 9 but in the newest OS one monitor isn't displaying correctly. Update the software/firmware on the new video card that was installed. ATVI and GeForce2 get the latest driver updates. Also go to check the refresh rates on the displays, try different resolutions.

Bruce has a cayman router that is bridged but the firewall is handling dhcp, might want a pinhole for each location . In case the router gets reset, be sure to print screen on the current settings so it can be reset.

Bruce, Viewsonic monitor has a problem with vertical sync, might be caused by an old video card that isn't able to get enough memory.

Exact Audio Copy, is it a good program, both Paul & Mikail have heard good things about it.

Printer purchase, is it worth buying an all-in-one? Depends on space & requirements.

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Nov - 06 2006 | no comments | By

I cannot even BEGIN to think what we will talk about just yet!

Your Suggestions are Most Welcome at zen [at] kvmr [dot] org/


Thank You!

 AVG is stopping support for free versions that are not 7.5 so now is the time to download the newest FREE version here:

OR just click on the link below to download the program directly: 

AVG Free for Windows installation files
File Version
avg75free_432a904.exe 7.5.432

It is best to use this link as going directly to is very confusing and it's very hard to find the FREE version 😉


Oct - 30 2006 | no comments | By

Where does Lorem Ipsum come from, that you see in sample pages?
read more here: 

Nov 06 2006

Oct - 28 2006 | no comments | By

Election Day Tomorrow! Some non partisan Websites:
Secretary of State List of Props & Candidates
Nevada County Election Site
California Voter
(nice video of Issues there!)
(PS: KVMR is NOT responsible for opinions expressed here!)

Roger Thornburn (Fellow Brit!) of  Gold Country Learning Center , talked with us in studio about training and showed Zen Techers baffled by Paul's more eclectic trivia  those essentials on how you learn your first computer and Internet Access use! He has some great tips and tutorials on the above website and in person- For Example: about what's actually running on your PC.

Dennis Brunenmeyer of the music show Nevada City Limits stopped in to say that his web pages sometimes had frames which showed error messages about "Site Unreachable".
We concluded, as he has some banner blocking software, that these frames were probably being served from a site like one of the Internet's largest advertising agencies serving banner ads and cookies. This is NOT a site that originates spyware but it does extensively track browsing habits and cookie trails. IF the Link above does not work- Well, you machine is blocking that site, maybe causing holes in your pages and frames..

Where does that funny sample text that begins "Lorem Ipsum" come from that you see in font books or in websites that are Under Construction? Yes, it IS Latin, and it may mean something from 2000 years ago! Some background and interesting sources here!

 There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

AVG Antivirus error message:
"Test cannot be started because it already does not exist"

Windows 98 System Error Message:
"Font Times Roman Not Found:
Use font Times Roman instead?"

My favorite:
Some miscalculation in an older version of Microsoft Excell the spreadsheet causes an Error Message to come up which is JUST an Exclamation Point and an OK button.
That's all.
No explanation. Nothing. Just a pop up exclamation point.
You hit [OK} (as there is nothign ele to hit) and things proceed as before..

Oct 23 2006

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Discarded Cellphones Hold Secrets?!

Stolen Desktop Recovery- Does this help?

Probably NOT. It would at least falseley reassure people about being able to lose a laptop. 

Sep 25 2006

Sep - 21 2006 | no comments | By

But Paul Probably Calls In from Stinson Beach, Marin

KVMR's Audio Archive at -Palm Tunes!

interview with Pam Gorman of NCTV

Tel: 478 6400 barbara found a way to recover lost digital photos! Cost her $40.00 to do but it WORKED she said!!! Another caller suggested a free recovery utility from here: These may nbot be totally Free really,
So Try This One!


Sep - 21 2006 | no comments | By

Show notes May-08-2006


We usually use the Intro music from Brian Eno ‘Fractal Zoom’ track #1

But today We used the new Intro music from Alan Parson;s 2004 album “A Valid Path” called “L’Arc en Ciel’ (The Rainbow) because of its intense electronic beat and ambient atmosphere, albiet hyperreal rain.

More Here: Paul lied the title because it was part of a DOS days error message “IN valid path or filename…”


Lorraine Called about Eudora: It’s saving attachments all over her Mac OS9 Desktop. Paul’s Superior Brain recalled fixing this 5+ years ago on some other MAC:

Menu: Special.. Settings.. then something about Attachments.. and pick some OTHER folder then [Desktop], ie: Mac Hard Drive.. Documents.. Attachments. Thanks Lorraine.


Paul played “Mission Improbable” theme music on the Hum and gaffed suggesting Tom’ Cruises’ missus is British, she is not, Katie Holmes is from somewhere like Ohio. However, it is a fact that no woman ever had a baby before ms Holmes. You heard it first on KVMR!


Linux: Paul rambled about making KVMR’s Linux Office Server serve Audio, too, via iTunes, See (advanced). Yet Another Project for Another Show. The “Spaghetti Syndrome” referred to is the abundance of cabling that permeates the production studio that dares one to not tinker right before the show lest we go Off the Air.


Paul wailed about the batteries conking out in his Palm Pilot PDA. Paul uses the Palm Pilot to write notes between KVMR appearances, which he calls ‘homework’ as reminders of things to babble about on-air. It took 3 gaffs to flatten the batteries. Unit had been plugged in but was not powered up! Then, unit WAS powered up, but not plugged in. Both Fixed! Then it got left ON all morning before the show, and flattened anyway.


Windows: to identify your songs using the internet PC/free


Windows. Mac, Linux: High speed multiple file download open source software. A good explanation of this protocol is here  


Windows: Save Streaming Audio from Internet Radio Stations (not free- tiem limited Demo is: Free)


Mac: Thanks, Mikail: Screen Capture Utility


Any Platform, Web Stuff: Make horrible long URLS that mess up Emails into nice short simple-to-read ones


Becomes: (Mikael’s site he Emailed into us for nice freebies for OS X)


To Caller: KVMR’s Streaming Audio tinkering:

Out fine Webmaster, John Button, has now altered that page to allow you to more easily pick which program to play the stream with (All Platforms)

Glen: Or, change file association for file type m3u … my documents … tools .. folder options 
“m3u” is a so called ‘playlist’ or ‘hint’ file to cue your player about where to get its stream. … 
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