Jan 01 2007

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Mikail & Glenn host while Paul is in the UK for the holidays

Happy New Year to all KVMR Listeners! 

Dec 18 2006

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Thanks to Adam Brodel of SmarterBroadBand.Com in talking about new long range wireless access in Nevada County


 James called into Adam about the You Bet Rd area to see if there is any coverage area there. DVD reproduction & labelling contact a company in town called Sound Idea 478-8770


Jeff, what type of speed can Adam provide via SmarterBroadband.com, check the web site for various options for up & download speeds.


Alan called in to see if LCD's screen are affected by high altitude. He lives at 6300k near Tahoe. Most likely LCD's are not affected by the difference in pressure at that altitude, though Adam says that plasma tv screens are affected.

Coulter has Mac OS10.4 with ITunes can't connect to radio station in Colorado KOTO.org http://koto.org/listen.php, there might be a problem with the proxy server & port number that that internet radio feed is coming in on.


Ellen has a friend with a pc running ME and using 64mb will this computer work ok for getting onto the internet & checking e-mail, yes, just don't open too many windows at once!


Truett, using Real Audio and can't get KVMR online … we recommend removing Real Player on the Add Remove Programs List & using ITunes or Windows Media Player.


Is SmarterBroadband.com available in the Loma Rica area of Grass Valley. Adam suggests checking out the web site to see if that area can get the signal.


Rich, can you magnify images and text on an internet page using Internet Explorer? Check out ADA programs on the PC to check … Google Toolbar uses a nice simple magnifier … try FireFox


Chamba Gmail from Thunderbird hanging up sometimes …. possible that a .wav file is having trouble or another large file is trying to be downloaded on his dial up connection. Go into Gmail via the web and delete any e-mails containing large attachments.


Adam's  favorties:

AVG free


Evernote for the PC

Cloudmark to filter spam in Outlook & Outlook Express



Paul's favorites:

Thoughtfulness & Time

gift cards from online Jacqie Lawson at jacqielawson.com


AVG Antivirus

Nov - 22 2006 | no comments | By

AVG is from the Czech Republic, capital Prague, a small and efficient antivirus program, from http://free.grisoft.com

In my opinion, this beats the pants of current incarnations of Norton Anti virus and McAffee which used to be the de facto standard for PC protection but have become bloated and, due to their remaining prevalence, now a prime target of anything that does manage to get by,

AVG has no firewall, because I find XP's own firewall more than adequate.
AVG has no Anti-spam because your Internet Provider should be taking all reasonable measures to defeat spam. What they cannot stop, your machine will certainly have trouble with,

Stick to the Ant  Spam tools within a decent EMail program like ThunderBird which relies on your address book to figure who you do or do not communicate with,

 The site above also inludes a link to New AVG  Anti-Spyware. Spyware is a different kind fo threat handled differently that viruses and worms, but just as important. Windows Defender, provided by Microsoft, has been found largely ineffective even against fairly well known threats.

The above AVG programs are free for personal use, and have limitations such as Support that do NOT impact their efectiveness. KVMR has used a site license for all its computers since 2005.

iTunes Music

Nov - 22 2006 | no comments | By

I Love iTunes Because:
It is a free program that runs identically, MAC or PC
It WORKS and is uncomplex, even if you have no iPod Music Player
Handles PodCasts. If you do not know what they are:  Get the Program and see what they are

FROM http://www.itunes.com

PDF Creator

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PDF Creator allows a PC to create PDF (Portable Document Format) documents from any program on a PC from which you would normally print a paper print. It's a free 'Open Source' project from here http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator

This is not made by Adobe, but rather by a free open source project out at the site SourceForge which houses thousands of other great projects. 

PDF readers are free from Adobe, but one normally needs to pay for the tools to make these useful sorts of files, and have many features. However, the above tools create simple PDF files. The 'professional' tools would allow fillable forms to be made, which is a very special funtion few will actually need. So try this one!

The free READER from Adobe is of course also needed.

Knoppix ‘Live’ CD

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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: http://www.knoppix.com  

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!

http://theotherside.biz Mikail's website for listening to his show online!

mp3 ripper http://www.panic.com/audion/ … only for a Mac ;-(

for the Mac Media Rage $29.95 encodes http://www.chaoticsoftware.com/ProductPages/MediaRage.html

http://mp3tag.de 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. http://exactaudiocopy.de

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

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Nov 20 2006

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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 http://www.grisoft.com is very confusing and it's very hard to find the FREE version 😉

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