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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 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

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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

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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. … 
Show End

Sep 11 2006

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Listen Live:

What We Might Talk About:

9/11 of course, and without diverging into t he political realm too much,
how technology can both help and hinder atrocities on all sides.
In many ways technology is a modern-day religion with too often an unreasoning blind faith in its abilities to cure all ills.
We are all paying the price for skilled lobying with "FUD" (Fear, Uncertainty, Dount)
as a marketing and election tool,  more than ever…
We talk about how to be better-informed,
and where to look for points of view at varience with the mainstream.

100th anniversary of nonviolent Satyagraha

Thanks to mark Ostrov of the Lovidoodle Show for these grrat links:

Try this straightforward Internet Speed Test:
Speakeasy Speed Test click a city then sit back for well displayed results!

Great tools for PDFs! Write notes in existing PDFs, More… News Snippets- Amusing, Paradoxical. Thank you Andrew! 

Jeff called in to tell us of a utility to turn off caps lock & insert keys on your keyboard

Lorraine Web woudl like a used Laptop MAC that can take OSX! Palm Infrared Remotecontrol software! 

Trying to undelete photos from pentax camera card:
Try Norton system works "Undelete" or plug the camera back into the
computer then go to the recycle bin and if you see the files there move them to the desktop

On a desktop with “lost” photos try searching using Windows Search for *.jpg and tell it to look into all files & folders, even Hidden Ones (Under Advanced settings)
The longer that passes after deletion and the more the machine is used, the less you may be able to get the stuff back if Undelete is required

New laptop doesn’t have a firewire port for downloading camera images/video … get a pc card firewire plugin for the computer or . Despite presence of USB port on video camera, nevertheless, thsi is NOT for Video, onyl for the still images the camera is capable of storing on its flash card! Eg: $79 SO! Shop Around!

Mp3 players … talked about Creative’s Zen unit .. Paul & I recommend that you get a player which will accept external media. Also- Consider things like Palm TX that plays external Flash cards acceptably through headphone port..

Dave from Marysville wants to know if we are podcasting, YES & HERE ;-}

Due to power outages you might want to go into the bios to change how the computer reboots (or doesn’t) after an outage .. use with caution! varies A LOT between computers:
General name for this options is" Recovery After AC Power Loss" Do NOT forget to have a decent UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

Idea is to avoid a newly auto rebooted computer being hit by a second outage in short order, whcih si common. (PG&E often try to automatically repower the line within 15-30 seconds. Too Short! $5/mo Backup! Free Trial. Unlimited? Interesting! Nice Portable GPS Utility, embedded Widnwos Portable. & GPS.

 Dave of Marysville suggested adding our Podcasts to ther iTunes Library service! Will Do! He found a section for our type of show!!

 End. Thanks for Glenn Transcription.

Aug 28 2006

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NOT in the Show! 

New Webshots free screensaver homa page (BETA)

In the SHow! 

Dell & Apple batteries RECALL due to overheating, flaring up!!
If you have a DELL laptop

Paul found this neat site that shows you
flight plans for all sorts of airoplanes around the USA & CAnada 


Iapdesk from staples: 

Spam Proxy Server for Windows! Very Effective (advanced Users)

Quantum Hard Drive IDE fix:
Some of these drives are in older iMacs etc- If they fail, you may be able to switch out the attached circuitboard from a workign drive. only 4 screws and no soldering.
Not so easy with other manufactureres.

http://www.BitComet.Com Susan K. sent us this P2P Win Client.. Download Nothing Bad- Becasue you are also an Uploader- That's how it works.

Google Searches: try these words:
dumb Oedipus
'miserable failure'
Either because it's true or:
Maybe both. 

Use this Utility to explore what's eating resources on your Windows PC
Needs no installation. Just Unpach k n Run it!

NetSol $77 payback! If you domain lapses and someone else then buys it. Network Solutions give you some of the proceeds.

eBay Work From Home scam. More Notes To Follow

FUN Website earned $1m for this college bound student!

Final Note: Women's Alternative Technology.
Tampon Alternative from the UK. What will they think of next!  

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Aug 15 2006 8-10PM, Tuesday: THE OTHER SIDE Special:

Aug - 14 2006 | no comments | By

Special Show Other Side with Alan Stahler, KVMR's science correspondant and Paul Castro, Zen Tech computer show co host.
KVMR being a radio station, we will travel the sound spectrum of our universe starting with tonight's special principally with earth sounds in its four principle mediums:
fluid, gas, solid and plasma. That is, oceans,  atmosphere, the Earth itself  and the surrounding space.

Some of these sounds must be converted so that we will hear 'renderings' of otherwise imperceptible things, such as extremely low frequency glacier-quakes or electrical signals produced by far distant thunderstorms called whistlers.


Earthquake Noise
Mt Erebus, Antarctica

US Geological Survey reaserch recordings:

 Music Combod with Storms: (Relaxation, etc!)

Creative Commons (free) Sound FX library


NOAA Sub Marine noise & some unexplained phenomena

Whale Sounds, various species, sped up.. 

Underwater Earthquke- Like thuinder- With whales!


Integration with musical compositions:
Lecture w/Examples:

Aeolian Harp Natural Sounds:

Tibetan Horns:

FreeSound Human Voice Samples: TUVA, ETC 

Sounds of Space: Slar ShockWave, Etc..


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