Captain Trips is coming....

From: Phil Sieg 
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Stephen King meets R.E.M.

It's the end of the world and we know it.... Two major outbreaks of "super virals" at the same time:


http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/12/west-africa-doctors-fight-to-contain-ebola-outbreak/

http://online.wsj.com/news/article

Our anti-science congress in action

From: Rod 
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If this 2 hour video doesn't put you to sleep, it will scare you.
The inmates are running the asylum.

President's FY 2015 Science Agencies Budget Request, House Science  
Committee Hearing
http://youtu.be/DuVjambmQCM

-- 
The unregulated free market is like Yog-Sothoth, a mythical being whose  
followers make bloody sacrifice to hasten its arrival to this world.

Using Opera's mail client: http://www.opera.com/mail/

HIRING!!! I need another PHP guy/gal

From: Phil Sieg 
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Looking for another coder, 90%+ of work is PHP.

Stable e-commerce driven company, good medical benefits and salary commensurate with experience and ability. Also willing to look at flex arrangements.

Contact me off list if you are interested or know anyone.

PLEASE re-post to other geek lists to help me out.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





To fellow Hams: inexpensive 10m rigs

From: Rod 
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Until I can fab that circuit board and make my USB linux driven SDR, I'll  
need an inexpensive 10m rig.
Unfortunately the same Software Define Radio revolution has killed off the  
the single band HF and 6m rigs in the Ham market.
If you want 10 meters, or 6M with AM and SSB, you need to by an expensive  
multi band HF rig.
While I am interested in the rest of HF, I don't see the need to buy a  
radio with capabilities I can't use at the moment.

That has led me to the murky world of import CB's. While it is definitely  
illegal to use these as CB's in the US, it is legal to use them on 10 and  
12 meters if you have privileges to do so.
I had been looking at the Anytone Apollo 1, sold in this country as the  
Stryker SR 89MC, for $150.

https://www.bellscb.com/products/tenmeter/Stryker/Stryker

Amazing piece of kit! (Chromebook)

From: Phil Sieg 
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Got a an Acer C720 Chromebook (refurb $169) for my daughter yesterday.

A truly amazing cheap piece of gear. Here is my summary:

Slim, light, well constructed, and beautiful
8+ hours of battery
Killer processor, very speedy (Intel Celeron-Haswell)
Boots in 7 seconds, sleeps instantly, and wakes up happy.
16GB SSD that is upgradeable to 120GB for $99 (amazon)
2gb Ram (not upgradeable, there is a 4gb version as well)
Is a video streaming workhorse. Hulu and Netflix run amazingly well on 2gb.
100GB of Google Drive ($60 value per year)
Easily upgradeable to several flavors of Linux

BEST sub $200 kit purchase ever!

This is the perfect device for kids and families. Buy a couple and leave them on the charger till needed. whoever wants to watch/surf/email/facebook/candycrush grabs one from the pile and does their thing.

I wish I could justify one for me.... but with a laptop and 2 iPads, and a smartphone...

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





OT: FS 2 Servers CHEAP!!!

From: Phil Sieg 
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Got 2 "Rackable Systems" 2U half depth servers for sale

Intel Xeon something (1.5-3.0 ghz) single core
2 GB ram each (I think)
4 SATA drive bays with caddy's no drives

Make great NAS boxes.

$20 each.

Come get them from my offices.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Great Wide Open

From: Mike Harrison 

Looks like this might be worth the road trip to Atlanta.

http://greatwideopen.org/ 

is a large Open Source/Open Tech/Open Web
conference we're hosting in downtown Atlanta, GA on April 2 & 3. It will
feature some of the best and most well know technologists in the world
as well as the largest companies.  Expected 750-1000+ attendees.

OT: FS 4 bay RAID enclosure

From: Phil Sieg 
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I have a small 4 bay RAID enclosure (does 0,1, 0+1, and 5) that has software raid built in and connects via USB 2.0 or eSATA.

I have had 4 2TB SATA drives in a 6TB raid 5 setup in this for the past year, and it has been GREAT. Had it hooked up via USB to my linux box in the basement. Just replaced it with a stand alone 4 bay NAS.

Bought from newegg for $150

First $50 gets it.

I probably have the box manual etc as I keep all of that stuff 99% of the time. If I have to look for that stuff before I sell it the price goes to $75.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Need new books:

From: Phil Sieg 
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Geek reads that I endorse:

Daniel Suarez Books: Daemon, Freedom, and Kill Decision. Read in that =
order, although only Daemon and Freedom are a series. Freaking fantastic =
Tech Fiction writer. All of his books deal with existing and emergent =
technology run amok and societal implications of the new tech. Kill =
Decision deals with the use of drones and the evolution of drones. Puts =
drone warfare into the only possible perspective once all the facts are =
known. Not dry, dull, or boring at all, just fantastic.

William Hertling books: Avagadro Corp, A.I. Apocolypse, and The Last =
Firewall. This is a series about the near term emergence of artificial =
intelligence. VERY well researched and written...Also very plausible. =
The moral and social ramifications of the emergence of non-human =
sentience are staggering, and fascinating.

I am looking for new reads in this genre if anybody has suggestions...

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. =
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Dell Venue Pro windows 8.1 tablet review....

From: Phil Sieg 
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So I got one of these yesterday to satisfy my curiosity.

8" screen with 1280x800 rez. 32gb, 2 mb ram atom quad core processor (64bit) and micro sd card slot. 10 hour battery. Full Windows, not the neutered soon to be forgotten RT version.

Very nice construction and feel, snappy processor, beautiful responsive touch screen all for $250 ish.

I HATE WINDOWS...but I got this because it is the ONLY tablet that will print to anything and has a desktop interface and file folder hierarchy as well as the "metro" tablet interface.

So far I am very impressed with the hardware, and its potential. I am also disgusted with the Microsoft app store and their pitiful support for Metro apps.

Right now the most glaring omission is a great email app on the tablet (Metro) side. The quasi outlooky thingy that is included sucks ass. 

I think if Ballmer's replacement is quasi competent, this is a sleeping giant. Stick this into a keyboard folio and you actually have an honest to god laptop replacement that doubles as a fine tablet for ebooks, netflix, browsing, and quick email reads.

Here it is booting into Ubuntu from USB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WrRngZ4giE

Nice little piece of kit. Don't know if I will keep it, depends on what launches at CES next week.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011




Gotta love the Chinese...

From: Phil Sieg 
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I just got an email from a factory I have met with several times in China. The subject line was:

Snowden anti-eavesdrop smartphone X7

A quad core processor with voice encryption capability. Everything that happens is an opportunity to sell something! Unfettered capitalism at its finest!

I am taking orders now, so all you tinfoil hat types, send me $1000 and I will get your phone to you in the near future...

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





We need a new BITCOIN fight!

From: Phil Sieg 
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I just broke even (paid for my equipment) in my little bitcoin experiment. Bought my stuff in early September, so just over 60 days to even.

Now the question is whether to turn it into USD, or leave it as coin and see if it goes back to $900.

Thanks to Matt and Lynn for turning me on to coinbase to make cashing out easy!

BITCOIN has been mentioned in the Chugalug thread so are you ready to RUMBLE?

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Motorola Lapdock into KVM

From: Phil Sieg 
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Ok so I have achieved success mostly.

I have also discovered that there are at least 3 different lap docks and =
one works better than the rest. I think it is the Lapdock Pro=E2=80=A6 It=
 is the one with a removable cable connector instead of a =E2=80=9Cdock=E2=
=80=9D

The one caveat is that to make it work with VGA (non digital signal) requ=
ires another =2435 dollar converter that is now on order. It works great =
with DVI and HDMI outputs. MOST of the devices I would use this with are =
VGA only, so this is a must.

Sill have to modify a USB cable to not carry the +5V from the Lapdock bat=
tery back to the motherboard that is also outputting +5v. This is to avoi=
d releasing the magic smoke that makes things work.

I think my portable self powered KVM is gonna be a great piece of kit.

I have also dorked around with the droid bionic in my lap dock, and I got=
ta say it is pretty cool and just a step or 2 away from being a real =E2=80=
=9Claptop=E2=80=9D replacement. Pair this with the Ubuntu phone project (=
which becomes Ubuntu desktop edition when plugged into external display) =
and it would be a pretty sweet setup.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfon=C2=AE
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg=40seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
=46ax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

=22The computer is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up wit=
h. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds=22

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Motorola Lapdock KVM/Console project & more

From: Phil Sieg 
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My Lapdock came in today!

WOW. What a premium piece of kit for $60. Slim, lightweight, phenomenal build quality, and lots of hacking possibilities. Color me impressed.

Should get my Droid Bionic tomorrow, then on to getting a full blown Linux distro to run on it when plugged into the dock.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011




pfSense issue

From: Phil Sieg 
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Need some help:

Got a pfsense box running 1.2.2. It has been in production for about 3 years. Lately it has started to reboot randomly. Fo most of the 3 years it had 6months plus of "uptime" before I would go in and futz with something and reboot.

I have replaced 100% of the hardware with the exception of the CF card that loads it into RAM. Boots with no errors and no change in boot speed. I "doubt" that it is the card. I have changed no other settings, and the box is not getting overly hot.

Ideas??????

Could something on the network be causing this?

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
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Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Switched to Mint

From: Phil Sieg 
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I have been having some issues with Ubuntu 12.10 (desktop 64) hogging resources and acting flaky (basement server)

Just switched over to Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon 64, and so far I love it. Won't know about stability and resources for a while, but I am hopeful. This reminds me of the good old days of Ubuntu. Nice clean intuitive interface, fast install, and no glitches so far...

At this stage I would give it a +1

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Chatt*lab kickoff and my new project (linux webtop on smartphone with killer dock)

From: Phil Sieg 
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Tim and Jason and the rest of the Chatt*labers did a hell of a job on Saturday. Not only that the space is fantastic. Just wish I could have stayed all day :-(

If you are interested in, or believe deeply in the value inherent in the "Maker" movement, PLEASE find a way to be a part of Chatt*lab. It truly takes a village with these sorts of things...


No on to some *NIX geekery.

At the Chatt*lab there was a Motorola Lapdock (netbook like dock for about 10 different motorola android phones) that was hooked up to a little ARM board (think Pi) and was doing a heroic job of running Lubuntu.

These Lapdocks sell for $40-75 on eBay and are very high quality doohickeys. I have been searching for a way to use one (so I can buy one) and after seeing it in action, I just had to have one. I googled around and found out with $20 of connectors and no soldering it can be turned into a battery powered console/KVM for headless systems (of which i have a few). I have ALWAYS wanted a super portable KVM solution for my "kit" and this is the best option I have seen yet, so I ordered one, and all the connectors.

Then I started googling the "other uses" that people had found and struck gold.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1281528

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1617684

Both Ubuntu, and Gentoo running on the Motorola phone as a full desktop when it is connected to the Lapdock. These are fairly advanced hacks. A far easier solution is to use one of the  "chroot" linux installs on the Play store and launch it from the "webtop" screen. These essentially run *nix virtualized and allow you to VNC into it for desktop access. Prolly a bit slower, but a lot easier to install on the front end without the fear of bricking the phone.

The coolest thing is that last generation Motorola smart phones with very good specs are Dirt Cheap, especially if they are Verizon/CDMA units. For $50-100 you can have a dual core with 16gb and a 4.3 inch screen that is a very capable device. Buy one of these and a Dock and you have an Android laptop/tablet for less than HALF the going rate.

Further coolness: MOST of the Verizon Motorola phones (if they are 4G) have GSM (think ATT & TMobile) compatibility if you hack the cellular radio. This is a fairly easy hack and means you could have $45 a month unlimited Talk/Text/Internet (through StraightTalk) with 4g speeds for next to nothing (comparatively). Since the Lapdock is a "dumb" accessory you can turn your phone into a 4g laptop for no extra monthly charge or tethering hassle.

If anybody is interested in collaborating on this let me know. I have already ordered the "bionic" lapdock, and a Verizon "Droid Bionic" as my test bed. 

A word of warning: There are at least 3 different Lapdocks, and a dozen different phones that can "dock" but they do not all work together ;-) So a little research is required. It is probable that I will order a couple of more sets of these as presents for my nieces and nephews overseas. at $150 or less "all in" plus some hacking, they make kick ass Christmas gifts for teenagers.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





[OT] "What does the H stand for" WAS:Passwords

From: Chad Smith 
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Not sure how serious you were being here - but the H. doesn't actually
stand for anything.

It stems from the misunderstanding that assumes "Christ" is Jesus' last
name.  It is not.  They didn't have last names in that time and culture.

Christ is actually a title - like King or Doctor or President or Sergeant.
 "Doctor" is not Dr. Huxtable's first name - it is Heathcliff.   President
is not Obama's first name.  Etc.

Christ means "Anointed one" and is the Greek equivalence of the Hebrew
"Messiah".

Jesus' name is just Jesus.  (Technically, it's Yeshua - or Joshua - it
means "YAHWEH [or Jehovah] is salvation".)  The reason our version of His
name is so far off is because it comes from a transliteration of a
translation (A Hebrew name, spelled out in Greek, then tried to letter
match into English by way of Latin, and English changed over the years.  If
you remember your Indiana Jones, there's no J in Latin.  The J came from a
fancy way of writing a capital I - I and Y sound very much alike....).
 Soooo... Yeshua because Jesus.

That all said, I am pretty sure I've seen "Henry" used more often than
anything when it the H. is spelled out.

*- Chad W. Smith*


On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM, Mike Harrison  wrote:
never knew what the H was for..

OT: Galaxy Note 2 for sale

From: Phil Sieg 
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Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Unlocked & Rooted (stock Rom)
16GB + Micro SD slot
several cases (5 I think...)
Desktop dock/charger
All original accessories, manuals, etc...
Condition 9+ of 10

Around $600 worth of stuff at TODAYS pricing.

$450 and it is yours.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
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Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. =
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





USB ASIC miner experiment

From: Phil Sieg 
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So I have been mining for a week with 9 ASIC miners with a total of 3Gh/s.

I have made approximately $10, and my mint speed is decreasing hourly based on increasing difficulty.

It is a cool little rig, and would have been fantastic 6 months ago... my advice: stay away from low end mining gear.

I am gonna let then sit here and churn, never cashing in my BTC and *maybe* another bubble will come along and propel me to break even.

This was a lark, and I am not sore...Lynn Dixon as much as told me it would be near impossible to hit break even, and he was right. Due to increasing difficulty it is likely that 10 years worth of mining this rig would never put me at break even.

At this point a miner needs to be investing in HUNDREDS of GH/s, all for under X dollar threshold. The problem is there is no way to outright BUY the equipment you need without waiting... other than paying a premium on ebay that makes your return on investment unlikely.

I am not a hater, but this seems to be a case of too little too late. I can, and do buy into the stock and options market daily, often with a profit realized in a day, a week, or a month. My investment is exceedingly liquid, and does not yield obsolete hardware once I "cash out".

I can now claim to have mined those elusive bit-coins, and will shortly return to my regularly scheduled programming.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011