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Crystal Sets to Sideband

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A guide to building your own amateur radio station
by frank W. Harris K0IYE

http://www.tech-systems-labs.com/books/CRYSTAL-RADIO.pdf

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August 30, 2009 at 1:51 am

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Starting your own small business ? Maybe think twice –

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“With roughly 6.7 million jobs lost since the start of the recession, it’s tempting – and often a great idea – to launch your own business. That way, of course, you can take matters into your own hands. No more rolling your eyes at the boss; it’s your show.

…There’s this very sad pattern about how people start businesses,” says Scott Shane, an entrepreneurship professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. “People are most likely to start businesses in industries where start-ups are most likely to fail.”

Read the full article and find out more

https://frrl.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/smallbusiness7mostoverratedbusinesses.pdf

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August 30, 2009 at 1:50 am

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When will you kick the bucket?

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“The site, DeathRiskRankings.com, is the brainchild of researchers and students at Carnegie
Mellon University. It provides answers based on publicly available data from the United States
and Europe, comparing mortality risks by gender, age, cause of death and geographic region.
Put your info in, and it produces the probable causes of your demise and provides insight on the
timing of that unfortunate event.”

Read the article – https://frrl.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/deathcalculatorarticle.pdf

Then use the calculator – http://www.deathriskrankings.com/

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August 29, 2009 at 1:53 am

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Sixteen Questions for an Enlightened Citizenry – Economic Beliefs

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Sixteen Questions for an Enlightened Citizenry – Economic Beliefs

ThomasJeffersonAn enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens. It should be noted, that when Jefferson speaks of “science,” he is often referring to knowledge or learning in general.”

The really great thing about the Obama administration is that it’s getting people out of apathy and getting them involved in deciding the direction of their own future.

Who can read a 1,000 page health care bill?  Well, you can.  The alternative is to have your destiny decided for you.  In fact, that is the outcome that some people would like for you.

Large turn-out for Town Hall meetings

But the large turnout for the Town-hall meetings to discuss the Health Care bill might be the harbinger that the citizenry are finally taking an overt and visible interest in what is going on.  Good for them!

The courage to ask the right questions and participate

In some cases, it’s about asking the right questions – and to have the courage to ask these questions.  But first, how about a few more quotes from Thomas Jefferson to set the context.

“I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” –Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.” –Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:207

“The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.” –Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:526

An Informed Citizenry

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August 25, 2009 at 5:09 pm

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Fun with FreeNAS – iSCSI – When a local disk is not local

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NAS for Clunkers: How to turn that old PC into a high tech Network Storage, Web Server, and Torrent Server

“iSCSI uses TCP/IP (typically TCP ports 860 and 3260). In essence, iSCSI simply allows two hosts to negotiate and then exchange SCSI commands using IP networks.

By doing this iSCSI takes a popular high-performance local storage bus and emulates it over wide-area networks, creating a storage area network (SAN). Unlike some SAN protocols, iSCSI requires no dedicated cabling; it can be run over existing switching and IP infrastructure.

As a result, iSCSI is often seen as a low-cost alternative to Fibre Channel, which requires dedicated infrastructure.”

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The Further Adventures….

Further adventures with FreeNAS running on a PC Clunker tucked away in the basement…

I decided to try to get iSCSI to work in FreeNAS.  Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 has built-in support for iSCSI.

What is iSCSI?

What is iSCSI?  In a few words, iSCSI is the SCSI protocol over an IP network.

And what is SCSI?  SCSI is a protocol that a computer can use to talk to peripherals of all kinds.

The Apple Mac used SCSI a long time ago while PC people were fumbling with IRQ’s and DMA settings to get their peripherials to work.

SCSI is easy and Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a good choice to use SCSI attached peripherals for the Mac back in 1984.

What can iSCSI do for you?

So, enough of that.  What can iSCSI and FreeNAS do for you?  What it can do is make a chunk of storage on a network look like a local disk on your PC.  Why would you want to do this?  Keep reading.

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August 25, 2009 at 6:59 am

NAS for Clunkers: How to turn that old PC into a high tech Network Storage, Web Server, and Torrent Server

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Life for your old PC

What to do with that old PC.  What to do – what to do – what to do?  How about using it for a NAS device?

NAS is “Network Attached Storage”.  Better to use that PC for NAS than throwing it in the trash.  NAS requires only the most minimal PC resources to serve up Terabytes of storage and provide a huge number of other services across a network.

And what could be better than “free”?

FreeNAS

The goal of this posting is simply to get you to look at some free software.  The software is called FreeNAS and it can do some amazing things – for Free, and on a PC headed for the trash.

Bottom line on NAS is that it’s storage on the network.  It’s storage on the network that can be made available in a multiplicity of ways to just about any operating system (Mac, Windows, UNIX)

What do you need to set this up?

Here is the great part, there is an option of FreeNAS that does not require you to install any software at all.  FreeNAS can boot off of a Live-CD.  Configuration can be stored on a USB stick.  No software to install at all.

Doesn’t need keyboard, mouse, or monitor

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August 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Score one for Government Transparency & Accountability

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If you live in Illinois, or if you just want to take a look-see, the State of Illinois has set up a “Illinois Transparency & Accountability Portal”.  It looks like this provides financial accountability down to  salary to the individual level.  You can all see roll-ups of spending by agency and much more.

Very nice – and expected, since this it’s “your tax dollars at work”

http://accountability.illinois.gov

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August 18, 2009 at 1:54 am

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