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by azurekep
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good VPN?
Replies: 21
Views: 2523

Re: Good VPN?

Agree with Victoria. If you're doing it for privacy, then you're essentially just trading one devil for another w/ no way to truly validate anything. In a perfect world, we'd have perfect knowledge concerning all our choices. When it comes to picking VPNs, we have to go with the information we have...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14658

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

Though Murmansk might be kind of fun if one could see nearby Laplanders and reindeer. I'll update this post since I did a little reading after posting. It looks like Murmansk could be the home base for the very adventurous. They offer: Excursions to the North Pole on a nuclear-powered icebreaker Ex...
by azurekep
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14658

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

St. Petersburg, Russia was one of the most interesting cities in the world I've been to - particularly in touring the extravagant Palaces and Cathedrals - I certainly wouldn't call it "boring" by any means! I sort of gave Moscow and St. Petersburg the benefit of the doubt. ;) It's the other cities ...
by azurekep
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14658

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

Italians can be shockingly racist. We're talking in gross generalities here. ;) But I wanted to make the point that due to a relatively recent bad economy, a number of Italians have emigrated to other countries. The ones I've met who have relocated feel very strong (in a positive way) about multicu...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14658

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

It is possible that an African American might encounter greater hostility in Eastern Europe. There's always North Korea. ;) (Dennis Rodman -- for those who don't read the news) I'd put just about every city in Russia on the Not-Interested list. I imagine lots of boring Soviet-style apartment buildi...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1297

Re: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)

+1! Random play is definitely the way to go, unless you have a specific artist or album in mind. I listen to random choices through both my car and my home NAS; some of the combinations are great. That being said, the listening experience could benefit even more from cross-fading song to song like ...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1297

Re: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)

Why care if your choice of genre matches the official genre and sub-genre? You're tagging it based off your preferences, which may or may not align with the popular preferences. There's nothing wrong in tagging the song differently than the official genre. I don't care necessarily about the accurac...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1297

Re: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)

Genre tags on music are all over the place. You really need to do the classification yourself with tagging software to get what you want. I do my own tagging, it's just that my own tagging is either wrong (definitionally speaking) or too broad/narrow. I've only recently looked up what the "official...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1297

Re: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)

I keep it simple. In my car I have various USB memory sticks arranged like this. Most of the artists are long gone so the repertoire doesn't need updating very much. Categories: 1 Hawaiian 2 Oldies 3 Classical - Baroque 4 Jazz - Blues 5 Old Country 6 Sinatra, etc. 7 Old R&B Your Old R&D category to...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1297

Organizing Music Collections (Genre, etc.)

My primary portable MP3 player allows songs to be played ty Song, Artist, Album, and Playlist. It also allows for songs to be played by Genre. I'd like to take more advantage of Genre, but the genres I've used in the past have been too broad. Subdividing into Rock, Pop, Euro, Jazz and Blues isn't ve...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3458
Views: 1025247

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished listening to the Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. It was an Audible daily deal so 3 or 4 bucks. If those Harry Bosch books you all keep mentioning are half as good as this, I'll definitely have to check some out. This was a thrill. All the Harry Bosch books are great. I'm reading t...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible glitch in the prohibition of pre-paying 2018 income taxes
Replies: 14
Views: 1732

Re: Possible glitch in the prohibition of pre-paying 2018 income taxes

You guys are making this too complicated.

You're supposed to be able to file your taxes on a postcard, right?

;)
by azurekep
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely
Replies: 169
Views: 35746

Re: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely

Links from www.drudgereport.com also allow access past the pay-wall, but unless drudgereport actually posts a link to the article you want to read, you have to use trickery to get a HTTP referrer from there. Referrer is actually spelled "referer". It's one of those dumb things that was overlooked b...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ancestry / 23andMe
Replies: 87
Views: 9146

Re: Ancestry / 23andMe

The problem is that there has been an actual case of an innocent person who became a suspect in a murder case based on DNA in a database. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-safe-is-your-dna-familal-search-privacy-rights/ "... A little more searching and I stumbled across a blog post about a young fil...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3458
Views: 1025247

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Hit Parade by Lawrence Block John Keller series - Book 3 Keller is sticking to his ordinary schedule of contract killings assigned through his handler Dot of White Plains. In between, he relaxes with his stamp collection. Then 9/11 hits and security becomes tighter at airports and other transportat...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ancestry / 23andMe
Replies: 87
Views: 9146

Re: Ancestry / 23andMe

I don't think that is entirely correct. Companies have privacy policies. Any data you share cannot automatically be given to anyone at anytime legally. Part of their policy: We will not sell, lease, or rent your individual-level information (i.e., information about a single individual's genotypes, ...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ancestry / 23andMe
Replies: 87
Views: 9146

Re: Ancestry / 23andMe

VictoriaF wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:54 pm
I don't see any value in giving it to 23andMe in return for some bogus information that you are 25% African, 25% European, 25% Asian, and 25% Antractican.

Victoria
25% Antarctican would be enough to put a person on the Do Not Fly list. :twisted:
by azurekep
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums of 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 2347

Re: Best albums of 2017

http://www.wfuv.org/content/best-2017-staff-picks I don't usually like a musician enough to get all their songs. So the concept of an entire album seems a bit foreign. I did notice Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" on some of the lists. That tune immediately caught my notice because of the trombo...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

When through ignorance or malice a process begins to listen on a port without the courtesy of notifying you? How many people know how to identify which processes are listening on a TCP/UDP port? Do you check and re-check after every package install? Maybe I should flip this question around. What pr...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

I don't know, but my question is still unanswered. What's the point of a firewall when there are no daemons listening? As the sacrificial dunce, I'll raise my hand and say there would be no point. Now I'll wait and see if anyone disagrees.[...] I agree, there is generally no point to a firewall wit...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

I don't know, but my question is still unanswered. What's the point of a firewall when there are no daemons listening? As the sacrificial dunce, I'll raise my hand and say there would be no point. Now I'll wait and see if anyone disagrees. But here is some info I found earlier (see below). It basic...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

If no daemons are listening, which is typical for a desktop Ubuntu installation, what purpose does the software firewall serve? I guess the logical question is what happens when server software is installed. Will the software installation automatically turn on the ifrewall and configure it properly?
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

Regarding your comment that a firewall is only for servers, that might be the worst piece of advice I've ever heard. A default firewall configuration that allows all outbound and blocks all inbound is recommended. If you ever connect to an unsecured network, this is basically required! A Windows ma...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox
Replies: 28
Views: 4634

Re: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox

Thanks for the tip,Lady Geek; I have not been happy with Quantum, and this looks like an interesting solution. One dumb question though: if I am loading it to a laptop, must I download the portable version? And what's the difference between the portable version and the other download? (Am running W...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 5733

Re: A Trip to Russia

There was a Bond movie a while back that showed him driving through an area full of oil derricks. This area is just outside of town and there are others nearby if that is what you want to see. Definitely would not want to see the oil derricks. :) I had just thought the city was supposed to be ugly....
by azurekep
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

trouble is, win10 is only free if its preinstalled ..... That may not be the case. You Don’t Need a Product Key to Install and Use Windows 10 After you’ve installed Windows 10 without a key, it won’t actually be activated. However, an unactivated version of Windows 10 doesn’t have many restrictions...
by azurekep
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do girls wear Ninja Turtle character shoes
Replies: 54
Views: 3416

Re: Do girls wear Ninja Turtle character shoes

OP your son can wear one of those six-pack abs T-shirts while he's wearing the shoes. :D But seriously... This kind of reminds me of when in fifth grade, there was an impromptu race on the athletic field. I was wearing high-tops and noticed that the girls hanging around were wearing lightweight "gir...
by azurekep
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: google calendar event by unknown
Replies: 5
Views: 1035

Re: google calendar event by unknown

Something is rotten in Denmark! Beat me to it. :D In general, I stay away from anything Google so can't answer the question. But whenever I find anything odd happening on a computer, I usually use one of the following words in a search engine: hacked, spammed, scam. In your (the OP) case, I tried "...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 5733

Re: A Trip to Russia

I did the South Caucasus 3 years ago. Baku is, by far, the most amazing city with some stunning buildings and ruins. My mental image of Baku has been one of miles and miles of oil derricks. I just did a search for images of Baku and it looks like a vital city worth visiting. And not an oil derrick ...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

unless you understand how to secure a linux laptop, I suggest you purchase a windows laptop with good av, malware and firewall protection. I ran a linux laptop for a while since we were using linux for a client project. In the end, it was more work that it was worth and I went back to windows. Not ...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

It may not help if you are intending to get the most benefit out of a dedicated graphics card, but the VM layer can abstract the physical graphics card in your computer to fit a very generic model that will be compatible with almost any operating system, as long as the underlying operating system (...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

The processor isn't an issue. Both Intel and AMD make CPUs, chipsets, and GPUs that work in linux. What tends to limit functionality is the fringe components. WIFI adapter, ethernet adapter, USB, sound, bluetooth. This has all come a long way, but since many laptops are using semi-custom parts, if ...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

You can do a little research and increase your odds of finding a Linux-compatible laptop, but generally if you buy one that turns out not to be fully compatible (and many, many still aren't) your odds are still pretty good that you can run it in as a VM. When I scan Linux forums, it seems lke 95% o...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

You can get laptops with Linux preinstalled from the big companies. http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/04/campaigns/xps-linux-laptop-us https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd031426 As you mention, driver support can be the issue. If you get the laptop version that comes with linux, you're going...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 4060

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

It is unpatched Linux distros that are running some of the most capable DDoS botnets! DDos attacks are not usually the attacks individuals are worried about. But let's say they are, if I'm reading this right, this sounds like a human problem, not something inherent to Linux. XOR DDoS takes hold by ...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 84
Views: 6601

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

My main reason for buying this phone is to come up to speed with smartphones. If that's all you want, maybe you can get a free phone from Airbnb. Just look under the bathroom sink or in the bedroom. It will already be activated and active! https://www.cbsnews.com/news/airbnb-guests-find-hidden-came...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dollar Store Hacks
Replies: 27
Views: 5097

Re: Dollar Store Hacks

I used to use these reflective, velcro strap things to cinch the bottom of the right leg of my pants when I ride a bicycle (to keep it away from the chain). One day I didn't have one of those straps handy, so I wound up just sort of folding over the end of my pants and putting a small binder clip o...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold removal from wood
Replies: 14
Views: 1635

Re: Mold removal from wood

Because of the price. If you have remedied the moisture problem, all you need to do is clean up the surface mold for appearance sake. Bleach does that. The lack of moisture will take care of the rest. We live in an area exposed to moisture. We use dehumidfiers and drying crystals throughout the hou...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you subscribe to digital newspapers?
Replies: 95
Views: 7542

Re: Do you subscribe to digital newspapers?

We read all our news online, which is basically free, but we want to support good journalism so my wife subscribes to the NYT and I subscribe to The Guardian. The online news model is broken, IMO, but journalism is incredibly important today. If we're not careful, our democracy could be in jeopardy...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold removal from wood
Replies: 14
Views: 1635

Re: Mold removal from wood

This is the first time I'm hearing about Concrobium and have a few questions. Is this the product that would be used after a hurricane for mold remediation? Is this the product incorporated into anti-mold paints? Is the product as non-toxic as it seems? From the FAQ: Sodium Carbonate is the listed “...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Chromebook user, loving it, quick question
Replies: 14
Views: 1872

Re: New Chromebook user, loving it, quick question

Notepad applications on any OS are great. It always bewilders me why people drag out Word just to type a shopping list. Or draft a message before posting it online. The latter is sometimes amusing since not only does it take time to fire up Word (and who has time?), but sometimes in the cut-and-past...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox
Replies: 28
Views: 4634

Re: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox

Just wanted to add that the latest version of Firefox (Quantum) is supposed to be a significant performance upgrade as much of the browser has been rewritten in a newer language (Rust from C++). For most users, you probably won't notice the difference right away. For me, one of the main benefits of...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?
Replies: 24
Views: 6564

Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

I think the thread title is okay. These constructions would have sounded bad: Why are the Chinese visiting my website? You Chinese, why are you visiting my website? The absolute safest (as alluded to earlier) would be to word it: "Why am I getting so many hits from China?" That shifts the focus to l...
by azurekep
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 5733

Re: A Trip to Russia

Do Belarus and Baltics instead. I was curious as to what was in Belarus and it turns out there are four UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites:, two of which are castles. Then of course, there's the not-to-miss Polesie State Radioecological Reserve, which adjoins the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukr...
by azurekep
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 5733

Re: A Trip to Russia

An excursion from St. Petersburg to Tallinn, Estonia might be worthwhile. (I haven't done it, but would if I were in St. Petersburg.)
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running Linux vs Other OS?
Replies: 33
Views: 2235

Re: Running Linux vs Other OS?

I like Ubuntu Mate and Mint, but lately I've found elementary OS (Mac like) and Zorin OS (Windows 7 like) to be very elegant. After WinXP lost official support, Zorin was one of the ones recommended as being a lot like Windows. I tried it, and as I recall it gave a choice of which version of Window...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running Linux vs Other OS?
Replies: 33
Views: 2235

Re: Running Linux vs Other OS?

Aside from security, to me the biggest plus of Linux is that it is free/open source and you are not beholden to any commercial entity for something as fundamental as computing. Speaking of free and open source, I just ran across this Reddit thread... This is Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the creator of the ...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running Linux vs Other OS?
Replies: 33
Views: 2235

Re: Running Linux vs Other OS?

Linux is liberating. The people that might have trouble with it may have incompatible hardware -- I believe the GPU is the main culprit most of the time. You can find out what works using a search engine. The way I did it when buying a new computer (I realize you're building your own) is I went into...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dollar Store Hacks
Replies: 27
Views: 5097

Re: Dollar Store Hacks

Not what you're looking for but I have found the dollar store can be a great source of gifts for younger kids, and millenials (me) who miss being a kid. We've loved racing to put together 100 piece puzzles or playing with dumb little toys on Christmas morning. Yea, I realize I made my question too ...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dollar Store Hacks
Replies: 27
Views: 5097

Re: Dollar Store Hacks

My approach is even easier. Just leave the door open. LOL I tried that on the way back from the gas station. Someone honked their horn at me -- trying to get my attention that the door was open. :D I'd feel uneasy with an open door, but then again, I remember when gas prices were ultra high and thi...