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Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam... Not

Disposable e-mail addresses: Use once, get another. Spammer's mail goes nowhere. Everybody's happy. Spammers delenda est!

[Software] No More OWIEs !

Gettin' tired of the OWIE (Office-Windows-InternetExploder) Critical Security Breach of the week club?

Well, some public-spirited folks have made it easy to migrate away from who-knows-what-ware from M$ and onto software which is actually documented, down to the source code, so professionals can figure out if it's safe. Folks like SourceForge (a project of OSDN out in Beaverton) figure they'll make a buck if they give you their software, profiting from customizing it and supporting it.

That also includes OpenOffice, a competent suite of free programs which reads and writes Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, and does much, much more.

And, here's a head start on learning OpenOffice: Free downloadable training videos. Free is a very good price.

[eMail] Secure gMail

When you post from a computer not your own, the data you send to your e-mail service can be monitored and recorded. Here's details on how (simply!) to encrypt all that you send up and pull down when you use Google's free e-mail service, Google Mail (AKA gMail).

[WiFi] Linksys Lemons: New WRT54G not as good as previous (updated)

Apparently Linksys has changed the underlying operating system of its very popular WRT54G wireless router. Versions 4 and previous used Linux, and quite the cottage industry sprung up improving on the original code (including, of all things, running the open source Asterisk PBX to give you a VOIP home telephone exchange).

Now, version 5 of the WRT54G is said no longer to run Linux. Aarrgh. Peter Rysavy found
the serial numbers for v4 begin with CDFA and
the serial numbers of v5 begin with CDFB Version 4 also has a faster CPU and more flash RAM than previous versions, so version 4 is the way to go.

Of course, other wireless routers use the same Broadcom chipset which allows use of the Sveasoft and other mod code, so Linksys may see sales of an otherwise marvelous product drop, at least as far as the digerati are concerned.

[Mobiles] Cell Phone Towers

Here's a working map ofcellular tower sites for Oak Grove & vicinity.

This Cell Phone Tower Search website does all the heavy lifting to find the towers in the FCC database and plot them in Google.