"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"

Submitted by tarvid on Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:10

And Google too. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/03/30/download-google-data-how-what-found/473227002/

Every thing you do on the 'Net requires a DNS (Domain Name Service) lookup. LSNet by default uses the Google Public Name Servers. I am testing a new service - Cloudfare - https://1.1.1.1/ here in Fairfax. If all goes reasonably well we will migrate Galax as well.

That leaves a number of other services, I will be looking for more private versions for those too

Flaky router

Submitted by tarvid on Mon, 03/05/2018 - 16:54

The Comcast router dropped out this morning around 8:10. Comcast suggested power. Raymond picked up the key(s) from the the BREDA office, hoofed to the POP and found everything powered up but the router was not talking to the Internet. Bounced power and got enough signal for Comcast to reset the router. Still not connected so we scheduled a service call for 1:00 PM tomorrow. One longer bounce (5 minutes as opposed to the usual 10 seconds) and the Internet came back up. We will let the Comcast technician do his magic tomorrow anyway.

Wind Advisory

Submitted by tarvid on Thu, 03/01/2018 - 22:12

Batten the hatches! This nor'easter is likely to down trees, interrupt power and cause interruptions to service. Call 703-594-7297  and leave a message. I'll update this page as I learn more.

It is not unusual for storms of this type to spawn tornadoes. Safety for you and your family is the greatest concern.

Outernet

Submitted by tarvid on Sun, 12/31/2017 - 14:14

An idea that has been around for some time, Outernet 3.0 offers free satellite data with radio on the side. Called the Dreamcatcher 3.01 , it should be out soon. A little geeky, some assembly required. The content is selected via community input and made available through WiFi much like a router. Intended for connection impaired areas (think third world but Grayson County qualifies). Initial cost around $200. More than a Latte but less than a 4K TV.

TWR Network Down

Submitted by tarvid on Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:01

Report of problems at the Galax Fire Tower apparently cause the entire system to go down. We are monitoring the situation and hope for progress by noon.

Turned out to be a combination. The problems seem to be resolved.

CCleaner - Ouch!

Submitted by tarvid on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 08:54

Following my own advice, I use File History with Windows 10. I also keep Windows 10 Defender up to date. So I was a bit surprised, even alarmed, when I got the notification that a "Backdoor:Win32/Floxif" was found on my machine.