Must have software for Windows Computers

Submitted by tarvid on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:27

I'm not a big fan of Microsoft Windows but my bank is. They make deposits easy and scanning checks on my old Canon LIDE60 is flawless. I recently re-provisioned a Dell Optiplex 780 (surplus ~$50) with Windows 7. No hurry for Windows 10. Microsoft provides OS updates and anti-virus and anti-malware software which is free and adequate for the task. I see no advantage in any of the paid anti-virus and anti-malware software. For non-Microsoft software I head to

New Router

Submitted by tarvid on Sun, 08/16/2015 - 16:40

We installed a new Mikrotik router this afternoon. Traffic appears to be flowing normally. Somewhat different hardware. Same software but Level 5 instead of L.evel 4 (for whatever that implies except a few hours of configuration). This completes this round of upgrades including border gateway router and UPS.

Computer arthritis

Submitted by tarvid on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:01

Approaching my 73rd birthday (tomorrow August 12), I am keenly aware of aching joints. I had two computer failures this weekend; one was a desktop that declared "No operating system" and a laptop that reported a memory error. I've been at this game for a long time and often I pop open the case, blow out the case with a can of "DustOff", and gently massage the connections.  No guarantees, but if it works, it is a cheap fix.

Backhaul upgrade and new border gateway router

Submitted by tarvid on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:52

Today's event was an upgrade from 50Mbps to 100Mbps on our border gateway. That required a new router and programming at four points. The installer had to reprovision the new router through his home office. then get the router talking to his equipment. Then  I had to get support to reprovision static IP addresses and finally get a technician to push those down to the border gateway router. Installer had the right address which is also the address of the police station. I informed the Communications officer of our location and we finally connected.

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Walt Kelly (1972)

Submitted by tarvid on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 00:04

As you are painfully aware, LS.Net has not been the model of stability for several weeks. I thought things were under control when I returned to Fairfax after spending the first half of the month at the homestead in Grayson County. My daughter had bought tickets to the Eagles concert in Baltimore on Monday the 20th. The network went down while we on the way to the concert and I managed to get the TWR side working by "bouncing" power to the router serving fiber and wireless customers when I got back.

UPS again

Submitted by tarvid on Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:02

My thought was that a UPS would act before the TWR LP generator and make the switch more graceful. In retrospect, I think we are better off without the UPS. The APC PDU is now plugged directly into the mains and the UPS is headed for the trash.