You need not spend large amounts of cash for decent computers and reasonable Internet services. If you know how, you can get these cheaply. This site is dedicated to showing you how.
I found a Dell Precision M20 at a local thrift
store for $20 a
few months ago. It seemed to be in good shape physically, but
it was missing the hard drive and hard drive caddy. Most
computers you find in thrift stores are missing parts. Some are
completely gutted, like the Gateway KAV60 that became
Case Study 2. Though
the Precision M20 wasn't a great deal, I decided to buy it
and take my chances on getting it working again...
We all have different computer needs, levels of
patience, and budgetary constraints that affect our decision about the
right time to buy a new computer. Sometimes buying a new
computer only costs a little more than repairing the old one.
Sometimes a decision is arrived at by weighing the monetary
value of the time that will be saved with a new computer
versus the money paid for it. Often, the decision comes down
to a consideration of an individual's wants or needs versus
the amount of money he can afford to spend...
As our world comes to increasingly rely on new
technological solutions to old problems, we experience both positive
and negative results. In the 1970's, for example, the United
States built nuclear power plants so quickly that energy
companies had difficulty
finding contractors with sufficient expertise and
So, your daughter wants to watch "Chilling
Adventures of Sabrina"
on Netflix, your wife wants to watch "The Americans" on Amazon
Prime, and you want to watch "Star Trek Discovery" on CBS All
Access, but you can't afford to pay for all three streaming
services? There's a way around having three, four, or five
streaming service bills that you have to pay every month...
now have onion site mirrors that allow visitors to anonymously read
their news articles without being blocked or monitored by any
government. For those who are not familiar with them, onion sites
can only be accessed over The Onion Router (TOR) network via the
TOR browser. The TOR network is an encrypted, anonymizing network
that prevents user's IP addresses from being revealed to websites
they visit on the clearnet (the regular Internet). The TOR network
operates "on top of" the clearnet. While some news organizations
may need onion addresses to reach readers in countries with
totalitarian governments, for most of the rest of us running our
own websites, having a website mirrored at an onion address is
mostly about the "cool factor" of having an onion address...
Many consumers seem to be unaware that great
smartphones can be purchased for far less than $1000. I am truly
baffled by this. I don't know whether consumers are buying very
expensive phones because they don't know any better, or...
Several months ago, I explained
how to host your website on
a Raspberry Pi 3 computer for $2 a year. This article will
explain how to host your site on ZeroNet for free. Hosting a site
on ZeroNet is much easier than hosting a website on the Internet
from a webserver in your physical possession. Hosting fees and
domain name registration fees are not charged for ZeroNet sites.
No one will ever charge you a penny...
I recently came across some information about a
device called the
is apparently supposed to enable a novice user (someone with
no webserver or Linux experience) to run a web server from
his home. I wanted to find out more, so I downloaded the
FreedomBox software, installed it on a Raspberry Pi Model 3B
computer, and tried to set up the webserver. Continue
reading to see what happened... Read More
The following post recently drew my attention. It
highlights the problem individuals face in trying to retain their
Internet freedom while under the thumb of an authoritarian
organization or regime...
Since 2019 will end in a few days, I felt this would
be an opportune time to be just a tiny bit critical of the many
articles that will be written about the best laptops to buy
in 2020. I'll do that by giving some recommendations of my
own. However, instead of recommending laptops costing in the
range of $350 to $2000, as nearly all the others will, my
price range will be just a tad lower. I'll recommend the
best laptops to buy for under $100, including shipping
charges. Yes, obviously, these laptops will be used...
Governments and large corporations recognize that
long-term data storage is a problem without an easy solution. While
they can afford to spend millions of dollars for
repositories buried inside mountains in the Arctic or for
writing data onto quartz glass platters with femtosecond
lasers, the average consumer is forced to take a cheaper
Thanks to the policies of Facebook, Reddit, and other
giant online social networks and forums, smaller social networks and
forums appear to be making a comeback. Whether due to
political pressure, or as a result of efforts to maximize
advertising profits, many large platforms silence users and
refuse to acknowledge their desires for
Seemingly every month, new embarrassing revelations about
Facebook's user-unfriendly policies feature prominently on major
news organizations' websites. The result seems to be that some
people are beginning to relocate to smaller, more relaxed
platforms, where money and politics are less influential and a
sense of community is more apparent...
Living in a technologically advancing society funded by
capitalism means regularly being presented with new
technological solutions to old problems. Sometimes these
solutions are awesome. I would never replace my laptop with
a typewriter. I can write with either, but laptops make writing
so much easier and faster, once one has overcome the
substantial learning curve. But often, newer solutions are
I've been waiting ten years to buy a cellphone
that I can use as a desktop computer (or laptop computer). Where
is it?! ...
Before I brought my first website on line last year,
I read a lot of mediocre advice about website building. The problem
with nearly everything I read was that it was geared toward
creating and running a website using commercial software and
a commercial website-hosting company. This advice would have
led me to build a website just like everyone else's--harvesting
visitors' data, displaying the mandatory advertisements for
the software I was using, and advertising for the hosting
company as well. I wanted a personal platform for conveying
information, not just another revenue stream for corporate
The title of this article is a play on words,
because "the end of the Internet" can mean two things. I mean
both. I'm looking for the undiscovered places at the edges
of the Internet, and I'm looking and
waiting with anticipation for what may replace the Internet--a
next Internet, or next Internets. Perhaps, if it occurs, the next
Internet will be what many now call "the darknet". Perhaps it will
be something completely different...
I recently decided to foray onto the Invisible Internet Project
(I2P) network and write about what I found there. The I2P
network is a distributed, peer-to-peer network that allows
users to interact with others via chat rooms, forums, and email.
Users can also take advantage of various other I2P services:
gaming, file sharing, search, and RSS aggregators. According
survey, the I2P network has more than 140,000 users,
with an average of about 25,000 actively connected at any given
I've been a daily user of ZeroNet now for 6 months. During
that time, I've found it a delightful way of "meeting" (if
only virtually) interesting people and discussing interesting
ideas as well as many technical topics. I've communicated
with other ZeroNet users from all over the world, and I've
been able hear what they think and feel about the situations
that are developing in their countries. ZeroNet is where I
first learned of...
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a Gateway KAV60 (LT2016u)
laptop for sale in a local thrift store for $9. It turned out
to be such a waste of $9 that I decided to make it a case
study of what not to buy...
I think many people far under estimate the capabilities of old
laptops. Based on experiences I've had with friends and
relatives, and also based on what
I've heard others say, I believe many consumers are still under
the impression that they have to have a fairly new laptop with
a core i3 to core i7 processor to do the things they want to
do every day with their computers. When I go on line to see
what others are doing with their old computers, I see some
mentions of running Linux, but most articles discuss
"recycling". In other words, they don't seem to think they
can use old computers for what they're doing every day with
their Windows 10 computers...
In the United States, we waste far too many old computers by
giving in to the pressure to hand them over to "recyclers",
companies that destroy computers and ship them to land-fills
in third-world countries. Most of these computers are still
useful, and many people who can't afford to pay several hundred
dollars for a brand-new computer would like to have one.
They may just have difficulty finding one for a good price,
because we "recycle" so many of them...
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