New helen

Submitted by tarvid on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:16

Upgraded hardware (easy) and software (not so easy). Fixed enough glitches to post but I suspect there are a lot of bugs around. I'd realy appreciate an email if you find something (  No time to chat.

Internet at the beach

Submitted by tarvid on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 09:34

I don't get to the beach often but I often suffer from Internet withdrawal. Not my only addiction. My crappy LG 39C tracfone is adequate for reading email but impossible for me to type on. A Bluetooth keyboard would help that. The keyboard on my aging Acer laptop is barely adequate for the current task. To make it play, I need connectivity.

Don't do that

Submitted by tarvid on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:16

A wanderer said to Mullah Nasrudin "Bad things happen when I do "x".

Nasrudin replied "Don't do that!"

My wife said the same thing when I botched an upgrade to our web server.

A most valued customer asked me to install Moodle -

New Dialup Numbers

Submitted by tarvid on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:14

There are new dialup numbers for LSNet.

Go to and enter the number you will be dialing from.

You may get more than one number. Write down the last 7 digits ignoring the are code which should match yours. One may work better than others. Elk Creek and Independence use Mouth of Wilson phone numbers

There are multiple ways of finding the dialup number and they differ among versions of Windows. In recent versions,

Networking 101 - Switches

Submitted by tarvid on Sun, 05/18/2014 - 10:49

In a recent upgrade of Cox cable service in Fairfax, I installed a Linksys EtherFast® 10/100 5-Port Workgroup Switch. I naively plugged in cables connecting devices and when I plugged in the last one, my network died. This is a rather dumb switch, but if you look at the back there are 6 RJ45 ports on a 5 port switch.