Networking 101 - Switches

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.

Minix HD PC lives on Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop

I bought this box last fall with the intention of building a low power server. It came with an external DC power supply which could be replaced with a 12 v battery. It came with Windows 7 drivers but my intent was to load Ubuntu Server. The only Linux distribution I could find which offered any hope of running was Fedora 19.

Hanlon's Razor - - BGP

Arguably the greatest threat of WWIII is the Ukraine affair. The propaganda war is hard to understand unless you get both (or many) perspectives. For me, RT was the most rational allternative to CNN et al (like AlJazeera and the Middle East) and I was troubled when my route to RT.COM was broken a few weeks ago, sufficiently troubled to record "traceroutes". I made a few phone calls with no progress and when RT returned, I recorded the successful route and moved on.

The Day We Fight Back

How to form a non-profit in Virginia

Most nonprofits are 501(c)(3) organizations, which means they are formed for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes and are eligible for federal and state tax exemptions. To create a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, first you need to form a Virginia corporation, then you apply for tax-exempt status from the IRS and the State of Virginia. Here are the details.

Power Outage

There was a power outage in Grayson County, Internet service to the area was down during this time, everything looks to be up and running again.

New Website

Minimal functionality should be back tomorrow.