Archive for the ‘General Interest’ Category

Change IP address.

I will change the IP address ofHelp9pm to test server reliability.

So yu may find lost connection or server not found messages in the next few days. But I will have it back on line soon. You might not even notice.

 

 

Wiki Leaks and Computer Hacking.

NBC says  the Wiki Leak things reveals a major hacking tool used by CIA.

But now the attention is about who told. The government reaction is al about who told and not about the harm that was done. Here is a quore from the NBC news website:

A MAJOR mole hunt is now underway as the Federal Bureau of Investigation tries to find out how anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks got its hands on alleged CIA hacking tools.

Here’s the link for the Full Story y from NBC.

What can you do? Protect your self with Anti-Virus and backups.

 

Recalibrate Your Laptop Battery

The battery meter has to be adjusted to keep it accurate.

No, it will not hurt anything if you ignore it. But don’t you want to know how much life is in your battery? Here is the general method.

First, charge the battery fully and then a little more. That way you know it is at 100 per cent full.Next, make a note of the time. Unplug the charger and use your laptop and use it the way you normally do. Do not turn it odd. Just continue to run it on battery until it shuts down by itself.  Note how long it took.

With this information you can now calibrate the charge meter of your laptop. Look in your user guide to see how to doit.

For Apple iPad click here. Apple Battery Adjust.

For HP subnotebook here. HP Battery Meter Fix.

For Dell use this link. Dell notebook Battery calibrate.

Also, there are some video son You Tube about battery calibration.  Take a look at some of the videos and learn how.

YouTube Battery Calibrate Videos.

You can skip the ads and look for a video that best describes your mobile device. It is not hard. Take a look.

 

 

 

 

 

How to visualize what yu can not see.

Impossible? Almost. But some man have done just that. Think about silicon  CPU in your computer.

About 30 years ago Intel introduced the 036 CPU for desktop computers and workstations. That tiny slice of silicon had some features as small as one micro meter in width. Can you imagine how small one micro meter is?  A human hair is about a 50 micro melter in thickness. Think of a copper wire 50 times smaller.

But now Intel and others make silicon chips with traces as small as 22 nanometers. And they say then can go done to 10 nm and below.

Wikipedia has some articles about how semiconductor chips are made.

Start here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semiconductor_device_fabrication

Here is the copyrighted an image you will find there:

Next, watch a video on you tube:

How hey make Silicon Wafers and Computer Chips.

That is amazing!

 

 

 

The Oroville Alter is Over.

You have already seen this image on TV. It is not a danger to Oroville. Te Alert is over.

Of course, there is a lot of work to do. Government agencies will not allow this condition to repeat itself. The sluice of the spillway will have to be repaired. Meanwhile, some more rain and run odd is coming.  Some say the cost of repairs to both spillways may be well over $100 million.

Another note about the impact on recreation. The Lake recreation areas may not be fully operation this summer.  Some areas will be closed until all repair work is done.

Many people wonder about t the photo above. It shows the main walkway work as it should. Except  But he lower part of the slice is badly damaged and has dumped mud into the Feather River. Federal regulations require the state of California to fix his as soon as possible.

Can the IRS Hrass Anybody

The answer might surprise you. The really do it all the time.

Personally I have had this. An agent will go beyond what it can legally do and ask questions that are not his business. This is a physiological trick to catch you.

This has been documented elsewhere. Here are just a few of the websites where individuals claim the government went to far in an attempt to get more money.

Account Forums

Kemberley Washington on CBNC

UncleFed’s Tax Board

Internal Revenue Manual

Please notice this post does not say yu should stop paying tax. Not at all. Rather do not let a few greedy people cheat you to promote their own self-interest. Pay you tax. Pay only what you owe.

Oroville Flood Alert Overdone.

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The Oroville Crack in Credibility

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Freedom pop. Is it Free or not ?

The Ffreedompop co,pany  claims a free monthly service to smart phone users.  Not  exactly what you think.

Here are the details. Read carefully, very carefully. You buy a Sim card from them for about one dollar and from then on you are able to make phone calls without the need to pay anything more. But it has a  catch, you must agree to a  30 day trial.

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During the 30 day trial plan you must cancel your plan. But you get to keep the Sim card and use it to make a few phone calls once in a while. How can they do that? Well, I was not able to locate this information actually printed out in a clear and concise form,.

Here is what I assume they are doing. If you do  go over a certain amount of time any month, they will bill you. But  they don’t tell you. Now if you protest they cancel your account. That, in a nutshell is there a business plan. Now I admit, but I cannot prove it, but this seems to be the case judging by complaints that many have made against the company.

Currently I have a Sim card from freedom pop that works. I only use it when absolutely necessary to make a call when I don’t have my cregular ell phone with me. Here’s what I do: I put  an old smart phone  in my car.  It has he freedom pop Sim card in it along with the freedom pop messaging software. With that I am able to make an occasional telephone call with just that smart phone and the freedom pop Sim card. I

I am unable to tell you exactly how it works, because my online account with freedom pop does not tell me how many minutes I have used and I cannot depend on the phone itself to tell me how much time I have left .

You can check this out yourself and find that a number of big companies have invested in venture capital into this idea. The company is located in California and has expanded into the United Kingdom recently.

This is not an endorsement. I just want to warn you that if you do get into freedom pop expect to have to pay something for the service. It  is a free service only when you  pay attention to the rules, which are rather narrow and hard to understand.

Above is a picture of what they will send you in the mail. It contains a Sim card that looks like any other Sim card. Plus they give you instructions about how to get there messaging service from the Google place site. They claim it also works on the Apple iPhone, but I have not been able to confirm this.

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If you have comments?

Disclaimer. I don’t work for anyody. I am retired.

How Methane, LNG, improved the lives of the poor.

Natural gas has drooped the price of energy everywhere. The poorest people have benefited in a big way.

Natural gas is methane. Before it is shipped to homes a chemical is added to give it a strong  smelly odour. Unlike kerosene or gasoline, it must it must be held in sealed pressure tank.

More about why methane is important, but first I’m going to relate a personal observation I have. After living and travelling about for several years in Third World countries.several times I’ve flown over parts of the Amazon basin. I recall seeing large areas of dense forest they could go as far as the ice could see. But over the years I began to notice that what they said was true. More and more the land was being cut up into chunks for farming and the trees were not this many as they used to be. The poor people  cut down the forest to try and make a living. But the Amazon forest is too slow to recover.

Another thing I’ve surf while living in two different countries was the extreme poverty that existed among the lowest class. It was unlike anything I ever saw on growing up in the United States people had so little to eat and they had to live in shelters that could hardly be called houses. After a while we had to quit and go back home.

After many years of living back in the United States and having a satisfying life, we decided to go back again and try South America in one of the poorest countries around. It has a land area larger than that of taxes, but a population more like  Washington state.

Before I left that country the government began in put in more and more narwhal gas pipes in all the mayor cities. This was done at very low cost, or free in some places. The natural gas proven robe very effective and low cost.  As a direct result, the poor people could eat better and have more time to work in industry  instead of small-scale farming.

I got to meet a man who was  part of this. He helped the government make a contract wit foreign petroleum companies to develop and export oil reserves newly discovered that country.  I would say it was a success.  Exportation of methane is not cost-effective. But using it inside the country made good economic sense.

So, that is how methane has helped the poor people. Now there  is more news about methane. I will tell next post.kohn-bird