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Floating Home

This is everyman dream, a house that floats and offers underwater views in a spacious living quarter. Imagine being able to wake up in the morning and fish right off the side of your house and if the fish ain’t biting, you can simple move your house to find another spot.

Even though I might not ever to be able to afford this, a man can dream.

Computer, Internet & Network Security Tips

Its getting to be that time of year again when we try to avoid the rush of doing our holiday shopping bu going online and shopping from the convenience of our homes. Here are some useful tips to help keep your holidays cheerful and avoid being targeted by hackers.

 

Physical security

This security measure is often overlooked because people do not think that this is a risk but actually it is. Anyone who has access to the computer can try and find out the password of your computer. With certain programs it is possible to crack your password in no time.

Another thing to remember if you get a call from someone claiming to be a technician with an ISP or another tech company stating they have detected a problem and you have not initiated contact with that company It is a scam. They are trying to get you to give up your information willingly. Simply HANG UP!

Email

A few things to keep in mind when checking your email is to never open attachments that you receive in your inbox. If you receive a attachment from your friends, check with them to make sure that they did send it to you before you open it and use your antivirus software to scan incoming e-mail before opening it. Email Attachments are the leading cause of  computer infections!

Make backups of all-important data

Making regular backups and testing of the backups of all the data is very important because you never know when you will have a hard drive failure and have no chance of getting the data back unless you send it to people who Specialize in data recovery and that  can be very expensive.

Creating passwords

All passwords should be tested with a password cracker to ensure that users are not using easy to guess passwords such as their kids names, favorite hobby, last name or their pets. They should be changed often. When choosing a password try using a pass phrase with lower and upper case letters and symbols ( #@^&*).

User accounts

Set up a  User account and use that instead of the administrator account. These accounts should have some security settings that prevent programs from being installed the user account should be used for everyday tasks such as checking e-mail, surfing the web etc there is less chance of messing something up when you use a user account.

Guest accounts

Use guest accounts often for the guests. Guest accounts have tighter security than the user accounts and should be deleted when the guest is done using the system and with the account.

Antivirus

Make sure that the definitions of your anti-virus program is always up to date and do full system scans every week and scan downloaded files before opening them.

Firewalls

It is important to use a firewall if your computer is connected to the Internet with broadband, DSL, Isdn or a dial-up connection. Dial-up users usually dont need to run a firewall but running one will make your computer a bit more secure when you are on line.

Routers

Routers are hardware devices that not only allow you to share a internet connection with more than one computers, it may also have firewalls that can be used to block internal users access to the Internet. When setting up the router, you need to make sure to change the default password and the login name to prevent people from changing the settings on your router.

Operating systems

Whichever operating system you use, you should have the latest patches and security fixes installed to prevent your computer from being compromised when you connect to the Internet. A computer that has no updates installed on it will be got the virus faster than a computer with the patches.

Internet Browsers / Add-son

This is probably one of the biggest concerns when it comes to security. Make sure your browser and that the add-ons and extensions you install is up to date.  If you no longer need the add-on simply remove it.

 

The Groundfridge Root Cellar

I know this is a little dated but I just saw a video on this and had to share it on here. I love the concept of being green and this is something I would love to have.

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There is a new innovative way to store food without using any energy. Its called the Groundfridge, a refrigerator that is stored underground and requires no energy at all. The temperature of it is determined by temperature of the soil and groundwater. It is 20 times the size of a regular refrigerator and can easily be installed, removed, and reinstalled. Root cellars aren’t a new invention by any means, but the Groundfridge looks well-built and relatively easy to install. Weighing in at 300 kg (661 lb), and measuring 2.28 m (7.48 ft) in diameter, the prefab cellar is built from hand-laminated polyester.

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It has an attractive design. Shelving lines the spherical interior, providing a large area to keep foodstuffs cool in. Lighting is also provided. The pod is accessible via the built-in stairs that go down into the ground.

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Ubuntu

This weekend I build myself a desktop computer out of several PC’c that I had laying around since my laptop took a turn for the worse and it was older than dirt. So I decided to look for an alternative operating system as opposed to using Microsoft Windows and settled on the Ubuntu operating system.

One of the primary reasons I picked Ubuntu was since my computer was built from several others, I didn’t want to spent hours searching and then downloading all the different drivers to get it up and running. Many PC manufacturers certify their desktops for Ubuntu so it was easy to install and have all the drivers and software ready to go.  The other major reason I picked it was because it was Free.

Now that I have it loaded and running on my PC, I’m asking myself why I haven’t tried it out sooner. It has compatible software for Office and has a large selection of various types of software, most are Free.  Ubuntu loads extremely fast and I really like the feel and layout.

So if you have an older pc and don’t want to continuously pay to upgrade it, give this OS a try. You can run it along side your old windows and just in case you don’t like you wont lose your old Windows OS.

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