Category Archives: tech


It’s amazing how beautiful they are.

People travel great distances to look at this one.

There is a chemtrail branching off to the right. Government spraying.


I’ve never been an expensive watch person. When I saw these low-priced Armitrons looking so cute, I had to get me a couple.

Both are nice, but I’m especially fond of the retro digital.

radiomg for somafm

What a beautiful app for a favorite streaming radio station. RadiOMG for SomaFM.


To have more fun with the new headphones, I added an equalizer to Mizz Sweet Lady Linux box. Workin’ fine.

Ah, the beauty. 🎶


Run long, run strong, dear MeWe ❤️

radio gaga

I went out on dates almost none in high school and didn’t go to the proms. I just wasn’t up to tackling all the issues that would  have made it possible for me to do it the right way.

Instead, I got an amateur radio license (ham radio), covered my parents house and yard with huge antennas, and sat down in their basement alone with my tube-type radio (Heathkit HW-101), and geeked out by talking with people all over the world.

My parents seemd to like it because it mostly kept me out of trouble.

I was often up by 5:00 a.m. before school so I could run downstairs and work the USSR for a couple of hours before leaving.

Then when I hit my twenties, I tried to make up for the lack of dating.

I still have a valid radio license.

vivaldi pgp e-mail

Vivaldi (the browser people) gives free e-mail with a generous 5 gigs and PGP encryption. I didn’t know about the encryption. Nice to have something that’s not Protonmail.

Free e-mail isn’t a high need for most people, but this is ad free, no snoop, and geeked out with PGP crypto.

juno free e-mail still there

I just checked on a free e-mail account I had from ages ago at Juno. I’m surprised that it still exists.

It’s not one I intend to use, but I updated the contact info and password just in case.

It doesn’t look technically sound: password has to be simple, no 2-factor auth, no IMAP. Anyway, I’ll keep it for retro fun if needed.

Juno hails from the dialup days when they gave you a little free time to connect, send/receive some e-mail, then disconnect. Windows 95 era and earlier.


hot water 101

This is a net pic of a ham radio transceiver I had starting when I was in junior high.

Heathkit HW-101. It was nicknamed the “Hot Water 101” because it had 20 vacuum tubes in it which made heat roar out the top. It sucked a lot of ‘lectricity. I built it from a kit. It was known as a moderately shitty rig that had problems with having a drifty VFO (tuner).

I had my little “shack” in my parent’s unheated basement. On cold winter mornings, I could warm my hands on the top of the rig.

I’d get up at 5 AM on many school mornings (how many school kids did that?) so I could have a couple of hours on the radio before leaving. Sometimes it was dramatic: cold, still dark out, talking to other operators all over the world, some of which I got to know, including many in those “forbidden” countries, like the former USSR.

American teenager had a fondness for “forbidden” international friendships which translated well over to Internet decades later. Good hobby.

I also did a lot of “phone patching.” Phone calls could be piped through shortwave radio saving enormous, often prohibitive, international charges. Quality was low but tolerable. I often did this for military ships at sea (service people calling home), immigrants needing some audible love from back home, etc. Drama sometimes went through my radio: new baby, death in the family. I had to listen in to know when to transmit and receive. Parties on the line were instructed to say “over” whenever they wanted the other person to talk.

As an often dejected teenager, this gave me some value.

google one vpn

Can a VPN by Google be taken seriously, or should it be laughed out of town? An e-mail today is the first I’ve heard of it.

I won’t be needing it because it only works on mobile, not on desktop, and one must have a fairly expensive plan with Google to get it.