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 What's Going On

I'll try and keep this short at least for this space but I plan to do a long opus at some point. I'll link from it here when, and if, it ever gets done.

Content here is old. Perhaps it's simply pride but I think some of it is still pretty good. Why no new content? I started online in 1983 on CompuServe running what was called then IBMSIG. I migrated to the web (by that time it was PCNet) at MSN and then gave up on MSN and started this site.

I had huge hopes for online from day one. To me it was “God made men, but Sam Colt made them equal." except it was a speech platform. Everyone, absolutely everyone had a voice. The merits of their arguments stood on the power of that argument. Not who they were, not how much money they had or anything other than their words.

It worked. For a while. Then we had the rise of whatever we have now. Platforms that serve as our soap boxes now decided what is fit to be heard. Because you aren't smart enough to know a loony idea from a good one. They put on a public face that falsehoods are something new. These aren't stupid people. They know about "Remember the Maine" and the Tet Offensive so that leaves only one explaination; they have an agenda and only accept certain speakers with certain outlooks.

Then there's the rape of your personal information. Hey, I get it, you have to make money to stay in business. But they're not happy selling ads; they want to know the color of your underwear...and then sell it to any and everyone. It's shamelss. Users are now the product.

So I'm in the process of doing some slight revamping by ripping out anything that would drop a 3rd party cookie (PCNet has NEVER dropped a cookie on you). I will keep a couple of Amazon banners, I get a coupole of bucks a month in credit at Amazon that I like playing with but you can easily block Amazon with Disconnect or, better yet, Pi-Hole (an excellent and fun project).

The code here is all hand written and I've not touched it for a very long time so it may take some time so bear with me. In the meantime stay safe, stay private and remember that no one, not even big Internet companies, can totally take your voice away no matter how hard they try. -- Don Watkins
 
 How To Speed Up Your Computer

Let's face it, you're never going to speed up your old computer to the level of brand new hardware but there are quite a few things that you can do that will  perk it up.

No snake oil, no magic cures, just the best way to get it back to where it was when your first got it, or, if you're willing to do a little work, even better.

How To Speed Up Your Computer.
 
  Replay Media Catcher - Capture Streaming Flash and MP3 Video and Audio

Frustrated when that favorite video can't be located or worse yet, has been yanked? Burning bandwidth replaying the same video over and over? Have a favorite streaming radio station you'd like to capture for those times you can't get connected?

Simply save any Flash movie or any audio to your hard drive and replay as often as you like or listen/watch when you're not connected. No degree is wizardry required, just mash the record button and you're done.

Read the review and try the demo
 
crashed hard drive recovery   Selkie Rescue - The ultimate solution for file recovery from a crashed or infected hard drive

If you have a crashed drive without a backup or your computer is so infected with malware there's now way to log in and retrieve files there's finally an inexpensive solution. Selkie Rescue allows for the recovery of data from a crashed or trashed hard drive without shipping the drive to a drive recovery service and paying huge bucks for the privilege. 

The latest version of this trashed/crashed drive recovery tool is better than ever. The core function of recovering data from a hard drive has been retained and other functions and improvements have been added.

Get the details on Selkie Rescue and download a trial.
 
   Print Screen Deluxe - A Screen Capture Program That Won't Put You To Sleep

I've been using print screen/screen capture programs since DOS 1.0 but frankly since Windows they have, well, they've been pretty doggone boring. Every once in a while I'd run into one that looks promising only to find that it puts me to sleep. I gotta tell ya, Print Screen Deluxe was like a triple shot espresso. Plus I had to put my socks back on because it knocked them off.

If you've given up on finding a good one or didn't think you needed one you owe it to yourself to check out the full review.
 
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