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William Burlingame
Attended Geneva College, Ariz. State Univ., Rutgers, Sam Houston State
Lives in Huntsville, AL
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My son-in-law is a partner in two doctor family medical practice in a small rural Alabama town. Their previous IT consultant had them buy a Sonic firewall unit. The unit came with a two year “subscription” that has since expired. They hired a new consultant and he was concerned that the “subscription” was no longer up to date. I don’t understand why there would be a charge for updates. It doesn’t seem to me that firewalls have the same problems that antivirus programs have. If an update for a firewall is needed, I assume they have a bug in their firmware. Bugs shouldn’t require a fee to correct. My question is, is it a catastrophic problem if they don’t keep the firewall subscription up to date? 
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Mr Burlington,

Last year Leo responded to the similar question in his show 1195. Please click on the link https://twit.tv/shows/twit-bits/episodes/1260 . My suggestion is to have Asus router which will save you money in the long run. It runs on open source router operating system called: DDWRT. As my previous experience taught me that SonicWall is an expensive router, and it is hard to to maintain, besides it being subscription base. I used it when I was working as a IT/ Radiology Tech / Medical assistant with a small group of physicians in LA. I ran into some problems at that time. I haven't bought Asus router for personal use yet, but have been supporting it within my physician clients who own it. I also have heard very good things about it in the tech communities. By buying an Asus router you will be also helping open source community .


Sonic uses subscription base model which I don't like. As long as your local networks is concerned you do not need any special for a anti virus software either. I use Windows security essential. Security Essentials is a free software that does not require any subscription, and it is from Microsoft. Please click http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-all-versions for more information.

I religiously used DDWRT and Security Essentials combo with my physicians offices. There are no other HIPPA regulations related to security that you should be using. I know patients' security is very crucial , but at the same time if someone can break into Target store or other big online retailers they can easily break into one that is owned by a small group of physicians, easily.

I hope this helps. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you should have any questions. 
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I have eight security cameras that record on motion detection.  I've been keeping the recordings on a local drive, but I thought it might be better to save them in the cloud.  I changed the location of the folder that saves the recordings to Google Drive and I delete recordings of no interest daily.  The problem is that Google Drive syncs all the folders with my other computers and because of data caps, I'm concerned about exceeding the cap.  I there a way to tell Google drive not to download the videos to my other computers unless I request them?
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Jason Durrance, when I unchecked the folder of interest, it displayed a message the folder would be deleted from that computer.  I would like to see the folder without having the contents loaded onto the computer and the ability to download specific files if I'm interested.  That's the way it works on my Android devices.  I think I'll try my Drobo Transporter.  I can download a specific file if I select it.  I think that is referred to as placeholder mode.
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In episode 155 of KH, Padre discussed how to set up a security camera system.  I have eight IP cameras with a mix of three different brands.  I use a free open source program that is very flexible. It can also isolate the section of the frame that looks for motion.  You can also tweak  other settings to reduce false positives. They have an option use their server for remote access and management at $60/yr for those who don'y have the expertise in remote access that the Padre has.  I guess if I watched the video enough times, that information might sink in and I could save the $60.  The software can be downloaded at:
https://www.ispyconnect.com/

BTW, I am considered to be elderly (79), and now my daughter can use the remote access to check on the well being of my wife and I.
iSpy - Open source camera security software. iSpy provides security, surveillance, motion detection, online access and remote control
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Many routers have a USB port.  Is it possible to connect a USB drive to the router's USB port and access it via the internet.  If so, how would I do that?  The cost of storing the data I have with a paid cloud service is prohibitive.   
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I guess I'll just find another solution.  Drobo Transporter and Pogoplug are other options and they're easy to implement.  I just noticed the USB socket and thought I might find a way to use it, if it didn't take a lot of effort. 
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I have a 180GB SATA II OCZ SSD that  I just replaced with a larger SATA III SSD in my primary desktop.  It seems like I should be able to make use of it.  I also have a HTPC with a single 2TB SATA III HDD.  Would it be worth the effort to put the SATA II SSD in the HTPC, put the OS on the SSD and make the HDD the data drive? I currently have the OS and data in the same partition on the HDD.
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+1 x 10^100 for SSDs, regular backups, and separate drives for bulk storage.

Both my desktops are pretty recent AMD FX builds with WD Black spinners, and the SSDs smoke those pretty well. With differential backups twice a day, bulk data mirrored with DrivePool, and cloudy backups of irreplaceable bits, I'm just loving how technology has progressed from the days of Win 9x and the original Pentiums.
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Here is another video from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.
The machine is laying down pre-impregnated carbon fiber tows (on 16 spools). It's extremely accurate and precise and one of only 4 in the world.
The red glow is heat to make material tacky for adhering layers together.
  It looks large enough for the Padre's projects.
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That guy, he just keeps doing the same thing, over and over and over....
They're making some amazing machines.
I was blown away when I first saw what a 5 axis cnc mill can do.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqePrbeAQoM
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My wife and I may be visiting for about a week where the home has no internet service and only OTA TV. What might be a reasonable way to get broadband internet service for the week that I'll be there. The home is in Sun City, AZ. My cell phone service is Project Fi. 
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Lmgtfy 😉
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_Problems
Was way over my head, but I like Jason's version better. 
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Lifehacker had an article about phone and laptop batteries (http://bit.ly/1fzL9I4).  #3 says not to leave your device plugged in when fully charged.  Does test exist to support this?  I thought most modern devices had circuitry to eliminate over charging.  If so, what does it matter?  There seems to be as many opinions as there are articles about extending battery life.  I'd like to see something more than just a person's opinion.
Batteries don’t last forever. All too soon, you’ll notice your laptop and/or smartphone don’t last as long as they used to. To maximize that (sometimes non-user-replaceable) battery’s lifespan and also get more juice out of it during the day, follow these top ten tips.
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+William Burlingame There are:
 Battery University states that a battery charged to 100 percent will have only 300-500 discharge cycles, while a battery charged to 70 percent will get 1,200-2,000 discharge cycles.
http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries

So, in other words if you keep your laptop plugged in and under normal use you'll have to replace the battery in what, 3 or 4 years?

Keep it charged at 70% (someone explain how this can be easily done.)  it will last much longer, but the next time you need your laptop it will only run for 5 hours instead of 7.

Frankly, I don't worry about it. When my laptop needs a new battery, I buy a new one.
If I can find one still being manufactured.
$100 or so every 3 to 5 years, or just buy a new laptop...
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I had a voice mail from a Comcast automated call today to confirm, reschedule or cancel a scheduled appointment by selecting one of the choices. Since voice mail can't respond, it kept repeating the message and finally said the a no response could result in the appointment being cancelled. The voice mail message was more than 2 and a half minutes long. If Comcast isn't smart enough to detect that a call may go to voice mail if not answered, it shouldn't make those kinds of calls.
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This sounds like receiving a postcard with a "click here" hyperlink. Maddeningly stupid, but even with many eyes on a project, the worst of failures go unnoticed until after production.

It's been three years since I ranted about the .GOV idiots wasting my tax money to send masked hyperlinks via snail mail, and I'm still ashamed for the poor employee who drafted up the postcards.
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Thanks for the video. I had no idea how to do it.  I'm using a 64GB card and it booted up.  I now have to go through the setup on the RPi2.  AS a widows user, I have a lot to learn about Linux.

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I have three 5Ghz APs in my house.  As I move around the house with my Android phone or tablet, it doesn't appear that I'm always being handed off to the nearest AP.  How can I tell which AP the device is using and if it's not the one with the strongest signal, how can I assure it will hand off the the AP with the strongest signal?  I do not have the Ethernet cable plugged into the WAN ports and all the APs are setup with the same SSIDs and passwords.
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Richard Hedderly, I installed the app and so for it seems to be working.  I'll keep checking.  I did have to remove the 2.4Ghz SSID from the list on the device, because the those signals always seem to be stronger, but I get faster results on Speedtest.net with the the 5Ghz connection.  Thanks.  I'll set up a static address next.
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There have been hints that MS would abandon WMC and now that appears to no longer be a roomer. Ed Bot of ZDNet reported that a MS executive confirmed that WMC would not work in Windows 10. My question is will my Hauppauge cable card tuner work with MediaPortal?
http://www.zdnet.com/article/rip-windows-media-center/

How do we continue to use our cable cards to record our favorite shows? I understand that MediaPortal works for only for programming marked “copy freely”: I assume that excludes many cable channels. Is there an alternative for the HTPC user other than not upgrading to Windows 10?
Summary:Microsoft discontinued development of Windows Media Center in 2009, but enthusiasts have held out hope that the feature would get one more reprieve for Windows 10. Sorry, folks, that's not happening.
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Silicon Dust is running this Kickstarter for their HD Homerun DVR that will let you run the software client on your NAS. It already reached its goal. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1275320038/hdhomerun-dvr-the-dvr-re-imagined
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