our members recommend: pfSense if you need a captive portal to visitors of your open wifi. The pfSense project is a free network firewall distribution, based on the FreeBSD operating system with a custom kernel and including third party free software packages for additional functionality. pfSense software, with the help of the package system, is able to provide the same functionality or more of common commercial firewalls, without any of the artificial limitations. https://www.pfsense.org/
eFax: lets you send and receive faxes over the Internet, from any device with email access (even your mobile phone). No more paper jams, busy signals or waiting by a fax machine. http://www.efax.com/
Black Tide Rising book series by John Ringo, https://www.goodreads.com/series/110176-black-tide-rising
Nova’s CyberWar Threat. As internet connections multiply so do points of attack and risks to national security. Aired October 14, 2015 on PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/cyberwar-threat.html
3D printing at Gonzaga’s new student center.
help desk: Adjusting the screen resolution of an Ubuntu virtual machine on VirtualBox: usually done in the ‘displays’ dialog of the virtual machine – but sometimes with 15.04, or perhaps others, there is a bug where the resolution is stuck in 640 x 480 mode and makes the ‘display’ dialog impossible to use, or it only presents one low resolution. Increasing the video memory of the virtual machine did not help – A brief search online indicates that installing the Virtualbox Guest Additions onto the virtual machine may allow the correct video drivers to be selected, either automatically or using the ‘additional drivers’ dialog in the ‘Software & Updates’ section of the System Settings.
solutions dept.: Our members are testing: OpenSCAD: The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller, for designing small 3D models for your 3D printing projects. Also try: Google Sketch-Up (not open source) and Blender.
managing your passwords: LastPast, KeePassX, and writing your own.
iPhone vs. Android: depends on your comfort level with tinkering around. Android is more flexible, more customizable, with a larger variety of software available; iPhone is an easier, safer “sandbox” that’s difficult to mess up.
How to annotate PDF documents: xournal and LibreOffice Draw duke it out.
nostalgia: Who remembers The Valiant Turtle and the Logo programming language?
Jobs: PayTrace is looking for developers and a project manager: for more info – https://www.paytrace.net/careers/
off topic: Driving in rural Romania, combustion engines, and discouraging telemarketers by using the “disconnected” tone at the start of your answering machine.
Is plain email a safe and secure form of communication? Richard may have a few words about this at our November meeting….