In general, those of you who have access to the web are pretty computer-literate. Perhaps you can’t open your laptop with whatever’s handy, throw in some more RAM, speed up your CPU by “clock-chipping” it, all while making a triple espresso, but you’re not talking into your mouse either.

    While this “birds of a feather” phenomenon is interesting, it means that we meet only people that are rather similar to ourselves. This is a bad thing. We creatures of the net have lost touch with dancers, artists, polyglots, culinary miracle workers, and people older and younger than we are. Too much of our web culture is intimately tied to our cult of computers, so much so that it has a tendency to overshadow the humanizing aspects of community and tribe.

    I have purposely not made my web pages an odessey of geek-related adventures: if you want to soak in technical minutae, there are many such places on the net where you can drown your sorrows and escape reality (such as we know it). But my web pages would be incomplete without some computer-related things, especially where humanity and computerdom run headlong into each other.

    Much of my site has become personal, how things affected me, how I dealt with them.

    Amateur radio has long been an interest of mine. In recent years I’ve used it to volunteer for public events.




    I’m very concerned about the health ramifications of using my handheld ham radio attached to a chest pack. Here are some words from folks in the know.

    The Kenwood TH-78 handheld transceiver has lots of undocumented features and possible modifications that extend the functionality of the radio. This guide doesn’t cover anything the manual does, although it does clarify some features.

    The database coördinator of the San Francisco Office of Emergency Services sends me updated information about the frequencies we use.

    Amateur radio has long been an interest of mine. In recent years I’ve used it to volunteer for public events.



    Whereupon I take my first convergent item of mobile computing / conversation to Europe a month after starting to use it. The good, the bad, the exceedingly ugly truth.


    One of the sad realities of the Treo 180 is the wire used to connect the speaker to the main unit breaks.




    Here’s are some photos from the Palm Treo 600’s 0.3 megapixel camera.


    The steps required to have Snapper fetch Google GMail on my Palm Treo 600.


    Here’s what I have running on my Treo 600 right about now.

    After the fiasco of the Handspring Treo 180 what on earth could motivate me to buy the Treo 600?

    I purchased my Apple QuickTake 100 about a year after it was released. The next day I took a trip to Eivissa and Gran Canaria, snapping photos all the way.

    In the late 1990s I moved up to a second-generation digital camera, the Kodak DC-120. It stored images on a PCMCIA card, which made it truly useful.

    At the close of the 1900s I upgraded to a Nikon CoolPix 950 digital camera. It’s the third generation for me, and it’s impressive.

    In the weeks before Burning Man 2000 I purchased a digital video camera so that I could take video of my son, Isaac. I checked out the word on the street, and in reviews, and would up buying a Sony DCR-TRV20.


    Apple Computer has been the research and development engine for much of the popular computer industry.

    While I’ve needed to be competent on Macintosh, Windows, and Unix systems for my professional life, I far prefer Macintosh to the others. I feel that Macintosh gives me the greatest flexibility in concentrating on my work, rather than concentrating on my computer.

    In 1996 my web server was located at a school in the mid-west. A cracker broke in and disrupted our operations. Here’s the story.

    Cary Lu’s 1995 article about the battle between the Macintosh and Wintel worlds. A must read for either camp.

    Discussions with (then) Connectix employee Thom Hogan about RAM Doubler.


    In 1993 a stealth group of engineers from Apple Computer and Novell took on a challenge many thought impossible: to make the Macintosh operating system run on Intel Corp. processors.

    On c.s.m.h a user claimed to have gotten his PowerBook to display 1024×768 on an external monitor.

    Despite prodding, he was unable or unwilling to describe how he accomplished this feat. Today, completely by accident, I figured out how to do it.


    The goal of CryptDisk (now PGPdisk) is to provide transparent military-grade partition encryption for Macintosh. Here are the original 1995 words of its author, Will Price.

    A cryptographer gives his impressions, in 1995, of a source code review of CryptDisk 1.0.

    In 1994 Brad Schrick told us why there’s no reason not to use a Macintosh as a production web server. Years before MacCrack.

    It’s 1999. Lombard is the fastest laptop on the planet. And yet there are still lingering boneheaded design problems. Doesn’t anyone at Apple actually use these things?

    Thoughts on the Apple Newton MessagePad line, from my first (a transparent 110) to my last (a 2100).

    My ode to the almighty PowerBook, my computing hardware of choice since the line of Macintosh laptop line was created in 1991.

    My first exposition on the (then) newly-released Connectix QuickCam.

    From 1994: is (was) there a problem between the Connectix QuickCam audio and CU-SeeMe (or with other software)?

    The factors by which the Connectix QuickCam frame rate is determined.

    Connectix’s QuickCam FAQ of 22 January 1995 is reproduced here courtesy of Thom Hogan.


    This posting explains why it’s inaccurate to make mention of a 14,400 baud modem.

    Dad’s gone from being behind the digital times to surfing my web pages on his own PowerBook. Here are the answers to some questions of his.


    It’s a good idea to have Eudora Pro limit the incoming message side so you don’t waste time downloading unwanted attachments. But what about attachments you want?

    I gave Dad a digital camera of mine. Now he’s got images he wants to share with the world, but he doesn’t know how.


    One of the tasks facing Dad is how to transfer something he’s written in a word processor to an email message. Here’s a visual guide, for when he’s in a rush.


    Here’s how to configure Timbuktu Pro 4.x so I can remotely administer your machine.

    Remote administration of Dad’s Mac with Timbuktu Pro 4.x is a breeze, once I get the dynamic IP address assigned to him for the current dial-up session.

    How to minimize flicker when you point a camera at a monitor or TV. Wherein I coin the phrase ‘camera-monkey’ and sow the ire of videographers worldwide.

    A discussion about different types and sizes of data transmission ‘pipes’. Probably of general interest to net users. Includes information about European standards.

    I have a passion for time-keeping bits of hardware.


    The clock on the line.

    The wristwatch is the promise of the complexity of the universe in a tiny, controlled package.

    My daily-wearer; survives all the knocks of family life.

    Twenty-four hours each day should mean twenty-four hours on the timepiece’s face.

    My favorite wristwatch company.

    One of the Twentieth Centuries best?

    One of the Twentieth Centuries best?

    I’ve been involved with emergency medicine for decades, as a radio ham, Emergency Medical Technician, rescue diver, junior ski patrol, etc.

    A day in the life of a volunteer to the Bay to Breakers footrace in words and pictures. The day was 19 May 1996.

    Emergency medicine, search and rescue in particular, has always been an interest of mine. So I joined up.

    Keith Conover of the Wilderness EMS Institute presents the WEMSI Personal Wilderness Medical Kit and related footnotes.

    BAMRU was the first wilderness search and rescue unit I experienced. Their professionalism and enthusiasm were a great place to learn human tracking and related arts.

    The Haight-Ashbury Emergency Response Team – HAERT – is one of San Francisco’s Neighborhood ERTs.




    A virtual time capsule, screen captures show a whole environment frozen in the moment.


    How do you pay for software? Depends on what’s expected. Is it freeware, shareware (time-bomb-ware, usageware, crippleware, nagware, guiltware), costware, updaters, demoware, or just plain data?


    A bit about transparent, interlaced GIFs that I use as building blocks around this site.

    Privacy, Security, Reputation, Cryptography, and You


    Defenders of your personal digital freedoms. Their contributions are worth a read.


    There’s just everything wrong with this bill. It’s just amazing.

    Separating [figuratively] the men from the boys via their contributions.

    The first description – of which I’m aware – of a monetary exchange for electronic scrip.

    The Cult of Scientology wages war with everyone.

    The Cult of Scientology wages war with everyone, again and again.

    The Zimmermann Legal Defense Fund (ZLDF)


    Vital Statistics

    Vital Statistics

    Vital Statistics

    Vital Statistics

    Things officially said by Dubois about the Zimmermann case.


    The Zimmermann Legal Defense Fund, the ZLDF, was founded to help defray the costs of PRZ’s legal battle.

    Hugh Miller’s original request for support of the ZLDF. In one short missive, Hugh gave a short history, compelling reasons to support, and concise and complete instructions on how to help

    Nathaniel S. Borenstein’s appeal for funds – the Virtual Yellow Ribbon Appeal – was the first time that the idea of placing a notice of support for the ZLDF in signatures was widely disseminated.

    The ZLDF had a European branch, which did an excellent job of outreach and fundraising.

    If you contributed to the Zimmermann Legal Defense Fund, the ZLDF, this is how your money was spent.


    Did the CIA run anonymous remailers in a (perhaps successful) attempt to read the encrypted email coming across them?

    The problem is Governmental Access to Keys (GAK), the solution might lie in Apple Computer’s CyberDog technology.

    There’s quite an important debate raging on the Cypherpunks list these days over Netscape CEO Jim Clark’s recent decision to support the US govt’s Fortezza (escrowed key) cryptographic system in certain versions of the Netscape web browser.

    A friend passed these songs along to me.

    By monitoring computer message traffic and alternative news sources from around the world, the military might catch early warning of impending significant developments, says a paper written in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict for the Department of Defense.

    Phil Dubois called. He excitedly announced that the investigation against Philip Zimmermann was dropped, and the threat of indictment that had hung over PRZ for three years was gone.

    When the government’s investigation of Philip Zimmermann ended, this is what Dubois had to say.

    Dubois had more to say.

    When the government’s investigation of Philip Zimmermann ended, this is what Sattler had to say.

    When the government’s investigation of Philip Zimmermann ended, this is what Zimmermann had to say.

    These are the people you’ll meet in our twisted little neighborhood, through the U. S. Attorney’s looking glass.

    Pictures of the legal defense team.


    An introduction to the issues and concepts.




    I venture into BMW land, crossing the Bimmer versus Beemer stream, heading towards my new car’s user manual.

    Perhaps not the ultimate driving machine, but way more fun than any of my VWs.

    It’s not your BMW until you’ve taken her over 100 miles per hour (mph).

    Things I learned about my 1995 BMW 318is.

    Fighting entropy is such a silly thing, but we do it to protect our investment.

    Where the rubber meets the road is where the dirt sticks the worst of all.

    Wherein my 37-pound 3-year-old immobilized my 3021-pound Bimmer.



    Oh, finally a convertible for me đŸ™‚


    We see what our wheels can do in the twisties.

    So, for your enjoyment, here are my offerings in the silicon smorgasbord. (Related items may be found on my

    master page.)

    “ISP adventures”: Ever want to quit your boring job and live the glamorous life of an Internet service provider? These pages include real-life techno-horror stories of my ISPs (yes, I have several because of my various networking setups at home). Read about warking modems, laugh at the crazy antics of the telephone company and hardware supplies, enjoy seeing Murpy’s Law in action, have sympathy pains when you read about late-night hacking to placate a restless and evil client base. Then be happy about your job.

    : a pithy exposition about the differences between these technical terms and why almost everyone gets it wrong.

    Cornell University’s

    desktop videoconferencing software.

    “Philip Zimmerman”‘s now-famous

    (PGP) software and its political ramifications.

    The in-your-pocket extention to PGP is digital cash (which you can spend at our ).

    Here you can find pointers to the software, the seminal work, and shops where you can spend, spend, spend.

    Have you found errors nontrivial or marginal, factual, analytical and illogical, arithmetical, temporal, or even typographical? Please let me know; drop me . Thanks!








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