Lenovo IdeaPad AMD $179.99

Once in a while I shop at Lenovo, usually it’s to upgrade my ThinkPad. You can’t really buy higher end ThinkPads at the stores, so I go to their website to customize it to my specific needs & always choose ON-SITE warranties.
When you register at Lenovo, they send you points once in a while, so I get small accessories often for like 95% off, I just bought a laptop sleeve which was $25 for around $2 (+ Free shipping)
So I was just randomly browsing their site and notice a pretty sweet deal:
15″ Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (AMD)
AMD Athlon™ Gold 7220U Processor (2.40 GHz up to 3.70 GHz)
4 GB LPDDR5-5500MHz (Soldered)
128 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen3 TLC
Integrated AMD Radeon™ 610M
15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), TN, Anti-Glare, Non-touch, 220 nits, Narrow Bezel
720P HD with Dual Microphone and Privacy Shutter
Wi-Fi 6 2×2 AX & Bluetooth® 5.1 or above
Windows 11 Home
and 1 year warranty.

This is on sale now for only $179.99 !
Even though it doesn’t fit my needs, it’s still a very decent big screen laptop for someone. Great as a Christmas gift or as your own laptop.
Considering Chromebooks sell for similar price, here you get SSD, a decent CPU which came out on second quarter of this year, DDR5 4G RAM, which will be enough for basic needs.
So CLICK HERE to grab it while it’s still on sale!
(I do not have referral links or get anything from this sale)

2024 Summer plans!

I live not too far from the Ocean, aprox an hour drive to NJ beaches. I grew up in Lithuania where we have Baltic sea, also for couple years I lived right on the beach in Puerto Rico, so oceans is not a big deal for me, I actually like lakes better…
However, my friend foxy (f) from Freenode has never seen the ocean & always wanted to visit one. Since I live not too far from it, I thought why don’t I invite her here and we both go to the beach together, I would be happy for her to see the ocean while I’m next to her.
So we made plan to make it happen in the summer of 2024, not only she will see the ocean, but we gonna meet up & enjoy time together with random activities. There is bunch cool/interesting stuff you can do in Philadelphia & New Jersey, so I think it won’t be boring

XEON Security

This is a quick preview example of cameras that are being installed by XEON Security.
However, the main services provided are way more than the powerful cameras.
Some of the examples of some of the features XEON Security benefits:
– When someone steps on your property (property area a set in the software), the camera immediately zooms in, takes & saves a face picture & than follows the person (software able to recognize humans, animals, etc).
– Has a facial recognition, so that you can be alerted when the person on your property is not your family member or neighbor.
– Does human count on selected areas & provide statistics.
– Able to take pictures of license plates from moving vehicles, saves to Data Base. Separate folder for license plates that does belong to neighborhood (been seen many times), the ones that haven’t been seen within past 30,60 days or ever.
– Able to recognize make, model & color of the vehicle.

There is much more that will be listed on the company websites when it will be released after being upgraded. Below is the video of zoom / quality of one of the cameras

A geeky, simple Social Media Site?

– I stopped using Facebook now for quite some time, I haven’t made a post in over 5 years. The only useful thing for me there is a Market Place, since it killed Craigs List. Facebook feels way over bloated, there is too much of everything even the people on the friend list are posting nothing you want to see, either they trying to show off something or promoting something to have a gain. I kinda missed the old Facebook, the simple, light & easy to use, the time we still were able to “poke” people.
Twitter on the other hand got way better after Elon took over, in this year alone I made way more post than thru the whole time I had it, and I created account almost 15 years ago! But I follow & post sstuff that is happening in the world, twitter is not a thing for friends, it’s more of almost real time news gathering of what’s going on, it’s great for businesses to interact with their customers.
– There was this startup, not sure if you remember it, called Orkut, it was a social media created by one of Google employees & I really liked it! It was exactly what I wanted, however it closed, since Facebook was on the rise at the moment & it killed off any Social Media startups out there. Of course if Orkut was still alive, I bet it would of become over bloated as well, specially being created by Google guy.
– So… After years of not having a humble, simple, fast & non-commercial social media platform, I thought why not start one. Where people can interact, have groups for specific topics, discuss things, where anybody with any interests could be using & enjoying it. A very simple, not bloated & not personal information stealing company. So I though let me open one up & invite people I interact with online, in my life or on IRC. IRC is amazing, but it’s it’s more like messaging & you can’t come back & continue the topic.
– So here we are, I opened 2 of them! lol Just to try out different platforms. You can create “Spaces” for you interest, lets say “Dream Meaning” & have people join, have discussions regarding this specific topic. You can join or create support “Spaces” for anything out there, from Tech, to carpeting to school work. Also have general “Space” for chatting, or meeting someone, make friends! Have a built in messaging platform, able to post links, pictures. Have a Poll for users to vote & even have a video call feature (one on one or group) with help of Jitsi! Your information is not being stored & sold for profit, there is no censorship, and your true right to the Freedom Of Speech exist! Also, a very light site, which loads fast & of course to be able to access it via mobile device.
– If that’s something you think you might like, please stop by & take a look at exorg.net – a simple, short domain. (it also can be accessed via EXorg.org, EXnetwork.net) Not sure what it stands for, but I think “EXORGExcommunicado Organization Network” sounds just perfect lol.
– So go ahead, take a look, have a feel, make a post, create a group & let me know what you think, I would really appreciate that A LOT!

Thank You!
Dany Gran.

Almost Crashed

This happened today on 10/26/23. (Camera shows everything to be much further than it really is). The ford got cut off and then rear ended the car in front, who for some reason stopped on yellow almost in the middle of the intersection. Due to my driving skills (lol) I was able to avoid any crash. I was driving forward thinking someone behind me would of smashed into me since we all had to break hard. Even my iPhone automatically called 911 & sent out my location, thinking I was in an accident. (dashcam date & time is wrong)

IRC & US Government (yes really…)

File name: US.Army.IRC.MTTP-TacticalChat <- Click to view or download the PDF.
TC – Tactical Chat

So earlier I was going thru my very old backups & found this amazing documentation intended for “ARMY, Marine Corps, NAVY & Air Force” on how to use IRC Chat! Yes, you read that right, IRC Chat… They call it “TC – TACTICAL CHAT”. Also, such software as mIRC is being discussed as well! They really go in depth of IRC / mIRC usage. Even though, IRC old timer would know such info (government & their IRC usage) & this would be nothing new, but If you haven’t seen this, nerds like me will have a blast reading it. They literally list their IRC Rooms & their intended purposes.
Keep in mind, this is from 2009. However IRC was in decline already at that time…

Here is few items from the document to give some idea:

(2) Up to ten additional rooms may be open, but minimized and occasionally
“cycled through,” or have features such as “flash” in mIRC, to assist with
notification when new traffic is posted.

7 JULY 2009 FM 6-02.73 / MCRP 3-40.2B / NTTP 6-02.8 / AFTTP 3-2.77 67
Appendix F
For this training example, the chat system of record (SOR) is mIRC. Applicable
rooms and guard chart for the AOC dynamic effects cell (DEC) are shown below.

During an air defense exercise hosted by the Weapons Tactics Instructor Course at
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ, the Army Patriot and Marine Tactical Air
Operations Center (TAOC) heavily utilized TC (Tactical Chat) during the execution phase of the
mission to pass timely information

F_CAOC_COD_Leader_Coord —This room is a coordination space internal
to the AOC for the chief of combat operations and his operations team leads
. Other
AOC operations; planning; strategy; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Division (ISRD); and Air Mobility Division (AMD) users may monitor this room for SA.
The primary participants are the CCO, Senior Air Defense Officer (SADO), Senior
Intelligence Duty Officer (SIDO), Senior Operations Duty Officer (SODO), C2 Duty
Officer (C2DO), AOC Commander, and combined forces air component commander

F_CAOC_C2_Coord_Command —This room is the mIRC parallel of AC-1
secure voice. The C2 Duty Officer will use this space to coordinate status and health of
the tactical air control squadron (TACS) with mIRC-equipped TACS platforms as well as
transmit AOC-directed commands to air forces in the AO/

New Menu Section – Links.

I have what I consider a pretty extensive “Bookmarks Toolbar”. The most visited ones I put an Icon only without any text & some folders contains over 50 additional bookmarks. Folder names “N” is for “News”, links to various news in all kinds of fields, so had an idea why not share the ones i visit most here on my blog. Check out Links to see the ones I consider attention worthy ones. I would also appreciate if you send me some of the ones you visit often!

[I used to have two row Bookmarks bar, since even now I can’t fit my main icons, but after Firefox made changes I wasn’t able to bring it back using same way I did before. If you know how to do it I would really appreciate if you can drop a comment with that info!]

Installs Page

If you didn’t notice, there is “Installs Page“, where you can find useful Apps for Windows & Linux. The reason for making it, because Friends & People Online would ask how to Install this or that. so I decided to dedicate a page with most frequently asked Installs. And some are the ones that I consider great & useful. The instruction are simple & nothing I add is complicated, so beginners & noobs like me would easily understand it, since sometimes the instructions on developers pages are kind of complicated. Hope some folks will find it useful! As of this post there is instruction for Installing things such as Kasm Workspaces, ZNC, Linux Terminal Monitoring & some other Linux Simple Tools… I will try to add more once in a while & if you have particular request to simplify install instruction for something let me know by contacting me in “Contact” page!

A few MUST steps after installing Windows 10

I Install / Reinstall Windows very frequently & thought would share the 2 steps I take every time to make fresh copy of Windows work way faster by disabling lots of bloatware that the new installs come with.
First thing is to download & install “OOSU10.exe“, its a Free anti-spy tool for Windows 10. This software is an absolute MUST, it has a huge selection of options to disable Microsoft from tracking you, learning about you and much more. Windows (Microsoft) even tracks your typing pattern (like Google) and sends that info back (Of course). Even if you are across the world on someone else’s computer, not logged in to any account, they can still know it’s you by knowing the way you type, it’s like a finger print, every typing style is unique.

If you too lazy or not sure about which options to disable just go to Actions & choose Apply only recommended settings, however don’t be afraid to choose “Recommended and somewhat recommended settings“. Now apply and choose to save, it will suggest to make a restore point which is always a good idea, do that and reboot the windows to take effect. Don’t forget after anytime you run Windows Update you will have to open OOSU10 again, it will say “Revert to previous settings” since Microsoft doesn’t like not be able to collect as much info as possible about you and will enable tracking when updating again.
-> Download it here: https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

This next step is not necessary, but it’s very easy as well.
Click Start, type “PowerShell” left click on it and choose to Run it as Administrator. The command line window will open, now copy the text below, paste and hit enter:
iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(‘https://git.io/JJ8R4’))
A new panel with options will open. There is many options you can choose, however I always choose at least 2. Uninstalling “Cortana” & “OneDrive” (if you don’t use it). Cortana is a pain to completely disable (uninstall) so this way could not be easier. After pressing any of those options give it time time to complete the task, a little message should pop to let you know it’s done.

Always check for new updated version at the creators website https://christitus.com/debloat-windows-10-2020/ , it was coded by a guy named Chris Titus who also has an amazing YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/ChrisTitusTech which you should subscribe to, it has lots of useful tips & tricks not only for Windows, but also Linux.

And that would be all, just a few little simple steps to make Windows much faster and safer. I will also make a post about what steps to take after installing Mozilla Firefox, which privacy setting to disable & which addons should be a must for any user.

Reason for starting nonsense blog

[original date of this post was April 15th]

I’m a person who would never start a blog if it wasn’t for the reasons I just did. I’m just terrible at it and see no point of starting something you know you are not good at and don’t have so much passion for it.

However, due to my health I thought this would take my mind of current / past or even future stuff. I’m expecting a spinal surgery soon, which will be “pretty complicated” lightly said. They will have to open my stomach, move organs aside to get to the spine and fix 2-3 of my discs and same from the back with 8 inch incision. Due to my health as is I’m expecting a pretty long recovery / rehab which will be spent mostly in bed. So aside from learning, reading, creating stuff etc. I thought something new such a blog would be a good idea as well. So here we are…

In real life I’m an IT person, who is passionate about most tech things, have few servers at home running Proxmox, VMware, Windows Server etc. UniFi16 PoE serves as my switch and UniFi UDM Pro as my router / firewall / controller. As most UniFi users, once you try them there is no way back. Also have few awesome PTZ PoE Outdoor cameras (which definitely gonna write about) and I have a huge obsession with ThinkPads (IBM / Lenovo). Have a pretty decent collection, around 20 of them, with most in fully working condition. They date all the way back to 1994 release. Currently main one is ThinkPad X390 which I custom ordered from Lenovo and was one of the first people to own one.