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pfSense in Birmingham

From: David White 
Anyone have experience w/ pfSense and are based out of Birmingham?

If you'd be interested in doing a 1-2 hour job for me, send me your rates,
and if you save me from having to drive all that way, I'd be eternally

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide

OT: Cheap Wireless Router

From: Stephen Kraus 
Anybody coming to the Chugalunch tomorrow got a cheap wireless router I
could buy, gotta take it overseas with me.

Somewhat OT: Chattanooga Salaries?

From: William Roush 
What is everyone's experiences regarding Chattanooga and it's IT 
salaries compared to other places?

On one hand, I'm told we're /significantly (>15%) /lower by some sources 
(mostly a handful of people), but others like Glassdoor say we're pretty 
competitive except vs. some of the biggest players (Google, Microsoft, 
etc.), and my personal experiences so far seem to generally agree with 
that within a certain degree of sway.

Your experiences/opinions?


From: Rod-Lists 
I just got a phishing attempt supposedly from bitmaim mailing lists.
A .jar. I don't do java or bit coin. 

Extending Chromebook use after cracked screens happen

From: Phil Shapiro 

These days twenty percent of all laptops sold are Chromebooks. http://tinyurl.com/lg5t6bk 

Quite a number of these end up with cracked screens just because that kind of thing happens sometime. 

Most folks might throw away their Chromebook with a cracked screen. It sure isn't worth paying money to get it fixed. 

But wait, could you donate your cracked screen Chromebook to the public library so they could resuscitate it in some way as a "Chromebox" desktop for some family that needs a computer? 

Why, yes. I'm so glad you asked. 

This little $15 HDMI-to-VGA adapter might be all that's needed. Donated 17-inch LCD monitors are quite plentifully available for free these days. Even a nice CRT monitor could be put to use. 


I don't know if the Chatt library is the right place to try such an initiative. They're already doing a ton of great things. There might be some other organizations in town interested in bridging the digital divide that could take this on. 

What would be amusing is to get a story written about such an initiative on Slashdot -- and then folks from around the country would start sending Chromebooks with broken screens to Chatt. Give me your poor, your tired, your cracked screen Chromebooks yearning to breathe free. 

It's not what resources you have access to that matters. It's what resourcefulness you have access to that matters. 



Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness."