Something to listen to while you're here.
If you can't hear it, blame that PoS Microsoft you're
using and their shit browser. Go download and use
a different browser. *Anything* will be better than
the stock Microsoft browser!
Click the arrow to play: Hoyt Axton - I'm a Good Ol' Rebel.mp3
To any and all who come here and don't like what I say...
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Whether you use Linux or that shit-pile known as Microsoft Windows, you should *ALWAYS* encrypt your e-mails.
There is ALWAYS some asshat trying to look at them (especially our government!).
Even if you think you've never done anything 'wrong' or ever will, you should do it just as a safety precaution.
For Windows users I suggest Gpg4win. This is easy to install and easy to use and FREE.
For Linux users, gpg is most always already a part of the installation of whatever distro you use.
Just start using it and make a habit of it.
For those using or about to use encryption for e-mailing, when making a new key, *ALWAYS* use a passphrase instead of a password!!
This will make it *INFINITELY* harder for anyone (including our fucked-up government!) to break your encrypted
mail. Make it a phrase that you'll remember fairly easily, but one you don't use around people very often so no one
can 'guess' it. Also try to change a few things in the phrase, like i's into 1's and o's (oh's) into 0's (zeros), use punctuation and spaces too. Get imaginative with it. It can be as long as you want, so have fun!
Then there's PROTONMAIL:
If gpg or gpg4win seems just a little too daunting for the time being, then you can use an alternative type of
encryption for e-mail. It's web-based, so no need to 'download' anything, nor any need to learn much other than
keeping your two passwords/passphrases safe and in your head and so you won't forget them.
It's called ProtonMail. You should go there now
to sign up for an account and start using it. It's *very* simple to use, for example...
1) Give the person you want to send an e-mail to a secret word or phrase that will be *extremely* difficult for someone else to guess. You may have to tell them in person and in private or snail-mail it to them (I
would NOT use a phone if you are truly worried about your privacy).
2) Go to your ProtonMail account website and create the e-mail.
3) Send the e-mail. Done.
Your friend will get an e-mail with a link on it that takes them to the ProtonMail website where they enter the
password or phrase and if it's correct, it will automatically unencrypt the e-mail for them so they can read it.
Simple as that!
Now that that's out of the way, the next thing you need to do is tell Bill Gates to shove that expensive, virus
attracting, breaks-down-if-you-blink-at-it-wrong, PoS Microsoft operating system up his ass! You pay too much for it
when there are FREE operating systems that work as well or better.
Linux is one of those operating systems. Use something like Slackware, Salix,
Slackel, Crux, Vector or any of the BSD's if you're comfortable messing with the internals of an OS.
If you want to be able to 'just use' a Linux OS and try it out and it be 'easy' and have it sit on your hard drive next
to your regular OS, then something like an Ubuntu - any of them - will work fine.
Linux works no differently than the Microsoft Windows (98, XP, 7, 8, 8.1, whatever) already on your computer.
Don't be afraid to try it out. It's not what you may have heard about from years in the past. Linux has grown to
work just as easily as your Windows does now, except that you'll have far less troubles with it. As an example,
I can keep my system turned on and running for 3 or 4 months straight without ever have to reboot.
It's this simple - you click on things with your mouse, you do the same exact things you do now as you do on your
Windows, the *only* difference is the names of programs you might use and how and what programs you install.
For instance...Linux uses the same web browsers as Microsoft does except your Windows browser is Internet
Explorer (which is a useless piece of crap). On your Linux, you'll have a standard browser also, Konqueror or Firefox. And, just like on your Windows, you can also download and use any browser you want, Like Seamonkey,
Opera, Chrome, etc.
If you wanted to open your Firefox to surf the web, you'd simply click on it just exactly the same as you would
with your Microsoft system. For example, here's a picture of the Seamonkey browser that I happen to prefer and
use on my linux...
Now, let's say you want to listen to some music for a while. Okay, click on the menu button in the taskbar in the
lower left-hand corner of the screen, move the cursor to 'multimedia' and click on one of many music playing programs in the list. It will open up and you just go from there, just as you would with whatever music player there is in Microsoft. Here's my music player I prefer to use on my system. It's called Audacious...
Here's my desktop without any open programs. I have a directory (folder to you M$ users) that I have a bunch of
pictures I want the desktop to use as a sliding background. I have it set to randomly change pictures after any
amount of time I wish (I currently have it set to change background pictures every 21 minutes). You can also have as many or as few 'quick click' icons to programs you use on your desktop as you wish, just like with
Windows (notice I prefer a very minimum on my desktop background)...
Let's say you want to watch a downloaded movie or a DVD? No problem, just find the media player in the menu
you want to use and open it up and go from there (I have one of the media player programs in a small window
just for the snapshot, but it can be opened to full-screen)...
Another thing about Linux, is that 99.9% of the programs you use or download to try out or use, are just as
free as Linux itself!
Linux is no longer the 'scary monster that is for nerds only' that it once was many years ago. It's as easy to use
as your Microsoft or Mac machine, only it's safer because it doesn't have the viruses or malware or any of those
things that are constantly attacking Microsoft and Mac machines. Just look at it like this, most banks, and the backbone of the internet and anything else that needs to be secure, runs Linux.
So, if you find yourself curious now, and/or just simply fed up with fighting with your Windows system and its crashes and problems constantly and having to *pay* for every program you want to install or use *AND* pay for Microsoft Windows itself every time they come out with a new version, and you simply want to just get rid of the stress and have a computer that will 'Just Work', then go take a look at some of the different distributions
there are of Linux HERE.
Don't let the number of different kinds of Linux scare you. They all work the same, only some are made more for beginners or some are made more for those who don't mind typing commands once in a while, etc.
For the beginner, you could try Vector or openSUSE or Fedora or Mint. Look at it this way...if my 80 year old mom uses Linux, ANYONE can use it.
Any of these browsers are safer, more configurable and faster than Internet Explorer
and THEY'RE FREE!
OpenOffice is now at version 4.1.5! This is a FREE office suite that works as well as that
overpriced junk 'Microsoft Office' or 'Microsoft Works', and is more compatible with all the different
versions of those overpriced pieces of junk than Microsofts versions are with each other! So don't sit there and think about it, go get it and free yourself from the money-grubbing 'other' office suites!
Also, make sure you get it by downloading it ONLY from the *OFFICIAL* site by clicking on the picture below!
And if you run into problems with your OpenOffice, join OpenOffices mailing lists and/or go to the forums, or you can use this site as well: