Coyotes Spotted in Falcon, CO

It was around 10 O’clock at night when we first heard what sounded like kids screaming in the wetlands behind our house. Intrigued, I managed to capture the sound on my phone and compared it to animal sounds on Youtube. As I suspected, the screams were not from kids, but rather a small pack of coyotes, probably four or five in size. Having lived in Falcon, Colorado since 2002, this was the first time we had heard coyotes. We did have a fox living in the area that would scream…
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Affordable Healthcare Act is Destroying People’s Lives

The goodies (I say that sarcastically) in the Affordable Healthcare Act should come as no surprise to those who can read and don’t follow lock-and-step with what their government tells them. Especially this one. Many had been warning the public about this disaster for years and still very few listened. Or, they just ignored the issue thinking it can’t be as bad as the naysayers are making it out to be. We’re only a month into this nightmare and Freddy Kruger is gaining strength. Sadly, it’s about to get a…
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It’s Time to Encrypt EMail, IM, and Voice

Two things lead to the creation of this entry 1) various companies and the Federal Government are both collecting and storing my personal data, 2) I recently purchased a new Galaxy S4 and was alarmed at how much information the phone was spewing into the digital aether. Google+ was extremely concerning as it was syncing my contacts, locations visited, email, photos, IMs, and a ton of other stuff back to Google. The damn thing figured out where I lived on its own by simply calculating where my phone spent most…
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Android: International Travel with Wifi Only

I’m about to head off for some international travel to the “land down under” (Australia) and I want to make sure I don’t get pummeled with a huge phone bill upon my return. Why would I have a huge bill? Well, the Galaxy S4 (and any smartphone for that matter) all use quite a bit of data. Even when you aren’t actively using the phone, there is a lot of chatter taking place in the background such as software updates, “phoning home”, cloud-syncs, weather applications, stock widgets, pushes, pulls, email,…
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Are There More Tornadoes Due to Global Warming?

The recent outbreak of large and destructive tornadoes in the mid-west has a lot of folks speculating that perhaps global warming or climate change is the cause, but caution must be taken before making such correlations. Although the average number of tornadoes reported each year has in fact increased, this does not mean there are any more tornadoes now than in years past. That may sound contradictory, but a lot has changed in recent years that allows meteorologists to better detect and categorize tornadoes. In the last few years, there…
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Do We Now Live In a Police State?

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Holy crap! I don’t live in Boston, but when I woke up the next day and watched the Boston Bomber manhunt on re-released video footage, I would have guessed I was watching a video feed from the streets of Iraq. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The firepower and the military grade equipment deployed in civilized Bostonian neighborhoods was reminiscent of a war zone. There where perhaps 20 armor-plated Humvee’s, armor plated command posts, armor plated sniper turrets, hundreds of police officers, ATF agents, FBI agents, local police, SWAT, grenades ……
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Enable SSH on Cisco Switches

It’s probably best to use SSH these days when logging into a network switch. Telnet is enabled by default, but is less secure because the password is sent in clear-text. To enable SSH on a Cisco switch, perform the following steps: conf t aaa new-model username password crypto key generate rsa (Choose the bit size for the key) ip ssh time-out 60 ip ssh authentication-retries 2 ip ssh v2 line vty 0 15 transport input ssh exit wr NOTE: You must have an IOS which supports SSH loaded on the…
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