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Computer Log #20 for April 1, 2010

Today the Internet is one of the most powerful tools that an individual has access to. The Internet is the best place to say your mind or communicate your ideas. You can speak either pro or con on any subject you want to using the many different forums available. If you cannot find a forum, you can make your own. You can design your own network and no one can say how that you build it is right or wrong. I built a network to bypass the local phone company in order to get real good hi-speed Internet to my shop. The only issues you have to contend with is the “Terms of Service” any up-stream provider or Internet service provider has. You can setup or not set up security on your system, that is your choice, but any user who does not set up some sort of security is doing it at their own peril.

Any laws that the Internet may have is basic common sense stuff, like “Piracy” and other ways of stealing software. You also cannot use the net to steal movies, you will get caught sooner or later. But your freedom of speech is protected by our “US Constitution”. The last presidential election showed how the Internet can be used to get votes. If the Republican Party had used the net to it's fullest, we may have had a different result.

Today we can make our own Internet Radio or TV station with little more than a basic hi speed connection and a single computer. You can see TV stations from all over the world now from sites like and Some countries are trying to limit access to the Internet because of the free and open speech that is available. I personally praised on their stand against search results in China. I like to view and at times used their live stream to see something I am interested in, like the last “Consumer Electronics Show” which I watched up in Buffalo on my iPhone connected to the Verizon Network.

You can use the Internet to make free calls from one computer to another or if you pay as little as $30 a year you can dial any land-line free in Canada and the US. A number of new providers of telephone service can offer to move your existing number from a land-line to a service like Time Warner, Vonage, Tango, and others to save money on the service over what a land-line (telephone) cost.

Some think the Internet is the “Wild West” and it may be, but all it takes is common sense in using this exciting resource. If you invent the next great application or website like Google, Twitter or You Tube , good for you, and you may make millions if not billions of dollars down the pike. This is all up you and being 20+ or 70+ does not matter if you come up with an idea that will fly. Bill Gates started Microsoft when he was 20+ and Steve Jobs invented the iPhone when he was 50. And never think it is impossible, it is not. Gene Roddenberry, famous screenwriter and producer of the 'Star Trek” series, as far as I am concerned invented the concept of the flip phone, the Flash Drive, touch screens and many other devices. Most of the hi-tech inventors and computer geeks we have today are “Trekies” including yours truly. I wish you all good luck if you do hit it right.

Franklin S Werren is a computer technician and runs Chautauqua Lake Hosting and Franks Radio in Sherman NY. And can be found on the web at and via e-mail at or and yes I do play the Bagpipes.

Disclaimer: “Franklin S Werren” or the “Chautauqua Star” have not received any money or promotional items in anything talked about in this column.

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