Category Archives: making life easier

service: How to filter content @ home?

1st off, the best filter? The gift of some sort of fire/love inside your heart and mind that keeps you headed where you want to be going. Yes, a higher power or at least a belief in something good if not someone. See 2014-04-05 for one example, i #believe it. But I do not judge atheists. We’re all in this together, our shared humanity.

2nd, as a “fire line” so to speak, set up a filter on your home router! Why? No matter whether someone connects on your Wifi or if they plug a cable in at home, they will be protected/filtered.

How?
Get either A.) an expensive pro-consumer or business style router where it gives you such fine-tuned Admin controls, or
B.) get a decent home router where you can add in software that does such excellent filtering.

I recommend choice B.

Really? Yes, and on choice B.) you can even go super easy with OpenDNS, they have a free service plan, where you can create custom blacklists or whitelists. Side-tangent fun thought? Imagine if you had a cool whitelist at your home for your family. You could make a game for the children to see if they can discover the sites on your whitelist. Like maybe a top 5 sites-of-the-day whitelist for when you at least temporarily need to be really focused and not surfing just for fun. 🙂 But I digress.

AND for the filtering that I am even more excited about — you just install something like OpenWRT or Tomato on your router and then you get very cool administrator(think “parental”) controls.

Would love to either set it up for you at your home OR walk you through remotely via Zoom or any other videoconf app like Meet or Teams or Facetime. Let me know, please. Would love to develop this as a skill while serving whatever you need. I already have been using OpenDNS for years, and I also have played around with OpenWRT on my home router a little.

P.S. Will give you a great discount here with the holi-days like Christmas/Hannukah/New Years 2021. Starting @ $15/hr.

Let me know, gracias,

Roger Brown @ 801-356-1032 or [email protected]

P.P.S. you can also set controls on a per-device basis. So for example Johanna’s filters are different than Rubio’s based on maturity, etc.. Time limits/controls too. Very cool stuff. Hit me up!

diversity of heart or thoughts?

Outward diversity vs. inward diversity? Can we be different on our outsides yet unified on our insides? Is diversity good when there are at least 5 different ways to add up two of the numbers from 1 to 9 in order to get 10 total? Is diversity of thought bad when we’re pulling in different directions?

Just some quick thoughts. I think I like the feeling of outward vs. inward. “The Lord looketh on the heart”. Somewhere in the historical record of the Old Testament. It really is true. Thank you ^^^

Conflict IS …

Conflict? Disagreement. Contention? Love?

Conflict: Can it be ok if hearts are right/honest? If you see something or need something can one say something, but not with overbearance, right? With patience in the heart not just in the mind. But it’s ok to try with the mind until your heart catches up, right?

Disagreement? Likewise.

Therefore, a honest difference of opinion does not have to equal contention.

Can equal understanding better.
Can equal finding common ground.
Can equal an unintentional building on shared beliefs. (everybody has beliefs no mater what your faith is in, whether a higher power / person(s) or things or ideas)

Love.

Pray for it. I must. May we all.

graphic by Tim Houlihan via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

How to Take a picture of what’s on your screen?!

Trying to show someone what’s on your screen?!  Frustrated because you don’t know how.  Well here you go:

  • Windows — use “Snipping Tool”;
    you can find it on your Start Menu, OR by pressing the ‘windows’ button towards the bottom left of your keyboard.
  • Mac laptop/desktop (MacOS) — use __ or the keyboard combos for it — Shift-Command-3 or Shift-Command-4;
    or search for it via Spotlight (little magnifying glass at top right) – search for “Screenshot.”1
  • Android — press the buttons for ‘down volume’ and ‘power’ at the same time.  Then let go.
  • iPhone/iPad’s (iOS) — press the ‘side button’ and ‘volume up’ buttons at the same time.  Then let go.
  • Linux/BSD/GNU — search for and/or install the “Screenshot” app.

There you go, now you can Save it and then Share it with yourself or friends!

#1 – Couldn’t remember the name of the Mac app but I found it at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201361

Need a screenshot? Am loving Firefox’s built-in tool.

Just wanted to do a micro-blog post here about the Screenshotting tool in Firefox.  I love it!  Screenshots from websites are what I mostly do so having it right in the browser instead of having to do a keyboard combo on Mac or open Snipping Tool on Windows makes it really convenient.  It has a page block or element feature that is better than any screen shot tool/app that I’ve seen so far.  Thank you,  Mozilla Foundation!