All About Being On line:
Welcome to the world wide web. Within this realm of virtual space you can buy anything, sell services and objects of desire. You can pay your bills, while working for a company half way around the world, without even getting out of bed. The Internet provides you with entertainment, information, education and even help you find the love of your life. And it can ruin your life.
All you need for this modern marvel is a few wires, a power source, some basic equipment, and access.
Your Operating System:
There are four main operating systems on the internet. The most likely one you are using right now to read this is made by Microsoft. The other most likely one you could be using is made by Macintosh, and finally some of you have the most secure one for free, it’s called Linux. There is also another which is very close to Linux, it’s called Unix, and the service provider you use to get on the internet is likely using it.
Now it turns out that you can have two operating systems on the same computer. The people that make a version of Linux called Ubuntu also make what is called a port, called Wubi. Which is a Windows based program. The reason I am plugging Wubi is because a lot of the Linux based programs are security related, and they are free. (Including the OS)
One other side note. If you have to option between choosing an ISP which provides access to USENET service, and they also allow access to the entire ALT hierarchy, take that service over others. I’ll explain why as well in a bit.
Wifi Hot Spots:
Now, I’m sure that by now you are making plans to get out of the city, if you haven’t done so already. Many survivalists/preppers have decided that bugging out at the 11th hour is not an option. Just because you are in the country and off the beaten path, does not mean there are no wifi hot spots around. Most truck stops across North America also have wifi, so you should be able to connect to the internet from here, as well as most hotels. Sometimes you have to pay a small fee for these, but most of the time you can find access, anonymously, that will allow you to send and receive data. There are a lot of open wifi links out there, used often by truckers to access the internet, but moving your truck around even a parking lot to find the best signal can be a real pain. I strongly recommend that you put the investment into a wifi detector.
Ham Radio Access:
Survivalists and Preppers alike prefer to do things themselves, this includes their communication needs, a short wave radio receiver is essential to getting world wide news and information. Beyond the receiving end of things with radio, is the ability to send information, and mere voice isn’t always enough. Enter in packet radio. Packet radio transmissions are a process in which signals are sent representing the entire ASCII code, this code is translated into radio and back into ASCii code using a device called a terminal node controller. The TNC enables the Ham Radio operator to use the radio waves as an open line to the world for their computer by converting the tones into packets of information that a modem can understand. This provides the Ham Radio operator the ability to connect his computer and use it for for electronic mail, message transmission, emergency communications, and linking incoming transmittance to the internet.
This post was last updated on: January 12 2015 16:53:48
Dan is a Linux geek who still writes in BASH for fun, a scripting language used by UNIX & Linux to run back end processes. He has spent the last 20+ years actively learning and writing, about the self-reliance lifestyle.
Dan grew up in Toronto, Ontario and met his wife Carol of 25 years. They moved to the outskirts of Vancouver, British Columbia in the early ‘90’s where they raised four sons. Now a new grandfather, he is more than ever inspired to help educate people to properly prepare for emergencies.