Global Skywatch

Ted’s essays

website security and reliability

In February I changed hosting services. That took a lot more learning than I expected. It also had a large number of failures before my perseverance finally resolved the myriad details that had to be addressed exactly so. Even before I finally achieved the reliability in presentation and fluid ability to post new articles to my sites, I began getting messages suggesting I really, really ought to convert to the more secure access offered by “HTTPS”, as opposed to unsecured plain HTTP. Enter, once again, more details that I did not know and had to learn about. Today I think my websites are reliably, consistently up on HTTPS with improved security for thee and me. To take advantage of that, […]

driven … by what?

From Basics of Resistance by Claire Wolff and Kit Perez: “Every person is driven, at the core, by a deep-seated need. An individual may crave acceptance, love, power, money, recognition, honor, or something else. In many cases, people don’t know themselves well enough to know what their primal drive is, or they tend to see their drive as solely positive. They might think their drive is “to serve” or to “stand up for liberty,” but these aren’t primal drives; those desires are driven by underlying primal drives. To reach the core, we need to ask ourselves why, enough times to that everything is stripped down to basic elements.” Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Hmmm, I’m not sure it is […]

between Internet providers

My transition is nearing completion. I think I have done my part correctly and completely. I am told it takes 24 to 48 hours for the changes to populate The World Wide Web. My websites seem very fast and responsive compared to what they have been. The potential improvement in service and reliability is exciting to me. My e-mail accounts are not all working. I keep testing. All can send. Not all receive yet. I am hoping that final part is complete by this evening.

I’m back

I am sorry for the dearth of posts in the last several days. For the second time in my life, I changed webhosts. Though this was much better than the last one, it was not easy for one who really does not speak the language. I am not quite done with the process, but very close. One thing I think you might notice is the speed. I’ll talk more about my new host when the dust settles. I think I will be giving them a rave review and suggesting them for anyone needing a host. But only after the dust of construction settles down.

website traffic

I have not looked for a long time at the statistics maintained by my web hosting service. Wow! I am very pleasantly surprised … impressed even. Thank you for stopping by. Your visits to my pages are both rewarding and inspiring. I’ll keep up my end of the deal as best I can. December 2017 statistics: Average number of visits per day = 332 Average number of pages viewed per day = 895 Average website hits per day = 1121 Over 400 of those visits lasted more than a half hour. As I said, I have not been looking at these stats for a long time. I had not noticed the growth. It now is unsurprising that my websites got […]

reaching down deep

I was a tiny guy in high school; had more or less stopped growing in 5th grade. But Dad taught me to play tennis … well enough to be third on the tennis team out of 3,000 kids in my high school. Amusingly, the big, muscle-bound, power-lifter coach who drew the short straw and had to “coach” the tennis team took turns playing against all of us. I was the only one who beat him … because he expected his opponents to follow his coaching instructions while I was rebellious enough to put the ball where he didn’t expect it… over and over … he never could catch on. It wasn’t important to me, but tennis came easy enough and […]

status report – comms and relatives

Coming soon … My main desk and radio table are set up. My 12-volt panel, batteries and terminal junction are set up. My 2-meter and GMRS (short range county-wide) radios are on the air. Yesterday I got a 3/4″ copper pipe RF ground from the shack wall behind my radios via 3 soldered elbows to the surface of the ground outside. I want to extend the pipe much further across the yard, and bury it as soon as the earth thaws. I previously installed a multi-strand heavy (I think #6, maybe #2) cable from a common post near the radios, out and onto a grounding stake. I anticipate setting up multiple grounds and trying each individually and in combinations, […]

my pleasure

Visitors to my website might assume I enjoy political activism, truth telling, railing against The Man and such. Not so much. I hate bullies. I do what I can to thwart them. But it is not for fun. Knowing who is doing what to destroy us and the Earth is the first step in fighting them off. I don’t know if we can win, but we most certainly cannot without a whole lot more people knowing what they are up to, and who they are. That is my chosen role. Again, not that I like it. More that it chose me, or I was chosen to play it. Now what I LIKE TO DO. I built this. I designed it. […]