Saturday, August 30, 2008

Magazine Article about Free Software

Our second article in print! The FMCA's September issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine includes "Free Computer Tools for Travelers" by Chris Guld. It's not the cover article like our first one was back in March - but it's in there. In order to read the article on FMCA's website, you need to be a member and have a password. Of course, if you have a motorhome - you should be a member! It's only $45 for a year, so go ahead and join.

I have also posted a companion piece on our other blog - WiFiSavvy: Free Computer Tools for Travelers. This is a list of links to all the software mentioned ... that's something you can't do in print!

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

We stay at a RV Park in Florida for 3 months that does not have free WiFi. I get both cable tv & internet, I connect with a wireless router that I leave open … to let those around me use it. My laptop is protected with both a virus protection and a software firewall (MaAfee Security Center). The laptop is probably off more than it is on. How much security risk do I have by leaving the router open? I notice when I was parked near you once, you did not leave your router open.

Illinois Snowbird

Chris said...

The main reason we keep ours 'closed' (meaning you need to know the password in order to use our Internet connection) is to prevent other from using too much of our bandwidth - we have a limit, and if we go over our limit we get shut down. Otherwise, it's just general security - if it's wide open, people might even connect to it unintentionally when they meant to connect to something else. And, since we do share printers and files with our wireless network - we think it's important to know who is connecting to us. We often give out our password to those around us - we're happy to share, just want to know about it.

Chris said...

Oh - and another thing ...you say that the park does not have free WiFi. Does that mean they have a fee-based WiFi? If so, your wide open network is kind of like handing out free food in a restaurant. Frowned upon by the WiFi vendor.

Anonymous said...

Yikes, Chris!

Did you really accept payment for your piece and then post it for free somewhere else? Is that kosher?

Chris said...

Dear anonymous - what I sold to FMCA was 'First Rights.' I still own the article. But,thanks for the heads-up on how this appears. We love FMCA and they have been very good to us. To avoid the appearance of impropriety, I will take my copy down, just leaving a list of links. That was my main reason for posting it in the first place.

Chris said...

Dear anonymous - what I sold to FMCA was 'First Rights.' I still own the article. But,thanks for the heads-up on how this appears. We love FMCA and they have been very good to us. To avoid the appearance of impropriety, I will take my copy down, just leaving a list of links. That was my main reason for posting it in the first place.