Monday, October 24, 2016

Dropbox: A short(ish) tutorial

               Dropbox is one of many “cloud storage services” that offer to store your files in “the cloud.”  You can store documents, pictures, videos, and music in the free 2GB of space (can be increased to 2.5GB with some additional steps).  Dropbox can accessed by either going to their web site, and signing up or logging in (on any Internet connected computer), by using the Dropbox program (from the web site or, or by app (both Android and iOS).
                Slight tangent: What is “The Cloud?”  The cloud is just a way of saying non-local data storage.  Your data is stored on a distant computer.  It’s the same idea as web based email, such as Gmail and Yahoo.  You can store up to 25GB in Gmail, and other services offer varying amounts of storage.
                With Dropbox installed on your computer, you can tell it which folders and file you want to keep updated.  When you click and drag a folder or file to the Dropbox folder, which tells it to sync that item.  You can treat that folder just like any other folder, meaning that you can also copy it to your own local storage, such as an external hard drive.  You can even save files directly to Dropbox.
                The Dropbox acts just like any other folder on your computer.  You can copy, cut, paste or delete files as you see fit.  If you right-click on the file, you now have a “Copy Dropbox Link” item in the menu.

You can email this link, once pasted, to people.  They can only see that item, no others.
             In my Dropbox, I also have folders for pictures I’ve taken of my backyard, documents for the computers and classes, screenshots from car racing, and my stories.  Mini and Myrtle are my Chevy Cavaliers.
                You can use keyboard commands or the right-click menu to organize the files and create new folders, or delete folders and file you no longer want in Dropbox.

+C            Copy
+ X           Cut
+A            All Items
+V            Paste
+Z            Undo
+       Permanently remove item
F2                           Renames highlighted item

More commands:  

Monday, October 10, 2016

Streaming Audio

Radio and Audio Streaming Stations
October 2016
(For web browsers)

Call letters, location, number (if known), band, Home Page first, audio player links after.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, just the ones I’ve collected over the years.
Many stations also have apps, if you own a smartphone or tablet.  You can search the Google App Store or the Apple Store. And, yes, I like news. So there’s a bunch of AM stations.

AM Stations:
KFI, Los Angeles, 640 AM:  
CHED, Edmonton, 630 AM:
CFFR, Calgary, 660 AM:     
KGO, San Francisco, 810 AM:
KVEC, San Luis Obispo, 920 AM:
(has app)                                 
KNX, Los Angeles, 1070 AM:
KUHL, Santa Maria, 1440 AM:
WGCH, Greenwich, 1490 AM:
KNZR, Bakersfield, 1560 AM:
KLIV, San Jose, 1590 AM:    
KDMT, Denver, 1690 AM    

FM Stations:
KCRW, Los Angeles (89.9 FM, PBS)
KCBX, San Luis Obispo (90.1 FM, PBS):

Other Sources
Classic FM Radio Player:               
                (Can use any UK postcode for access, E4 0AD for example)
Coast Community Radio from Astoria, Oregon: (PBS)
Can use player on right, click on stations to play, might need to right-click to Run This Plugin, or click on the two icons for KMUN or KCPB. has an auto-running player and buttons for stations
Radio Le Mans, live audio of car racing from around the world:
Radio Live New Zealand:                   
Public Domain Classical and Jazz:     
Interlochen Public Radio’s Show Tunes, with Kate Botello:

Search for stations, genres
                These sites allow you to search for a station by call sign or genre.  There are hundreds (if not thousands) of stations carried by each.

Emergency Services:
Radio Reference, streaming scanner:
                SLO County feed:                   
Broadcastify: (has app)                        
NOAA Weather Radio:
                Monterey, CA                         
                Los Angeles, CA:                     
Weather Radio Stations:                     
Weather Underground: