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 61 Lake Shore Road, Natick MA 01760-2099, U.S.A.
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Lake Cochituate     Welcome to MMS, on Lake Cochituate in Natick, Massachusetts! We use Free, Open-Source Software (FOSS, including the Ubuntu flavor of GNU/Linux) to empower our clients and the community in which we live. If you live near us, visit the monthly FOSS User Group that we lead in Natick.

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Techie links from Miller Microcomputer Services:
Who are we?
"MMS, Forth, Linux, and Fotoxx" (October 2011 talk)
MMS offers cost-effective alternative Software Solutions for your needs
Why GNU/Linux/FOSS?
Linux/Unix/FOSS Resources
Subscribe to the MMS FOSS/Linux e-mail list!
MMS FOSS (Free, Open-Source Software) talk
FOSS User Group at Natick Community/Senior Center
On-Line Tour of Ubuntu Linux
MMS offers Custom Applications in MS-Access (Windows) and MySQL (Windows and Linux).
MMS offers Website design and development.
MMS offers cost-effective PC Hardware selection and maintenance; Which Linux Computer?
MMS Client Messages - Killer shopping deals and more, for $25/year.
MMSFORTH and Forth books, Forth Links for programmers
Ordering: Shipping/Handling, Payment, etc.
Internet Resources and Threats
And Other Threatening Computer Technologies
And Other Cool Computer Technologies
Computer History
Computer Programming Lanuages
Computer Tidbits
Techie Comics/Humor

Otherwise links from Dick and Jill Miller:
Bicycle and Pedestrian
Environment Resources
Getting Personal
Folk Songs
Back When
General Look-Up
Opinion (and Dick Miller's Money Is Not Wealth)
The Printed Word
The Camera's Eye
Arts and Crafts
Fun and Games
Political Comics
Where are we?
And when?
E-mail Lists, Addresses and URL change information, Web-site corrections, etc.

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Techie links from Miller Microcomputer Services:
Who are we? Including MMSFORTH, DATAHANDLER-PLUS and RapidFile
"MMS, Forth, Linux, and Fotoxx" (October 2011 MIT talk to Boston Linux & Unix User Group; 0:00-0:30 MMS and computer history; 0:34 FOSS User Group; 0:37 Fotoxx design and use)
MMS offers cost-effective alternative Software Solutions for your needs, in Windows, Linux, and both. Datamation's Ultimate List of Open Source Software
Why GNU/Linux/FOSS? WinXP > Linux (A.R.Miller, 2014), Still Running WinXP? (Ubuntu poster), Get GNU/Linux!, The Story of Linux (video, 4 min.), Linux Foundation Brochure, What the Tech Industry Has Learned from Linus Torvalds (Jim Zemlin, TedX video, 18 min.), How Linux Is Built (video, 3 min.), The Ubuntu Story, Four Out Of Five Developers Now Use Open Source (2014), Who's writing Linux today? Capitalists (2015), As Open Source Goes Mainstream, Institutions Collaborate Differently (2014), Goodbye, Microsoft, Windows vs Linux: The 2015 VersionIs Windows 8 a Trojan horse for the NSA? The German Government thinks so (2013), Close Windows, Open Doors, An introduction to Linux for Windows users (2015), My Government Is Software-Stupid, Avoid Microsoft, The Halloween Documents (Eric S. Raymond, 1998), Why Linux Is Better, Ten Reasons For Businesses To Dump Windows And Use Linux, Dear Computer Makers: I Want an Ubuntu Notebook!, Life after Windows XP: How a Business can Move to Linux (2013), Security: Linux, OS X, Unix and Malware (Viruses), SchNEWS intro to GNU/Linux, Why A Devout Capitalist Loves Free Software, Using Linux is Like Having a Beard and a Pipe, IBM's Billion-Dollar Bet (2001), The Impact of Open Source on Business and Social Good, Jim Zemlin to Wall Street: Why open source will lead the way (2014), IP protection hurting, not helping, US and UK (Matt Asay, 2013), Lobbying for open source and Linux in schools, Open source in higher education: how far have we come?, After The Software Wars (free book download), Who Uses Linux?94 Percent of the World's Top 500 Supercomputers Run Linux, The Cathedral and the Bazaar (Eric Raymond, 1997), The Hacker Spirit at MIT (Richard Stallman, 1999), Open Source And Economics, Family Guide to Digital Freedom, Linux Base (2005), Unix As Literature, Why Open Source misses the point of Free Software (Richard Stallman. 2007), Interview with Linus Torvalds (2008), Interview with Linus Torvalds (2011), Interview with Linus Torvalds (2014), Interview with Richard Stallman (2011), Collaboration, Innovation, and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Bob Young, founder of Red Hat Linux, 2011), Why (and How) Google's Corporate Desktops Use Ubuntu Linux (2012), Why your company should contribute to open source, Mozilla "Get Involved!" video, UK Government Service Design Manual prefers Open-Source Software (2013), Thoughts on Open Innovation (Openforum Academy e-Book, 2013), Teaser for SoftwareWars, Why the Windows software system is slower than others (2014).
Linux/Unix/FOSS Resources:  Linux (Wikipedia), Meet Ubuntu Linux, 29 Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation, 30 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu, Future Ubuntu on Tablet, Phone, TV (Mark Shuttleworth, 6-min. video), Fix Ubuntu (search privacy), Firefox/New Features, LibreOffice/New Features, LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice, "History of FOSS", 40 Years of UNIX, The GNU Project, The GNU Manifesto turns thirty (New Yorker, 2015), Richard Stallman and Gnu: toward the post-scarcity world (2013), A Technical History of Linux, Memorable Linux Milestones, The early days of Linux, The "Who Wrote Linux" Kerfuffle (Andrew Tannenbaum, 2004), Who Writes Linux (2012 report by The Linux Foundation), The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix (Warren Toomey, 2011), GNU/Linux  Distribution Timeline, How the 9 major tenets of the Linux philosophy affect you, What's In A Linux Name?, Unix and Linux Search Tool, Ubuntu Search Tool, Cheat Sheets, Getting Starting With Ubuntu 14.04, TuxArena's Introduction to Linux and Ubuntu 14.04, Intro to Ubuntu Unity 12.10 (and Dream Studio; 10-min. video), Full Circle Magazine (Ubuntu Linux),, GetDeb (repository for independent Ubuntu apps), Handy Tutorial (apps for Ubuntu and Win7), Easy Linux Tips Project, Psychocat's Ubuntu Linux Resources, How to Avoid Breaking Ubuntu, A brief history of Linux malware, Linux Malware And Antivirus, Linux Malware vs Phishing Schemes, Ubuntu for Developers, Encourage PC vendors to distribute a usable free operating system (Consumers International, 2012), Linux System Administration, LPI Certification Level 1 manual, GrokLaw, Standards and Open-Source Software, Linux Cheat Sheet, the Linux Command Line, Mastering the Linux Shell, Evolution of shells in Linux, Linux Group Tests, LXer Linux NewsLinux Weather Forecast, (was, FOSS Podcasts (on-line radio), Free Linux Books, FLOSS Manuals (Free Manuals for Free Software), A Free, Libre and Open Glossary
Subscribe to the MMS FOSS/Linux e-mail list!
MMS FOSS (Free, Open-Source Software) talk (This .odp file can be read with LibreOffice et al). MMS can present to your group!
FOSS User Group at Natick Community/Senior Center (with Dick and Jill Miller of MMS) and Archive
On-Line Tour of Ubuntu Linux
MMS offers Custom Applications in MS-Access (Windows) and MySQL (Windows and Linux).
MMS offers Website design and development. (See sample site).
MMS offers cost-effective PC Hardware selection and maintenance; Which Linux Computer? (Dick Miller, MMS)
MMS Client Messages - Killer shopping deals and more, for $25/year.
MMSFORTH and Forth books, Forth Links for programmers
Ordering: Shipping/Handling, Payment, etc.
Internet Resources and Threats: DuckDuckGo, DuckDuckGo (May 2014 redesign) Compared to Google, Bing, Yandex, Evi, Blekko, Wolfram-Alpha, The Wayback Machine, Tineye Reverse Image Search, Google Ultimate Interface, Google Search alternatives (and more alternatives), Fix Ubuntu (search privacy), You’re being followed! How to block Web tracking (2013), Email Self-Defense (FSF, 2014), Add-ons that help browsers block Web trackers, Smart Online Shopping (Bob Rankin), Free Wi-Fi Hotspots, A Primer on How to Work With the Usenet Community, Better than Cyber Utopia: How the Internet Helped Us Create the Sharing Economy, The End of the Internet?, How Jimmy Wales’ Wikipedia Harnessed the Web as a Force for Good, Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality, by Tim Berners-Lee (Sci.Am., Dec. 2010), Holding Broadband Providers to Account: A Consumer Advocacy Manual (Consumers International, 2012; free eBook), Capping the Nation’s Broadband Future? Dwindling competition fuels rise of costly and restrictive Internet usage caps, Big Deal, Big Money (Common Cause and Symbolia, 2013), Why the government should provide internet access (Mar. 2014), Why — and when — net neutrality is important (Woody Leonhard, 2014), Internet Public LibraryRefDeskGoogle Guide, Alexa Top 500 Global Web SitesISPs, Privacy, Test your IPv6 connectivity, Slowest Link, Internet Speed Test (RCN, "Connect directly to cable modem."), Internet Speed Test (, Internet, Internet Speed Test (AuditMyPC), Internet Speed Test (, Is My Blog Working?,, Internet Web Server Monitoring Tool, TCP/IP Optimization Test, ShieldsUp! Probes Your Internet Firewall, Google Search-Patterns Report, Traffic Report (world Internet health), Traffic Report (US Internet health), Akamai's State of the Internet Report, Security: Linux, OS X, Unix and Malware (Viruses), Readily-available tools crack WiFi passwords, Password Reuse (xkcd),, IP Number Space Animation, Internet Topology, Atlas of Cyberspaces, Spam Report, Spyware, Crimeware and Phishing Map, IPViking Attacks Map, Attacks Report, Internet Storm Center, McAfee Virus Info, ZombieMeterTrends in Badware 2007, Botnets: The Ramnit Example (2015), The Best of Strangers: Context Dependent Willingness to Divulge Personal Information, Snapchat Can’t Stop the Parasite Apps That Screw Its Users (Wired, 2014), Scammed on Craigslist!,, Microsoft admits to being hacked, too, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace (John Perry Barlow, 1996), New Breed of Banking Malware Hijacks Text Messages (2013), The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next ("Fingerprinting"; Forbes, 2013), BIOS Rootkit Implant Debuts at CanSecWest (Threatpost, 2015), The Year Data Went Worldwide (Tim Berners-Lee, 2010), The Open-Data Handbook, Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality (Tim Berners-Lee, 2010), Freedom on the Net (2011), Beware Online Filter Bubbles (Eli Pariser, TED Talk, 2011), Click Like You Give a Damn; Clicking is a Public Act! by Sally Kohn (BrainPickings and TED, 2014), Internet Privacy: Resist the Temptations of the Cloud! (Richard Stallman, 2011), FBI seizes Web hosting company's servers (2011), The SPI Show (U.S. Dept. of Defense), Traveling Light in a Time of Digital Thievery (Nicole Perlroth, NY Times, 2012), Don't be a Petraeus: A Tutorial on Anonymous Email Accounts (EFF, 2012), Inside Strongbox, the Hyper-Secure Inbox Built by Aaron Swartz (2014), Surveillance Self-Defense (EFF), How to Surf the Web Anonymously (How Stuff Works), How Google Dominates Us (2011), The Personal Computer Is Dead (Jonathan Zittrain, 2011), Learning, Freedom and the Web (Mozilla eBook, 2012), Lawmakers Release Information About How Data Brokers Handle Consumers’ Personal Information (US Rep. Ed Markey et al, 2012), The Net Closes Around Us (Matthew Harwood and Catherine Crump; Tomgram, 2014), The Real Story of Stuxnet (IEEE Spectrum, 2013), Stuxnet's Secret Twin (2013), The Internet Is A Surveillance State (Bruce Schneier, 2013), The Devil’s in the Cloud: Our Headlong Rush into Ultimate Cybersecurity Vulnerability, by Andy Updegrove (2013), Do Cloud Right: What Not To Trust (, 2013), Don't Put Your Trust in the Cloud; Canada doesn't (2014), Skype with care - Microsoft is reading everything you write (2013), U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program (The Washington Post, 2013), Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations (Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian, 2013), Silent War (Vanity Fair, 2013), What the NSA can do with “big data” (Ars Technica, 2013), How the NSA Scours Internet Traffic in the U.S. (Wall Street Journal, 2013), The US government has betrayed the internet ("We need to take it back. The NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. We engineers built the internet – and now we have to fix it.", Bruce Schneier, 2013), N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens (NY Times, 2013), How to remain secure against NSA surveillance (Bruce Schneier, 2013), A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering - and how the RSA pseudo-random number generator was compromised by NSA in 2006 (Matthew Green, 2013), NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users (Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian, 2013), NSA targets the privacy-conscious via Tor (DasErste, 2014), Less-Independence Day 2014 (Dick Miller), Why should you trust Google, Facebook more than the NSA?, Big Brother Needs Your Help Tagging People in Facebook pics! (Bob Rankin, 2013), Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here’s How They Did It. (Wired, 2013), Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit (Spiegel Online, 2013), U.S. judge rules phone surveillance program is likely unlawful (Reuters, 2013, and the actual Klayman vs. Obama ruling), DEA Discloses Bulk Surveillance of Americans’ International Phone Calls (ACLU, 2015), This Week, Mass Surveillance Wins (NY Times, 2013), Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished (Washington Post, 2013), Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower (NY Times Editorial Board, 2014), The NSA is Making Us All Less Safe (EFF, 2013), Cracked Credibility (Economist, 2013), NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption (Washington Post, 2014), What The Intelligence Community Doesn't Get: Backdoor For 'The Good Guys' Is Always A Backdoor For The 'Bad Guys' As Well (Techdirt, 2014), How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet (Wired, 2014),  Ten Myths About the NSA, Debunked. You can't opt out. (Nation, 2014), Full Disclosure; The Internet Dark Age (2014), How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware (The Intercept, 2014), Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer (Wired, 2014), A Close Look at Quantum, the NSA’s Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool (Wired, 2014), An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web (TheGuardian, 2014), A Google Site Meant to Protect You Is Helping Hackers Attack You (Wired, 2014), Ed Snowden: Here's how we take back the Internet (TEDtalk, 2014), The Promise of a New Internet (The Atlantic, 2014); World War Zero: How Hackers Fight to Steal Your Secrets (Time, 2014), Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans (Washington Post, 2014).
s And Other Threatening Computer Technologies: Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age' (BBC, 2015), Know Your Digital Rights (EFF), Destroying The Right To Be Left Alone (ACLU, 2013), Open letter to CEO of Google Inc. from CEO of Axel Springer, Germany's largest publisher (2013),, Access To Knowledge (A2K) In The Age Of Intellectual Property (MIT Press, 2010; free eBook), Radical Librarianship: Ensuring Patrons' Electronic Privacy (Popular Resistance, 2014), Moving toward a sustainable ecological science: don't let data go to waste! (Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, 2013), Over-writing won't sanitize your hard drive, Readily-available tools crack WiFi passwords, 10 Ways We Are Being Tracked, Traced, and Databased (2010), Meet KeySweeper, the $10 USB charger that steals MS keyboard strokes (2015), Samsung Ad Injections Perfectly Illustrate Why I Want My 'Smart' TV To Be As Dumb As Possible (2015), U.S. Embedded Spyware Overseas, Report Claims (NY Times, 2015), Test for Verizon's Privacy-Killing Perma-Cookie (Wired, 2014), Government Surveillance in Massachusetts (ACLUM, 2010), I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling (2013), A few security lessons from the Target breach (Windows Secrets, 2014), Five Ways the Government Spies on You (2011), NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show (2013), Government Surveillance of Occupy Movement, Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?, The Government is Profiling You: William Binney, former NSA (MIT, 2012), Stallman: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand? (Wired, 2013), Hard to Crack: The Government’s Encryption Conundrum (New Yorker, 2013), Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy (Eben Moglen in Guardian, 2014), A UN Privacy Watchdog? (2015), Spy-Proofing Your Mobile Devices (Bob Rankin, 2014), Are Drones Watching You?, New surveillance technology can track everyone in an area for several hours at a time, Ruling on sharper satellite images poses a privacy problem we can no longer ignore (Directions Magazine, 2014), Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system, NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds? (Slashdot, June 2013), The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say), N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers (NY Times, 2014), Denying domestic spying & dossiers on Americans: Does NSA Chief play word games?, Judge disarms Patriot Act proviso (2004), You May Not Like Weev, But Your Online Freedom Depends on His Appeal (2013), ISP Would Shield Users From Government Surveillance, The Surveillance-Marketing Complex, Coming Soon to a Computer Near You, Who's Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer's Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition, 1 million iOS device IDs leaked after alleged FBI laptop hack; hackers claim they have 11M more, Eavesdropping Antennas Can Steal Your Smart Phone's Secrets, Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls (Popular Science, 2014), The Dark Side of 'Smart' Meters (and Cell Towers), Smart Meter Attack Scenarios, Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems (Slashdot, 2014), Is Your Car Vulnerable to Hackers? (2015), Travelling Internationally with Encrypted Data, Don't Break the Internet (Stanford Law Review, Dec. 2011) and the preceding "Napolitano letter" (Sandia National Laboraories, Nov. 2011), 3 Ways Facebook Plans to Exploit Users (Feb. 2012), Why I'm quitting Facebook (2013), Lockdown: The Coming War on General-Purpose Computing (Cory Doctorow, 2012), Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary (Ars Technica, 2013), Microsoft makes it hard with UEFI/"Secure Boot", Coreboot: the Solution to the UEFI/"Secure Boot" Fiasco, Secure Boot and Restricted Boot, Is Windows 8 a Trojan horse for the NSA? The German Government thinks so (2013), Re-examining Dropbox and its alternatives, U.S. Patent Office helps Apple force Google, Samsung to downgrade Galaxy Nexus, The Case Against Patents (Research Division, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2012), Professors’ Letter in Support of Patent Reform Legislation (November 2013), Our single market is crying out for copyright reform, by Neelie Kroes (Information Influx International Conference, Amsterdam; 2014), Here’s why Obama trade negotiators push the interests of Hollywood and drug companies (Washington Post, 2013), Meet the nice-guy lawyers who want $1,000 per worker for using scanners, Is This the End of Anonymity? (Google Glass), MIT releases open-source software that reveals invisible motion and detail in video (Eulerian Video Magnification/EVM), "Wi-Vi" uses low-power Wi-Fi signal to track moving humans behind walls, Awesome 3D Printers for Everyone, The Era of the Open Source Gun, My Phone Is Mocking Me (Chuck Lorre), Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary; Android is open—except for all the good parts, Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it. Rights warriors enraged by ad giant's 180-degree spin on permissions filter, What happens with digital rights management in the real world? DRM is one of the most salient, and least understood, facts about technology in the contemporary world (Cory Doctorow, 2014).
And Other Cool Computer Technologies: Bitcoin and digital currencies
Computer History: The history-making Radio Shack TRS-80 microcomputer (Dick Miller on its 25th Anniversary: August 3rd, 2002), The Early History of Computers, Augmenting Human Intellect (1962), Gary Kildall’s CP/M paved the way for affordable personal computers (IEEE, 2014), How One Hacker's Mistake Fashioned the Internet You Use Today, Microsoft: "Embrace, Extend, and Extinguish", A History of the GUI (2005), Remember Backing Up to Diskettes?, The Story of Touch (An Interactive Timeline), History of FOSS, The Origins of Linux (Linus Torvalds, 2001, 85-min. video), Rise of Linux – a hacker’s history (Richard Hillesley, 2014), Linux Infographic, 1992 vs. 2010, The Meme Hustler; Tim O’Reilly’s crazy talk (Evgeny Morozov, 2013), The GNU Project, The LAMP Stack Switches on Large-Scale Web Development (eWEEK, 2014), 30 Years of PC Operating Systems (2011), Platform Wars, A History Of Personal Computing (The Economist daily chart, 2012), Windows has fallen behind Apple iOS and Google Android (2012; with graphs), Internet Trends (Mary Meeker slideshow, 2012), Firefox @10: How Mozilla Succeeded and Why it has now Failed (2014), Spacewar; Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Space Bums (Steward Brand, Rolling Stone, 1972), The Origin of Spacewar (J.M.Graetz 1981), Willy Crowther's original Adventure game.
Computer Programming Languages: MMSForth, Thinking Forth, A Language and Philosophy for Solving Problems, by Leo Brodie, Easiest Programming is TurtleArt (it's in the Ubuntu Software Center), Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, by Allen B. Downey, Codecademy (learn to code interactively, for free), Stack Overflow (free coding support).
Computer Tidbits: Ten Time-Saving Tech Tips, by David Pogue (TED Talk),  Why Learn To Program? (video), Sub-Pixel Font Rendering Technology, Optimizing Linux for Cheap Flash Drives, What Power Adapters You Need Worldwide.
Techie Comics/Humor: Dilbert, UserFriendly.Org, xkcd, The Internet (PhD Comics), AstroBio Comics, How A Computer Works - a la Rube Goldberg, Internet Simplified, April Fool's Day RFCs, Funny Linux Manpages, Bastard Operator from Hell Official Archive, The Jargon File and The Hacker's Dictionary, The Story of Mel, The Zen of Python, The Tao Of Programming, Dongly Things (Dougas Adams), MIT Gangnam Dancing.

Otherwise links from Dick and Jill Miller:
Bicycle and Pedestrian: MassDOT's "Go By Bike" brochure, Greater Boston Cycling and Walking Map, "Dangerous By Design" (with Pedestrian Fatalities map), The Cochituate Rail TrailNatick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (NBPAC), Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (MABPAB), Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board (MARTAB), Commonwealth Connections initiative, Survey of Bicycle Transportation Routes in the Boston Metrowest Area (John Allen, 1993), Natick Open Space Plan (and map), Natick Walking Tours Planning Livable Communities (Framingham blog), Road Hazards for Bicyclists and Pedestrians, Designing Cities for People: The Return of Bicycles (Chap. 6 of Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, by Les Brown); Conversation With An Engineer, Street Project (also, full NIMBY version),  Guidelines to Minimize In-Vehicle Distractions (U.S. DOT, 2013)
Environment: They didn’t have the Green thing back then, Natick Natural Science Park (1955), Rain Gardens, Massachusetts Lakes & Ponds Guide, Cochituate State Park, the Lake Cochituate Watershed, Pegan Cove Park, Henry Wilson History Trail, Eurasian Water-Milfoil, Framingham Wellfield Proposal May Harm Lake Cochituate and Sudbury River, Boston’s water: public or private?, Cancer-Incidence studies, MassPike Tolls, Light Pollution, The Future of Lighting, Energy-Saving, NREL (U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory), FRED (FRee Energy Data tool, Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator, Carbon-Footprint Calculators, Noise Pollution (Boston Scientific helipad), Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Les Brown; free eBook), Unsustainable Energy Future (International Energy Agency, Nov. 2011), She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for (Sanctuary Asia, 2011), The Limits To Growth (1972), Forgotten Fundamentals of the Energy Crisis (Al Bartlett presented over 1,742 times, 1969-2013, re exponential growth), The Ultimate Zombie Litmus Test (Limits-To-Growth video), The Myth Of Smart Growth, On Hardin's, The Tragedy of the Commons, How Many People Should The Earth Support? (Ross McCluney, 2004), Enough is Enough (report of the Steady State Economic Conference, June 19th, 2010), Seven Billion and Growing: A 21st Century Perspective on Population (Global Agenda Council on Population Growth, 2011), There’s a name for what we’re doing to this planet (Gwynne Dyer, 2014), Overpopulation and Overconsumption: Where Should We Focus? (Mike Hanauer, 2013), On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming (NY Times, 2014), That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth (Common Dreams, 2015), Getting to Zero Waste, The Death of Recycling (Paul Palmer, 2007), The Story Of Stuff (Annie Leonard, 2007), The Story Of Bottled Water (Annie Leonard, 2010), Population, Porous Pavement, Precautionary Principle, Water Fluoridation, No to GMOs: The Global Conspiracy to Keep You From Knowing the Truth About Your Food (6-min. video; Dr. Oz, 2014), Rachel's Democracy & Health News, Recycling a Carling Brewery), Tracking the Gulf Oil Spill, Plenty More Fish in the Sea?, Interactive Map of Coastal Eutrophication & Hypoxia, Understanding public complacency about climate change (MIT, 2007), Climate Hot Map (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2011), The Last Great Global Warming (Scientific American, 2011), Global Warming's Terrifying New Math (Bill McKibben; Rolling Stone, July 2012), Climate Change statement (American Meteorological Society, August 2012), The Next President’s Inaugural Speech (If Only…) (CASSE, Sept. 2012; Dick Miller's comment), Can global warming be real if it’s cold in the U.S.? Um… yes! (Washington Post, January 2014), Global Warming Deniers and Their Proven Strategy of Doubt (Yale Environment 360, 2010), We burn 2.7 million gallons a minute, so why's oil so cheap? (January 2015), The Fossil Fuel Resistance (Bill McKibben; Rolling Stone, April 2013), Climate Change as a Business Model (Todd Gitlin, Tom Dispatch, 2013), A Year’s Worth of Global Carbon Emissions (NASA, 3-min. video), U.S. Carbon Footprint Maps (CoolClimate, 2014), Why trust climate models? It’s a matter of simple science, Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice? Scientists Consider Extinction (Dahr Jamail, Tom Dispatch, 2013), Reversing climate change even more difficult than it might sound. A thousand years might not be enough time to completely undo all the changes. (October 2013), Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change (NY Times, November 2014), The Discovery of Global Warming (American Institute of Physics, 2014), The Kingpins of Carbon and Their War on Democracy, The Future of Planet Earth. Are We the Last Surviving Generations? Radioactivity and the Gradual Extinction of Life (Rosalie Bertell, 2010), 28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima (Michael Snyder; Global Research, October 2013), Fukushima - A Global Threat That Requires a Global Response (October 2013)
Environment Resources:, Union of Concerned Scientists, FAN Study Tracker (Fluoridation)
Getting Personal: Fun with Dick and Jill, Family History, Photography by Solita17, 1960 Songfests, Ark Builders; Worship Through Woodworking, by Jay and David Ball (Boston Globe article, 2014), 2012 Raphaels Visit Boston, Photo Gallery, SunnysideHunter College Elementary School and HCES Class of 1947, T.V. State Of Maine, and Morgan the Wonder Cat
Folk Songs: Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, Mudcat Cafe/Digital Tradition, Sing Out!, The Contemplator's Folk Music Site (and more!)Folk Music Index, Taylor's Traditional TunebookThe Traditional Ballad Index, Traditional Music Library, Music of the American Revolution, Musica International, NEFFADavid Ingle Obituary
Back When: The Wayback Machine, Retronaut, "Remember When"
General Look-Up: RefDeskNewspapers, Wikipedia, The Internet Archive, Encyclopedia of the Earth, How Stuff Works, Stack Exchange, Khan Academy, edX free university courses, Declaration of Independence (General Congress, united States of America, 1776), The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations, 1948; poster)
Nature: Internet Bird Collection (IBC), Bird SongsBird Watching in Massachusetts, The Crows Project, Hawk Watch (including Mount Wachusett), Bryozoa, Chipmunk Patrol, Giant CockroachesKettle Ponds, Walden and Thoreau, Yes, the Earth Does Quake in New England! (Alan Kafka, Weston Observatory), Knowing Our Place (Ron McAdow)
Opinion: Money Is Not Wealth, TED Talks, Aaron Swartz, Miller Work Week, 46 Trillion Reasons To  Evolve Society Right Now, TED Talks, Senseless Census 2010,, The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense, Snow RemovalWe're Monkeys, Cooking Up Quite A Story (Richard Wrangham, 2002), The Coming Technological Singularity; How To Survive In The Post-Human Era (Vernor Vinge, 1993), A Singularity In Time (Peter Russell, 2006), Eco-Apocalypse: A Class Act (Michael Parenti, 1996), Why The Future Doesn't Need Us (Bill Joy; Wired, April 2000), Corporate Personhood, The Three Tasks: YHWH’s Answer To Environmentalist Critics? (Ferren MacIntyre, 1998); Church of the Pristine Rock: Genesis (Buzz Bloom, 2003), On Believing (and Science; Paul Lutus, 2005), Zeitgeist: The Movie (Peter Joseph, 2007), The Symmetry Principle (Paul Lutus, 2008), Measuring Progress (including remarks by Robert Kennedy, 1968),  The Eve of Destruction, by Noam Chomsky (, 2013), A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945, Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of Mass destruction. Two former CIA officers say the president squelched top-secret intelligence, and a briefing by George Tenet, months before invading Iraq. (Salon, 2007), Beyond Conspiracy Theory: Patterns of High Crime in American Government (Lance deHaven-Smith; American Behavioral Scientist, 2010),, Slavery By Another Name (90-min. video, PBS, 2012), The South Is Holding America Hostage (Michael Lind, 2013), How the racists of the South have ruled this nation from the very beginning (Susan Grigsby, 2014), Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? (Boston Univ. Radio, 2014), The Nine Nations of North America (9 nations, Joel Garreau, 1981), Albion's Seed (4 nations, David Hackett Fischer, 1989). Up in Arms; the battle lines of today's debates over gun control, stand-your-ground laws, and other violence-related issues were drawn centuries ago by America's early settlers (11 nations, Colin Woodard, 2013), Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote The Way They Do (Andrew Gelman, 2009), Pull The Plug On E-Voting (Bruce O'Dell, 2006), The Triumph Of Ignorance (George Monbiot. 2008), The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking (Maria Popova, 2014), On Newspapers and Google (Groklaw, 2009), Is American Nonviolence Possible?, How to Occupy the Noosphere (Ian MacKenzie, TEDx-Vancouver, 2013), Towards A Philosophy Of Love (Mary Scriver/"PrairieMary", 2010), How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning, Promises to myself: ten philosophical resolutions (Philosophy for Change, 2013), On Refusing Noah As an Instrument of God's Will (, 2014), Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life (Erik Andrulis, 2011), America's Deficit Attention Disorder (David Korten, 2012), Crime and Privacy (Scott Adams, 2013), Little Brother Is Watching You (Maria Bustillos, 2013); The Scheduled Death of God, by John Michael Greer (The Archdruid Report, 2013), HowWe Wage War Now, by Gene Epstein (Barron's, 2013), Without Fair Elections and a Viable Legislative Process at Federal and State Levels, The Republic No Longer Exists, by Michael Ventura (The Institute for New Economic Thinking, 2014); GOP voter ID law gets crushed: Why Judge Richard Posner’s new opinion is so amazing (Salon, 2014)
Language: Esperanto, Libera Esperanto-Libro (Free Esperanto Book), Komputeko (Computer Terminology Collection), duoLingo, Learn French, Phrasebooks, Google Translate (word, text, URL), Yahoo Translation, Morse Code Translator, Medieval Writing, Shakespeare’s plays with their original English accent, Web Design Is 95% Typography, Omniglot (writing systems and languages of the world), Strunk's "The Elements Of Style", Rewordify.comCommon English-Language Usage Misconceptions, Wiktionary, On-line Etymology Dictionary, Internet Acronyms Dictionary, The alt.usage.english FAQ, Urban Dictionary, Wordnik. Internet Anagram Server, North American English Dialects, U.S. Dialects Distribution Maps
The Printed Word: The British Library, US Library of Congress, The Devil's Dictionary, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (from "Time Enough For Love", 1973, by Robert Heinlein), Poems, Rudyard Kipling, Zarathushtra (Ardeshir Mehta; free eBook), Incunabula, Sacred Texts, World Digital Library, RefDesk,, Project Gutenberg
The Camera's Eye: Fotoxx, Nikon's Learn & Explore

Arts and Crafts: Jill Knits, Brain Pickings, by Maria Popova, The Image-Maker's Handbook, by Matt Mahurin, Animated Knots by Grog
Fun and Games: JigZone, NY Times Crossword Puzzle
Political Comics (also see, Techie Comics and Black Humor): Dilbert, The Modern World (by Tom Tomorrow), Kos Comics
History: Charting Culture (5-min. video), Natick Praying Indians, Old landmarks and historic personages of Boston, by Samuel Adams Drake (1873), The Book of Boston, by Robert Shackleton (1916), A History of Shoppers' World, MassMoments, A Bold Stroke: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Gay Rights, by Emily Bazelon (Legal Affairs, 2004), 1,000 Years of European Border Changes (3-min. video), World War II From Space (90-min.)
Science: Boston-Area Science Lectures, Mandelbrot Fractals, The Best Mind Since Einstein (Richard Feynman Physics Lectures and Videos), Why we think there’s a Multiverse, not just our Universe, Scarily Plausible Doomsday Scenarios For Dystopian Fans (Cary NcNeal, 2014), The Oil We Eat; Following the food chain back to IraqThermodynamics of the Corn-Ethanol Biofuel Cycle (Tad Patzek, 2005), The Imminent Crash Of The Oil Supply, We're still on the slippery slope to peak oil, Peak, What Peak? (Tad Patzek, 2012), Oil Rush in America (Michael Klare, 2014), The Great Food Crisis of 2011 (Les Brown), How The Human Population Explosion Defies Nature (Gail Tverberg, 2012), How Evolution Works - in animated graphics (Brain Pickings), Common MythConceptions (2014), Is Sugar Toxic?, Toxicology Of Chemical Mixtures (Emily Monosson, 2005), A Fuller Explanation, There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom (Richard Feynman, 1959), Nanotechnology: Engines of CreationThe Engines of Our IngenuityLavender Mist II, Lakes and Oceans (xkcd), Ocean Trench, Gravity Wells (xkcd), Mission To Mars, Space Image of the Day, ScienceHeathen
Health: New York Academy of Medicine Lectures (1950s), The Most Dangerous Place in the World, How Safe is Your Local Hospital? (map), The Obamacare We Deserve, by Michael Moore (NY Times, 2014), The Effects of Exercise on the Brain, Five Myths About Germs on Aircraft
Weather, Local: Natick Current/10-Day/Hourly/Radar, Natick School and Community-Senior Center Closings (see "Announcements"), Very Local (press Play to animate), NWS Northeast RadarHazeCam (north from Blue Hill, including Natick and Boston), Natick NWS 7-Day ForecastNatick NWS Weather Forecast GraphEastern Mass. NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (River Flooding), New England Radar Loop, Northeast Radar Loop, NWS Northeast Snow Info, Northeast Lightning Loop, Northeast Foliage Report, Eastern Mass. Storm Watch; East Coast Hurricane Radar Loop; NSTAR Electrical Outages Map; NSTAR: Report an Electrical Outage
Weather, USA:  NWS USA Radar Loop, NWS monthly archives, NWS Home, TVWeather USA, Intellicast USA Radar Loop, Intellicast Severe Weather Outlook, Intellicast USA Surface Analysis Loop, Weather Channel USA Short-term Forecast, Wundermap, USA Lightning; US Radiation Network (with links for Alaska/Hawaii/Japan)
Weather, Beyond: Atlantic IR Loop (summer hurricanes), Total Precipitable Water - North Atlantic, Worldwide Hurricanes Since 1851, Google Crisis Response, Telephone Area Code Maps (USA and Canada), Worldwide Average Weather DataClimate Reanalyzer (U.ofMaine), NASA Global Climate, World Temps and Clouds, World Infrared Satellite Loop, World Earthquakes Map (this week), World Earthquakes Map (past century), NASA ISWA (Integrated Space Weather Analysis system), Mars, Space, Aurora PredictorLinks
Where are we? About Natick, About Massachusetts, MapMetroWest Transit (realtime bus map), Boston Bus MapMetro-Boston Traffic Map, Metro-Boston Train Map, Photomapping of  The Millers', How Mass. Helps Its Needy
Where are others? National Geographic MapMachine, Google Maps, Marine Traffic, FlightRadar24, FlightAware, NASA Earth Observatory, Moon
And when? NIST Time Widget, Official U.S. TimeNakamura Block ClockOther Fun Clocks, USNO Atomic Time Clock, Sun/Moon Data (you correct for daylight time; for Natick, enter "Wayland"), Daylight zone on Earth, Phase of MoonTonight's SkySolar System LiveReunite Gondwanaland!, Gondwanaland Map w/current countries, Earth 600M BCE-100M CE, US Census Bureau's World Population ClockPeter Russell's World ClockWorldmapperBreathing EarthUS EPA Personal Emissions Calculator, The State of US Health (IHME, Global Burden of Disease Study), US National Population Clock, US Migration Flows, Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State (NY Times), US National Debt Clock, US Debt Clock, US Inflation Calculator, Money Poster ( #980; November, 2011), Measuring Worth, On-Going Wars
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