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Question of the Week: 108 - 4/28/2003

Do You Speak Pagan Geek?

Are you techno-savvy? A Diva of the Database? A Sorcerer of Software? Well, not all Pagans are so adept and they could probably use some techno-tips!

If you know of any good Pagan (or non-Pagan) software, spam-fighters, anti-virus software programs, pop-up zappers or the like, please share your knowledge with us!

If you have questions relating to these issues and would like some guidance, feel free to post your questions here. Perhaps some Pagan web guru can provide an answer for you.

If you offer FREE Pagan related graphics, email postcards or other web tools and/or goodies, tell us where to find you. We all like treats!

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Pop Ups And Targeted Advertising May 5th. at 1:08:00 pm UTC

Aradia (Weslaco TX) Age: 30 - Email - Web

Being quite fluent in Geek, my recommendations would be as follows...

For home computer protection:

Norton AntiVirus (availale for purchase at your local office/computer supply store) ,
Ad-Aware by LavaSoft (available at ,
NoAds (pop up killer available at

When ever I build or restore a system for a client, I always install at a bare minimum the last two (they are both free and available for download from the links above)

Owner Kismet Designs Link to More info related to this post -- HERE

Heathen Database Programmer's Pics May 5th. at 12:55:31 pm UTC

Cyneburga Grantanbrycg (Metro Boston, MA) Age: 30 - Email

My recommendations for Ad blockers: Has a free trial period, the software is reasonably priced at $29.95 for the full version. I tested the heck out of this, and it did well (blocked over 1000 ads in one day, and didn't crash and cry when I went to!)
Go to their Downloads page to get the trial version.

It will not only block ads, but unwanted animations, music, and has what they call Advanced Cookie Management - allows you to identify those little spyware buggers.

Trillian is highly recommended if you have too many IM/IRC/ICQ accounts to keep track of. Lots of cool skins available for it too. It's one-stop communication, and you can send files. Also supports secure chats.

Shameless plug for myself: I'm a database programmer with over 10 years experience in the field. I'm Heathen, very pan-pagan friendly and specialize in small business clients. Everything from inventory dbs for your pagan supply store, to web-shopping and site administration.
My current technologies include Oracle, Access, MYSQL, FoxPro, etc. I am Unix/Linux/Win/Mac proficient. I do a little PHP/Postnuke stuff as well. If your store or organization needs a hand with upgrades or creation, drop me a line, free estimates.

-Cyneburga Link to More info related to this post -- HERE

Earth-link May 5th. at 10:03:45 am UTC

Nicole Mann (Iowa City, IA) Age: 19 - Email

All right, so I signed up with Earthlink for e-mail and internet, but they have proven worth their pagan-ish name sake. Earthlink now offers an awesome pop-up blocker. You have to have an account (which is worth it in my opinion, I've had them for years) , but if you do, you'll highly appreciate it.

For anyone interested.

Rock on,
* Nicole

No May 4th. at 4:47:01 pm UTC

SilverFalcon (Camp Hill PA) Age: 20 - Email

NO I do not speak geek

Spyware May 3rd. at 11:17:16 am UTC

Lyra (below me) Age: 32767 - Email

A lot of people out there have virus protection and a firewall, but what about protection against spyware? Adaware is a program that checks your box for many kinds of spyware. Why do we want to get rid of spyware? So us techno pagans won't have to deal with the bother of little script kiddies getting root and messing with our digital books of shadows. Here is the url to download Adaware:

You could also go to Lavasoft's site to see what else they have to offer:

BTW: Adaware is free.

Well, A Bit... Maybe A Bit More. :) May 2nd. at 7:11:23 pm UTC

garou (Hamburg, Germany) Age: 23 - Email

I am geek-in-training and would like to help out where I can. My expertise is mostly with GNU/Linux, especially the Debian distribution. I have a network of three boxes and fiddle with them whenever I can unite need, motivation and time. In programming I have some experience with Java (yes, the programming language, not JavaScript) and ATM I work deeper into Scheme. If someone has questions I can be contacted on IRCnet under the nick garou quite often, if someone doesn't know yet how to get that far... Well, I hope someone else can help out. :)
Most of my motivation to help comes from the hope for inspiration for more things to fiddle with, so feel free to ask.
Oh, and as a warning, by now I wouldn't claim myself pagan, just more-than-casually-interested.


My Website May 1st. at 7:32:00 pm UTC

Ryan (Grand Haven, MI) Age: 21 - Email - Web

I have a section on my website devoted to neo-paganism and religious discrimination. in the downloads section there is an "internet BOS" i posted. i got it from Kazaa, i've gotten alot out of studying it. if your interested in checking it out its at HTTP:// - Mo'Riff Link to More info related to this post -- HERE

A Good Freebie Site May 1st. at 12:51:01 pm UTC

Moonfire (Western Massachusetts) Age: 42 - Email

I usually go to to see what they have, some of it's freeware, some is Shareware but the prices are reasonable.

I highly recommend the Symantics (Nortons) line of products for system protection.
I also recommend: Macromedia Dreamweaver Studio (Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and Freehand as a set) and
Adobe Photoshop.
These programs are kinda pricey but if you are (or know someone who is) a student go to They sell various programs at a significant markdown.

Brid Bless
Moonfire Link to More info related to this post -- HERE

Here's A Cool Website Apr 30th. at 3:40:31 pm UTC

CopperLion (Los Angeles, CA) Age: 51 - Email

In response to Jeremy's query. Here is a very cool website for downloading (i.e. printer friendly text pages) all kinds of info regarding all kinds of pagan related topics. Spells, recepies, history, lore, you name it. For free, of course! Enjoy

Bright Blessings to All

I Know Some.... Apr 29th. at 11:08:21 pm UTC

Jeremy Adkison (Kansas (A.K.A. the Hellmouth)) Age: 15 - Email

I know some stuff. Not much, but definetely enough to get by! I do however think if you needed help primarily on the basics then i could be your man!

The real reason i am posting however is to ask if anyone here knows of any really good (FREE!) Pagan/Wiccan software programs you can get off the net? I've got one allready but its a free three day trial thing. Im sorry but i think its kinda dumb for anyone to have to pay for spells or a lunar chart online.

Can anyone here help me?

Blessed Be....

- Jeremy

Born To Be Geek Apr 29th. at 10:27:30 pm UTC

LadySilver (USA) Age: 45 - Email - Web

I eat sleep and dream "geek". I've been with the internet since the beginning, and even before, in the old BBS days. Lol, my first home computer (if you want to call it that) was the Adam. It hooked up to the television and came with Flash Gordon, a word processor, and a book on Basic. That lasted until the real thing came along. I've not been without a computer since the beginning of the 80's, and intend to be geeking it until I'm too old to remember what a keyboard is. :)

Here is the highlight of what I am experienced with. By experienced I mean I have worked with extensively and have the program or programs on one or more of my home computer systems. "Worked with extensively" jsut means that I can do/create/change whatever I need without consulting a manual, and not necessarily a true guru status. :)

All Windows OS since 3.1
Linux (Mandrake) - my preferred OS
Word/Excel/Front Page/Access (I wrote all the production databases used by my last employer in Access)
Browsers I have/use include IE/Netscape/Opera (don't like it)
Lotus/Word Perfect
FileMaker 5.5
Macromedia Flash/Swish/Dreamweaver/Fireworks/Director
Adobe Photshop/Pagemaker
Ulead's Photoimpact

That doesn't everything I use have or use, but that is what I use regularly enough to be skilled, if not necessarily skilled at guru status.

I have been working a lot with CGI, and have recently started with PHP-Nuke. I've used PHP with flatfile previously, but not Nuke and MYSQL. But so far I seem to be catching on. I have one mod and a couple of themes I am debugging.

I'm happy to answer questions or help if I can, but please keep in mind I own 8 websites and create all the content, graphics, or whatever else needs to be done on all of them, so time is precious.

It Is My Life. Apr 29th. at 7:53:40 pm UTC

Maleciah (Oregon) Age: 25 - Email

I am always involved.. the net is my forte. I administer activation servers nationwide and a network that is about to increase to handle over 4 million subscribers. not to mention I feel like I know the internal back bone of the net like the back of my hand. and I feel like I have seen all the pages on the net on a weekly basis. I remember telling my family about the success of the net and they told me last year they never thought that I would be right.. after all what did I know, it was the late 80's and I was only a 6th grader!

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