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John SouvaWelcome to the Souva home page. Here you will find all sorts links that consist of my Souva genealogy page, Amateur Radio (Ham) information and lots of computer security links.

Genealogy

The picture to the right is John Souva and couple shown below are Fredrick and Laura Souva. I have been researching this "John Souva" for many years with limited success. John shows up in the 1910 US Census, but is not in the 1930 US Census. I believe he is buried somewhere in Jefferson County of Northern, NY. John's brother, Joseph Souva, is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Watertown, NY.

My recent research has been focused on the Jennings family tree. With the help of several people who contacted me via my family tree web site, I have been able to put together lots of new information. My good friend Sue also contributed with information that I didn't have and helped fill in some gaps. Thanks Sue!

Amateur Radio

As we reach the peak of sunspot cycle 24, I am now working all bands from 160 - 10 meters. My newest addition to the antenna farm is a fan dipole for 160 and 80 meters. I finally gave up on the off-center-fed dipole and strung up the fan dipole with great success. I recently added a new coax wound RF choke (on a a 4" PVC pipe) and now I can use my RF amplifier on 160 meters. Another change a few years ago was the addition of a vertical antenna. I removed my 30 meter sloping dipole off the tower and replaced it with a ground mounted quarter wave vertical. Despite only having four radials, my first contact was with P29NI on Papua New Guinea. The DX operator was on Nuguria Island (OC-257). Since this contact, I have doubled the number of radials and hope to add more in the future. The other addition to the tower mast is a 40 meter Cushcraft D-40 rotatable dipole. I put it into action three years ago and my 40 meter signal has really improved.

Programming

In my spare time, I help several of my friends and family with their technical issues. Every now and then I also get to write some code or just plain relax and reverse a binary to see if I can crack it. I also write utility applications with Python and C++. My most recent project was a Python script to convert alumni graduate files so that File Maker Pro could import the data into a database.

Computer Security

Fred and Laura Souva

Since I work at a computer security company, I am always thinking about this very subject. At any time of the day, you can find a new vulnerability for an operating system, application or server for practically anything you can think of. Despite a lot of misinformation spread by local newspaper journalists, there is now such thing as a secure operating system. The only secure box is the one you don't turn on!

One of my favorite community projects is helping family and friends with their computer problems. This is my way of giving back to the community while saving them a lot of money. Their alternative would be to take their PCs to local vendors and pay high labor rates.

Recently, I helped a good friend purchase a new laptop and move all of her files from her ancient XP x86 system to her new Dell Inspiron 15R (Intel Core i5) running Windows 7 x64. Her new laptop is a screamer and will serve her well for years.


Finally...

As you can see, I have finally updated my web site to something newer and more consistent with the current uses of CSS Technology. My goal was to present the information with a bit more style and make sure all of the pages looked alike. The actual Family Tree page is a PHP script so it has a different look and feel.