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Author: EPH

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For Those About To Get Locked Down – We Salute You

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Maybe you’re already locked down where you are, or you soon will be. The world has changed, life for a great many has changed, everything is different now whether you realize it or not. How you deal with these changes may not be under your control. Hopefully it is, and all this chaos becomes a faded memory a year from now. For now, it is right in front of us, and some outcomes may not be too pleasant. It's one thing to be told that you can work from home, it's another thing to be told that you can't leave your home - of course there are a few necessary traveling limitations which would allow some movement between sites providing essential services. Those who provide or support these essential services will be allowed to commute to their work locations - for now, provided they don't
Heed the Plough Wind

Heed the Plough Wind

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Like the Plough Wind before a storm - the news and internet are buzzing with impending doom from the Corona Virus. The noise has gone up a few levels recently, but still, some companies may be waiting too long before pulling the trigger and asking their workers to work from home (if they can - some work doesn’t permit remote options). Of course, there could be some extreme mitigation ideas that could involve being stuck at work. Image the doors closing as giant padlocks and chains reinforce the stay in the office mandate.....ah, but that would never happen in the free world........right? Dedication versus incarceration, what an image that conjures up. If your area falls under a state of emergency you may be seeing difficulties already impacting everyday productivity.
CROSH – The Chromebook Shell at the end of the world.

CROSH – The Chromebook Shell at the end of the world.

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What laptop and OS would I rely on if working remotely was a necessary evil should a global pandemic impact daily life. A remote connection could become more critical for many people. Security for your system should also factor in as critical in turbulent times. Where do you turn, and what do you use when a storm sets in? What would be the simplest and most mobile setup to have with you - wherever you are or wherever you go? THE LINUX BETA SHELL prompt - root@penguin: In my continuing quest to find the perfect all around laptop I am constantly finding myself bouncing back and forth from Debian/Ubuntu Linux Spins on low powered laptops and Chromebook. In fact I would like to be able to rely on only my Chromebook as a trusty daily driver, but I haven’t been able to go very long befor
Behold An Ashen Horse

Behold An Ashen Horse

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Is this the preamble to some very dark days? The news is somewhat muted in their coverage of the Novel Corona-virus (2019-nCoV). Some videos on Twitter and Reddit are disturbing, yet seem almost unreal. It's almost as if the mainstream media in the US and Canada are taking the whole "Pandemic" reports in stride and low key. Even the official updates sound like fodder for a bad B horror movie where initial reports play in the background as chaos slowly erupts. Thank goodness we have Microsoft Teams, Team Viewer, Google G Suite, Office 365 and VPNs to work remotely should schools close and public gatherings become precarious endeavors. Of course, that's hopefully a ways off at this point, but it wouldn't be such a bad idea to have everything you need to work from home should the need ar...
Stay Awake All Night

Stay Awake All Night

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Not far into 2020 and things are already getting weird. Politics have turned into a sideshow, the major news media outlets continue to report opinionated spin, scores of computer users are baffled by their less than desired operating system updates, and millions are nervously tracking developments on the latest Coronavirus. It's kind of odd that a potential pandemic brewing worldwide doesn't get as much air time as political bickering and hours of unbelievably dull television. This proves how irritating political news can be. I actually find QVC and HSN more interesting and much less stressful. Don’t worry but, you might want to load up a solid Linux spin, jump in your truck, head to your favorite bug-out bunker, light up your trusty shortwave radio, open a can of chili, put the