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Author: EPH

Computer enthusiast

On to 2019

Linux, Blog, Recent Posts, Software
Christmas has come and gone, and now we approach the end of 2018. This is the cold and dark part of the year. If you like very cold rain, ice and snow, you’re probably enjoying this. If you're a robot, you may not. Typing on a frosty keyboard with gloves or mittens is a bit of a hassle, but there are times when you make do regardless of the environment. Working on a smart phone is less frustrating, especially if you have nifty gloves that sport special screen friendly finger pads or you use a “pen” and don’t drop it in the snow. Smart watches, and voice assist are all useful, but there are a few of us who still do the majority of their “computer work “ on a laptop. Not bringing an entire tower, monitor, keyboard, and mouse is mobility enough for some. If you work inside, that’s cool, but ...

Put One Foot In Front Of The Other

Blog
It’s the Christmas season with snow, holiday decorations, lights, carols, and layoffs, The end of the year isn’t all fun and Christmas games, but so what. Even if you don't celebrate the Christmas spirit, you have to admit it’s definitely a mixed bag of extreme highs, and extreme lows. Some are happy, some are angry, some are just waiting to go home and get out of the rat race for a little while - either by choice or due to some unfortunate circumstances. The latest round of layoffs usually add a dash of misery to the holiday season, What a great time to roll these spirit crushing announcements out. It’s been a common trend year after year no matter what the current state of politics happens to be on any given year. If you’re just starting your career - get used to it. It happens to be...

PowerShell on LINUX?

Linux
I know it’s not Christmas yet, but I did get a nice early gift. My main laptop has been very reliable over the last few years. My old Lenovo ThinkPad (11e) has been great, but lately I’ve been thinking I’d like to upgrade. I’ve been looking for something to replace the 11e, and finally (after much consideration and spec comparison) settled on a newer 11e with twice the memory and a i3. It looks and feels as rugged as the old machine, but it’s a little faster. The unit came with Windows 10 pro which I replaced with Ubuntu 18.10. I did play with it for a while with Windows, but after waiting for updates I decided I should stop fooling around and set it up the way I want. I did test a few other Linux LTS Distros, but Ubuntu 18.10 works great on the new 11e - actually better than i...

Chocolatey Goodness

Windows, Blog, Software, Tech Tips
One of the reasons I prefer Linux over Windows is the ease of package management.Apt, Yum, and Pacman depending on your distribution (Debian:Ubuntu, RedHat/Fedora or Arch) just seem much more logical than the Microsoft App Store or even Apple’s software store. I don’t use the GUI interfaces available on any system if I can carry out the same goal from a terminal. I realize all these systems have a “terminal/Command line” available, but a lot of users have grown accustomed to a graphical point and click method. I haven’t, nor do I enjoy navigating around the screens pointing and clicking - it seems like a waste of time. This is the section that was cutoff PowerShell on the Windows System is an exception. I’ve gotten used to using the Windows command prompt and netshell when po...

Oh, the calamity

Blog, Linux
Oh, the calamity of it all!IBM taking over Red Hat, Apple increasing product costs, and Windows 10 version 18.09 “October pause” stressing you out as we approach the Holiday? Does the thought of installing Debian just in case Ubuntu announces some even more “fantastic” shift given you a slight feeling of nausea?Never fear, everything will be alright. Wait long enough and the sea will settle down eventually. The one announcement I had hoped to hear (an updated iPad mini 5) hasn’t materialized, or maybe I missed it in the fine print.So if all seems a little chaotic lately it’s probably amplified somewhat by the approach of the Holidays followed by the end of the year just around the corner.It may seem like it’s been a strange year for Windows 10 updates, and a tad boring year for Linux desk...