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Author: EPH

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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...
Prepare for Rumors of War

Prepare for Rumors of War

Recent Posts, Blog, Linux
The news is ramping up on the potential for bad things happening. This not great timing for many computer users out there, whether it be for professional or amateur users currently in the middle of upgrading operating systems. With malware, viruses and ransomware in the media lately the addition of potential increases in cyber-attacks adds even more stress to the task of 24/7 system maintenance. On a user level, good housekeeping is essential, along with prudent patching, basic firewall and antivirus updating including routine monitoring. I have a little more confidence in my Linux systems, but Windows OS can be secured and protected if you put some time into basic system upkeep. Having a good backup procedure and preparation for system restore are always a priority for any true system...

Another Decade Ends.

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2020 is here and with it comes a lot of possibilities. Instead of looking back at the last year’s notable events and developments, I prefer to look forward, not that last year was not a notable year, but it’s over, and it’s time to move on and into the unknown future the new decade presents.I’m hoping we see an end to the dominating frenzy presented by all the political noise and fake news clutter. With AI on the rise, maybe we will start seeing less garbage from panels of pundits treating opposing views with disrespect and twisted catch phrases. It just wastes a lot of time you could be spending more productively - if so inclined as too few are.So....Bring on the new wave of software generated news avatars that deal more with facts than opinions. Bring on the robots that lower the cost o...

Have a Minty Christmas | Linux Mint 19.3

Linux, Blog, Recent Posts
It’s the night before Christmas and all through the shop, not a coffee has been wasted, not even a drop. A little slice of banana cream pie goes perfect with some hot coffee as I install Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia. Mint is an easy Linux Distribution to recommend to anyone just testing out the Linux waters who is more familiar with older Windows releases. Windows 10 latest incarnation has steered a few users towards alternative operating systems. I like Mint because it’s usually very stable on old hardware and doesn’t require some of the WiFi troubleshooting that other leaner distros do. What better way to spend Christmas Eve than sitting by a looped Yule Log video listening to old Christmas standards on Apple Music? I was going to install the latest Peppermint release to be a little festiv...