Author: EPH

Computer enthusiast

Expect the Unexpected

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I started off on this holiday weekend expecting to write about a simple text based calendar/scheduler program I can run from a Linux shell. This was “calcurse”. It’s a nice simple program that works for me and is in line with the “Keep It Simple” philosophy.Well, that was the plan.I didn’t stick to the plan.I got sidetracked playing around with a few Distros and ended up spending more time than I should have with some old computers and the latest releases of AntiX, Ubuntu Budgie, and Netrunner. It’s fairly easy to while away the hours setting up and trying out multiple Linux distributions. I wouldn’t say it’s a waste of time because I always learn something new tinkering with my computers.These are all very solid Debian based Operating systems, but that doesn’t always work ou

Quiet Please

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I like to have a nice quiet place to get some computer work or studying done where the distractions are minimal. Not everyone wants this, needs this, or has such a place This isn’t always the same “work/study space “ some might have in mind. Don’t get this confused with some place to play video games or work on you next music project. It could be at the library (if people still a actually go?)On a train, in your car, at your kitchen table, you bedroom - whatever works for you.I’m kind of partial to “workshop “ type setup. A place to fix things that aren’t broken, or break things that shouldn’t be fixed. A halfway decent work bench, some decent lighting, and a few handy tools make for a nice workshop even if it’s in a run down worn out Hockey shed in the swamp. It is what you make of it...

Have you checked your system’s BIOS lately?

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Have you checked your system’s BIOS lately? Maybe you should. It's pretty simple if you are familiar with your operating systems terminal/command line. Linux:sudo dmidecode --type bios Windows:systeminfo | findstr BIOS The simplest way to upgrade my Lenovo laptops was to re-install Windows 10 and use the Lenovo utilities to upgrade the bios Revision , then install my Linux Distro again. I could have avoided some of the pain if I had setup my laptops as duel boot systems, but I didn’t. There are other methods to go about this without relying on Windows, but using Windows was perfect for my situation just for the fact that it was so simple.Lenovo’s Service Bridge is pretty simple to setup.It wants you to download .NET 3.5 - which I did, not a big deal either. I figured I’d en

Windows on the Side

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Well, it was great news to see that Wireshark 3.0 was finally released, but unfortunately I’m still stuck with 2.6.5 in my “MX 18.1 Continuum” distribution for now. I was able to install 3.0 on a laptop running Windows 10 to start testing the new release, but this will only be temporary until the MX repository is updated with the new version of Wireshark. I guess having a Windows machine around for some types of testing comes in handy once in a while. This isn’t enough reason to drop MX as my daily driver. I chalk these annoyances up as “ to be expected “. I’m sure the new Wireshark release will make it down to the Debian repositories eventually. Windows 10 may have had it available faster, but in the long run I’m sure I’ll be glad I waited for Linux. I’m not a huge fan of PPAs or Manjaro

When The Wind Blows

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All day yesterday I received storm alerts for this big wind storm we are expecting in the next few hours.Batteries are charged, my generator tank is full, and the truck’s fuel tank is topped off.Pantry is stocked, and water is on hand. I get ready for any storm I think is heading our way, but lately the weather predictions have been either overblown, or just wrong. Best to be safe either way, but I had hoped technology would have advanced a little more in the accuracy department.Usually my dogs are better weather predictors when a storm is coming. When they start acting goofy, I know we’re in for something bad.So if this storm does knock out the power and even the cell service for a few days, I’ll at least have the one tool on hand that is always useful in many situations. No it’s not my