Author: EPH

Computer enthusiast

Nifty Linux Monitoring Tool “Netdata”

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This week while supplementing my usual coffee intake with Dr Pepper's Venom Black Mamba energy drink (not a sponsoring plug-I just like it) I've been test driving the new MX Linux 19-beta 1. I installed it on a few low powered laptops and wanted to get a good idea of how it really was performing. So far, it's been a very smooth experience, but the most interesting part of this endeavor has been using Netdata to monitor my machine in my browser. Usually, I'll use Htop, Glances, and Nmon along with built-in Linux shell-based tools to analyze and monitor my systems. I decided to give Netdata a spin, and I think I like it. You'll probably see this tool's full potential more applicable to server builds, but I can also see this useful for a standalone machine. The latest MX Beta I ...

Hold steady for now | Use an operating system you're comfortable with.

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Another week, another post, but not what I had planned. I’ve been spending more time working with the latest Windows 10 upgrade. Today I just shut it down and went back to MX. (Check out the post on Linux MX) There’s nothing about the new version that I really need. It’s not a bad design, and I think it’s probably the best incarnation of Windows OS I’ve ever worked with, but I don’t really need it. It won’t be my daily driver, I tried, but I seemed to spend more time navigating around than I really needed. Having Ubuntu supported was useful, but I could see how things were starting to get a bit busy in that if I’m just working with the Linux shell - why do I need Windows?It feels like carrying around a huge toolbox full of tools when I probably won’t need any of them, or when all I really...

Summer's End | Preparing for Winter's Work

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As the end of summer approaches in late August - (not officially the end of summer, but for practical purposes - in the north, it’s over at the end of August)I start to think about winter. This time of year you realize that you may only have a few opportunities to get ready for the cold weather, shorter daylight hours, and snow. This is especially true if you have a lot of work to do outside before the weather turns bad. While I’m writing this a Tornado warning has come across every phone in the area. It’s raining again, so we are already losing time for any outdoor work that I should be doing in preparation for a long winter. Lately the winters haven’t been as brutal as they normally are, but what is normal anymore?Aside from regular day to day living preparation for winter, there are al...

Minding the Machine

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Most computer systems aren’t much good if they are not provisioned, maintained, or applied effectively to perform a task or set of objectives.For the most part this can all get very complicated or simplified depending on how everything is coordinated from data in to data out. A lot of human intervention still prevails as the norm in such a way that human error often becomes the weak link in the chain. The opportunity for human error must be minimized in many different operational applications. Simplified - it’s not too unreasonable to think a human could impact a system in such a way as to render it unstable or unreliable.It is true that bad applications can be built on poorly structured code, but usually that code was written by an individual or individuals that could impart one’s ineptn...

Turing In-Complete (part 2)

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From the ABC (First digital electronic computer) named after it's creators John V Atansoff and Clifford Berry to the fictional Multivac written about by the great science fiction author Isaac Asimov there is a lot of development that would need to take place. We started the first computer revolution with vacuum tubes and switches using the concepts of binary arithmetic and logic, progress to integrated circuits and chips, and push modern silicon limitations beyond today's 5 GHz peak. Here we approach the possible saturation limitation of Moore's law (double number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit every 18 months). If we reach the limitation in modern manufacturing techniques we would theoretically slow the rapid advancements in computer technology and probably never build ...