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Author: EPH

Computer enthusiast

Lemon-Lime on Ice

Recent Posts, Blog, Windows
Lemon-Lime Gatorade and crushed ice is (almost, coffee still #1) my new favorite beverage. I know it seems wrong, but it’s pretty nice on hot humid days - especially when I’m waiting for Windows 10 Update Assistant to finish upgrading Windows 10 on my Lenovo ThinkPad. So slow, I know I should be patient, so I finish some other work I’m chipping away at on another Linux laptop. I downloaded the latest Win 10 64 bit iso also just in case I have to build from scratch, but I wanted to have my current configuration updated by the Update Assistant so I could experience the method many users would choose.Thus, the cold beverage on such a hot day. (Which I just spilled)This entire exercise started this morning as a plan to play around with the new Windows Command line. The iso I had on hand was ve...

Too Much Heat!

Blog, Hardware
A lot of weather alerts and advisories today. Global warming slowly cooks the North Eastern states. Really?. CPU temperatures push past recommended operating limits. Now that seems plausible, or does it? Regardless of what you believe to be the cause of our current weather, we all agree......It's hot! The power grid continues to provide air conditioners precious energy to cool all those lucky enough to avoid the heat and humidity. If you work outside in the heat, you know bitter cold is just a few months away and you’re probably thinking about it. Keep hydrated, and remember that the ice age we were all warned about doesn’t sound so bad now. This weather brews thunderstorms, and thunderstorms have a tendency to knock out power. When the lights go out on hot summer nig...

Area 51 Goofy Goofy Goofy!

Recent Posts, Blog
Earthquake at China Lake, Power outage in NYC, tropical storm, flooding, strong thunderstorms and more strange weather - all random events with very little in common other than a cautious reminder that things happen. Sometimes you can avoid trouble, sometimes you can’t. Now there are those who can’t get into enough trouble, so they look for it. The idea that there are people toying with the idea of walking into Area 51 (Groom Lake)to see what’s there. This seems like a bad idea. You’re either going to get in trouble and have a big let down, or you might actually find an alien who is famished. That would probably be much worse. If there are actual space aliens at Area 51, leave them alone. They’re probably doing important work redesigning the next iPhone, or working on Hot Fixes f...

Temperature Rising

Recent Posts, Blog, Hardware
It's days like these that make me appreciate the cold winds of November. July is hot and muggy, and if it's not humid, it's raining but not cooling down. Air conditioning is nice if you have it, but not so great if your power is out. Everybody running their AC puts a strain on the power grid, and sometimes the grid struggles to keep up with the demand. Brown outs and black outs aren't uncommon in some places. Your power goes out and eventually you begin to feel the heat. Computer equipment, servers, and network devices don't like heat. They also don't like power interruptions. UPS doesn't last very long, and some generator backups don't always work as hoped. The old joke that air conditioning only fails when it's needed is based in reality. It's a good idea to be proactive for power outage...

Trust or Bust

Recent Posts, Blog
As the news spins tales of Cyber War threats, malicious activity between power brokers, privacy loss, and now UFO activity the focus still remains on political angles to convince the public all is not well. Everything must have an angle for someone's agenda, whether it be political, or financial. Yes, we live with the possibility of Cyber War offensively and defensively to some degree. Could this be because we rely way too much on computer networks, a limited selection of operating systems and applications? What's the average user supposed to do? Simple, don't rely on something you can't control. Businesses are limited by financial decisions - sometimes this is not so good. Individuals are also limited by financial realities but will often find that they have more flexibility in the choi...