Author: EPH

Computer enthusiast

Work, work, work

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Big storm on the way, lots of snow, cold, and ice. Hunker down and avoid unnecessary travel. Sure, not an option for everyone, but for some it’s a good opportunity to lay low, read a good book, binge on Netflix or .......work. When the opportunity comes along to rest and unwind, many don’t.Stay home with a cold? Sure, get your laptop out and work. Snow storm, apocalypse, end of the world.....still a good time to get a little work done. We love to work, and we work to live. Sad, but true.Tonight despite the storm, you’re going to want power and Internet connections to work. Most likely the people who keep the lights on, and communications working may be out responding to trouble calls in this mess. It’s a cold night to be working outside, and traveling to get to a job won’t be too easy. Th

Focus, Focus, Focus

Blog, Linux
We begin a new year, with a new focus, or shall we say a re-focus on working smarter, more efficiently, more productive, more economically, and hopefully with less stress. If you’re still using Windows 7, then make note that the support clock may be winding down. If you’re using Windows 10, then you may be looking forward to the possible Spring update, or not.I’ll most likely continue working with Windows when absolutely necessary, but Linux based objectives should remain my main focus.As noted in early posts, I remain a big fan of Lenovo laptops (mostly older models) - which really shine once you dump the Installed OS and install an up to date version of Linux.It's possible that some people are not overly excited about using older, less powerful hardware, but once you find the Linux Dist

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

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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