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Author: EPH

Computer enthusiast

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 ...

All Hail the Creators

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Traditional media continues to slide into mediocrity and obscurity. Large scale operations and multi-tiered productions are rapidly being overtaken by competition from small independent content creators. Music production, distribution, and promotion have been successful for independent artists for years. Today's technology has put professional quality media creation into the hands of many content creators.Bloggers, Podcasters, and Vloggers can produce professional quality content with affordable “consumer” or “prosumer” rated equipment. The amount of content produced by individuals or small production teams is truly amazing if you compare such productions to major studios of the past. Social media outlets, YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon make it possible for creators to get their content out t...

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 ...