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Prepare for Rumors of War

Prepare for Rumors of War

Recent Posts, Blog, Linux
The news is ramping up on the potential for bad things happening. This not great timing for many computer users out there, whether it be for professional or amateur users currently in the middle of upgrading operating systems. With malware, viruses and ransomware in the media lately the addition of potential increases in cyber-attacks adds even more stress to the task of 24/7 system maintenance. On a user level, good housekeeping is essential, along with prudent patching, basic firewall and antivirus updating including routine monitoring. I have a little more confidence in my Linux systems, but Windows OS can be secured and protected if you put some time into basic system upkeep. Having a good backup procedure and preparation for system restore are always a priority for any true system...
Technology is BLOATED

Technology is BLOATED

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The internet has answers to all that you ask, it might be correct, or it might not, how do you know? Should you just look it up and believe what you read is true? This is the issue that comes with being so well connected to all and everything, 24/7 news cycle and social media. Big exciting news or an interesting technological breakthrough spreads rapidly through networks, but when it’s found to be the work of a photoshopped image or quote taken in the wrong context that will never reach the same amount of points in the network.  This is dangerous and we now see how people can be influenced by others, even worse is realizing it and now not knowing who or what to trust.  Recently this has been a major subject in news, entertainment, and politics. You can even see similar iss

Have a Minty Christmas | Linux Mint 19.3

Linux, Blog, Recent Posts
It’s the night before Christmas and all through the shop, not a coffee has been wasted, not even a drop. A little slice of banana cream pie goes perfect with some hot coffee as I install Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia. Mint is an easy Linux Distribution to recommend to anyone just testing out the Linux waters who is more familiar with older Windows releases. Windows 10 latest incarnation has steered a few users towards alternative operating systems. I like Mint because it’s usually very stable on old hardware and doesn’t require some of the WiFi troubleshooting that other leaner distros do. What better way to spend Christmas Eve than sitting by a looped Yule Log video listening to old Christmas standards on Apple Music? I was going to install the latest Peppermint release to be a little festiv

Thanksgiving – Weathering the Storm

Blog, Linux, Recent Posts, Software, Windows
Yesterday, while sitting in Starbucks writing a few notes with my iPhone and waiting for my coffee, I could see storm clouds darkening the sky far off in the distance. It's not an unusual sight and often is nothing to get too excited about. The news reports have all been about the high winds and wintry weather warnings due in our area. I’m referring to the news I actually pay any attention to. Politics are avoided. With Thanksgiving in a few days, it’s not a bad strategy to avoid unnecessary nonsense. Now a day later I can hear the rain on the roof of the shop start tapping along with the blowing wind as the temperature drops down to a more seasonable cool temperature range of misery. I had spent some time earlier this morning playing around with the Chromebook’s Linux beta support and
Renaming Columns with R

Renaming Columns with R

Recent Posts, Blog, Data Science
Often data you’re working with has abstract column names, such as (x1, x2, x3…). Typically, the first step I take when renaming columns with r is opening my web browser.  For some reason no matter the amount of times doing this it’s just one of those things. (Hoping that writing about it will change that) The dataset cars is data from the 1920s on "Speed and Stopping Distances of Cars". There is only 2 columns shown below. colnames(datasets::cars) [1] "speed" "dist" If we wanted to rename the column "dist" to make it easier to know what the data is/means we can do so in a few different ways. Using dplyr: cars %>% rename("Stopping Distance (ft)" = dist) %>% colnames() [1] "speed" "Stopping Distance (ft)" cars %>% rename("Stopping Di