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Another Decade Ends.

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2020 is here and with it comes a lot of possibilities. Instead of looking back at the last year’s notable events and developments, I prefer to look forward, not that last year was not a notable year, but it’s over, and it’s time to move on and into the unknown future the new decade presents.I’m hoping we see an end to the dominating frenzy presented by all the political noise and fake news clutter. With AI on the rise, maybe we will start seeing less garbage from panels of pundits treating opposing views with disrespect and twisted catch phrases. It just wastes a lot of time you could be spending more productively - if so inclined as too few are.So....Bring on the new wave of software generated news avatars that deal more with facts than opinions. Bring on the robots that lower the cost o

Have a Minty Christmas

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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 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 festive in t

In Case of Winter Storm – Eat Chili

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On cold miserable days, nothing beats a hot bowl of chili. Yes, hot coffee will help warm you up while sitting in front of your computer, but slowly savoring each hot spoonful of chili while you review your work on the screen is a very nice complement. The wind, sleet, and cold may be pounding against the outside of your shelter, be it an office, home, apartment, ship, shop, truck, or possibly trailer, but a great cup or bowl of chili can give some well deserved comfort. Sitting or standing in front of your computer screens can get cold if your not getting up and moving around much...if you can. I love having a hot cup of coffee and some spicy chili take the edge off the cold days and nights.Sometimes when you get so wrapped up working on something, be it a solution to a problem, or build...

Run 16 bit applications on Windows 10 32bit

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It’s the end of the year surge for many to move from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Often businesses IT support may not understand or consider how support for legacy equipment or devices still in service rely on older 16 bit programming or configuration software.The simple suggestion that one should keep an older laptop around with an operating system which is no longer receiving security and update patches is potentially problematic. Some hesitation in doing so has been noted from users who are somewhat apprehensive about leaving older 32 and or 16 bit programs behind.There are some users who previously relied on Virtual XP to run older software.While my initial reaction is usually to consider using Wine on a Linux machine to continue running older 32 bit Windows applications, it is not always

Thanksgiving – Weathering the Storm

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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