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CROSH – The Chromebook Shell at the end of the world.

CROSH – The Chromebook Shell at the end of the world.

Blog, Hardware, Linux, Recent Posts, Software
What laptop and OS would I rely on if working remotely was a necessary evil should a global pandemic impact daily life. A remote connection could become more critical for many people. Security for your system should also factor in as critical in turbulent times. Where do you turn, and what do you use when a storm sets in? What would be the simplest and most mobile setup to have with you - wherever you are or wherever you go? THE LINUX BETA SHELL prompt - root@penguin: In my continuing quest to find the perfect all around laptop I am constantly finding myself bouncing back and forth from Debian/Ubuntu Linux Spins on low powered laptops and Chromebook. In fact I would like to be able to rely on only my Chromebook as a trusty daily driver, but I haven’t been able to go very long befor
Microsoft Confirms and Pulls Latest Windows 10 Update KB4524244

Microsoft Confirms and Pulls Latest Windows 10 Update KB4524244

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A Windows 10 security update, KB4524244, released on February 11th, 2020 was pulled just days later on February 15th. In which case Microsoft confirmed user-reported issues. When Should You Update? When it comes to Microsoft and there updates to Windows 10 users have to decide when to update. Problems with updates are so common that some users won't update anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks after release. Is the issue the update is attempting to address so critical that any time not updating is a risk? OR Will not updating right away put my data or systems at risk more than a possible issue with the update release?
Behold An Ashen Horse

Behold An Ashen Horse

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Is this the preamble to some very dark days? The news is somewhat muted in their coverage of the Novel Corona-virus (2019-nCoV). Some videos on Twitter and Reddit are disturbing, yet seem almost unreal. It's almost as if the mainstream media in the US and Canada are taking the whole "Pandemic" reports in stride and low key. Even the official updates sound like fodder for a bad B horror movie where initial reports play in the background as chaos slowly erupts. Thank goodness we have Microsoft Teams, Team Viewer, Google G Suite, Office 365 and VPNs to work remotely should schools close and public gatherings become precarious endeavors. Of course, that's hopefully a ways off at this point, but it wouldn't be such a bad idea to have everything you need to work from home should the need ar...
Stay Awake All Night

Stay Awake All Night

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Not far into 2020 and things are already getting weird. Politics have turned into a sideshow, the major news media outlets continue to report opinionated spin, scores of computer users are baffled by their less than desired operating system updates, and millions are nervously tracking developments on the latest Coronavirus. It's kind of odd that a potential pandemic brewing worldwide doesn't get as much air time as political bickering and hours of unbelievably dull television. This proves how irritating political news can be. I actually find QVC and HSN more interesting and much less stressful. Don’t worry but, you might want to load up a solid Linux spin, jump in your truck, head to your favorite bug-out bunker, light up your trusty shortwave radio, open a can of chili, put the
R Shiny Application Split Into Multiple Files

R Shiny Application Split Into Multiple Files

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An R Shiny application can be completely made of just one file that includes your UI and server code. Depending on the application you're creating this can get messy as the number of lines grows. Splitting the app across multiple files also helps with debugging and being able to reuse code for another project. For this post, the actual code and what it's doing will not be covered. The code is more of a placeholder and this is creating a project framework to start Shiny applications. Creating a new project The best practice is to create a new project for each application. This is simple with RStudio and using the "File" dropdown to select "New Project" Select "New Directory" Choose "Shiny Web Application" Give your directory a name and the location you want to save i...