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Have you checked your system’s BIOS lately?

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Have you checked your system’s BIOS lately? Maybe you should. It's pretty simple if you are familiar with your operating systems terminal/command line. Linux:sudo dmidecode --type bios Windows:systeminfo | findstr BIOS The simplest way to upgrade my Lenovo laptops was to re-install Windows 10 and use the Lenovo utilities to upgrade the bios Revision , then install my Linux Distro again. I could have avoided some of the pain if I had setup my laptops as duel boot systems, but I didn’t. There are other methods to go about this without relying on Windows, but using Windows was perfect for my situation just for the fact that it was so simple.Lenovo’s Service Bridge is pretty simple to setup.It wants you to download .NET 3.5 - which I did, not a big deal either. I figured I’d en

Windows on the Side

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Well, it was great news to see that Wireshark 3.0 was finally released, but unfortunately I’m still stuck with 2.6.5 in my “MX 18.1 Continuum” distribution for now. I was able to install 3.0 on a laptop running Windows 10 to start testing the new release, but this will only be temporary until the MX repository is updated with the new version of Wireshark. I guess having a Windows machine around for some types of testing comes in handy once in a while. This isn’t enough reason to drop MX as my daily driver. I chalk these annoyances up as “ to be expected “. I’m sure the new Wireshark release will make it down to the Debian repositories eventually. Windows 10 may have had it available faster, but in the long run I’m sure I’ll be glad I waited for Linux. I’m not a huge fan of PPAs or Manjaro

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

On to 2019

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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

Howling In The Night

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October ends on Halloween night. Spooky, cold windy nights relinquished to thoughts of witches, ghosts, and monsters. There’s nothing to fear, or so we are told. Are the ancient incantations of old simply a cloudy evolution on our current computer coding? The programs and configurations that run our modern world misunderstood by many who rely on this magic everyday. The disembodied voices from beyond time and space now traveling the world on multiple high speed networks. Of course we have new monsters to loath superimposed against vague shadows cast by massive assemblies of robots spawned by artificial intelligence run amuck. Oooh Scary stuff! Presumably very little has truly changed over the years beyond the current presentation. Writing code has morphed into the new wizardry which of