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
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
The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. I can hear it on the roof of my secret laboratory, I mean workshop. It is not a great night for Trick or Treating, but perfect for watching some classic monster movies from the 1930s and ’40s. Think Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi. Perfect movies to have playing in the background on such a night as this. On Halloween, a pizza (preferably a garlic pizza) is traditionally a good option, or just a good cup of coffee to warm you up near a cozy fire. It’s a spooky night for sure. My workshop is dry and well lit, but I do keep one eye on the door just in case I hear it creaking open or the wind catches it. No walking dead zombies to worry about here I hope, unless you’re referring to the latest Windows 10 updates. I haven’t even bothered with the lates
Sometimes a quiet day or two is just fine. No bad storms, no asteroid collision, no interesting tech news, just dull mediocrity. Yes, there's been some Linux Distro releases, and Apple product announcements, but nothing to lose any sleep over. There's no real reason to upgrade to a new laptop, no real need to update my iPhone, there's really nothing going on to get all worked up about, and that's not so bad. I can hold onto my wallet for a while, because I can't think of anything new recently announced that I really feel like I'm missing out on. That's good for me, but probably no so great for the industry. Too much excitement can sometimes cause real interesting news to get lost in a wave of noise. It's all perception. If you're actively looking and waiting for a particular hardware ...
Another week, another post, but not what I had planned. I’ve been spending more time working with the latest Windows 10 upgrade. Today I just shut it down and went back to MX. (Check out the post on Linux MX) There’s nothing about the new version that I really need. It’s not a bad design, and I think it’s probably the best incarnation of Windows OS I’ve ever worked with, but I don’t really need it. It won’t be my daily driver, I tried, but I seemed to spend more time navigating around than I really needed. Having Ubuntu supported was useful, but I could see how things were starting to get a bit busy in that if I’m just working with the Linux shell - why do I need Windows?It feels like carrying around a huge toolbox full of tools when I probably won’t need any of them, or when all I really