Tag: Linux

Nifty Linux Monitoring Tool “Netdata”

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This week while supplementing my usual coffee intake with Dr Pepper's Venom Black Mamba energy drink (not a sponsoring plug-I just like it) I've been test driving the new MX Linux 19-beta 1. I installed it on a few low powered laptops and wanted to get a good idea of how it really was performing. So far, it's been a very smooth experience, but the most interesting part of this endeavor has been using Netdata to monitor my machine in my browser. Usually, I'll use Htop, Glances, and Nmon along with built-in Linux shell-based tools to analyze and monitor my systems. I decided to give Netdata a spin, and I think I like it. You'll probably see this tool's full potential more applicable to server builds, but I can also see this useful for a standalone machine. The latest MX Beta I ...

Hold steady for now | Use an operating system you're comfortable with.

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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

Summer's End | Preparing for Winter's Work

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As the end of summer approaches in late August - (not officially the end of summer, but for practical purposes - in the north, it’s over at the end of August)I start to think about winter. This time of year you realize that you may only have a few opportunities to get ready for the cold weather, shorter daylight hours, and snow. This is especially true if you have a lot of work to do outside before the weather turns bad. While I’m writing this a Tornado warning has come across every phone in the area. It’s raining again, so we are already losing time for any outdoor work that I should be doing in preparation for a long winter. Lately the winters haven’t been as brutal as they normally are, but what is normal anymore?Aside from regular day to day living preparation for winter, there are al

Forward Thinking?

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I had a whole blog post written about using WMIC.exe for anyone still stuck with supporting a Windows 7 OS machine.It’s a handy little command-line tool for gathering information-about your system, but then I started thinking “this is so backward thinking!” Who still uses Windows 7 in 2019?We should be “forward thinking”and realize that nobody’s still using Windows 7 anymore.Extended support even vaporizes next January for any stragglers out there. Yeah this was probably going to be a bad idea. You could play around with WMIC.exe on Windows 10, but why? I still can’t believe Windows 10 is Microsoft flagship name even though it will be 2020 in less than seven months.Of course I’m just kidding, I know a lot of corporate staff is still lugging old tired Windows 7 laptops around.  Maybe

Quiet Please

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I like to have a nice quiet place to get some computer work or studying done where the distractions are minimal. Not everyone wants this, needs this, or has such a place This isn’t always the same “work/study space “ some might have in mind. Don’t get this confused with some place to play video games or work on you next music project. It could be at the library (if people still a actually go?)On a train, in your car, at your kitchen table, you bedroom - whatever works for you.I’m kind of partial to “workshop “ type setup. A place to fix things that aren’t broken, or break things that shouldn’t be fixed. A halfway decent work bench, some decent lighting, and a few handy tools make for a nice workshop even if it’s in a run down worn out Hockey shed in the swamp. It is what you make of it...