Tag: Linux

Forward Thinking?

Linux, Recent Posts, Software, Windows
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......

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...

Focus, Focus, Focus

Blog, Linux
We begin a new year, with a new focus, or shall we say a re-focus on working smarter, more efficiently, more productive, more economically, and hopefully with less stress. If you’re still using Windows 7, then make note that the support clock may be winding down. If you’re using Windows 10, then you may be looking forward to the possible Spring update, or not.I’ll most likely continue working with Windows when absolutely necessary, but Linux based objectives should remain my main focus.As noted in early posts, I remain a big fan of Lenovo laptops (mostly older models) - which really shine once you dump the Installed OS and install an up to date version of Linux.It's possible that some people are not overly excited about using older, less powerful hardware, but once you find the Linux Dist...

PowerShell on LINUX?

I know it’s not Christmas yet, but I did get a nice early gift. My main laptop has been very reliable over the last few years. My old Lenovo ThinkPad (11e) has been great, but lately I’ve been thinking I’d like to upgrade. I’ve been looking for something to replace the 11e, and finally (after much consideration and spec comparison) settled on a newer 11e with twice the memory and a i3. It looks and feels as rugged as the old machine, but it’s a little faster. The unit came with Windows 10 pro which I replaced with Ubuntu 18.10. I did play with it for a while with Windows, but after waiting for updates I decided I should stop fooling around and set it up the way I want. I did test a few other Linux LTS Distros, but Ubuntu 18.10 works great on the new 11e - actually better than i...