Re: Burn it to the ground
Blast Windoze, install Mint.
58 posts • joined 16 Oct 2016
I subscribe to "Inbox Astronomy", which touches on things interestingly astronomical. Many times, the articles will be about the James Webb telescope, and what it will be used for.
Don't tell me what it WILL do, show me what it CAN do.
Especially in these times that it may be "Adieu pour toujours" for the HST.
Back in the day, I was leading a team qualifying the server room for a government service responsible for medical supplies across the entire country. The project scope included building security, server room air handling, server room fire suppression, and emergency power.
The power test was to take down the main power to test the generator auto-start, then take down the generator to test the switch over to UPS, then bring the generator back on line, then switch back to main power. I had been told by the IT manager that the UPS was good for forty, maybe forty five minutes.
Take down main power feed: Reassuring rumble from the roof as the generator kicked in.
Take down generator: Everything still running as the UPS kicked in.
IT Support Guy: "You better get the generator back up. The UPS is overloaded; it's only good for about ten minutes" WHAT!!! I was told forty! IT Support Guy: "Who told you that?"
Frantic walkie-talkie call to guys on roof to fire up generator... NOW! Reply from guys on roof, "It needs a five minute cool down before we can restart".
The generator came back online with about two minutes to spare.
My phone battery is a Chinese knock-off, my wife's phone battery is a Chinese knock-off, her Sony CyberShot and my Pentax WG-1 are both powered by Chinese knock-offs, as is my Black&Decker cordless drill and one of two UPS's that keep us up and running during blackouts.
Nothing's caught fire yet...
If memory serves...
Whilst doing a bachelor's degree by distance education many years ago, one of the course packages (course notes and cassette tapes) had been prepared a couple of years earlier by a professor who had subsequently died. (Not of old age. Possibly cancer?)
The course-work was still current, so if it ain't broke don't fix it. And the course was administered by another lecturer.
Did all of the stuff that the article says to my wife's 2007 vintage white Unibody MacBook.
2Gig of RAM, 120GB Samsung SSD, cleaned the heat exchanger (dead cat, I think), new thermal paste, installed Linux Mint with a MacOS skin on it. ET VOILA! Runs like a charm.
The only thing it won't do is connect to my router with WPA/AES encryption. But falling back to TKIP works.
"I truly believe video is the new voice, video is the new form of communication,"
I travel for business (maybe not so much right now), and I keep in touch with my family via Skype. AND I HATE IT...!!!
On a positive note, after two months of being cloistered with my wife because of coronavirus AND Canadian winter, neither of us has attempted to smother the other with a pillow while they slept.
I must have weird ears because I've been through a multitude of ear buds, including Bose StayHears... and they don't stay here. Or possibly "ear"...
I presently have Sennheiser earbuds with over-the-ear clips, which kinda work, but I've mostly thrown my hands up in dismay.
Bose QC-35 headphones are my go-to now. They make me look like a dork, but still not likely to drop three hundred quid on earbuds any time soon.
My "venerable Lenovo T440s" has a Mini DisplayPort and I use a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI dongle. Video is auto-detected but I do have to manually select "Digital Stereo (HDMI)" in Sound Preferences. Not a huge challenge as I've added Sound Preferences to my shortcuts; and once selected, the HDMI audio works too.
I have Mint Mate 18.3 running on a venerable Lenovo T440s. Boot time is measured in seconds, not minutes, and it "just works". I have a VirtualBox installation of Windows 10 for compatibility with my co-workers, and even that boots up faster than some of my co-workers' laptops.
I did look at upgrading to Mint 19 a while back but it seemed pretty daunting at the time, kind-of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", Maybe time to take another look?
"Several experiments have shown that they’re less accurate when looking at women and people of color"
My wife and I recently used HM Govt On-Line Passport Service (beta) to renew our passports. We acquired digital photographs as directed.
The system accepted my photograph first time. It required three attempts to acquire an acceptable photograph of my wife.
Firefox has always been my go-to browser, even back in the day when my desktop was OS/2.
I disabled Chrome and I was running Firefox for Android on my not-so-smart phone. However, my phone is a little memory constrained so I switched to Firefox Focus, which has a slightly smaller footprint. (Oh, how I wish that ALL apps allowed you to move them to the SD card)
I guess my next big adventure will be to become a beta-tester for Firefox Preview...
Home Counties born and bred, for some years I worked at a company in Windsor, Ontario (AKA Detroit South). One of my colleagues was also from England. One day, one of the locals commented how me and my English colleague had similar accents. To which I replied "Good God no, he's from Manchester".
"That's prejudice. If people don't kinda act like you and look like you should they be removed if you attend? Maybe that's another problem to add to the pile"
All you Reg Vultures out there please feel free to correct me, but I'm not sure that was the intended meaning...
I read it as "someone with whom I can identify" rather than "someone who is my doppelgänger".
My wife's Macbook keyboard quit some months ago. When we took it to the Apple Disingenous Bar, we were told the Liquid Sensors had been tripped. If you saw how my wife cares for her MacBook, you would realize that this is a very low probability scenario...
We were subsequently informed that as well as the $400+ keyboard replacement (not under warranty - liquid sensors), there were also two other boards that required replacement that would be covered by warranty. I was out of town so my wife asked our adult son why the keyboard was not covered, but the two other boards were. His reply:
"They broke it taking it apart"
"If my bank left a pile of money on a table for me to take my own, I might be tempted to take a bit extra"
I believe that this analogy only holds if it's "public money". You can take as little or as much as you want and it's totally free. The issue here is that the "public money" also contained some krugerrands the bank had stupidly forgotten to separate out, and the kid arrived with a dump truck.
I'm Canadian, and I think the charges need tossing...
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