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PCLinuxOS Gotcha 01

XTerm Every Linux distribution does some things differently. The trick is to discover them, and how to work around the things you don’t like. Sure, it helps if you really know Linux, but some of the strangest things crop up … Continue reading

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PCLinuxOS for a Change

I’m testing PCLinuxOS on my laptop. It’s possible I may regret this, but after a half day of testing, I’m pretty impressed. It’s very current and rolling release. Here’s the issues for me: The Intel IRIS graphics chipset. Linux is … Continue reading

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Thoughts about Online Anonymity

Privacy is dead. Over the past year in particular, we’ve seen a wave of doxing — people who were placed in the spotlight as targets of social wrath. Some of the most innocuous things you can say publicly (online) can … Continue reading

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Just a Tech Note

For those who have any use for my technology writing, I wanted to report that Manjaro is not ready for prime time. I ran it for two weeks on my Dell Inspiron 15-3000 series of recent manufacture and it was … Continue reading

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The Google Net

Well, the wind has shifted. No, this is not about Oklahoma meteorology; this is about the direction things are going in this world. I’ve often warned that having a prophetic talent is not a matter of predicting what will happen, … Continue reading

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Google Is Your Enemy More Than Ever

This is worse than the article suggests. It’s a new protocol proposed for Google’s Chrome Browser and Chrome OS (Chromebooks). What it does is allow someone running a webpage to work through your browser to communicate directly with devices in … Continue reading

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OpenSUSE Tumbleweed on Dell 15-3593

After a bit of testing, I just wasn’t happy with how Xubuntu was working my new laptop. Messing with the Grub CLI every time I powered up wasn’t much fun. I decided to give OpenSUSE a try. It actually installed … Continue reading

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Xubuntu 20.04 on Inspiron 15-3593

This is a 2020 model, so all the hardware is quite recent, to include an Ice Lake processor (10th generation). As with most Dell hardware, it generally works rather well with anything derived from Ubuntu. The initial big problem was … Continue reading

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Xubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)

I’ve been testing Xubuntu’s latest release, 20.04. It’s a long term release, so it will remain viable for several years to come. Here are some of the things I’ve discovered. Consider that some of it will obviously apply to other … Continue reading

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What Would It Take to Ditch Windows?

Ref: a previous post where I mentioned my attitude about Windows versus Linux — Still, Linux has its place and I’m keeping an eye on things. I would be willing to compromise and run crappy Linux drivers on my hardware … Continue reading

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