Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On the way home....

I'm on my way home from work. And a passenger behind us tossed his lunch. Or his beer. Whatever it was, it left his stomach, and cleared at least three rows.

Needless to say, the bus was emptied, the paramedics got called, abd I'm waiting for the next bus...

Monday, August 29, 2016

On Colin Kaepernick….

As you may know, Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the singing of the National Anthem at a recent pre-season game in protest of racial discrimination. I don’t neccasarily agree with his position, nor do I think he’s even that good of a quarterback. But he has a right to protest his issue. And whether or not I agree with his postion, I do agree with his right to protest. In fact, this is a right that we all have. And I will not fault him for excersizing his rights. Sometimes, it’s only a symbolic stand, but you still have to stand…

Or in this case, sit…

Sunday, August 28, 2016

It's over....

After temperatures reaching the 90s on both Thursday and Friday last week, yesterday was a relief. It only got into the 70s. According to all of the long-range forecasts that I've seen, we may hit 80s on a couple of days, but the heat of the summer is now over. The AC is turned off, and I only have my window fan going in my room.

Welcome fall, my friend. You have been missed.

Did I mention that I don't like the heat?

Monday, August 22, 2016

What a shock!

A couple of days ago, the AC was on in the living room full blast, and the apartment could barely keep cool. And my window can was on all night.

Tonight, I just turned off the window fan in my room, and the AC was turned off this afternoon.

What a difference a couple of days make. Though, I'm going get a rude shock when the electric bill arrives...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

An experiment tonight….

So I after finishing my system rebuild last week, I did a full back up today. And after the backup, I turned off my backup drive (to save my data from any of my misadventures on the Internet). So, after all the maintenance, I decided to give Linux another try. I got this computer in November of 2014, and I’ve never run Linux on it. First order of business was to resize my hard drive, which was fairly easy to do. I didn’t even have to reboot my computer (apparently since Win7 the ability to expand/shrink your windows partition has been a part of disk management). Then I downloaded OpenSuSE. But before I burned it to DVD/usb flash drive, I decided to try a live distribution to make sure my system would work under Linux. So I downloaded Knoppix, and burned it to DVD. I was able to boot off the DVD, but that was about it. GUI wouldn’t load. So I booted back into Windows, resized my partition, and learned my lesson.

I may try it again in the future, but for now, it’ll just be with VMWare…

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Today’s beat the heat strategy….

Is simply to close the bedroom door. No carefully placed fans. No keeping the windows closed. Just keep it open. The AC is in the living room, and I still have a laptop. So, I’ll just chill in the living room, and use the laptop…

I’m still on vacation. Or, get paid for sitting on my ass time…

Friday, August 19, 2016

Trying to keep cool....

We've been in a heat wave of late. It's been really hot.  But I've had an air conditioner for the past two months. A legacy from my mother's passing.  At first it was in my room, and my room well chilled while I ran it. But I couldn't use it at night. It was just too loud. Saturday, my room was cool, but the living room was an oven. So Sunday, I brought it out to the living room. Ave it immediately cold the living room. With a couple of strategically placed fans, I figured I could keep my room cool.

Basically, it boils down to the only way the AC can cool my room is to keep it in my room. But it's too loud to use. All least if it's in the living room, we can keep one room cool. And I can go back to using my window fan after sunset. At I can keep it running all night, is not that loud.
Did I mention my electric bill is higher this month?

2 weeks later….

About two weeks ago, I downloaded the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. First, I did just a regular install with my Windows 10 usb flash drive, and did an in place upgrade to 10. After about a day and a half, it occurred to me that the media creation tool had been upgraded as well, and so I re-downloaded it and did a clean install of it.

Equipment-wise, all of my hardware still is supported. No surprise there, as my previous upgrades all worked before. After the clean install, I realized that I only had Windows 10 Home (since I upgraded from Windows 8.1 Pro, and in fact I specifically upgraded to Win8.1 Pro to get Win10 Pro). No problem, I just went to buy an upgrade, and had I gone to the Windows Store, I would’ve been able to upgrade for free, due to my digital entitlement. But, I simply entered my Win8.1 license key and all was good.’

This afternoon, I just finished reinstalling my last item of software (you may remember the the adventures I had which started this). Lesson learned. I’ll be more careful about downloading stuff from the internet. And I’ll be backing up more often. If it wasn’t for my 2 tB usb hard drive, I’d be screwed…

And at the same time, I got tee’d off at my phone, and decided to wipe that as well. But that, too is up and running…