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Something Else Microsoft Doesn’t Tell You

I bought a subscription to MS Office 365. I had a perfectly good earlier version that was not a subscription. The MS Propaganda said (I’ll have to paraphrase) that if you don’t renew the subscription, the Office programs will continue to function but support and updates will terminate.

OK, I can buy that.

I am retired, so to save $100+ I let the Office 365 expire. I lost my “OneDrive” cloud storage which I expected. The Office programs (primarily MS Word and Excel) continued to function as promised.

Later a harassing warning POP-UP appears on every system cold boot start-up, telling me Office can’t log into OneDrive and to enter […] Continue reading » Something Else Microsoft Doesn’t Tell You

AWS Experience

I built a fully operational blogging website in the Amazon Web Service “cloud”. I had no operational need to do so. The web site was without a purpose. It was “Just another blog” with no basis for publishing anything important.

I did write and publish a few random articles like I do here. The sole purpose for establishing the website was for the experience of working with a fully functional “cloud” based server. I succeeded.

I shut down the website a few days ago. The monthly cost for that cloud website was in the $20 a month range. That is very low cost for a commercial website, but far too […] Continue reading » AWS Experience

The Surrender of Electronic Privacy

I now have six operational computers in regular use. Three of them for CNC machine control and one of them is a netbook (small laptop). Four of them run a Linux operating system. That will change to five in the near future. All my workshop computers will be Linux as I sort out and learn all the details of LinuxCNC for machine control.

I am currently building a network for the workshop computers. When that is operational, I will convert the third shop computer to LinuxCNC.

So far, I trust the Linux OS to not spy on my activities and report what I do to the […] Continue reading » The Surrender of Electronic Privacy

Grandfather Time

I bought myself a Stuhrling pocket watch for my birthday. Actually my wife supplied the funding, but I placed the order. Its production lineage is a bit obfuscated by marketing double talk. The best I can determined, it is a Swiss design, made under Swiss supervision, in a Swiss owned watch factory, in Hong Kong, China.

The last part (China) explains how such a nice looking watch can be offered in the $60 price range in the real world. I have seem some BS pricing on this exact model in the $400 – $500 range. I bet they never sold one at that price.

China is now making virtually all […] Continue reading » Grandfather Time

Experience 70

My 70th birthday is in a few days. I used to think that was old age. Now I know it is. But that’s OK of course, as it beats not getting or being there. Time and age advance with nothing I can do about it,

I notice I complain more about the things I cannot control. That’s a privilege of age and should use it wisely. I am going to have to pay attention and not abuse it (too much). Far better for me to work on the things I can change. That means by what I actually take action and do.

I like the tangible. Planning […] Continue reading » Experience 70