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The Hobbyist Blog on Joomla 4

Just created a new personal blog-site with the URL (THB)

The initial purpose of the new blog is to provide a test platform using the new Joomla 4 CMS (Content Management System). One of my computer operating interests (hobbies) is creating and operating more than a dozen other blog websites along with this one. 

I have many Joomla3 blogs in operation. The new version 4 and its primary template “Cassiopeia” are similar but quite different than Version 3. I tried to upgrade one of my V3 sites to V4 with disastrous results. 

Total recovery was possible as I made new and full backup […] Continue reading » The Hobbyist Blog on Joomla 4

No Screams Allowed

Done screaming… For now <grin>

My cure is to spend less time in from of the mass-media servers. They have all become nothing but extreme brain-washing marketing machines. Advertising is certainly more than 50 percent of the content of commercial audio/video entertainment.

I like to turn off commercial entertainment of all kinds and fill the free time thus created with creative imagination and tangible creative effort. I find “making stuff” far more entertaining and rewarding than enduring brain-rot from commercial media advertising sources.

‘Nuff about the evils of media…

I am nearly age 75, retired from my engineering and management career. Where I once enjoyed extreme creative power spending millions […] Continue reading » No Screams Allowed



A friend and I are having a chat discussion on the merits of a “tactile” or mechanical click keyboard over the now conventional laptop low force silent type. These are stand alone bluetooth and not laptop built-in.

In particular, the comparison is the tactile KB, a Keychron K2 and the Logitech K800 “soft” style. Both brands produce many variations and we are not micro-dissecting the variation within a brand. Just the keyboard action styles.

I am not a super-fanatic about either style.


Presently, the keyboards here are all the Logitech brand and are soft or quite […] Continue reading » Keyboards

My 3D Junque Factory

Not MY Plastic!

I have taken a serious look at hobbyist level 3D printing. Two kinds of hobbyists. The ones tinkering with the hardware and software (firmware) still stuck in the RepRap phase (and loving it!) – building a “better” machine that can build itself. The other hobbyist is the plastic Junque maker (like me) printing tons of plastic on Chinese made hardware. 

No US manufacturer of 3D printers can really compete (in price) in the base hobbyist market with US made hardware. Printing Hobby Junque doesn’t make sense using a $2500 to $10,000+ commercial US machine.

Perhaps a few deep pockets may go there.

As a […] Continue reading » My 3D Junque Factory

Just Ask

Before it is too late…

I just read one of those “paid by the column-inch” web articles that proliferate the internet. I linked the column-inch term as many readers (the one or two) of this blog may not be familiar with the term. The articles are usually very trivial as the author is getting paid by the inch to fill the space available.

Here is the core of that story. Time changes peoples views and scope of what has meaning to them. The articles topic was. “Why there is no big interest in family heirlooms and hand-me-downs.” Precious old items old folks hang on to thinking […] Continue reading » Just Ask