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Playing in the Sandbox

The New Dual Boot NUC7 – Sandbox II

Sandbox is a name I gave to my Linux computer years ago. It recently was disintegrated by a lighting strike. That’s speaking (writing) figuratively as it didn’t really turn into dust. But the end result is the same.

I now have my sandbox II operating. I still call it “sandbox” on my network. The roman II is not necessary.

This sandbox is a dual boot Intel NUC7. It will selectively run either LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) or Windows 10. That means they are both installed but only one (or the other) will operate at one time. There is […] Continue reading » Playing in the Sandbox

Strange Encounter of the First Kind

Definitely not meeting up with the space aliens. But strange things started happening with my Intel NUC mini PC. It seemed to be possessed by something.

The computer started freezing. Meaning it froze the screen display and would not respond to any user inputs. Total system lock-up.

Microsoft and WIN10 (I have pro) are always doing updates and changing things. So it is very difficult to know in which direction to look for the problem. Also, I have had several firmware updates to the NUC embedded software (Archaically referenced as the BIOS)

The only way to escape the freeze was to pull the power plug and recover from a […] Continue reading » Strange Encounter of the First Kind

MX Keys User Report

I am using a new keyboard for my MAC-mini. Made by Logitech, it’s called the “MX Keys for Mac”. Yeah, it’s a very long name. Check out the specifics HERE. No need to duplicate the information in this computer linking age.

They also have near identical versions of “MX Keys” for other OS computers.

Logitech makes a great variety of keyboards, mice and accessories. All pretty good. I have several other Logitech types.

This post is because I am very pleased with how this MAC version keyboard “feels” in operation.

Back in ancient history, the only “good” keyboard was the “Cherry” clickey, long travel mechanical […] Continue reading » MX Keys User Report

Register.com

These folks took over my domain registrations from reg-discount.com.  I think they may have been one-in-the-same but there is no way I can verify that.  I don’t know whom to ask…

But in any case, all my domains were suddenly switched to Register.com. At first I thought someone was hi-jacking my domains as they did a very poor (like zero) effort to inform before the fact.  That’s why I assume they may be the parent company of my original registrar.

Nothing crashed  or stoped working so the transition went well, other than the surprise and a bit of dismay on my part.

The new “High […] Continue reading » Register.com

The Linux Win?

Windows 10 can now run Linux!  Big news event. 

It’s true but one must read the fine print. It’s a command line only version of Linux. It runs in a WIN10 terminal window. It is not a GUI full desktop distro.

The version style (brand name) can be chosen from the Microsoft Store like an application.  The flavor, like Ubuntu version or Suse is selected. But they are all command line only. Very much like (and probably are) the server versions.

Fine if one is developing a code application or running command line. Perhaps they can be run headless with a GUI terminal. That seem a bit clumsy. I […] Continue reading » The Linux Win?