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NUC / GTI Performance Update

My tiny but high performance Intel NUC has been performing very well since the fan (blower) transplant. It is everything I need for the job I ask it to do.

There is no worse feeling when a new and expensive item suddenly goes sour. The fan is probably one of the least expensive components in the computer. It was an easy fix. Probably a low bid component selection by Intel.

It’s that sort of thinking that tarnishes an otherwise good product. The extreme performance space shuttle fails because of a lousy rubber O-ring.   No disaster here…

The NUC and Linux

The internet and search engines can bring instant information […] Continue reading » NUC / GTI Performance Update

All Things Plastic?

Feeling rooked?

I am writing this as I think the “blush” of a new love has worn off. The love was infatuation with the process of three-dimensional printing. I truly like using the process but now only for purposes where it makes real sense. Printed plastic parts have a place in many things I like to make. That’s not going away.

I have also made a huge box full of useless plastic junk just because it was possible. Yes, it was fun. But it is still useless junk. I gave most of it to my young granddaughter as “toys” to play with. I think that qualifies me […] Continue reading » All Things Plastic?

No Fault, Just Inconvenient

It certainly looks and reads here, like I am a Microsoft basher. Yes, I do point out the weaknesses that cause me to seek alternatives. What I do is pick the best tool for the requirements I need.

I can easily tolerate a Windows 10 system and its invasive habits as part of my office network. I need Windows 10 for all of my Microsoft OS design software I use every day. Windows 10 isn’t about to go away in my world.

I know my special needs make me a minority user, Microsoft (and all other) PC computers were never designed to be a primary machine control system. They are […] Continue reading » No Fault, Just Inconvenient

A User Managed PC Operating System

With the “socialization” and idiot protection now the highest priority with Microsoft’s PC operating system (OS) software Windows 10, it’s good to have a power user alternative. Because there are alternatives, I care less about what Microsoft is doing to OS10. They cater to the bumbling hacker attack prone masses and that is their business plan. Power, specific need, PC users are a minority.

Microsoft once had options. MS has produced stripped down “light-weight” operating systems for special commercial applications like cell phones. They used to produce light versions for low end consumer computers, so buyers would have to “upgrade” to get all the features. But all those were […] Continue reading » A User Managed PC Operating System

Stopping Windows 10 Random Update and Re-boots

Another Windows 10 rant. I am getting very tired of writing these…

Re-boot

Early last evening, I started a 5 hour 3D printing project running on my workshop windows 10 OS computer. I had downloaded the print (.stl) file from my network server. I forgot to disconnect the LAN cable to isolate the computer from the network after I finished the download. The disconnect process is a slight PITA.

After I make sure the first layer of the print has gone down well, I usually walk away to do other things. There is no reason to stare at a running 3D print for five hours! Ha. So […] Continue reading » Stopping Windows 10 Random Update and Re-boots