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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

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SandBox Loves Cindy

Cindy

I just updated Sandbox to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS but it was such a dog update, I decided it was time for a real change.

I totally blew everything off the Sandbox C: drive and did a bare bones partitioning and formatting using Linux MINT – LMDE3 Cindy 64 bit OS. The LMDE is an acronym for Linux Mint Debian Edition. The Cindy hints at the default “Cinnamon” desktop. Here is the link: https://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php

Normal Linux MINT uses Ubuntu as its base file source. Ubuntu uses Debian as its source. So the LMDE3 just cuts out the middle man by going direct to Debian.

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Ubuntu LTS Update

Sandbox

I haven’t been playing with my Sandbox (Linux) computer for several months. Too busy messing with the Intel NUC Win10 computer. That changed today.

I energized Sandbox and expected I would have some usual application software updates to perform. Yes, there were quite a few. When the those updates completed, the Ubuntu OS informed me a new LTS (Long Term Support) update was available for the Ubuntu OS itself. A move from the 16.xx LTS to a new 18.xx LTS series (18.04 LTS to be exact.)

I always want to run the latest and greatest, so performing the OS update was a no-brain-er. It took several […] Continue reading » Ubuntu LTS Update

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