Posted by: Frank | October 8, 2021

Frank blogged on October 08, 2021 at 09:31AM

I will try Drummer. Two things I am interested to learn, one is how is the backend hosting handled the other is the level of integration with Radio3. I do think it’s disappointing that this is another, new blogging platform that does not support HTTPS. While theew is the appearance of fighting “the man” (Google) the reality is soon it will become harder for users to read what is published to this platform because ALL major browsers will make it harder for users to access sites that don’t use HTTPS. The sad thing is that at this point it is much easier to support HTTPS so don’t real there is a real good excuse for not doing it.

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Posted by: Frank | October 6, 2021

Frank blogged on October 06, 2021 at 02:39PM

I find it interesting that there is a resurgence of tablets running Android, with Nokia being the latest announcement. My guess is that this is a reaction to the pandemic, but will they sell?

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Posted by: Frank | October 6, 2021

Frank blogged on October 06, 2021 at 02:34PM

New York Yankees seem to have the same problems the Chicago Cubs had since 2016. Most likely they won’t admit to following the wrong formula of have too much of the same in their lineup. Maybe a trade of Judge to the Cubs next year?

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Posted by: Frank | October 5, 2021

Frank blogged on October 05, 2021 at 11:43AM

In my opinion the root cause to the problems that Facebook exposes is the commercialization of the Internet. Capitalism provides a tremendous amount of opportunity and can make people very rich, but it’s not stable, and left unconstrained it will destroy democracy.

The fast majority of the problems we are dealing with in the United States has been due to a war waged by powers and principalities against the New Deal laws that constrain capitalism and preserve democracy.

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Posted by: Frank | October 5, 2021

Frank blogged on October 05, 2021 at 11:30AM

Facebook’s business model centers on keeping people engaged in their site and they, as does just about anyone in the advertising business, know that angry people stay more engaged. I don’t know how you go after Facebook and not then go after Fox or MSNBC, not to mention advertising in general.

60 Minutes featuring a whistleblower about Facebook is tad hypocritical coming from CBS, whose chairman stated that Donald Trump’s candidacy “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.” I wonder why?

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Posted by: Frank | October 5, 2021

Frank blogged on October 05, 2021 at 09:21AM

Happy Windows 11 day! I’ve spent the last several days experimenting with the ARM Version of Windows 11 on a Raspberry Pi 4. The installation process is pretty easy thanks to the WoR-Flasher utility, which I used to “burn” an installation image to a SSD. At first I tried installing by simply using USB drive, and while that worked I wondered whether using a SSD would be better. I ended up buying an inexpensive Crucial SSD and a 3.1 USB enclosure, which isn’t going to be as fast a direct PCIe connection, but the combo does time out faster than the thumb drive. One challenge I had was making sure the power adapter of the Pi was providing enough power for the drive, which I resolved once I used the 3.5A USB C power adapter from CanaKit. One constraint is that the Windows 11 build does not work with the Pi 4’s WiFi.

During this process I learned about differences between SATA and NVME SSD drives and found a really helpful guide about the Pi 4 bootloader and USB mass storage. I also found a very extensive site of performance benchmarks of mass storage connected to Raspberry Pis.

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Posted by: Frank | October 2, 2021

Frank blogged on October 02, 2021 at 11:16AM

When I think of Michigan, fall is the season that first comes to mind. As a life long Michigander, I also know that on nice fall days you got to get outside, because winter is coming.

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Posted by: Frank | October 2, 2021

Frank blogged on October 02, 2021 at 11:10AM

Apple should stop taking itself–and the iPhone–so seriously | Macworld

Not just Apple, but also Apple users. Whether it’s a tab or a button the affect is the same, you tap or click it to switch between sites that are open in Safari. Maybe I am different, but I don’t recall electing to use one app over another because of how it looks, for me it’s about the functionality.

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Posted by: Frank | October 1, 2021

Frank blogged on October 01, 2021 at 10:09AM

It’s the media, claims the Supreme Court Justice at a event hosted by Mitch McConnell, that is making the court look like “a bunch of partisan hacks.” Surely it cannot be the event nor the host of that event at which you made the comment. Either this is a demonstration of arrogance or ignorance, both of which represents the problem.

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Posted by: Frank | September 29, 2021

Frank blogged on September 29, 2021 at 09:25AM

Found the reason for why the Chrome OS Files app on my Pixelbook was taking so long to load the file system. There were SMB share mappings that became corrupt and basically Files was trying to access those shares but would eventually time out. Unfortunately, the corruption prevented me from removing the shares via the UI and there is no known way to manually remove them, so I had to powerwash the Pixelbook.

Powerwash restores Chromebooks to their factory default state, and because all of the apps and settings for Chromebooks are in the cloud, the restore process is pretty quick, even with Android apps installed. If you do have Linux apps installed, which I do, that does require a traditional backup and restore, but restoring a container such as Chrome OS uses for Linux makes that restore process pretty quick and straightforward.

My personal experience with this process confirms to me why Chromebooks are so popular with schools, the restore process for them is probably the easiest and fastest of any device you can put your hands on.

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