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This is really what KDE Neon should have been. Not some buggy YABU but straight off of Debian. Hopefully those in charge will consume this distro and re-brand it KDE Neon. Having heaped that kind of praise it is not without its quirks. While the “Welcome” screen slide show you manually navigate through seems nice, most of the “install” buttons just show the user a blue Cylon Eye with not so much as an idiot indicator bar. No messages and no concept of just how long something was going to take. I tried to install the NVidia drivers this way three times. Each time it took forever and claimed success. Each reboot showed that nothing worked. Finally I closed that and ran the “Device Driver Manager” directly. The second or…

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Occasionally life gives you a chance to look back at your past and to allow others to resoundingly embarrass you for it. This weekend is such an occasion. Yes, I have a party for my nephew to attend and I will visit my dad at least once if not twice, but, the weather isn’t going to cooperate enough that I can help my brother continue planting season. In an ordinary year we would be long since done, but this is no ordinary year. For the states of Illinois and Missouri it is going to be an extremely short corn crop. Yes, the cold wet weather is bad around here, but, at least this isn’t my field. Pity yourself all you want just don’t do it out loud. There is always…

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I recently upgraded to 64-bit Mint 17 KDE.  While it seems a bit slow on my netbook, that may simply be the notoriously low powered WiFi unit the thing uses to get its 10+ hours of battery life.  This upgrade lead me once again to experiment with email clients. Let me preface this by saying I was testing with an IMAP account hosted on 1and1.com.  Given all of the traveling I do I have been forced to switch to IMAP from POP3.  The big difference, for those of you who don’t know, is with IMAP all of the email stays on the server. People try to call it a cloud to make it sound sexy.  Just call it what it is, a mainframe.  In the 70s and 80s we all…

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There is a rather persistent rumor going around that Ford has fired Microsoft, or at least ended the use of their software in automobiles.  Of course if Ford wants to really get on the fast track they will end the use of Microsoft software on the desktop and every other part of the company.  Does anyone know if this is true? It won’t be long and I will be in the new car market, probably before the end of 2014.  I would like to make my next car to be made in Illinois if possible.  There is simply no way I’m going to plunk down $30K+ for something which needs a virus scanner though. I have always wondered where Ford put the ALT-CTRL-DEL buttons on the dash.  Of course we…

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I must give a nod to the post and title I’m ripping off: The Sad State of Diabetes Technology in 2012. It has been almost a year and not much has changed. Well actually, the things which have changed should have made the required course of action completely obvious. Microsoft canned the head of Windows. (Okay, he “left” two weeks after Windows 8 came out with no prior warning or hint from the company, no matter how you want to spin it that looks like canned to an outsider.) Now they appear to be bouncing Steve Ballmer’s bootie across the corporate parking lot. Windows 95 left a crater we could hide the moon in. Windows ME left one large enough to hide Mars in. Windows Vista left a crater we…

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