Linux Mint Update

So this is Day 2 of me being live on Linux Mint and let me just say I am already in love!

The operating system is so fast, so smooth and so intutitive that it’s like falling in love with computers all over again. I’ve got everything working now except for my webcam but as I rarely use that anyway I am not too worried about that honestly.

As far as theming, I’m already feeling much more at home as I essentially themed my mint to look like macOS with the background image I used on that and setting up my “quick launch” buttons on the bottom taskbar to mimic the dock – albeit much smaller and much less obtrusive than the macOS dock:

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As far as the features, man I am in love. This thing runs 3D Lift Plan (the web-based software I use for day-to-day lift plans) faster than my work computer that has twice the RAM (this is a 16 GB machine; my Dell work computer running Windows 10 Pro has 32 GB)! How can I ask for more than that? Of course, I also get the stability and security that I loved in macOS with this as it’s built on the same UNIX kernel.

Can’t you tell I’m just totally in love? I hope you can. In my opinion the various distros of Linux are the the future of computing. The freedom, functionality and stability of the UNIX kernel as well as being able to choose the “flavor” of Linux that best suits your needs and fancies just makes it the ideal platform in a lot of respects.

Anyway, time to get back to just enjoying this.

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First Post From Mint!

Hi All!

I am back in business. I now have Linux Mint 19 Codename Tara Version Cinnamon installed on my new HP Laptop. Everything is running completely smoothly now (including the WiFi – it was just a matter of finding the correct source code to install the proper driver for the AMD Ryzen chipset).

I can already tell this is going to be an excellent change. The OS is so fast, so responsive and so simple I feel like I’ve been taken back 20 years in time! I’m only 31 but I appreciate beauty in simplicity and function when I see it. This definitely delivers that.

Anyway, I need to get back to work but I figured you all would be interested to know that. All is well.

Computer Update

Folks, I’ll be back to blogging soon, just figured I’d give you a little update on my computer situation.

Yesterday I took delivery of an HP Pavilion and immediately proceeded to ditch Windows 10 (or, shall I say WinBLOWS 10) and install Linux Mint. Installation was a breeze but I’m having trouble getting the wireless going.

I’m going to try some fixes during my downtime today as I have a hardwired connection at work but if all else fails I guess I’ll just have to get an external adapter.

I’ll be back full swing soon.

Product Review: Colibri V Cigar Cutter

So I’ve been on the fence about adding a V cutter to my arsenal of cigar cutters to round out my collection – I now have one of each type of cutter (straight, punch [built into my lighter] and now a V). However, not all V cutters are created equal and most of the ones I had tried previous only made a very shallow cut, often resulting in a restricted draw.

After doing some research I chose this one because according to all my research this one makes the deepest cut (and therefore producing the most open draw, which I prefer). It’s available in many different color combinations to suit your own decor.

It is spring loaded and opened up by the button on the bottom, as shown here:

From there operation is very simple – just stick the cigar in it and close the cutter. It locks shut after cutting and captures the notch until you are ready to discard it properly. No mess as with an open backed straight cutter.

That’s all fine and good, but how does it cut? I used this Padron 3000 Maduro as my test cigar as Padrons are always my litmus test for a cutter. As much as I love Padron cigars the stupid single caps they put on those things drive me crazy – they’re so fragile and a crude cutter will unravel them every time.

As you can see here, though I didn’t get the cut perfectly center (that will come with practice I imagine) it sliced through cleanly and no unraveling whatsoever:

The cutting action was effortless and it was like there was nothing there when I clamped down on the cutter. The draw? Let’s just say excellent – I noticed no difference from a straight cut. The deep notch creates an opening with a surface area comparable to a straight cut.

Now, is this going to replace my Cuban Crafters Perfect Cutter (my straight cutter of choice)? No. That will always have its place. I can already see how I’ll use each one though. There will never be a substitute for a straight cut on figurado tips, Lancero and other small ring sizes and even big ring sizes. Where I’ll be using this cutter most is on single capped cigars (such as the above Padron) to keep as much of the cap intact as possible while still allowing an open draw as well as on box pressed cigars (which can sometimes get crimped on the edges from a straight cut). I will also use this on those cigars that seem to have a bit of a knot toward the cap in order to try to cut through it to free up the draw.

In my opinion, this is a must for every cigar lover. You should have one of these in your arsenal. It’s a bit pricy (at $39 from cigarandpipes.com) it is no doubt the most expensive cutter I have now, but the quality, fit/finish and clean cut make it worth every penny. Do yourself a favor and get one of these. Rating: 5/5.

RIP Computer…

Well there it went. After four years of reliable service, my MacBook Pro has died. I tried all possible fixes, from repairing the disks, resetting the NVRAM and above all else reinstalling the OS. Nothing brought it back.

As such, blogging will probably be sparse until I can find a replacement. I don’t know which direction I’m going, but I have decided that after an almost 13 year marriage I am officially divorcing Apple. Ever since Steve Jobs died that company has gone to hell in a hand basket.

As for my next move, I am looking at Linux computers as I still can’t stand Windows. If any of my fellow geeks have any suggestions please point me in the right direction, and preferably not one with the same inflated Apple price tag. All the ones I’ve found are equally expensive.

Excuse me while I go cry.

Song Lyric Sunday 11/18/18 – The Chain

As soon as I saw this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme of listen I knew what I would post – this timeless Fleetwood Mac classic. It’s a great song with a very interesting composition.

So here then is “The Chain (written by Christine McVie, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks):

Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise
Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies

And if, you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

Listen to the wind blow, down comes the night
Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies
Break the silence, damn the dark, damn the light

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Source: Google search.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. Until next time!

Square Peg, round hole….

Some food for thought here.

A Different Neurotribe

No matter how hard you try square pegs don’t fit in round holes.

Why is that simple fact so hard for the wider world to grasp?

Yes with tools you could round the edges of a square peg. You could take away the edges that don’t suit the round hole, or you could try forcing the peg with a hammer, problem solved?

No.

You are forcing that square peg to be something it’s not, you are causing damage.

Why not accept the square peg and make a square hole?

Right now I feel this is the story of my life.  It is the story of my children’s lives, it is the story of the lives of many, many families living with Autism.  I am exhausted.  My daughter is too.

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