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November 16, 2017

What I Hate About the Raspberry Pi

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It was fun to assembly the Raspberry Pi and it’s 7-inch display. What wasn’t fun was getting the thing to run. This episode reminded me of everything I dislike about the Raspberry Pi hobbyist computer thingie.

November 13, 2017

A Major PorchCam Improvement

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Originally, I used webcam software. It captured and uploaded an image automatically. When the software wouldn’t do what I wanted, I wrote my own. In both situations, the same problem occurs: When I’m out of town, my computer is turned off and the software doesn’t run; the PorchCam is down.

November 9, 2017

Yes, Wambooli is Quite Safe

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As I played with my new laptop, I stumbled across the various features offered. One was a free year of Office 365, which I’ve already paid for. Another was McAfee security. That’s where I learned a valuable lesson.

November 6, 2017

Hooking Up the Dell XPS 13 to a Monitor

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Now that I have an enjoy a new laptop, and I’ve installed all my favorite (non-Microsoft) software and disabled many of the annoying features in Windows 10 (adios, Cortana), I’m ready to hook the gizmo up to a nice, widescreen monitor. So where’s the video port?

November 2, 2017

The Dell XPS 13 I Didn’t Want

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Costco had quite the selection of laptops. The price range for full-powered Windows 10 laptops ranged from $500 up to $3000. The models were varied, including one from my favorite, Lenovo. Some laptops were light and diminutive, some where as large as serving trays.

October 30, 2017

My New Laptop

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Laptops. I have laptops. I have a baby laptop I picked up at Costco because it was $199. I have an IBM Thinkpad, which now runs Ubuntu Linux. And laptops dwell in the boneyard. But recently, the Ubuntu Thinkpad has been my go-to laptop, though it doesn’t run Microsoft Word (of course).

October 26, 2017

What’s Up, Google?

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It’s been awhile since I looked up Google’s zeitgeist, or “Google Trends” as it’s officially known. Here’s what’s going on.

October 24, 2017

Wamblog Update: Bugs Fixed

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The process of updating this site to SSL or https has taken its toll. Primarily for readers, the commenting feature was disabled. I have fixed that issue.

October 23, 2017

Chuck Norris, the HTML Color

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A story appeared on StackOverflow about how Chuck Norris’ name is an HTML color. It’s funny because, well, Chuck Norris his own superhuman meme. But it’s also true because of the way HTML interprets color names.

October 19, 2017

The PorchCam Lived!

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I can’t believe that the hardware survived the horrid winter of 2016/17. It was brutal. Yet, of all the PorchCam hardware I’ve owned over the years, this model held up beautifully. As of last week, it’s still working.

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