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still mucking around with the ol'computer

  • Goblin The Horror Original Soundtracks Review

    Goblin a box

    Here we have a collection of Goblin’s Horror soundtracks on vinyl LPs. This is the first Goblin boxset on vinyl and has many titles that haven’t been available in a long time. The is for LITA 20th Anniversary and is limited to 1000 copies. The albums are on a blood red transparent colored vinyl that look particularly cool. It comes in a nice box and has an 8 page book featuring liner notes …

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  • Installing Marlin 2.0 with the Arduino IDE

    marilin 2

    It would seem that installing Marlin 2.0 on an Ender 3 3D printer is suppose to be done using PlatformIO within Microsoft VS Code.

    Even though not recommended, it can be done using the Arduino IDE. It does require a little Set up and preparation first.

    Some time ago, I did a write up on how to update the Ender 3’s firmware with the TH3D Unified Marlin Firmware using Linux and the Arduino …

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  • Government Spending: Scales Way Beyond Astronomical.

    Update: This was updated on 2021-03-17 as on 2021-03-11 President Biden signed another $1.9 Trillion bringing the totals to $5.2 Trillion. All facts, figures and numbers were updated to represent that new number.

    The Rona!

    In 2020, since the beginning of the Pandemic, the US Government has passed 5 stimulus packages for a total is about $ 5.2 trillion.

    But how much is that really? Well, it turns out, it’s a lot. We’ll …

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  • Setting up a usable Python environment in macOS

    python

    So having recently gone back to the Mac after a 7 year hiatus to try out using Linux as a desktop environment meant getting 7 years worth of code working. Any Perl code I had would have been originally written on macOS, so it worked just fine. 3/4 of my C code was written on macOS originally as well. But Just installing some packages with Brew and it all compiled just fine. And of …

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  • That Time When I Learned My First Lesson for a SysAdm.

    Old Mac

    In the early ‘90’s I had a student job that gave me my first taste of working as a System Administrator. I was working for the Law School’s library where I was taking EE in college. The Library had the only student computer lab for the law school. It was a mixture of DOS boxes and a few Macs. The workers in the library had either NeXT workstations, DOS PCs, and a few …

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  • Big Data Analytics: $180 billion blunder?

    big data

    In 2019, it’s estimated that various industries spent as much as $180,000,000,000 on so-called Big Data Analytics. Everything from big pharma to advertising. But, based on my experiences, I have to wonder how useful this great spend is.

    DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a data scientist. I am not familiar with the tools used and have no expertise in this area. However, I am a consumer that has to deal with the …

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  • A Grandchild’s guide to using Grandpa’s computer, an Ode to Dr. Seuss

    dr suess

    There is this old by internet standards, originally written in 1994 poem inspired by Dr. Seuss . Originally written by Gene Ziegler, a professor at Cornell University at the time, has been edited, shortened, and distributed millions of times. I first encountered the shortened version of this poem in the mid ‘90’s. Probably either on Usenet someplace, or in the many TEXT files I use to trade with friends on BBS systems around that time …

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  • That time when everyone thought the world was going to end.

    end of the world

    It was the 1990’s, and we were heading toward a disaster of biblical proportions, or so they claimed. For decades a known bug lurked deep in the heart of all the computers that ran everything. A time-bomb, no, nuclear explosion just waiting to go off. It was set to explode on 12:00:01 on January 1st, 2000. A new year, a new decade, and new century and a new millennium. The second coming …

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  • Using a Linux Desktop to Flash the Ender 3 Firmware With the TH3D Unified Marlin Firmware

    TH3D

    On Trending Tech’s You Tube video explaining how to update the firmware, Most of what they cover is useful. But at one point in the video, they use a pre-canned version of the firmware all set up to run Arduino in Windows. Well, that will not work very well in Linux.

    TH3D has an installer for Mac OS X, but they support is highly lacking. The directions are 1/2 backed at best. And …

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  • Yes, I Went to See a Hologram in Concert!

    Dio Returns

    It’s SO weird and surrealistic saying that. The first time I saw Dio, on the Dream Evil tour in ‘88, Star Trek the Next Generation had just started, and their Holodeck was sci-fi. How things have Changed in the past 30 years!

    This tour seems to be the most controversial one this year. And as odd as it might seem, it’s not because the jokers from Westboro are picketing outside the shows. I …

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