Hard Drive Fixed? And Accidental Email Fix?

Hard Drive Fixed? And Accidental Email Fix?

So after an uneventful afternoon, after my fsck that left my laptop up and running, I shut down my laptop, and made my way home. With no need to fire up my laptop that night, while triaging my emails and Slack messages from my phone, I fired up my laptop the next day for the first time in a while….and initramfs. Well, shit. So having realized that my Dropbox, Google Drive and email inbox contained most of the things that…

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Hard Drive Failures Make Me Sad Pt1

Hard Drive Failures Make Me Sad Pt1

It’s the first rule of computers. Back up. 2 is 1 and 1 is none. So what does that mean if you have no backups? That’s right, I said it. I, IT Manager by trade, did NOT have any backups on my main work laptop. No before I’m strung up by the collective IT workers of the world, let me try and “explain” (if I can), the reasons for my choices. My former main laptop was a MacBook Pro, 15″,…

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Linux Daily Driver (Part 3): A Glimmer of Email Hope?

Linux Daily Driver (Part 3): A Glimmer of Email Hope?

Well it’s been a few weeks. My daily Linux use continues, so far, Ubuntu has been friendly on the Dell E7450, although I did bump the stock 8GB of RAM to 12GB (1 4GB and 1 8GB stick). I’ve been able to solve most of my problems. In a Windows environment, it’s taken some tricks, but I’m getting there. Windows PC in my LAN room + RDP (Remmina Remote Desktop Client) for Active Directory management Chrome/Firefox/Chromium for browsing Sky – Skype for…

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So What’s This LinuxKit Thing?

So What’s This LinuxKit Thing?

So in the recent Dockercon announcements, a little dated by the time I wrote this (I move slow it seems), I was very intrigued to hear about Linuxkit. In the blog post announcing LinuxKit, Engineer Justin Cormack said that LinuxKit came about because “users wanted Linuxcontainer support but the platform itself did not ship with Linux included.” Docker was released on Mac OS and Windows, but the need was still there to have a Linux subystem as part of the container…

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Best Laid Plans…

Best Laid Plans…

Seems like my MO these days has been to publish one blog post and promise a series. Buy a laptop? Let’s do a series of reviews. Nope. AWS Summit Announcements? Let’s review all the pieces. No. So I’ve made a mental note that I’ll ignore to post here more. Let’s see what happens!

Linux Daily Driver (Part 2): Are They Any Good (GUI) Email Clients on Linux?

Linux Daily Driver (Part 2): Are They Any Good (GUI) Email Clients on Linux?

I asked a question. I’ve yet to find an answer, are they ANY good email clients on Linux? Don’t say Mutt. Don’t do it. GUI email clients. Outlook on Windows (and Mac) has me spoiled. Email. That was the first task I needed to solve on this, my quest to use Linux daily, in a decidedly Windows (and Mac) environment. I have five email addresses total, 3 for work, and 2 personal, and ultimately I’d love to be able to…

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AWS CodeStar Announcement – Gamechanger?

AWS CodeStar Announcement – Gamechanger?

I spent the last two days at the AWS Summit at Moscone West in San Francisco, I sat in on a few sessions, learned a lot, but there was a big announcement at the keynote from CTO Werner Vogels. It wasn’t brushed over I think, but most of the crowd seemed to be more excited about the changes to RedShift, Poly, and the other AWS tools. Don’t get me wrong, the announcements made were all some really amazing stuff, but…

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Xubuntu Continues

Xubuntu Continues

It’s been just about a month and a half since I started using Xubuntu on my Lenovo N22. It’s been a bit of a ride. As I’ve mentioned before, this is not a powerful machine, it’s really meant for portability and no part of that involves heavy lifting. It was less than $200 on Groupon, and so far, I’ve been pleased with it. Windows 10 was always nice and speedy on this machine, as Linux users know, it’s often difficult…

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From Windows 10 to Xubuntu

From Windows 10 to Xubuntu

As those that read my previous posts about my search for a lighter weight/less resource intensive Linux distribution, my end goal was always to install Linux on my Lenovo N22 Laptop and remove the Windows 10 install. But as time went on, I began to get comfortable in my usage of Windows 10, as my larger Acer laptop was running Debian. I had some small difficulties running the games I enjoyed playing on that Debian machine, and even though I’m…

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