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With my son's help (he did most of the work), we have running on a small HP t620 with as the operating system.

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About to grill out, having some friends over for dinner. First time grilling this season. Hamburgers.

@retroedgetech LMDE is a great distro that probably doesn't get enough attention within the larger #Linux ecosystem.

Getting a little blue HP Stream laptop ready for a customer who just wants something to play card games on.

Edition ended up being a better choice for the HP Steam laptop, as it installed the broadcom wifi driver automatically in the installation process, while did not.

After that I installed the aisleriot and gnome-mahjongg packages.

Last night, I finally figured out how to change the keyboard model system-wide on the laptop so that the top row of specific keys work as they should.

Not sure why I didn't know this before and it did take me quite a while to figure out... so maybe I'm not alone.

In any case, the /etc/default/keyboard file can be edited so that

XKBMODEL="pc105"

is changed to

XKBMODEL="chromebook"

Save changes, reboot, and the keyboad now works as it should for all users, including users created in the future.

Ive kept messing around with the "file names as tags" idea. Or, rather than using the subdirectory paradigm of ~/Pictures/wallpapers, naming the file Wallpaper-leaves.png, and putting all images in one directory. The reason being, it makes searching with standard unix tools very quick. I have a classification called Broll. Like B-roll, as in the extra footage film makers shoot to give texture to the story. With the command: "find images/Broll* | sxiv -ito | xargs gimp", I get a full screen thumbnail display of all images labeled Broll, can navigate with hjkl, and mark with m. When I quit sxiv, all files I've marked get sent to gimp and opened in tabs. There is something about this flow that I really enjoy.
If you make your own kefir, and you want to change it up, after you've strained the grains out, mash up some mixed berries and throw them in with the kefir and let it ferment for a bit longer. It adds a bit of fizz and flavor without adding a bunch of sugar, and if you leave the bits of berry in it's going to retain the fiber content.

This morning I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder to a fruity kefir and it was delicious. I usually use plain kefir for shakes which is great, but this was on another level. In this case I blended up strawberries and blueberries to a pulp and let it ferment for an extra 4 or 5 hours before putting it in the fridge.

My wife asked me for some foraged greens to put on the homemade pizza she is making.

Found a bunch of garlic mustard and some nettle tops not far from my workshop.

Dinner time!

@distrotube's recent video about Tiling Window managers reminded me that I want to spend some time with the AwesomeWM and learn how to do customization of it in

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One of my sons is doing a lot with the language (mostly due to my guidance, I'd like to think).

He's having fun with mods, which are written in Lua.

He's also been tackling some business data related projects for me. He's been able to write a script to export data from my business sqlite database into Lua tables stored in individual files. We hope this will be the base for redoing my business data in a more Unix like way that we can have many more options how we handle and manipulate it instead of being stuck with a really old Ruby On Rails app.

Wish I had more time to program with him. I'm interested but need to continue to focus on getting computer repair and sales work done.

I sold three laptops with to a local automobile repair and sales business. Their service technicians will be using them to access a web app for their work process.

Great to see these being put to good use!

After yet another tragedy, it is time for Americans to stand up against the massive lobbyists and finally end the madness once and for all: abolish the public school system.

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Flour is a good one to stock up on too, or wheat berries if you have the means to mill your own. Berries will last indefinitely if stored properly and kept dry.

I mention flour because it, like rice and beans, suddenly became a precious metal last time around when people found themselves stuck in their homes.

It's more than just picking up baking to pass time; bread, and pasta are staples in the kitchen and can feed your family.

And of course, make sure that you have a good stock of dried beans and rice on hand to cook in the slow cooker.

You can harvest the wild greens to add nutrition for free and air dry them if you don't have a food dehydrator.

Now is the time to prepare.

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There are slow cookers, "crock pots", at Goodwill and thrift stores. If you don't have one, you'll want to pick one up soon to easily cook dried beans and other foods.

If you have one, you may want to pick up a spare.

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And if you can't afford to buy extra food, supplement you have with wild greens for free right now. Dandelion flowers and greens are abundant right now. Lots of other stuff out there free for the picking right now too.

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Stock up what you can. Buy extra food. Make sure that you have the tools you need.

It's cheap peace of mind and you can use it anyway if everything turns out to be fine... and likely save some money as prices on most food related items will probably continue to rise.

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