Got to Get Away… December 2020 Vacation Time!

2020 has been a huge dumpster fire of a year for many of us, I am sure I don’t need to tell you. We take our vacation once a year usually and it is usually in December. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve had to re-evaluate and change our plans for our annual vacation.
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Canonical Reverts the Intel Microcode Firmware Update for Tiger Lake Systems on all Supported Ubuntu Releases

Canonical has reverted the Intel Microcode update released on November 11th, 2020 for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases to address a regression causing boot failures on some Intel Tiger Lake systems.

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Fedora 33 has Landed on my Desktop :)

Hopefully, this will be the last distro-hop for me (NOT!). I liked Pop!_OS a lot but had a dream for a long time to not be using an Ubuntu-based distro and instead go with a more open free distro. Fedora out of the box is all about using free/libre applications. Risking being a victim of the well-known saying that “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”, there I went anyway.

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Switching E-Mails, Hosting My Own

I’ve ping-ponged (that’s a word right?) all over the place throughout the decades I’ve been online. Earthlink, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, GMail, iCloud, Outlook, Live, and others I can’t even remember. Now that I am older I believe I am done with doing what the “normies” do. I care more about privacy now than I ever have. My past habits show how much I’ve changed.

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The Final Switch to Linux

In 2005 I made the switch from Windows XP to Mac OS X. My experiences with it were refreshing. The interface was well designed and ease of use was great compared to what I was used to with Windows XP. At the time I was looking for anything more enjoyable or easier to use than Windows.

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Which Distro? Which Desktop Environment?

During my switch from Windows to Linux I tried many distros and desktop environments along the way. As far as desktop environments I like KDE and Gnome3 the best. Sure they are probably polar opposites of each other, but both stood out to me as different enough to get me to like them.

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Microsoft Edge Infects Linux

I totally understand that some web developers feel they may benefit from Microsoft releasing their newest web browser based on Google’s "Chromium Project" called "Microsoft Edge" on Linux. However, as long as Microsoft doesn’t modify the rendering engine, there shouldn’t be any problems in rendering a website or the rendering performance. So the premise that web developers need it on Linux is a fallacy. We all know that at some point Microsoft will think it knows best and what is best for you as a user. They can’t help themselves!

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Falling Out of Love With Apple

As time goes by it seems that I am slowly falling out of love with Apple products. Even though I still feel like they make the best products on the market, I can’t get past their increasing grasp or lock-down on their products. I understand that most of that is what contributes to how stable their operating systems are, but I can’t help but wonder how much a trade-off people are willing to continue making just for the sake of stability. I think I am at the end of my rope now.

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Life, Work and Books

I haven’t been posting much to my blog lately as you can see. Life gets in the way much of the time but I haven’t had much of a desire to write. I have been working a lot at a company called Hexagroup located in the Montrose section of Houston, Texas. I’ve also been traveling a lot to Waller, Texas to perform design, CSS, and web work for a client of theirs who will soon be launching a new website/services that have to do with the open-source software world.
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Here I go Again!

From time to time I change my website and from time to time I switch from static to a CMS of sorts. Well, this time I am going with WordPress again, yet I am not going to be designing my own site. You see, I am extremely busy at work and what I do for a living full-time is web design. So naturally, when I am home the last thing I want to be actually doing is what I have been doing all day.
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