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[#] Wed Feb 03 2021 10:52:01 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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We just had long conversations about open source alternatives to Alexa and similar devices at home. 

The problem is, they're still sourcing a lot of the information they gather and storing it on the usual culprits. Google, Apple, Amazon. 



[#] Fri Feb 05 2021 02:16:34 MST from Wangiss

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I'm definitely going to automate my office using Mycroft, the Linux Alexa which doesn't have to connect to the internet. It has a sort of blood-brain barrier. I'm getting closer and closer!

Also I've been watching a bunch of DIY videos and it's making me increasingly sure that I'll be able to use my outmoded tablets and things to my advantage. I'll probably have a magic mirror (a normal mirror with a screen behind it) and very likely a weather station made out of my busted tablet and phone, respectively.

Thanks for telling me 500 times to use Linux, guys. 



[#] Fri Feb 05 2021 15:49:01 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Figuring out innovative uses for old, deprecated electronic mobile devices is a major win, to me. I end up just giving them to younger family members. :) 

 

Fri Feb 05 2021 02:16:34 MST from Wangiss

I'm definitely going to automate my office using Mycroft, the Linux Alexa which doesn't have to connect to the internet. It has a sort of blood-brain barrier. I'm getting closer and closer!

Also I've been watching a bunch of DIY videos and it's making me increasingly sure that I'll be able to use my outmoded tablets and things to my advantage. I'll probably have a magic mirror (a normal mirror with a screen behind it) and very likely a weather station made out of my busted tablet and phone, respectively.

Thanks for telling me 500 times to use Linux, guys. 



 



[#] Sat Feb 06 2021 02:27:43 MST from TheDave

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Fri Feb 05 2021 02:16:34 MST from Wangiss

I'm definitely going to automate my office using Mycroft, the Linux Alexa which doesn't have to connect to the internet. It has a sort of blood-brain barrier. I'm getting closer and closer!

Also I've been watching a bunch of DIY videos and it's making me increasingly sure that I'll be able to use my outmoded tablets and things to my advantage. I'll probably have a magic mirror (a normal mirror with a screen behind it) and very likely a weather station made out of my busted tablet and phone, respectively.

Thanks for telling me 500 times to use Linux, guys. 



501: Unix is best OS for everything except playing windows based games.



[#] Sat Feb 06 2021 09:44:24 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I can't quite articulate it - but although many organizations are moving to cloud based apps...

Microsoft has a flexibility that means a SMB can run Exchange, AD and MS-SQL based apps but they can scale to an organization the size of Intel. 

Linux is much more difficult for a SMB to run with these kinds of apps - and at scale - many organizations need more advanced features than a lot of the *nix versions of these apps provide. 

Centralized, departmentalized, global account management (Active Directory/Group Policy) - is something that *nix doesn't really do like Windows does. The "groupware" integration - what Citadel approaches - Exchange does better in a large corporate environment. Part of it is in *nix you're usually dealing with a lot of little components that it is up to you to plug into one another how YOU want them to work. They're not all designed specifically to work with another product. MS Windows has this suite of productivity apps that are all designed with an eye to integrating with one another... it is an ecosystem. 

 

Sat Feb 06 2021 02:27:43 MST from TheDave

 

Fri Feb 05 2021 02:16:34 MST from Wangiss

I'm definitely going to automate my office using Mycroft, the Linux Alexa which doesn't have to connect to the internet. It has a sort of blood-brain barrier. I'm getting closer and closer!

Also I've been watching a bunch of DIY videos and it's making me increasingly sure that I'll be able to use my outmoded tablets and things to my advantage. I'll probably have a magic mirror (a normal mirror with a screen behind it) and very likely a weather station made out of my busted tablet and phone, respectively.

Thanks for telling me 500 times to use Linux, guys. 



501: Unix is best OS for everything except playing windows based games.



 



[#] Mon Mar 01 2021 06:55:50 MST from Wangiss

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Yeah, the years of effort put into making Windows the OS you buy to make money in a team office environment haven't been wasted. It would be nice if I weren't on my third straight week of trying to get my Raspberry Pi to boot from SSD (five minutes at a time, three times a day, lol). Plug and play not only of hardware but of humans has been a big win for the Microsoft team. 



[#] Mon Mar 01 2021 16:19:20 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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If you were nearby, I'd gladly help you troubleshoot your Pi issues. Linux is stubborn and difficult unnecessarily. It isn't the SSD or the Linux - it is *you* - but finding out WHAT it is you're doing wrong is the thing that takes all the time. 

 

 

Mon Mar 01 2021 06:55:50 MST from Wangiss

Yeah, the years of effort put into making Windows the OS you buy to make money in a team office environment haven't been wasted. It would be nice if I weren't on my third straight week of trying to get my Raspberry Pi to boot from SSD (five minutes at a time, three times a day, lol). Plug and play not only of hardware but of humans has been a big win for the Microsoft team. 



 



[#] Wed Mar 03 2021 15:32:14 MST from nonservator

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SSD on the Pi 4 was plug and play, all I did was verify the firmware version was recent enough. I might try it on one of my Pi 3's and report back.



[#] Fri Mar 05 2021 23:27:30 MST from Wangiss

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Right, it's plug and play, but I'm still doing it wrong. My approach to the EEPROM update last time was off, and I used an incorrect file system to install the last distro. All of these are learning moments, and I'm happy to be learning.

I've decided this week to hook up my two Raspberry Pis with AC relays to digitally switch off and on on each other's power supplies. So I'll be able to do a remote hard reboot over SSH. This is such fun. 



[#] Sun Mar 07 2021 10:26:01 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I hate firmware updates. What file system did you use, Ext-3 or Ext-4? It is 11 years later, and I still don't have a definitive answer on how to approach cache and SSD storage - if it matters or not, or... whatever. 

So far, my SSDs have been pretty solid, though. *Knocks on wood*. 


Some guy on the Retro forums recently was saying that he throws out all his SD cards every 13-18 months. I was like, "jesus... that sounds expensive." 



Fri Mar 05 2021 23:27:30 MST from Wangiss

Right, it's plug and play, but I'm still doing it wrong. My approach to the EEPROM update last time was off, and I used an incorrect file system to install the last distro. All of these are learning moments, and I'm happy to be learning.

I've decided this week to hook up my two Raspberry Pis with AC relays to digitally switch off and on on each other's power supplies. So I'll be able to do a remote hard reboot over SSH. This is such fun. 



 



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