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by old_noob
Sun May 10, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: What is your strategy for avoiding COVID-19 ?
Replies: 160
Views: 6030

Re: What is your strategy for avoiding COVID-19 ?

p.s. Hopefully one good thing that comes out of this horrible situation is that people will remain more diligent with personal hygiene after this is over. This could result in a lot fewer colds, flu and food poisoning in the future. Certainly, if I have a cold 2 years from now and need to go out in ...
by old_noob
Sun May 10, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: What is your strategy for avoiding COVID-19 ?
Replies: 160
Views: 6030

Re: What is your strategy for avoiding COVID-19 ?

lsemmens, my sympathies as well. Cannot imagine what it's like as I have yet to be in that situation. Honestly, kinda hope I go first. My wife is a tough cookie and will get over it better than me. As for avoidance, we have surrounded our 10 acres with high powered (goat strength) electric fencing a...
by old_noob
Fri May 08, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Whats everyone currently listening to?
Replies: 308
Views: 27084

Re: Whats everyone currently listening to?

Jesus and Mary Chain, a band that never got the recognition they deserved in the late '80s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v4AAd00dSQ
by old_noob
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: I'm not leaving mint ever again
Replies: 22
Views: 1534

Re: I'm not leaving mint ever again

Yep. Mint just works. I play with many distros, for entertainment and hoping to find the new *best* OS, but they always have some fatal flaw that puts them behind LM.
by old_noob
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Corona virus (COVID-19)
Replies: 799
Views: 49596

Re: Corona virus (COVID-19)

Mod note: All talk of Trump and other politicians stops. Now. OK, after thinking for a few days, I decided to be troublesome and say something. First, as has been pointed out already, it is impossible to have a rational discussion of the COVID-19 situation without dragging politics into the discuss...
by old_noob
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: How are we using our leisure time?
Replies: 14
Views: 643

Re: How are we using our leisure time?

"Leisure" time? I work from home as much as is practical. Since I'm a chemist and not allowed to enter the lab, the definition of 'practical' has had to change a bit. Lots of data entry and review of engineering plans that I generally don't have time to do except in the dead of winter. Mindless chat...
by old_noob
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Corona virus (COVID-19)
Replies: 799
Views: 49596

Re: Corona virus (COVID-19)

Vermont declared a state of emergency Friday. Stocked up on animal food and bedding for our equines, dogs and goats that evening. The feed store was mobbed, took 45 minutes to get the order together and another 20 to check out. As for human food we are ok, 2 freezers full of meat and frozen vegetabl...
by old_noob
Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Corona virus (COVID-19)
Replies: 799
Views: 49596

Re: Corona virus (COVID-19)

We don't really know what the mortality rate is because many/most mild infections are likely unreported. We only see the absolute worst-case scenario from the media and medical community. However we seem to have a worst case scenario happening right now - a nursing home in the US state of Washington...
by old_noob
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Corona virus (COVID-19)
Replies: 799
Views: 49596

Re: Corona virus (COVID-19)

AndyMH wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:34 pm
I'm self medicating, Kronenbourg, so far okay.
Shouldn't you be drinking Corona? :mrgreen:
by old_noob
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Corona virus (COVID-19)
Replies: 799
Views: 49596

Re: Corona virus (COVID-19)

If information from China can be believed (??) and my reading of it is correct, pretty much everyone who has died from a coronavirus infection suffered from preexisting serious health impairments, primarily heart disease and diabetes. The percentage of smokers is also very high in China. For otherwi...
by old_noob
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Is older simply better? A story under the influence of a certain beverage...
Replies: 20
Views: 1489

Re: Is older simply better? A story under the influence of a certain beverage...

We have a similar oven, a Sharp "convection/microwave" unit, which can operate as a microwave, a conventional electric oven or some combinations thereof. I have found that actual cooking temperatures tend to be about 20-30C lower than advertised. Maybe that also helped save your drive if your oven i...
by old_noob
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Is older simply better? A story under the influence of a certain beverage...
Replies: 20
Views: 1489

Re: Is older simply better? A story under the influence of a certain beverage...

So, I'm assuming you installed a pizza in your computer. How did that work? Does plain cheese give better speed than a meat lovers special?
by old_noob
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Anbox
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Re: Anbox

I think your hardware matters more than your distro here. For example some old machines may not support virtualization, which it appears to me that anbox requires. It's easy enough to try.
by old_noob
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Re: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?

Okay, I finally did this, had some store credit at Best Buy for a gift return... The process was incredibly easy. It took all of 10 minutes, including giving the insides a little cleaning. Mint 19.3 XFCE installed without a hitch, in about 1/3 the time it took with the original HDD. It now boots in ...
by old_noob
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: <SOLVED> Laptop Memory - Exceeding the max
Replies: 9
Views: 521

Re: Laptop Memory - Exceeding the max

The most likely outcome is that the motherboard simply will not recognize or use the extra 8GB. It might able to use it for graphics processing depending on other hardware. Or it could fry something; that risk is always there.
by old_noob
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: [help] i dont remember my bios password
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: [help] i dont remember my bios password

Some interesting stuff in that link. I have an AOD270. If I get some lazy hours this weekend maybe I can play with the BIOS a little.
by old_noob
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: [help] i dont remember my bios password
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: [help] i dont remember my bios password

Did you remove the main battery as well as the CMOS battery? Take them both out for a few hours. If you have already done this, I echo the advice to contact Acer.
by old_noob
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Green and nuclear power
Replies: 32
Views: 1137

Re: Green and nuclear power

I don't agree with the idea that wind and solar are dead ends. Energy storage is constantly getting better and cheaper. Batteries are improving rapidly, and large scale projects with a lot of space available don't need to use Li-ion batteries that suck up rare metals and present a potential fire haz...
by old_noob
Wed Dec 25, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Whats everyone currently listening to?
Replies: 308
Views: 27084

Re: Whats everyone currently listening to?

I've been on a big Midnight Oil kick the last few weeks, part of revisiting my (not so misspent, in retrospect) youth. Almost everything they do is good but "Dreamworld" is really connecting with me now because I feel my current fairly idyllic home is being threatened by increased logging, climate c...
by old_noob
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Replacement for Lithium Ion Batteries?
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Replacement for Lithium Ion Batteries?

I have low expectations when it comes to news about battery improvements. It seems like every couple of months there's an article about some new technology that will improve batteries, and then you never heard about it again. Don't know about the particulars in the article, but it seems to me that ...

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