Dell Unveils New Line of Ubuntu Laptops . .

Dell recently added more Linux goodness to their line of laptops . . . All support Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) versions of Ubuntu from 16.04 (aka Xenial Xerus) to 18.04 (aka Bionic Beaver).

OMG Article re New Dell Laptop w/Ubuntu

Note that “the Beaver” runs Gnome3 versus “Xenial” which runs the classic Unity desktop.   Dell will ship with your choice.

For reference, pls see screenshots (3) below:

Below are two slightly customized Ubuntu desktops w/Unity classic DE  . .

Below is the new Gnome3 Shell desktop . . showing the apps view screen . . this is the standard desktop now on Ubuntu 18.04 (the latest release) . .

Who Still Plays PC Games? . . . Only About 1.2 Billion People . . .

The 1.2 billion number reflects PC gamers.   There is another group that mainly or just plays via a gaming console (more folks use the PC than the consoles).  The combined total is about 1.8 billion.

This is the main reason Intel decided to get into that market and start challenging Nvidia and AMD.

Link to Gaming Article

Microsoft Should Name Windows 10 Updates After Dogs . .

Currently, MS-Windows update names are . . . really . . . blah!   Not much marketing or creativity there.   But everyone (almost) LOVES dogs!

And, if they would adapt the method Ubuntu uses . . . the next update might just be “Collegial Collie”. . .

HTG Link re MS Win10 Update Names . .

The New Medicare card is coming in June

The new card will remove the gender identification, your signature, and your Social Security Number changes to a Member Beneficiary Identifier. The details can be found at www.Medicare.gov/newcard

Starting in June, Nebraska will start receiving their new cards. Your new card is active as soon as you get it.

Please SHRED your old card!
This is from the Medicare blog
“Medicare has started sending new cards with new Medicare Numbers to people with Medicare. Your new Medicare card will include a new number unique to you, instead of your current Social Security-based number. This will help to protect you against fraud.

Starting this month, people who are enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first in the country to get the new cards. If you have Medicare already, you’ll get your new card over the coming months. Medicare will mail cards on a rolling basis, sending a new card with a new number at no cost to everyone with Medicare over the next year. To update your official mailing address, visit your MySocialSecurity account, or call 1-800-772-1213.

If you want to know when new cards start mailing to your area, visit www.Medicare.gov/NewCard, and sign up to get email alerts from Medicare. We’ll send you an email when cards start mailing in your state, and we’ll also email you about other important Medicare topics. While the cards have a new look, your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. “