I took the Ubuntu Studio plunge

I tested out Ubuntu 18.04 on a thumbdrive and while using the Demo mode I was able to find the correct linux drivers for my Epson Work Force Pro 4350 Printer.  I was able to successfully print a test page.  It worked! So, the next day I went ahead and installed Ubuntu 18.04, without doing it in a dual boot configuration.  I was then able to encrypt the hard drive and off I went.

I used Unix professionally years ago, but I only knew a handful of commands, now I have so much more to learn.  I feel like a kid in a candy store again. I have the same laptop – Lenovo Flex 5 Ideapad 1570, but it loads in less than half the time and the battery life has definitely been extended from the Windows 10 time frame it used to have.

I also have a lot more “standard” apps installed that let me do things like:

Write your own music sheets
Create your own multi track music
Create your own movies and include subtitles
Add special effects to your projects
Graphic design apps to read e-books and create animations
And it has LibreOffice installed

Because I have worked with the Windows OS in so many different versions over the years it has grown very stale with me, and the pricing really sucks.

I used Unix professionally years ago, but I only knew a handful of commands, now I have so much more to learn.

So, who’s next?

Ccleaner = Black Friday deals

My registered copy of Ccleaner is counting down the days until it expires.  Really … it pops up a little notice, daily.  So I clicked on the purchase button .. and they want $24.95 for 1 computer for 1 year.  Seemed a little pricey … so did some Googling.  Piriform is offering a Black Friday special – until Nov 30 – for the same program priced at $12.47 per copy.

visit . . www.ccleaner.com/black-friday

windows 10 losing activation

I read where Microsoft server was losing some of the registration information.

Yep yesterday turned on my computer and it said not activated .

So went to setting and it said not activated tried to activate and said it didn’t have a license.  So underneath there was a tab that said to look at it.

I clicked on that and it said you are activated now.

I understand they are working on the problems with the activation server.

My point it must look at your computer every time its turned on weather it is activated with the server or it wouldn’t have faulted out yesterday when I turned mine on when the server was messed up.

Dennis E

Windows Blocking installs




Have ever had this box pop up?

I did some hunting and I have a twelve step edit of regedit to permit you to do that install windows 10 has been blocking.  When done you can go over the twelve steps and revert to the way it read the error codes except your install is now working.  I had trouble originally running the built in install on my hp 1102w laser printer.  That is when I started the hunt for a solution.

So if you are into a little regedit let me know and I will send a text file on the steps.


Picking right cpu for laptop

Review on different cpus for laptops I3 to I9



MS Rolls Out New OS . . . and it’s 100% Linux (what the hey!???)

More and more change at MS.    They have rejected using the Windows OS code and kernel to run their new “SphereOS” which is designed for IoT MCU’s (internet of things microcontrollers).

Here’s a good video and link to the detailed article:

SphereOS for Iot MCU’s