So I did it ……

and ordered the NUC … with Win10Pro.  I REALLY vacillated between the NUC and System 76 .. but the OS that I’m familiar with, and use every day, won in the end.  It was also on sale .. and had better not drop further before years end!  🙂

This will be my ‘main’ machine and the grandkids will get the old CPU.  Now .. if I could only find an ‘A/B switch box’ that would work with the monitor!  [like that’s going to happen!]

Here is the info .. and I’ll let you know how it works!

ABS NUC Mini Desktop Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7567U (3.50 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 500 GB SSD Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit ANUC7I7-001


David DeGroff has died ..

DeGroff, David Carter Nov 14, 1925 – Oct 22, 2017 Age 91 years. Of Omaha. David served with the U.S. Army during World War II, worked at Lincoln National Life Ins for over 25 years and was a longtime member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He cherished spending time with his family and friends, playing cards and caring for his four legged friends. Preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma DeGroff; granddaughter, Sarah Waszak; sister, Molly Willett. Survived by wife, Beverly; daughter, Marcia Waszak; grandchildren: Nick, Matt, Katie; many other relatives and friends. VISITATION:: Sunday, October 29, 2017, from 4-6pm, at Braman Mortuary (72 St. Chapel). CELEBRATION OF DAVID’S LIFE: Monday, October 30, 2017, at 10am, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 5410 Corby St. Interment: Evergreen. Memorials to the church or Nebraska Humane Society. For more details, visit: BRAMAN MORTUARY 72nd St. Chapel 1702 N. 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68114 402-391-2171

Flashing my BIOS . .

Just a ‘heads up’ for all of you – flashing BIOS may cause harm!

Backstory: Laptop came with Win8.1  Installed Win10 and used Win8.1 key to upgrade to Win10Pro.  Win10 Anniversary did not install well . . . any of the 3 times I tried.

Fix: HP offered  BIOS update which I did.  Then I installed a new SS hard drive.  Next – installed Win10 ISO file and updated to Anniversary . . then updated to Creators edition.

Unfortunately, somewhere in the process, Microsoft decided to lose or ignore the ‘key’ for Win8.1 . . . . so I have the Home edition and can’t upgrade to Pro by entering the activation code for Win8.1  I used Belarc Advisor – on both my machines – and on the desktop my ‘key’ for Win7Pro is there along with a new activation code for Win10Pro-Creators.  On the laptop, the Win8.1 ‘key’ is gone and trying to change/insert the activation code does not work.

So was it the flashing or missing a key step in some process — I don’t know — but I’m NOT going to undo/redo or lose sleep.  Win10Home will do for the laptop.

My new Meerkat

I put the Meerkat by System76 on my Christmas wish list this year. And got it! Once I plugged it in I haven’t gone back to my windows machine. It’s been wonderful and also a challenge. I found that I could not get drivers for my old Canon printer. So after research got a new HP 6978 that was on sale. It is wireless. And I couldn’t get all the features to work. So I plugged in my old printer cable and copy/scan / double side printing and scanning worked. My next challenge is to access the data on my windows drive. and to see if my exact program will work in wine.

I am planning to bring it Saturday.

I forgot to say that the printer keeps track of the ink and ships more to you when it gets down to one-third.