I wrote into two blogs that I rarely think about:
Gathering up all of my blog entries from everywhere and putting them under one site has always been in the back of my mind. I have taken steps to do this, especially grabbing entries from WordPress sites en masse, but I have yet to write and deploy the scripts that fixes the metadata and image links to really make it happen.
My "old" WordPress blog is pretty deep in terms of content. It was active from 2005 through 2009ish. Combine that with my Daily News-hosted tech blog, active from 2006 through 2011 (with a smattering since then) and my other Daily News-hosted personal blog, active from 2006 to maybe 2009 with a trickle since then, you have a lot of blog posts.
If and when I do get the ability to take the output from WordPress data dumps and turn it into text and image files that can work in flat-file blogging systems, then I'll have a huge archive of everything, however dubious it may be.
I had a new keyboard, and my "n" key on the old one broke again (the replacement was never as good as the original key), so I decided to pull the laptop apart and install the new keyboard.
While putting it all together, I did get one little screw wedged in a plastic hole (I'll extract that one later and replace it), but an old laptop can get along with many fewer case screws than it ships with. If you've ever had a used or otherwise repaired laptop, you know what I'm talking about.
The keyboard replacement wasn't too hard. I probably took out a lot more screws than needed to make it happen. I could have just removed the back panel, unscrewed the keyboard-retaining screw (that's the wedged-in-plastic one) and popped the keyboard out from behind/below by aggressively pushing on the proper spot with an eraser-tipped pencil.
I tried that, and it wasn't happening. I knew the keyboard was held in "tight" due to the last time I tried to replace it when I had the wrong part.
So I took out a bunch more screws and then tried again. The extra screws probably didn't need to be removed, but at that point I was more confident in the amount of pressure I was putting on that eraser-tipped pencil to push the keyboard out through the top of the laptop's plastic case.
I got the keyboard out and pulled the ribbon cable.
Inserting the new keyboard's ribbon cable wasn't instant. It took me a couple of minutes to figure out how it snapped in. But I got it done, snapped the keyboard itself into the case and closed everything up.
It all works, and now I have a new keyboard on this laptop that will be 4 years old in a couple of months.
This keyboard isn't a "springy" as the other replacement keyboard I bought a few months back that didn't quite fit, but it'll do the job and give this laptop some more useful life.
My last laptop, a low-priced Lenovo G555, only lasted 2 years before it went to sleep and never woke up. This also-cheap HP Pavilion g6-2210us is still running at nearly 4 years old, but not without effort.
It just underscores my contention that you can't really get 5 years of service out of a laptop. If they don't fail mechanically or electronically, they'll be ancient in some other way. I'm no longer saying "don't pay more than $500 for a laptop," because I see real differences between the $500 and $700-900 laptops being offered these days. But I will say that no matter how much you pay, if you're beating the hell out of it like I do, don't expect more than two trouble-free years.
* Pictured above is the new keyboard before I put it in. After removing the hatch at the bottom of the laptop and removing a retaining screw, there is a little hole on which you can push at the keyboard from below with an eraser-tipped pencil and loosen its plastic grip with the case enough to start unsnapping it the rest of the way around for replacement.
Am I the only person to notice that comic book shop-owning Stuart (Kevin Sussman) on the "The Big Bang Theory" is wearing an Ubuntu T-shirt on the episode airing Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017? (It's Season 10, Episode 17, if that information helps you.)
The T-shirt appearance isn't as overt as Sheldon's mention of the Ubuntu Linux operating system way back in Season 3 (Episode 22, according to one YouTube video title), but it's an unusual return for Ubuntu to the world of "Big Bang."
What does it mean that the show's most loserly character is a Ubuntu fan?
Tim Buchwaldt: Rails is f*cking boring! I love it. https://medium.com/@timbuchwaldt/rails-is-boring-thats-great-f896e9ab2cb#.djk89skub
Are you having the same problem I've been having with Fedora 25 updates and something having to do with
I found the answer in the Fedora Forums:
You need to get rid of this old package first, then do the software upgrade:
$ sudo dnf remove system-config-firewall-base
Then do your usual upgrade, either in your favorite GUI (Whatever GNOME is using or yumex-dnf) or dnf in the terminal:
$ sudo dnf upgrade
This is very likely only an issue if you've been upgrading the same system since Fedora 21 (and I have).
.@netlify positions itself as a beast on static-site delivery https://www.netlify.com/features/
Choosing a Hugo theme, Part 1 http://stevenrosenberg.net/hugo/post/2017_0219_choosing_a_hugo_theme_part_1/ @golang #Hugo @gohugoio http://gohugo.io
Hugo community: Alternatives to Disqus needed more than ever https://discuss.gohugo.io/t/alternative-to-disqus-needed-more-than-ever/5516
Aaron Patterson: I am a 'puts' debugger https://tenderlovemaking.com/2016/02/05/i-am-a-puts-debuggerer.html
The @washingtonpost is becoming my go-to. Packed with news and intrigue, costs less than @nytimes.