Well. It’s Monday. Again.

But at least it’s supposed to be a nice day. Not as hot. Which means I should get off my fat, old, ass and mow the lawns. Looks like a weed farm out there what with all the bright yellow flowers sticking up in the air! Probably need to start moving the rest of the cinder blocks to get them out of the way. Need to pull out the metal rods I use to hold the snow fence to keep the deer out. Should move the Caravan to get it out of the way.


But, I’m Retired and may or may not today.

So, I got out and mowed the front-lower, back, and actual front yards. Finished off the laundry I didn’t get completed yesterday. Washed my truck. Cleaned up the kitchen and finished cleaning the BBQ from the pork chops the other night. All my usual chores are done. I gotta quit drinking coffee in the mornings!


Tracked down, downloaded, and installed MoneyManagerEX for Linux (works great and that means another Windows program I can switch to Linux).


Got up to only about a humid 80 degrees today. Which has most everyone up here complaining. They aren’t used to the heat; and they’re really not used to high humidity. Wx Lady on Channel 13 seemed pretty excited about it though. (Or the studio was a lot cooler!)

And, that’s it for another night. Just not a lot goes on around here. Getting this Linux to working. Getting the Windows 7 VM to working with the hopes of replacing it. Listening to the repeaters. Getting things done. Just your average Joe …


Got Windows 7 In A VM. Finally!

rrr09bAnd it appears to be working just fine. Reinstalling all the programs I “usually” use; and will use them until I find a Linux equivalent that works for me. Blogilo just ain’t gonna make it. I guess I’m too used to Windows Live Writer (since it does what I want it to do). Getting S10 Password Vault installed is sure going to save me some time and effort moving all my passwords over to Linux!

Not much else going on around here. About as SSDD a Sunday as you can get for the bucks you pays. SWMBO made corn on the cob & mashed and I BBQ’d the pork chops for dinner. It was all yummy!

Now we’re just sorta chilling.

I really like this Ubuntu Studio. When I’m in Thunderbird I sometimes have to remind myself that I’m not in Windows anymore. That’s cool! I haven’t really tried all the different Audio/Video programs, yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I like learning new things and trying out different programs.

I set Thunderbird up to where the Linux and Windows programs share the same files on my data drive. That way I can check mail in either and not have to copy/move things around. But, sometimes Linux Thunderbird loses everything and I have to access my data drive, then restart Thunderbird, to get everything back. Small problem that I’m sure is fixable. Maybe I ought to permanently mount the data drive? Hmmm… I wonder how one does that?

I set it up to where I have only 2 workspaces spread across 3 screens. That means I have six places I can put running programs. Weird. Fun, but you can forget where you put things. I just made this Windows 7 VM visible in all the Workspaces so I can’t lose it. Cool!

rr06The video isn’t quite as good as it is on a straight Windows 7 OS though. VLC Media Player seems a bit more, uh, blocky is the only word that comes to mind. But a really up to date nVidia driver hasn’t been released for Linux though. One of these days … (When people get tired of Microsoft running their lives and most everyone switches over to Linux then you’ll see more programs and drivers released for Linux.)

Have to find out if X-Plane from “Steam” will download and work on Linux. I know MSFSX won’t; but it would be nice if X-Plane did. I do like my flight simulators. I don’t know what to do about OneDrive & Google Drive either. I don’t really have the room on this VM to store all those pictures. (Unless, when/if I actually format my real Windows 7 drive I could make one big damned VM out of it!)

So, right now I’m running Ubuntu Studio with a Windows 7 VM off to the right monitor and learning a lot of things. Fun!

MCARC 2-meter Sunday Evening Chat Net went well. Twelve check-ins tonight; and a couple of “new” guys. Cool!


I Feel A Headache Coming On

I do. Haven’t had one in awhile so it is about time. But I still don’t like them. Can’t figure out what’s bringing this one on either. Wx isn’t changing to cold and wet. Haven’t eaten any trigger foods that I can remember. Oh, shit. My Ex- must be thinking about me again! Her and that damned voodoo doll!

b3-2Think I’ll pull the Icom-208H out of the truck, bring it inside, hook it up, and sit here and program it. Gotta be more comfortable than bending into weird positions in the truck. That’ll also let me look up things I forgot to write down; like PL Codes! (Otherwise it was a beautiful list.)

The headache sorta came but was pretty much gong by 1300 or so. Must have been the heat that drove it out! Our thermometer on the deck read 105 degrees at 1300. Phew! I didn’t spend a lot of time outside but did manage to go for several walks around the back of the property. Did just sit outside for awhile earlier trying to decide if the headache was going to come on or not. It wouldn’t make up it’s mind.

Took the Icom-208H out of the truck and hooked it up in my room. Way Much Easier to program from a sitting position! Way Much Easier. I had to look up all the PL codes for the frequencies I wrote down but that really wasn’t a biggie. Sure getting to know the manual that came with the radio!

Also got off my ass and decided on Ubuntu Studio and installed that on my desktop computer. It appears to be working well. Had to learn how to update Grub so Windows would show up on the boot menu. Even learned how to make it boot into Windows automatically instead of booting into Linux. That’s a good thing for now.


So I spent a couple of hours installing stuff in Linux. Ubuntu Studio already has a bunch of programs installed for the things I usually do with my computer; I just had to add other programs to do other things. Like a program to post to my blogs and Thunderbird. I’m going to try to use the Linux equivalents of the programs I use in Windows to do what I do.

And that’s pretty much it. SWMBO made it home safe and has had dinner. We’re settling into our daily routine and it’s about bedtime for this old guy.