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I found my thumb-drive. Civilization is safe for at least one more day. (So happy thought I had lost it - was pushed behind my monitor! Damn.)
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What about when the dog chews it right off the computer?
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For some reason this just hits the right spot for me. HAHAHAHA
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+Luke Lewis I wish I could do them more often too. But I have to pay the bills, so my client work always takes priority. I hope one day to be able to sustain myself with this sort of stuff, but that will take time.

Thanks so much, for watching and commenting. I appreciate it.
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Dear Sonicwall, sshh Dell, how I love thee...I did a network swap and some learning last night on how to configure my new Sonicwall stuff.

Last night about 9:45 I was ready to kill something. However after getting the network up and internet to the lan and basic services going - then getting some sleep - this morning has been fantastic.

I can believe the difference in power and ease of use coming from Zyxel. Wonderful UTM device as well as switches.
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I'm browsing through Reddit and see where a /r/ has put this up. Apparently Nokia has posted this on their Facebook(ugh).

Anyone else get the distinct feeling that each year this is a way for companies to show off ideas to gauge consumer reaction. For instance this below. If everyone is like "eww and awww" over it, it ends up being a legit "we're working on it" campaign. If it gets a bunch of "wtfs" they are all like "April Fools!"

Personally, guess it's not a popular opinion, but can we stop the idiocy. It's fun for a few laughs then just turns sad at the amount of gullible people who fall for crap this day each year.
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Clearly an April fools LOL
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Well it's time for a new laptop. I looked at all the MacBooks, Dells, Lenovo's yadda yadda. Had my mind made up on a Dell XPS 13/14 or 15 especially considering the dev edition with Linux!

But then got to thinking, "what am I going to use this for?" WORK! I'm not looking for a fashion statement - didn't want to put much money into it I mainly need it for some coding work a little travel, and to do network tasks / remote desktop.

So I got to thinking about getting a chromebook and putting linux on it. Two stuck out in my head the HP 14 and the Acer C720. Both have upgradable storage (though not as easy as a laptop) and both are cheap! (Talking sub $400). But then I started thinking about processing power and all the additional options a laptop would give me.

So started looking at ultra books and laptops and realizing I have a champagne taste on a beer budget. I simple don't need to put a lot of money in this - but I need linux compatibility and relatively small foot print and at a cost that doesn't break the bank.

All considered I think I found sort of the middle ground of everything. Apparently amazon sells "used" laptops. Essentially stuff people have sent back. The test to see if it works and repackage it.

So I just grabbed me a Dell Inspiron 3537 (i5-4200U, 6GB ddr3, 750GB harddrive etc.) for less than $400!!!!! (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F3ZO422/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Well $418 after getting a new attache case and next day delivery. ;-)

So in the end comparing to the HP 14 chromebook I'm giving up some of the battery life (9 vs 7), and gaining some additional weight 3.5lbs to 5.2 lbs which isn't a hassle. BUT! I get a ton more processor power, better screen, better graphics, more storage, more ram, a disk drive (not really needed at this point though) and the ability to just install Linux without having to "hack" at it.

So is it the best idea that fits everyone? No it's not, but for a power user that need something more I think it hits all the points I was looking for - a great machine at sub $400 that supports a linux installation. Everything else is just gravy.

So unless you're one of those "I have to have everything brand new" sort of guys and you are shooting for a deal and a chromebook hit's just a tad to low on your spec sheet but at the right price range - don't forget to look around!

In the end I paid ~$40 more than an HP 14 Chromebook, but I'm getting WAAAAYYYY more computer. Remember if it fits your work flow and style get it rather it be a $350 chromebook, $400 laptop, or a $1600 ultra book (which is what I wish I could have gotten lol)
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Ok, that's cool. Hope you get something put together that does what you want.

My partner games on her laptop because she doesn't USE a desktop anymore. It's 5X more powerful than her old desktop, and with an external trackball, keyboard, and monitor, it's about the same.
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Yup believe I know where some of my next stuff is coming from hahaha
 
Wow. Best won I have seen in a while.
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My Marine buddy said a while ago "what's up with this guy? I like his vids, but he's off a little."

My reply, "he's a Ranger."

"You guys ARE crazy." LMAO
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Aye - custom coding project for myself. Milestone #1 done. My first fully hashed and salted registration, login, and logout using sessions. Fully utilizing what I've learned at work with PDO to pull up any information from the database I want!

Now that I have my starting point I can finally start to visualize my site and build it from the ground up. Got tired of what wordpress and the other blogging / CMS systems offer and needed some additional non-headache inducing solutions.

Only way to get what you want and it work exactly how you want is to do it yourself. One CMS coming up soon. ;-) (I hope)

Time for bed this has been a long afternoon of coding and getting the very basics covered.  
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What's worse than a slow ass old person in the fast lane during lunch hour? One driving a Prius......GET THE FUCK OUTTA THE WAY - you know some people are still working and need to get shit done on lunch....FFS.
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Well don't feel like you need to smoke weed for me - do that for yourself. It's just been one of those days heh. It's about to be over soon enough though and I can go home and veg.
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"Distro projects like Zorin and LXLE tout their Windows-like appearance and ease of use in order to draw Windows users who are resistant to change. It does sound good in concept, but I don’t care how you dress up the user interface, it’s the inner workings that define the environment."

That's exactly it. I know the very first time I tried to use linux for my desktop it took all of about 3 days before I put Windows back on my machine. I loved the interface but the changes in the way that everything worked to install and manage stuff on the system "scared" me and more importantly aggravated me and I felt it wasn't worth my time.

Another quote from an angry person in the story:
“I can’t do a * **** thing on this POS. Bring us something we can use.”

That's basically what I felt like. Was it that linux couldn't take care of what I want? Absolutely not - it was because it wasn't the way I was used to it working. 

I think going into linux you need a couple things in your head. First - it's going to be like the first time you ever used a computer. Simply use it and figure it out. The next thing would be "it's not a Windows replacement" - it's more a Windows alternative. Don't just think it but understand what to expect and understand the systems are not fundamentally the same. Yes they accomplish the same basic tasks but after that nothing else is the same.

But I think above all - the biggest thing scaring people off from at least trying linux is the "that's what serious computer users use" mentality that surround most linux users and the conversations they hold with people.

It does give a use more of an air of technability. (that's copyrighted btw hah!) People have a sense of pride that they know how to use and configure their machine. They are in charge of their machine and are willing to mold whatever it is on that computer to do what they need it to do.

And in the end - that just scares a user who only wants to be safe on their PC and enjoy surfing the web or playing a time wasting game. And that's sad - because at this point using linux really isn't that much harder now with the software packages available and hardware support for most if not all things.

And for a self diagnosed "power user" linux is upsetting not because it sucks or doesn't get the job done - but because it's hard to get setup and a power user is used to jumping into it and just using it and molding it the way they want, which isn't the same for linux, especially when most programs that have the same functionality is called something off the wall you aren't used to.

So have I felt over the past, what...year or so(much longer playing with systems through the years), or using a linux only machine at work that it's been scary, or I haven't been able to get things done? Absolutely not - it does everything my windows machine did at this point and then some. It's made my life easier and faster and that's a good thing. I think everyone should give it a go - at least for a few months because getting started and learning it is the hard part. 
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Well this is what I had done today. I think I got all the good out of em. ;-)

That's 3 years worth of driving on a mud tire with a jeep. And as you can tell I didn't keep them rotated. This time around they are staying on schedule since I got 5 brand new tires.

BF-Goodwrench makes one hell of a good tire! (These are 35x12.50-15 KM2's)
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