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February 2016


Friday, 5 February, 2016

I am at about the halfway point of the Camp-cook cookbook re-editing. It's looking good for size - the 3rd edition souce file is currently 4.8MB, while the 2nd edition (with 100 less recipes) is 11.2MB. Length is currently 634 pages, down from 674 pages. This editing seems to be well worth the effort.

I had my other cataract removed on Wednesday. No problems so far after the operation. It will be nice to have consistent vision in both eyes, and no yellow-brownish cast to everything.

I have found I can see the computer screens better if I completely remove my glasses. Since I haven't been able to do that since I was 17, how cool is that?

Silly sign of the day:

Free/Open Source Software

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"

Monday, 1 February, 2016

I am about 1/6 of the way through the re-editing of the 3rd edition of the Camp-cook cookbook. If things continue the way they are going, the new version will be 17% smaller than it was in December. That means it will be well under 600 pages, with the same content as when it was 674 pages. It is hard work, though. And I have to make the same changes to the EPUB version.

When I was visiting my relatives in December, I performed my yearly installation and update tasks with their computers. The only computer I could not update was my sister's laptop, which would no longer work because the battery was not being charged.

My sister got a new laptop for Christmas to replace the broken one, so I took the broken one along with me when I came home. Once here, I removed her hard drive and copied her home directory onto a memory stick and mailed that to her. The laptop has been sitting here for a month now, so I decided to see if I could get it working again.

By observing how it behaved, I traced the problem down to the power plug. Last Thursday, I took the laptop over to F1 For Help so I could use his benchtop and tools. I removed about 2 dozen screws, the hard drive, the DVD drive and the keyboard and finally got where I could look at the power plug. Sure enough, the plug had a broken wire. I soldered that back on, re-assembled the laptop and I now have a working machine. The battery now charges just fine.

Since my sister now has a new laptop, I think I will hold onto this one. It's much smaller than my 17" laptop, so it's easier to lug around.

I installed Linux Mint 17.3 on it, along with other applications I normally use, such as Galculator, Lazarus, Virtualbox, KeePassX, FileZilla, Sigil and some games. I will take it with me when I go anywhere that I need some computing power. Not having to lug around 24 pounds of computer will be a nice change.

Silly sign of the day:

Free/Open Source Software

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"