Monday, September 3, 2018

Watching The World Go By


#shadows on the wall. #zenofbeer
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Watching The World Go By


#grilling #hat - primary difference between this and the #briskit hat is that this one is outside. #zenofbeer
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Watching The World Go By


The #briskit making #hat - preparing lunches for the week. #zenofbeer
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Watching The World Go By


#apples #backyardphotos #zenofbeer
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Saturday, June 2, 2018

YouTube Music

Looks Like I Have The New YouTube Music

So, I'd been expecting an email to let me into the new YouTube Music. Never got the email, but it turns out that somewhere behind the scenes, I did get access. My biggest concern about this whole new rollout is that I'd lose what I have in Google Play Music - My collection that I've been building for 30 years (format shifting my cassette tapes, CDs, and Vinyl to digital formats) stored in the cloud, and seamlessly merged with "rented" albums that I get with my subscription. A close second is that my listening suggestions would be influenced by the silly videos that I sometimes watch on YouTube, and finally, that I'd have random "fan created" nonsense included into my listening. These things are just a novelty to me, and I'm not interested in having them show up in my listening. 
I've started playing around with this thing, and I'm not yet impressed. 

First Thoughts

All of the information I'm seeing online indicates that my Google Play Music goodness will be merged into this new service...I feel a little better about things, but until I see it, I'm going to have reservations. 

The Good

I was able to add the new Ghost album to my collection and listen to that. Just that, without any videos. 

The Bad

  • The suggestions are based on my random watching of stupid YouTube videos - mostly useless.
  • No options to upload my personal library (yet).
  • No connection to my existing Google Play Music library - no listening history, no access to my existing uploads, no access to my existing purchased albums. 
  • No podcasts.
  • Across the board, 1 relevant suggestion - I broke with my normal YouTube habits, and checked out a video for one of the new tracks on the Ghost album. 
I suppose there is a reason they're trying to push this new service, but it's pretty clear that I am not the target audience. 


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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Watching The World Go By


#wallclock #zenofbeer
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Installing Crouton Again

Later that same day...

Finally got Crouton installed. Got Java installed. Went off to look for Android Studio...it's not supported on my hardware. Experiment done. 
I don't need the obnoxious beeping and security warnings every time I restart the thing, so back to the stable mode, it is. 


Looking for a usable dev box

So, I've recently purchased a Pixelbook. I know this thing has more than enough power to handle development work, should I desire to install Crouton. However, I do not desire to install Crouton. For this device, I'll wait till I can get Crostini installed and running. 
I also have a fairly beefy home computer, but I share it with my wife and daughter, so using that for dedicated development time is difficult. 
I have some old laptops...don't even go there. They take 10 minutes to boot, and once booted, are incredibly slow. 
I have access to my work laptop, but the fact is that even working from home, I don't really need it, so it annoys me that I have to carry that around with me just to do development work. 
With that said, I am now left with my old Asus C300 Chromebook. It's sitting around, gathering dust, and taking up space. A while back I had Crouton installed, but the security checks every time I booted got on my nerves enough, that I decided to go back to the regular mode and stop running Linux. I honestly don't recall how well that Chromebook did running Linux, so until I figure out something better to do with it, I'll reinstall Crouton on it and see if it's sufficient to do a little casual coding. 

With all of that said, one might wonder why a professional computer geek, like myself, doesn't just go out and buy a shiny new dev laptop all for myself. Well, to be perfectly honest, in addition to the fact that I did just dump a pretty coin on that Pixelbook, if I find myself with an extra $1000 or so, I'd rather do something like buy a new guitar, get a decent amp again, finish out my Iron Maiden vinyl collection in one fell swoop, or maybe even buy an electric lawn mower. It is what it is. I'm a geek when it suits me. Today, I'm not quite enough of a geek, so I'll try to re-purpose this old hardware. 
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