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March 2016

Sunday, 27 March, 2016

I am continuing work on the book. I have finished the first chapter and given it to the NILUG members for comments and additions. I am now working on the second chapter, Installing Linux. I will have to add a bunch of new information to this chapter, as all new computers have UEFI instead of BIOS.

I really need more people to review the chapters as I finish them. That would at least let me know I was going in the right direction with the book.


I have edited my Dutch Oven Dishes cookbook, re-organizing and spell-checking it. There are now fewer pages, for those who want to print the cookbook. I have posted the new version on the Cookbooks page.


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Monday, 21 March, 2016

This week I started to write a book I tentatively titled Linux Mint Beginner's Guide. The North Idaho Linux Users Group will have previews of each chapter so they can make suggestions for additions and changes.


My Honda's radio has a USB plug, so I play MP3 songs and radio shows through the radio using a USB memory stick. I also have some broadcast dramas such as Star Wars Episodes 4, 5 and 6 and Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, which I have backed up from CD to MP3s. I have had trouble playing those because they don't want to play in the proper order.

I have tried renaming each of the files to get them to play correctly. I have tried changing the files' date/time stamps. I even tried re-doing the internal MP3 information to get them to play in the proper order. None of those efforts worked.

I finally pulled out the 200+ page owners manual for the Honda. There is a single sentence in there that states that normally songs will be played in the order in which they are stored on the media. That means that the directory structure of the media determines the play order. Weird.

So I copied all the directories and files from the memory stick I was using and erased the stick. I then created a new directory for each CD's files, then copied each file back onto the memory stick individually in the order I wanted to play them. Surprise! that worked. Leave it to yet another big company to ignore the requirements of their customers and do everything the 'convenient to them' way.


I was going to post a thing on the Trump's violation of 6 of the 7 deadly sins, but I decided not to. Let me just say instead that I have no respect for, or interest in voting for any Democrat or Republican for President. I will be voting for independents, mostly Libertarian independents this coming election.


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Monday, 14 March, 2016

It has come to my attention that there are actually more things on YouTube than short videos on my favorite subjects. If you go on YouTube and search for science fiction movies, you will see there are a lot of them. I bet there are more movies in other genres, too. It's certainly more entertaining than watching some of the other drek that appears on the Net.


One of my favorite Mexican dishes is a soup or stew called pozole. It consists mainly of broth, pork and hominy. The problem with it is that the price of canned pozole has gone way up and I can no longer justify buying it.

I have inadvertently stumbled on what you could call the homemade version. It is a recipe in The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, called Slow-Cooker Mexican-Style Pork Stew. Not a name that falls trippingly from the tongue, but it makes up for it in taste. I'm going to have some really good meals from this.

Note that this recipe can only be gotten from their web page if you sign up with them. I'm glad I have the hardcopy of the cookbook.


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Wednesday, 9 March, 2016

This weekend I picked up a copy of the INCCC Calendar of Events. Since they have not put this calendar of auto events online, I am in the process of entering all that information in to the Phuddy Duddy Cruisers calendar by hand. I hope to be done with that later today or tomorrow.


I have finished extracting the episodes of the Flash Gordon television show (1953) from the single huge file that was on the DVD. I am now doing several other TV shows. First up is One Step Beyond, which ran from 1959 to 1961. All this backing up will take me quite a while, since the episodes will have to be unbundled like the Flash Gordon and Captain Z-Ro episodes were.


I changed the tires on my car from snow tires to regular tires yesterday, so... it snowed last night. Of course.


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Sunday, 6 March, 2016

Several years ago, I purchased a couple of sets of compilation DVDs from Amazon. One was 50 SciFi Classics and the other was Classic SciFi TV. The former contains 50 old science fiction movies, some of which are even watchable. The TV collection contains 150 episodes of old science fiction television programs.

I had already backed up the more watchable movies onto my Plex server, but not all of them. I decided it was time all those old movies end up on my hard drive, so I've spent the last few days backing them up to that hard drive. I have finished that task.

Yesterday evening I started in on the TV episodes, which include such items as Rocky Jones, Captain Z-Ro, Space Angel and Flash Gordon. There are 12 DVDs in that collection, and I have backed up four of them. the only problem with them is that a lot of the episodes are combined into a single huge file, so I will have to use OpenShot to extract each episode so it may be backed up properly. I will start on that little task today.


You may wonder how full my hard drive is with all these movies, TV shows, home videos and music albums. Well, it has 60GB of free space out of 2TBs of space. Since I am getting to the end of its storage capacity, I also spent yesterday copying the contents of that hard drive onto a new 4TB drive. That effort took 16 hours. Good thing I didn't have to monitor it.


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Wednesday, 2 March, 2016

The third edition of the camp-cook.com cookbook was down to 598 pages when I finished reformatting it. I am now starting to add some new recipes from the web site, and all of a sudden it is up to 606 pages. That is still much less than it was at 674 pages. And the file itself is 1/3 the size of the second edition's.

I have published the 3rd edition of the Campfire Cooking cookbook. It is smaller and has more recipes than earlier editions. You can pick it up from my Cookbooks web page.


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