Monthly Archives: August 2016


Yes. Something useful grows in my yard. Grapes. Two years ago I ordered two vines from a local supplier. They grew a little the first year, establishing roots. The second year, they took off, reaching the second rung of a … Continue reading

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Hackberries In The Ground

“I suddenly realized it is one of the best food and shelter plants for wildlife. I had not really noticed that its berries remain on its branches throughout the winter months. Quail, pheasants, woodpeckers, and cedar waxwings feed on its … Continue reading

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The Last Spike

Folks are always fond of announcing the finishing of some project. Well, today, we are one day away from planting all TLW’s trees. Yesterday, I dug six holes and today we planted a Thuja occidentalis and five shrubs. All that … Continue reading

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M$ Tries But Just Doesn’t Get FLOSS

“Microsoft has laid part of the blame for Bing Maps’ mis-location of the Australian city of Melbourne by a whole hemisphere on Wikipedia. Yes, Wikipedia, “the free encyclopaedia that anyone can edit.”” See Microsoft’s maps lost Melbourne because it used bad Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Best Practices Declared Evil By The Ignorant

“She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn’t just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can’t read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don’t use BleachBit for yoga emails or … Continue reading

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Bern Takes The Next Step Towards Free/Libre Open Source Software

“the city approved a CHF 843,00 (about EUR 750,000) proof of concept study for a switch to open source desktop solutions. The proposal was supported by a clear majority in the council, with 49 votes in favour and 18 against.” See … Continue reading

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Search For MH370 – Desperate Measures

“Phase one involves setting adrift ocean drifter buoys used in the Global Drifter Program along with models of the flaperon which have been fitted with satellite trackers. The models will be tracked to establish the rate and direction of drift … Continue reading

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9 Apple Trees All In A Row

Last year, I was bold enough to plant 3 apple trees out in the yard near the ditch without official permission from TLW… She was furious when she spotted the tiny things. She muttered something about cutting them down or … Continue reading

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Oh! The Horror! Ireland Stays Enslaved To M$

“The last 18 months has seen Europe’s biggest Microsoft replacement project, with 47,000 new machines running Windows 7 and 10 over the last year allowing for the scrappage of ones running Windows XP, NT and even 98. “Having said that, … Continue reading

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Time To Move To PostgreSQL

“MariaDB Corp. has announced that release 2.0 of its MaxScale database proxy software is henceforth no longer open source. The organization has made it source-available under a proprietary license that promises each release will eventually become open source once it’s … Continue reading

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Hot Flash! Trump Dying!

“Much in the way “birthers” (Trump was among the most prominent) sought similar ends by questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship, the "healthers" are using junk science and conspiracy theories to argue that Clinton is suffering from a series of debilitating … Continue reading

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THE BIG LIE About Operating Systems

“In terms of the smartphone operating system (OS) market, Android regained share over iOS to achieve an 86 percent share (see Table 2) in the second quarter of 2016. Android’s performance continued to come from demand for mid- to lower-end … Continue reading

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