April 5, 2018 Notes

Private Internet Access (PIA) goes Open Source

are universal containerized software packages that are simple to create and install. They auto-update and are safe to run. And because they bundle their dependencies, they work on all major Linux systems without modification.

Find snaps for Linux

Some snaps...

LibreOffice - is a powerful office suite including word processing and creation of spreadsheets, slideshows and databases.

VLC - is the VideoLAN project's media player. VLC plays every multimedia file and streams.

Skype - instant message, voice or video call all for free, no matter what device they use Skype on. Skype is available on phones, tablets, PCs, Macs and Linux.

Pencilsheep - is a free professional image editor with full GPU acceleration.

Spotify - Stream the tracks you love instantly, browse the charts or fire up readymade playlists in every genre and mood. Radio plays you great song after great song, based on your music taste. Discover new music too, with awesome playlists built just for you.

March 15, 2018 Notes

2018 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report

Microsoft headlined a major Linux conference
- Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft is buying control of Linux
- Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

Microsoft and Canonical to Offer Enhanced VM Experiences for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Sneak Peek: Taking a Spin with Enhanced Linux VMs

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 Notes

Diagramming You Network:

Ralph's current network

Ralphs network notes, etc.

Programs to diagram your network:


yEd Graph Editor

LibreOffice - Draw

Dia Diagram Editor

Install Ubuntu on your Chromebook

Ubuntu MATE 17.10 by Joshua Allen Holm

MATE Desktop Environment

XPS 13 Developer Edition the 7th gen is here!
Don't get confused... This is the 7th gen Dell XPS 13 using the Intel 8th Gen CPU.

Dell Systems Developed by and for Developers


JANUARY  11, 2018 Notes

Ranch WIFI
- Bringing true high speed internet to the rural fringe.

- The best value all-in-one 1080p HD smart home camera.

WyzeCam Review: the best security camera $20 can buy

WyzeCam Review and Rating

WyzeCam 1080p
- Amazon

Blink Home Security

January 1, 2018 Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge

Lenovo Yoga 920
- I needed a replacement device for a variety of aging portable laptop devices ranging from years 2012, 2013 and 2014. My go to everyday devices are still the iPhone 10 and the 2017 iPad Pro 12.9 tablet. I still have a variety of Windows 10 and Linux desktop and servers at home.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018

SCaLE (Southern California Linux Expo)
Contact Alan for a discount code.

New Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

Intel NUC Goes Hades Canyon Check Out The NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK

Intels Hades Canyon NUCs with Radeon Graphics are Official: $799 - $999, Shipping in Spring 2018

Fix Windows and Linux Showing Different Times When Dual Booting 

Linux Mint Installation Guide