Tech Friday: Moved my blog to an AMD Premium server while updating the OS to Ubuntu 22.04.1

Posted By on December 9, 2022

About this time of year the handful of servers that I maintain need to be looked at a little closer. Often I’m only doing the minimum maintenance, updates and backups … because there are often problems after an update. Pointing being, maintenance on this server have been getting over looked and put on the back burner.

So is getting some new hardware and a spiffy Linux “Jammy Jellyfish” update. After a few tense hours yesterday, I “think” it is updated and running smoothly?

For one reason or another, this year I decided to go all out (cough, cough) by spending an extra $12 and have updated the relatively low-priced hardware, as well as the Linux version (now Ubuntu 22.04.1). Instead of a teeny, tiny ,wimpy server, I’ve upgraded to a 64-bit AMD “Premium” … which mean it is now just a “tiny, wimpy” server.

It will be interesting if I notice any improvements? I’m dubious … as I still plan to move things to a Raspberry Pi someday.

How many flat tires does a person repair in a lifetime? #TBT

Posted By on December 8, 2022

The Throwback Thursday #TBT tag was just an excuse to ask the question: “How many flat tires does a person need to have repaired in their lifetime?” AcuraRDX_Flat221204I don’t know the answer, but I do know that I’ve repaired A LOT.

It seems I’m forever needing to add air (change in temperatures), have a slow leak or pick up a nail … or thorn when it comes to lawn equipment tires.

Last week Brenda’s 2010 Acura RDX once again indicated a low tire. Since it was “that time of year” when the temperatures drop, I didn’t immediately address the problem and assumed the drop in temps triggered the sensor. BUT when I walked out to the garage over the weekend, bingo … indeed it was something else as her car had a flat tire.


While going through the motions of removing the nail and plugging the tire, I started to wonder about people who are a bit less mechanically inclined and don’t have the ability or interest to take care of these kinds of problems themselves? I suppose they spend their day getting a tow and taking their cars to their neighborhood repair garage, tire shop or car dealer? Also, “necessity is the mother of invention” as there is help on the Internet or YouTube, so they may eventually learn how to tackle these kinds of repetitive repairs. If you didn’t have a father, mother or neighbor to teach and it was not taught in school years ago, I’m not sure how you learned it? Then there is the big question of having the right tools, etc. All I know is that I’m glad to at least be able to handle these things at home and in my garage. Yes, I’m currently thinking my son Taylor. (urban living). 😉

Remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor 81 years ago

Posted By on December 7, 2022

It feels uncomfortably routine, to nonchalantly include a remembrance post on December 7th each year … but it is important to reflect on the evil of man and human devastation associated with war.  In remembering the loss of American lives inflicted by the Japanese in their “unprovoked and dastardly” attack of Pearl Harbor, I’ll include a very brief history and timeline below.

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In remembering 2400 Americans who lost their lives that day in 1941, it is important to follow the events that lead to Japan deciding to go to war with … as Isoroku Yamamoto put it … “a sleeping giant.”   The timeline preceding attacking the U.S. may have a bit to do with Japan being closed society for so many centuries or just the ambitions of egotistical and power hungry humans. Take a look at history. Japan’s lack of resources required that they colonize to support their growth and technological advancement  … and perhaps in their eyes of their leaders … to protect their growing population.

By the end of the 1930s, Japanese ambition was clear … and with the western world focused on Germany , the Nazis and Hitler … European colonial powers were clearly preoccupied with what would be another World War. By 1940, the U.S. made an attempt to thwart Japanese expansion by imposing trade sanctions and then an oil embargo on oil in order to stop their military expansion in Asia (Japan had invaded North China in 1937). By 1941, Japanese officers started discussing a possible attack on Pearl Harbor.

Timeline in for the year of 1941 (

Nov. 16: Japanese submarines depart for Pearl Harbor in preparation of a possible attack.

Nov. 26: A final attempt at diplomacy on the part of the Japanese is rejected by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Japanese aircraft carriers and escorts depart for Pearl Harbor in response.

Nov. 27: President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues a war warning for the Pacific, which is largely ignored in Hawaii.

Dec. 6: U.S. intelligence decodes a crucial message pointing to the next morning as a deadline for an undetermined Japanese action. The message is delivered to Washington’s high command more than four hours ahead of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the message is not forwarded to U.S. commanders in Honolulu.

Dec. 7, 7:02 a.m. local time: Two U.S. radar operators identify large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island of Oahu from the north. Because they were expecting a flight of B-17s from the U.S. at any moment, they do not sound an alarm.

Dec. 7, 7:55 a.m. local time: A swarm of Japanese warplanes descends on Honolulu, attacking ships in Pearl Harbor, as well as air stations at Hickam, Wheeler, Ford Island, Kaneohe and Ewa Field. The attack lasts for two hours and 20 minutes.
When the attack is finally over, 18 ships and more than 300 aircraft have been destroyed or damaged. More than 2,400 Americans were killed, and an additional 1,200 wounded.

Dec. 8: President Roosevelt addresses Congress, and his address is broadcast via radio to the American public. Roosevelt asks Congress for a declaration of war against Japan, which Congress approves.


Amazon book order delay and leftover snow mailbox photo

Posted By on December 6, 2022

MailboxSnowman2022No … we don’t have snow in Cincinnati just yet, but the snowbelt areas of western New York sure got their share in November. I’ll include a leftover Twitter photo from the Buffalo NY area that is sure to make someone smile (very creative snowman or mailbox)?


On the Amazon rant subject, I ordered an  older book on the recommendation of my friend Jeff that has yet to arrive. Amazon ship dates saying one thing, but their shipping updates AFTER an order has been place is getting more and more frustrating all the time. Still, I’m looking forward to readingThe Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig von Mises from over 50 years ago.

A reviewer on Amazon wrote:

Book_AntiCapitalisticMentalityOver fifty years ago, the famous economist whose career "showed that government intervention is always destructive," penned The Anti-capitalistic Mentality. This short book marked his official venture into psychology. We should be grateful today for its insight. His deconstruction of those opposed to free markets indicates that he had a far better understanding of humanity than do the majority of psychologists.

What impresses most about The Anti-capitalistic Mentality is just how prescient a work it is. The failures of socialism were evident in the 1950s but not as glaring as they are in 2008. Yet this truth does not prevent our politicians from continuing to push for more and more government expansion. The concomitant disruption and diminution of the private sector is discounted entirely. The experiences of Soviet Russia, the Warsaw Pact countries, and the vivid and ongoing failures of communist starvation zones like Cuba and North Korea are pooh-poohed by those desirous of further empowering the Leviathan. In light of what America has become, Von Mises’ elucidation of the enemies of capitalism is more pertinent than ever.


Music Monday: “Georgia” – Boz Scaggs (Silk Degrees 1976)

Posted By on December 5, 2022

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For the record, we joined Costco with the rest of America

Posted By on December 4, 2022

RichCostcoMembership2022With a new Costco store opening close to home in Liberty Township, Ohio (and one in Delray or actually in Boca Raton, FL), Brenda and I have finally decided to join. My buddy Jeff has been a Costco shopper for eons … and Katelyn and Drew are always telling us about their weekend trips to the warehouse club … so after shopping with them over Thanksgiving week in Florida, we decided to make it a “dinner date destination” and joined (it is hard to be an impressive hot dog and drink for $1.50 and giant slice of pizza for $2.00).

Even though we dislike shopping and no long “feed a family,” we kind of enjoyed the experience and will give it a least a one year try. I’m only hoping to find a time that it is a bit less crowded because so far it always seems to be busy.

EDIT 12/5/2022: Also … it is’s pick for company of the year.

How we chose Costco as Yahoo Finance’s Company of the Year Dec 5, 2022 (more…)

Archive: I love seeing “homebuilding” progress photos

Posted By on December 3, 2022


OostraHouseInsideNov2022Thankfully, even as the weather begins to cool these days, the homebuilding progress doesn’t screech to a halt as it did years ago (showing my age).

With that, it is great to archive a photo or two as the walls go up on Katelyn and Drew’s new house in northwest Ohio. There is a small part of me that would love to build again, but another part that keeps telling myself  that I should “be content and enjoy watching our children fulfill their dreams.”

(Perhaps there should be a tag for this #homebuilding project?)

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