Server updates, out-of-date WordPress plug-ins and a test video

Posted By on May 23, 2019

It is time to work on a few long in the tooth server updates and one of them isn’t compatible with my “old” WordPress video plug-in – it is no longer supported. There are several options that I’m testing both for my site as well as customer installs so am testing one of them with a filler video in my post below the break.

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A good economy, but we are dealing with other political issues

Posted By on May 22, 2019

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Yes … the U..S economy is in good shape … but if you are an investor, these last few weeks may not have felt like the stock market is responding as it should in a good economy? Enter trade with China well primarily China. Yet there is also unrest in the Middle East with Iran’s saber rattling, Hezbollah firing rockets into Israel, Venezuela shaking their military dictator in South America, Britain with their Brexit dilemma and most of Europe in dealing with their sluggish economy and changing demographics (might as well add Russia into the mix too).

So with all of that, improving our trade agreements with China and others who have been unwilling to play fair for decades, doesn’t seem unrealistic tradedealleadersof a request. Even our internal disagreements between Democrats and Republicans … or even deeper disagreements between the socialist left and conservative right … aren’t really unsolvable or unusual for an open country permitting robust debate and disagreement. Better to deal with all these issues when the economy is strong than when it is weak. So … all in all, let’s not get too down in the mouth in dealing with our issues.  Let’s follow through with at least correcting years of intellectual property theft, unfair tariffs on US products and manipulation of currencies in order to favor China and move into the primaries and 2020 election with choices. I’d personally rather have clear cut candidates with issues to vote for rather the only differences being personality.

Investors ended last week hopeful for a quick resolution to the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Those hopes were dashed after China said it would raise tariffs on U.S. goods and President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning telecommunications equipment built by “foreign adversaries.” Further talks between the U.S. and China seem to be off the table for now.

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Happy Birthday to my brother and remembering his trees

Posted By on May 21, 2019

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An odd subject line to be sure, but several “Native Ohio trees” grown by my younger brother Ron were planted in the back of our property and they always makes me think of him. Today is his birthday and wanted to wish him a Happy Birthday. (photo from Raspberry Pi cam yesterday 5/20/2019 … reminds me that I have yardwork to do.)

Music Monday: Doobie Brothers–China Grove

Posted By on May 20, 2019

China_GroveWhenever I hear the Doobie Brothers, I can’t help but think about being back in high school and listening to my high school pep band at basketball games (while I was behind the basket shooting photos for the paper). Several songs were regularly played as I recall … China Grove, Listen to the Music and Long Train Runnin in particular come to mind.

Besides the upbeat tempo for spirit, the music was definitely a 1970s rock and roll sound, but as it was for many bands, it was difficult to keep all members happily playing together.

The Doobie Brothers had a big change near their popularity peak and in 1975 the lead vocalist Tom Johnston quit the group. He was replaced by Michael McDonald and so began the debate as to which Doobie Brothers you preferred.  The first YouTube archived concert video is from 1974 with Tom Johnston.

The second below is with Michael McDonald in 1982:

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Archive: Remodeling of the condo master bathroom continues

Posted By on May 19, 2019

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Working on remodeling projects away from home a few days at a time really seems to stretch a project out (photo – flying home from Fort Lauderdale FLL last night – I was checking out the FULL anchorage at Lake Sylvia from the plane). Thankfully both Brenda and I have always enjoyed the hands-on projects. From our early days, we have tackled projects be they updates to our first house in Aurora, Ohio, many projects in Hudson, Ohio and Liberty Township (Cincinnati) or even the remodeling of my Consolidated Printing and Publishing Co. commercial building in Cuyahoga Falls. One would think my skill level would be higher … but as with all projects, the guy planning knows where his planning and calculations needed to be tweaked and modified. No exceptions with this years master bathroom update (last years kitchen and guest bathroom were smoother … or perhaps that is just looking at it in hindsight?)

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Updated the tiles and test fitting the vanities before closing up the wall and adding the beadboard backer. I was able to get the grouting finished before heading home.

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Brenda went straight to work on her first attempt at re-upholstery … first the dinning room chairs and hopefully eventually the couch and loveseat cushions?

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Catch up photos from Mother’s Day with the kids

Posted By on May 18, 2019

KAB_bed_photos190512A bit late on the blog, but I’m archiving a few photos from last weekend with the kids in Perrysburg celebrating Mother’s Day and Katelyn’s birthday (which I mistakenly did not post about on my blog last week). I am reminded in looking at these photos to count my blessings.

We enjoyed a dinner out at a Hibachi restaurant with Taylor, Megan, Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn … and enjoyed some fun with Annalyn at a park after church. So much fun.

Brenda and I were off to Delray Beach, FL on Monday morning to continue to work on the cleanup and updates (posting tomorrow) to the dining room chairs re-upholstery and master bathroom updates. A whirlwind week and not sure if I’m glad to be back home or not with all the spring chores?

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Tech Friday: ZombieLoad Flaw in Intel Chips $INTC

Posted By on May 17, 2019

GettyImages-1727283Intel chips are presenting a huge problem for nearly every computer user with chips since 2011. These Intel chips have vulnerabilities that if exploited can be used to steal sensitive information directly from the processor.

According to published articles from security experts, "the bugs are reminiscent of Meltdown and Spectre, which exploited a weakness in speculative execution, an important part of how modern processors work."

Although no attacks have been publicly reported, the researchers couldn’t rule them out nor would any attack necessarily leave a trace, they said.

What does this mean for the average user? There’s no need to panic, for one.

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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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