Nook HD Lithium Ion Reactivation

Submitted by tarvid on Sat, 06/16/2018 - 03:49

We don't use this device often and when I went to recharge it, it was dead. The green light would light, then turn to amber, then off. I found the original AC to USB adapter and it did the same thing.

On advice from Google, I repeatedly tried disconnecting when it turned amber and after 10 or 20 tries, the amber light stayed on. A half hour later, the Nook booted.

What is the difference between misfeasance and malfeasance?

Submitted by tarvid on Tue, 05/08/2018 - 08:06

Facebook gives (sells?) your data to Trumpian Bannon and Cambridge Analytica (RIP).  Twitter stores your passwords in the clear and leaks them to the world. Anti-social media. I was once accused of being a "psychopathic malcontent" by the editor of a small town newspaper in Wisconsin. When nonfeasance becomes a virtue (benign neglect) one ponders the absence of alternatives.

What an Opportunity! Think of all the virtue you will accrue by not being a participant.


Let the good things happen.

Bionic Beaver

Submitted by tarvid on Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:41

Latest version of Ubuntu Linux 18.04, successor to Artful Aardvark, burrows into my desktop, a new server and 4 desktops. Biggest and most immediate change is in the desktop. Gone are the hopes for "unity". Also gone is any display on my desktop. I switched to Xubuntu which is the "lighter" and hopefully kinder to my hardware.  I bought a 4K monitor thinking it would be easier on my eyes (wrong) after which I bought a new video card (Nvidia) to support the monitor. Xubuntu is fine after you figure out that everything lives under the tiny icon in the upper left known as "whisker".

Windows 10 Spring Update.

Submitted by tarvid on Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:37

Here we come, ready or not. I installed early last Friday. Looks stable enough. Couple of reboots required. Home network gone but sharing is still possible. Still a good idea to "backup". 

I back up on a 64GB flash drive. They now sell for $16 at You will find much larger ones on Ebay, Amazon, etc. but they are all fake. Buy local. Test with h2testw. Complain vigorously if the actual is less than 90% of advertised.

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"

Submitted by tarvid on Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:10

And Google too.

Every thing you do on the 'Net requires a DNS (Domain Name Service) lookup. LSNet by default uses the Google Public Name Servers. I am testing a new service - Cloudfare - here in Fairfax. If all goes reasonably well we will migrate Galax as well.

That leaves a number of other services, I will be looking for more private versions for those too

Flaky router

Submitted by tarvid on Mon, 03/05/2018 - 16:54

The Comcast router dropped out this morning around 8:10. Comcast suggested power. Raymond picked up the key(s) from the the BREDA office, hoofed to the POP and found everything powered up but the router was not talking to the Internet. Bounced power and got enough signal for Comcast to reset the router. Still not connected so we scheduled a service call for 1:00 PM tomorrow. One longer bounce (5 minutes as opposed to the usual 10 seconds) and the Internet came back up. We will let the Comcast technician do his magic tomorrow anyway.

Wind Advisory

Submitted by tarvid on Thu, 03/01/2018 - 22:12

Batten the hatches! This nor'easter is likely to down trees, interrupt power and cause interruptions to service. Call 703-594-7297  and leave a message. I'll update this page as I learn more.

It is not unusual for storms of this type to spawn tornadoes. Safety for you and your family is the greatest concern.