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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018

Starting Windows 10 cold and then opening up a bunch of Google Chrome tabs is painful

I turned the laptop off and only booted once from Puppy Linux's Xenialpup over the weekend. When I turned on the laptop (2017 HP Envy) to start working in Windows 10, today, for some reason the desktop remembered that I had at least one Google Chrome tab and a few apps open.

I also started a new Chrome window for my "main" work, and the laptop was aggressively swapping for maybe a half-hour, during which time things barely worked, or were just slow as hell -- whatever you want to call it.

Now that I've been working for a couple of hours, everything is working well, but this just serves as a point of evidence that Windows 10, right when it starts up, isn't exactly ready for "vigorous computing."