It might only be sporadic but I still write here. Season’s greetings to all.
Excluding my smartphone, I have 3 computers: a 6yr-old Windows desktop, a 6-months-old MacBook Pro (2017, refurbished, but looks mint to me), and a 2yr-old Linuxed laptop.
I’ve used Linux on and off since 2006, with the longest run being on a 2009-2013 netbook, but I thought I’d give it a go again… What happened was, that my 2yr-old laptop seemed to die and being pissed off with it I just got a MacBook – because I was intrigued and then impressed with it for music recording (got half an album down so far!)… But when I turned on that laptop about 6 months later it seemed to be working fine now, and it still is. I couldn’t be bothered to sell it so I put several Linux distributions on it, and while I don’t use it as much as my Mac or Windows, purely due to software selection and computing power, I have settled with using Manjaro (default XFCE edition), and it is very pleasant to use out of the box. I’ve had no issues with hardware detection or use. Maybe one day it will conquer? I’m writing this blog from that now.
In addition to that, since July I’ve been learning Linux system administration with a Linux Foundation Certification Exam to complete by next summer. I’m quite amazed by how much I’ve jammed into my brain even though I had a head start from casually dipping into advanced issues before when troubleshooting, but I’m just hoping my memory retention for the exam will be good. I’ll be revising after I’ve completed both my courses, and then I might just get a key to one of those roles where there’s not enough applicants – who could even just telecommute! My sysadmin learning and exam requires me not to use graphical interfaces much, rather the good old reliable command line. And I’m old enough to remember the DOS prompt anyway.
The UK is months away from Brexit and even though I’m for it (I like the EU framework but like half the country am alarmed by creeping federalism), we clearly have an incompetent government commandeering it, so one new year hope is that we have the Corbyn government doing the best thing of securing a deal that maintains European solidarity – but with the individual flexibility that many member states require. I do not believe EU reform is possible. If it was I’d have been a remainer.
As much as I think Trump is an idiot, his ‘win’ is partly due to Hillary not having been a tangible Democrat, and the silver lining is that as ridiculous as Trump is, hopefully there’s only 2 more years before something truly pleasantly revolutionary occurs. Be it Bernie Sanders or someone in his mould.
Til whenever I’ll write again.