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Lingonberries and Hilary

  Hilary got here Christmas Eve. 
Darlene made turkey.  We all had turkey and dressing and the extras.  Hilary came with Lingonberries.  She knows I like them.  Lingonberries are wild natural berries.  It is a Swedish delicacy.  Next time you make a turkey replace the cranberry with Lingonberries.  (Now Darlene does not care about cranberries and so she did not care for the Lingonberries. ) 

Update:  I just talked to Darlene on the telephone and she said that she liked the Lingoberries and said it was very good.

 

Christmas Dinner 2016

  You can get Lingonberries at Walmart by the way.  You can get 14.3 oz for $4.51 and you can get 11 pounds of it from Amazon for $78.00 or you can get a smaller amount from Amazon. 

    Hilary showed up just as I was making the food for the two cats.  So I had the patio door open and the cats were in the living room.  Hilary was so happy to see that I was letting them in and feeding them. 

    Hilary’s husband had her laptop repaired in Sweden and sent it here for her. So she was happy to get it back and working.  She had a lot of images on it.  I been trying to talk Hilary into using the cloud but she is a hard sell.

  Hilary came with gifts for us all.
  She stayed the night and then headed back to Russell’s apartment to spend Christmas day with her son.  She is going to be staying there until she goes back to Sweden. 

  We had a nice visit with Hilary.  

Microsoft Edge and LastPass

Photo Taken 12/21/2016

  Darlene talked to Hilary on the telephone.  Hilary and Russ both been sick.  Russ has still been going to work.  Everyone at work is sick.
  The only day off Russ is going to have is Christmas day so he does not want to come out here for Christmas Eve or Christmas day.  Hilary is going to try and make it over  here for Christmas Eve. 
    I do not think we will be seeing much of Russ.  He has his own apartment now and an Uber here cost $40.00 and that is just one way.  So to visit us and go back home would cost him $80.00 and he would never pay that sort of money.

   Hilary has been ordering from Amazon PrimeNow.Com and she likes the service.  I have only ordered one time.  I will be ordering a couple of times a month.  I am going to stock up on Coke for one thing.  Having them bring it to the door is great.

   Well I tried LastPass with Microsoft Edge and now it works for me.  So I can start using Microsoft Edge.  Back a month or two ago they said it was working but it would not work for me. I installed it today and it is working now.  I am using Microsoft Edge to write this blog post.

  Christmas is going to be here soon.  I can not believe that 2016 is almost over.  It will be 2017 in a few days.
   Well 2016 is was bad year.  I will be glad when 2016 is gone.
  
  

No power for 6 hours

  The wind blows like hell here in west Texas often. Yesterday it was cold and the wind was blowing hard.  I heard it blowing extra hard and I was thinking this is not going to be good … bang off went  the power.
  I live in an apartment in west Fort Worth.  An all electric apartment.  The power went off at 4:15 PM.  It did not come back on until 10:15 PM.  OK I did not go crazy because of no porn Internet.  It was the cold that was my worry … I spent years working out in bitter cold … But now at 75 years of age .. I just do not do well in cold weather.
  It got down to 69 degrees at 7 PM.  I know a lot of people keep their homes at 69 degrees.  I do not.
At 10 PM it was 63 degrees. 
  The power came back on at 10:15 PM.  Thank God.
   I had about all the cold I could take.
  
   I have a APC BGE70 Backup-UPS.  This was the first real test of it.  It is a home network UPS unit.  It worked great.  My networking hardware was plugged into it. So the cable modem, router and Echo Dot still had power.  I think it lasted for an hour or two. I should have written down the times on it.  But after an hour of no power I could still talk to the Echo Dot. 

    I need a UPS for my computer.  Well I have two computers so I need two USP units.  I have one on my Amazon wish list and it is the CyberPower CP1000AVRLCD UPS.  I am not sure if it is the best unit for me or not.  It gets good reviews on Amazon.
    My main, bedroom, computer was not happy to lose power.  I got some errors messages for a bit after I got power back. But I think everything is working OK now.

     Well back to the no power.  This apartment is all electric. So when you lose power there is nothing you can do.  You can not turn on a gas oven or anything. 
     The apartment does have a fireplace.  But I, of course, did not have any logs.  I also do not have any way to even light a fireplace.  I do not smoke. 
      When I have some money I will see about ordering in some fireplace logs and whatever else a person needs. I have never used a fireplace. 

       I see I can get 10 pounds of wood products from Amazon PrimeNow for $22.54 and I will try and order the next time I place an order from PrimeNow.  Any idea how long 10 pounds of fatwood will last me? 
      
      

Warm now but back and neck hurting. Photo taken 12/18/2016.

Windows Secret Reset Option

  I found an interesting story on BetaNews.Com.  The story is about a Windows 10 Creators update that gives Windows 10 a new System Reset option.
  If I had know about it a couple of days ago I could  have tried it and it might have saved me a LOT of work.

Over time, Windows can become sluggish, and beset with problems. A good system clean might be enough to keep you going a while longer, but not always. Worse, if you get hit with malware — ransomware in particular — or encounter major hardware problems, your only option might be to reinstall Windows.

Windows 10 offers users two choices here — go into Settings > Update & recovery > Recovery. Click the Get started button under Reset this PC and you’ll have the option to keep your files (removes apps and settings only) or remove everything (a total fresh start). However, in the Creators Update there’s going to be a new option.

Windows 10 on both computers

  A friend/fan of Howard’s Notebook since me enough money to buy a Windows 10 Professional OEM Key.  I got it from Kinguin again. The key worked.
  I now have Windows 10 Professional running on my newest main computer.  So I have Windows 10 on both computers. Both installs are new.  So both computers are running great. 
  I think this is the first time that I had Window Pro on a computer.  I have not checked out the extras that it gives me yet.

Jim Howard 12/14/2016

It was great for a few hours

  I formatted the hard drive on my main computer, the one in my bedroom, and I put a clean fresh Windows 10 on it.
The computer  booted so fast and I could go to web sites so fast … It was working great.  I was looking forward to using Windows 10 and started to install programs that I had paid for …
  Then I found out that Microsoft did not accept my Windows code.  They said I needed to buy Windows 10. They sent me to a site where I could get a key for $199.00 if I remember correct.

  Wow Windows worked great for a few hours.

  So I formatted and I just installed  UbuntuStudio.
  Later I will install Zorin 11 so that I can boot into UbuntuStudio or Zorin 11.
Well I know what I will be doing all day today.


 

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