Category Archives: computers

Mining Our Biblical Matriarchs

A workshop on Friday, September 2, 2022 at Chicon 8, presented by Sally Wiener Grotta

The women of the Bible (Eve, Esther, Miriam, etc.) have been amongst the West’s most enduring female archetypes. As lush and varied as any mythology, their stories have been reinterpreted by every generation’s artists, clerics, and political leaders, according to how they expected women to be. However, these archetypes have been largely overlooked by modern spec fic authors. In this workshop, we’ll have fun challenging and toppling common preconceptions about various women of the Bible, as we mine this rich mother lode for SF&F story ideas.


The following are my notes and amplifications. I am solely responsible for their content and any mistakes.
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Chicon 8

Thursday

On Thursday, Sept. 1, Mia McDavid and I drove to Chicago for Chicon 8: The 80th World Science Fiction Convention at the Hyatt Regency Chicago . This was our 5th Chicon. Previously we had attended:

Despite some glitches, we really enjoyed the Con, and visiting downtown Chicago again.

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Installed ChromeOS Flex

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad X130e laptop. It came with Windows 10 Home Edition, which does not work nearly as well for me as the Profession Edition I have on other systems. It hangs frequently. I have also installed Ubuntu Linux on it, which does better.

These days Chromebooks are everywhere, so I have become curious about Google’s Chrome OS Flex, the installation of which can turn an ordinary old (but not too old) PC into a Chromebook. Continue reading

A Windows Memory Leak Problem

Recently there were a few times when I was using VS Code under Windows and the response time got worse and worse. A reboot would fix it temporarily, but the problem would come back. A look at task manager showed that the Shell Infrastructure Host, sihost.exe, was using a lot of CPU. I thought about killing the process, but the dire warnings about system instability deterred me the first time.

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Time in Windows and Linux

By default, Windows assumes that the local system clock is set to local time, and updates it accordingly. Ubuntu Linux assumes that the clock is running UTC (essentially Greenwich Mean Time) and will update it on that assumption. Since it knows your location (you specified it at installation, and hopefully updated it when you moved) it will display the correct local time just like windows.

The problem comes when you have a dual boot (Linux and Windows) system. When you reboot from one OS into the other the new OS will assume the system clock is behaving according its own rules, even though the other OS was following its rules. To fix this:

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Free42 on Ubuntu

As I mentioned in Slackware Diary, I installed Free42 As I wrote in 2006 I fell in love with HP calculators and their RPN notation back in the 1970s, and still find the conventional algebraic notation rather awkward. I no longer carry a physical calulator, but I have Free42 installed on my phone and my tablet, and on my Windows systems. Now I also have it on Slackware. So I circled back to see if I could install in on Ubuntu.

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