Kai Walker

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Out of curiosity, what did women wear before underwear was invented?

8 months ago

Catherine Windrose wrote:If you don't mind learning a different operating system, I suggest Linux Mint 18.3.

There are so many benefits over MS that it's hard to know where to start.  Though really that is determined by what is important to you.  Time, simplicity, and nosiness are my pet peeves, and where MS fails most by comparison, imo.

Since you have two laptops to work with, you could give Linux a try on one.  If this is a consideration, you can find details at https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=248 for Mate.  There are other editions though I've found Mate to be most appealing.  Maybe you know someone local who uses Linux who can discuss it with you?  

Linux OSs are free, open source, and have become so 'made for anyone' that the learning curve is next to nothing.  A friend who is not at all computer or internet savvy was actually excited after using the Mate desktop interface on my laptop.  More so after I installed it on hers because Office Libre converts Microsoft Office products.  MS subscriptions can be optional unless you're tied to using those products.  She said that was helpful with homeschooling.  Her laptop is about 7 years old and now it moves like a kid again :.)  (Mine is so old there is no bluetooth!  About 8-ish years old with the hard drive signalling it's close to done.  Still the Linux OS works like a champ.)  Her kids love it and have since learned more about Linux than I have during the past 10-ish years ^.^  

GIMP is way cool and comes free with the standard install.  It's a slimmed version of Adobe Photoshop.  There's thousands of free apps, games for kids (not all junk), and educational tutorials for typing, math, etcetera.  I used the Tux math tutorials to help with saggy math skills.  The Software Manager allows searching for and installing free open source apps, so there is no need to be concerned with anything other than installing apps for your Linux version.  It works or it doesn't.  Super easy install / uninstall with the Software Manager.

Windows is so slow on older computer models.  Tweaking can alleviate that but if a reinstall becomes necessary then all that tweaking has to be done again and those instructions become quickly outdated.  Cortana... ugh.

If you know how to partition drives, you can multi boot to use both OSs.  I use a thumb drive to download the OS install.  This allows viewing prior to install and without obligation of any kind, because it's all on the thumb drive.  If you don't want it, just remove the thumb drive and reformat for other use.  If you do, select install and follow directions.  Easy as eating pie

Just remembered one thing that could slow things up some, not terribly so.  These days UEFI (interferes with installing other OSs) is a factor and dealt with according to the model.  The steps are simple if sometimes long-ish.  This is for computers on which Windows was 'factory installed'.  Afterward you can install nearly anything you want in the future and be almost 100% MS free.  Or completely if, like me, you avoid MS junk at all costs  It's been easy enough to do that.

There is also an app called WINE that liaisons between Windows and Linux apps.  It's not an emulator, rather a kind of virtual sandbox environment for apps to sit in without touching the Linux OS.  There is a sentiment that MS does not cooperate sufficiently to allow WINE to work with more apps, though some users say WINE is worth the bother specific to their needs.  That's a toss up for me.  Haven't needed it.

All in all, about the same amount of time is spent including circumvention of UEFI to prepare for a Linux OS install.  Unless you're a developer, in which case there are probably all manner of fun tweaky things to do :.)

MX Linux is VERY fast.
Worth a look-see!

I use it on a 15 year old desktop and it works very well!

It barely uses 2GB of ram too.
10 months ago
Doesn't potatoes love high potassium?
If so maybe plant those for a year?

10 months ago
Know anyone with a lot of goats?
High nitrogen, slow release.

Many goat owners have trouble getting rid of the stuff they have so much.
Once dried, it makes nice little smell free easy to spread fertilizer pellets.

10 months ago
Ty for your suggestions Trace.
Where I am, the property owner won't let me dig holes.
I found a barrel in craigslist but not the smaller inner one.
I do wonder how I would lift the heavy inner one though.
10 months ago

John Suavecito wrote:Yes, pretty funny.  Now that I know I 'm ok.

Check out the other threads in this forum. They're all there.
John S

Tap tap tap click click click grumble grumble grumble
You mean I HAVE to do something? LOL
When I get a chance. I will try
Thanks again!

10 months ago

John Suavecito wrote:You can buy an angle grinder from Harbor Freight for about $15.  Yes, they are dangerous, but some people think of that as exciting. My T-shirt caught on fire while using one to make my biochar oven.  Pretty wild to look down and see yourself on fire.  No pain though.  I got it out quickly.  Totally worth it.
JohN S

Now THAT's funny! Almost a Benny Hill scenario. Ir Red Green show.
Good thing you at least had a shirt on.

I may wait to see biochar results firsthand before investing in anything.

Seeing on youtube is not the same thing as saying 'It worked for me'.

Got a pic of your biochar oven to share?

I thought about trying to make some kind of rocket stove but it would have to be pretty big.
That and I don't want to constantly feed sticks into it for hours.
10 months ago

William Bronson wrote:Kai, I don't know how close this is to you but Witcha Craigslist has steel barrels starting at $10.00

After you are done with it,  you put it up for free on Craigslist,  or take it too scrapyard for recycling.

You mean this one?

All the steel ones have built on lids. I do not have a cutting device nor a welding equipment.
Not to mention the inner barrel with removable lid and such.

And thank you for helping me find a solution!
I appreciate it.

10 months ago
I thought about that but another issue is what do I do with the TLUD once I made what I needed?
Don't think the wife wants another 'decoration' in the living room. And trying to resell something like that - well locally there is no demand for it (most have no clue what biochar is let alone want to make any).

Most people I know are just home gardeners or apartment dwellers.

Summers here are very hot and dry, windy too.
Frequent burn bans.

What would work best for me is something CHEAP, that made small batches very quickly. Something controllable in case of a fire or accident.

Barrels and related would cost me $200 (the cheapest setup).
Not to mention who is going to life that heavy inner barrel once it is done?

And then there is the problem with crushing the larger pieces (no wood pellets from about mid March till about Mid October)

I am not sure that grinding them into a fine powder with a garbage disposal is a good idea.
Hard to incorporate something like that into the soil.

Need cheap, efficient, safe, and easy way to do it.
10 months ago