Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Creating Happiness and Opportunity for a Young Boy

I recently traded texts with someone who knew a Teacher, who knew a Mom, who desperately wanted a computer for her Son. For the family, buying a computer was out of the question. I still had this late 2013 Imac on which I had installed Linux Mint, sitting in the corner, waiting to be given away. I told the Teacher, I had this modified Apple computer, that used Linux as an operating system and works almost the same Windows. The Teacher said the family was thrilled at the idea of having a computer.

 

The main recipient of the computer I was told was an eight year old boy. His Mom would be the computer Administrator. I created a second account for the boy as a standard user. This means he can use the computer, but is not able to make any system wide changes. In short, he can not break anything. I installed all the Child’s Educational Programs I could locate. I added about thirty simple games. I also put some browser links on for educational sites, and a YouTube redirect web browser add on.

 

Arrangements were made to meet with the Teacher, and follow her to the family’s home. I met the the Mother at the door and liked her immediately. I could tell she was excited for her son. She had said, the Teacher told me, her children were graduating high school and going on to college. That comment did not hinder my liking her as we said hello and almost shook hands.

 

I felt a little awkward being in a strangers home, in a face mask, explaining how to use a computer to an eight year old boy. He told me it had, “...been a while since he used a computer”. I thought at eight years old, how long could it have been? We had a minor issue getting a wireless connection to the Internet. It was a, “bandwidth problem”, the boy declared.


To his little brother’s dismay, he turned off the family’s X-Box and paused a streaming movie. We attempted to connect to the Internet once again, and were connected within seconds. The X-Box and movie were started again, and all was well, the Internet now working as intended. I was impressed with this little boy as I had thought perhaps the walls were too solid or the distance to the router too far.


I expected the Boy to be excited over getting a computer. Excited I discovered, was putting it mildly. His face was one big grin with two eyeballs above it. I was more surprised when the computer and Internet were connected, the first thing he wanted to do was connect to his classroom. I showed him how to connect to his classroom. He logged in and made sure everything in his “Classroom” was how it should be. He didn't ask about games, or anything online, his main concern was connecting to his classroom.


I asked the Boy about his School issued Chromebook. He reached into a drawer and took out an ancient Chromebook that his school had given him to use. He said it shuts down about every two minutes and has to be restarted. As I looked first at the Chromebook folded up and then at the screen when opened and turned on, I wondered if its shutting down made any real difference?


It was obvious to me, the disparity of a quality education depending on which part of any city you live in. I doubt there is a school issued Chromebook even half that old in the wealthier parts of town. It is sad, how much students going to school in poor neighborhoods have to struggle and overcome to be equal in the school system.


One saving grace in our poorer schools is the quality of the Teachers. They teach in poor schools because they want to, because they want to make a difference and they care. The icing on the cake however, is having Parents like this little boy’s Folks, who understand the importance of an education. Parents like these are few and far between. Usually these Parents are too busy working to put much importance on their child’s education.


The ‘new’ Minty-Imac was placed on top of a couple of upside down storage tubs. Two stacked tubs and a chair were the “classroom”. That was all there was. The Boy wasn’t bothered by his classroom. However, I did not see driving the mouse on a two inch edge ridge of a storage box as okay. As I left the little boy was still smiling so big. I was surprised he could still talk. He gave me several thank yous, two fist bumps followed by at least three handshakes. I am sure a hug would have been next if I stayed any longer.


I mentioned the storage box “desk” when I was home telling my story. The Boss decided the Boy’s family needed a small desk to do homework and keep the Minty-Imac on. We went out and purchased a small folding table that would work well as a computer desk. It is surprising how many kids do not have a desk to call their own for their for these online classes. Small things like a school desk, many of us would take for granted are impossible for some Parents to provide for their Children.


Back in Boy’s home, school desk in hand, I learned the little boy was more normal than I gave him credit for. He had questions. When he went to YouTube, there was this block (YouTube redirect browser add on). Also he couldn't figure out how to connect to Netflix, or play some games he saw advertised on television.


I did not wish to tell him that he could do these things, as it was not my purpose to turn an eight year old boy loose on the Internet. What I did do was tell him he was using Linux Mint and not Windows, so some of the games were not available to him. As to Netflix, I suggested the family needed a Netflix account and let it go at that.


I know there will be some hand holding as the weeks go by. The Mother is an occasional computer user turned administrator. What will keep the hand holding to minimum is the Mother is very smart, and caught on quickly to what she needs to do. It is a pleasure for me to be able to help a family like this. Sometimes little things are lifesavers. Time will tell in this case.


All families have their priorities and their children’s education is usually close if not on the top of the list of importance. Unfortunately, finances often hold a family back. A little help, in this case a free computer and a desk can be life changing for both Children and their Parents.


My take away from my experience is this. I had a software expired Imac, that Apple would prefer to be sent to the dump. A little boy now has a school desk and a computer and is so happy, I doubt Santa Claus showing up in person on Christmas Eve would add to his happiness. The Mom is grateful, and proud her Son has one more tool to help secure the future she dreams of for him.


Sharing my few moments in this boys life may change his life completely. At least in the moment, he is the equal of any boy he knows or can think of. He has a computer and he has his own school desk. I believe this is a feeling that can not be bought, but can be triggered by anyone in an act of caring and kindness in the lives of others.


Once all the tinsel and ornaments are removed from our life, it is not what we have that gives us real happiness and contentment, it is what we do for others. Things we have in our life bring temporary happiness. Doing for others is a rewarding and simple thing with lasting happiness. Helping doesn’t have to cost anything other than a little of our time. Right now we have more time than ever. All we need to do is share a little of us. No matter what we do, there is someone who can use our help.


I can not think of anything I have done this year that equals the impact I made for this one family. All it took from me was a few hours of my time, and less than $25.00 for a keyboard and mouse. Sharing and giving are two things that make life valuable. Things do not create happiness in themselves. The satisfaction I feel when I am able do something for someone else who has a real need, is often life changing for both of us.


Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Diabetes Will Save Your Life If You Allow It

Being diagnosed with Diabetes feels unlike anything most people have ever experienced. You feel like you body has betrayed you. You feel like your world is coming to an end, you have been given a death sentence. You suddenly feel inferior, like you have an inferior body and all these years you never noticed. You feel worse than all the above put together.


It is time to dispel these feelings. Sure being diagnosed with diabetes rocks your world, and not in a good way. Once you quit feeling sorry for yourself and get with the program, you will find yourself living your best life yet.


Diabetes has its limiters. No one will say the first six months to a year are easy. You are being forced to change your whole world and it is not easy, putting it mildly. After you get through your fist year, you start to relax and start to love again.


All those foods and bad habits you gave up were bad for you anyways. Begone bad habits. Now if you follow your Doctors advice, you feel a whole lot better and you live a whole better.


You are eating right. You are getting regular exercise. You feel good. Let's face it, if diabetes didn't get you, your heart probably would. Hearts give little or no warnings around the time most people are diagnosed with diabetes. Your sitting at your desk, walking down the street, laying in bed and BOOM. You have ceased to exist. No real warning, no notice, thump and you are gone. Makes diabetes a walk in the park on a sunny day in comparison.


The first year though is tough. The first Month is tougher. Feeling lost, hungry, don't know what to eat, getting sick from your medication are all typical in my experience. I collected some links on fallacies about diabetes and how to manage Diabetes the best way you can. Diabetes is not the end of your world. It's the start of the rest of your life.

 


 I can manage diabetes without my doctor and medicine.

"Although there's no cure for type 2 diabetes, studies show it's possible for some people to reverse it. Through diet changes and weight loss, you may be able to reach and hold normal blood sugar levels without medication.

 

This doesn't mean you're completely cured. Type 2 diabetes is an ongoing disease..."

The key take away phrasing in the above quote is, "it's possible for some people to reverse it." It is possible to be vegetarian, live to over 100, run marathons, graduate school with straight A's. What is possible should not be confused with what is probable. The probability of reversing diabetes is probably close to the probability of being hit by lightning. It happens, but it is not a frequent occurrence.


I can live on meat and meat fat, omitting carbohydrates.


“After about 24 hours of fasting or no carbohydrate intake, the liver glycogen stores are not available,” explains Smithson. “Our muscles need insulin for them to get glucose into the cells, so a person with diabetes may have elevated blood glucose readings when omitting carbs.”


"Measuring blood sugar looks at the short term, immediate effect of food. But over time, eating a diet of mostly or only meat can have long-term health consequences, she says."


“When you go meat only, you’re missing a lot of nutrients, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. And you’re getting very large amounts of saturated fat,” Long Gillespie tells Healthline."


Besides being very expensive, and boring, eating only meat, subjects your body to

a wide variety of new potentially serious health problems.

 

Risks of eating too much protein


"Weight gain. High-protein diets may tout weight loss, but this type of weight loss may only be short-term.

 

        Bad breath.

    Constipation.

    Diarrhea.

     Dehydration.

    Kidney damage.

    Increased cancer risk.

    Heart disease."


Exercising more will not reverse diabetes in most cases.


"Athletic prowess doesn't make you immune to type 1 or type 2 diabetes."


A few of the worlds best athletes become diagnosed with Diabetes. These are people who have spent their lives in perpetual training. Exercise is one of the most important disease levelers, but it is also almost impossible for most people to reverse Diabetes. We live in the real world, with real jobs, real stress, and real commitments. Diabetes does not give one the option to step out of life, and totally focus on exercising diabetes away.


You can not make informed decisions on how to treat your diabetes by what going on what you think. You should become well versed on yourself and diabetes, both emotionally and physically. Your diabetes is not the same as other people with diabetes.

 

Diabetes control should become your number one goal.

"1. Get the Facts.


2. Accept your feelings.


3. Maintain a balanced perspective


4. Be realistic


5. Try new things


6. Develop a strong support network."



The main issue with Diabetes is your cells refusal to take in sugar because your pancreas is no longer producing insulin, not that you eat carbohydrates.


"Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces."


Diabetes is not something you can "fix" by yourself. We can not control our pancreas, and we cannot force the cells of our body to accept sugar (glucose) energy. You need to take your medicine and follow your Doctors instructions.


Diabetes is one of the most emotionally devastating diseases we live long term with. The key take away is we can live with diabetes and enjoy life in the process. Sure, you have to make some serious life changes, yet most of these changes are not difficult, they only take time.


    "Counting carbs

     Eat protein in moderation

     Exercise

     Cut out sugary drinks

     Relax

     Watch the added sugar

     Get a skin care routine

     Ask for help

     Do you"


Each of the above are building blocks of your new life with after a diabetes diagnosis. At first you may be knocked off your feet. This is normal, and you will adjust and survive. The rest of the lifestyle changes are things we should have been doing all along, but life, "got in the way".


It is time to be selfish. Taking care of yourself is the number one priority in your new life. If you do not take care of yourself, how can you take care of the others in your life.


Eating correctly at first seems impossible. So does consistent exercise. Remember that up to now, we have spent our life mindlessly eating whatever we want, rarely exercising, staying stressed, breathing chemically polluted air we have no control over. We can not fix all these things, but we can learn to do and enjoy those things we can manage, and treat our bodies as it was meant to be treated.

 

Diabetes is not the end of the world though it may feel like it is initially. Listen to the news today and pay attention to how many people have died from Covid-19 today and in the last months. Anyone of those people would gladly trade your Diabetes diagnosis for what happened to them.


This post is a collection of the best advice I know of that can be put in a short post. This is not medical advice and I am not an expert. You need to listen to and work with your Doctor, work with your body, work with your mind. Do not expect miracles, but do expect you will live a long healthy life now that you have been diagnosed with Diabetes.


After all, the health and medical care you will receive from here on out, is a thousand times better than the medical care you have treated yourself to up until now. Diabetes is not the end of life, Diabetes can be the beginning of a healthier, fuller life if you choose.



Saturday, December 12, 2020

Linux Mint Installed on a Late 2013 imac. One Minty Apple.

I was given an "old" 21.5" late 2013 imac five years ago. I used it every day, mostly for writing and note taking. The selection of free software you want to use on an IOS machine is so limited, so you do not do much else with a Mac unless, just like Windows you start buying overpriced programs.


Me and my imac were together until this spring, when opening Firefox and a notepad was too painful. My imac was down to a one program at a time system. I bought a desktop and put Linux on it. I do miss my imac screen quality, but you can't have everything.


Or can you? I read once in a while about putting Linux on a Mac. The information was scattered and inconsistent, but it seemed it could be done. Last week I came across a couple of articles that installed Linux Mint on an imac. Seems like I am doing a lot with Linux Mint these days as I find Linux Mint to be accomodating.


I was going to give my imac away, with an Apple planned obsolescence operating system, that should have put down, it wouldn't really be worth the pain and frustration to many people. So I thought, why not try to put Linux on my old imac.


One reference I found used a PC wired keyboard and wireless mouse. I purchased the cheapest plug and play wired keyboard and mouse I could find. I plugged them in, turned on the old imac and held down the alt key as I had read. The imac booted.


I tried several times, expecting different results, but the imac kept going into normal boot mode. I took off the keyboard and turned on the Mac keyboard and held down the Command key, and up came boot choices. I chose EFI, and the Linux Mint ISO USB stick was booted. No mouse, but Linux was booted on my old imac.


This was a puzzle. Why would Linux boot and the mouse not work? I tried again using the Mac keyboard and wireless mouse. The Boot choices screen came up again. I picked EFI and Linux Mint was booted. No working mouse and no keyboard again.


I had a hunch it was something to with Apple ensuring nothing non-Apple could be used on the imac. My thought then was to eliminate as much Apple as I could. Which in this case was the wireless Apple keyboard.


I turned off the Apple keyboard and plugged in the wired keyboard. I booted into IOS, and a screen came up wanting me to identify the keyboard by pressing some keys and picking the style of keyboard. Once I did this, the keyboard was accepted.


I went back to the web, reading about installing Linux on a Mac, and found a blurb that said to hold down the left Alt key as the initial chord plays. I had the sound turned off, and had been holding down the Alt key as soon as I pushed the power button.


With the wired keyboard and wireless PC mouse, and the sound turned up, I powered the imac up. When the chord played, I help down the Alt key. Up popped the boot screen! I picked EFI, and Linux Mint booted up. I moved the mouse and the mouse worked. I opened text editor and started typing and the keyboard worked.


In fact everything worked except for Networking. Apple uses Broadcom for wireless networking, and Broadcom drivers are proprietary. Thankfully Broadcom drivers are on the Linux Mint ISO. I opened the drivers app, and selected the Broadcom drivers. They installed, and I had a wireless connection to the net.


I played around a bit ensuring everything was working as it should. I opened Gparted, erased the Apple partition which left the EFI partition and a bunch of empty space. I partitioned the empty space into three partitions. Root, Home and Swap partitions with Swap at the end of the disk as it is faster.


I opened the install and picked "something else" when it came to the hard drive, and manually entered the partitions. The installer finished flawlessly, and said I could reboot.


Upon rebooting, Linux Mint started and eventually went to the login screen. I logged in and everything worked as it should except wireless. Synaptic Package Manager saw the Broadcom drivers on the USB, but could not install them. I had to hard-wire into the Network and then install the Broadcom drivers.


Once that was done, I rebooted, updated, and added some more software. I think I have found a Grade School Student that is going to class on an ipad. I think he will be thrilled an Apple imac running Linux. I am jealous of the screen. Makes my monitor look shabby as always when compared to a Mac.





If you have a pre 2015 Mac laying around, you too can install Linux and have a good usable computer again. Here are the steps I used refined.


1. You need a Linux ISO that will use at least Broadcom proprietary drivers properly installed to a USB stick for wireless connections.


2. Find a plug and play wired keyboard and wireless mouse. The two I found were about $25.00 total.


3. With your Mac turned off, turn off the keyboard and the mouse. Plug in the keyboard and the usb for the wireless mouse.


4. Power on the Mac. let it boot and let it identify the keyboard. Shut it down. Plug a network cable into the Mac and your Modem or Router.


5. Power on the Mac.


6. When the Chord plays, press and hold down the left Alt key. (I don't know if left or right Alt key makes a difference, but it did years ago)


7. When the boot option appears choose EFI.


8. When the ISO is booted, open GParted.


    A. Erase the Mac partition

    B. Create a Root Partition

    C. Create a Home Partition

    D. Create a Swap Partition (twice the size of you memory is all you need)


9. Close Gparted and start the installer. When it comes to the Disk partitioning, pick "Choose something else". Set up the partitions you created and continue.


10. When installer is done, reboot as directed.


If you use wireless, open up the Driver Manager app and select the Broadcom drivers. Let the install complete and reboot. Upgrade as required. Happy Computing!



Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Is Linux a Good Choice for You? Are You a Good Choice For Linux? Part Two

 Beginner Linux Distributions are made to be simple and complete. Some mimic the Windows desktop and others do not. You have a choice of several different desktops when using Linux. The best is the one you want to use. All Desktops, even Windows have their strong and weak points. A few available desktops do not need a mouse. Lots of choices.


Once you have Linux installed, the difference between a beginners distribution and and a finely tuned Arch system, is a high speed stopwatch. They are almost identical systems with the exceptions of the applications and games on them and the amount of memory disk space they require.


Take your time. You do not need to decide immediately on one Linux distribution. They all sound great, but only one may really be for you. Load and run one or more Linux Distributions from your USB stick or DVD until you are comfortable with how Linux works and what it can do. Once you have your feet wet and your recovery tools, you are ready to begin.

 


 


I recommend you check out: MX Linux or Linux Mint first. These are two great Linux options for a new and old Linux users. Zorin OS or Elementary OS are also options, but they want to be the next Windows or Mac OS. Their software choices are rather limited. They do have their appeal, are pretty to look at, excellent integration, and selected applications most people use. If you are a basic user, either of these distributions may be fine for your needs.


Linux is Linux is Linux generally. The main body of a Linux system is mostly identical from one distribution to the next. Do you really care if your Linux distribution loads and runs an application a few seconds slower than the fastest Linux distributions out there? Or the Linux distribution you choose, takes nine seconds longer to boot up? What are your priorities in the moment, not the future.


You do not need a Linux distribution that claims to have most up to date software. You do not need the newest kernel or application releases. This is a fallacy pertaining 99% of thinking about Linux . If a Linux distribution loads on your computer and works as you want it to, it doesn't matter if it is Arch Linux or Zorin OS, or something in between. 

 

Standards change slowly and generally even the slowest updating distribution meets every standard you are likely to encounter Every major Linux distribution provides serious security updates quickly.


Though it is nice to have, you generally do not need a Linux distribution with fifty thousand files in its repository. If you have a unique need or want, chances are whatever Linux distribution you choose has someone who uses it too, and it will be available. Bigger is not always better.


Google for "beginner Linux distributions". Write down the names of as many as you want to look at and search for those. I suggest once you arrive on the "Home" page and read what is there, find and enter the "forums". Linux Forums are what really separates Linux distributions.


Some forums are very welcoming to new users, others are aggressive and hostile in general, new user or not. Find a forum that suits your personality and level of knowledge. There is no advantage to being talked down to or chastised because your question does not make sense to someone working in IT. If you knew what to ask, you probably won't be asking a question.


Most "Beginner" Linux distributions go out of their way to help new users feel welcome and comfortable. Arch Linux, though not friendly a beginners distribution, has one of the largest collection of documentation on the web. The problem is as a new Linux user, it may be difficult to actually find what you need and understand the material.


Once you have Linux installed, the difference between a beginners distribution and and a finely tuned Arch system, is really a stopwatch. They are almost identical systems with the exceptions of the applications and games installed and the amount of memory disk space they require.


A great source of information to help your Linux install go smoothly is this: every major Linux distribution has a manual usually in PDF format. Some distributions have two. One specifically for installing the distribution and a second for everything else. There is a acronym that pops up on some less friendly forums, but the advice is very good. The acronym is RTFM – Read the Fun Manual.


If you have a problem, look in your manual, then try your distributions forum. Describe your problem as thoroughly as you can. Be ready to rephrase what you asked and provide as many details as you can when asked. If you do not receive an answer that works, and you search the web. Ignore all information more than a year old. Do not make any changes unless a major Linux website has the changes on their website - not a comment on the bottom after a post. Something that fixed a problem in 2016, may break your system because it no longer applies.


Once you have Installed Linux, you are done until you are ready to learn more. You have learned and practiced the basics of Linux. You now know more about your computer and Linux than you know about Windows and your computer. You have made a huge step even if you choose to not use Linux long term.

Is Linux a Good Choice for You? Are You a Good Choice For Linux? Part One of Two

If you are an average Windows user, using Linux might be a good choice for you. Web Browsers are Web Browsers and you probably spend a lot of time using one. Once you are on the web, the web is the web. There isn't a Windows web and then a Linux web. In Linux you can click on links without fear unless your browser tells you otherwise. If you use any of the Free Online Office Suites, they are waiting for you in Linux and work the same as in Windows.

 

Concerns about Malware and Virus Infection while using Windows is real. As the saying goes, “It’s all fun and games, then someone gets hurt” - gets a virus. A large number of people spend a lot of time trying to infect your Windows system. There is Malware and Virus infection in the Linux world, but it is extremely rare. Linux is built differently than Windows. Infection generally only effects the current user, not the whole system.

 

Files that run on both Windows and Linux may be infected. Using Windows, the file runs happily along infecting your computer. In Linux, the file may run but with odd glitches or not run at all. In Linux when that happens be happy, you have an infected file that could destroy a Windows System. If you are tired of virus infection or becoming paranoid about virus infection Linux is for you.


If you are tired of spending money on Anti Virus Programs that take over your computer and won't let you do anything until they are done when you turn on your computer, Linux is for you. With Linux, you turn on your computer, it boots, and off you go. Of course there are virus checkers for Linux, but they are not really needed, nor popular. 

 

If you are tired of spending money on every little oddball program you use, Linux is for you. If you don't mind both state of the art desktops and old looking programs mixed together, Linux is for you. If you are interested in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Programming and Coding, Linux has a large number of educational and scientific programs available to you, all free.


If you are tired of long slow updates getting in the way of what you want to do, Linux is for you. Using Linux, updates are very fast. In less than ten minutes with a fast connection you can accomplish a system upgrade. In Windows, ten minutes go by before the download even starts. You decide when you want to upgrade using Linux because upgrading is a semi manual process. You do it when you want to.


Finally, if your Windows is expiring and your computer is perfectly healthy, Linux is for you. Linux happily runs on computers as old as having a single 486 chip all the way up to the newest off the shelf.


If these things are not you, I would not try out any Linux distribution. If you are a serious gamer, Linux may not be for you. I am not an online gamer, so I am not an expert. I do know there are two main ways of playing games on Linux, and there are thousands of happy Linux Gamers probably playing some of the games you do.

 

If you wish to try Linux to see if Linux is for you, these suggestions will help make your experience Linux more enjoyable. You boot off a Linux USB which will not make any changes to your Windows.

 


 


Use Windows utilities to create a Windows Recovery USB. You may need your recovery USB in the future even if you decide Linux is not for you. Occasionally Windows users and new Linux users try to do something they should not and suddenly their computer will not boot. Windows Recovery USB will ignore anything Linux, but you will have your Windows system working again. Be prepared and you won't end up at a repair shop.

 

Once you have your Windows Recovery USB created, you need two more USB's, or a CD and DVD. The first Linux operating system you need is a boot recovery program. New Linux user occasionally manage to make their Windows and Linux computer unbootable. It is better to have a Linux and Windows boot recovery USB on hand before you dabble in Linux. Be prepared for the worst and it probably won't happen. However if you find you cannot boot your computer, you already have the resources you need to fix the problem.


I recommend a Linux boot recovery ISO named Rescatux. Rescatux is simple and easy to use - if you read the documentation first. You want to read the documentation or you may be lost. In my experience Rescatux goes overboard on making its list of bootable partitions, but that is better than not being able to boot at all, and you can clean up the menu later.

 

Rescatux does more than create bootloaders. Rescatux can also reset passwords in both Windows Linux, and recover files. Rescatux is a Wizard level power app!

 

Most popular Linux beginner distributions have a boot recovery option built in. If the one you choose does and you have a problem, use the one on the USB you created first. Ensure you have created the Rescatux USB in case the included recovery app does not work as expected. Now you are ready for a Linux Distro. Feel the power!


You need a program to copy an Linux ISO you downloaded from your Downloads directory to the USB you have just for the occasion. One program I think highly of is balena Etcher. Belena Etcher works like a charm, and is cross platform, although you probably won’t need it using Linux. Etcher has easy to follow instructions and prevents you from copying an ISO to where it does not belong.


A number of articles you will read will recommend Ubuntu as a beginners Linux. Ubuntu is very good. However Ubuntu itself and Ubuntu Children can be problematic. Ubuntu initially does not use proprietary software such as network and video drivers. This can be a deal breaker for a new user, not knowing where to look for help or why there is an issue. On the other side of the coin, Ubuntu help pages and forums are one of the best sources of information.


Initially look for a Linux distribution that refers to itself a “Beginners Distro”. Beginners Distro is a misnomer. The difference between a Linux beginners distribution and say, Arch Linux is the installation process and upkeep. Arch Linux is not for the faint of heart, and requires a lot of bandwidth for sometimes hourly software updates. If updating your system is something you really enjoy, Arch Linux may be for you.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Rushing Covid-19 Medical Worker Vaccinations May be Catastrophic


 

 

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COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM INTERIM PLAYBOOK FOR JURISDICTION

OPERATIONS – October 29, 2020

 

                             "4: Critical Populations

 

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the National Institutes of Health, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) are working to determine populations of focus for COVID-19 vaccination and ensure equity in access to COVID-19 vaccination availability across the United States. CDC has established an ACIP work group to review evidence on COVID-19 epidemiology and burden as well as COVID-19 vaccine safety, vaccine efficacy, evidence quality, and implementation issues to inform recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination policy. A key policy goal is to determine critical populations for COVID-19 vaccination, including those groups identified to receive the first available doses of COVID-19 vaccine when supply is expected to be limited.


After a short period of potentially limited vaccine supply, supply will likely increase quickly, allowing vaccination efforts to be expanded to include additional critical populations as well as the general public. Jurisdictions should develop plans to ensure equitable access to vaccination for each of the critical populations identified below."

NPR ran a story on November 5 with the headline, "First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Go To Health Workers, Say CDC Advisers". This article ends with a quote from Paul Mango, a top official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

"We've identified the top 10 hospitals to receive the initial allotment of vaccine," he said. "And as the vaccine becomes more available, we'll add more and more hospitals to that list."


No doubt taken from various Covid-19 Playbooks, on today's edition of the newscast, Democracy Now, airing on PBS last evening, Dr. Monica Peet from the University of Chicago Hospital, stated the Hospital expects all Hospital Workers who have contact with the public will be vaccinated during the first week Covid-19 vaccine is available.


I don't think anyone may argue, that it is not critical our Health Care Workers are vaccinated as quickly as possible. I do have concerns about the timeline from a safety perspective. My concerns stem from the known and unknown potential side effects of the vaccine. Even though these vaccines will be approved, the full list of side effects may not yet be known.


Depending on which vaccine is received first, there have been serious physical symptoms lasting up to 36 hours after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.


Dr. Peet stated in Chicago Hospital alone, there are approximately 10,000 Hospital Workers who will be vaccinated. Who is going to tend Hospital Patients if a large number of Hospital Workers are too sick to get out of bed and go to work?


I'm all for the fastest possible vaccination schedule. I do think people responsible for vaccine schedule for our hospital workers do not kill the horse trying to win the vaccination race. I can not think of anything worse, than having one-third or more of any Hospital Staff sick in bed, when all Hospital Staff are currently stretched to the breaking point post vaccination. Who will tend to patients?

 



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