Category: Software

Resuming the Linux Laptop Lifestyle

Resuming the Linux Laptop Lifestyle
Earlier this year, I was looking forward to working with my Linux-powered writing laptop. After discussing how I revived several laptops with Linux distros, I managed to be highly productive with thirteen-year-old hardware. Even taking on paid work wasn’t an issue; my Windows laptop focused on work product (some software I use is proprietary to... Read more »

Above the Waves: Improving Student Mental Health Through Technology

Above the Waves: Improving Student Mental Health Through Technology
(Special thanks to Ryan Hesslau of Above the Waves for his time and insight) Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, high school and college students have many issues connecting with mental health services. Despite current statistics around youth and adolescent mental health issues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Mental... Read more »

[VIDEO] Linux Laptop Screencast

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about tuning up my Linux laptop for writing. Via YouTube, here’s a very quick (20 minute) screencast. Enjoy!
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Tuning Up the Linux Laptop for 2020

Tuning Up the Linux Laptop for 2020
Between increased caregiving responsibilities for my mother, looking for freelance work, and the holidays, my Linux-powered HP laptop went by the wayside. (It’s not my only laptop, thankfully, but the keyboard is great for writing). However, the past few months have seen me slowly repair and upgrade the laptop to the point where my Linux laptop is... Read more »

4EVR: A Chicago Startup Driven by Community

(Special thanks to Josh S and Indhi of 4EVR for their time and insights) Many Chicago tech startups begin with a simple goal of addressing a client or customer need. In many cases, those startups see the audience simply as a client making a purchase or paying a subscription. However, a new Chicago startup named... Read more »

An Open Letter to Meetup.com

An Open Letter to Meetup.com
Dear Meetup.com We need to have a serious talk. Many people, professional organizations, nonprofits, and other social endeavors rely on your service for a basic community-building tool that provides event planning, RSVP, member contact, and other services for a small price. (I should know – I use meetup to organize groups around caregiving, coworking, and... Read more »
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Writing With a Linux Laptop - Screencast

Between caring for Mom and other issues, I have a backlog of posts to write. However, I also wanted to be mindful that this blog sees some activity. So there will be several posts over the next week. However, I wanted to highlight previous posts about working with a Linux laptop. In that spirit, here... Read more »

Living the Linux Laptop Lifestyle Revisited

Living the Linux Laptop Lifestyle Revisited
When I wrote about my Linux-powered laptop awhile ago, things were going well, tech-wise. My refurbished Windows 10 laptop was a powerhouse, allowing me to blog and write, as well as keep up with my freelance work. (Writing includes my recent essay in The Joy of Joe: Memories of America’s Fighting Man from Today’s Grown-Up Kids).... Read more »

Living The Linux Laptop Lifestyle

Living The Linux Laptop Lifestyle
As a freelance writer and social media consultant, I rely on my Windows 10 laptop (a ten-year-old Hewlett Packard Elitebook) for my work. However, the replacement charger blew out…two weeks after the original HP-branded charger blew out, and my laptop battery drained. That meant only one thing…getting my Linux laptop out of storage while I ordered another... Read more »
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Cyber Security Chicago Wrap-Up: Rotem Katsir of Votiro

(Special thanks to Cyber Security Chicago for providing a complimentary pass and Rotem Katsir of Votiro for her time and insight. Please be sure to check out our first installment on Kevin Mitnick here.) Chicago-area nonprofits, social enterprise, and other mission-driven businesses have a special stake in cybersecurity. After all, mission-driven organizations deal with sensitive... Read more »