Bits and Pieces 30

My lower legs all scratched up from yesterday’s ride. Dragging a bike through heavy underbrush is not a recommended activity. But I still feel it was worth it to see that lovely shoreline.

I’m trying to get used to working without a mouse. This XPS laptop comes with a really good touchpad and it takes only one console command to make the driver recognize a three-finger tap as a middle-button mouse click (synclient TapButton3=2) so that I really don’t need the mouse. This makes it easier to use the laptop comfortably under a wide range of physical settings. Besides, it only has two USB ports, so I need to avoid hogging one of them with a mouse. It’s still just a little tricky when processing photos, but I’m getting the hang of it.

The other thing I’m learning to do is avoid keeping all my files on just one machine. The “new” smartphone came with a bunch of free cloud storage. I’m not sure I’ll use anywhere near the capacity, but I suppose it’s convenient for stuff that isn’t too sensitive and private. I have learned how to move files using Bluetooth between the phone and laptop, but it’s not simple. I got a copy of Android Phones for Dummies so I can discover all kinds of tricks for taming this phone. I still don’t like Android, but there’s not much choice.

The current stock market plunge isn’t far enough to bring on a crisis. I figure it has to get down to about half the recent highs before it means very much. Still, we are in the early stages of something a lot of experts have been predicting for a long time. The market is waaaay over-valued. If the stock indexes keep falling, some of the other stuff I’ve mentioned will start happening.

About Ed Hurst

Disabled Veteran, prophet of God's Laws, Bible History teacher, wannabe writer, volunteer computer technician, cyclist, Social Science researcher
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