It was a bit of tribulation upgrading the tower from Xubuntu 16.04 to 18.04. But it’s working now and I’m looking forward to feature updates that should fix some of the nagging deficiencies. I think the new laptop will stay with 16.04 awhile until Dell comes up with firmware packages to match the newer version. That appears to be a function of when Dell’s techs get around to installing it as default on newer equipment.
I’ve restarted my heavy workout in the park. Of course, that means I’ve modified all the exercises that resemble the motion of a push-up. The right shoulder now makes quite a bit of noise, but after five months off, it hurts a lot less now. To be honest, my body missed the vigorous exercise. I strained a couple of muscles that haven’t been used to the challenge.
The Volvo is acting naughty. I went through the procedures for cleaning the mass airflow sensor (MAF) and the throttle body (ETM). They were very dirty and needed cleaning, but the improvement was marginal. It still runs with some hesitation, and seems to be “seeking” the proper RPM level at idle. It was bucking during hill climbs. There’s no way I can afford to replace the ETM; it’s hundreds of dollars plus requires a special computer to make the system accept the new part. If I can’t get it to smooth out, I can only drive it locally and that means no photography of distant landscapes.
On the other hand, the proliferation of new bike trails around the county is very heartening.