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Daily Archives: December 10, 2020

  • There’s something about trains

    Posted on December 10th, 2020 at 22:49 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    (I hope you’ll indulge me in this off topic post tonight)

    I love riding on trains.  In my personal experience they are vastly superior to planes.  It’s not that I hate flying, rather it’s the lack of leg room, and because I live on the West coast, getting up at the crack of dawn to get to the airport early.  In this era of lack of travel and lack of flying to conferences, I don’t miss flying, but I do miss train travel.

    I also love toy trains.

    As we decorate for Christmas, we get out our family’s vintage 1950’s era Lionel toy train that my Grandmother bought for my Sister when she was a little girl.  Tonight I’m watching a video on Amazon about Lionel Christmas toy trains.  My sister hasn’t (yet) decorated with as many trains as shown in that video.  We only have the one – and yes – it still works!  I’ve traveled to toy train shows where they have computerized consoles that control their whole train displays.

    Real Trains changed the world.  It was a game changing technology that totally changed the world.  It introduced the concept of time zones in England and in North America so everyone could agree on what time you’d need to meet the train and not have “local only” time.   It made transportation of goods and services possible.  It moved us all to more industrial production.  As much as the Internet has changed our lives, Trains changed our Grandparents (and even Great-Grandparents) lives even more.

    Now if you think train technology is stagnate, guess again.  Even Elon Musk is getting in on inventing new technologies for trains including – believe it or not – wind energy.  What technology do you see changing in your lifetime?



  • CentOS dead

    Posted on December 10th, 2020 at 21:07 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Right on the same day as Patch Tuesday CentOS and RedHat notified everyone that they are shutting down CentOS.

    What is disturbing about this is how EARLY the end of life came.  I remember when CentOS was touted as being a potential replacement for Small Business Server.

    Anyone using this in their businesses?  Were you surprised?

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