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I had to setup dual boot with Windows and am not impressed.

Well I have had to setup dual-boot on my new desktop. I can't get acceptable graphics performance for the two Windows only CAD packages I run under VMWare. Did a number of tweaks and fine tuning but it is still unusable for anything work related. VMWare really needs to work on their graphics driver and do a better job at instruction translations, or even better make use of direct draw which the host drivers support.

I added a second 512GB NVMe SSD as a dedicated drive and installed Windows 10 Pro. This was to ensure that Windows didn't break my Linux boot and to help isolate the two OSes.

I have to say I am unimpressed with Windows 10 install process and even more with initially setting it up and using it. Their install is probably fine if you simply want to run a scripted process with no deviations. However if you want to adjust things like partitioning or controlling when/how updates are done you have to jump through hoops. They also make it more complicated than necessary for dual boot, but that is another fight and not unexpected.

I know there are lots... show more

I checked mine yesterday and the Windows 10 version of Chrome was already up to date. The Chrome Portable is old and will not update so I guess I need to port bookmarks.

An interesting article on semantic versioning

While this article refers to go the concepts and concerns remain true for many languages.
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This is really interesting for engineers, developers, and programmers participating in open source projects :) It also explains things for the non-technical folks so they better understand what versioning is.

New desktop build

After encountering some intermittent issues (startup and crashing) with my old system that are indicative an impending device failure I decided it was time to upgrade my old system. The old system was starting to show its age with some of the work I do. It was a i7-3770K at 3.5GHz (4 cores/8 threads) with 32GB of RAM (DDR3-1333), with 500 GB SSD, 256 GB SSD, and 2 X 1TB HD in a RAID1 array. Last year I had done an upgrade on the video card to an Nvidia GTX-1060 6GB.

The new system is using an i9-9820X at 3.3GHz (10 cores/20 threads) with 32GB (DDR4-2666) of RAM (an additional 32GB is on order). The boot drive is a 500GB NVMe SSD (I may add a second later since there is a slot for it). I moved the Nvidia GTX-1060 over to the new system and will be moving the old drived over also for additional storage once I finish ensuring everything is running properly on the new system.

I have also decided to change my primary operating system. The old system ran Windows 7 Pro and a number of VMs under Vmware Workstation. Since I wanted to avoid Windows 10 and its privacy invas... show more

Sent you some thoughts on Wire but I will be out midday then have a set at 4pm eastern. Possibly available this evening for a voice call.

One thing I have noticed is that NONE of my add blockers or privacy tools need to do anything when I am using this site. This is so refreshing and nice to see.

Can't help but retweet this...