Ups and Downs of WordPress

The way I see it, WordPress has it’s ups and downs. If you just want to blog and get some quick thoughts up, it’s easy, and the way to go.
Oh, but the theme business is a business. When you set up a WordPress site on WordPress.com, you have to choose a “theme.” A theme controls the look and feel of your site, and allows customization. So it’s cool with a click of a mouse you can change the theme of your site and therefore the whole appearance, and to some degree, how it behaves.

Now here’s the rub. All the “good” themes cost money. Big money.

Now here’s the rub. All the “good” themes cost money. Big money. We’re talking in the $60 range, a lot for your little blog. Or you can opt for a premium membership for $10 a month, wherein the themes are free, but in a year you’re paying $120, which is twice what the theme cost in the first place.
So for now, I’m sticking with the crappy little free themes they have. And if you see this site change from time to time, it’s because I probably changed the theme.

Unkaputing my Kaput Computer

Suffice it to say you don’t need anything Microsoft to have a perfectly wonderful PC.

My poor computer, running the Linuxmint operating system, cool though it is with it’s huge RAM and 2.5 terabytes of storage, needs servicing.
Oh don’t have me rant about how I seriously dislike having to spend actual money to have virus protection on a Windows machine, or actual money for the operating system itself. Or that Windows is not the operating system on those devices anyway. It’s still MSDOS with an interface layer so you don’t have to use the command prompt directly like it was before Windows came along. But I digress. I’ve been ranting. Suffice it to say you don’t need anything Microsoft to have a perfectly wonderful PC.
My computer was built by us assembling the parts, such as the tower, the motherboard, disk drives, fans, etc. It was a blank machine with no OS, and I installed the easiest and best operating system on it, Linuxmint, built on top of Ubuntu. Still works, but the DVD writer is kaput. And it’s dirty inside.
Time to get it serviced. I’ll pay someone. Too much for me to bother with personally anymore.

IoT Headache

When my gadgets work together, my own mini IoT, it’s super. When they don’t, like they didn’t this morning, it’s frustrating. Electronic gadget interfaces can be a cinch or a headache. Today it’s a headache.