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Gray MatterGray matter refers to certain parts of the human anatomy. It’s present in the brain, brain stem and cerebellum, and throughout the spinal cord.

A walnut when cracked open, looks a lot like the top view of a human brain. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain functions.

Below are the latest posts featuring ideas that have leaked from my own gray matter at one time or another.

Walnut Image Attribution: Ulrike Leone from Pixabay

Fiber Internet at My House in the Philippines

RT Cunningham | April 16, 2021 (UTC) | Computers

I wrote about broadband internet in Olongapo, Philippines in August 2020. More specifically, how it affected me at my house and lot. I considered fiber internet, which I believe is still the best available option there. Over the last year, I’ve done some things I told myself I would never do while outside the country.

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Dental Pain and My Dwindling Number of Real Teeth

RT Cunningham | April 15, 2021 (UTC) | Health

Some people can keep their real teeth longer than others. I don’t like suffering from dental pain, so I would rather pull a bad tooth instead of repairing it. At the age of 60, I only have seven real teeth remaining. I’ve had a dwindling number of teeth since 2004 or 2005, not counting all four of the wisdom teeth removed when I was 20.

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A Return to the Dole Pineapple Plantation

RT Cunningham | April 13, 2021 (UTC) | Food and Drink, Locations

At the beginning of the month, I wrote about our family trip to Dole pineapple plantation. I mentioned that we hadn’t taken any tours and that we would probably not be returning. Well, as usual, I was wrong. My daughter-in-law, Cathy, convinced the rest of us to take the train tour, so we would have pictures of Ezra, my grandson, on the train.

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Examining the Cinnamon Desktop Environment

RT Cunningham | April 7, 2021 (UTC) | Linux

I first wrote about the Cinnamon desktop environment in 2020, before I started working with the latest version of the Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint. I’m revisiting the desktop environment as objectively as possible since it’s the desktop environment I’m currently using. It’s time for me to write about the applets, desklets, extensions, panels and themes.

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Tanning and Sun Care - How Dark Do You Want to Be?

RT Cunningham | April 2, 2021 (UTC) | Culture, Health

“Tanning and Sun Care” is one of Google’s AdSense ad categories. I understand the tanning part of it, but I have no idea what “sun care” is all about. Perhaps it refers to taking care of your eyes and your skin, other than tanning. I guess it doesn’t matter because today, I’m writing about tanning, ultraviolet light and sunglasses.

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Dole Pineapple Plantation, Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii

RT Cunningham | April 1, 2021 (UTC) | Food and Drink, Locations

Like the Green World Coffee Farm, the Dole pineapple plantation may not be within Wahiawa city limits. It’s north of the city and most of the plantation is west of where I’m living today. I haven’t bothered to see how much of it surrounds the Helemano military reservation (we call it “HMR”). The tourist spot is called “Dole Plantation”, but it’s just a few buildings.

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Skype Is a Cell Phone Plan Alternative for People With Wi-Fi

RT Cunningham | March 26, 2021 (UTC) | Phones

Using Skype as a cell phone plan may seem like a crazy idea, but hear me out. How often do you use your data when you’re away from home? Do you even use data? When you get a cell phone plan from a traditional provider, you pay for a phone, a phone line and some amount of data. The cost of your plan can be well over $100 for you alone.

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Plain SSH and an SSH Tunnel on Linux

RT Cunningham | March 24, 2021 (UTC) | Linux

Using SSH can be confusing enough for Linux beginners. It can be even more confusing when you want to do something completely different from a default connection. What if the server is set up on a different port? What if public authentication is being used instead of a password? That’s exactly how I have my server set up.

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Personal Vehicles and Basic Automotive Maintenance

RT Cunningham | March 22, 2021 (UTC) | Travel

Most Americans own one or more personal vehicles, or someone in their immediate families do. There are some, of course, who have never owned and will never own a personal vehicle, without anyone in their families owning one either. There are people in the first group who can’t or won’t perform basic automotive maintenance on their vehicles. It’s usually due to laziness.

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Linux Distribution: Windowsfx

RT Cunningham | March 17, 2021 (UTC) | Linux

Windowsfx is a Linux distribution maintained by a Brazilian developer. At least, that’s what the copyright notice at the bottom of the Linuxfx website indicates. There isn’t enough information on the website to indicate the size of the development team.

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