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First Impressions of SpiralLinux - October 29th, 2023

Debian is a fantastic distribution of GNU/Linux. With excellent stability and vast package repositories, it looks on paper like a good option for newcomers or those without the urge to tinker who just want a working desktop. In practice, however, I don't find that to be the case. Stock Debian requires some assembly, but SpiralLinux offers a thoughtfully pre-configured Debian desktop with the batteries included.

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Digital License Plates Considered Harmful - October 2nd, 2023

I have now seen two digital license plates in my town. I thought it was just a stupid novelty, but today I decided to do a little more research. It's obvious there's no upside, but there's more downside than I thought. I shouldn't be surprised.

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How To Get Into S Mode on Windows - September 24th, 2023

S Mode is a special mode of Windows 10 and 11 that only permits you to install programs from the Microsoft Store. It usually comes pre-installed as a variant of Home edition on new low-cost PCs. There are countless articles on the Web that will tell you how to exit S Mode, but none that I can find on entering it. Today, we're going to set up a virtual machine running Windows 11 Home in S Mode for testing purposes.

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