Monday, March 16, 2020

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 [Updates and new links of interest]

As it stands, even with more cases being found every day, you are still at a greater risk of serious injury or death by automobile than you are from COVID-19...

With Governor Bill Lee's new executive order,  here is a somewhat vague description of "Essential Activities" https://fox17.com/news/local/list-essential-activities-under-tennessee-governor-bill-lees-stay-at-home-order

I updated the links on the My Start Page for local news outlets. Also on that page, or click HERE for the updated links to local TV video.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2020/mar/16/coronavirus-map-us-latest-cases-state-by-state

https://www.google.com/covid19/

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[original article posted 3/16/2020]

The internet is saturated, and my email is flooded with every company on the planet making their "CoronaVirus statement".

Unbelievable.

The one that made me laugh today was from Synchrony Financial (Lowes Credit Card). They said

"We are monitoring the Coronavirus and are prepared to help you. "

Really?

Am I supposed to take this seriously?!

The email didn't really support their opening statement at all, but I'm sure they are concerned about my wellbeing, at least enough to make sure the payments keep rolling in every month...

...I should have them paid off by the year 2060 at the current rate...

So, Coronavirus/COVID-19, what's the big deal?

This site is tracking it

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html

There are 4115 cases is the U.S. currently, and 73 deaths.

(side note - the 4115 was 3570 this moring [15% increase], and the 73 was 66 [11% increase])

Alone, these numbers are anything you want them to be or make them out to be.

But with some facts and statistics -

according to https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/us-population/

there are 330,442,911 people in the U.S.

Compared to 330 MILLION, 73, and even 4115 is very, very small.

Real numbers, the 2019/2020 Flu season has seen 19 million cases.

19 MILLION, regular flu. You know, the kind that makes well people sick, and sick people dead.
(https://www.contagionlive.com/news/us-flu-cases-increased-by-4-million-over-the-last-week)

Stick with me now, CORONAvirus - 4115 cases, 73 deaths.

From what I saw here https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/fatality-estimates you are much more likely to be killed in or by an automobile.

The year 2019 saw 38,800 deaths by automobile.

If everybody took that last number as seriously as they are the Coronavirus, you wouldn't see a single personal vehicle on any road in the U.S, only commercial trucks, buses, and taxis.

More automotive data was available for 2018  https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/motor-vehicle/overview/introduction/

There were 39,404 deaths by automobile and 4.5MILLION INJURIES!!!

Even at 4.5 million, they haven't shut down car manufacturers, nor outlawed private motor vehicle operation.

So 73 deaths out of 4115 cases of Coronavirus is shutting down businesses, threatening peoples livelyhood and sanity, and everyone is scared to death.

Didn't the Joker in the 1989 Batman movie do something like this?

So, in accordance with popular trends, and keeping real numbers and statistics in mind,

We here at All Things New PC in Greeneville TN feel that:

Everyone should wash their hands.
If you go somewhere, wash your hands.
When you get home, wash your hands.

Keep your hands away from and out of your eyes/nose/mouth.
Stop picking your nose.

If you are sick, STAY HOME.

Eat good food.
Drink good drinks.
Get plenty of rest at night.
A little excercise, for the most part, never hurt anyone.

More importantly, PAY ATTENTION when you drive.
Turn your phone off before operating a vehicle.
Set the stereo before you drive and leave it alone while operating your vehicle.
Stop at STOP signs.
Stop at red lights.
Look before you pull out; look again. If another vehicle is coming, EVEN IF THEY SEE YOU, let them pass before you pull out. Now, look again before pulling out...
SLOW DOWN.
Calm down.
Be patient.

MOST importantly, TURN OFF THE NEWS!!!
The news is NOT there to help you do anything but suffer from anxiety and experience high blood pressure.

Watch a funny movie.
Laugh a little.
Laugh a lot.


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Friday, March 6, 2020

Realtek 8811CU WiFi Adapter [Updated]

I was having some trouble with my auxiliary work computer connected to the home wifi.

A couple days of troubleshooting and I had some conclusions, and more suspicions.

The primary issue is all of my USB Wifi adapters run on 2.4G.

For some strange reason when the network gets congested, the 2.4G wireless get bogged down hard. To complicate things, Windows 10 Pro takes this personally. So much so that my secondary work computer crashed its network manager, then seemed to forget what driver it needed for the wifi adapter.

I switched adapers and even computers and was able to duplicate these findings.

Android devices, would eventually crash, then immediately connect to the 5G network.

I performed the same tests with Linux (Xubuntu 18.04) and got it to disconnect and reconnect once under heavy network load.

(To perform these tests simulating "load" and network traffic, I had 5-6 devices running an Ookla SpeedTest at the same time on the 2.4G network)

Tests on the 5G side of the network worked fine. With several devices running, speeds slowed, but were still usable and no crashes or disconnects.

One conclusion that is reasonable is that my router may have an issue with it's 2.4G network.

As previously stated all my USB Wifi adapters are 2.4G.

I could order a new router, but this is a good one, and just a little over 12 months old. A newer, faster one would be $175+ and the budget cries when I think about it.

The new work contract I was looking at involved using Windows and making voice calls, so I HAD TO use my secondary computer to isolate myself from the rest of the house.

Time for new USB Wifi adapters... but cheap, affordable.

For $8.99 I was able to get a Realtek 8811CU 2.4G/5G USB Wifi adapter shipped to the house.

Boom! Plugged in, drivers, it worked beautifully.

I restarted the PC into Xubuntu (Linux) and there were no drivers, at all. The accompanying driver disk was useless. No drivers or help on the website, none in 'buntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager.

Google rendered this

https://www.prado.lt/how-to-install-realtek-8811cu-wireless-lan-802-11ac-usb-nic-on-ubuntu-19-04

There is a preface in the beginning to make sure you have "Make", "GCC", "Linux-Header", and "Git" installed first. These were easily accomplished by typing "sudo apt-get install..." into a terminal window for each

except Linux-Header.

It was not available, nor was it needed, apparantly, because the instructions worked fine without it for me in Xubuntu 18.04.

Did you see that?

The instructions worked.

That never happens, ever.

It's these adventures that cause me lost hours, lost wages, endless searches and forum questions, they all end in heartbreak and a great disdane for an operating system and its so-called "support community".

But not this time.

This worked.

It actually worked.

I am so happy!

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[UPDATE]

Yep, it works great...

...until you run updates.

Then it stops working.

To remedy this, I had to grab an old 2.4G adapter, plug it in, then log into my Wifi network.

Leave the Realtek 8811CU WiFi adapter plugged in too.

Now, go to the Home folder. Find the folder named "build" and delete it.


Now repeat the steps in the weblink above, just like the first time.

Open a terminal window

mkdir -p ~/build
cd ~/build
git clone https://github.com/brektrou/rtl8821CU.git
cd ~/build/rtl8821CU
make
sudo make install
Shut off the computer, remove the old 2.4G adapter, start the computer and all is well...

...until the next kernel update; then you'll be doing this again.

Sad, but true.

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