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Why So Many Solar and Wind Farms?

I think I might have just stumbled onto the reason why we have so many Wind and Solar farms in my area.

We have a very large, and soon to be larger still, Natural Gas Power Plant. I was reading into whats involved with there energy production (You know, the stuff you do on Thursday night).

Well it would seem Natural Gas plants are faster at turning on and off than coal, oil, or nuclear plants.

The simple cycle is simpler but less efficient than the combined cycle. However, simple cycle plants are able to dispatch faster than coal-fired power plants or nuclear plants. This means they can be turned on or off faster in order to meet societies electricity needs.[4] Often needed on the grid with wind power and solar power, its purpose is to meet the fluctuating electricity needs of society, known as peaking power

https://energyeducation.ca/encyclopedia/Natural_gas_power_plant

I don’t know if this is why, but it makes sense in my head. ๐Ÿ™‚

LibreELEC SSH Passwords in 9.0.0

I had a little chuckle when I read one of the release notes in the latest LibreELEC 9.0.0 Release.

Changeable SSH passwords and a default firewall configuration have been added to combat the increasing number of HTPC installs that can be found on the public internet. The increase is partly due to simple maths; our userbase has grown so the number of users inappropriately exposing their HTPC to the internet has also grown. The static password for libreelec is present on most/all password dictionary lists so itโ€™s important we start encouraging users to change it (the first-run wizard will prompt when SSH is enabled).

That’s a really fancy way of saying “We have more people that don’t even know how to plug the thing in, let alone configure it.”

When to say when…?

So I have had several other blogs over the years, the most successful of them has been MonsterHunterNews.com.

I still love to play the Monster Hunter games, but don’t nearly put as much time into them now. It’s a fair amount of work to keep that site current and up to date in the Monster Hunter News Scene. I have facebook pages, twitter, GNUSocial, Tumblr, YouTube, and who knows what else.. Its a very social driven site I guess..

I have been playing with the idea of dropping that blog and either just sitting on the domain, or sell the domain name. It has a ok ranking right now for a little known site. I don’t want to get into selling the content or the social groups, so would just delete all them.

Its hard when you have spent so much time doing something to stop doing it.. Even if you know its the right thing to do, you still feel like your giving up or walking away.

Would also like to just keep a minimal of online spaces to work in. I could post Monster Hunter stuff here if something really catches my fancy. Or just update casually on my progress in the game.

lakka Bluetooth Controllers Not Saving

So I have been playing around with running lakka on a old thinkpad x201 I have. I was running it on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ but wanted to see what the extra horsepower could do.

Very happy with switching from using the Pi!

In any case I setup some Playstation 4 and Playstation 3 controllers I had via bluetooth to it and every time I would reboot I would lose the settings. I followed the lakka documentation to get the controllers working.

I finally spent some time tonight looking into the issue and it still had the settings. It was just not loading bluetooth services on startup.

I didn’t want to dig into it to much so I just added a quick and dirty crontask at boot that will start the services.

Add this like to Root Cron Task
@reboot sh /storage/scripts/bluetoothloader.sh

Make File /storage/bluetoothloader.sh with the following commands

touch /storage/.cache/services/bluez.conf
systemctl enable bluetooth
systemctl start bluetooth

The above will load the bluetoothloader script on a boot up or reboot. It will then start the bluetooth services.

I can’t help myself, with game sales.


I ended up giving into a few game sales this week with the current Steam Winter Sale. Was hoping I could not buy any games with my current back catalog, but I digress.

Without ado here are the current Steam Winter Sale Purchases:

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Could not pass up getting this game that has been on my radar since before it came out. I just love the art of the cut scenes, and as far as I know a more classic RPG system to the game. I don’t enjoy overly complex battle systems and skills. I do hope they have an option after finishing the game to play all the cut scenes in order. I think it actually came on to my radar from GamingOnLinux way before its release.

It also comes recommended by a fellow blogger over on Me Vs. Myself and I

RiME

Rime only recently came to mind to pick up. I think I actually saw it on one of the “Discovery Queue’s” on Steam to get the holiday cards (Guess the Marketing Machine works). It looked good and Fanatical happened to have it in a sale for under $5 CAD, with 3 other games. RiME is normally a $40 game, so it seemed like a really good deal. Even the current Steam Winter Sale price is $14 for just RiME.

Its the Very Positive Bundle and includes:

  • The Sexy Brutale
  • Dex
  • Bastion
  • RiME

I already own Bastion and played it for a little. It really didn’t grab me to put a whole lot of time into it.