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    Apple Saying Goodbye to Intel Processors

    Agreed; and server-side, my brother-in-law is a Systems Architect for a major bank here in Canada. They're not using CentOS or Debian. :) I forget now whether the systems we were talking about were on IBM or HP. Although smaller numbers of servers are using a bona fide UNIX these days I still...
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    Speeding up old laptop: Ram or SSD ?

    True; but at least there are choices available: There are new *and entirely capable* distros out there that do not require whiz-bang fancy-pants 3D graphics. Ubuntu has a MATE spin that'd bring an old machine to life.
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    Speeding up old laptop: Ram or SSD ?

    SSD *unless* you routinely run out of RAM. But even then I'd go SSD and set a portion of the SSD for swap use.
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    The ultimate in stupidity and wastefulness from Amazon.

    I would expect JT20 thought I was referring to streaming media services. You are correct that the big competitors to Amazon in the cloud services sector are Microsoft, IBM and Google.
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    The ultimate in stupidity and wastefulness from Amazon.

    +1: Amazon **owns** the cloud services market. They are, by a good margin, the biggest player.
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    Windows 10 Pro license for $39.99

    I am a Linux guy but my wife has a Win10 laptop she needs for her job as a teacher. It is Win10 Pro and I sure appreciate that is sports BitLocker and Remote Desktop, which Home does not. https://www.coolblue.nl/en/advice/windows-10-home-vs-windows-10-pro.html
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    Windows 10 Pro license for $39.99

    Support ended for Win7 in January of this year, no?!
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    Do you host a commercial website from your home?

    Hosting your own site, if even on a shared plan, gives you some more control over how you modify the code of the platform and even which plugins and add-ons you can use. Hosting your own site on a VM instead of shared or other managed hosting gives you the same expanse of control over the server...
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    Do you host a commercial website from your home?

    Although I wouldn't use one for a dynamic site for commercial purposes, Google Cloud Compute has a "free tier" virtual machine that'd serve up static sites (with some help from Cloudflare) and make an awesome test bed for learning, testing, research and general target practice. Check out their...
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    Do you host a commercial website from your home?

    Many ISP's have policies preventing this; sometimes to the point of blocking ports 80 and 443. You'd also "need" a static IP which is rare for consumer ISP plans. (You could use a Dynamic DNS service, I suppose; but that just adds another layer of "things that can and will at some point fail"...
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    webcam recommendation (cheap?)

    A used phone might be easier. No SIM card, just WiFi. Around here an ancient iPhone 4S can get got for ~$40 and the camera is terrific; and it can still run Facetime and a few other video apps that would presumably include ZOOM. Mind you, the small screen could be off-putting for an elderly...
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    Password manager

    I'll presume you're talking about Roboform and not Lastpass. There is a feature chart here: https://www.roboform.com/everywhere that indicates there is NO device sync on the "Free" plan; but I have now installed the extension on Firefox and Chrome on Ubuntu and Windows as well as installed the...
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    Password manager

    Good call! A big advantage over LastPass is that Roboform can also (import and) keep your bookmarks. I use a combo of Firefox, Opera, Edge and Chrome on Ubuntu, Windows, Android and iOS and was wishing for a solution like this! EDIT: And Roboform's form-filling capabilities are far and above...
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    License Plates

    Both plates are an enforced requirement in Ontario, Canada. Stickers once a year or every two years on the back plate. The province recently rolled out some plates whose characters were unreadable at night and had to stop production of them...
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    Lubuntu

    There are a few reasons: Server-side I would expect some people like the predictable release cadence, available (professional) support, more up-to-date packages and market ubiquity of Ubuntu. Although I have no need for paid support I chose Ubuntu over Debian and CentOS for some of those...
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