Rebuilding my Virtual Machines

I started rebuilding the virtual machines on my laptop. First up, Windows 7 Home Premium. After a clean install from the original installation ISO, it was time to apply the security updates. First was upgrading to ServicePack 1 using the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installation ISO. To install the Service Pack without personalizing Windows 7, you can press Ctrl-Alt-F3 to enter Audit mode.

Windows 7 Audit Mode

From here, it was a simply installing Service Pack 1, and then patching Windows 7 using Microsoft Update:

  • First batch, critical and important updates: 117 updates
  • Second batch, critical and important updates: 10 updates
  • Third Batch, critical and important updates: 62 updates
  • Fourth Batch, critical and optional updates: 7 updates
  • Fifth Batch, critical and optional updates: 9 updates

All Gas, No Brakes

Last year, I joined Red Hat’s Accelerators program. The program is a community of Linux users who are enthusiastic about Red Hat’s products, services, technologies. At the end of last year, I was selected to be a Community Captain because of my participation in the program! I received “Trailblazer of the Year” award.

Red Hat Accelerators Award
Red Hat Accelerators Award – Trailblazer of the Year

Starting 2019

I have decided to start 2019 with a clean slate. Over the holiday season, I have rebuilt or reinstalled most of my home network, including wiping my old blog, and several post or pages.

I decided to move to a standard WordPress installation instead of continuing with Nikola or other static blog generators. One of my hopes for 2019 is to write and document more of what I do with computers, and my other hobbies, like Lego.