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Resources For Life News 202010

ResourcesForLife.com – News 202010 | 17 Oct 2020 | Saturday

Dear Friend,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking time to read this month’s newsletter. To get notified when newsletters become available, please click here

Personal Update

My Personal Update for October is now available. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, I invite you to Like my page and also visit my AboutGregJohnson.com website. I’m slowly shifting from Facebook and other social media to putting content on my personal website where people can signup for updates. To signup to receive monthly notifications from me, please click here.

Economic Energy-Efficient Computing

After the recent power outage that left 300,000 people in Iowa without electricity, I began researching generators and solar power systems that could help keep computers running. Battery banks offer a quiet source of power and can be charged ahead of time. However, all of these solutions are very expensive for something that is likely not needed often. A computer system called Raspberry Pi offers economical and energy-efficient computing. In a power outage, a Raspberry Pi computer can run for many days on economical battery power packs.

In addition to energy efficiency, the Raspberry Pi system is inexpensive. Recent models can be purchased for about $100 to $150. People who can adapt to a simpler computer for their daily tasks will benefit from that savings. It’s similar to Google Chromebook computers in that regard. There are many people who have basic computer needs that would be satisfied by a used $200 Windows computer or a similar low-cost option like the Raspberry Pi. Another advantage of the Raspberry Pi is that the operating system and software are free.

I’ve setup a Raspberry Pi resource page for those interested in learning more and that new resource is featured this month on the Resources For Life home page.

What’s New

Check it out the What’s New page for a quick look at all the new site content. [View]


The podcast has been going well. Since last month, I’ve uploaded episodes 39-45 on variety of topics. You can find those episodes and other content on the What’s New page of the Resources For Life website. [View]

BACKGROUND — In April, I created a new podcast for those who prefer listening to their information rather than (or in addition to) reading articles and watching videos. The podcast is called Walk and Talk with Greg Johnson. You can pick and choose the shows by topic. You can also subscribe or listen with Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, or Spotify. You can see recently posted episodes on the What’s New page at  ResourcesForLife.com/new or the Podcast page.

Heart Songs

This month’s Heart Songs selection is “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” performed by Big Head Todd and the Monsters.


I want to thank the global team of volunteerscontributors, and workers “behind the scenes” who help make all this possible. I’m very grateful to the many people who continue to uphold and advance the mission of Resources for Life. Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if there is any way that Resources for Life can serve you better.


Greg Johnson, Director
“Resources for Better Living”
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By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com

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