The strangest thing just happened: I had closed my Apple Music tab and when I returned to music.apple.com (still logged in, mind you) everything was in Chinese (confirmed by "cn" in the URL). I tried going to music.apple.com (no "cn" in the URL) and got the Chinese version again. I have never been to China in my life or used a VPN with servers in China. I don't have any connection to China at all.
I swear I have the worst of luck. Why did I decide to replace my main system? Continuing (minor) USB issues. What just happened with my new main system? Complete and utter USB failure. USB WiFi stops working. USB keyboard stops working. SSD connected with USB SATA adapter quits working. FML
Netgear GS305v3 5-port ethernet switch arrived today: Made in Thailand. Another electronics device that I own that was *not* Made in China. Don't believe people who say "everything is Made in China; there is no way to avoid it"
My main system (still X470 for now...) is finally back in operation. I had removed a damaged DisplayPort cable from my WX2100 (in preparation for a change in my main system, which I have been hinting at) and bought a replacement (DisplayPort-DisplayPort) cable. Then, it arrived and I when attempting to connect it I realized that my old Iiyama does not have a DP port...
Just discovered through Linux dmesg output that my ProBook 645 G1 uses https://www.mouser.com/datasheet/2/268/USB5534-254954.pdf as its USB controller hub. It shows up even when no USB devices are attached. I am surprised that the controller hub is not integrated in the (A70M) chipset at least. So far I have not had any issues with it though.
I am still amazed by my old Llano-based ProBook. Thermally it behaves like a quality desktop. It idles at 32 C, even during extreme heatwaves and with all 4 cores running full tilt (compiling a Linux kernel module) the temperature tops out at 66-67 C!
6th day at home with COVID (managed to avoid getting it until now). Symptoms have not really been bad at all (but then again, not surprising considering my demographics and the fact that I am triple vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine) but I just tested positive (again/still) this morning so getting very annoyed at this point. If you see me being a bit grumpier than usual in the forums, then you know why...