Use Local Time when dual boot Linux / Windows

Our lab computers dual boot Microsoft Windows 10 with GNU/Linux Mint / MATE. As a result, when booting to Windows the time is five hours too fast because Windows expects the RTC (real time clock hardware) to be in local time while Linux keeps time in UTC. The fix is easy.

A nice, short article on this was provided by Ji M at

Disable UTC and use Local Time in Ubuntu:

In previous Ubuntu editions, you can edit the config file /etc/default/rcS to disable UTC.

In Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below instead:

timedatectl set-local-rtc 1 --adjust-system-clock

To check out if your system uses Local time, just run:


Thanksgiving Project C.A.R.E. Results

In email today from Indiana State Police <>:

State Police Announce Thanksgiving Holiday Project C.A.R.E. Results

Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana State Police have participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) since the inception of this multi-state enforcement project in 1977, of which Indiana and Michigan were the founding members. Now, more than three dozen local and state law enforcement agencies nationwide participate in this life saving enforcement project.

For the Thanksgiving Holiday Project C.A.R.E. was operational from November 21st through the 25th.  Below are the Indiana results from this five day enforcement project.

While most information is self-explanatory, ‘CMV’ stands for Commercial Motor Vehicle and ‘Motorist Assists’ reflects the number of times motorists were assisted by state police officers while roadside. Examples of the type of assistance provided would include help with directions, changing a flat tire, calling a tow truck, obtaining fuel or other types of services to assist the motoring public.

Thanksgiving Project CARE Enforcement Results

NIPSCO bill payment assistance programs are here to help

A cutaway diagram of a Lamneck central heating gas furnace.

A cutaway diagram of a Lamneck central heating gas furnace.

This just in via email from NIPSCO:

Our bill payment assistance programs are here to help

For those who may be struggling to cover their energy expenses, options are available.

Remember, winter heating bill assistance funding is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Assistance programs include:

  • LIHEAP: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Available to households falling within 60% of the State Median Income Level. Applications for heating assistance are taken from November 1, 2018 through May 2019 (exact date in May to be determined).
  • NIPSCO Customer Assistance for Residential Energy (CARE) Discount Program: Designed to provide further gas bill reductions to LIHEAP-eligible customers. Once enrolled in LIHEAP, customers are automatically enrolled in the program.
  • NIPSCO Hardship Program: For customers just outside the federal poverty guidelines for LIHEAP, this program offers up to $400 in gas bill assistance to households between 151-200% of the federal poverty level. Applications will be accepted beginning December 1.

You can apply for LIHEAP assistance in person by visiting your local Community Action Agency. An agency list can be found here or by calling 1-800-464-7726.

To apply for NIPSCO’s Hardship Program, please visit NIPSCO’s website beginning December 1 for a list of agencies that can assist you.

What do I need to bring?

The following information is usually required when applying for assistance programs at an agency; however, be sure to contact the agency for the complete list of documentation you’ll need to provide:

  • Indiana photo ID
  • Social security cards for all household members
  • NIPSCO bill
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of income

Additional payment assistance options
There may be other payment assistance options available if you fall outside of program guidelines. Please visit or call 1-800-464-7726 at the first sign of difficulty paying your bill to learn about potential assistance options.
Energy and Money Saving Programs
Saving energy means saving money. A full list of programs and tips available to NIPSCO customers can be found at

Hoosiers asked to consider constitutional amendment

From Dave Heine <> in email today:

This election, Hoosier voters will decide through Public Question #1 if the Indiana Constitution should be amended to require the state legislature to enact honestly balanced state budgets. Although Indiana has maintained a balanced budget over the last seven years under conservative leadership, this proposed amendment would add an additional constitutional safeguard to prevent future legislatures from deficit spending gimmicks or passing debt on to our children and grandchildren.

It would also specifically require state lawmakers to prioritize pre-funded pensions before making other budgetary decisions. These added protections will not impact pre-funded pensions for firefighters, teachers and police officers, as confirmed by the Indiana Public Retirement System and by the professional organizations that represent teachers and public safety officers.Maintaining our fiscal integrity will help Indiana continue to thrive.

To read the full question as it will appear on the ballot and the proposed amendment in its entirety, click here. The Indiana Retired Teachers Association also provides facts to correct rumors and misinformation, while the Indiana Public Retirement System has prepared a Q&A that can be found here.