Saturday, June 25, 2016

Product Review of Hard Drive Saved Me

There's so much to learn reading product reviews before you purchase anything online. This is only possible because after purchasing a responsible buyer should make time warning other consumers about the product he bought. I am in the market for storage devices. I'm looking for a 2 TB internal hard drive plus SATA and power cables. I'm looking for some discounts and I found one. One reviewer who sounds like he tested the hard drive and found the device age. This supposed brand new hard drive has 1,800 days of power on in its logs. Recently manufactured hard drives are SMART capable. SMART makes it possible for each device to monitor itself, log how many times it's powered on, how many days (sometimes hours) it's been used. I have a SSD that's receiving (and sending) data to its manufacturer / vendor. The vendor even runs tests on the SSD from time to time. So all these data and logs are saved in SMART data.

We should be making time and filling out that product review space after purchasing online.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Re: Covering Your Computer's Webcam With Tape

Twitter user (@topherolson) Chris Olson noticed that in a photo of Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd) the laptop's camera is covered with tape and the headphone jack is also taped.

Hey, Edward Snowden also advised such a move maybe a couple of years back.

I use a stand alone webcam with built in cover and I make sure it is closed always. I don't know about the built in mic though. It's not perfect.


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Fixed vs Autohide

Most of the time I just leave the defaults on when it comes to the operating system. Ubuntu has unity at least the stock Ubuntu. When it first came out Ubuntu has auto-hide on by default but they changed it to Fixed due to user feedback.

I am still caught in the middle on the issue. On the one hand I like that I own more screen real estate if the auto-hide is on.
Donato Roque
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Booting: can't find 'linux', can't find 'initrd' Press any key when ready

I installed Fedora 23 alongside Ubuntu 16.04 on a dual boot configuration. Everything went fine until I reboot. I encounter this after the bios.

                         can't find 'linux'
                         can't find 'initrd'

                         press any key to continue...

Any option I choose, whichever operating system I click on it shows this text.

So I have to fix my GRUB. I tried to use my live CD of Ubuntu but my bios won't let me boot into it. So I pressed the DEL key to get into the ASUS motherboard bios set up. The good news is ASUS motherboards have never let me down. I'm on the bios set up trying to find which option will boot my USB device. Having found it, I boot into the installation media of Ubuntu 16.04. Now I can start fixing my GRUB. GRUB is the Grand Unified Bootloader. The problem here is that each distribution of linux modify their version of GRUB so they are now trying to compete with each other- Ubuntu's and Fedora's for the control of my computer. No, it's not as sinister as I make it sound like, but you get my point.

In the Ubuntu 16.04 installation media, where it let's you test drive their baby, I started the terminal and typed:

$sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
#this is to install the repository for boot-repair

$sudo apt install -y boot-repair
#to install boot-repair

Super-key+A to start boot-repair.

By the way, the live CD version of Ubuntu runs in memory, so once you end your session, any changes, any files you created while doing your business disappears.

It is working now. If you get a different result, running boot-repair gives you a pastebin URL. Do take note of it. You can email for support to: Be sure to link your email to the pastebin URL.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Back To Fedora

I finally found the time and courage to install Fedora back. 


I have two problems to solve. If I can't find my answer It won't happen. No Fedora.
I have to find a way to mount an existing raid array (made up of 2 devices) properly. The new Fedora installation must detect the array and correctly mount them at boot. There is always something that messes up GRUB when I modify the fstab file. I have to isolate that and correct it. 

Secondly, I have to find a way to share my media files to the wifi network, specifically, my android smartphone. If I can't share it there forget about the iphone. 

I'm downloading the updates. I just got the news that Fedora 24 is delayed until June 21st. I think my timing is fine. I will be fine by the time the new release is ready.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Trying To Solve File Sharing Over Wifi Home Network

First, I installed Samba (and a bunch of dependencies) and followed the usual
configurations to enable shares. It turns out that Ubuntu has a GUI tool for this,
in Nautilus itself. So people like me can just right-click a folder.

If you don't have the necessary package for sharing files over LAN, Ubuntu will
give you a prompt. Nice of them.

I checked my router configuration. I have UPnP and File Sharing ticked. These
same configuration worked before with Fedora 23.

I checked my smartphone with Android 5 but my shares aren't showing up in
File browser even after a refresh or a scan of the network. Nope.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

New App to Test at Blogger

This is the first time I'll be using a new app for posting to blogger. The UI is nice enough to merit my efforts at learning to use it.

I could use something like this.

posted from Bloggeroid