Oct 16

Android Lollipop Announced

Google has announced that the next release of the Android operating system for smart phones will be called Lollipop. They name their releases after deserts and go in alphabetical order.

For full information about the new Android system check out the following links:
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-10-15/google-unveils-android-lollipop
http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/features/android-50-lollipop-whats-new-and-updated-607646
http://www.technobuffalo.com/videos/top-5-android-lollipop-features-googles-most-exciting-os-ever/

Oct 10

New Tab Redirect Plus

If you are like me, you don’t care for the new tab page in Google Chrome. I have tried a number of extensions, but New Tab Redirect Plus is my favorite. It allows me to choose what page I want to go to when I open a new tab. You will find it is the Chrome Web Store. (see link below)

All you have to do is install it and add the url of the webpage you want it to open. Enter it right below “My new tab page should show this URL:” It also has some “Quick Save” options that you just click and it will add the correct URL. These “Quick Save” options include opening to the apps, bookmarks, and more.

Link
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/new-tab-redirect-plus/hnpoebddognhfcnfbfjdbgmgadkmmdkj

Oct 09

Adjusting Date and Time in Xubuntu

Soon after you install Xubuntu 14.04, you will want to customize it. One of the things that I didn’t like is the date and time setting on the task bar. I like to have the full day, month, day, year, and time displayed. You can do this easily.

Right click on top of the date and time in the task bar. Select Properties, then a dialog box will appear. Under clock options you will see a drop down menu. Click on it and change it to Custom Format. Then simply copy and paste the following:

%A, %B %d, %Y %l:%M %p

After you are done, it should look like the picture below. To abbreviate the day replace %A with %a, to abbreviate the month replace %B with %b. And strangely enough, to uncapitalized the AM/PM replace %p with %P. This works in Linux Mint as well, and many other distros.
XubuntuDateAndTime Adjusting Date and Time in Xubuntu

Links
http://php.net/manual/en/function.strftime.php

Oct 04

Amazon’s Fire Phone and Kindle Fire Run Linux

You may not know it, but you probably use Linux everyday. Google, Facebook, and Android all use Linux. So does the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. The list goes on.

Now that Amazon is hitting the market with their Kindle Fire and Fire Phone, it might be nice to know that it’s running Linux. Linux is everywhere, except on the desktop. But this is slowly changing as people begin looking for an operating system for their older computers.

Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_adopters
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_OS

Oct 03

More Podcasts Coming in November

I have posted an old episode of the Linux User Podcast from July of 2009. This allows me the ability to introduce Linux and get the show in the various podcast directories. It is hard to troubleshoot without an actual podcast in the feed. Plus the content is great (the audio is not the best).

I am in the process of moving, so this month is going to be busy. Too busy to create a weekly podcast. That is why I am waiting until November to really start the podcast. I am really excited to resurrect this great podcast.

I am still waiting for Stitcher and iTunes to approve the site. I have also applied to the Tech Podcast Network as well. These should be all up and ready for my November launch. I hope you take a moment to subscribe to the podcast.

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Linux in a Box by Lodge McCammon, used by permission.

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Oct 03

Introduction to Linux and Ubuntu (000)

This is a special episode, it was originally recorded in July of 2009. It is an introduction and brief history of Linux and Ubuntu. It answers such questions as, what is Linux and what are the different parts to the Operating System? What is Ubuntu and what is a distribution? Why is the podcast focused on Ubuntu and the Gnome desktop? And what are a few great Linux based programs?

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LINUX – “Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Developed under the GNU General Public License, the source code for Linux is freely available to everyone.” (www.linux.org) [Accessed:July 2009]

GNU – “The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete Unix-like operating system which is free software: the GNU system. GNU’s kernel isn’t finished, so GNU is used with the kernel Linux. The combination of GNU and Linux is the GNU/Linux operating system, now used by millions.” (www.gnu.org) [Accessed:July 2009]

GNOME – “GNOME offers an easy to understand desktop for your GNU/Linux or UNIX computer.” (www.gnome.org) [Accessed:July 2009]

UBUNTU – “Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.” (www.ubuntu.com) [Accessed:July 2009]

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Oct 02

First Impression of Xubuntu 14.04

Every so often I work on a computer that is older. Yesterday I worked on an old Compaq Presario PC with only 512 MB of RAM. It was running, or I should say, struggling to run Windows Vista. The solution? Xubuntu. Even with Xubuntu you should have at least 512 MB of memory.

Xubuntu1404 First Impression of Xubuntu 14.04Xubuntu installed fine and was up and running in about a half hour. The owner of the computer is used to Windows, so I had a little customization to it. I first moved the panel to the bottom of the desktop. I eliminated the extra work spaces, added the word Start to the menu, and installed Google Chrome. I also installed the Xubuntu restricted extras. Then I transferred all his files.

It went better than I expected. I had no video card issues (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950), and so I did not need to install any proprietary drivers. I set up the favorites for him, and customized Chrome.

My first impression was very positive. Xubuntu has come a long way since I used it last. I highly recommend it for older computers.

Xubuntu 14.04 is supported until April 2017.

Sep 27

Dangerous Security Flaw in Linux Systems

A fundamental flaw in one of the most basic functions of OS X, Linux, UNIX and related operating systems was revealed and patched (Sept. 24) by software developers. The Bash shell (or command-line interface) for UNIX-like systems, allows injection of random, possibly malicious, code following commands, and automatically executes that code without verifying it. Today’s patch prevents that code execution.

However, when I tried to install the patch in Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon edition from the Update Manager I got this:

W: Ignoring file ‘getdeb.list.bck’ in directory ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/’ as it has an invalid filename extension
W: Ignoring file ‘getdeb.list.bck’ in directory ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/’ as it has an invalid filename extension
W: Ignoring file ‘getdeb.list.bck’ in directory ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/’ as it has an invalid filename extension
W: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/b/bash/bash_4.3-7ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb
404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.91.14 80]

I solved this by typing in the command line:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install –only-upgrade bash

Then I again ran the Update Manager. Done.

Read More
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29361794
http://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-protect-your-server-against-the-shellshock-bash-vulnerability

Sep 20

Linux Mint OpenDNS Configuration

There are many reasons to use OpenDNS. Here is how you set it up in Linux Mint 17.

Go to Menu and search for network, click on Network Connections. Click once on your wired connection, then click edit on the right side. A new dialog box will open. Choose the tab that says IPv4 Settings. In the DNS servers box enter:

208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220

Then click save. You are done. It should look like this:
OpenDNS 277x300 Linux Mint OpenDNS Configuration

Links
http://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/opendns-ip-addresses/

Sep 12

First Major Linux Mint 17 Issue [solved]

It was actually two issues. When I shut down the computer I would get this error message: “reboot: system halted acquire the ‘org.freedesktop.ModemManager1′ service name nm-dispatcher.action: caught signal 15, shutting down… ModemManager.” And then it would just stop. It wouldn’t shut down. I had to physically push the off button.

Here is my solution: Since I am using a desktop, I just deleted the ModemManager. ModemManager is for mobile support, you don’t need it on the desktop.  After this I got a shorter message, “reboot: system halted 15, shutting down.” But it would still hang.

My next step was to add acpi=noirq to the kernel arguments:

sudo vi /etc/default/grub

set

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”acpi=noirq quiet splash”

then

sudo update-grub

Be careful editing this file. The second link below tells you how to save and close the file.

Finally, make sure acpi is enabled in your bios. Hopefully that should fix it. It worked for me.

Links
http://askubuntu.com/questions/132143/stuck-on-reboot-and-shutdown
http://askubuntu.com/questions/24406/how-to-close-vim-from-the-command-line
http://askubuntu.com/questions/461646/shutdown-hangs-for-5-minutes-on-kubuntu-14-04