Windows 10 Anniversary Update Epic FAIL

August 3, 2016
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Epic FAIL

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Epic FAIL (Click to enlarge)

Several months ago, I cloned my Windows 7 installation to another hard drive and then upgraded that installation using the free Windows 10 upgrade offer.  That went fine.

The one-year anniversary update, however, was a monumental and epic failure.

Pressing the reset switch on my computer and rebooting three or four times after the failed upgrade finally managed to get Windows to roll back to its previous installation version.  I then went back to using the Windows 7 hard drive on that computer.

This is exactly why I use and recommend Linux.

 

Extract Program Files From Linux Mint 13/17 For Use In Mint 18

July 29, 2016

Linux Mint 18 isn’t perfect.

It’s not what’s in Mint 18, it’s what’s missing from the new release that makes it so frustrating.  The problem of missing dependencies and programs was first discovered in the Beta release.

The solution, however, can be a bit complex for newer users.  Extracting .deb files from either an installed copy of Linux Mint 13/17.x or from the Live DVD version takes a bit of time, but does not require any command line knowledge.

Picasa, which is no longer supported by Google, is still a fantastic program that is absent from the Linux Mint 18 repositories.  Despite that fact, Picasa will run on Linux Mint 18 if you have the .deb file.

Step 1:
Boot an Internet connected computer into Linux Mint 13 or 17.x.

Step 2:
Go to the Main Menu > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager.  If required, enter your password.

Step 3:
Click on the Search button at the top to locate Picasa.  Then click the other Search button.

Search for Picasa in Synaptic

Step 4:
Locate Picasa in the list.

Picasa listed in Synaptic

Step 5:
Right-click on the entry and select “Mark for Installation.”

Mark Picasa for installation

Step 6:
Don’t let this worry you!

116 dependencies required to install Picasa

Many Linux programs can require huge numbers of dependencies to be installed.  You only need one of these 117 files.

Click on the Mark button.

Step 7:
Click the Apply button at the top of the Synaptic screen.

Click Apply to download the file(s)

Step 8:
Place a check mark in the box next to “Download package files only” and click the Apply button.

Download package files only

Step 9:
Wait for the package files to download.

Downloading Package Files

Step 10:
Right-click again on the Picasa entry and select “Unmark” from the list.

Select Unmark to remove Picasa from the download list

Step 11:
If you receive an error message, click the Mark button and ignore it.

Warning dialog box

Step 12:
Close Synaptic.  If you get another error message, click the Quit button and ignore it as well.

Quit and discard marked changes conformation dialog box

Step 13:
Open the Home folder (usually located on the desktop) and select “File System” from the list on the left-hand side.

Select File System from within your Home folder

Step 14:
Navigate to the var > cache > apt folder.

Inside the var > cache > apt folder

Step 15:
Right-click on the archives folder and select “Open as administrator” from the list (unless you are using a Live DVD).

Right-click and select "Open as administrator"

Step 16:
Click and drag the .deb file called Picasa out of the folder and drop it on the desktop.

You can also right-click on the file and select “Copy” from the context menu and then right-click anywhere on the desktop and select “Paste” to access the file.

The Picasa deb file can be found in the archives folder.

You can now move this file to a flash drive or external hard drive or use NitroShare to transfer the file to your Linux Mint 18 computer for installation.

Close the Home folder.

Step 17:
If you are extracting files using a Live DVD, you’re done.

If you are extracting files using an installed version of Linux Mint 13/17.x, you can use Ubuntu Tweak to safely delete the 117 downloaded files still in the archives folder.

Clean cached files from your system using Ubuntu Tweak

I was able to easily install Picasa on Linux Mint 18 using this method.  All the dependencies that were required were in the Linux Mint 18 repositories.

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Gnubiff:
Gnubiff is a wonder program that notifies users when new email arrives.  Unfortunately, the version currently included in the Linux Mint 18 repositories doesn’t work worth a flip!

I recommend you download and use version 2.2.15 under the heading of The Wily Werewolf.

 

Suddenlink Charges Customers Snail-Mail Billing Fee

July 25, 2016

$1 Paper bill convenience fee added to the overall cost of doing business with Suddenlink Communications

Suddenlink Communications customers are now being charged a $1.00 per month fee for the “convenience” of receiving a paper copy of their bill by snail-mail.

Paper copies are safer than incurring billing errors via automated draft.  One dollar per month is still better than having your personal bank account double or triple billed by a non-thinking machine (or human).

See also:

Suddenlink to begin charging customers $1 fee for paper billing
by Jared Casto

 

The Stupidity Of Personal References On A Job Application

April 4, 2016

List three references from a job application

:::ring, ring:::

Me:  Hello.

Friend:  Hey Doc, it’s me.  Listen, I hate to bug you but I need a favour.

Me:  Certainly.  What is it?

Friend:  I want to put you down as a personal reference on a job application.  Is that okay?

Me:  I’m sorry, you’re doing what exactly?

Friend:  I’m going to put down your name and phone number as a personal reference on a job application.

Me:  And then what?

Friend:  And then they call you and you tell them what a great person you think I am.

Me:  So you want me to lie?

Friend:  (Long pause) Yes.

Me:  You’re giving my name and number to a total stranger and asking me to lie for you?  Why?

Friend:  So they will hire me.

Me:  They’re going to hire you based on my lie alone?

Friend:  No. I still need two other people to lie to them as well.

Me:  Very confusing.  You’re going to get hired because you were able to get three people to lie for you.

Friend:  Yeah, hopefully.

Me:  How many other applicants are applying for this job?

Friend:  Oh, I don’t know.  Twenty or thirty…  Maybe.

Me:  You’re telling me that the person doing the hiring is potentially going to be lied to ninety times?

Friend:  Could be.

Me:  Do people like being lied to?

Friend:  No.  They hate it.  So will you do it?

Me:  How does that fact that you can get three people to lie for you help the person doing the hiring determine who is best qualified for the job?

Friend:  (Silence)

Me:  I’m just thinking outside the box, and I know about thinking outside the box because I live in the box, but this person or company that you want to work for doesn’t sound like the kind of place you really want to be if their hiring practices are based on who can best get their fiends to lie for them.

Friend:  I really need the job so I pay back the money I owe you.  What do you say?

Me:  Oh, well in that case, sure.  No problem.

Friend:  Thanks Doc!

:::click:::

 

PCLinuxOS 2016 Repository List

March 30, 2016

PCLinuxOS logo

The following is a list of current software repositories used by PCLinuxOS.

This list was extracted from PCLinuxOS KDE 2016.03 Live DVD through Synaptic > Settings > Repositories.  Not all repositories may be in use.  Some repositories may not be accessible from every country.  Each individual repository may contain different versions of the same software or contain different software packages.

It is recommended that users access only one repository at a time.

http://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/os/Linux/distr/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://ftp.fau.de/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://spout.ussg.indiana.edu/linux/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://pclinuxos.c3sl.ufpr.br/pclinuxos/apt/

http://mirror.uta.edu.ec/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://mirror.cedia.org.ec/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://ftp.belnet.be/pclinuxonline.com/pclinuxos/apt/

http://ftp.cc.uoc.gr/mirrors/linux/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://distrib-coffee.ipsl.jussieu.fr/pub/linux/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://ftp2.ie.freesbie.org/pub/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://mirror.internode.on.net/pub/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/pub/pclinuxos/apt/

http://mirrors.xservers.ro/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp/pub/Linux/PCLinuxOS/pclinuxos/apt/

http://mirrors.ispros.com.bd/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

http://mirrors.uni-ruse.bg/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/apt/

These links are provided for historical and research purposes only.


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