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Updating a Clean Install of Linux Mint

April 20, 2018

Now that you have created a dual boot (Windows 10/Linux Mint) system, the first thing to do is always the first thing to do with any new operating system…  Update!

First things first, and in that order.  More or less.

Bring up your Linux Mint main menu and go to Administration > Synaptic Package Manager:

Linux Mint Main Menu

No, we’re not updating just quite yet.  We have to set a few parameters before beginning.

Type in your super secret password:

Enter password

Once synaptic has launched, go to Settings > Preferences:

Settings > Preferences

Preferences > General tab

And then click on the Files tab:

Files tab

Select “Delete downloaded packages after installation” and then click on the big button marked “Delete Cached Package Files” before clicking Apply.  Click OK to close the dialog box.

Go to Settings > Repositories:

Settings > Repositories

Set local repositories

Enable source code repositories.

The default mirror repositories are not always the best to use.  You want the fastest repositories available to you.

The main repository is perfect for my needs, but the base repository needs some adjusting.  Click on the base repository URL and wait.

Speed testing repositories

A speed test of all available repositories can take some time.

Select fastest local repositories

When a clear winner is displayed, click on that entry to highlight it and click Apply.

Enable source code repositories

Close Software Sources and reload the cache:


Close Synaptic and return to the desktop:

Update manager

It’s time the run the Update Manager.  Click on the shield icon.

Leave the default settings as is for now.  Click OK.

Set level

Updates are available!

Update available

What?  Only one?

Don’t worry.  Click Install Updates.

And enter your super secret password.

Enter password

The update will download and install in one smooth motion.

Installing software

Changes applied

We’re done!


Now we have more updates to install:

Additional updates available

Click Install Updates again.

OK to install

That’s normal.  Don’t worry about it.  Just click OK.

And enter your super secret password again.

Enter password again


Downloading Package Files


Installing software


Install complete

Not quite yet.

Reboot your computer back to Linux Mint and again click on the shield icon.  Go to Edit > Preferences:

Edit > Preferences

Make a few changes and then click on the Levels button:

Increase levels

Select everything and click Apply.

Click the Refresh button.

More updates available

Install more updates.

OK to install

Click OK.

And you’re finally done.

Everything is up-to-date.  Safe and secure.

All updates completed

One final note:  If you are ever asked whether to keep or replace a configuration file during an update, always replace.

This may seem like a lot of work, but this is why Linux is the most secure operating system you can use today.  Computing the way it ought to be.


Creating a Single Flash Drive With Single ISO Image Quickly and Easily

April 6, 2018

Etcher main screen

Etcher is a free and easy-to-use open source program for loading a single boot ISO image on a flash (thumb) drive for Windows, Linux  or Mac.

Simply plug a USB flash drive into your computer and select an ISO image to load.

Etcher select an ISO image to load

Click on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner to select options.

Etcher settings options

Click Back to return to the main screen.  Click on the Flash! button.

Etcher select flash to begin

Linux users will need to input their super secret password.

Enter password (Linux version)

Etcher will now start…

Etcher starting

And write the contents of the ISO image to the flash drive.

Etcher installing ISO image

When finished, Etcher will validate the data (optional).

Etcher validating

And your done!

Etcher complete

Your flash drive is now ready to boot your choice of operating system.

Etcher will erase any and all data on the flash drive prior to installing the ISO image.  So you do not have to reformat the flash drive before installing a different ISO image.

Etcher is available in both 32 and 64-bit versions for most platforms.

Debian/Ubuntu based or Redhat based distributions will want to use repository options for ease and convenience.

Etcher is an essential software tool for those who need to install operating systems via a flash drive.  Download your free copy now.

Is Plagiarism the New Online Journalism? One More Time

March 22, 2018

Example thirty-four – Same story –  3 days later.

Proof number 34

Eample number 34

The problem is there are too many websites on the Internet today who just post web pages to create a space so they can sell more advertising (spam) to generate revenue.

Recommended: After Dark Games Collection For Windows and Linux

February 17, 2018

After Dark Games

The original After Dark Games still plays nicely on Windows and Linux (loaded with Play On Linux).  And are available for free from the Internet Archive.

Tip:  When loading this software using Play On Linux, create a desktop icon link to the .exe file and another link to the .lnk file.  Delete the second link from your Linux desktop, but leave the second link in your Play On Linux menu.  This method seems to work best.

No, that’s it.  Go play!

The Case of the WiFi Thieves

November 27, 2017

Is someone stealing your WiFi signal?

Are you sure about that?

Free software tools exist to help you monitor your WiFi network.  And the best part of all is that you don’t need to be a certified systems administrator to use these programs.  Just click and wait.

WiFi Scanner

Who’s On My WiFi? (click to enlarge)

Who’s On My WiFi is a free software program for Windows or Android that allows you to scan and catalog every device on your network (wireless and wired).

(For privacy and security reasons, I have removed information from the images above and below.)

Also available for free to Linux, Mac and Windows users is Angry IP Scanner.

Angry IP Scanner

Not as extensive a tool as the previous software recommendation, Angry IP Scanner is just as effective.

With so many of your neighbors now using WiFi to connect to the Internet, it’s not a bad idea to make certain that they are not connecting to your Internet.

And with so many Internet service providers imposing overage charges for exceeding your data cap limit, can you really afford not to know if someone is stealing your WiFi signal?

There’s only one way to find out.