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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.


[Solved] PCLinuxOS Bootloader Crashes During Installation

March 12, 2018

Do NOT enter a password in the Bootloader setup

A known bug in the PCLinuxOS (2017.11) bootloader will cause the installation to crash and fail.

The solution is to leave the security password blank during installation.  Do NOT enter a password here.

You will be prompted to enter a root password and a log-in password after removing the live media and booting to PCLinuxOS from your hard drive.

Many thanks to inseine for the solution to this problem!

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!

Parted Magic For Free

February 8, 2018
Parted Magic 2012-12-25 desktop (click to enlarge)

Parted Magic 2012-12-25 desktop (click to enlarge)

Parted Magic is not a Linux distribution, but it is based on Linux.  Unlike most Linux distributions, however, it is no longer free.

Parted Magic Systen Tools menu

Earlier versions of Parted Magic were free.

Parted Magic Network menu

And the software contained in these earlier free versions are still useful even today.

Parted Magic Multimedia menu

Newer versions of Parted Magic combine 32 and 64-bt versions into one disk, while earlier versions separated them into two disks.

Parted Magic Help menu

Many of the programs included in all versions of Parted Magic is free and open source software available from other websites.

Parted Magic Graphics menu

Clonezilla, for example, is available as a free stand-alone software program.

Parted Magic Desktop Settings menu

GParted is another good example of free software included with Parted Magic that can be obtained as a free and independent utilities disk.

Parted Magic Accessories menu

Nothing beats the ease and convenience of Parted Magic’s hard drive erasing software.  Unless of course, it’s a free version of Parted Magic’s hard drive erasing software.

You know what I mean?

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.