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 the 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 can 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.

Your Lame Claim To Fame Is Such A Crying Shame

March 15, 2016

"Weird Al" - Lame Claim To Fame Video

“Weird Al” got it right.  If you are posting the following statement on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, MySpace, Instagram, Blog, or any other website on the Internet:

“I know famous people.”

Then you truly have a delusional lame claim to fame.

You may have met someone famous, you may have had your picture taken with someone famous, you may have had a conversation with someone famous, but that doesn’t mean that you know someone famous.

When was the last time any of these famous people came over to your house for dinner?  Or gave you their personal cell phone number?  Or sent you an email or text?  How many of these famous people that you have had sex with can even remember your name?

Never!  none!  no!  In your dreams!

The problem with your lame claim to fame lies in the word “know,” which can simply mean “to have knowledge of.”  In that case, we all know someone famous.  But that’s not how you want us to interpret your claim.  You want us to believe that famous people are your biggest, best friends in the whole wide world.

Church Lady Meme

Sorry, I’m not buying it.  And neither is anyone else who happens to stubble upon your web page.  We just roll our eyes at you and move on.  You get one shot at making a first impression and you blew it.

Associating yourself with famous people gives you a false sense of also being famous.  You want to be famous without having to go through the process of becoming famous.  You want instant fame.  And you think that the Internet can give that to you.

What makes you think that you deserve to be famous?

You spread your name all over the Web like it means something.  You sprawl your name across all of your photos in a vain attempted to ensure your copyright.

Those blurry, dark pictures you took with your iPhone are worthless.  They are even more worthless since you wrote your name and copyright in big letters over the picture.

This image copyrighted

The point of posting pictures on the Internet is to add value to your website.  The image above is completely useless because the ugly copyright notification covers all the beauty beneath.

You are never going to make any money from your photography.  And if someone did steal one of your pictures and displayed it on their website, what are you going to do about it?  Are you going to hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit?  Seriously?

Put the unaltered photos online and let your visitors do with them as they please.

Beautiful Flower

Beautiful Flower 1600×1200 (click to enlarge)

Your visitors will appreciate your efforts and return to your site again and again for more useful content.  That, more than anything else, will help make you famous.

Take down your lame claim to fame.  Create content that people actually want.  And stop being an asshole.  Three simple things that anyone can accomplish…

Almost anyone.