The biggest problem with the HP laptop is that the Intel 3160 wireless chip doesn’t work. Something to do with BlueTooth.
Here’s some information about the problem.
I don’t do enough system admin to enjoy it when I do. (Does anyone?)
When you upgrade Ubuntu, you lose a lot of the software you’d installed. There’s a list of system admin tips that I try to remember here. (Which reminds me, I should find a better home for it for when Twitter dies.)
I couldn’t resolve names of Macs in my local network. I should point out what a shame it is that Mac addresses aren’t the same thing as MAC addresses, since Google as my primary system admin resource.
That’s the work of avahi-daemon and friends (a/k/a Zeroconf and Bonjour). For awhile I thought that something had broken there. But eventually, I figured out that was working, i.e., the problem lay elsewhere.
I wondered if they’d added a firewall to 16.10. They did (or, for all I know, they’ve always had one) called ufw (more here), but it’s (still) not enabled by default. If that ever changes, I can learn what to do about it here.
After about an hour, I found out there is something called nss-resolve. Which is actually a pretty clever idea. Except it wasn’t working. Its configuration file is well documented here. Good luck figuring that out.
Finally, I just compared my 16.10 /etc/nss-switch.conf file with the one from a working installation of 16.04.1. HAH!
Not only was there a difference, it gave me a string I could Google. That brought me to this: http://askubuntu.com/questions/837982/how-to-configure-local-dns-lookup-in-ubuntu-16-10
It also brought me to this: https://github.com/systemd/systemd/issues/4157, which (if I read it correctly) says that I should go ahead and use the string from 16.04.1 that works instead of the one from 16.10 that doesn’t.
I had to reinstall Linux on my laptop and ran into some trouble with the ttf-mscorefonts package. (It runs some text-mode click-wrap license agreement, except in my case, there was a problem where it didn’t run properly. I probably hit the wrong button at some point.) Anyway, this is not a new problem:
I picked the latter one because it didn’t involve dpkg.
Windows 10 is, in some ways, worse(!) than 8.1 was. (Really!)
Since I don’t have time to keep sinking into Windows, here’s what I’ve been doing:
Once you’ve done all that, remember to install an ssh server:
sudo apt-get install openssh-server
I’m working on a similar list for Windows, except (a) nobody gets to install Windows, you have to buy a PC with it preinstalled, and (b) there are about 300 things you have to do next.
Speaking of Ubuntu…. I barely know what a
.deb is, so this article was complete gibberish to me, with all this talk about Snaps and Snappy for future releases of Ubuntu.
Bjarne Stroustrup outlines changes in store for C++ in v17. I can barely remember how awesome I used to think C++ was back in 1986. And compared to C, I guess is was, then. Today—forget about it. Just give me a scripting language.
Finally: During the 1990’s I used to be a DIY system builder, but the past decade or two I’ve been too busy and too impoverished. And there’s a lot to be said for buying something small. Still, I might get around to building something again someday. This sounds like fun:
How to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.10 from Ubuntu 14.04.
Or, how to get an ISO if that’s your preferred way.
What to do when you finish upgrading to 14.10.
Normally, I run Chrome and/or Chromium instead of Firefox, but there’s a new version of Opera too.
Here’s some tools for scanning on Linux.
How to create a UEFI bootable Ubuntu USB drive using Windows.
Or you can just get a Mac and run the all-new butt-ugly Yosemite.
But what about Unix users. Any love for the graybeards? Why yes, yes there is: cool retro term. I love the jitter:
Oh, and get off my lawn! (H/T: Ubuntu Portal)
I have a love/hate relationship with Wacom tablets. They’re awesome when they work, but that’s rare, because the drivers are crap. And that’s on a Mac, where a lot of people actually use them.
I installed one on my Linux machine, and from that day forward, the mouse just lived a life of its own — jumping around and generally acting stupid.
So today, on a hunch, I decided to uninstall the Wacom drivers. It seems to have calmed the mouse down a little, but it still randomly jumps a couple of hundred pixels away from where it ought to be.