Category Archives: Linux

HP laptop with Ubuntu – Intel 3160

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.

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Installing Ubuntu on an HP Windows 10 laptop

After you have a Linux USB boot drive, then you need to do the following: 1. configure the boot order in the system BIOS (hit F10 and proceed from there) 2. Install Linux on the primary drive.

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Ubuntu 16.10 and Zeroconf

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.) […]

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ttf-mscorefonts

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: ubuntu4questions has […]

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System Admin Notes

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: Is my PC suited for a 32- or 64-bit OS? ubuntu or windows. Am I running 32- or 64-bit linux? HowtoGeek: How to dual-boot linux on your Windows laptop […]

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Tech Tab Sweep

It’s time to upgrade your Ubuntu machines. 8 things to do after installing Ubuntu 15.04. One of the items is to add a tweak tool, which reminded me of Unsettings. 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 […]

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Code from MSFT Visual Studio

A standalone programmer’s editor from Microsoft. And it’s cross-platform. And apparently it’s built on Google Chrome.

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Ubuntu Tips

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. How to watch YouTube on your Ubuntu machine. Normally, I run Chrome and/or Chromium instead of Firefox, but there’s a new version of Opera too. Here’s […]

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Retro Terminal Emulator

Everyone knows the command line is where it’s at. Macs have had it since the beginning of Mac OSX. Windows people are slowly coming around too, with Powershell and Console2. 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 […]

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Twitchy Mouse in Ubuntu

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 […]

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