Tag Archives: system admin

iMac configuration

I mentioned previously how I’ve rehabilitated the 10-year old iMac. Today, I’ve been setting up the software environment. First, I transferred my iTunes library over to the new computer. Then I installed some non-Safari browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Brave. Then I set up Homebrew, and after that, ruby: $ brew install openssl # various messages […]

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Setting Up Homebrew on my New Old Mac

I set up Homebrew on my iMac. (If you go to their site, the Homebrew project has documentation there, which explains the whole not-use-sudo philosophy and using /usr/local now that Apple makes it hard not to, but I don’t understand it, so it seems like an invitation to having your machine rooted. But I’m a greybeard and I quit […]

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Moving iTunes from one mac to another

The biggest single reason I wanted to fix my old iMac was to put a honkin’ big HD in it, and the reason for that was so I could have an iTunes library on the main hard drive instead of an external (USB 2.0) drive. My iTunes Media folder looks like this: 32 Books 60 […]

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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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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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Ninite.com

I love ninite.com for helping windows users get their computers sorted. I recommend it a lot and I wanted a screenshot I could point people to, so this is it.

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