Monthly Archives: January 2018

Clobbering my Dual-Boot Laptop

I clobbered my dual-boot laptop. I ought to have clobbered it long ago, so it was uni-boot Linux, but that whole secure-boot UEFI firmware business scared me too much to do that without knowing more, and who has time to learn more, or a test-bed on which to make mistakes.

I was running Ubuntu 17.10 for awhile, but [I made, over a period of two months, a long list of trivial changes that made me decide the simplest thing would be if] I decided to reinstall the OS. And that didn’t work. Or, it sorta kinda worked once or twice, then quit working completely.

Did I run into the Ubuntu BIOS bug? I don’t know. But I was installing Ubuntu and I couldn’t get past the BIOS. So maybe I did. But I don’t know.

For the time being, I’m using my Macs and some older (pre-UEFI Secure Boot) hardware. Here’s an article about how to fix the Ubuntu BIOS bug. Here’s some more about the provenance of the bug.

Konica Drivers on a Mac

It shouldn’t be this hard, Konica: your “self help” website is a mess. It looks like it entered a time vortex in 1998. Compare with, say, Amazon or Facebook. (Separate question, why would someone go to your “self help” site, unless they thought a few hours fighting the web site would take less time than calling for phone support?)

There are people who’ve done what you should have done, like this Mac driver setup walk-through at Tufts.

But what do you do when that doesn’t work? Is this because I’m using 10.12 a/k/a Sierra? (Surely, you realize that’s already a full version back, and you barely support it. What would happen if I upgraded to High Sierra?)

Okay, the second time through, following the obvious links got me to this place (Self Help Product Support, which looks like it did before, more or less), but this time when I entered Bizhub C284 in the dark blue box on the left, I got some different options, so I picked them.)

And it worked! Total time (including writing this blog post in real-time as I went along) was about 35 minutes.

installing eyeD3

I keep thinking I should learn the basics of Python programming. But I never seem to get around to it.

Today I needed to know how to install a program written in Python, because Homebrew used to include eyeD3 and today it didn’t. Here’s what I ended up doing:

$ sudo easy_install pip   # because pip isn’t installed

$ sudo pip install eyeD3

then it says that won’t work because libmagic isn’t installed. But fortunately, Homebrew provides that (whatever it is). So try again:

$ brew install libmagic

$ sudo pip install eyeD3

P.S. eyeD3 is the best command-line ID3 tag editor I’ve found. It is the only thing I’ve found that allows you to install album art from the command line. (See my earlier post.)