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January 2017

 

Friday, 20 January, 2017

I bought some stuff from banggood.com and they either sold or gave my email address to spammers. So an email account that has seen no spam for the past several years now has dozens of emails.

Do not buy from banggood.com unless you want all that spam.


I admit it: I'm hooked on one particular YouTube channel. The Julian Ilett channel has dozens of videos. Julian is an electronics hobbyist who explains things in the videos in a very concise manner. He loves to get bargains, mostly from China. That requires him to learn more about the devices and their components, as most Chinese-written English instructions are not understandable. If you are interested in electronics, you should check out the channel. But be careful: this is where I got the banggood.com source.


Quote of the day:

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
     Isaac Asimov

Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Hobby Stuff


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

I love my XTV channel. It's one of the best things I have added to my Roku box. The other day I watched two comedy westerns on XTV that I would never have otherwise seen. They were A Million Ways to Die in the West with Seth Macfarlane, Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron, and The Ridiculous 6 with Adam Sandler and a cast of dozens. When you get past all the bathroom humor and blood, they are pretty funny. At any rate, I have to credit XTV for providing links to these and other movies.


It has been over a week since I sent an email to Zareason asking about sound support for my laptop. No reply. I have a perfectly good Zareason laptop with Linux Mint 18 installed and no sound support. I am starting to get pissed.

Update: I got a reply to my second email that sounds like the tech has no clue about this problem. I told him more about it and will await his email. If that is not successful, I will phone the company.


Quote of the day:

When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did - in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.
     Bob Monkhouse

Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Hobby Stuff


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Friday, 6 January, 2017

I am back to trying to get my i7 laptop's sound to work with a version of Linux Mint that is newer than 13 (current version is 18). I have looked for help on the Net and no joy there. I am going to install LM 18 on the laptop and go from there. I'm hoping I get a response back from Zareason (where I purchased the laptop) about this.

Later: I have created a shell script to help me get a new version of Linux Mint fully configured on any machine. After installation of the new version and update of it, I run the script and it will install and configure items that are not on the distro DVD. I have run that script and it works fine. So I now have LM 18 on my laptop with simplescreenrecorder, asunder, hmscalcrpn, gdvdslides, open shot and handbrake on it. As well as a few other items. The only thing it doesn't have is sound.


Quote of the day:

You get who you voted for, but why do you have to give them to me?
     Michael Burton

Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Hobby Stuff


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Sunday, 1 January, 2017

Well, so far, so good. We made it from 2016 to 2017. I hope everyone had a pain-free New Year.


After installing the new motherboard in my multimedia computer, I tried everything I could think of to get my old LaserJet 6L printer to work with the machine. I got a PCI Express parallel port card and that did not work. I got a parallel to USB adapter and that did not work, either. I finally decided that the old printer was just not going to work with the new motherboard.

So I made some space and pulled out an old computer that had a built-in parallel port and hooked up the printer. That combination works fine, but about the only thing I do with that computer is printing. Oh, well. It's an Athlon-based computer with 1GB of RAM in a great old (creme-colored) Antec case. Works fine for me, so no complaints. And I can now print more address labels.



Quote of the day:

We've sent a man to the moon, and that's 29,000 miles away. The center of the Earth is only 4,000 miles away. You could drive that in a week, but for some reason nobody's ever done it.
     Andy Rooney

Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Hobby Stuff


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother