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January 2017

 

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