Friday, November 21, 2014

Computer Restoration

Level 1 - Surfer Package
Non-Windows operating system, 
secure browser, 
(Excellent UPGRADE from Windows XP)
Fast, Secure, Simple

Level 2 - Full Restoration
OEM Windows fresh install, 
ALL Microsoft Updates, 
3 browsers with ad-blocking, 
battery/power management optimization, 
Streamlined PDF reader, 
Word Processor/Spreadsheets/Presentation Suite, 
Photo Editing, 
Disk Defrag, 
Registry Cleaner, 
personal data transfer (up to 4GB), 

Level 3 - BOTH

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

USB Flash Drive Fun

I had previously mentioned installing a fully functioning version of Android 4.4.2
on a USB thumb drive. That is proving more and more useful every day.

But I had originally done this on a full sized thumb drive.

If a computer is completely stationary and shielded on the sides, that's okay, but what about a laptop or netbook?

Have you ever noticed how nobody ever steps on your foot until you have a sore toe?

That's my thinking on USB drives on computers- it's a good way to damage a USB port, and/or a motherboard, etc when somebody snags the USB protrusion or you yourself forget and snag it on something!

With the advent of "nano" drives, the risk is reduced by making the drive less than a 1/4 inch exposed when plugged in. Two prime examples are the SanDisk Cruzer Fit and the Verbatim Store 'n' Stay Nano.

So now that I have Android on a "big" thumb drive, I was hoping I could "clone" it to a nano...

The answer is YES!

ImageUSB is the tool needed.

And, a beautiful step-by-step instruction set is here.

Just make sure that the flash drivers are identical, or at least have the same space available; if not, it will fail (ask me how I found that out).

There have always been ways of creating "live" versions of operating systems for installations or just running off a CD or DVD utilizing the systems RAM, but the true experimenter find the value of doing the same thing with a USB thumb drive.

UNetbootin is one way of doing that. 

PenDriveLinux is another.

Oh, and if you are trying to do a full install on a flash drive, you need to add this to your reading- Which filesystem for usb devices and the whole series Installing Linux on a USB

Happy thumb driving!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Android on PC

Still playing with this.

It runs a "live cd" extremely well on my netbook, but was a little tricky to do a legitimate installation.

I learned that the drive or partition HAS TO BE formatted in NTFS. Then, you can have a dual boot install with Windows. The GRUB .98 won't pick up other installations of Linux though.

I was able to put Android 4.4.2 on a USB Flash Drive; not a Live CD, but a real installation. That should satisfy any of my hankerings for tinkering.

Here's some links of interest-


Ranish Partition Manager and XOSL Multi-boot Manager

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Sunday, October 12, 2014


Twitter has a nice... um... well, I don't know...

Twitter seems like a way for you to voice your opinion, or maybe, just send a 140 character text message to a throng of "followers" who will never read it. I think...

Well, at least I have found a decent use for it- it is a quick way to post to Facebook (since my accounts are linked) if I'm on something like an iPod that takes FOREVER and a day to use Facebook on.

The Twitter code of ethics is supposed to be - if you "follow" someone, they "follow you back"...

Don't hold your breath on that one.

Ya, I know; it's a 2-way street. Sure. You check my account, and there are a bunch of people I don't follow back either. The problem there is I don't speak Russian. Honestly, I don't. I don't know who they are and I don't want to click on their blind links to find out that they're just spammers pushing porn, Russian brides, or whatever. The Google translator doohickie doesn't help much either.

For instance

"ело против гестапо и СД вместе, заявив, что это было необходимо благодаря тесному сотрудничеству в работе между ними..."

through the "translator"-

"ate against the Gestapo and SD together, saying that it was necessary due to the close cooperation between them in the ..."


I am a fan of "We Love Russia", but that's different; they have videos!

So, in my tweeting adventures, I've found some websites to be of assistance-

This site/tool/app gives you a quick glance of who is not following you back. You can unfollow from their interface.

This is a neat app with statistics on your Twitter activity. Maybe if I tweeted more, my report would be more interesting.

Want to know who stopped following you? This is what you need. They've got some other tools I'm playing with... Check 'em out; it's free.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Internet Browsers, Revisited

I stumbled across something today...

I had previously given a Shop-Vac award to the browser Midori because it sucked, (see the comments at the bottom of this page) but I still use it some in Linux.

But, I think I found out why it didn't impress me thoroughly- the readily available "packaged" Midori is version 4.3.

The current version is 5.8. I found that here I did...

So, how do you get the current version?

Glad you asked

open your terminal window and copy/paste this badboy-

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:midori/ppa && sudo apt-get update -qq && sudo apt-get install midori

I think every single instance of Midori I have is the 4.3 version, so with this new intel, I have something new to play with...

Check out Midori's website for downloads and instructions for all operating systems.

Oh, and hit their blog site for news, updates, and other useful tidbits (like what I just shared ;) ).

a lightweight, fast, and free web browser

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