When I first started using Ubuntu, I began looking around for cleanup utilities similar to Ccleaner. I was directed to Ubuntu Tweak, which has an easy to use Computer Janitor function, but I noticed that it did not have a disk wipe function. It was not very high on my list of priorities, so I let it go for a while.
Here and there, I saw references to BleachBit, so I decided I should give it a whirl. It basically does a lot more than just wiping the drive, and it has a lot of options. It is much more like Ccleaner than Computer Janitor. Most of the functions I tried worked pretty well, it seems. Of course, you have to be selective in what you choose, or it might ruin your day.
This is the article that almost didn’t happen. I need my Epson all-in-one for scanning, and if I couldn’t get it working, then I was going to disconnect the Pi, reformat and repurpose (and I have other purposes for one, certainly). In fact, I had gotten printing working even over Airprint, so this was the last obstacle. I was prepared to disconnect it, but I decided to give it yet one more try, and I finally got some success.
A Bourbon Red tom turkey
Photo by Matt Billings
Well, it is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. In spite of our many problems, we still have a lot to be thankful for. I like to take time out during this season to give a special thanks not only to a higher power, but also to you the reader. This blog wouldn’t be much without you, after all.
I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day.
I encourage people to read lots of blogs and listen to lots of podcasts, but I don’t encourage tuning in to offensive bigotry, especially when it comes to race or, as in this case, religion.
“Read lots of blogs” goes the advice to bloggers. ”Listen to many podcasts” is often thrown in there as well. Simply put, the premise is that you need to keep on top of things in whatever sphere you are blogging in. Frankly, I think that’s true in any walk of life, and the advice is not just for blogging.
Screenshot of Amazon’s new cloud reader
I love ebooks! I love to read, but books after a while collect dust, get in the way and become a chore even to give away. True, there are venues where used books can be resold, but you’ll hardly recover anything near the book’s original value. I often just end up giving them away to Goodwill or something as a consequence.
So, ebooks seem like a very good deal to me, but they aren’t really the same, are they? While the gap between them are narrowing in some ways, the legal aspects are still surprisingly different.
I apologize that this might seem muddled, but there certainly is a lot of confusion out there about AirPrint and Linux. Some claim “it just works”, but then there are web pages with instructions for setting it up. It is very confusing indeed. My best guess is that at some point Avahi just comes with Linux. So, read through this carefully and I will break where I think you should just go ahead and test it out. If you try out these instructions, please let me know how it went.
First, I should state even though the diagram above says “iPhone”, it really could apply to any iOS device. In fact, I believe it will work for Macs as well. So, don’t let the iPhone part deter you from trying this at home.
And through Windows NT, you can see it throughout the design. In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix.
It’s no secret that in many ways Linux and Windows started out coming from opposite directions, Bill Gates’ quote aside. Over time, however, they have gravitated more towards each other than apart, even though there are still significant differences between them. I think that little has done more to make Linux more “Windows-esque” than Ubuntu.
However, some assumptions remain. Windows programs have an annoying habit of placing stubs into the autostart sequence for when a user logs in. In some cases, that is a desired thing to do, but much of the time is is not only unneeded but not even asked for! Ubuntu, OTOH, seems to have a tendency to never ask and never autostart, which is just the opposite. It seems to me that it would make a lot more sense for both to simply ask the user what they want to do. Could anything do more than to put the “personal” back into “personal computer”?
“Security” can mean different things in different contexts. It is important to understand exactly how an item is secure before you relax (because after might be too late). Business Insider asks the question, “If Bitcoin Is So Secure, Why Have There Been Dozens of Bitcoin Bank Robberies And Millions In Losses?” However, is that even a fair question?
The Raspberry Pi is a pretty amazing device. It is small but powerful. With a little loving care, it can take over many of the more mundane tasks we ask of our PCs. Of course, if you have a somewhat older PC laying around being used as a doorstop, there usually is no reason you cannot convert it over by installing Ubuntu on it and repurpose it for other things as well.
A lot of people don’t realize it, but they have a print server right under their fingertips, or perhaps it is right next to them. If computer is directly connected to a printer, then that is your print server, even if it only does local printing. The traditional server function is inactive if it hasn’t been shared out, but the device drivers and services (including the spooler service) are all still running. You can use Windows networking to share your printer out, and other devices on your local area network (LAN) can print on the printer. The catch, of course, is that the computer must be on in order to print. Some are not willing to leave their computers on just to be able to print.
iPhone at Macworld
Photo by Ed g2s
On Timothy McSweeney’s website, an article was put up by JK Appleseed does a tongue in cheek comparison between some Apple Store customers, the minority thankfully, to people on the road expressing road rage. One of my favorite quotes from “What’s Up With Your iPhone?” is:
“It’s not working! Can you see that? My whole life is in here, and it’s not working!”
“Then don’t throw it into a urinal again, sir!” I never get to say.
He then takes the car comparison even further and asked what would happen if iPhone problems were more like car problems?
I hope you enjoy this light-hearted article as much as I did.