Saturday, October 14, 2017

Just got a Insignia Flex NS-P11W7100

I wanted a lightweight system with a detachable screen that wouldn't break the bank so I with a refurbished Insignia Flex NS-P11W7100 from Amazon for $79.99 US shipped-not bad for a product that is $199 (US) at Best Buy. Overall it garners a 3.8 out of 5 stars on the site, so I felt pretty good about this particular product.

Ports include a usb-c connection for charging, and mini HDMI and headphone jacks on the tablet itself with two usb ports on the detachable keyboard. The included keyboard is just a little small (to be expected but is just fine for light duty work once your fingers get used to it.

So here is a quick rundown of what I did after initial unboxing and Windows account setup.

  • After initial unboxing I ran windows update, which in my particular case  took me three running it  three times to until I got to a point where it said I was fully updated.
  • To maximize free space with a minimum of conflicts I used a 128GB MicroSD card and formatted it to NTFS so I could Onedrive (which requires NTFS) and Google Drive to it.
  • Rather than try to move the Program files directory wholesale, I opted to instead create a link using mklink and install any programs that would let me directly there instead of dealing of any potential problems.

          Open a command prompt  - R    CMD
           mkdir d:\C-Drive
           mklink /D C-Drive

  • Change the download directory of whatever browser(s) you use to C-Drive. 
  • Move any video/sound files to the MicroSD.

Insignia Flex NS-P11W7100 manual Found here

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fixing CPU Governor in XUbuntu 14.04 Dell Inspiron 6000

I really don't know why, but after putting XUbuntu 14.04 Ttrusty on my trusty old Dell 6000 laptop, the cpu governor stayed always at 800mhz.. not good. Turns out the fix was easy... just to to a command prompt and..

sudo nano /etc/grub.d/grub

Find the line that says- GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX and add (inside the quotes) processor.ignore_ppc=1

Hit < Control > o and to save and < Control > x to exit.

reboot and you should be fine

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Install Mate 1.6 in Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Lubuntu/Kubuntu 13.10

Although I am partial to XFCE, I decided to try Mate recently and it really has come a long way. I didn't do any extensive memory/performance testing, but it seemed at least as quick and light as the XFCE I know and love.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update

If you just want the Mate core    
sudo apt-get install mate-core

Full Mate Install
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Install Whisker menu in XUbuntu 13.10

The Whisker menu is the same menu that you get in Mint Xfce and I really like it, but would rather use it with XUbuntu than Mint because every time mint has a new version, you re-install rather than just upgrade like in *buntu. Here is how to do it.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa -y && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin -y

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fix Google Chrome install issues in Xubuntu/Ubuntu 13.04

I did a clean install of xubuntu and noticed that chrome has a dependancy that isn't int repos. This isn't good for me, as I use chrome as my main browser to maintain consistency across machines with bookmarks, open windows (using TabCloud) and also using various extensions I love (HELLO Feedly  & Evernote!) Here is how to fix it after a clean install. (didn't affect me upgrading from 12.10 to 13.04 beta because I already had it)

Note: I just did a fresh install of xubuntu 13.04 and I also had to install libgconf2-4

sudo apt-get install libgconf2-4

32bit installs:
wget -P /tmp
sudo dpkg -i /tmp/libudev0_175-0ubuntu19_i386.deb
rm /tmp//libudev0_175-0ubuntu19_i386.deb

64bit installs:
wget -P /tmp
sudo dpkg -i /tmp/libudev0_175-0ubuntu13_amd64.deb
rm /tmp/libudev0_175-0ubuntu13_amd64.deb

Update: just installed Lubuntu on another laptop, follow the above directions, but also

sudo apt-get install libgconf2-4

Sunday, March 31, 2013

UPDATE: Installing Aircrack-ng and Reaver in Ubuntu 12.04 12.10 13.04

Much easier now to install reaver and aircrack in Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:pi-rho/security; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install -y aircrack-ng

Using reaver to test your security:

1)Set up an interface in aircrack on wlan0: if you are not sure of the name of the interface, type ifconfig at the command prompt and look for a wlanX

 sudo airmon-ng start wlan0

2) Get the mac address of your own AP

sudo airodump-ng mon0

Look for the name of your AP and copy the mac down.

3) Run reaver and sit back:

sudo reaver -a -i mon0 -b --dh-small -vv

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cuttlefish automation tool for Ubuntu/Xubuntu 12.10

Cuttlefish is one of those must have apps you can use to automate automatic reactions to things like running a script at WLAN/LAN connection,application startup/close, Bluetooth connections and usb connections.

Too bad it is only in the 12.04 repos, here is how to add it to 12.10 easily. Note you will need the JRE for it to run.

echo ' deb precise main  ' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cuttlefish

Have fun!