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There’s nothing new to report

Uf! I have not been here in quite a while., in fact I even forgotten my login information. After fixing that problem, I decided to make some serious changes to this blog. I’m not longer advertising any used personal items, or selling any refurbished pc’s here. None was sold., the WooCommerce  plugin was just a dud. It’s my personal opinion that to sell used items it’s better done with Craiglist. Thus, the on-line shop of this blog was removed.

There’s nothing to report in the desktop world for me. My sisters has been using her Linux desktop and has never complained of any issues with it. She has been able to use her system with Zoom – and has been doing everything she did with her prior Windows system just like thee has been no changes. If you ask me and wish to try a Linux desktop, I recommend you try Elementary OS.

There’s nothing new to report in the server world for me. I’m bored to death and decided to create my own problems. Linux servers works fine in fact the server was up for nearly 4 month until I decided to remove it from the network and go back to the normal ISP supplied router. Linux server do not present any challenges because the operating system works fine. If you ask me and wish to deploy a server/gateway solution, I recommend you try ClearOS.

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Successfully transitioned my sister from Windows to Linux

I’ve successfully transitioned my sister from Windows to Linux. To summarize this story, she started to complaint about her windows computer being slow and having issues with applications. I promise her that I would fix the computer problems. So, I did. I say that “I” have successfully transitioned my sister from Windows to Linux , in reality, I did nothing. Her transition was more of a matter of using her new operating system.

I installed ElementaryOS in her system, completely removed the windows OS in the process. I’ve also ensured she had the latest applications, such as libreoffice, firewall enabled, and got Zoom working in the process. Many things awe her, however one thing that really surprised her and got her going was the easiness of installing, removing, and updating applications through the appcenter.

While ElementaryOS comes preloaded with a good browser such as Epiphany, I still installed the latest Firefox. Other applications such as mail, photos, and videos are also preloaded and readily available. It’s been a month since she started using ElementaryOS till this date no complains, for her it’s been a smooth ride with her new operating system.

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Elementary OS, Simplicity that works

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What is Elementary OS?

To answer your question Elementary OS is a Linux distribution based or should I say a derivative of Ubuntu. I have been using and playing with Elementary OS for a few weeks now. So far, I can say that its an excellent operating system. Elementary OS is and excellent OS for people who do not want to break their heads with the technical aspects of an Operating System. Elementary OS is excellent for children starting to use a computer. However, while limited to some extend it’s also good and powerful enough for developers and technical gurus.

The main aim of Elementary OS it to mainly focus on non-technical users. Elementary OS showcases the Pantheon desktop environment. Elementary OS is “fast, open, and privacy-respecting” replacement to macOS. It’s also good for orphaned Windows 7 users looking for something different. One of the good points is the App Center (software center) designed with a pay-what-you-want model. The App Center is populated with thousands of free programs, and some pay programs. The operating system, the desktop environment, and accompanying applications are developed and maintained by elementary, Inc.

I personally like to install Elementary OS into newly refurbished systems. I recommend it as a macOS or windows replacement and for for those individuals are looking for something different and new. If you want to know more about Elemtary OS – I recommend you read Elementary OS Review by Mike Johnston (CMS Critics).

You can directly download elementary OS from their website. You can download Elementary OS for free, however, a small donation will help to support future development works. If you would like to have a PC with Elementary OS installed – contact me, I’ll be more than happy to help you.

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Alienware Aurora R8 – Linux Install

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to my blog. Since yesterday, I’ve been working, trying different distro installations into my Aurora R8. The first choice for me was Debian 10 Buster and the second was ElementaryOS, both OS’es install without a hitch in virtual mode. However, ElementaryOS (non-virtual) had some issues straight into a single hard disk install. I ended up with a black screen, it’s fixable, need to tweak the bios settings, or perhaps may be missing some drivers.

I was surprised to see that ElementarOS in virtual mode allowed me to go beyond the 1080p (1920 x 1080) with the current monitor setup I have. Later today, I’m going to install Debian 10 Buster it straight into a blank new 1 TB hard disk to see how far I can get with this installation. The main thing about installing Linux in an Alienware Aurora R8 is to disable the Raid mode and some other features in the bios settings.

ElementaryOS in virtualbox
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Hard Disk Inconsistencies (fdisk and fsck)

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To check the consistency of the hard disk in Linux one must use the fsck command. Fsck stands for exactly what I just mentioned in the previous sentence, file system consistency check. The Linux file system banks its data on a set of internal tables, These tables help the operating system input/output (I/O) routines maintain consistency by keeping track of used inodes and available blocks. When these tables are corrupted for some reason or another, then one will see the dreaded bad block message.

Corruption comes about from improperly un-synchronized data on a disk. This is when you come to know that such inconsistencies require a file system repair. To manage, view, create, and delete partitions one uses fdisk and to check the file system one uses fsck. Both of these software tools come in handy when having issues with your hard disk or ssd’s.

As mentioned in the previous paragraph files system corruptions comes about from power failures during read/write operations, my favorite accidentally unplugging the power cord. Done that so many times! Improperly shutting down a system. Rare but possible, bad code in the kernel or bad I/O software code in a program. There could be many reasons, unfortunately they all lead to corrupted data in a disk that could cause a system not to boot.

The process to fix these issues are fairly simple but does require some command line (CLI) dexterity. To summarize the process boot into rescue mode, if not boot directly into CLI, use the fdisk command to view your hard disk(s) identify and Verify the disk(s), then if applicable proceed to use fsck.

one thing about fdisk, keep in mind that fdisk is an extremely powerful text-based utility for managing and viewing hard disk partitions on Linux. If you don’t know what you are doing with fdisk you could wipeout partitions etc., I recommend some reading prior to using both fdisk and fsck. I personally like to use both to check and manages my drives. As a last resort use fdisk to wipeout the hard disk and re-install from scratch if you feel that fsck did not do the job. If nothing works then you may need new drives.

How to use fsck and fdisk is beyond the point of this article. Like I always say, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. There are numerous on-line articles that help address hard disk issues. Below I listed a few articles that are excellent sources of information:

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New 2020 Resolution, Learn Linux

This is the last of 2019, one more day, one more year, 2020 marks a decade. Times flies! Thus, for this new year make your new resolution to learn something new. Learn, Linux, It’s not that hard, and with the entry level systems I have in the shop you cannot go wrong.

There are many reasons that I could point-out to you about learning Linux. However, that’s been done, and you can easily search and find thousands of articles on the subject. However, in order to understand the difference, you need to try it for yourself. Start, learn, and decide by yourself, the transition is not that hard at all. If you are into gaming, there’s a lot for you in Linux with several gaming distributions, steam, and steam play. For people that are into more serious things – business, writing, developing software etc. there’s something for everyone.

Before, I close this mini-article, Happy New 2020 to you and family and may G_d bless you, your family, and your endeavors for 2020.

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Brick, What does it mean?

In my previous post – I used the term “bricked.” to make it short and directly to the point, simply said, to permanently disable a computer with damaged software or using bad code that will render a system unusable. The BIOS is firmware used to perform the immediate initiation of a computers hardware. This is the first software to run when you power on your system. Depending on the type of motherboard you have, you’ll see an initial logo screen and a message giving you time to access your BIOS, select different boot devices or the systems starts. The boot process, provides the necessary run-time services for operating systems and programs. The BIOS firmware, is already pre-installed in your computer.

Usually the manufacturers use programmable memory chips, known as e-proms. If bad code is introduced or the BIOS firmware is tampered with, it will cause irreversible damage. The end-effect of a faulty firmware while flashing your BIOS (update your firmware), or any bad code, or mod (modification) gone bad, turning of the power of the computer while performing your BIOS update will damaged and brick your system. Thus, a lot of techies use the term brick, referring to damaged system as brick.

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Why Linux is not popular?

Someone asked me: Why Linux is not popular? Here’s my answer to that question. This piece will discuss freedom from an Operating System point-of-view, and it’s an opinion only. Linux is not popular because it represents “freedom.” To some, freedom is something that does not come for free. To others, freedom is their choice.

Freedom is available and easily attainable. Unfortunately no one cares about it thus they stick to what has been stuffed down their throats. There’s no freedom in today’s Operating System Markets. Two of the major distributions have worked extremely hard to ensure dominance of the markets.

One of the major players ensures that their product is packaged with every system sold by retailers. Another has guaranteed that their OS is theirs only, and can only be found packaged with their own systems. There’s seems to be no escape from this cycle. There are two well established monopolies, they fight hard to keep it that way.

Those in the technical world that truly understand what “freedom” is all about opt to take a lesser traveled path. They opt to walk with Linux, because, fortunately, they understand “freedom,” and they have the technical savvy to download, install, configure and setup the OS to their liking. That’s way Linux is not so popular. No one one’s to download, configure and setup an operating system, they want it already packaged and ready go to.

Linux, in recent years have become extremely easy to use from the Desktop point-of-view., it has become a point-and-click Operating System. From my point-of-view is ready for mass marketing, however, as I explained above, the other two major players ensure it stays out of reach.

Additionally, do not forget, that the two established major players are influenced by other sources – commercial and governmental. No one knows up to what point your daily computing activities have been compromised. Everyday you read how your information is being manipulated and sold. Everyday, you also read about how hackers have been able to breach their systems and create havoc.

It takes people like me and some organizations to teach you what “freedom” is all about. Yet, you resist and prefer to bounded to the systems that takes your “freedom” away. You pay to be restricted and to give your choice of freedom away. That’s your choice.

In closing Freedom is something that does not come for free. You pay for having your choice of freedom taken away from you. You pay for what you get. I like to have freedom of choice, with that said, I choose Linux.

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Ready to try Linux?

Ever wanted to try Linux? Don’t know how to build your own system, install and setup the operating system and software? Don’t worry I’ve done that for you. I have four custom build system, fully configured.

All you have to do is connect to your home or office network and enjoy. Two of the systems are renewed power gaming houses, steam and lutris ready. LibreOffice, anti-virus, Firefox, Evolution e-mail, audio and video processing software already installed and configured for you. If you have privacy concerns, the TOR browser has been installed. For security purposes all systems are firewall enabled out-of-the box. The other two systems are used, excellent entry level systems for a child or a person who is new to Linux. For more information click on shop link above.

Linux Gaming Desktop $325.00
Renewed Acer Aspire, Dual-Core AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 255 Processor, Acer Aspire X3400G Motherboard, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650, 12.3GB SSD3, MCP77 Network adapter/Qualcom Atheros AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter Dual 2.4/5Ghz, DVD+/-RW 3, one 500 SSD and a second 250 SDD mounted on removable trays. Corsair Carbide Series 100R Desktop-case with Insignia™ – 550W ATX PSU. Vantec NexStar SE Dual 2.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Rack MRK-525ST (Black). Fully configured Linux Debian 10 Buster (64bit) Gaming Ready Desktop (64bit).

Linux Gaming Desktop $275.00
Renewed Dell Inspiron 531,Dual Core AMD Athlon(tm) 64×2 4000+, Radeon HD Video Graphics Card 6670, 8GB SSD3 Memory, MCP77 Network adapter, DVD+/-RW 3, one 120GB SSD and two 500 HDD. Corsair Carbide Series 100R Desktop-case with Insignia™ – 550W ATX PSU. Fully configured Linux Elementary OS (64bit) Gaming Ready Desktop (64bit)

Linux Entry Level Desktop $65.00
USED Gateway SX2110-UR318 – SFF – E1 1200 1.4 GHz – 4 GB – 500 GB, integrated, AMD Radeon HD 7310 small form factor, Integrated Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet network adapter. Fully configured Linux Elementary OS (64bit) Entry Level Desktop (64bit)

Linux Entry Level Desktop $95.00
USED Dell PC, Integrated Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet network adapter. Fully configured Linux Elementary OS (64bit) Entry Level Desktop (64bit)

I’m not an on-line retailer or shop etc. I’m just an individual selling renewed or used computers systems to you. There are no implied warranties all systems are sold as is – no refunds all sales are final. However, I do test the systems for 72 hours after installing and configuring the OS, thus, I know these systems are good. These systems are available on a first come, first served basis. Thus, once a system is sold it is sold, new systems will be posted whenever they become available. All systems are sold with a Linux Operating System preinstalled and fully configured. Note: I’m not selling the OS., the OS is a free download. Additionally for every system sold I will donate 10% to the specific OS installed in the system. I only work with Debian or Elementary OS. If you have specific OS request, let me know before-hand. Renewed systems have new parts installed, used systems are just that used.

Used units have been fully tested and restored to default factory settings. Some of the used units have been slightly used devices that may show some moderate to deep scratches throughout the case. Used units do not have original packaging, renewed units may or may not include the original packaging, which may be slightly used. Please refer to the description for a list of accessories or items that are included.

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The puzzle, my own philosophical views of the Linux Operating system

This short piece is based on a conversation with one of my work colleagues. The conversation centered around the Microsoft Operating system (M$OS) and the Linux Operating system. His statement is based on the premises that the M$OS is what everyone knows and uses. That’s better than the Linux OS. My statement is based on creativity from a technical point-of-view.

Thus, this piece is centered on my own philosophical views of the Linux Operating system. This philosophical view represents an opinion. This personal opinion is based on what I know from the many years of experience with the operating system itself. I know M$OS., however, I opt to ignore it and concentrate my efforts on Linux OS.

The Linux Operating System is like a puzzle – there are many pieces in the puzzle that you need to put together in order to complete the puzzle. However, this puzzle, is the absolute principle implicit in creativity and based on a combination of parts needed to complete a puzzle. The puzzle, however, is never completed, there are many new parts and some parts are updates of existing parts that come out everyday. This continuous life-cycle will make you re-shuffle your master piece into something new. Thus, the pieces needed to create your own reality within the operating system lies only within your own imagination.

The parts of the puzzle itself are the principles of others own constructs based on ideas signifying their way, or should we say a code of parts that create an inherent behavior, it creates harmony from chaos which in turn help themselves and others bring order by creating their own world. The interpretation of the available pieces are primarily centered within the open source movement. The movement has helped to develop our systems into the reflection of what we want to see and how we want to make it work for us.

In my book, that (the puzzle) which cannot be reshuffled to create a newer version of itself has no cogency. The other, OS, a fixed puzzle, that is good in its own rights, however, does not allow for creativity as the puzzle is fixed, thus has no cogency. The point and I hope that many Linux users are like me. They are always thinking and working hard reshuffling their own puzzle over and over with the aim to create a better version of the previous puzzle.