I like Chrome OS. It is simple and straightforward… but I wish it could do more. I tried installing Linux Mint with Crouton a few months back and somehow the install became corrupt and inaccessible. Blah. So I trudged on with Chrome OS again. A few days ago I came across an article about dual booting with some tips from MrChromeBox. Thank you Mr.C! He suggested booting with Gallium OS, a Linux distro designed specifically for *gasp* Chromebooks!
I used the CHRX process – which worked great!
It was a bit of a process – fortunately, I didn’t mess around with any screws on my Lenovo N21 to setup and install the OS. It is amazing! (This is a great review if you want more detail) I now have a fully functioning Linux distro on my Chromebook. It really feels like a new system. It runs great – as well as Chrome OS – but with all the apps and functionality of Linux. The cherry on top – it uses XFCE as the graphical interface. My UX of choice. I did a dual boot but haven’t returned to Chrome OS yet…
Bdot went home this weekend – so I was bacheloring it all weekend. Sadly it rained most of the weekend, so I didn’t get any hiking in. So it was a quiet weekend of World Cup and running a few errands. I finally went to EB Games to pick up a Super NES Classic. It is really small. The UI is pretty decent. I’ve only played a few games but they are fun. Strangely there is NO UI to control audio. So there doesn’t appear to be a way to escape the dreadful looping audio in the RPGs. *eyeroll*
We spent hours trying to find a way to stream video for Bdot’s parents from OneDrive on an iPad to Chromecast. We couldn’t find a way to do it. We did learn the file format works best if it is .MP4 (you can rename .MPV to .MP4). The only option was to stream file on the iPad in .MP4 format after installing OneDrive. *shrug* Better than nothing I guess.
I’ve been watching the majority of the World Cup in my Mancave. I thought I had a good setup. I’ve been using Linux Mint to stream games to a TV through Chrome. Unfortunately, it has recently been a gong show. I have streaming issues all the time. The video craps out, glitches, the screen goes black etc. etc. It is beyond annoying when watching live sports. (it is the OS – since I have the same issues in Firefox and Chromium) So regrettably, I’ve switched back to Windows 10. I continue trying to use Linux as a daily driver and it always lets me down. There is ALWAYS SOMETHING that makes me switch back. Sigh. So far, Windows is flawless.
After another disappointing effort – Poland are out. At least Germany won.
Watched Mother! this weekend. What a headtrip. More of a long allegory than a movie with a plot. Really bizarre film. Great acting. I had to google the film to understand what the hell was going on. Once the allegory is explained the movie makes a bit more sense. Likely not for everyone. I found it entertaining and confusing.
The Sabres have officially drafted Dahlin and didn’t resign Lehner – so next season is already looking up.
It looks like TFC have quit. Yesterday’s effort was embarrassing.
Steam’s Summer Sale is on! Strangely I’m not finding my games I’m interested in. Not that I’m flushed with funds anyway. When I went to EB if they didn’t have any SNES I would have converted the EB Gift Cards I had to Steam dollars. I don’t know why I didn’t think to do that earlier. I’ve had the cards since Christmas. *snort*
Bdot and I did a first ever weeknight bike ride last night. We hit a few Mountain Bike trails in Palgrave. It was quite exhilerating. There are trails in there we have never seen. It may become habit forming.
Ah, the never-ending, always interesting distro search. I’ve been playing with various Linux distros for ages. Redhat, Ubuntu, Lubuntu Mint etc… I’ve been happily using Mint for a while, but one thing about it has ALWAYS made my skin crawl and make me frustrated with the anger of a thousand exploding Suns. Simply put, pulse-fscking-audio. I like Mint. It is solid. Most things just work. There is tons of software – it is easy to update. It has my favourite desktop environment, XFCE4 as an option… so it was love at first use. Over time, however, my audio would randomly stop working for no apparent reason. I’d waste HOURS on message boards trying different things, rebooting, uninstalling, reinstalling, reconfiguring etc. etc… Eventually, enough was enough, I mean there are TONS of distros – why not just try another.
So I did. Manjaro’s ranking on distrowatch was intriguing. I’m pretty sure I tried Manjaro before but switched to Mint. I don’t recall why. As it is a new install, it could run into the same issues as Mint, if so… on to the next distro… But so far, Manjaro has worked well ONCE INSTALLED. Installing it was a bit of a nightmare. I don’t fully understand Grub, MBR, and LVM hard drive format but they would NOT play nice with the Manjaro Installer AT ALL. I tried ever install option available, install in partition, format and install and of course, do your own configuration. All of them errored out and the install failed. Eventually, I found a way to remove the abhorrent LVM partition and I used Windows to recover MBR access. It was an incredible waste of time. There could have been a simple fix but the installer and I didn’t know what that was so… *shrug*
Manjaro has all the software I need. Steam, Chrome, Skype, Variety… so far so good. I’ll update on how it is going after a few weeks. These Linux installs always start off well but always seem to fail as a daily driver.
It was nice to see Terry Pegula (the Sabres owner) come clean in a letter to STH (season ticket holders). He said he is aware and disappointed with the team (duh!) and won’t raise ticket prices next season. A small consolation I suppose, but the acknowledgment of the situation, I found mildly encouraging.
Wow… Golden Knights swept the Kings. Leafs going to Boston facing elimination. Some interesting stories in this years playoffs.
TFC played their first leg of the Champions final vs. Chivas. What a disappointing game. They go into the second game well behind with two away goals against… it would take a miracle for them to win now.
Started AMC’s Into the Badlands on Netflix. Swords, action, okay story… I like how it is shot, a few episodes in, it isn’t bad.
So – of course – something doesn’t work. Steam is nothing but misery. It ran then Civ6 would crash (it never ran) tweaks…now nothing runs. Sigh.
And you wonder why Linux is slow to gain in popularity. Manjaro’s OWN steam package doesn’t work properly on MANJARO.
LOLSZZzzz… Now it isn’t even booting. Ha. Format C:
Trying Xubuntu AGAIN. *sacrifies lamb to Linux Gawds*
Seriously. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here. Just run some basic steam games and a few apps. V_____V
So far… *smirk* My Xubuntu install is doing well. The problem with Civ6 *may* be due to using a dated video card. Now I have Steam loading fine, Civ5 loads, Civ6 does not. So, I may play around with other video cards I have… but they seem to bring driver issues for some reason… there is always something. It seems the newer something is, the less likely it will work, with any ease, with Linux…
It was enjoyable to spend the weekend in the area. Saturday we went for our longest bike ride yet. It was along the Trans Canada Trail. We parked on Duffy’s Lane and biked to Tottenham (as far as the trail will go presently…). The loop ride ended up being close to 26km. We have never actually gone to Tottenham. It was a charming little town. It has a busy little downtown area. We saw a few bars, many restaurants and a smattering of other businesses. (No fast food here that we noticed) The “main strip” turned into a residential area, the homes looked well maintained, many looked like they had vintage character. The trail ends in Tottenham. (It continues farther north in Beeton but between Tottenham and Beeton is not connected yet. 🙁 ) We were also surprised to see the large Tottenham Conservation area/Tottenham Pond from the trail. If we had more time we would have investigated the park further as it looked quite inviting. I’m sure we’ll return to Tottenham at some point in the future. My legs were pretty dead after the ride. I was happy to relax with some Netflix.
Our new Netflix poison is Shameless US. It is crude, offensive and very politically INcorrect. We are really enjoying it. *snort*
TFC had a big game yesterday versus NYC. I drove over to KK’s to watch the game. It was glorious! TFC were in fine form at both ends of the pitch. Up one at half time and winning at home 4 – nil to push them into first in MLS. Hopefully, the team can continue to play this well for the rest of the season! I enjoyed visiting double K, thanks for dinner buddy!
I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for Android to hit my Lenovo N21 Chromebook. Well, who knows if it ever going to happen. *eyeroll* So, when I saw instructions to install Linux on a Chromebook, I said why not. Well, the instructions worked perfectly… And I feel like I have a brand new laptop! Obviously, Linux brings a ton more functionality than ChromeOS… So not only do I have full Chrome, I also have Skype, Steam, Spotify and XFCE… It is fantastic! There are a few minor squabbles, but I’m sorting them out. CPU usage streaming Spotify with Chrome (multiple tabs open) and Skype open ~16-25%! 🙂
While I don’t mind Ubuntu, there were a few things about the install that bugged me. So, I have switched over to my fav, Linux Mint w/ XFCE. 😀
For ages I’ve wanted to run a secondary linux based PC for media… It has always been a time suck that resulted in frustration and nothing ever working. Well that has changed. I was poking around the linux distro site and read about a few distros. The Manjaro with XFCE looked promised. Downloaded. Installed. Configured.
Now I have the following working:
-Netflix (in Chrome)
-Spotify (in Chrome)
-OTA TV (with VLC)
-NHL Centre Ice (In Chrome)
The OTA TV was a bit of a process. I have a very old tuner card: The Hauppauge 1250. What I did… First downloaded w_scan. I’m in Canada, the country code w_scan uses for it is CA.
From the prompt: sudo w_scan -ft -c CA > ~/channels.conf
Basically that will give you the frequency list of working channels.
Then just tell VLC to play it: vlc dvb://frequency=189000000
The file had the frequency listed as 189000 but the player likes it better with more zeroes 189000000. *shrug*
I saved each channel as a separate playlist. Then loaded them all and re-saved them in one big playlist. So I can next/prev for my channels.
I doubt this is the correct way of doing this but it works. 😀
Feeling pretty worn out today. Ugh.
*blush* Yes. I switched to Linux Mint 17.3/XFCE.
STEAM WORKS IN LINUX! WHY WASN’T I TOLD???!!!!! I just installed Civ V via Steam on Linux Mint. @___@ This is a (pardon the pun) game changer! I can now see a day I give up on Windows. Glorious!
Our Christmas gift to our nephews was a trip to Legoland at Vaughan Mills. I have to say I was pretty daunted by the thought of lugging three young boys to Legoland but I think bdot and I divided and conquered well. That said, three boys… Good lord. It was a bit of drive to Vaughan Mills from Aurora and the parking lot there is absolutely ridiculous. If anything can encapsulate 1st world anger and frustration, it is parking, and driving around Vaughan Mills. It really should be redesigned. Wow. Anyway… after dodging Mercedes and Minivans we ushered the boys into the Mall. Fortunately Legoland is right on the edge near a main set of doors, so you can get in quickly since they don’t have a coast check. The first area we entered was a lego recreation of many of Toronto’s landmark buildings. It was pretty impressive! The CN Tower lit up as did many of the other buildings. Some of them had motion and sounds as well. At ground level there were lego people, street cars etc. as if an actual moment in time from downtown Toronto was captured.
After Lego Toronto we ventured into the main area of Legoland. First thing you notice is lack of girls. It must have been 70-80% boys running around. Well I guess lego knows their target market? It was a mixed experience for the boys. The younger two boys loved it. There was a play area where they could climb around, run and smash…Much like a McDonald’s play area. There were rides and activities where you could build cars and race them which was very popular. After about two hours however the eldest teenage nephew was getting bored. After building and racing a few cars and watching a movie or two there wasn’t anything else he could do. The rides and play areas are height restricted. He was a trooper however and didn’t complain while his younger brother’s wanted one more ride and one more race.
So be aware Legoland is certainly geared toward the younger kids. The boys were pretty well behaved most of the afternoon. Clearly by the time we were driving home however, the toll of the long day and tired, hungry young boys began to become apparent. After some food and couch crashing at home the boys returned to a normal level of hostility. Overall it was a fun afternoon. I certainly enjoyed seeing how popular one of my favourite toys growing up continues to be.
We chilled out at home Saturday night and watched The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I can understand the mixed reviews. It was at times epic and awesome but it was also over-the-top and laughable with some really silly action sequences. Why is Legolas always portrayed with such ridiculous battle maneuvers? Sigh. So the long winded Hobbit series ended untriumphantly. That said, I did enjoy it. Most of the characters and battle scenes were well done. I rate it slightly higher than the 60% at Rotten Tomatoes.
We are planning two short trips to some Ontario Winter destinations. One to Killaloe to see bdot’s parents, and another to Huntsville for skiing/skating. We are looking to do these trips in February and March.
It was another uneventful week on the job front. January seems to have picked up only marginally compared to December. Sigh. Yup.
Trying a linux distro that was created specifically for aging hardware. It’s called LXLE. So… I’m going to toss it on my old Lenovo Thinkpad R60. From their website:
LXLE is based on Lubuntu which is an Ubuntu OS using the LXDE desktop environment. It is designed to be a drop-in and go OS, primarily for aging computers. Its intention is to be able to install it on any computer and be relatively done after install. At times removing unwanted programs or features is easier than configuring for a day. Our distro follows the same LTS schedule as Ubuntu. In short, LXLE is an eclectic respin of Lubuntu with its own user support.
I found the distro on Linux Help Guy’s Youtube channel.
I guess I should comment on the Sabres season. *laughs* I’ve embraced the tank a long time ago. If I took this season seriously then I’d probably lose it. Last in the league and have set (and are still on) the worse losing streak in franchise history. THAT BAD. Somewhere in my mind is the dread of surviving this season AND NOT getting McDavid or Eichel. Then enduring this shit would have been for nothing. Then I’d know the team is truly cursed. They are so bad this year.
Hello… If you are like me you updated your Nexus 7 (2012) to Lollipop 5.0.2 then realized this was a mistake. The device ran so slowly it was practically unusable. So frustrating! Well… I googled about it and came across this page. I added the original posters updates and all the suggestions in the comments below. Turning off all animations. Turn off NFC. Limit processes to 3. Lo and behold… it is certainly better.
Update: Bah. It was no different. Still runs like shit. I’ve done a factory reset. Runs a bit better now… I assumed a factory reset would set is OS version back to 4.1.1 but it is still 5.0.2. Le sigh.
Saturday started off as most weekends do. We had a bunch of errands to do, housework, yardwork etc.. It all got sidelined when remicat had another series of seizures. This time it resulted in paralysis of one side of her body. Her legs became stiff and wouldn’t bend, she drooled uncontrollably and seemed to be in a lot of distress. Our vet was closed, and bdot was out of house so I sat with her and waited. Like the last time, after what seemed like an eternity, she calmed down and regained control of him limbs and was walking normally again. It took about an hour for the symptoms to pass. After sleeping for several hours she returned to normal activity. Still, these episodes are scary to witness. When I first found her it looked like she fell and was unable to get up. Sigh.
While the cat drama was going on I was suppose to be cleaning for company. A woman bdot worked with made some effort to contact her to get together. So her friend Melanie came over for the afternoon. Thankfully by the time she arrived the cat was resting and out of the panicked parent, severe distress state. Melanie brought her dog, a big Lab named Cooper and a bunch of food. They spent the afternoon talking, eating, drinking and bdot showed her how to knit. They seemed to be having a good time. Unfortunately she got called away, she was suppose to stay for dinner. Perhaps another time. It was also the weekend of the neighbour down the road’s big house party. They get a band and who play all night. It was curious hearing music while soaking in the hot-tub.
I don’t know the details, but in other strange pet news… somehow my sister’s dog Boomer (the million dollar dog) managed to impale himself on something while at a dog sitter. The wound looks really nasty and it’s fairly deep. Boomer is undergoing surgery today. Hopefully it goes well. I have no idea how they will keep such an active dog from re-injuring himself. I assume he’ll require sedation. What a mess. Ugh.
So after watching over one hundred episodes and six seasons… we watched the final episode of Lost last night, ‘The End’. The End indeed. It was an incredible series. What a story. The characters were some of the best and most enjoyable of any TV series I’ve watched. Ben, Sawyer, Kate, Hugo, Sayid, John… so many memorable performances. I can’t say I understand everything completely… My understanding: The crash did occur, the passengers were on the island to search for meaning and purpose in their lives, whatever that might be. Once they found this purpose they moved on and truly died like Jack did in the final scene in the church. There is a decent explanation of Lost here. * BAD ROBOT! * So…. what’s next?
It was a good weekend for soccer. Nice road win by TFC and the Canadian U-20 Girls made an impressive comeback against Finland for a 3-2 win.
Testing new distro linux time kids. Next up elementaryOS. Comment at some point in the future.
Aww… March Break, or as I like to call it ‘brilliant week of on-time commuting‘. Such a change from slow, drudgery of Winter commuting. Cars today were weaving in and out of lanes like an Indy race. The extremes of how people drive in a week are ridiculous. Oh, and apparently it is snowing again tomorrow. Sigh, I’m so done with Winter.
It was another quiet weekend. Bdot is still dealing with back issues so she can do very little without pain. So Saturday was housework day: laundry, groceries, vacuuming, dog. Yup. In the backyard I smashed down some of the mountain of ice/snow that surrounds the BBQ on the patio. (I was motivated to do so because I slipped on the ice there onto the hot BBQ… so I have a scar to remind me to smash that fscking ice to hell) It was solid enough to resist axe swings. *eyeroll* There is still a lot left… but it is better than it was. What a mess…
I chilled out and watched Captain Philips in the evening. What an incredible story. There is some brilliant acting by Tom Hanks especially the ending. It was curious to see the process U.S. ships take when encountering hostilities in International waters. I correctly figured once a ‘Navy Seal team’ was called in the ending was going in only one direction. A solid and highly entertaining film.
The Sabres have offered Nolan a three year contract. After the LaFontaine fiasco (and his emotional presser) it is finally sounding like Ted is signing on as coach. Thank god. I think if Ted is given some players with talent and enforces the same work ethic the climb out of the cellar will begin.
Other than eating Tanga’s favourite activity is cuddling under the cover with a human. She usually gets some time with Bdot before I put her to bed downstairs. Well she wants to stay with us so much that she has recently opted to try and hide under the bed from me. I think tonight we’ll let her go under the bed. I wonder what her plan is?
I’ve been playing around with Linux Mint 16 installs both at home and work. It is a lovely distro. Simple to use. Clean UI. Functional Toolbar. Software Manager to grab new Warez. It’s easy to install. I haven’t found a reason to dislike it yet… Goodbye Ubuntu.
I may have mentioned it before, but we got my Dad a tablet for Christmas. He has used it mostly for playing games, which is fine but I thought we’d try taking greater advantage of the tablet by trying to Skype. I’ve used Skype periodically throughout the years and thought it was pretty sweet tech… but seeing my Mom and Dad live remotely was very special. They also seemed quite impressed and my Dad (who I normally have a 3m convo with on the phone) stayed on Skype for close to an hour. Now that the ‘test’ was successful, my Dad is hoping to skype us from Myrtle Beach when they go on vacation. How cool is that? My Dad wants to skype me while on vacation. The nerd in me is glowing.
Wow… the Sabres. When Pegula took over I was excited and giddy… he said all the right things… Stanley Cups! No financial restrictions! Hockey Heaven! Premier hockey destination! Darcy signed a bunch of talent, the season started off great then a few injuries, then a few more and the Sabres just kept dropping down the standings, to where there are now… well out of a playoff spot, losing to the worst teams in the league, losing at home, losing on the road, no goal scoring, suspect goaltending… the suggestion of Buffalo being hockey heaven a joke. Fans are pointing at everything, the Coach, the GM, the players…. rightfully so… the Sabres look absolutely inept. I’m not sure what, if anything, will be done… they are very hard to watch. I feel like they are out of the playoffs and there is still 40 games to go. It could be 40 very long games punctuated with missing the playoffs. Ughhh.
The dog is healing and progressing well. Mentally she is already acting wacky like pre-op, then she’ll do something overly physical, strain her scars and stop after a yelp. Bdot is taking her to the vet tonight for a post-op review. Remicat has been battling with food over the past few weeks. Some days she will refuse to eat anything, her weight has been noticeable fluctuating… so she has also been on meds to increase her appetite. It is a strange see-saw relationship with food… It is sad to watch. I’m not sure she is doing herself any favours by always refusing to eat. It has been a crazy month for us humans caretaking these animals.
Our PVR/Server computer hard drive died. It has been on its way out for awhile, I think all the on and off of power during the weekend finally killed it. So I’m looking for a new solution. I’m thinking of giving Mythbuntu a try!
I guess for web developers, such as myself, the news that Google Chrome passed Mozilla Firefox in user % is big news. I’ve been a fan of Firefox for years and I’ve used it exclusively. I’m not sure why I’ve never really tried Chrome… it makes sense that I do : my main e-mail account is with gmail, I use Android mobility and my search engine is always google. I’ve been have some issues with memory and firefox lately so I figured maybe it was time to give chrome a shot. I’ve been using for a few days now and I have to say I like it. It renders pages clean and quickly and my operating system seems to run faster too. Huh, could firefox just lost another user? So far, I’d say yes. I’m happy to see Explorer is below the combined total of Chrome and Firefox. That shit browser can’t die soon enough. I’m only beef, and I’m not sure who to blame for this, is the inability to easily install either Chrome or Firefox on Linux. Software that is in the software manager GUI installs and uninstalls easily of course, but these browsers aren’t in there. I have to download a file that the OS doesn’t know what to do with… It is a shame that it is such a hassle to install these browsers in Linux. Both Firefox and Chrome say they support Linux, but until it is easy to install, how many users are going to bother. Is a Linux noob going to compile from the command line? I don’t think so. I eventually got Firefox working, but a quick attempt to get Chrome running resulted in failure and a circular waste of my time. Disappointing in Linux, great in Windows.
The weekend was another blur. We got done nothing at home. My Saturday started with a massage and a haircut. Normally this isn’t an issue… but Saturday was the day of the Santa Clause parade, so I had to walk up and down Mt.Bolton (the hill heading South out of downtown Bolton) since the major roads were all blocked off. Ho-hum. The nerve weirdness in the right wrist/arm/shoulder/wtf seems to have passed. I’m not sure what that was all about but I’m glad it is gone and I can have a typical massage (neck, shoulders, back) instead of wrist and hand. After my haircut I rushed home to make myself a quick lunch, a delicious prosciutto, onion, Swiss cheese and spinach omelette. Who said there was nothing in the fridge? I was rushing because my brother-in-law was on his way over for the afternoon. The ‘women’ dared to go shopping on Vaughan Mills on a Saturday. The ‘men’ were left with running the dogs. We took them over to Palgrave forest. The weather remains really mild in the GTA… at this rate I’m doubting it will be a White Christmas. The mild weather means that all precipitation is rain… so the dog walk was muddy mess at times. It was still nice to stretch the legs. I think the dog enjoyed a longer run too. After cleaning off the dogs we had the choice of meeting up with the women to go shopping or watch college football and drink beer. *cough* The LSU v. Georgia game was great! Georgia managed to keep LSU from getting a first down for the entire first half. Something that has never happened. I guess that woke LSU up because they dominated Georgia in the second half, seemingly scoring at will.
After the ‘women’ returned from shopping, and I confirmed we still had enough money to pay the mortgage, we settled in for the evening. We enjoyed Caruso’s pizza and watched Super 8. I quite enjoyed the movie. It was a Sci-Fi Thriller centering around a group of kids shooting film for a school contest. During their shoot the kids witness a train derailment. Well, the train contained more than car parts and grain. It also had a pissed off alien that was released as a result of the crash. Enter kids on a mission to save their town. I’m usually not big on movies with kids as the led characters… but these characters were fairly interesting and suited to their dorky A/V club roles. The movie has a fair number of subplots and themes… Be nice to aliens and they may not bite your head off being one of them. The special effects were impressive, especially the derailment. A solid film, I think most thirteen+ could watch that their parents would enjoy too. There isn’t a lot of focus on ‘the monster’, I think we get maybe two or three good looks at it, so the scare factor is pretty low. The young actors were particularly good in their roles too. It was a quiet night… I think everyone was pretty content to chill out. I think the women shopped for 5-6 hours… Good lord.
Sunday seemed like more of the same. We ended up meeting my sister and JP at BestBuy in Newmarket. It was a productive day of Christmas shopping, we crossed off several people off the to-shop-for list. By this time I was starvin’ marvin’. We decided to have an early dinner at the Keg. The Keg is a little pricey. We took advantage of a gift card to lessen the bill. Dinner was yummy. I had an herbed halibut with a double baked potato and bdot had a nice steak. Miraculously I was able to move and continue shipping after that at Upper Canada Mall. We spend a few hours there then called it a night. After a long afternoon we found some energy to get some priority one groceries then went home. It was a curious weekend… I didn’t get done many of the things I thought I was going to… but getting some of the X-Mas shopping done feels good too.