Sunday, November 29, 2015

My Old Media Files with Windows 8

My Old Media Files with Windows 8
I am getting ready well in advance for Christmas holidays.
I found two hard disks with in built Hard Disk Player.
It was full of old Linux isos and few media files and song tracks.
One of the flies was Home Alone Video.
I tried to play it with Windows Media Player, it only played the audio file. 
I connected it to a KVM Switch / Slot and played it on VGA but it needed speakers for audio. 
Well I needed RF Jack to plug into Combo.
All are now USB media players.
Ah, lot of work and wire connections not digital but analogue.
Then on second thought, I wanted it to be played on Peppermint's VLC Media player.

Files were good as NEW.

This why I say Window's is pain in the Arxxs.

I won't bother to visit Microsoft and PAY for a Media Player.

Windows Guys / Girls there are lot of Linux Software that can be used in Windows and I won't list them, here.

You better find them yourself.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

One Night of TROUBLE with Linux

One Night of TROUBLE with Linux

I was trying to upgrade my computer with Linux derivatives and take an early Christmas Break.

I list the Linux Nuances not on any order of merit here.

All these are Human Errors and can be rectified.

I believe all the Linux developers are DOING a great JOB but by rushing to put out the distribution before Christmas leave behind some ugly nuances.

They should be excused for minor lapses.

1. Peppermint FRONT end is DARK and UGLY.

I get a headache after few minutes of work.

2. Libre Office has no Thesaurus in Linux.

3. Ubuntu 14.04 takes four hours,mind you it is not their fault;
(my Internet speed is down to 5 KB / per second by default action by the service provider; I Pay over Rs.8000 per month and get only 20 GiB of downloads which I finish in one day of downloads and the rest of the month GO snail space even to read my email.
This they CALL a Five Star Service
I hope during the Christmas holiday at least, they allow a leeway) 
But at the end of the installation delete them which also takes a bit of time.

Why can't they Install first in English and give the USER to download his or her language afterwards?

4. Knoppix 7.6 is beautiful on a Live Session But has a major glitch.

I downloaded the English version and Installed it to reiserfs partition.

It is not in English but probably in Danish.

I tried to convert it to English at boot time but it boots so fast that touching the Del Key or F2 has no effect.

5. Boot loaders are finicky, especially Knoppix but it gives the option of not installing it and configure manually.

6. None of them detect the UEFI based Window's 8 in my second hard drive. 
I deliberately shifted its UEFI partition.

7. DVD booting of Pinguy, and Knoppix were halted abruptly due to sectors not written properly on the boot disk. 
They were burned by K3B on Peppermint. 
One disk did not finish writing on it.

I am not a novice to Linux and I have gone through these nuances many a times, I can tolerate all this in one night of Linux Dance BUT what I cannot tolerate is our Telecoms restricting my access to Internet at 5 KB per second.

It is killing me softly.

I take my hat off for all the developers.

I am making these comments before Microsoft guys trying to bash (not the bash script) your back with critical comments.

If YOU hear these comments from a Microsoft Guy / Girl please ignore them and have a PATCH ready by January.
Mind you Microsoft takes one year patch their faults by that time they release a new edition for which you have to PAY.

Only foolish guys PAY for their own faults and make Microsoft Rich by many a Miles.

You Guys/Girls need a holiday and you richly deserve a holiday.

In any case I am going into recess any time from now and if you do not hear from me please do not assume I am dead and gone with the wind.

I will be back with all cylinders firing at top level.

Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, 2016.

Knoppix 7.6 and LibreOffice 5

I am writing this with Knoppix 7.6 booted on an a 16 GiB MicroSD.
I partitioned it with two partitions.
10 GiB Fat which Knoppix used  4 GiB of space for ntfs.

Other was a ntfs partition. 
My Internet provider has restricted me to 5 KB / per second since I have exceeded the download limit of 20 GiB.
In spite of the slow speed I was briefly on to my blog site through my MicroSD.
It also runs a script preventing undesired cookies running and that is why it is fast.

I signed a contract of unlimited download 10 years ago when only a very few were using Internet-there were no wireless routers then-I went to Singapore and bought one. Unfortunately for me the University student hackers (I believe Engineering students) got hold of our wireless signal and were using it (the wireless security was not available for Microsoft, then). 
I detected it using my Linux BOX but did not go further except disconting using the wireless but used the Ethernet with secure SSL. 
The University stands a wireless range away and our current wireless connection is protected but it serves as a hot spot.
All this preamble is to illustrate a point that our students who get FREE books UP TO the university wants everything FREE including Operating Systems.

They pirate the Microsoft System when Linux is freely available.

Less than 1% (my study) of the students in HIGHER EDUCATION use free software or Linux.

That is the irony of the FREE EDUCATION and FREE BOOKS provided by the school system.

The school which is walking distance from the University has NO Science Stream.

Few years AGO, I tried to introduce Linux to students of this school through a young teacher friend of mine. 
The teacher was transferred out of this school, probably because of the intransigence of the free education system (one book is enough attitude applied to operating systems including Linux).

So if these students are out of school and looking for a pastime, they are free to download Knoppix 7.6 and try it themselves.
The reason for my writing this is to get the Linux developers to use LibreOffice 5 in their distributions in double quick time.
It has Thesaurus which my current Peppermint 6 and Debian 8.2 do not have.
Within a week of complaining about Thesaurus in Linux in 64 bit computers, I have a Live System which has Thesaurus under synonyms and one has only to select the word and right click the word.

I saw a Web Piece which states by selecting tools, options, language, and language aids, One can grab the Thesaurus.
I checked this routine BUT it does not provide the desired OPTION.  
I am in the process of installing Knoppix in my computer.
It needs a reiserfs partition. 
Funnily it was only in Denish installed from a English DVD. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Revisiting Windows

Revisiting Windows

I must confess that after a decade of using only Linux, I installed Window's 8 well hidden from my Linux distributions.

I am glad to say Windows can be booted from a second hard drive (SATA not IDE) with the first hard drive having only Linux distributions.

It took three days of fiddling and no need for me to boast about.

UEFI boot sector was also demoted to a lower ranking position with the first hard drive having a Linux Master Boot sector instead of BEOS boot partition.

I need to touch Del or F2 keys to boot what ever I want including my favorite Flash Drives with multiple Live Linux distributions.

In case my wife (she never does) boots my computer, (if I am away abroad and I want a file or photo downloaded by my mobile) she will only see Windows in my BOX.

She is scarred of Linux. 

She is fully cleaned off from any Linux remnants.

She does not need to (she has her own computer) in case her computed is infected by a Virus she need to use mine.

It took only three days of fiddling to downgrade Windows to lower rank.

Amazingly it took the same time to configure the Internet (I could not use IE for three days).

I forgot Microsoft still needs drivers to configure Internet hardware, which Linux does a good job at boot time.

Debian could not do it either with its DVD booting, but configured the Internet after installing the system, without me bothering about the IP address and the rest.

I forgot some important assets of Linux in my book Linux Revisited.

Number 1, drivers are installed at boot time including Internet connection for updating, the system.

Linux is Internet friendly.

Number 2, Linux does not need adding up software (like I do minimum at boot time and pick and chose packages from the repository) if YOU chose the correct the distribution with all the packages.

One installation is all that is necessary.
Number 3, is that there is no endless rebooting which Windows Love.

In other words Linux save time.

It took three days for me to get the Windows 8 to my liking.

Three Linux distribution in one hard disk took only one night for me (I was briefly up in between the distributions but deep in sleep while installation was on).
Once I commit a job for Linux BOX in the night, I check it only in the morning.

Reliable and Stable. 

Only hindrance is frequent power failure of our Electricity supply.

In fact, we were without electricity the whole morning today.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Libre Office and Thesaurus

Libre Office and Thesaurus

I must say I never use Microsoft Office.

My favorite is something else not even LibreOffice.

I used to promote Open Office and when it was bought up by the killer shark, Oracle,

I used to promote LibreOffice that comes from France.

This post is done on Windows 8.1 on Libre Office.

It has Libre Office and thesaurus is available and if one right clicks with a selected word, synonyms are displaced.

But I updated my computer with Peppermint and Debian 8.2 only yesterday BUT the Libre Office in both distributions won't open up thesaurus (do the same as on a Windows platform) or synonyms with my 64 bit motherboard.
Linux 64 bit software are patchy and buggy.

This was not true with my old 32 bit machine with Libre Office.

Lot has been spoken about Libre Office in Linux Magazine and nobody has spotted this flaw.

I begin to believe that those who write to Linux Magazine also use Microsoft Windows or won't test Libre Office on a Linux distributions to begin with.

Libre Office looks beautiful on Windows machine but looks ugly and dark on Peppermint and Debian.

I guess the guys working on Linux terminals prefer pitch dark ambiance.

This is where Microsoft score a point or two.

They listen to the customer feed back but Linux guys /girls (only 1% are using Linux according to surveys) don't have customer base.

Mind you my wife uses Microsoft Windows and I bought her a new MINI computer with pre-installed Microsoft.

I do not want to have complaints from her and I have no intention of converting anybody to Linux this Christmas, 2015.

This was not something I wanted to write on a Linux blog site but IF I do not I am cheating myself if not others.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Update on Police and Memory

It is almost half past four.
There is no sign of police arriving.
The battery is, on low now.
I use the cell phone only as memory enhancer and not as a substitute.
I am off now.
My cell phone kept my memory and my composure intact.
Who says cell is redundant.
It reports life's tragedy instantly, updated.
Yes l will take another bus.
Two payments for one trip, though.

My proper sense says that I should not attach a video footing of the real incident.
Even then, the police won't work on full gear. 


I am going through a phase of memory impairment.
Not yet come to the phase of memory loss.
The next stage is total amnesia.
The medical terminology is redundant here.
It is strange that the new coalition government has appointed some individuals with last stage of memory to our independent commissions as a form of guarantee that none of the commissions will function effectively.
I am waiting till I get into that stage so that I myself become eligible.

I was joking.

I do not want to live a single day or moment I become amnesic.
I wish I am gone long before that stage of my final deterioration.
Till then I do all what I could do to retain my memory and composure.
So what I am doing wrong at present.
I do not sleep 8 hours.
I plan too many for a working day.
Besides, my daily routines are lengthy.
There is no way cutting down on them without sacrificing the quality of life.
There is no short cuts.
One of the biggest hindrance to life and memory impairment to my life is the time I spent on public transport.
It takes solid 45 minutes for 5 kilo meter distance.
I saved 15 minutes in the city.

Then guess what happened.

The bus / private vehicle met with an accident at the filling station.
Everybody, except me left the bus to go by an alternative public transport.
This happened 10 minutes before four.
The time now is 5 minutes past four.
I just want to time the effectiveness of our police.
Next post is on that.

Microsoft Account

Microsoft Account

I look an idiot to Microsoft Server administrator.

I opened an account with Microsoft in January, 2015.

The idea was to use it if I bought a Microsoft Phone.

In fact, this is how they (Microsoft) served me when I logged in and said I had forgotten the password.



I got a numbered code and opened the account.

Mind you I had forgotten even the email address.

I fished it out of one of my many emails.

This time from Gmail and send a link to Yahoo.mail, in case I would not be able to open the Outlook account.

Instead of buying a Microsoft phone I bought two Windows 8.1 operating systems.

One for my wife's mini computer and other for my computer to watch TV.

I still have not bought a TV Card yet (not available on the market) but use an external TV Box to watch TV.

All the TV cards are in USB sticks now.

I prefer an internal card that eliminate sticking a stick.

I have so many USB gadgets, one a cooling fan, another Wireless router, two tablets, and few phones that are never charged from a wall socket but from my computer.

In fact I have 5.25 Media Dashboard, mounted with the motherboard which can take any stick (camera SD card. Micro SD or MMC) except a matchstick.

I booted the windows 8.1 and used the IE to explore the Windows World.

Sign in with the outlook mail once and signed offed to enter the Clod Chamber of Microsoft.

The OneDrive.

It won't accept the outlook mail but wanted to change it to Microsoft account which it could not execute but send me a numbered code to gmail instead.

If I remember correct I signed into the OneDrive with a mobile three months ago.

There are no files there to recover anyway.

What a hassle to use the cloud.

I use Dropbox, my first entry into cloud computing and lately Google Drive.

Rest assured I probably will never use OneDrive if they cannot figure out a way to have a secure email mechanism to sign into OneDrive.

They are still working on it.

In the meantime, Google and Dropbox are market leaders and Microsoft is sadly lagging behind.

I am fast moving into Cloud Computing and Mobile (Tablets included) Computing, it looks like PC and Desktop may retire to the attic.
All my 32 bit computers are dismantled (except one) to save energy bill, which I cannot afford.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thesaurus for LibreOffice

Thesaurus for LibreOffice

Thesaurus is not associated with LibreOffice when YOU install it,
 for good reason.

There are so many languages in the world using English alphabet.

For English one of those below and install from synaptic.


For other Languages

Mythe and the country code (not telephone).

eg. Mythes-De

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mini Budget Dissection, No Laptops but Go for a SLATE!

Mini Budget Dissection, No Laptops but Go for a SLATE!

This is only a Mini Budget Dissection but not an overall.
My discussion is related to IT and not politics.
Mind you two current ministers had vested interest on Microsoft and Autocad and another not in parliament had interest on Photoshop.

This should be read in tandem with my blog, “Removing an Account from Google” where I have mentioned few guidelines for buying a Tablet.
In any case, I won't volunteer any advices but was thoroughly disappointed with both ministers who are lawyers and their antics.
I blame the average voter for electing one and PM for appointing the other.
They both owe an apology to late Venerable Sobitha.
Thank god Reverend left this paradise few hours before their antics.
I wish that he would not be born again on this island, perhaps in a heaven that has no interest in this tiny island.

I had been advocating my students to buy a Tablet not a Laptop.

Why one should not buy a laptop on LOAN?
1. It is a heavy luggage including the chargers.

2. It needs all the paid software if one is not using Linux.
I hate students boasting about their talents with a pirated copy.

3. It will pack up in a few years and the battery is very expensive to replace.

4. It has no second hand value.

5. Even though the laptop will save energy it still needs charging with a wall plug.

6. All these will cost the students and their parents and I am against students becoming a prey to the bank on a so called soft loan.

7. Worst of it is the student will default on payments and the bank has to foot the bill.

Banks are commercial ventures No Dolling Houses.

So the merchants who want to dispose the old LAPTOP hardware will prey on YOU.


I can add it up to 20 points and this will suffice.

Why buy a Tablet?
1. It is cheap and the next generation hardware.
2. It is cute and light on luggage.
3. There is ready bank of FREE and PAID software which will make it easy to migrate to the Real World.
4. It is light on your pocket if you go for a non proprietary brand.
5. Batteries are cheap and not branded.
6. It has a camera.
7. It has a phone.
8. One can switch it off when your are sleeping.
9. Students should be wiser than their counterpart politicians.
10. One can have two Zims to download educational software instead of one and dispose the dongle for good.
11. Only the Zim will cost you and he/she learn to manage his / her money.
None of this apply to a student whose parents are rich.
They should go for the brand they like the most and make sure they do not show off these gadgets in front of the poor lecturers.

Mind you there are only a few non proprietary Tablets on the market.

The BIG dealers STOP importing them to lure the students on laptops.

The simple reason is that the profit margin on laptops is very big!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Linux Games

Linux Games
Games in Linux is its weak Link.
I decided that I would concentrate on developing games in my retirement, even though I am not into programming at all now..
I in fact have a Book On Linux Game Development, which I bought few years ago.
It looks like I need not bother very much.
But I have few reservations having looked at Sparky Linux.
I dismantled all my 32 bit computers in preparation for this endeavor.
I am into 64 bit world.
The motherboard is i series Gamer Motherboard with PCI ports for upgrading to Newer graphic cards.
I had problems with UEFI and I have dealt with it in few hours of experimenting at night with Windows 8.1 in the system.
I have two one terrabite hard disks for game databases.
I got Peppermint and Debian installed with a extra BIOS partition in hard disk one.
Peppermint is in first SATA disk.
Debian and Sparky Linux in second SATA disk.
Windows have to be in the first disk by corporate design.
Now few words about Sparky Linux.
Not necessarily in game context.
It does not support Ethernet computers.
Blue tooth is its game base.
I could not update its software (Office suite) due not having blue tooth connection.
I will try with a dongle later but I have to pay twice one for Ethernet and one for wireless (SIMS) dongle.
I do not want to fiddle with my wife's Microsoft configured wireless router which has given endless problems to her and I bought a tablet for her connectivity when Telecoms goes out with a thunderstorm and lightening.
Linux s far behind when compared to Windows.
I now use Windows for TV Card and Games only.
I have not tried other Linux gamers including Fedora's version, even though, I have all the game DVD isos.
I start my work up with Tiny Linux games I played over the last 10 years.
I hope Linux would not ignore those tiny games developers played along side with black terminal when they were they were busy programing!

SparkyLinux 4.0 “GameOver”
SparkyLinux 4.0 “GameOver” is out.
It has been built on the top of SparkyLinux 4.0 “Tyche” and it’s fully compatible with Debian testing “Stretch”.
“GameOver” is a special edition of Sparky targeted to gamers.

The most important changes inside the GameOver 4.0:
– Linux kernel 4.0.5
– all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2015/07/09
– lxde-common 0.99.0-2
– openbox 3.6.0-2
– PCManFM 1.2.3-1.1
– Iceweasel 38.1.0esr-2
– vlc 2.2.1-dmo6
– steam & steam-launcher
– desura for linux
– wine & playonlinux
– Sparky-IA – quick access to very old games
– grub 2.02~beta2-26
– added support of the system installation on 32 bit machines with UEFI motherboard
– system rebranding
– theme “Sparky4” and icons set “Ultra-Flat-Icons”
– Gnome-Alsamixer replaced by Pulse Audio Mixer

New applications:
– Sparky Internet Archive (sparky-ia) – lets you launch and play online very old games stored at Internet Archive via the default web browser. The application lets you choose one of the 3 game categories:
– Classic PC Games
– Internet Arcade
– MS-DOS Games

A set of emulators of old machines and systems available via the package manager and Sparky APTus Gamer: AdvenceMENU, Atari800, DeSmuME, Desura Installer, DOSBox, DOSEMU, ePSXe, FCEUX, FS-UAE, GNOME Video Arcade, Hatari, Higan, Hega Fusion, MAME, Mednafen, MESS, Nestopia, PCSX, PlayOnLinux, PPSSPP, Steam, Stella, VisualBoyAdvance, Virtual Jaguar, Wine, Winetricks, Yabause, ZSNES
A set of preinstalled games: 0ad, 3dchess, airstrike, alienblaster, amphetamine, antigravitaattori, armagetronad, asciijump, asylum, atomix, balder2d, barrage, berusky, billard-gl, biniax2, black-box, blobby, bloaboats, blockout2, brainparty, bygfoot, chromium-bsu, einstein, extremetuxracer, five-or-more, flare, four-in-a-row, freecraft, freedroid, frozen-bubble, funnyboat, gnome-chess, gnome-hearts, gnome-klotski, gnome-mahjongg, gnome-mastermind, gnome-mines, gnome-nibbles, gnome-robots, gome-sudoku, gnome-tetravex, gnubik, gnuchess, gnugo, gtkatlantic, gtkpool, gunroar, holdingnuts, iango, lbreakout2, lightsoff, liquidwar, ltris, maelstorm, megaglest, minetest, mokomaze, monopd, monsterz, moon-buggy, moon-lander, netmaze, netpanzer, openarena, pacman, performous, quadrapassel, slimevolley, smc, snake4, snowballz, supertux, swell-foop, tali, teeworlds, tennix, tetzle, tomatoes, transcend, warzone2100, wesnoth, widelands, xblast, xmoto, zaz
Live system user is: live
Password: live
Root password is blank (empty).

Minimum system requirements for SparkyLinux “GameOver”:
– CPU i586 / amd64
– 256 MB of RAM memory (some games need more than that – 500-1000MB recommended)
– an optical DVD drive or 4GB USB stick for Live medium
– 20 GB of space for installation on a hard drive (30GB recommended)
– 16 GB of Flash/Pen USB drive for “normal” installation (32GB recommended)

New iso images of SparkyLinux are available at our download page: