Notes 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

September 10, 2015 Notes

Linux workstation security checklist
https://github.com/lfit/itpol/blob/master/linux-workstation-security.md

Ten Blogs Every Ubuntu User Must Follow
http://itsfoss.com/ten-blogs-every-ubuntu-user-must-follow/

Acronis True Image 2016 for PC
http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/

Purchase Acronis True Image 2016 from UGR
http://www.ugr.com/TrueImage.html 

August 6, 2015 Notes

Top 5 Desktop Environments For Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 & Ubuntu 14.10
http://sourcedigit.com/15861-install-desktop-environments-in-ubuntu-mate-gnome-kde-cinnamon-budgie/

To install Mate in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04, open a terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-core ubuntu-mate-desktop

digiKam
is an advanced digital photo management application for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX.
https://www.digikam.org/

Dell PowerEdge T20 Mini Tower Server
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/poweredge-t20/pd
 
$159.73 including tax and FREE delivery

Where are System76 desktop computers built?
Microsel of Colorado LLC DBA Trinware
http://trinware.com/
http://trinware.com/node/426

Buy a Linux Computer
http://linuxpreloaded.com/

Ralph Sutter's Quadcopter Information and Videos
http://fullbean.com/quad/

Ring Video Doorbell
https://ring.com/

Netgear Arlo - The 100% wire-free, weatherproof, HD security camera
http://www.arlo.com/

It runs on Linux
http://www.itrunsonlinux.com/

Then and Now: Almost 10 Years of Intel CPUs Compared
http://www.techspot.com/article/1039-ten-years-intel-cpu-compared/

July 9, 2015 Notes

SATA Express
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA_Express
http://www.legitreviews.com/what-is-sata-express-and-why-it-matters_140093
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7843/testing-sata-express-with-asus

Intel Compute Stick now comes with Ubuntu
http://insights.ubuntu.com/2015/07/02/intel-compute-stick-now-comes-with-ubuntu/

Intel Compute Stick STCK1A8LFC
from B&H
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1138082-REG/intel_boxstck1a8lfcr_compute_stick_atom_1gb_8gb_ssd_linux.html

What do you use to create a "system backup" of your Linux system?

Acronis
http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/pc-backup/
The Acronis start-up CD/USB is Linux-based.

48458: Acronis True Image 2015: Supported File Systems
https://kb.acronis.com/content/48458

Acronis User Group Relations - Gene Barlow
http://www.ugr.com/TrueImage.html
Special pricing code - use "SLO Bytes - San Luis Obispo"

dd command gzip image
http://allgood38.io/a-snapshot-of-your-computer-with-dd-pv-and-gzip-part-1.html
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dd+command+gzip+image

Partimage
http://www.partimage.org/

TeraBytes  Image for Linux
https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-linux.htm

Redo Backup and Recovery
http://redobackup.org/

Partclone
http://partclone.org/

Clonezilla
http://clonezilla.org/

doClone
http://doclone.nongnu.org/

June 25, 2015 Notes

Linux Mint 17.2 MATE
http://www.linuxmint.com/
http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2856
http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_rafaela_mate.php

Private Internet Access
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

VyprVPN
https://www.goldenfrog.com/vyprvpn

System76 Blog
http://blog.system76.com/

System76 Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/system76

System76 Google+
https://plus.google.com/+System76/posts

System76 Twitter
https://twitter.com/system76

Southwest Technology & Computer Conference
http://www.theswcc.org/

Ralph's Quadcopter Video's
http://www.fullbean.com/quad/

Syma X5C 2.4G Gyrocopter
http://www.amazon.com/Version-Syma-Quadcopter-Helicopter-E-Trade/dp/B00L811EIW

David A. Cox Youtube Videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/TechTalkAmerica/videos

SSD Technology

What's important today is your SSD connection interface to your computer. This determines the Read/Write speed of the SSD. As I have said about USB flash drives, the same is also true with SSD’s. Not all SSD’s are created equal.

In a nutshell…
FAST - SATA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

FASTER - PCIe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

FASTEST - NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NVM_Express

Red Hat Linux ad on a Apple podcast called iMore.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=XZCaANTfb4Y#t=818

The advertisement starts at 13:40 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZCaANTfb4Y

Linux Screen Resolution Using Parallels Desktop 10 and Ubuntu Mate 15.04

By default Ubuntu Mate 15.04 running in Parallels Desktop 10 sets a screen resolution of 800x600.

This solution worked for me using 1440x900 resolution on my 13" MacBook Air.

http://alanraul.com/bb/mate15.04.png

SNIP.....
Hi , I had same problem and here is a workaround that worked with my install (MacBook air, Parallels 9 (last fix), Mint 17 Cinnamon).
After install Mint 17, I got the message after 1st login : "Software running in rendering mode" => to solve this, just re-install Parallels Tools (boot VM, go to Menu "Virtual Machine" and "Install Parallels Tools".

The for changing resolution , let's say 1024x768 (or like me for the 13' MBA : 1440x900) :

edit the default grub cfg file :

#sudo vim /etc/default/grub

change, uncomment, or add:

GRUB_GFXMODE=1024x768
GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=1024x768

update grub:
#sudo update-grub

reboot !

https://forum.parallels.com/threads/linux-mint-cinnamon-17-graphic-card-issue.314215/

May 7, 2015 Notes

Windows software and the Linux equivalents and alternatives
http://www.linuxalt.com/

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501
http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ZenBook_Pro_UX501/

Lenovo ThinkPad Stack
http://www.cnet.com/products/lenovo-thinkpad-stack/
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8826/lenovo-unveils-new-thinkpad-stack-and-thinkvision-x24-at-ces

All the Ubuntu Linux 15.04 flavors were released on Wednesday, April 23, 2015. The Ubuntu 15.04 release is NOT a LTS (Long Term Support) release. Ubuntu Linux 15.04 will be supported until January 2016. The next LTS release will be Ubuntu 16.04.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS

Ubuntu 15.04 Released, This Is What’s New
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/04/ubuntu-15-04-download-new-features

11 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 15.04
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/04/things-to-do-after-installing-ubuntu-15-04

How to install the System76 Driver
Once you’ve upgraded Ubuntu, you’ll need to download and install the System76 Driver. Open the Terminal app (search Terminal from the Ubuntu dash or press Ctrl+Alt+T), then enter the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:system76-dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install system76-driver


Cutting Edge Technology
NVM Express, NVMe, or Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification (NVMHCI) is a specification for accessing solid-state drives (SSDs) attached through the PCI Express (PCIe) bus.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NVM_Express
http://www.legitreviews.com/intel-ssd-750-nvme-pcie-ssd-review_161829
http://www.nvmexpress.org/

Run Windows, Linux and other OS's on a Mac
using Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac.

I created 2 Windows 10 Insider Previews build 10074 using Parallels (a virtual machine) on my MacBook Air.

I have multiple OS's: Windows 8, 2 Windows 10, ChromeOS, Parted Magic, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu Mate 15.04. All of these boot up and run FAST on my MacBook Air which has a Core i5, 8GB RAM and a SSD.

Here's a screenshot of the Parallels Desktop Control Center.
http://alanraul.com/bb/parallels.png

http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/

Is Ubuntu moving away from .deb packages?
http://www.itworld.com/article/2914850/linux/is-ubuntu-moving-away-from-deb-packages-here-is-the-complete-story.html

PiDP-8/I: Recreating the PDP-8/I
http://www.bit.ly/pdp8kit

April 10, 2015 Notes

Tilda
is a terminal emulator and can be compared with other popular terminal emulators such as gnome-terminal (Gnome), Konsole (KDE),
xterm and many others.

Plank is a Lightweight Application Dock For Linux.

Cairo-Dock is a desktop interface that takes the shape of docks, desklets, panel, etc. It's available from the Ubuntu repository.
http://glx-dock.org/

Mushkin Ventura Ultra - is the fastest native USB 3.0 flash drive on the planet.
http://poweredbymushkin.com/index.php/catalog/33-ventura-ultra

Alan uses the Mushkin Ventura Ultra 120GB Flash Drive - about $75.00
Read speed: up to 445MB/sec
Write Speed: up to 440MB/sec
http://poweredbymushkin.com/index.php/catalog/item/33-ventura-ultra/751-ventura-ultra-120gb-flash-drive.html

Available from:
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Enhanced-Ventura-MKNUFDVU120GB-120GB/dp/B00FSAHH5I/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226475

Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus - is a USB Flash Drive with both performance and functionality at a price that can’t be beat.
http://poweredbymushkin.com/index.php/component/djcatalog2/?view=items&cid=20:ventura-plus

Alan uses the Mushkin Ventura Ultra 16GB Flash Drive - about $12.00
Read speed: up to 200MB/sec
Write Speed: up to 25MB/sec
http://poweredbymushkin.com/index.php/catalog/item/20-ventura-plus/705-ventura-plus-16gb-usb-flash-drive.html

Available from:
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Enhanced-Ventura-Flash-MKNUFDVS16GB/dp/B00A8OYVFS/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226366

Intel Announces Insanely Fast 750 Series Solid State Drive Line
http://goo.gl/QUxTfN

Intel SSD 750 Series 1.2TB PCIe and 2.5" SFF Review - NVMe for the Consumer

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/Intel-SSD-750-Series-12TB-PCIe-and-25-SFF-Review-NVMe-Consumer

Alan's Living Room Entertainment Setup
http://alanraul.com/bb/entertainment_setup.pdf

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit with WiFi (Latest Version Raspberry Pi 2 + WiFi + Original Preloaded 8GB SD Card + Case +
Power Supply + HDMI Cable)
http://www.amazon.com/CanaKit-Raspberry-Complete-Original-Preloaded/dp/B008XVAVAW/

Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a small Linux distribution built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer
into a Kodi (previously XBMC) media center.
http://openelec.tv/

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be
installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It
allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the
internet.
http://kodi.tv/

To get started with Raspberry Pi you need an operating system. NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) is an easy operating system install
manager for the Raspberry Pi.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

iPazzPort Gamer H7 2.4Ghz Mini Wireless Keyboard and Multi Touchpad for PC Android TV Box PS3 and HTPC IPTV
http://goo.gl/g83Hi3
http://www.amazon.com/iPazzPort-Wireless-Keyboard-Touchpad-Android/dp/B00GO9XF44

Intel Compute Stick - Available May 1, 2015
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/compute-stick/intel-compute-stick.html

Intel Compute Stick - Linux, 32GB
Amazon.com ($109) - Newegg.com ($109)

Intel Compute Stick - Win 8.1, 32GB
Amazon.com ($149) - Newegg.com ($149)

3 Things You Need to Know About Google Inc.'s Tiny New Chromebit Computers
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/04/03/3-things-you-need-to-know-about-google-incs-tiny-n.aspx

Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV into a Chrome PC for Under $100
http://gizmodo.com/googles-chromebit-turns-any-tv-into-a-chrome-pc-for-und-1694793903

How to Make a Windows 10 USB Bootable Flash Drive
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-USB-Bootable

Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

Make a USB Flash Drive Bootable
From a administrator command prompt...
diskpart
list disk
select disk ?
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=ntfs quick label=”WINDOWS 10”
exit


Microsoft’s Nano Server is All About the Cloud
http://www.petri.com/microsoft-announces-nano-server.htm
http://www.petri.com/microsofts-nano-server-is-all-about-the-cloud.htm
http://www.petri.com/thoughts-on-windows-nano-server.htm

9 Questions New Linux Users Always Ask
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/9-questions-new-linux-users-always-ask/

Ubuntu MATE 15.04
https://ubuntu-mate.org/

SimpleScreenRecorder
- is a screen recorder for Linux. Despite the name, this program is actually quite complex. It's 'simple' in the sense that it's easier to use than ffmpeg/avconv or VLC :).
http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/

System76 Introduces The Broadwell-Powered, Ubuntu-Loaded "Meerkat"

https://plus.google.com/+System76/posts/5g2d2urNT46
https://system76.com/ 

Review: Intel’s Broadwell mini PC is a next-generation Ultrabook in a box
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/02/review-intels-broadwell-mini-pc-is-a-next-generation-ultrabook-in-a-box/1/

Intel NUC5i5RYK Review: A Broadwell-U UCFF PC for Enthusiasts
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8986/intel-nuc5i5ryk-review-a-broadwellu-ucffpc-for-enthusiasts

Intel NUC
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/overview.html

Intel NUC5i5RYK SFF Review: This Week in Computer Hardware 304
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH_ls40zg4I

Intel CPU Codenames
http://www.slolug.com/images/codenames.jpg

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft - I’m putting more trust in communities than corporations.
https://medium.com/backchannel/why-i-m-saying-goodbye-to-apple-google-and-microsoft-78af12071bd

March 5, 2015 Notes

Southern California Linux Expo
(SCALE)
http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/

Southern California Linux Expo YouTube videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/socallinuxexpo/videos

SCALE - Linux Action Show from the floor
http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/77892/scale13x-linux-action-show-from-the-floor/

Shuttle SH67H3 running FreeNAS
http://alanraul.com/freenas/

FreeNAS presentation at SCALE by Dru Lavigne
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lkO0J2RqoLU#t=7843

http://www.slideshare.net/dlavigne/scale2015

http://www.slideshare.net/dlavigne

FreeNAS
http://www.freenas.org/

FreeNAS YouTube Videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeNASTeam/videos

FreeNAS User Guide 9.3
http://doc.freenas.org/9.3/freenas.html

FreeNAS Community
https://forums.freenas.org/index.php

Tails presentation at SCALE by Kyle Rankin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=dhDpncTDDvI#t=13500

http://greenfly.org/talks/security/tails.html

Tails above the Rest: the Installation
http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/tails-above-rest-installation

Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu phone
http://www.ubuntu.com/phone
http://www.bq.com/gb/ubuntu.html
http://www.jonobacon.org/2015/02/17/video-phone-review-and-wider-thoughts/

HP ships one Linux server every minute
http://goo.gl/ahNCdb

The Real Story about Server Market Share
http://www8.hp.com/us/en/solutions/business-perspective-article.html?compURI=1103378#.VOwIp2ctGfA

Intel Broadwell (microarchitecture)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadwell_(microarchitecture)

Intel Skylake (microarchitecture)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylake_(microarchitecture)

Internet of Things
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_Things
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/internet-of-things/overview.html

February 5, 2015 Notes

Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 Server
(A Home Server running Windows 8.1)
This home server can also be configured to run Linux, FreeBSD, etc.
http://alanraul.com/server/

It is simple, cheap and effective...
http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8819-lenovo-ts440-server-running-windows-81/

January 8, 2015 Notes

Intel Compute Stick
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/compute-stick/intel-compute-stick.html
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/01/intel-compute-stick-specs-ubuntu-version

What recent computer was released using this technology?


ANSWER: The Apple 2015 Macbook
 http://www.anandtech.com/show/9136/the-2015-macbook-review/8