Ivor O’Connor

June 22, 2013

America In 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 7:53 pm

“It is getting to the point where the mark of international distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US Department of Justice,” Julian Assange – 2013

Now the next is 18:00 long. About 4:00 into it the talk starts getting interesting. There is a lot in her speech that I disagree with. For instance I have heard Thomas Edison patented under his own name all the inventions his staff had done. (In much the same way Newton used his position to corner the market on physics. Or Einstein using the court to get all the prestige while his wife, the real mathematician, got all the money.) Not that it is much better now. Apparently now you’ll be lucky to see the actual inventors name. Instead what you’ll get are all the management names. Then there is the stuff about SpaceX inventing the heat shields. I am pretty sure I have seen her or Elon say they heard about these shields and went directly to the source who had done the research. Maybe in a Thomas Edison way SpaceX is responsible.


June 14, 2013

Linux Mint 15 Not Ready For Prime Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 5:04 pm

UPDATE 2013-06-19: I changed the vmware settings to give Mint 15 1.5GBs and it boots up fine. So now I’m running with Mint 15.


I’ve installed it on a few machines now. I installed it the moment it was released on my power machines using VMWare. I wasn’t happy with it because there seemed to be problems with putting xfce on. I assumed it was just growing pains. Tried to install it again a few days later on another but still troubles.

So earlier this week when I couldn’t sleep I attempted to do an upgrade on my beloved travel laptop. That laptop had Mint 14 XFCE and everything configured beautifully. I literally could leave it powered on for 8 days without the batteries going dead. Mint 14 is so wonderful. But after putting 15 on many of my settings were gone and now the battery would die in about 40 minutes like a normal laptop. Yesterday I attempted to fix it but much to my chagrin when the laptop was put into real use it would now crash every few minutes.

So I decided I’d try something I haven’t done in years. Put windows on as the base OS and run Mint 15 as a VMWare client. Windows 7 I like. It seems solid and handles all the strange new hardware drivers that are not written for Linux. So this morning I go to stick Mint 15 in the now Windows 7 laptop and it won’t boot after being installed. It just hangs. Not sure why but I don’t have the patience. I’m writing Mint 15 off as not being ready for prime time. Instead I’m installing Mint 14. It boots up fine after being installed. Furthermore I love Mint 14. It does everything a Linux OS should do.

I’ll run VMWare in full screen mode. Hopefully I won’t even see Windows 7 unless I need to use the network printer, the scanner, or something else that only has drivers for Windows. That is fully functioning drivers working the way they were intended to work. (Don’t get me started on linux driver support. It may not be their fault the drivers were never written for Linux but it is their fault for listing them as being fully supported when in fact they have more holes than a bug screen.)

June 13, 2013

How Long Until Woz Is Censored?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 11:14 pm

In this video Woz speaks a little too freely. I expect this video to vanish. Download it now before big brother censors and it vanishes from the internet. This is proof that yet another person sees our government for what it is now.

June 11, 2013

Google Cloud Print

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 1:31 pm

Google Cloud Print is a great idea. However it is by Google. I wonder how hard it would be to replicate? Or if there are any alternatives?

June 10, 2013

Hackers Trying To Hack This Site?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 6:18 pm

I get lots of replies that look similar to this. That is they don’t really address the topic they have replied to. Though they may use one or two words. I figure they are hackers who need a foot in the door. If I accepted their comment then they’d have that foot in the door.

“I’m not positive where you are getting your information, however great topic. I must spend some time finding out much more or working out more. Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this information for my mission.”

So I don’t accept many replies.

Upgrading Mint 14 To 15

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 5:37 pm

At http://orkultus.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/linux-mint-14-upgrade-to-linux-mint-15/ I came across the following instructions on upgrading. I was the middle of the night and I was sleepless so I went for it. It took forever but it worked. Sort of

1.) sudo sed -i 's/quantal/raring/' /etc/apt/sources.list
2.) sudo sed -i 's/nadia/olivia/' /etc/apt/sources.list
3.) sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
4.) sudo apt-get upgrade
5.) sudo shutdown -r now

There were many questions about whether I should keep the old configuration file or the new. I chose the new. It took a long time to finish the entire upgrade. On the positive my laptop here looks almost the same as it did before I started. All the tweaks I made to XFCE are still here. However I’m not automatically booting up into a ram disk any longer. I’ll have to go back and apply all my SSD and performance tweaks I so love to this machine. Still I like the idea of not installing everything over.

I think I’d be happier installing everything over to be honest. However I just wanted to see if it were possible to upgrade.


UPDATE 2013-06-13: The above didn’t work. Now my computer constantly reboots on its own. I’ll have to do a fresh install. I’m thinking though I’ll install windows 7 as the host OS and linux in a vmware player. Hardware vendors write their drivers for windows and so by installing linux this way I will have the best of both worlds.

June 9, 2013

Computer Reviewers Focus On The Wrong Stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 1:47 pm

Toms Hardware, ExtremeTech, AnandTech, and all the other reviewers I monitor do not focus on the amount of RAM a motherboard can hold.

The PC world is going in two directions. One direction is for the users of gadgets that can be carried with you. The other being desktops where you need power and capability. RAM determines just how powerful and capable the desktop will be. For example I’ve been working all weekend trying out various server configurations. Most of this stuff I have no idea about and so I work with virtual boxes. Each one I assign quite a few GBs to because I want them fast. This is the way everybody with a desktop should be working. Yet computer reviewers ignore the RAM.


Here is what I have my eyes on if I were to buy a pc in the immediate future:

$187, MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157289R (Supports 64GB)
$250, 32GBs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231569
$300, CPU  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

This would start out with 32GBs and only cost another $250 to increase it to 64GBs.

Sure I’d like ECC, 256GB upper limit, two six-core CPUs, and PCI generation 6 but for now the reviewers should be more heavily focusing on the RAM supported by MB makers. And MB makers should never make a board that handles less than 64GBs unless it is for a gadget.


June 8, 2013

Barack Obama defends US surveillance tactics

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 1:25 pm


“President Barack Obama has defended newly revealed US government phone and internet surveillance programmes, saying they are closely overseen by Congress and the courts.”

When has our Congress and court system ever done anything right? It is the same old problem. You give away your freedoms to a group to monitor and you should expect problems within a decade. It is basic human nature.

I was talking to this person from the local city college. He’s a political professor. He’s the union rep for the teacher there. He thinks Obama walks on water, that we should be taxed more, and bigger government makes everything better. I said the Democrats were just the same as the Republicans and he got offended. After he regained his composure I told him the only solution I saw was Gary Johnson. Johnson is the only politician I know of that has dramatically cut government, balanced the budget, and won the wide support of all the people he represented. This “educator” then proceeded to tell me Libertarians are evil and would basically end all that is good everywhere.

I really think higher education should be free to all but our current crop of “educators” at every level need a purging.

Perhaps the problem is very few people have the time to become politically aware. They have to work. Their spouses have to work. They then spend the little time they have watching sports. Or taking a “vacation” once a year by going somewhere to do something totally mindless. So they miss things Obama is doing. Or Bush, or Clinton, or Reagan, or Nixon. All these presidents have been poisonous for our country. Yet people just fixate on whether they are “right” or “left”. Or now days it is becoming what race you are. Apparently 95% of the black people voted for Obama. Perhaps when the depression hits people will finally have the time to become politically aware and start looking at how a candidate has historically addressed issues that are important to them and start voting based on that. But as it stands now when the depression hits our government will have all the surveillance and enforcement it needs to keep things going the way they want. Thank you Obama.

Quora.com Is A Virus!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 12:51 pm

I was looking at something half asleep and it said I needed to sign in to read it. It offered to use my Google account as a sign in method. Said yes and the next window thanked me for signing up and was filled with addresses of people from my gmail account Quora was willing to send enrollment forms to! WTF!!!

How about a class action law suit to put these Quora people out of business and perhaps into prison?

I killed the window. Then went back into Quora to unsubscribe. There is no way to unsubscribe and cancel your Quora membership. Why am I not surprised?

A little later I get an email from ‘investopedia-offers’. Apparently I’m now signed up with them?! They have an unsubscribe option. Click on it and I discover I’m subscribed to a page full of other nonsense. I unsubscribe from all of them. Now I’m getting email confirmations that the unsubscribes are successful. (How come they didn’t let me know I was subscribing to them in the first place through that virus called Quora?)

Now I’ve received an email from one of my children about some diet program. Apparently a Quora like program has email it to everybody in his address book. I’m worried that Quora sent him and others a link from my computer which he then clicked which then took over his email.

The management at Quora need to be fined and sentenced to a few thousand hours of community service for writing these viruses.

I have not seen anything so atrocious since the 90s. On the positive side this is another good lesson why I should NOT use GMail.

Moving Off GMail, Finally.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 12:07 am

I started up on GMail when they first started sending out invitations. I had gone through several paid services that all went out of business or got bought out. With GMail I was happy. I thought I’d never have to have another email address. Now however I believe GMail to be as evil as M$ or Apple and want to be done with them. Like Yesterday.

I’m not sure if I have a solution for this yet. Maybe a solution would be to use multiple email addresses and list them in my signature. This would allow for the future when one or more address becomes unavailable. Upon an error the sender could then resend the message to another of the listed addresses. I’d keep my email in a BitTorrent Sync folder. Moving the mail off the email providers servers almost immediately.

How to do this though? I’ll need to actually work on this a bit. Play with email clients to see which can support this easily. More posts to come on this subject. Hopefully soon.

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