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TeamViewer Remote Support

Yes, I’m using a closed source non native Linux program.
Why? Quite simple, TeamViewer is the only program for remote support* that works without the hassle of port forwarding.

* A couple of friends of my just started with Linux, now I can help them from my home, some of them don’t live in my neighbourhood.

6 February 2016 Posted by | ICT, Operating Systems, Remote Support, Support, TeamViewer, UNDER CONSTRUCTION | Leave a comment

Windows Vista reaches End Of Life

Windows Vista is in about 1 year End Of Live.

It might be a good idea to install a Linux distribution besides your Vista, so you can get used to it ;)

Some great alternatives for Windows Vista are :

Debian GNU/Linux
Linux Mint LTS / Linux Mint Debian Edition
Lubuntu LTS
Xubuntu LTS

6 February 2016 Posted by | Debian GNU/Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint Debian Edition, Lubuntu, Microsoft, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Ubuntu MATE, Windows, Xubuntu | 1 Comment

Resize VirtualBox disk image (.vdi)

After working a few years with my virtual Windows I needed to increase my virtual disk.
To find out the name of the virtual disk type the next command in a terminal :
VBoxManage list hdds

To resize the disk (in this case 50MB) type the next command in a terminal :
VBoxManage modifyhd "Windows 7.vdi" --resize 50000

Source : VirtualBox documentation

Tip : When you create a new virtual machine, don’t use capitals and or spaces, it’s easier without them if you ever want to resize the disk.
If I had named the machine windows7, the command would be :
VBoxManage modifyhd windows7.vdi --resize 50000
After creating a new virtual machine you can change the name to e.g. Windows 7 or whatever you like ;)

21 January 2016 Posted by | Howto, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Software, Virtualbox | Leave a comment

Windows 10 upgrade terror and tracking software Windows 7, Part 2

Microsoft is pushing the Windows 10 upgrade files to your system, again …

Yes indeed, today I received the unwanted “updates” again. Fortunately I have no automatic updates, but I get notified wich updates are available.

The next updates install tracking software (spyware) and the Windows 10 upgrade* on your computer :


* I don’t consider Windows 10 an upgrade, to my opinion it’s a huge downgrade when you’re using Windows 7 or even Vista.

See also this post

13 January 2016 Posted by | Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows | Leave a comment

Debian mourns the passing of Ian Murdock

Wed 30 December 2015 by Ana Guerrero Lopez, Donald Norwood and Paul Tagliamonte :

With a heavy heart Debian mourns the passing of Ian Murdock, stalwart proponent of Free Open Source Software, Father, Son, and the ‘ian’ in Debian.

Ian started the Debian project in August of 1993, releasing the first versions of Debian later that same year. Debian would go on to become the world’s Universal Operating System, running on everything from embedded devices to the space station.

Ian’s sharp focus was on creating a Distribution and community culture that did the right thing, be it ethically, or technically. Releases went out when they were ready, and the project’s staunch stance on Software Freedom are the gold standards in the Free and Open Source world.

Ian’s devotion to the right thing guided his work, both in Debian and in the subsequent years, always working towards the best possible future.

Ian’s dream has lived on, the Debian community remains incredibly active, with thousands of developers working untold hours to bring the world a reliable and secure operating system.

The thoughts of the Debian Community are with Ian’s family in this hard time.

His family has asked for privacy during this difficult time and we very much wish to respect that. Within our Debian and the larger Linux community condolences may be sent to in-memoriam-ian@debian.org where they will be kept and archived.

Source : Bits from Debian

30 December 2015 Posted by | Debian GNU/Linux, In Memoriam | Leave a comment

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

30 December 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Feliz Navidad y un próspero 2016

Feliz Navidad y un próspero 2016

Feliz Natal e um próspero 2016

Hyvää Joulua ja vauras 2016

Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016

Prettige Kerstdagen en een voorspoedig 2016

Around and around, all has nearly turned full circle
The warm lazy days of sunshine and brown rivers winding through the meadows are a tale of yesterday

The pilgrim sighs and draws his mantle close about him in the smoky evening

He watches the leaves wither and fall
Frost has rimmed the pools with ice and hung diamonds in the spider’s web

For this is the turning of the year, the final scene before the curtain falls
And now beside the road there stands the pilgrim of the year to be

15 December 2015 Posted by | Anniversary, X-mas | Leave a comment

Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” BETA Cinnamon and MATE released

Today Linux Mint 17.3 BETA Cinnamon and MATE versions were released.

Just like 17.0 / 17.1 and 17.2 this is a LTS version based on Ubuntu 14.0x LTS, with newer versions of Cinnamon and MATE desktop environment.

You can read the official announcements here :
Linux Mint 17.3 BETA Cinnamon
Linux Mint 17.3 BETA MATE

The final versions can be expected by the end of the month.

18 November 2015 Posted by | Cinnamon, Desktop Environment, Linux, Linux Mint, MATE, OpenSource, Operating Systems | Leave a comment

As years go bye

28 October 2015 Posted by | Blog, Personal | Leave a comment

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS from Alpha to Final

When the code name for Ubuntu 16.04 was revealed, I changed the repositories from 15.10 (Wily) immediately to 16.04 (Xenial).
Yesterday I got the first updates.
I have Ubuntu MATE and Xubuntu both running in Virtualbox.

In this post I’ll keep you informed about the progress.

Update 27 october 2015 :

MATE version had about 100 MB updates, Xubuntu about 200 MB.

24 October 2015 Posted by | Linux, MATE, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Virtualbox, Xfce, Xubuntu | Leave a comment


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