Arie de Jonge

Stands up for and solidary with the weak.

75.000 visitors

Today I got my 75.000th visitor on my blog. It’s not very much, but it is a nice round number ;)
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3 October 2015 Posted by | Blog, Milestone | Leave a comment

Ubuntu 15.10 MATE beta

Just installed this version in Virtualbox. Although it’s a beta, it’s already very stable.

The reason I installed it is because this is the last version before 16.04, the next Ubuntu LTS, which will be the base for Linux Mint 18 LTS.

Ubuntu 16.04 will be available in april 2016, Linux Mint as usual about 1 month later.

I’ll keep this version running until the first alpha of 16.04 so I can see how it develops.

Some screenshots :

Login Screen

Login screen

Welcome Screen

Welcome Screen

Main Menu

Main Menu

25 September 2015 Posted by | Desktop Environment, FOSS, Linux, Linux Mint, MATE, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Ubuntu | Leave a comment

Switching from Debian GNU/Linux to Linux Mint 17.2 LTS

Yes I’m switching from Debian GNU/Linux to Linux Mint 17.2 LTS. Although Debian GNU/Linux is still my favorite, Linux Mint has at the moment 1 big advantage for me :

I can easily switch between English and Spanish, something that I can’t manage in Debian, maybe I’m overlooking something ;)

Why is that important? I’m studying Spanish and Linux System Administration, so it’s very handy when my computers can easily switch between those languages ;)

One thing that doesn’t change is the desktop, I’ll stick to MATE.

How long will I stay with Linux Mint? Well that’s hard to say, both studies are going to take some time. As long as I’m studying I’ll stick to Mint, or in the mean time it must be possible to switch easily languages in Debian GNU/Linux.

23 September 2015 Posted by | Debian GNU/Linux, Desktop Environment, FOSS, Linux, Linux Mint, LPI, MATE, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Spanish, Study | Leave a comment

Reinstalling Windows XP and changing the language

If you need to reinstall Windows XP but you can’t find your key anymore, don’t panic, there is a solution ;)

On this website are instructions how to do it.

Ever wanted to change the system language? Here are instructions how to do it.

Both solutions I’ve tried in Virtualbox and they work, but :

After installing XP DON’T upgrade your system.

First activate your system, then install the Service Pack in the desired language, reboot and get the latest updates (yes, updating still works)

On my system almost everything is in English, some folder names are still in Dutch but they can be renamed.

Windows XP must be considered UNSAFE, use it only if you have no other option.

19 September 2015 Posted by | Operating Systems, Windows | Leave a comment

My virtual machines

After I quit with Windows 10 I reinstalled my other virtual machines, except Windows 7. From the top :

Debian testing : This will be the next stable version of Debian GNU/Linux. I like to see what is going to happen and how the development goes on. [GNOME desktop}

Huayra : It’s an Argentine Linux, based on Debian stable, made for education in Argentina. By default everything is in Spanish, but if you know the root password you can add any language you want ;) [MATE desktop]

Linux Mint Debian Edition : As the name says, Based on Debian stable instead of Ubuntu. A bit more difficult then the main edition, but easier to install and config then Debian. [Cinnamon desktop]

Linux Mint LTS : The main edition, based on Ubuntu LTS. Very well finished and easy to install for beginners. [Xfce desktop]

Ubuntu LTS : Ubuntu LTS = Long Term Support. LTS versions get 5 years security updates. Although it’s not very important for personnel use (every 2 year a LTS version is released), for businesses it’s important. Based on Debian, it’s a robust and user friendly Linux. [MATE desktop]

openSUSE : A very solid Linux version. Instead of the Debian package management system (.deb) it uses the Red Hat package management system (.rpm). I only use this version for study, so I can work with both package systems. [GNOME desktop]

Windows 7 : Unfortanately I need sometimes Windows, for example to DeDRM an Ebook. Although I don’t like Windows, this one is the best you can get at the moment.

17 September 2015 Posted by | Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian GNU/Linux, Linux, Linux Mint Debian, FOSS, Xfce, Windows, OpenSource, GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, openSUSE, Huayra | Leave a comment

Exit Windows 10

Yes, you see it right, I quit with the Tech Preview of Windows 10.

When I started with it back in march it looked good. That every keystroke was logged and sent to Microsoft didn’t bother me, for crashreports it was usefull.

But by the end of july Windows 10 was officially released, unfortunately the logging kept going on.

Lately I was wondering my self if I really wanted to go on testing a product from a company that kept spying on his customers. Yesterday I made my decision, I quit with Windows 10 and deleted it from Virtualbox, maybe I’ll give it a new try in a couple of years from now.

17 September 2015 Posted by | Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows | Leave a comment

New Ebooks

Spanish Learning Bundle: Learn Spanish Guide + Spanish Vocabulary

As you can read in my profile, I’m learning Spanish. But at the moment I’m not making much progress, so I bought this bundle at Amazon. Hoping it will help me make more and faster progress.

Of course it’s in the Kindle format with DRM, but with Calibre I’ve made it DRMfree and converted it to Epub, so I can use it also on my ereader.

ErichVonDanikenChariotsOfTheGodsChariots of the Gods – Erich von Däniken

Chariots of the Gods is a book authored in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It involves the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were welcomed as gods.

Read the book when I was young(er), finally I bought me a copy, of course in digital format ;)

16 September 2015 Posted by | DRM, DRM free, E-book, ePub, eReader, Kindle, Language Study, Non-fiction, Science | Leave a comment

Windows 10 upgrade terror and tracking software Windows 7

Microsoft is pushing the Windows 10 upgrade files to your system.

Even though Microsoft says my virtual machine running Windows 7 is not capable of running Windows 10*, I also got this crap on my system ….

Luckily it can easy be undone, just remove updates KB3035583 and KB2952664.
You can find detailed instructions at TechJourney

Edit :

When you’re removing the updates, don’t forget these 6 updates, they install tracking software on your system.


Source : Ghacksnet and Forbes

* And that is strange, Windows 10 Insider Preview runs perfect in Virtualbox ;)

15 September 2015 Posted by | Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows | Leave a comment

José by Armando Palacio Valdés [Spanish Ebook]

Today I downloaded my first Spanish book, it’s a book recommended for people who are learning Spanish.

About the book :

Against an awe-inspiring backdrop of mountains and treacherous sea, he tells the story of Jose.’ which is not only a fascinating narrative but also embodies the author’s unpretentious philosophy. Faced with the eternal problems of the meaning of life and man’s destiny on earth, Palacio Valdes took refuge in the only possible solution to this insolvable problem, which is the simple doctrine of faith, hope and charity…

About the writer : Armando Palacio Valdés

13 September 2015 Posted by | Armando Palacio Valdés, E-book, ePub, eReader, Language Study, Project Gutenberg, Spanish | Leave a comment

Goodbye Microsoft

I’m really glad I don’t need MS Office or Windows. Everything* I need to do I can do with Linux / LibreOffice.

Microsoft dumps Windows10 installation files on your PC whether you like it or not
Office 2016 will force you to install updates

* In the rare occasion I need to de-DRM an ebook I use Windows7 in VirtualBox

If you want to try Linux, take a look at Linux Mint, it’s the perfect Linux for starters.

12 September 2015 Posted by | FOSS, ICT, LibreOffice, Linux, Microsoft, MS Office, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Windows | Leave a comment


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