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#1 Re: Help & Support (Beginners) » Dual booting #! and Windows » 2015-11-02 21:54:05

I have 4 GB of RAM and using Virtualbox I easilly run 32-bit WinXP in a virtual machine. 64-bit Linux also works fine -- I am thinking of Ubuntu-based CAELinux which isn't exactly slimmed down. I have no experience of Win7 in a virtual machine but why not try it? There is little to loose.

Next time I re-install/re-build my computer I will drop dual-booting and go for virtual machines. I do plan to get some more RAM as I think some of the stuff I want to try in CAELinux will work much better with more RAM.


#2 Re: Help & Support (Beginners) » Dual booting #! and Windows » 2015-11-02 18:35:24

Why not install Windows on a virtual machine?


#3 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Time for a new cellphone at work. What should I go for? » 2015-09-25 20:37:44

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini arrived today.
I have managed to set up synchronization with our Outlook-based email/calendar/tasks/contacts system.
Now what?
How do I turn this into a useful work tool?

The arrival of a Jolla Tablet at my door step might actually happen in a not too distant future.

(Reclaiming the thread?)

#4 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Time for a new cellphone at work. What should I go for? » 2015-09-21 17:46:39

Here are the contenders made available by my employer:

  • Microsoft Lumina 640 4G HSPA+ 8 GB (surprise #1: I did not expect a Windows based phone)

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3

  • Sony Xperia E4g 8GB

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Surprise #2: no IOS based phone.


#5 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Time for a new cellphone at work. What should I go for? » 2015-09-20 19:30:33

Jolla is the company and the brand used for their phone and tablet.
Their OS is called Sailfish and as far as I know it is not used by anyone else, at least not yet.


#6 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Time for a new cellphone at work. What should I go for? » 2015-09-19 14:56:04

Thanks all, keep it coming.

I don't know exactly what I have to choose from but will find out next week. Jolla would be neat but I am pretty sure it is not part of the offering.

Not going for max size is part of my thinking right now. Yes, something that doesn't breaks easily or dies from a bit of moisture would be nice (My beloved Nokia 700 dropped about 2 m into my tiled floor earlier today without even batting an eyelid.).

I am actually still hoping a Jolla tablet will eventually show up at my door step.


#7 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Time for a new cellphone at work. What should I go for? » 2015-09-18 21:26:56

Unia wrote:

Ah, I think it does. Depends on what you mean with engineering apps. If it involves installing apps not from the store, Android is still the way to go.

Ah, I see, my English... Apps that engnineers find useful. Angry birds does not count but Wolfram Alpha and Maxima for Android do.

Maybe one should stay away from trying to do engineering on a 4--5 inch screen... Manipulating a 'real computer' through Teamviewer might be a better idea :-)


#8 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Time for a new cellphone at work. What should I go for? » 2015-09-18 20:59:23

Unia wrote:
MartinRF wrote:
  • Engineering apps will be studied in due time

Everything on your list should work fine on both iOS and Android, except for this one. As far as I know, you can not sideload/install apps on your iPhone without registering a developer account (and thus paying a fee to Apple) or jailbreaking your phone. On Android, it just works.

I am not planning on developing anything myself -- if that makes a difference.


#9 Off Topic / General Chat » Time for a new cellphone at work. What should I go for? » 2015-09-18 20:00:46

Replies: 23

I have finally decided to retire my work-phone. Among its ailments are a busted head-set, flaky head-set/charger connector and it is not supported by Sony/Windo$e/our IT department so it can not tell me about upcoming events in my calendar. I have had it since spring 2008. The battery time is still very good and call quality is quite OK if I don't use that head-set.

My employer calls the shots and pay the phone bill but I have some freedom of choice:

  • Android or IOS.

  • A few Sonys, a couple of Samsungs and maybe some more on the Android side of things.

  • A couple of Apples.

  • No real high-end phones.

Requirements (sort of):

  • This is a work tool so making/receiving calls and being up-to-date regarding my schedule (Outlook based) are the primary concerns.

  • Comfortably pocketable trumps film watching experience -- shows how old I am...

  • Engineering apps will be studied in due time

  • Recreational surfing comes a very distant .. 28th on my list

I am pretty much agnostic regarding Android vs IOS, and Google and Apple looking over my shoulder is my employer's problem. I just want this phone to not get in my way. W7 on an HP laptop is enough trouble...

Thoughts guys?


#10 Off Topic / General Chat » Recent TeamViewer experience? » 2015-09-11 20:56:39

Replies: 3

I am interested in hearing from anyone with recent experience of TeamViewer. Extra points for experience of using it with our favorite distro at one end of the connection and W7 (like on my octogenarian parent's computer) at the other end.



#11 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Favorite alterations you've done » 2015-09-05 10:55:46

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Am I the only one who binds dmenu to the menu key?

You need a menu key to do that...

Before today I didn't know there was such a thing  and now that do I notice my Microsoft-branded keyboard don't have one while the no-name keyboard for my secondary computer do.


#12 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Favorite alterations you've done » 2015-09-05 07:46:46

  • Running pywo I can have both tiling and stacking without the drawbacks of either. Keyboard shortcuts collide with Blender so when blendering I switch off pywo.

  • I changed the keyboard shortcut for dmenu to alt-p. It is hard to break a habit... (Something like alt-space would make more ergonomical sense.)

  • I use the  Solarized colour scheme in editors and terminals.


#13 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Linux compatible utrabook recommendation » 2015-08-13 08:35:51

gonzo wrote:

^ Interesting piece of news that. Although I doubt it's only Lenovo that is including such files.
Though the question is, if you wipe out the windows installation on the device and say install a GNU linux OS , given that the file in the BIOS is a .exe file, I suspect that it would have no effect whatsoever.

It looks like you are right: … t_crapware


#15 Off Topic / General Chat » LibreOffice 5 is released into the wild » 2015-08-05 19:43:57

Replies: 0

LibreOffice 5 has been released. Just for the fun of it I downloaded the debs and installed on my BunsenLab alpha 2 test install (in VirtualBox). So far LO5 and BL are doing OK -- no issues whatsoever.


#16 Re: Development » RELEASED: BunsenLabs 8.1 (Hydrogen) Live ISO 32 & 64 bit (alpha2) » 2015-07-22 12:58:13

Now I have given Alpha 2 a try -- I have installed the 64-bit version on a virtual machine. I did make things a little over-complex in the interest of practicing building a system install with a mix of mdam RAID and Btrfs RAID. This part of the exercise has nothing to do with Bunsen Lab so I leave it out of this 'report' apart from stating that it worked according to plan.

So far I have only made a few Bunsen Lab specific notes and I guess all of them are known issues but I list them anyway. When running BL Welcome:

  • When installing multimedia stuff I got complaints about faulty or missing signatures.

  • Installing printer suport did not work: "Unable to locate package..."

  • Ditto java

  • I did not try to install LibreOffice

  • SW tools installed without complaints

  • Version control tools failed to install "Unable to locate..."

  • I left OpenSSH, LAMP and Debian packaging tools alone.

What little I have tried in terms of 'daily use' (installing Baobab, emacs, surfing, youtube...) has worked flawlessly. Well, Tint2 died on me once. I have no idea why. It has not repeated it.

More from this sandbox another day...


#17 Re: Development » RELEASED: BunsenLabs 8.1 (Hydrogen) Live ISO 32 & 64 bit (alpha2) » 2015-07-12 21:31:59

Just came home (been out sailing), downloading as we speak.


#18 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » US Gov't wants to help you unencrypt your private data » 2015-07-10 06:37:35

Anaconda wrote:

And then, depending on the situation, there's this.

That doesn't help head-on-stick if I have sent him a an encrypted file he does not have the key to. And then you have the situation where you participate in some peer-cloud-based backup arrangement. In that case you have data on your HD that you should not be able to access.


#19 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » US Gov't wants to help you unencrypt your private data » 2015-07-10 06:34:19

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
MartinRF wrote:

So if I sent you an encrypted file and threw away the key you might have to go to jail?

In that case, the prosecution would have to prove that I knew the encryption key (thank $DEITY) but that does illustrate the absurdity of the situation quite well.

How does it work in Sweden?

I presume you have a more rational & civilised system...

I *think* we don't have such a law in Sweden but I am not sure.

Don't count on Sweden being much better than the rest of the 'free world'. We have the same absurd copyright laws as everybody else who want to do business with the US for one.


#20 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » US Gov't wants to help you unencrypt your private data » 2015-07-09 21:43:52

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
intoCB wrote:

it would be reasonable for them to be able to compel you to decrypt under court order etc.

That's what we have in the UK...

I don't encrypt my system 'cos if the Police asked for the password & I forgot it, I would go to jail sad

So if I sent you an encrypted file and threw away the key you might have to go to jail?
This is actually not my idea. I read somewhere that a computer scientist did exactly this to an MP promoting this type of law.


#21 Re: Development » RELEASED: BunsenLabs 8.1 (Hydrogen) Live ISO (alpha) » 2015-07-09 21:33:32

I have been seeding all evening but no takers apart from 15 to 20 minutes at the very beginning :-(

I have only tested the live CD on a virtual machine for a few minutes so far. No issues noticed, felt snappy enough. More after work tomorrow.


#22 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Is Google Being Evil? » 2015-06-29 21:10:21

I have an Android device and the other day it beeped shortly and then told me briefly "Listening". So now someone knows what music my radio was playing this Saturday. How long this listening session lasted and how often it does this -- no idea.

Evil? Your choice.

If the tax-evasion measures taken by big corporations including  Google is evil or not may be a matter of taste but it is without doubt democracy defying.


#25 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » different ways to spell words in english » 2015-06-03 19:04:11

You forgot "restroom" which in my traveling experience is the most common denomination in the US.

A long time ago someone told me that a very polite way in the UK of asking for the the loo is to say "Could you, please, show me the geography of the house?" I have never tested it so I don't know f it is true.

How many other languages have dictionaries for euphemisms?


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