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by mike acker
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

one thing that would help: do we know of a nice laptop -- a Dell 14" perhaps -- that converts readilly to MINT/Cinamon ?
by mike acker
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: The "fox" is buying the hen house??? Microsoft purchases Github
Replies: 52
Views: 1441

Re: The "fox" is buying the hen house??? Microsoft purchases Github

one might ponder over the business case for this...... MSFT wants to move its software products into the Cloud --- and Canonical is a major player in the Cloud business. The question then,.... is who is taking over who here ? IMHO the old MSFT APIs -- are not viable. By moving their products into th...
by mike acker
Fri May 25, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Very simple file encryption
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Very simple file encryption

just use PKZIP

this has only a symmetric key so ya have to agree on a key over the phone or some such alternate channel
by mike acker
Thu May 24, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Open Source CPU has arrived - RISC-V
Replies: 10
Views: 561

Re: Open Source CPU has arrived - RISC-V

but we could be on the right track here in its current state modern digital electronics are generally insecure and not suitable for business purposes. we know they are being used for business purposes. and we also know there is a huge cost for loss due to theft of data as well as ineffective efforts...
by mike acker
Tue May 22, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

Hate to hear all this mess - it should be a relatively easy fix - if you could get your hand on the machine(s). And, you could probably preserve EVERYTHING instead of losing everything from an OS re-install. And Best Buy / Geek Squad ? Not in my lifetime !! Oh well, some days you eat the bear; some...
by mike acker
Mon May 21, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

2d client reported having downloaded the .iso but was then unable to locate where the system stored the download. I asked him to look in /Downloads and if it's not found there to try the Windows search tool this probably doesn't matter: On my Win-8 VM when I right click on the .iso the option to "bu...
by mike acker
Mon May 21, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

one of the two cases has recovered I assume you have asked him to tell you whatever he can remember about what he did to recover it (?) If not, do it quick. alas the gentleman reported spending 6 hours over 3 days with MSFT on the phone. and that he now has to re-install his optional app programs -...
by mike acker
Mon May 21, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

one of the two cases has recovered but it wasn't pretty: I was able to FINALLY get windows loaded. It took almost 6 hours on the phone over 3 days, but I have my computer back. I have some of the software loaded back, still need to load a couple others. Thankfully I still have the old laptop which h...
by mike acker
Sun May 20, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

I think I had one of these cases a couple of months back. I took the drive out of the computer, connected it to an external usb adapter, plugged that into a Linux machine, and deleted the hiberfil.sys (under the root of the system drive - generally C:\hiberfil.sys). When Windows can't find the corr...
by mike acker
Sun May 20, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

thanks gentlemen I now have 2 clients with the same issue: bricked laptop and not happy with W-10 It's entirely possible they both have hybernating drives.... seems like I read someplace how to get around that you'd think W-10 would offer the user the opportinity to enter "Safe/recovery"-- the old s...
by mike acker
Sun May 20, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

Mike since our LinuxMint is mainly based on the Ubuntu System: - wouldn't the detection be mainly from the original Ubuntu System ? sure, our LinuxMint is based on a Modified version of the Ubuntu System, and thus will have some control on what is actually done by the LinuxMint installer . . but, o...
by mike acker
Sun May 20, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

The BIOS on this device may be locked so that it cannot be taken out of UEFI mode. If that turns out to be the case I'd like to know the brand of that PC so I can counsel my clients to avoid that brand (until everyone does it that way). I wonder how much Microsoft pays manufacturers to do crap like...
by mike acker
Sun May 20, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: UEFI for cold newbies

"Secure Boot" is turned on by default on most UEFI-enabled PC's. You may have to turn that OFF just to get your Linux distro to boot (??) I have had many problems trying to work with Linux on (1st-generation) UEFI-enabled PC's. I find it easier to always change to Legacy mode (and I think that auto...
by mike acker
Sun May 20, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: UEFI for cold newbies
Replies: 21
Views: 560

UEFI for cold newbies

Recovering a Bricked Laptop by Conversion to Linux/MINT: Cold Newbies will need things as automatic as possible. Given that they are able to download the .iso and burn it to a USB or DVD: They should be able to boot the live image -- and then -- recover their files to an external HD -- while in live...
by mike acker
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Other Topics & Open Discussion
Topic: Why not base LMDE on Devuan?
Replies: 25
Views: 1163

Re: Why not base LMDE on Devuan?

Devuan would never be able to overcome and change the psychopathology evident in Debian developer community and the inherent elitism against the common individual user. If you are not directing the departmental budget of an IT enterprise nobody in that community would give a rat’s penny of what you...
by mike acker
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Who no longer trusts or uses Facebook?
Replies: 93
Views: 2670

Re: Who no longer trusts or uses Facebook?

if ya'all like a good laugh this morning:

U.S. Government to Facebook: 'Americans Don't Like to Be Spied On'
Listen rabbit said the donkey, "critter: ya got long ears!"
Facebook is the peeping tom of the internet and the ears of the NSA are wired into the entire planet.
by mike acker
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Trade War affect on prices
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Trade War affect on prices

I wonder how much affect this trade war will have on prices for Mother Boards, memory, etc
by mike acker
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: MP3 quality_Windows vs Linux
Replies: 23
Views: 626

Re: MP3 quality_Windows vs Linux

Ripped a song from a cd. First with Linux second with Windows. Results... Linux(7.43mb----187kbps) Windows(7.51mb---192kbps) (Default Settings) Linux_A program called "Asunder" Windows_a program called "gold wave" I can't hear a difference. Is one better than the other? (Other than size) Is there a...
by mike acker
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Microsoft To Ban ‘Offensive Language’ & Monitor Your Private Account
Replies: 18
Views: 646

Re: Microsoft To Ban ‘Offensive Language’ & Monitor Your Private Account

Suggested Reading: Bruce Schneier comments of commercial surveilance aka "Data Mining" Excerpt There are 2,500 to 4,000 data brokers in the United States whose business is buying and selling our personal data. Last year, Equifax was in the news when hackers stole personal information on 150 million ...
by mike acker
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, I finally deleted my Facebook account. Here are my thoughts on the matter.
Replies: 73
Views: 2575

Re: In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, I finally deleted my Facebook account. Here are my thoughts on the matt

Several weeks ago, I did quite a bit of searching for a particular product I was looking to buy. My search accounted for about three days of intense browsing. Out of the blue, I started seeing ads for that product all over Facebook. I didn't have a clue how the two were connected, but I knew someth...

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