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by earthlingkc
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Increase disk write cache - best method
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Increase disk write cache - best method

I understand the risk. So what's the best tunable?
by earthlingkc
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Increase disk write cache - best method
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Increase disk write cache - best method

What's the best tunable to increase write cache for any hard disk on the system. I want to dedicate up to 1GB of system RAM to caching disk writes. On Mint 18.3.
by earthlingkc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Archiving Gmail (Thunderbird?)
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Archiving Gmail (Thunderbird?)

I have years worth of emails on Gmail that I'm not comfortable leaving in the cloud (no matter who the cloud email provider is). I'm thinking of archiving it to local Thunderbird but want that replicated. I also use Resilio Sync (private cloud to other computers). My plan is to have Thunderbird pull...
by earthlingkc
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Security: "Chaos" - raw socket backdoor
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Security: "Chaos" - raw socket backdoor

The forum needs a category dedicated to security discussions... No one should be using passwords to protect SSH to begin with, use keys... http://gosecure.net/2018/02/14/chaos-stolen-backdoor-rising/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/02/raw-sockets-backdoor-gives-attackers-complete...
by earthlingkc
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: TeamViewer 13 - no longer supports -i
Replies: 1
Views: 55

TeamViewer 13 - no longer supports -i

Past versions of TeamView allowed script access to another computer with...

teamviewer -i RemoteID

No longer works with V13. Has the notation changed?
by earthlingkc
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: MATE
Topic: Touchscreen pointer not aligned after signin
Replies: 0
Views: 126

Touchscreen pointer not aligned after signin

I have a Thinkpad S1 Yoga with Mint 18.3/Mate 1.18. On the login screen, the touchscreen works fine. The pointer is precisely located wherever touched. But after logging in, the pointer is several inches to the right of where touched. Any idea what might be executed/changed after startup to change b...
by earthlingkc
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 565
Views: 22263

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

I haven't been following thread closely lately and it's grown quite a bit with more links I can get to. What's the bottom line at this point? I've seen a lot of firmware/kernel Mint updates recently and have applied them - am on 4.13.26 on all laptops. Is this about as reasonably secure as we can ex...
by earthlingkc
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 565
Views: 22263

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

The patched kernel is listed in Ubuntu's Package pages, but has not made it to the mirrors, I guess. I added the Xenial repository and I am already running the latest Xenial kernel available. Ubuntu lists 4.4.0.104-109, but the latest in the mirrors is 4.4.0-104. I am using the lts kernel. I have i...
by earthlingkc
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 565
Views: 22263

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners

Tom's Hardware on the issues. Claiming 30% performance loss overblown for most apps...
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel- ... 36208.html

Postgres and Redis most impacted.

Nevertheless, a good opportunity for AMD to gain some momentum.
by earthlingkc
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: HP and Asus releasing 20 hour ARM Windows computers
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: HP and Asus releasing 20 hour ARM Windows computers

Agree but these will be useful for those who just web browse, use web-based apps and maybe Office apps. The 20 hour life for less computing power is a good tradeoff for many. As a power users, I often just need a portable web machine.
by earthlingkc
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Intel CPU? Then you're running Minix
Replies: 39
Views: 2485

Re: Intel CPU? Then you're running Minix

This thread needs to be renamed to "BIOS with IME has a severe security flaw".

I have a couple laptops that are vulnerable according to the Intel python script, can't be shutoff in BIOS and no BIOS updates available anymore. Is there something Ubuntu/Mint can do to mitigate the risk at least some?
by earthlingkc
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: HP and Asus releasing 20 hour ARM Windows computers
Replies: 4
Views: 314

HP and Asus releasing 20 hour ARM Windows computers

Microsoft is taking another stab at ARM-based laptops/tablets and it may work out this time. They are touting 20 hour battery life. Would love to have Mint on 20 hour laptop. Any chance that Mint will be ARM-based in not-too-distant future and able to install on Windows ARM laptops? https://arstechn...
by earthlingkc
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Suggestions & New Ideas
Topic: Flatpak - improvement requests for Mint Software Manager
Replies: 8
Views: 644

Flatpak - improvement requests for Mint Software Manager

Nice to see Mint 18.3 support Flatpak in Software Manager as Flatpak tends to keep up with latest versions before other repositories. Now LibreOffice can be updated to most recent without having to do manual upgrades, though it does launch more slowly given the nature of separate libraries. Would li...
by earthlingkc
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: MATE
Topic: Mate 1.18.0, Mint 18.2 - no longer able to drop files/folders to panel
Replies: 6
Views: 719

Re: Mate 1.18.0, Mint 18.2 - no longer able to drop files/folders to panel

A MATE/caja update just came out today that now allows dragging files/folders on the panel.

Yay, so nice to have this back!
by earthlingkc
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: MATE
Topic: cant pin folders to panel
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: cant pin folders to panel

A MATE/caja update just came out today that now allows dragging files/folders on the panel.

Yay, so nice to have this back!
by earthlingkc
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: USB stick went to read-only
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: USB stick went to read-only

Burning an image with USB Image Writer doesn't work, has an error with no explanation.
Tried USB Stick Formatter and it says that it formatted but when mounting it still has old data and still read-only.

Didn't realized USB sticks can expire for writes, I guess that is what happened.
by earthlingkc
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: USB stick went to read-only
Replies: 3
Views: 384

USB stick went to read-only

I have an old Lexmark USB stick formatted as FAT32 that for some reason now only mounts as read only for either Linux or Windows. There is no readonly switch on the stick. I was able to copy data off but now can't even format whether under Linux or Windows, says read only. Tried GParted, hdparm -r0 ...
by earthlingkc
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Intel CPU? Then you're running Minix
Replies: 39
Views: 2485

Re: Intel CPU? Then you're running Minix

Doesn't disabling AMT solve this? There are Windows tools to disable AMT supposedly at the BIOS level if not directly available via BIOS. If AMT is disabled from Windows, will it be disabled when booting Linux?
by earthlingkc
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: WPA2 is no longer safe ? [issue is already fixed on all Mint versions]
Replies: 37
Views: 2211

Re: WPA2 is no longer safe ?

Some questions..

If the home router is patched are all unpatched WiFi devices connecting to it via WPA2 not vulnerable to this?
If say a WiFi printer isn't patched long term but the router is, can the printer data or connect password be monitored?

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