- This tip works on all computer devices: Linux, Windows, Apple, Android, etc
- For avoiding unwanted websites, I like to recommend the Clean Browsing Free Family filter. Info at https://cleanbrowsing.org/articles/opendns-alternatives website. It works by replacing the main index to the internet (the DNS master lookup system - kind of like the phone book into where stuff is on the net) with a cleaned up version omitting where bad stuff is. It can be installed on a single device or (better yet) within your main router to protect all devices - phones, tablets, visitors, etc from accidental access to stupid sites. Instead of pointing DNS lookups to the everything good and bad index you point it at the clean list DNS. Although there are ways to undo or bypass the protection, it will provide good protection for casual family users.
- I can assist you in setting it up on your main router if you like, but the instructions are online at https://cleanbrowsing.org/getting-started .. I suggest you try the Family Filter: "Blocks access to all adult, pornographic and explicit sites. It also blocks proxy and VPN domains that are used to bypass the filters. Mixed content sites (like Reddit) are also blocked. Google, Bing and Youtube are set to the Safe Mode. Malicious and Phishing domains are blocked." The settings for this free service are:
IPv4 address: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 and/or
IPv6 address: 2a0d:2a00:1:: and 2a0d:2a00:2::
- Best Practice? Install the cleanbrowsing DNS settings on both your home router AND each of your portable devices. That way, when you have visitors in your home wanting to use your internet, you all are protected AND when you or your kids are using the internet outside your home on someone else's internet you and they are also protected there ..
Magrath, AB Steps to keep your Windows 10 computer safe and free from crud.
Magrath, AB Recommended steps to keep your Windows 10 computer safe and free from crud.
I have been upgrading many client computers lately by replacing their old virus prone Win7 operating systems with a shiny new Linux one. I have been impressed with MX Linux lately, although I have also tested Ubuntu and Mint and Lubuntu in past year on my own assortment of computers.
For me, MX Linux is a great alternative to Windows. It is faster, more reliable, secure, virus resistant and readily installable on your well loved but now aging Win7+ laptop or desktop computers. It runs all the apps I need or provides a workable equivalent: Firefox or Chrome vs Edge, Libreoffice or MS Office (online) or Google Docs (online) vs MS Office, plus provides access to all the social and online media I need. It does all this for free via open source community maintained source code. Once installed, it works and feels much like the old Windows .. just faster and nicer. I now recommend it to all my clients.
"But it's not windows! " you might exclaim. Nope .. but then neither is the operating system in your phone nor ipad nor in your car, webserver, tv box or smart fridge. It don't matter, as long as it truly and easily gets the job done and the interface is easy to learn, eh. I have Window 10 on a few devices but dual boot those computers with Linux as well. Most any thing I own with an operating system before Win10 has now been upgraded to Linux and I am well pleased with the results.
Is it easy to install? I would say it requires an intermediate level of experience to create the bootable USB drive and to perform the actual install, but no more than Windows itself would require of you. To blast everything away and do a complete computer brain transplant is dead simple. Just run the install and use all the default settings. But for instance, to dual boot side by side keeping all your old photos and documents in place and accessible to both systems, you first need to make room on the hard drive to allow somewhere to install the new MX Linux system. A very useful hard disk partition program (GPARTED) is provided, but you must be careful not to delete the existing windows partition and only resize it. You must also then be able to create the new partition, select the correct linux EXT4 format and set the label to '/'. About then you will realize that it would have been a great idea to have backed up all that precious data somewhere safe in the first place, but that is sound advice for any system upgrade. Bottom line, my mom would need some hand holding to get the install done. Once installed, however, I am confident she will run the system with ease. Everything just works.
We 'cut the cord' a few years back. First we lost our analog TV over the air (OTA) reception a few years back (about 2011?). For a while thereafter, we had cable bundled with our internet, but more recently we are on a fibre optic service (Axia). Kodi worked for a while, but now all the fun-ctionality has been lost there. We have tried a variety of Android, Android TV, laptops and other boxes, which work somewhat but always seem much more finicky. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just sit down in front of a big black box with a monster remote and never have to move all night .. like in the old days?
Of course there is still Netflix, Amazon Primevideo, Disney+ and others that you can pay to replace that cable bill, but in my way of thinking that isn't really a 'cord cutting' benefit. It always irks me that just because we are 30 miles north of a border, we get zero or limited access to content available to our US counterparts. Bah!
Below is a list of Canadian and other networks that stream some shows for free online AND that that work for me here on my phones and/or Linux laptops:
Maybe one day I will find the ultimate old-school tv remote experience. It was just not today - yet.
It is new release time again! I have several laptops and older desktop computers I like to run Lubuntu Linux on. The new distribution was not available as an upgrade quite yet, so I downloaded the image file, 'burned' it to a usb stick and installed it on my various machines - after a quick backup of user files an data using LuckyBackup. I installed it to replace the old 19.04 partition. Of course on one computer the usb wifi adaptor continued to need a manual driver update.. If you remember, it is a Startech Mini-Wireless N I had floating around, small and wonderful, but based on a Realtek RTL8811au chip with no built in drivers. To install it, I just had to first plug the wired network cable back in and run these commands in terminal:
sudo apt install git dkms build-essential
Other than that, everything installs and works pretty much as before - but newer and shinier,
Got a 'new distribution available' upgrade message today on my Ubuntu Linux family/work computer (it was 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish and wants to go to 19.04 Disco Dingo), so of I course decided to update right away. Clicked OK and let it do it's thing .. it did take some time to download (presume everyone is updating today as well), but after a Sat afternoon nap and responding to a few config questions and a longer nap came back and found it all updated for me. The only thing not working right off was my usb wifi adaptor. It is a Startech Mini-Wireless N I had floating around. It is based on a Realtek RTL8811au chip. Google tells me that particular chip has no drivers online but that the RTL8812au does and should be compatible. To install it, had to first plug the wired network cable back in and run these commands in terminal:
sudo apt install git dkms build-essential
which worked fine .. the make script installed the newest version available and compiled it for the new 19.04 (Apr 2019 Disco Dingo) distribution. Apparently the command below would have worked also:
sudo apt install rtl8812au-dkms
Everything else seems to be where it should be .. it even retained my desktop configuration settings. Nice!
Recently installed Lubuntu 18.04 LTS on an old eMachine Windows Vista computer. It works great (now)!
Yes there was a bit of a learning curve for me, but here's what worked .. and yes, it sounds a bit technical and skips some of the incremental step by step install notes .. but this is mostly for me to remind me just what ending up working ..
Addendum: Pleased to report that the install of printer drivers for the Epson Stylus ink jet NX420 was pretty much automatic. Printing and scanning worked as soon as it was plugged in and configured. Also needed to install a wireless wifi USB dongle - a DLink DWA-182. Just a little more involved install with first having to download the linux drivers from online site at https://support.dlink.com/ProductInfo.aspx?m=dwa-182 .. and then after downloading and extracting the driver files to a folder, I had to compile and install. Not too hard: First ran 'sudo apt install build-essentials' to install the necessary compiler program and then 'sudo sh ./install.sh' to run the provided script to do the compile and install .. and again, yay! Removed the wired cable and rebooted. The new wifi network card is also detected and usable.
Question: No More Custom Domain Name For Free Accounts ????
Answer: Currently we only allow domains to connect to free sites if the domain is registered through Weebly. If you are on a grandfathered account we allow the external domain to remain connected as long as the site address is not changed. Sorry again for the inconvenience. Please let us know if you have questions about our current plans. Source: https://community.weebly.com/t5/Domains/No-More-Custom-Domain-Name-For-Free-Accounts/td-p/94518
What does this mean? Well .. a few $100 bucks per website. I have used Weebly for the past several years to develop and maintain several local websites. The beauty of it is that once it is developed it can be turned back over to the user/owners for minor self-maintenance or tweaked on request as needed by me. The free version is most appealing to most users and for good reason - so easy to set up and maintain, and up until this year, the biggest included freebie was the ability to point a custom domain name like whatever.com directly back to that weebly site (a service called custom domain names). Thankfully they say this ability is grandfathered in for old 'free' sites. Going forward however they expect users to pay a monthly fee for this service - currently about $5US/mo on an annual basis or with exchange and GST about $90can per year (@Mar 2019) in addition to the $15-30/yr it costs for the domain name itself and whatever you had to pay someone like me to type it all in for you. This hit is much like the unexpected Alberta gas bills this year with the new Carbon Tax tacked on .. a bit bracing to say the least.
Of course, you could dispense with a custom domain name altogether if you had to, saving yourself $120/yr. Since Weebly still lets you use a whatever.weebly.com type name for free, you would still let everyone view your website but without the appeal of that custom website name. Or as a compromise, you could simply buy the whatever.com domain name and simply redirect it (ie point it) back to your free Weebly whatever.weebly.com site (saving $90/yr).
Nevertheless, it was an unexpected hit that surprised myself and some of my unsuspecting clients. Just one more thing to consider. However, onward and upward.
Working Notes: I was having a stubborn system error on my Linux test computer - initramfs-tools configuration error with it setting swap to wrong drive .. this page helped reset my system (but had to translate part of the text from Indonesian first ..) https://hantulab.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/debian-set-the-resume-variable-to-override-this/
debian: Set the RESUME variable to override this.
How to remove 'Read-Only' error from hard drive/USB/SD card/external hard drive?If your storage device such as USB drive, SD card or external hard drive are write-protected now with 'Read Only' mark, don't worry. Here in the below, you'll find an effective method to remove write-protection and get rid of 'Read Only' error from your storage device ...
Step A. Run CMD to remove 'Read Only' from hard disk/USB/SD card/external hard driveIt's quite simple to remove and fix storage device 'Read Only' error by applying CMD command.
The only thing that you need to keep in mind is to be very careful while following the CMD guide steps to remove the ”Read Only” error from an SD card, USB drive, hard disk or external hard drive.