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2018/05/14 03:15 UTC

The missing driver when installing Microsoft Windows 10 on a Dell Latitude E6400 is the Dell ControlVault Driver. The driver that worked for me was CV_Drv_Setup_RDYG9_A11_64bit_ZPE.exe on Dell's website. The md5sum of that file is: f1187b3d0240cb658b3c93d8388c7a85 , the sha256sum is: ff7034d4e17bc8a286aaafea14ecc409d638cee8f02dd300e7da979b1a71f2ad .

2018/01/31 04:15 UTC

When I "hack" metal and create custom cases proper dimensions are necessary. Check my pinboard for dimensions needed for bottom mount hd and ssd.

2018/01/24 02:35 GMT

My Microsoft preference is windows 8.1 . This allows the stability of 7 with an "NT 6" kernel (6.3) with the advantage of the legacy license, instead of a service. Windows 8.1 has extended support longer then Windows 7. As far as Metro the main "nusence" of 8/8.1 this can be addressed with a program called classic shell.

2017/08/30 11:31 GMT

I am in the process of setting up a new home "server". This server has a intel core 2 duo. Unlike when I intially set up of the software on my old server (no longer applicable), this hardware will support CentOS 7. I have started the process of setting this "server" up. I do not like CentOS 7's firewalld. It is a frontend to a frontend. I dumped it and rolled back to iptables and ip6tables.

2017/06/27 00:31 GMT

My friend recently gave me a Power Mac G4 Mystic. The only still supported linux distrobution I can find that runs ppc is Gentoo.

2017/05/31 07:02 GMT

I could not find a printable typing chart. Thus I made one: Left Hand Right Hand

2017/05/01 09:09 GMT

I continue to use yumi for a good multi-purpose tool. To add support for Slackware to yumi: Add Slackware as other via syslinux. Next edit isolinux.cfg in the isolinux subfolder of the slackware folder ("/multiboot/slackware64-14.2-install-dvd/isolinux") prepending the /multiboot/"slackware" path to the kernel lines. Thus my kernel lines with slackware64 14.2 reads:

kernel /multiboot/slackware64-14.2-install-dvd/kernels/huge.s/bzImage

My memtest line reads:

kernel /multiboot/slackware64-14.2-install-dvd/kernels/memtest/memtest

2017/04/04 06:10 GMT

Yesterday I MIT "hacked" and discovered how to add support for CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611.iso to yumi, for an install. By default yumi supports the live iso not the install iso. I added the iso via yumi grub from ram, then modified 'MULTIBOOT/multiboot/menu/grubram.lst' to:

#start CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611
#Modify the following memory based entry if it does not boot
title Boot CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611.iso from iso
find --set-root --ignore-floppies --ignore-cd /multiboot/ISOS/CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611.iso
#map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 --mem /multiboot/ISOS/CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611.iso (hd32)
map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 --mem /multiboot/ISOS/CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611.iso (0xFF)
map --hook
#root (hd32)
root (0xFF)
kernel /isolinux/vmlinuz noeject inst.stage2=hd:/dev/sdb1:/multiboot/ISOS/CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611.iso
initrd /isolinux/initrd.img
#chainloader (hd32)
#end CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611

This assumes the flash drive is /dev/sdb

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I have found some "interesting" habits of spy/malware, when removing some. These habits are not picked up with Spybot S & D, or Malwarebyte's Anti-malware. They may edit the quick launch shortcut adding a url to the command of a web browser, or they my intiate a service. I find it effective to check services with the portible version of Piriform ccleaner, and to manually verify the quick launch browser shortcuts.

2016/03/11 20:06 ET

I found some interesting "details" when trying to resize a Microsoft Windows XP Virtual Machine Hard Drive: When using Acronis True Image 2014, bootable iso: 1. pae must be enabled. 2. True Image does not support all features via only keyboard. To use the mouse: one must turn off the mouse intergration, which may have been turned on for the XP machine. The default short cut key combination is Host+I. The default host key is right ctrl. I chose to use True Image after gparted iso the latest two versions would not boot. I also did not have sucess with Clonezilla. I normally use Clonezilla for others PCs so that I may redistribute the software with the images. When possible I use VirtualBox as my virtual machine software. I have found that via Windows own benchmarks a windows guest on a linux host runs "faster" on VMWare then on VirtualBox. I usually use a 2Gb split vmdk image format for my virtual machines. This allows using most backup mediums including vfat flash drives, as well as single layer dvds.

2013/12/30 14:58 ET

I found an interesting application for profiles with wireless connections. The app. allows me to have profiles for connections. This allows me to use Google's DNS or Open DNS instead of DHCP when I choose to. The app is called netsetman. I am using it under Microsoft Windows 7. There is a free version, which I am using. The main limiting factor of the free version is it only allows you 6 profiles. Six profiles is enough for 3 DNS settings (Google, OpenDNS, DHCP). netsetman also show IP addresses when hovering on the icon in the system tray, and even better then iptray. iptray only shows the address of one network interface. This can cause viewing the wrong address if there is no internet on start up and the program grabs a virtual interface.

2010/06/03 02:05 ET

Last Friday I had a request to re-enable Microsoft Internet Explorer on someones Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional computer. Since this is a security risk I chose to instead skin Mozilla Firefox. With some searching on the web, this is what I did: First I installed the Personal Menu Extension to hide the bookmarks tool bar. Next I installed the myfirefox theme. Finally I changed the icon. The name of the file with the IE (Internet Explorer) icon is shdoclc.dll .

Google Analitics added to the site.

2009/08/03 07:25 ET

Just finishing up with this blog. The website is now displayed as xhtml 1.0 (some of the backend is php) with the exception of my contact page which I still need to update. I have had a little annoyance with Microsoft Windows 7 RC. The icon in the status tray says there is no internet when there is. I am not yet sure of the cause of this error. Is it because it is behind multiple private NATs or that it is in a VM or that I disabled IE? Time will tell it is about time to start my day.

2009/02/11 23:25 ET

I finally did some updates to the website. You may have noticed that I am now using delicious instead of the former online bookmark service I was using. This is because they were down for about a week around the new year. I just did not get around to updating my link on the site. Good thing I had a local backup for my bookmarks because during that downtime they did loose some data, including some of mine.

2008/09/08 22:20 ET

After much searching the web on ~ 2008/08/29 I figured out how to set the version of the vmware vmmon module. I could not get the modules to appear as 161 instead of 168 using modules.conf in /etc. The solution that eventually worked was to download the any-any update 117d, untar vmmon.tar and edit the version manually in the includes dirs. The name of the file was something to the extent of ioc*.h . Retar the vmmon making sure the dir structor is the same. Next I ran the script in the any-any update. Finally I reran the vmware configure script.

2008/07/23 00:50 ET

My blog of the morning is Microsoft Windows Vista and UAC (User Account Control). There is no way to install a network printer in Vista if you are a non admin, with Parental Controls on and UAC off. bummer huh. I turned UAC back on then used a .reg file

Since I am now using pinboard this is the only link as of 20170404 with a Vista & uac Tag.

to turn UAC off only for admins. Besides UAC is a good thing for normal users, it is just a pain for admins.

2008/07/22 00:25 ET

I was told I needed to add some content to my webpage.

My first blog is about Toshiba and the A135-S2326 model laptop / notebook. I got one of these Toshibas around May 31 of 2007. At first it was an ok entry level system. I did notice right away that 512mb of ram just was not enough for Microsoft Windows Vista. About 2 weeks before the 1 yr warrenty was up though, the motherboard burned up killing all the usb ports. After going through all the hoops with Toshiba tech support, I finally got the information to have it dropped off at a UPS store and shipped to Toshiba. On June 3, 2008 the motherboard (mb) was replaced. One thing that I was not pleased with upon return is that the bios on the new mb was version 1.5 . According to the toshiba download center the lastest bios is version 1.4 . Now not even 6 weeks after the mb was replaced (it took me a while to blog it) the mb is burnt up again. This time the sound and usb is dead.

I am considering buying a Dell latitude D630.

Any comments on this feel free to contact me. I am considering this brand and model for 2 reasons. 1. 3yr warrenty. 2. linux compatibility. Yes I am a linux fan.

I own a Dell latitude D630.


I own a Lenovo thinkpad T410

For my personal systems I mainly use slackware.

For my personal systems I mainly use kubuntu LTS.

For my personal systems I currently use lubuntu LTS.

For my personal systems I currently use linux mint mate. For my home server I use CentOS.

Mint has great keyboard remapping and allows me to "easily" remap (swap) my escape and caps lock keys. Kubuntu is full featured and great for a user coming from a windows environment. It although runs heavier than lubuntu. Slackware is a great distrobution to learn the core of linux, and is great as a "LTS" but required a lot of configuring to get all the features on that dell.