Notice:  Forgive the formatiing. Working on a newer system.

The linux community has been in an uproar over the alleged Ubuntu (Canonical) joint setup with Amazon

to search Amazon on local searches that could invade your privacy.

( Data coming back

from the searches could easily be hijacked by man-in-the-middle and similar internet attacks. You would also

be inundated with advertisements even with simple file searches.  What really irks the community is that if

you installed Ubuntu 12.10, you were not warned and did not have an option to opt out. Most linux users

believe it should be an opt-in not opt-out setup. This is pushing linux users to use other distros or variations

of linux particularly Mint linux.   Ironically the Ubuntu server has had that same issue with the landscape

software, so every upgrade you have to un-install it.

The software known as unity-lens-shopping is in the default unity desktop interface. If you use a different

desktop such as KDE, you are allegedly not affected. Many long time users balked over the Unity desktop

interface as being hard to use. To me it makes me think of a George Jetson R.U.D.I. (Referential Universal

Digital Indexer) operating system.  Sort of a new trend in desktops.  In any case, Canonical took the view sort of

(Do not you still trust us attitude.) This irked the community even more. Allegedly future versions of Ubuntu are

suppose to allegedly remedy the issues.

How do you disable the software?  You can use the command line with:

$ sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

or a better choice might be:

$ sudo apt-get purge unity-lens-shopping

You can also disable the software by changing your privacy settings.

You can also disable access to the site by using the hosts file as we discussed in an earlier article about host files. In your hosts file put:

And lastly change your desktop to Gnome, KDE, or many others available. Hopefully the issue can be resolved

and Ubuntu aka Canonical will not do such an M$ action in the future. Per, beware of Microsoft doing

the same thing with MSWindows 8.


If your like me and have older computers that do not really support flash, watching movies can be a hassle. Unfortunately use of html5 is not going as fast as most people planned. Do wish that Youtube would lead the way, but noooooooooooo. If you get the dreaded Black screen of death on youtube, it generally means you do not havethe Adove flash software installed.  Adobe has allegedly decided to no longer support flash for linux. So what to do?

In any case you can get get files in a proprietary format, but non- proprietary content) from you tube and

convert them for your use. You need to install several files, but the main two are youtube-dl and ffmpeg.\

$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg youtube-dl

First we need to go to Youtube and get the url of the file we want to download. You just need the main part.

So in our case we would use:

$ youtube-dl

Once the download is finished, you will see and xxxx.mp4 filename. If it is an filename you

should not have to do any conversion. Go ahead  and play the movie locally. If you get an .mp4

file extension you will have to do a conversion of the media You will have to choose and output file

name with the flv extension.It will probably take a while depending on the size of the file and the speed

of your computer to convert the file.

$  ffmpeg -i V3HFu6Nmvsk.mp4 theat1.flv

Once the file is converted you can use your favorite media player to see the movie.

$ totem theat1.flv

Note you can install a plugom for iceweasel that will sort of do the job for watching the videos.

$ sudo apt-get install  browser-plugin-lightspark

If you would like to use a gui then you want to use the script.

 # Get Youtube video
 # get video
 video=$(zenity --entry \
         --title="You tube video dl" \
         --text="Enter the video url:" \
         --entry-text "$video")
youtube-dl $video

Save is to a file in your bin directory and the make it executable:

$ chmod +x ~/bin/

Start a laucher setup on the desktop and the point it to the batch file.
Double click the launcher and the enter the youtube video url.
File will be saved in your home directory.
Good luck!


Supposedly you can make a switch (not a router ) out of an old pc running linux.

Depending on the number of nics you want to bridge, It should be a matter of editing

/etc/network/interfaces file. Be sure to restart networking for it to take effect/

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

auto br0
iface br0
inet static

# Use the network you want to use. in this case we used 192.168.0 with 4 nics.
bridge-ports eth1 eth0 eth2 eth3


The new Linux mint Nadia  (14.1) allegedly now supports the EFI or secure boot of the latest Intel motherboards.

Great for linux users who have been reluctant to upgrade equipment per:

The latest update also should resolve the major issues of 14.0.


There is a new way of wifi networking that will allow you to have wireless nodes as

a network backbone to replace a repeater network.The mesh networking has become

popular in Austin, Texas and is spreading like wildfire. Another way people can become

their own isp.  For example ,say you have several houses or homes that you want to

connect. You will not have to run any cabling between the units. All you need is a router

that can run the Hsmm-mesh (tm) firmware. The network is a variation on ham packet radio.

The original intention was to have a free network where anyone can become a node. You

can do a little specialization if you want it to be at least a little bit private via the ssid.

Several homes or locations do not have to be next to each other, but the participating

units have to have standard routers that have the hsmm-mesh software installed.

You can tie the routers together, by using traditional repeaters, but if the main router

goes down, so does the network. With hsmm-mesh. all the units are independent and

operate on their own. This much more robust and less prone to failure.

When the hsmm-routers are fitted with the firmware, they no longer act as a tradtitional

router. So I recommend using a firewall or a tradtional router to isolate your local network

from the backbone of the mesh. For more information see:

Note: with licensed operations and licensed transmitters, you should be able to connect

anywhere where there is a compaible network.


Several media entities are exclaiming the Microsoft server and Cals are going up in price.

Linux vendors must be happy about that. Should be easier to sell Linux instead of Microsoft

to current and future clients.  Traditionally with Microsoft, you just can not get one product

to act as a server. You really have to buy several packages to have working servers. That

means if you use Microsoft, you will feel the price increase several times.

What really bugs me is Cals or customer access licenses, you are charged extra to access

your own server for each client system you have. Why are you paying additional costs

to access your own server. It's not their server. Should that not be included in the server

costs. With the new server software, you will probably have to buy all new hardware to

be able to use the new software to boot. If you use Non-microsoft products to also access

the server, you will have to pay for an access license for each on of those devices. AKA

the Microsoft Tax.
That those are no the only costs. If you use the Office products, not only do you have to

pay for them, but last I heard you also have to have what is known as Backoffice licenses.

Again you are paying twice for the same product.
In the linux world, you are paying more for support than for the software. Redhat has what

is called subscriptions when you need professional support. We use Centos, Debian, and

several other versions for both servers and clients systems. Software cost: $0 because we

can support the systems mostly by ourselves. We do pay for support  when needed. Still

a far cry less than if we used Microsoft.

What I might have to pay if using Microsoft.

Microsoft:  Amounts may or may not be accurate Check with a Microsoft dealer for sure).

In house IT costs not included.

Small business server: $3000  (4 servers @$750 each)
Server addons:               2000

subotal                           5000
(30 users)
Mswindows ($50 each) 1500
Office      ($50  each       1500
BO           ($25 each)        750
CAl          ($15 each)        450
Total                             $9200

That is not including the costs of new equipment you may need.

How many  small businesses would want to pay that.

Linux  ( In house IT costs not included.)

Server costs     $     0
Libreoffice               0
Linux distro            0
other licenses         0
Support costs    1000 (if that)
Total                  $1000

It's your choice.......


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