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I’ve finally made the move from blogspot.com

As some of you can see, if you went to my old blog site at patscompservices.blogspot.com, you ended up here. Originally I was going to post new content on both sites, and eventually move over here. However, in searching for information on migrating from Blogger to a WordPress site, I found out how to redirect my old followers here.  Thus, I haven’t lost anyone that’s subscribed to my blog, people going to my old blog will end up in the “right” place, and I don’t have to double post.

You can find the information on making the switch from blogspot to wordpress at either http://www.doitwithwp.com/blogger-to-wordpress or http://www.labnol.org/internet/switch-from-blogger-to-wordpress/9707/ (which is referenced by the first link). About the hardest part of the move is in switching your blogger layout back to the classic version. It’s not in “Layout > Edit HTML” (at least not when I did it). It’s under Template, all the way down at the bottom “Revert to Classic Template”.

Hope you enjoy the new site as much as I’ll enjoy creating it for you.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

Disclaimer about tips from the US-CERT Website

I’m posting this in one place because of the fact that I already have some older Cyber Security Tips. Rather than going back through all of my posts, I decided to put one disclaimer up. If I’m required by law to put the disclaimer on each tip, then I will.

Any tips that are used from the US-CERT website are subject to the following statement:  “This link is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent an endorsement by or affiliation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).”

 

Cyber Security Tip: ST06-002 Debunking Some Common Myths

http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST06-002.html This link is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent an endorsement by or affiliation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

These are some of the common myths that still float around today. The tip was created in 2006.  Along with the five myths that Ms. McDowell wrote about, I would add a couple of more.

Myth: I only check my email and surf Facebook. I don’t surf porn sites or download music/videos, so I don’t need to protect myself. Truth: It’s not so much where you surf, as how well the people/organizations that developed the websites protected them from hacking. Facebook, for example, has viruses floating around in the form of videos, games, and other applications. Even law enforcement agencies have been hacked, because they didn’t protect against some of the more common attacks.

So,  you may be surfing to sites that should be safe–yet they may have malware installed on them without the owners knowledge.

Myth: I don’t run Windows, so I don’t need to protect my computer. Truth: Flashback worm, anyone? It’s not only the operating system that you have to worry about. The latest worms to affect the Apple Mac OS X operating system are Java-based attacks. That’s because Apple doesn’t update Java at the same time as Oracle. People running Linux, Windows, Solaris, and other operating systems weren’t affected by the worm for two reasons: 1. it was designed for OS X, and 2. Oracle had already updated Java months before this attack started.  Apple just chose to sit on their heels and not provide the update immediately.

The point is, no one is 100% safe from attacks–regardless of what operating system you run. That’s not to say that some of them are a lot less likely to be attacked. Just that it can happen, so you need to take precautions. And, the idea of “I won’t use an antivirus because it’s a waste of CPU cycles” is bull. Computers are fast enough now that the CPU cycles used are negligible. And if you’re running applications/games that are that CPU intensive, that’s an issue for the developer of the application/game–NOT the antivirus developer or you.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

Taking the plunge

I’ve had this blog in this same location for about five or six years now. In that time, I’ve had three websites as well. One is still alive (well on life support) at freewebs.com/patscomputersolutions. The second was an Office Live website at http://www.patscomputersolutions.com. The third was/is my personal home server at some link (nope, I won’t give that one out).

This past few months, Office Live has been sending me emails about cancelling their “free” Office Live system. So, in place of that, they’re allowing us to migrate over to the Office 365 system—”free” for six months.  Sorry, I’m not interested. If I’m going to pay money for hosting, then I want more control over what I have. I want to be able to install WordPress or whatever blogging application I want. And I want control over who/what advertisers are on my site.

With that, I moved my site over to hostgator this evening. This is a two-fold win-win for me. First, I got reasonable rates with a 20% off discount. And second, I’m getting help in getting the site up and running (through http://www.pcmech.com). So, what does this have to do with this post?

I’m moving the blog over there too.

I’m not entirely sure if it will be http://blog.patscomputerservices.com or http://patscomputerservices.com/blog yet. But when I know, so will you. For a while, I plan on posting in both places (here and there).  Eventually though, I will be migrating over to the site completely.  It’s NOT that I don’t like Blogger/blogspot. Purely it’s a case of more plugins and more blog writing applications are designed to work with WordPress. And Blogger’s API doesn’t support as many features as the WordPress API does (like categories and other labels).  If I were on Windows, or Mac OS X, this wouldn’t be as much of a problem. I’d have Windows Live Writer and other professional blogging tools at my disposal. However, being that I’m on Linux, I’m limited (ONLY in the numbers and the API’s that are supported—not in the quality of applcations).

So, I’m asking you to join me over at the new site when I have it up and running. I’m planning on moving some of my old information from my other site(s), and coming up with lots of new information.  I’ll have sections for most of the major computer issues (security, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Social Networking, etc) and whatever else you want me to discuss. And I’ll have a place for my own software projects (such as the updater for an IPv6 tunnel and my work on the Pinnacle PCTV 80e TV Tuner on Linux). Please leave me comments on what you want to see, and join me on the new site. It’s going to be a rebirth in more ways than one.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

Hello world!

Welcome to my new site. If there aren’t any posts prior to this one, then it just means that I haven’t migrated everything over from http://patscompservices.blogspot.com yet. However that will be happening in the next few days or so.

I’m glad you decided to stop by, and hope you’ll take a look around. If there’s anything that I haven’t covered (or haven’t covered as deeply as you want), please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to try and get you some information on the subject.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

Trying out Q10 (a blog writer, without the uploading capabilities)

 

It seems like a pretty decent application. It’s simple, with no frills or bells and whistles. Because I’m running it under wine, some features don’t seem to work properly (like the alarm). But that’s acceptable as it’s meant for one task—writing. As long as the other features work (such as the spell checking and saving of files), that’s all that matters.

Because it’s not an uploading capable tool, I don’t have to worry about the paragraphs running together. I’ll simply copy/paste everything into my blog at a later time, so I can “edit” as needed then. That includes uploading images/sounds/etc to the post.

As an update, the alarm and other features work. However, you can’t click the buttons with the mouse. You have to use the Tab key to move over to the buttons, and either tab or arrow to the one you want. Then you hit Enter, and it accepts the action. It’s a minor inconvenience, but not something to rule out an application that’s intended to ONLY run under Windows.

The interface is nice. It’s a simple black screen, with orangeish text. At the bottom, ti shows the character count, word count, page count, and the time and article name (on the right side). F1 brings up the help card, and Escape exits the help card. About the only thing that would be interesting to see, is if they would put the horizontal cursor in (like Ommwriter did). But that might come in a future release.

I think I found one of my new blog writing tools. I’d really like to see it combined with the ability to upload the articles. But, I honestly think that the creator intends this for writing manuscripts or short stories—not so much blog posts.

So, my winners are Q10 for quiet time writing, and Blog Entry Poster for uploading articles. I’ll still try other applications—and maybe I’ll find something better. As always, if you have a recommendation, please post it in the comments. One require is that it should have at least a limited free trial (or be free to use altogether). I’m not too interested in an application that I have to buy to find out if I like it. Especially if it’s an expensive application. If it’s something like $3.00, then I won’t be as upset about it, but if it’s $40.00 or some higher amount, then I’m not interested (without the free trial to decide if that’s an investment that I want to make).

Have a great day everyone.:)

Patrick.

The winner of sorts…

 

Well the test is complete, unless someone can recommend a good blogging application that works either natively in Linux–or under wine.

So far, the only program that’s meeting my expectations is the “Blog Entry Poster (Google Blog)”. I’ve even resorted to downloading and trying some Windows-based blogging applications. Most of them will start (under wine), but never produce anything worthwhile.

One exception to the rule is Zoundry Raven. I might be able to get it working, simply because it’s open sourced and designed to be compiled under wine. But, if I’m going to that extreme, I may as well try to compile it natively under Linux (and rewrite the necessary portions to work). That may be something down the road–but for now, I’ll stick with something that works.

Have a great day:)

Patrick.

Testing blogs part two

 

This entry is in the “Blog Entry Poster” which may or may not be Google-blog. Unfortunately the drivel application runs my paragraphs together.

That may be an issue/feature of the API, so it may happen on this tool as well. If so, I’ll have to try and use HTML to “force” it to split paragraphs.

As soon as I figure out how to configure my blog in Choqok, I’ll try that one next.

Testing blogging tools.

I’m testing out some new blogging tools. When I reformatted my system, I lost the two tools that I had installed. So, I’m finding one that suits me. One problem that I had was that one of the two tools ran everything together as one giant paragraph. So, I’ll have a few test posts today, to see what the different tools give me. This post is in Drivel. My next post may be from Google-blog, if it’s compatible with Blogger.

My Annoyances in Ubuntu and Evolution

I recently installed Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit and Fedora 16 64-bit on my e-machines W3400 desktop (Yes, I know, why on an e-machines). There are a few minor issues that I have with the experience so far (at least in Ubuntu). Some are in Ubuntu itself, while others are in the Evolution email application. My hope is that someone from Canonical, Gnome, or the communities sees this. And that they will do something to fix these issues, or at least give me some guidance on why they are there. So here we go. Also it should be noted that I’ll probably be editing this post a lot, as I find other things. Ubuntu: 1. When installing a 64-bit version, there should be a check box to automatically install the 32-bit libraries. I shouldn’t have to google how to do it (ia32libs), nor should I have to rely on an application (Skype, for example) to do it for me. I realize that it’s just one application that you have to install. But, the average user won’t know this. They may (or may not) be able to find the information easily enough. And some of the information is outdated. All that would be required is a check box that says something like: Install 32-bit compatibilityThis will allow you to run 32-bit applications on your system. Required if the application maintainer hasn’t created a 64-bit version. or something similar. 2. WTF is the ‘white-list’ for in the indicator panel? Things that need to be there (read as Skype, amsn, pidgin) aren’t seen. I tried setting it to “‘all'” in dconf-editor, but it wouldn’t take. Setting it to ‘all’ in gsettings works (at least as far as what dconf-editor shows) but they still aren’t visible. I ended up having to add the cinnamon desktop manager to finally see my icons. And it didn’t work in XFCE/Xubuntu desktop either. Either set the white-list to ‘all’ by default, make it easier to configure this, or generate a list of applications that most likely need to be in the indicator panel–and when they are installed, add them to the white-list automatically. For reference, this is the “Systray” or “Notification Area” (XFCE). This would also make it easier for certain applications like HPlip to “find” the Systray and open properly. Evolution: 1. If I Choose “Mark As Read” from the folder menu, I have the option to never see the confirmation dialog again. However, if I right click on a folder name, I get the dialog box EVERY time. Either put the option in that box as well, or honor the choice made from the other box automatically. I mean it’s the same application, and the same option. If it were an application suite (like Office or LibreOffice) or an Operating System, you would expect “communication” between the pieces. So why not here? 2. One minor annoyance of mine is in the Preferences. The option to Sync mail locally with Remote folders (this isn’t the exact wording) is nice. But I think that it should be renamed to “automatically sync mail for offline viewing”–since that’s what it does. I thought that it was a way to keep my gmail account synced up without having to set it to automatically check for new messages… Nope. Well, technically it might work for that. 3. Something that I would like to see is an auto configure for mail accounts. For example, if my email address ends in @gmail.com, when I click “Next”, it should automatically set the imap server information (or pop). Granted, you would need to add a check box or radio button on the first page with either IMAP, IMAP+, or POP as options. But, it would be nice to save some time in configuring my accounts. I also realize that they would have to maintain a list of the more popular email providers (and their setup information). And that they would have to update this information whenever one of the providers (Google) decides to change their configuration settings. But, it would make life easier for the end user, and possibly encourage more people to use Evolution. I think that’s enough for now. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll have more in time. Have a great day everyone:) Patrick.