Color My Keyboard!

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Back in February, I bought a new laptop.  An MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G.  I know, it rolls right off the tongue!  Windows 10 Home came pre-loaded.  Of course I removed all traces of Microsoft from the machine almost immediately.

One of the “features” of this great laptop, is that it comes with a mechanical “SteelSeries” multi-colored, led back-lit, keyboard.  This was not a factor when I purchased it.  I’ve had back-lit keyboards before and they are a truly great innovation.  While booted into the original OS that came on the laptop, I oohed, and ahhed at the colorful beauty.

Like I said, Microsoft was left behind and Linux found it’s new home.  No more colored keyboard lights.  Just the same old white back-lit keys I was used to.  I was ecstatic!  This was the first laptop I had installed Linux read more

Flashing Your Google Nexus 7 WiFi (2012)

In the next couple of days, I hope to have a comprehensive article posted on how to successfully ‘flash’ your tablet. (this will specifically be written for the above titled “Google Nexus 7 WiFi (2012) also known as ‘grouper’)

The Nexus 7 WiFi (2012)

The Nexus 7 WiFi (2012)

There is an awful lot of uncertainty wandering around on the interwebs concerning bricking your tablet with OTA updates. Over the past weeks, I’ve been successful going from KitKat 4.4.4 to 5.0 to 5.0.2 and finally to Lollipop 5.1. This isn’t to say all was perfect and I didn’t pull out a few hairs in the process, however, I was able to flash all of the above ROM’s using the sideload method from a Linux laptop.

On Saturday, I had enough of being without a rooted device. With Lollipop 5.1, and the SELinux read more

The New World Of Linux

linuxvswindowsOver the last decade, and especially just in the last two years, Linux has emerged and grown from an OS only a true geek or nerd would use, to a very viable alternative OS for the everyday computer user.  As a matter of fact, in most regards to the ‘average’ user, they are much better suited to using Linux than any of MS’s counterparts in the OS dept.  In my opinion, the same holds true for Mac though perhaps to a smaller degree.  After all, the Mac is now utilizing the Mach MicroKernel and/or the FreeBSD Kernel depending on your sources!  Their prohibitive prices however, still make them out of reach for the regular masses.  Makes you wonder how long before MS wakes up and smells the inevitable scent of Linux dominance in the air.  Their lack of acuity in not realizing this before the Mac and Google crowd is indicative of their refusal to consider that they could possibly ever be wrong about anything.  Consider MS Windows 8.  A miserable marketing failure, as well as becoming read more

KDE 4.11.3 on VSIDO

OK, so I’ll lay some of the blame for this post off on SFaulken.  He is a former dev/maintainer on the Cloverleaf Linux project, and a contributor to KlyDE as well. (I think I got all that right)  Anyhow, he is a “big” proponent of KDE and has been telling me how great it is.  After my recent exploration of openSUSE, which came with KDE by default, I was definitely impressed with the new KDE 4 Plasma Desktop.

I had not used KDE since around 2002.  At the time, it was still a fledgling, bug filled, desktop environment that was difficult to use.  I think KDE came out around ’97 or ’98, so to be fair I didn’t give it much more than a cursory look.  I went back to it a read more

This Years New Laptop Post

The following is the quoted description from the re-seller on Ebay;

The MSI GT60 0ND-250US is a feature-rich notebook that will be your ultimate weapon in the gaming world. This notebook has an Intel® Core™ Quad-Core Processor hiding inside its sleek body, always ready to unleash powerful processing performance to beat any game in the market. It comes equipped with a DDR3 RAM that bolsters computing speed and responsiveness so you can run multiple tasks without slowing down your system. Thanks to its spacious storage drive, you have plenty of room to spare for your important files and documents. You’ll definitely be glued on your seat when its elegant 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) Anti-Glare LCD panel in LED Backlight Display starts dishing out brilliant visuals, perfect for movies and games. Furthermore, this MSI GT60 0ND-250US is built with a reliable optical drive that writes and reads various disc formats.

Main Features – Including Upgraded Custom Options: