intel compute stick, the good the bad and the ugly.


The intel ubuntu compute stick.684489-707104-290

This is a computer on a stick, big features include hdmi, bluetooth sd card slot, wifi and a 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor at the attractive price of seventy five pounds plus vat! the downside is this has one gig of ram and 8 gig of storage. For one the ram is only enough to say run your browser and a couple of tabs! The space on the 8 gig is consumed by a restore image and a one gig swap file leaving 6 gig which is almost taken fully by the finished install, I installed a few required tools and it filled it! so i hacked the install to use the SD card for my home folder otherwise your well screwed. If you dont know how to hack the fstab and add the sd card as a home folder im pretty sure you ill run into trouble straight away. I use this for my desktop computer or a coupke of mornings a week for a say 5 hours and just do general tech support on it. IE web browser open couple of tabs and team viewer and everpad is the limit. Im looking at pulling the plug on it around 3 or four times in this time as it just the swap and memory full. Im going to add a one gig swap file on the sd card and see how i get on with that …..Screenshot from 2015-08-11 09:46:21


to finish up id recommend to nobody to buy one of these sticks unless they can hack away at it or you will just be disappointed id buy the windows version which has 2 gig of ram and 32 gig storage and learn how to hack ubuntu on it as the ubuntu version to me is just a total waste of time and effort.


ubuntu touch hotspot


here is a quick demo of how to set your ubuntu touch device up to use tethering on vivid. screenshot20150727_133017414

once you have run the following commands and rebooted you will find hotspot in your settings- mobile section.

as root, so use sudo -s

1) add-apt-repository ppa:ci-train-ppa-service/landing-046

2) vi /etc/apt/preferences.d/silo.pref

Package: *
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-ci-train-ppa-service-landing-046
Pin-Priority: 1002

3) apt-get update

4) apt-get install indicator-network qml-module-ubuntu-connectivity 
libconnectivity-qt1 ubuntu-system-settings libsystemsettings1

at this moment, this installs:

indicator-network                       0.5.2+15.04.20150722-0ubuntu1
qml-module-ubuntu-connectivity:armhf    0.5.2+15.04.20150722-0ubuntu1
libconnectivity-qt1:armhf               0.5.2+15.04.20150722-0ubuntu1
ubuntu-system-settings                  0.3+15.04.20150723-0ubuntu1
libsystemsettings1:armhf                0.3+15.04.20150723-0ubuntu1

5) reboot 

After that, the menu shows up.


jurassic world


Selection_004Jurassic world, I heard a lot of bad comments about this film but i really enjoyed it from beginning to end. I liked how it followed on and had elements of the older jurassic park films. The special effects and the story all were pretty enjoyable. I wasnt disappointed and definatly give it a 8/10 – Watch it great for adults and children to enjoy!

some nice hidden apps for ubuntu touch..


i found a couple of interesting apps this week for ubuntu touch that have some quiet handy features, these apps are only available for download in the openstore. If you go here 

and download the click package and copy across to the device and run

pkcon install-local –allow-untrusted openstore.mzanetti_<version>

obviously on one line and changed the click package name you then get this screenshot20150722_182638845

now i installed ubuntu touch tweak tools which is quite handy to change your main app page top icons to what you want. The second one i tried was tweakgeek which lets you enable read / write image easily but best you can pick if your apps which that you want prevent suspending, for instance your terminal session still can run when you close the phone or switch app. Plus you can remove cache files from certain apps and allow adb connection when phone is locked.

i also has osmscout from the main store but installed the wifi scanner for something to play with!

Give them a go, why there not in the main store is beyond me!



Finally of line routing for ubuntu touch! OSMScout

Nice app which is free or small £2 fee for support

I installed from the app store and just installed the UK map. This app has re-route function and route from bike or car. The developer has had problems adding the download location to the SD card as some of the maps are like 1 gig, but there are work arounds and im sure this will get sorted soon, basically down to security. This is one of the reasons i dual boot on the nexus 7 for navmii on the android side, im getting closer to dumping dual boot on the nexus 7 as soon as i get some remote desktop and mouse support. This is the type of app the developer wants a pat on the back for. Awesome.

Developers launchpad:



Now dexter is probably the only series i had to think twice about onDexter-Season-6-Bloody-Angel-Wing-Poster the first couple of the first season then come to realise im hooked, addicted and happens to be the best series ive ever watched in my life, the way the story rolls out just drags you in to dexters crazy serial killing life. Debs his sister (wife during filming) plays a awesome role and compliments the story amazingly. If you havent watched the 8 seasons of dexter all i can say is watch it now, I loved every minute, miss the season and bough the T Shirt! WATCH IT.



handbrake ubuntu not ripping DVD



You’ll proabaly not have No css library available. HandBrake-icon

Follow this tut and start handbrake again and then try selecting DVD rom and let it scan and select start :)

  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade  
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras ubuntu-restricted-addons  
  • Install the Library needed to read all types of DVD and execute the script for it
    sudo apt-get install libdvdread4   
    sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/  

    This process includes preparing your DVD unit to be able to Read DVDs and download files needed from the Medibuntu site.

  • Add one of the PPA for Handbrake below:STABLE PPA
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases  


    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots
  • Update repositories and install/upgrade handbrake
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli


all systems go, vivid vervet


tile11-350x200I managed to get all systems hooked into vivid vervet yesterday, id potentially held the upgrade due to intel drivers on my xps sputnik and brand new shining intel nuc i3. The intel graphics driver that gives the acceleration for games, steam etc is required on a stock ubuntu install and is currently only supported on 14.10 by intel. But like all good hackers i deceided to take the plunge and go through out seeing the team at canonical just dished me vivid for my BQ4.5. The nuc was playing up a tad and this is my main CCTV system for the house and unfortunately at this precise moment in time with my harassing weird neighbours i need to have my car / house and all angles covered! i use zoneminder in a full  time recording no motion just full so i dont miss a thing, i have this serving 5 cameras and throwing alerts and remote viewing to my mobile which i watch full time when on high alert! any way i wanted it on on vivid with the intel drivers and this fix does it nicely ..

run this

sudo nano /etc/lsb-release

and add this DISTRIB_RELEASE=14.10

for now just put a hash in front of the other lines.

then download this ( i have ubuntu vivid 64 bit so downloaded 14.10 64 bit from here ->

then you will need this libopenvg1-mesa as the installer doesnt know were to pull this from i just got it  from here ->

install the libopenvg1 then install the intel deb then i went to my programs and started the intel installer – this should run all the way through and then reboot and you got the updated graphic drivers!


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