I just switched to antergos which is a linux system based on arch. The good thing is that its connected to AUR the Arch_User_Repository which opens up the door to a massive load of packages ready to install. Now the brother MFC 7440n printer drivers are based on either deb or rpm installs which of course arch doesnt use. I did install the brother 7420n drivers but the scan was coming out with a pinkish background.. but im thinking that you still could install this driver as long as you dont use brscan4 and if it installs this remove it and use brscan3 this makes the scans correct i found this out in the end! Any way if you want to run the deb insaller which i ended up doing in the end i just used add remove to install the package dpkg – which will install debian packages on the install – now this is said not be used a lot but if you just have something quick that needs installing you can use this but not a permanant solution. After i had installed this package i just proceeded as i did before.
so pull the instal file from here based on the deb version then extract the linuxinstall file and make it executable either by right clicking on it and select executable or chmod +x the file from the terminal. Then run the file with a dot forward slash >> .sudo /likethis This will then run the full install asking you the model name which is mfc-7440n and just follow it through – i have my printer on the network and i can trigger the scans over the network from simple scan which again you can get from add remove or pacman 🙂
Just testing the new WordPress.com app on ubuntu, I installed the package on kde but couldnt find the launcher but i took a look at the deb package and located the launcher in /usr/local/WordPress.com and just ran ./WordPress.com which ran the app – Im pretty certain it will show up in the menus on the next login! Nice and easy to use and full of features – plus works and windows and mac as well – Really handy for people with self hosted websites! You can see stats with the jet pack plugin etc. See screen shot running on KDE. You can download the packages here > https://desktop.wordpress.com/
Looking for a cross platform messaging servuce? want it on ubuntu desktop and phone? well you need telegram – has file and photo send and also can do private messages and emojis! on ubuntu touch it just installed just verify your number – on ubuntu run the following commands in a terminal
exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) is a Microsoft file system optimized for flash drives. It is proprietary and patented. exFAT can be used where the NTFS file system is not a feasible solution (due to data structure overhead), or where the file size limit of the standard FAT32 file system is unacceptable.
If you plug into a ubuntu box and you get errors just run this in a terminal:
Im eagerly awaiting ubuntu touch OTA 8, with each release the new features and stability have improved – the phones been a bit buggy right up to OTA 7 but now just starting to level out. I think around the time of OTA 6 we got like hot spot, OTA Auth in web pages and loads of other goodies. Ill blog on the OTA featues update and meanwhile here is a link to all the goodies in OTA 7 –>> OTA 7 UPDATE INFO
Now were do we start with mycroft! when i first spotted the video of what mycroft was and the possibilities i was quite knocked out! a small unit you can put in your house stand alone with voice recognition that can play music, lock doors by you activating the device by saying mycroft – so for instance mycroft open ebay or mycroft what appointments do i have today would speak back to you the appointments you have, but as well as that because its open source people can develop on it and it can do stuff like open and lock doors and switch lights and kettles ons. Now this was all sounding great and the little units they supply look awseome, all this technology is based round the raspberry pi computer which is around 25 pounds for the board! But the latest news is that there intergrating this is into ubuntu tounch phone and ubuntu unity desktop which for me is amazing news . So more blogs on this to come.
The droidbox vip sounded like just what i needed, bascally so i could use it on my kodi setup and program the buttons for the TV. Now the standby buttons and the four bottom buttons program to the TV, i wanted the volume up and down and program up to be programmed for the TV which isnt possible and 1 through to zero be used on the TV as i would never use these on my OSMC setup and kodi. I used the UK support phone number which is handy, but when i explained to the first man who wasnt british he misunderstood and sent me a email on how to re-calibrate the air mouse which is a feature i would never use and didnt want to know how to use, the second call a british guy confirmed this cant be done rendering the remote control useless for me, nice design, nice build well layed out but doesnt do whats required im afraid so sent back and now im ordering a flirc dongle which i can program and it comes with a ubuntu installer for the gui which is awesome ( as well as windows and mac osx) these for around £13 on on ebay so that will be the next blog….
ive been using plex for quite while now and to be fair its served its purpose well. The only problem i had with it was it never scrobbled my music and when i got the ubuntu touch phone there is no app for plex so was running it in a browser which was to be honest bloody awful! I recently caught a post on media servers and somebody was asking which media server to go for and somebody said plex and so did i but somebody said you want open source you want emby!.. so i took a look because im always keen to see new products.. and with the first glimpse i realised its what ive been looking for all along so removed plex and just aadded the PPA and just did a apt-get install on my ubuntu nuc box 14.04 LTS. Now some of the features i have gained is amazing, For one it renders perfectly on my ubuntu touch phone and the big bonus lets me plays movies and music in the browser on my phone were plex wouldnt check this for rendering perfect.
then i added the plugin to my now tv boxes which is the same set up as my example on here installing the plex client it just replaces the plex app on the now tv and that works flawless!
The best media server that you can watch your media everywhere you go….
and then installed the plugin on the raspberry PI 1 & 2 which is a bit buggy but does work with a bit of messing, in the settings i select direct streams and that seems to work a treat.
One of the big features is scrobbling not only does it scrobble to last fm for music scrobbling but also has a trakt scrobbling feature to scrobble movies and TV shows you watch which is awesome now plex does none of that at all ! This has to be the best media server around. Some of the features are really unbelievable, i give her ten out of ten. If your bored of your media server and are looking for one that expands try emby, im glad i did!! https://emby.media/