Category Archives: Linux

A day of computer fun

From old technology to the latest !! With a hint of retro

A day I’m the office booking up a handful of mini computers 

Raspberry pi 3 with two sd card one retropie to run classic arcade games and another raspbian card to run as a desktop computer. 

Raspberry zero with one as card and cut down Debian system to just experiment with.  The smallest computer on the market I know! 

Sinclair spectrum not been powered for a age so fixed up all the leads and spectrum and got it to boot! I’m going to load a game this week using wav files.. manic miner maybe!?.. 

And last but not least fixed up two mini remote keyboards that are to operate this little bunch of joy! 

One more mini computer tomorrow! The intel compute stick …..!! 

Looking forward to loading up the retro pie !!!! 🤗

My show projection plan is coming into action….

linux show player triggering video using vlc to specified monitor

this is the command ive been looking for! fires projections from cues to a projector … watch this space! vlc –qt-fullscreen-screennumber=1 -f video.mp4

check this!!

ill put this to bed for now but the light show triggers you will see next”


Brother MFC-7440N Antergos / Arch

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 🙂

happy scanning and printing 🙂


Just testing the new wordpress writer

Just testing the new 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/ and just ran ./ 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 >



just testing some kde apps

dragon1_bigi like the was kde is so intergrated and has lots of nice features , im just testing some of the apps created for kde, noticeable apps are bullet pointed below 🙂

  • choqok – twitter app
  • blogilo – blogging app
  • amarok – amazing music app
  • kontact – amazing for mail, calendars and journaling
  • muon – for installing software
  • digikam – photo organiser on steroids!
Going to tst some more ill post some more in depth apps for kde 🙂

Telegram Desktop in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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!Selection_001 on ubuntu touch it just installed just verify your number – on ubuntu run the following commands in a terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram

then for some reason it doesnt install the runner in the unity search so head to its install directory

cd /opt/telegram/

and run telegram like this


then verify your mobile number and then i right click and pin it to the unity launcher – enjoy 🙂


ubuntu native ex fat support

exFAT (ExteNative-exFAT-Support-Finally-Arrives-on-Linux-2nded 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:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Then plug in the drive 🙂


ubuntu touch OTA 8 / mycroft

Im eagerly awaiting ubuntu touch OTA 8, with each release the new featuresubuntutouch 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 Selection_014you 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 website is here

The community is here


droidbox vip remote and kodi

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 p41eSnGPdaTLrogram 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 afraidflirc-1 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….

this is the controller running on ubuntu Workspace 1_011

easy to install on ubuntu

Installation Instructions Ubuntu i386:

	Add 'deb binary/' to /etc/apt/sources.list
	apt-get update
	apt-get install flirc

Installation Instructions Ubuntu x64:

	Add 'deb binary/' to /etc/apt/sources.list
	apt-get update
	apt-get install flirc