Extending Chromebook use after cracked screens happen

From: Phil Shapiro 
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These days twenty percent of all laptops sold are Chromebooks. http://tinyurl.com/lg5t6bk 


Quite a number of these end up with cracked screens just because that kind of thing happens sometime. 


Most folks might throw away their Chromebook with a cracked screen. It sure isn't worth paying money to get it fixed. 


But wait, could you donate your cracked screen Chromebook to the public library so they could resuscitate it in some way as a "Chromebox" desktop for some family that needs a computer? 


Why, yes. I'm so glad you asked. 


This little $15 HDMI-to-VGA adapter might be all that's needed. Donated 17-inch LCD monitors are quite plentifully available for free these days. Even a nice CRT monitor could be put to use. 


http://tinyurl.com/keerczy 


I don't know if the Chatt library is the right place to try such an initiative. They're already doing a ton of great things. There might be some other organizations in town interested in bridging the digital divide that could take this on. 


What would be amusing is to get a story written about such an initiative on Slashdot -- and then folks from around the country would start sending Chromebooks with broken screens to Chatt. Give me your poor, your tired, your cracked screen Chromebooks yearning to breathe free. 


It's not what resources you have access to that matters. It's what resourcefulness you have access to that matters. 


phil 

-- 

-- 
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http://www.his.com/pshapiro/briefbio.html 
http://www.twitter.com/philshapiro 
http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Getting Chromium OS Flash drives into people's hands

From: Phil Shapiro 
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At my public library job I love showing people how they can turn their regular Wintel laptop into a Chromebook by booting a Chromium OS Flash drive. This works on laptops from about 2005 onwards whose BIOS can be set to boot from USB. If a laptop's hard drive is broken or if the laptop is infected with viruses, I tell them they can walk away from me with a working computer (booting from flash drive). I say, "You can have this flash drive. I'd just ask you to reimburse me for it..." 


Anyway, I'm getting ready to bid on these 20 USB Flash drives on eBay this evening (Saturday), where I'll be able to pick up a bunch of flash drive for $4 (or less). Just wanted to check to see if anyone in Chugalug wanted half of these 


http://tinyurl.com/kbwmgn6 


phil 





-- 
Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com 
http://www.his.com/pshapiro/briefbio.html 
http://www.twitter.com/philshapiro 
http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Laptops and Minor Drops = New System Board

From: Stephen Kraus 
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Question: Have you tried plugging in an HDMI cable to verify that it IS the
GPU that's gone and not the screen?

I'm more willing to bet its the screen, especially at 5 inches drop.


On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM, Wil Wade  wrote:

> So my wife slightly dropped ~5 inches her Lenovo U310 laptop and it looks
> like I need to replace the system board. (Graphics are all messed up and
> that is after I tried reconnecting the display cable a few times and
> tapping on the GPU...)
>
> Question is, is it worth it? Bought it just over a year a go (of
> course....) at $580 and best part price I could find was $170.
>
> Thoughts? No one happens to have a U310 with a broken display or anything
> do they?
>
> I wish someone made laptops like Motorola Ara or Phonebloks (neither of
> which exist yet either of course)
>
> 

Laptops and Minor Drops = New System Board

From: Wil Wade 
------------------------------------------------------
So my wife slightly dropped ~5 inches her Lenovo U310 laptop and it looks
like I need to replace the system board. (Graphics are all messed up and
that is after I tried reconnecting the display cable a few times and
tapping on the GPU...)

Question is, is it worth it? Bought it just over a year a go (of
course....) at $580 and best part price I could find was $170.

Thoughts? No one happens to have a U310 with a broken display or anything
do they?

I wish someone made laptops like Motorola Ara or Phonebloks (neither of
which exist yet either of course)

Looking to move to Florida?

From: Billy 
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https://www.facebook.com/holly.steele.735/posts/10151699122236218

Holly Steel:
We need a roommate. Near tuskawilla and red bug*. 550 a month includes utili=
ties. If you know anyone looking for a room please tell them. Thank you!

* those are roads in Orlando, FL

She's a cutie, too. Broken man picker though.

Sent from my iPhone=

Power Suply

From: Jonathan Calloway 
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Does anyone have a power supply for a  Toshiba satellite T135D-S1320?  A friend of mine had her house broken into.  They got her power supply, but not her laptop.

Thanks!
Sent from my iPhone

Cookies for auth rant (almost just a link)

From: Mike Harrison 
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http://it.slashdot.org/story/13/03/22/1414206/twitter-hotmail-linkedin-yahoo-open-to-hijacking

yet another case of people using cookies for auth.. and getting cause with 
their cookie crumbs being all it takes.

Mike's rules for auth:

Don't use things stored in user/browser space (like cookies).

verify the credentials for -everything-, every post.

Issuing a cookie, and then checking that there is a matching session for 
that cookie is NOT good practices.

Acid test:

If changing your credentials on a web system does not require you to 
re-authenticate with the new credentials... something is broken.





Accepting CC online

From: David White 
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For you web developers, what services do you typically use to accept credit
cards online? I need the ability to accept credit card payments, but I have
such a low volume right now that I don't want to pay any monthly fee (and
instead pay a percentage of each transaction).

I've been using PayPal for a while, but they aren't completely
international friendly, and I've heard too many horror stories of
businesses who have been mistreated by them (whose account have been shut
down for no apparent reason and unable to receive their funds).

They're also lower on the totem pole in terms of what's deemed
"professional."

I've been trying to use Google Checkout for a while, but I don't want
anything tied to my personal gmail account and instead want to create a
totally separate account under my business email address
(david@developcents....)

However, every time I've tried to create an account, I've been unable to.
I'm a geek, and I can tell that the system is fundamentally broken. Google
Support has been very slow and terrible about getting back to me. The
problem hasn't been fixed for 2+ weeks.

So.... are there other services you guys would recommend?

-- 
David White
Founder & CEO
*
*
*CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide
http://developCENTS.com 
423-693-4234

Postfix authetication

From: Stephen Haywood 
------------------------------------------------------
I installed postfix on xubuntu using apt-get install. Next, I configured
postfix to use SASL authentication by adding the following lines to
/etc/postfix/main.cf:

smtpd

Wanted items (with regards to Virtual Swap Meet)

From: Chad Smith 
------------------------------------------------------
Anything cool and handheld.  PDAs, PocketPCs, eMates, non-mainstream
portable game systems (of course, if anyone is dying to give me a Vita,
I'll take it... I guess).

I have an Android netbook, a UMID pocket laptop with a broken screen, old
Macs (iMacs and Power Macs).

Now I'm in St Louis, MO - but I'll pay for shipping my stuff if you pay for
shipping yours, (if you want an iMac for a PDA, you win on that deal) - or
if you just want to get rid of whatever, I'll pay for shipping to me.

I'd pay in Twinkies, but all I have are Cloud Cakes.

*- Chad W. Smith*

Orange Grove Center would like your spare computers!

From: Michael Scholten 
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(this is not meant to come across as an ad or anything...)

So I mentioned during the first 4th Floor meeting that Orange Grove Center
recycles computers and other electronics. I had hoped to get back sooner to
everyone about this with more details after being asked about location,
pricing and approved items. Sorry to have taken so long on this...

Essentially our ITC (Industrial Training Center) recycles computers, as
well as other jobs and contracts. I talked with them about what they do and
don't accept and it sounds like pretty much anything computer related
they'll take. Also TVs, radios/stereos, etc... All the items are broken
down, separated and then recycled. All the proceeds then go back to Orange
Grove to support the the individuals we serve who are mentally/physically
handicapped.

The only thing they charge for are CRTs as they cost us money to recycle. I
believe the rate is $10 per CRT. Everything else is free to drop off. They
prefer drop offs be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 2pm. The address
is 615 Derby Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404. The ITC building is on the
corner of Citico ave and Arlington ave with a garage door on Arlington for
drop offs.

-----

Now, for the other reason I wanted to post this. We have 350~ computers we
manage, both at the center and in all of our residential homes, with a very
small budget. The majority of the PCs we use are pulled from what is
dropped off in ITC. Thankfully they don't have to be very robust computers.
We install Linux Mint on all of the desktops. Some days we get a few good
computers that we can get running and replace our older PCs.

Not to sound like a beggar, but if you or your company has computers, or
other electronics, that you are needing recycled then I ask that you
consider Orange Grove. Also, if you have computers that may be older (or
newer!) that still have life left in them and would like to get them out of
the way, I would love to talk with you! The upside of having the recycling
program is that, if the computer is good but has a bad part (pretty much
anything but mother boards) or just needs more memory, we probably have a
part available!


I now return you back to your regularly scheduled CHUGALUG programming...

-Michael

$65 ZEEPAD 7" android 4.0 tablet is freakin great!

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
Ok so I bought a Zeepad 7.0 tablet with 512 ram, 1.5ghz Allwinner A10 =
chip, capacitive etc...

It is unbelievably good, especially for the price. This is the tablet =
that was in a linked article about the end of profitable hardware sales =
a few weeks ago. It is available everywhere in Southern China for =
$45-50. On Amoazon for $64.99, and ALL OVER eBay at every price.

Responsive, fast, trimmed down version of Android.... Wifi works but is =
a little slow (driver issue I think). Looking to root this thing and =
really play.

My interest is in designing a desk-dock with a telephone handset and USB =
connectors in back for a rj45 dongle etc... I think it could make a kick =
ass 7" color screen SIP phone with video conferencing ability and =
portability. Call it a desktop communicator....

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / Snapfon
www.snapfon.com

B: 423.535.9968
F: 423.265.9820
M: 423.331.0725
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com


On Sep 27, 2012, at 9:11 PM, Chad Smith  wrote:

> Thanks for the input everybody.  Pulls the trigger.
>=20
> [That's me - straining at a gnat - spends hours considering which $5 =
ethernet cable to buy - owns no less than 5 different tablets...]
>=20
> - Chad W. Smith
>=20
>=20
>=20
> On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM, Mike Harrison  =
wrote:
> And is Cat6 more reliable than Cat5?  I know I will never come close =
to maxing out the speed of Cat5, since I'm not in GigCity. - Chad W. =
Smith
>=20
> On your home network, unless something is really broken you won't =
notice any differences. What I typically spend an extra buck or two on =
is nicer ends, there is are plugs that use 3 prongs that don't get loose =
from the wire easily, and there are retainers that kinda help get not =
get snagged.
> Not hoods, a design where the bendy tab part loops back.
>=20
> Every once in a while, I find a high quality very flexible small-ish =
ethernet cable with good ends that I stash in my laptop/travel bag...
> And someone seems to always like it more than I do and borrows it. =
Permanently.
>=20
> But at $5.. Buy two.
>=20
>=20
>=20
>=20
> 

Mailing list signup link on the website is broke :(

From: Lynn Dixon 
------------------------------------------------------
I was going to direct a friend and co-worker to signup to the mailing list,
but had some problems.

The link to the mailing list is broken.  Getting an unable to connect on
the link:
http://chugalug.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/chugalug

The main page: http://www.chugalug.org/ works fine, but when we clicked on
the "Mailing list" banner is when it broke.

Help with TV tuner card

From: James Nylen 
------------------------------------------------------
I wanted to play with a TV tuner card (I have EPB's basic TV service and I
wanted to set up MythTV or similar to get a TV guide).  I installed a TV
card I had lying around, but it seems to be broken - no output in lspci.

It's my understanding that if nothing shows up in lspci then there's no way
it's going to work.  Is there anything else I should try?

Failing that, does anyone have a TV tuner card that works with Linux?  I am
not sure whether EPB's basic service uses NTSC or ATSC.  I will pay a
reasonable amount, or I have various semi-cool stuff to trade.

So long chumby - Life support Mode

From: Mike Harrison 
------------------------------------------------------
On Sun, 22 Apr 2012, Mike Harrison wrote:

> On Sat, 21 Apr 2012, gary hasty wrote:
>
>> http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/20/2963003/chumby-broken-up-employees-at-technicolor-technology-sold
>
> It was a little cumbersome to hack. but pretty awesome for the price.
> Mine was a "smart grid in home display" attrade shows more than once..
>
> Bye bye.


zurk says:

I have created an offline only firmware for Chumbys and insignias. This 
will survive when the Chumby servers shut down.

Simply unzip the files to a blank usb disk and put it in your 
Chumby/insignia and restart it.

It will take care of activation problems/network issues etc.

Firmware :

Chumby 8 / Infocast 8 : 
http://sf.net/projects/zurk/files/zurk

So long chumby

From: gary hasty 
------------------------------------------------------
http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/20/2963003/chumby-broken-up-employees-at-technicolor-technology-sold

UPDATE: BOUNTY: Build me a Mozilla Thunderbird extension for cash

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
I have 2 test machines that I have installed various recent Ubuntu =
builds. Here are the results:

1) 11.10 is pure shit and breaks either the video driver or the window =
manager or who knows what???
2) 11.04 is useable and ok once Unity is trashed, however Evolution will =
not play back the .WAV files even though it gives me a play button.
3) 10.10 is essentially the same result as 11.04 without the need to =
remove Unity. Evolution .wav playback is still broken.
4) 10.04 works perfectly AND .wav file play back perfectly inside of =
Evolution. HOWEVER if I allow update manager to download and install all =
recommended updates Video gets a dorked up same as in 11.10.

So I can have what I want if I run 10.10 and never update, OR somebody =
more linuxy than me can help me figure out what is breaking the =
video/window manager.

So it seems the BOUNTY is no longer necessary.

A big thank you to Jonathan Calloway for bringing my attention back to =
Evolution and testing various solutions until I got it to work.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE
www.snapfon.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. =
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011



On Feb 28, 2012, at 9:35 PM, James Nylen wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM, Sean Brewer  =
wrote:
> The HTML5 audio tag supports WAV, mp3, and ogg.
>=20
> Depends on the browser.  Last I checked, MP3 doesn't work in Firefox =
or Opera, Ogg doesn't work in Safari, and WAV works everywhere.  I =
highly doubt that the audio tag works in most of the Linux mail clients.
> 

BOUNTY: Build me a Mozilla Thunderbird extension for cash

From: Phil Sieg 
------------------------------------------------------
I am trying to switch my staff back to Ubuntu from OS X. I have only ONE =
hurdle: Mac Mail will play audio attachments inside the client without =
the need to open an external app, or download the file to your =
desktop/folder etc. REALLY nice feature when all of your voicemails are =
sent via email.

There are no Linux (or Windows for that matter) email clients with this =
functionality. Somebody wrote an extension for Chrome that would let it =
play .wav file inside of gmail (webmail), however the extension seems to =
be broken now.

My Asterisk system sends .wav files and I need to be able to play them =
directly from the email client.

Looking for out of work or bored geek to solve this problem for me and =
get paid. Pay depends on difficulty and who owns the finished product. =
Since the whole reason to do this is to free me from Apple hardware (yes =
I said that, but I have a good reason) I have a top budget number of =
$500, I I own the finished product, and u bet I will be putting up a =
paypal button to try and recoup some of my investment. If you own it, I =
pay less, and you get the paypal button.

For what it is worth, there seems to be a LOT of people that need/want =
this for the same voicemail-to-email reason that I need it.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE
www.snapfon.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. =
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011




To Phil - Help! Need to update Hackintosh

From: Eric Wolf 
------------------------------------------------------
I would avoid Lion for a while. I just got my wife a refurb Core 2 Duo
MacBook and put Lion on it. It runs smoothly but CUPS has been broken. It
wouldn't work at all with my SMB shared printer and I couldn't even get it
to work over LPR/LPD. I had to buy a new printer.

-Eric

-=3D--=3D---=3D----=3D----=3D---=3D--=3D-=3D--=3D---=3D----=3D---=3D--=3D-=
=3D-
Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734





On Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM, Meds Mail  wrote:

> I have a Dell 10V on 10.6.8=E2=80=A6. not a bad trip.. but now LION=E2=80=
=A6 hummmmm Not
> sure there..\
>
>
> Med Dement
> On Dec 31, 2011, at 12:54 PM, Phil Sieg wrote:
>
> Here is the updated guide I followed:
>
>
> http://mymacbookmini.blogspot.com/2010/02/before-personal-stuff-get-in-wa=
y-id.htmlou
> can
>
> I don't know if you can update to LION however here is an update path to
> 10.6.8:
>
> http://mymacbookmini.blogspot.com/2011/07/official-pack-for-1068.html
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> Phil Sieg
> President
> SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE
> www.snapfon.com
>
> Phone: 423.535.9968
> Fax: 423.265.9820
> Mobile: 423.331.0725
>
> *"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up
> with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."
>
> *
> *Steve Jobs, 1955-2011*
>
>
>
> On Dec 31, 2011, at 12:37 PM, Elise Walker wrote:
>
> Hey - when we first picked up this Hackintosh from you - Rod said
> something about we couldn't run software update on it. Well it needs
> updates baaaaaad. It's gotten to the point I can print my coupons out - a=
nd
> I"m a big couponer - and my programs keep throwing errors and say I need =
to
> update.
>
> I need to know - what do I have to do to update this thing? I don't know
> what method you used to build it - so I need a little direction here.
>