Ubuntu terminal history does not save commands that are preceded by a space.

Last Updated on September 24, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I was working in Ubuntu terminals both locally and on a Digital Ocean Droplet. I wanted to find a command that I used previously but it was not saved in the terminal history. This is a design feature but can be overridden.

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Installing Ubuntu via Virtualbox on Windows 10 with Docker running failed

Last Updated on August 27, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

When trying to update a virtual machine running Ubuntu 18 on a Windows 10 machine I kept running into failures. I thought I’d just go to a fresh install of Ubuntu 20.04 and rebuild my Ruby on Rails development environment. That also failed. I found that the culprit that Docker was running on Windows 10 and there are conflicts between Hyper-V and Virtualbox. 

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Fitbit Charge 3 Weather SOLVED

Last Updated on April 18, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

My Fitbit Charge 3 was not showing the Weather. This issues is SOLVED. 

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An easy way to determine which version of Linux you are running.

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Determining the exact version of Linux you are running is fairly simple. Use this command to find your Linux version.

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Copy and paste with Putty running on an Ubuntu VM

Last Updated on January 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

THIS was driving me batty. I have Putty running on Ubuntu which runs on an Oracle Virtualbox on a Win 10 machine. I was trying to copy and paste and getting nowhere. The solution turned out to be pretty simple

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Hot phones drain your battery faster.

Last Updated on December 13, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Today’s phones will drain your battery faster when they are hot. For example, if you are driving and have your phone on the console where the sun is hitting it, the battery becomes less effective. Another example would be having the phone in your shirt pocket at an outdoor event where the sun is hitting it.

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Re purposing an old android phone as a security camera.

Last Updated on December 12, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I had been considering trying to use an old android phone as a security/monitoring device. One example of an application would be to be able to check the basement to make sure that the sump pump was operational if I was out of the house.

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Oracle’s Virtual Box – virtual machine for windows

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

There are times when being able to run a virtual machine on your windows box could come in very handy.

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A second lease on life for old PCs with Linux (Ubuntu)

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I have a couple of old XP machines lying around. They are old machines with limited resources. Endless Windows updates have caused them to slow to the point where they would lose a race with a drunken snail.

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Companionlink stopped working around 10/3/13

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I noticed that Companionlink was failing to sync properly.  There is an update to build 5074 at http://www.companionlink.com/downloads/updates.html

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