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Ubuntu – Do NOT delete the lock file if you see a ‘could not get lock’ when trying to install an app.

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I was trying to install ClamAv on two of my Ubuntu machines. I got a ‘could not get lock’ error. A lot of the posts I found said to delete /var/lib/dpkg/lock.  DO NOT DO THIS UNTIL YOU EXHAUST ALL OTHER OPTIONS.

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Craigslist password protected email danger – How to avoid the malware

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I received an email that appeared to be a response to a craigslist posting I made. The email said to open the Word document with the supplied password for the contact information. As soon as I saw that I pictured the goofy robot with it’s arms flailing saying “Danger Will Robinson. DANGER, DANGER”, or the weird fish guy saying “It’s a trap!!”. Here is how to identify these traps.

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InPixio Photo Eraser

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InPixio Photo Eraser solved a common problem for me. I have a couple of location blogs. I often need to take photos where unwanted  people or objects are in the photos (Like my inlaws.. ooops, just kidding).   I was editing unwanted objects out with GIMP (An open source Photoshop work alike). I saw some ads for the InPixio product and decided to give it a shot. It turned out to be a great investment. 

 

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Protecting your blog and website images with a watermark with a GIMP plugin

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As I started to resurrect my blogs, I realized that I was posting images without a watermark. The sad fact is that people can and will steal the result of your effort and use it as their own for their own profit.

One simple technique is to watermark your images. This involves putting text or an image on your image. There are a couple of ways to do this.

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