Sunday, September 25, 2016

BBC ditching Flash for news video content

The BBC has started using an HTML player for some news clips on its web site. Good news for those of us who have removed Flash from our computers.
Other clips still try to use Flash.
Note that the second clip is actually the more recent. Older content is still Flash media.

The reason for this change is of course that Flash is outdated technology, and a security nightmare. (As a BBC story itself explains.)

However, this doesn't stop BBC software engineers moaning about how difficult the change is and how wonderful Flash was. BBC Internet Blog.

Stretch artwork

A new version of Debian is on the horizon, and the proposed artwork is on view, to be voted on, tomorrow according to the Wiki. Debian swirls feature strongly. My favourite is softWaves by Juliette Taka Belin.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

There is no public key available for the following key IDs: 1397BC53640DB551

Seeing the above warning? Then you're probably using Google Chrome in Linux, and you need to update the public key:
# wget -q -O - | apt-key add -
(NB: Modified for Debian systems- the version in links below uses Sudo.)

Ubuntu Forums, Reddit,

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Free backup in the cloud

I was looking for a backup solution for my documents and came across the excellent Déjà Dup.

Now backup in the cloud would obviously be a good idea because things that could cause me to lose my computer (fire or burglary, for example) could also cause me to lose my external HD.

There are many cloud storage provides, but some are intended for users with  huge amounts of data and are paid, and some don't allow direct backup and restore to the cloud.

I came across an article at maketecheasier which describes how to use with Déjà Dup, but try as I might, I couldn't get it to work.

Debian User Forums and bester69 to the rescue!

The setup details in the 2012 article seem to be out of date.

These are the settings that worked for me: provides 10GB of storage for free: enough for my 1GB of backup, but more storage is available for a fee.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Gnome introduces offline updates

I'm running Debian Testing (Stretch) on my old laptop and I noticed that updates are now done offline. The reasoning, according to the Gnome Blog,is that it's safer and updates are applied immediately, rather than waiting till the next reboot.

Here are some screenshots to illustrate the process:

In distros which use a boot splash, like Fedora, users will see a message like this:
Just as long as offline updates doesn't resemble Microsoft updates...
Just talking care of a few more things
Almost ready
Won't be long now
Have you read War and Peace? Now might be a good opportunity

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Iceweasel now Firefox in Debian Jessie Backports

If you have the release version of Iceweasel installed from Debian Backports, you will notice an error message when updating:

Failed to fetch Unable to find expected entry 'iceweasel-release...

This is because Iceweasel is no more and Firefox has taken its place, as I described in my previous post.

Changing the sources.list file to the entry given by the Debian Mozilla team now installs Firefox, as the above screenshot shows.

Now I just have to try to uninstall Iceweasel without uninstalling the whole of Gnome...

Update: "Debian stable will receive Firefox ESR after Iceweasel/Firefox ESR38 is end-of-lifed, in about 3 months." Glandium.