Dual Boot Windows 10 and Linux

The proper way of installing a dual boot mode computer running Windows 10 and Linux is the same as in other versions of Windows. You should install Windows 10 first, then install Linux second. That’s the best approach in my opinion. If you do it the other way, you will lose the ability to boot into Linux, because Windows overwrites Grub, the boot loader program used in Linux. You will have to boot your system with a Linux CD, repair Grub and add the Windows instance in Grub. That’s just too much work. Sometimes you don’t have much of choice. Even if Linux is already installed, it’s much easier to blow it up and reinstall.

Publishers Complaining About Ad Blockers

When the Internet came, it didn’t take long for companies to start showing ads on web sites. Web sites were soon littered with ads. One page wasn’t enough. Advertisers soon began using pop-ups on multiple tabs and windows. One the more popular pop-up ads in use now is JQuery’s modal, where a web page is grayed out (disabled) in the background while the ads are displayed on the foreground. These ads usually requires some kind of action, whether to click on a link, subscribe to a newsletter, or close the pop-up. One thing is for sure, ads have become obtrusive. Ad blockers have became popular to combat ads. Some companies are now complaining that ad blockers are making them lose money or revenue. PC Mag reports that the global cost of ad blocker in 2016 is estimated at $41 billion. Companies will just have to accept that people will block ads especially if they are front and center. Obtrusive ads are just not the way to go.

Zero Day Attack On Firefox

Apparently, there’s a website in Russia that has been caught exploiting the latest version of Firefox. In response, Mozilla has delivered an emergency update to patch the security flaw. The bug was found inside the built-in PDF viewer that allowed attackers to view sensitive data on users hard drives. The attack affected both Windows and Linux users. If you use Firefox, you should turn on automatic updates to allow the browser to apply the latest patches automatically.

Articles with Slideshows

I just saw an article called ’14 Cool Hidden Tricks Inside Chromecast.’ It got my attention. It turned out to be an article with just a bunch of slideshows. I closed it right away. I understand why people would want to use slideshows. You can put more ads on each slide. But, how effective is the article if only a few people read them? There’s quite a few people like me who refuse to read articles with slideshows.

Learn Git

If you code, then you should learn how to use Git. Git is a version control system for keeping track of your code changes. Even if you’re just a one-man team, you could benefit from using Git. Here’s an excellent website that explains the entire Git process, from setting up a new repository to the more advanced features of Git. In addition, if you haven’t already signed up, I recommend that you create an account with GitHub. It’s free account for creating public repositories.

The Cost of College Textbooks

While in college in the early 90’s, I thought the cost of textbooks were astronomical. I just read an article from NBCNews that the cost of textbooks have risen 1041 percent since 1977. Sounds like highway robbery to me. Publishers are preying on starving students who are just starting out in life. In addition, the resale value of books is worse than having a two year old car. Publishers are constantly updating revisions of their books. In some cases, students are not able to sell their used books a year after they bought it. What a travesty.

Blue Moon

You know the phrase once in every blue moon. It means a rare event that doesn’t happen very often. A blue moon is the second full moon in the same calendar month. Today’s full moon (July 31) is a blue moon. We had a full moon back in July 2 and the second one today. The next blue moon will not happen again until January 2018. Why do we have blue moons? A lunar month is 29 days long, while our monthly calendar is 30 to 31 days, with February being the sole exception. So, it’s not unusual at all for two full moons to fall within the same month. It just doesn’t happen so often. More like every 2.5 years.

Get Windows 10 Now

Today is July 29. Windows 10 is now available. Microsoft has been taking reservations for the Windows 10 update leading up to today. There’s no telling when your system will actually be updated. However, Mashable is saying that there’s a way to get the newly released Windows 10 now instead of waiting for it. Forcing the update requires that you to access the command line and run this command.

C:\> wuauclt.exe/updatenow

I tried to do the upgrade, but I ran into another issue. I’m using an older motherboard with a Nvidia GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 GPU. Microsoft is telling me that the display manufacturer, which is nVidia, hasn’t made my display compatible with Windows 10. Microsoft says to check your manufacturer for support. Basically, I have two options. Wait for nVidia to tell Microsoft nForce 430 is compatible with Windows 10 or get a new GPU. The latter is the quickest fix.

Pluto

In 2006, scientists demoted Pluto from planet to dwarf planet. Technically it’s still a planet. It’s just not a very big one, but we all knew that. And why use the word “planet” at all because it creates a lot of confusion. Unless scientists are willing to drop the word “planet” altogether and just call Pluto a dwarf. But, that would not be politically correct. I think the politically correct word for dwarf is little person. Should we call Pluto a little person? Now, that we have closeup pictures and more data of Pluto these past few days, will we see a promotion back to planet? The latest pictures indicate that Pluto has mountains and water. It even has five moons, that’s four more than what we have. Hopefully, scientists should reconsider and call Pluto for what it is, a planet. A small planet. Then, we can avoid all the political correctness by not involving all the little people.