We Have Moved

Posted: September 18, 2014 in Linux

I have moved to my own domain. Please update your bookmarks and favorites.


It was actually two issues. When I shut down the computer I would get this error message: “reboot: system halted acquire the ‘org.freedesktop.ModemManager1′ service name nm-dispatcher.action: caught signal 15, shutting down… ModemManager.” And then it would just stop. It wouldn’t shut down. I had to physically push the off button.

Here is my solution: Since I am using a desktop, I just deleted the ModemManager. ModemManager is for mobile support, you don’t need it on the desktop.  After this I got a shorter message, “reboot: system halted 15, shutting down.” But it would still hang.

My next step was to add acpi=noirq to the kernel arguments:

sudo vi /etc/default/grub


GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”acpi=noirq quiet splash”


sudo update-grub

Be careful editing this file. The second link below tells you how to save and close the file.

Finally, make sure acpi is enabled in your bios. Hopefully that should fix it. It worked for me.


Audacity Playback Sounds Like Chipmunks

Posted: September 12, 2014 in Linux
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So I started my podcasting process on Thursday’s, since that is my day off from work (that, and Friday’s). The recording went fine. But when I went to import it into Audacity, it would sound like super fast Chipmunks. And when it would stop it, it would freeze and I would have to force it to quiet.

I have been having a problem with my Linux system shutting down, so I thought maybe it was messed up. So I did a fresh install and restored all my files, which is an 8 hour process. But when I went to use it, I still had the same problems. Yes, I was frustrated. My mental constructs were getting the better of me. (I still have so far to go).

I then decided to use alternative programs. Ardour had too big of a learners curve. I finally choose a Windows program that is like Audacity called Wavosaur (I ran it under WINE). It worked to edit the file.

Many hours later I managed to figure out my problem with Audacity. In an updated, it changed the Default Sample Format from 24 bits to 32 bit float. I switched it back to 24 bits and it works fine again. To find this setting click Edit > Preferences > Quality.

Netflix On Linux Mint 17

Posted: September 10, 2014 in Linux
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Neflix does not make a Linux version and you cannot play movies on Linux. But this is not the end of the story. There is two workarounds that should work. Jack Wallen has done an excellent article on “How to Install the Netflix Streaming Client On Linux.”

You can find the article here: http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/785766-how-to-install-the-netflix-streaming-client-on-linux

RSS Feed Preview for Google Chrome

Posted: September 6, 2014 in Linux

The Google Chrome browser does not give you a graphical preview of an RSS feed. It gives you the straight xml output. I have been looking for an extension to correct this. I found one that suites my purpose, it is called the Shoyu RSS/Atom Feed Preview. It is in Google Play and is free.


I have been on YouTube for a while, but lately I have been working to improve the videos I produce. Originally it was only the cover art for the podcast and the audio. Then I began using OpenShot and added outlines.

Well, in the latest two episodes I have begun to use better graphics and transitions. I am hoping that it will attract more YouTube subscribers. Below is the latest episode. I hope you enjoy.

Getting Flash in Chromium

Posted: July 26, 2014 in Linux
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Chromium no longer comes with flash installed. But there is a fix.

First thing you can do is simply start Linux Mint Software Manager and get the Pepper Flash Player – browser plugin. The package name is pepperflashplugin-nonfree.

You might be able to just click this link:

If you need more help, please see link below: