Ubuntu on a MacBookPro 8,2 running Yosemite

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Being mostly notes to stop me getting frustrated. Based, in part, from this excellent forum post. I've always run Linux on my Mac Hardware. I love the physical aspects of the Mac line, but I really can't be bothered with their Play-doh infested software. Let's assume you have a nice, clean, freshly installed OSX 10.10…

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WebDAV, SSL Handshake, OwnCloud, CloudFlare, and Ubuntu 12.04

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Right, that's enough keyword stuffing! I've been trying to mount an OwnCloud instance via WebDAV. I kept receiving the error Mounting failed. SSL handshake failed: SSL error: sslv3 alert handshake failure Or SSL handshake failed: SSL alert received: Handshake failed The route of this problem seems to be that the version of libneon (the WebDAVS…

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Authentec Fingerprint Scanners - Full Specifications (AES2810 & AES2550)

by @edent | # # # # # # | 29 comments | Read ~2,292 times.

Last year, I wrote about how Authentec wouldn't support their fingerprint readers on Linux. I've been chatting to the good folk at Authentec, and they've agreed to release the specification documents! So if you want to code up an interface for the AES2810 or AES2550 you can! A word of note, the best way to…

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BlackBerry PlayBook and Ubuntu Linux - HOWTO with Screenshots

by @edent | # # # # # # | 11 comments | Read ~25,387 times.

Here's a simple way to copy files to and from your BlackBerry PlayBook when you're using Ubuntu. This should work with any form of Linux. This is a step-by-step tutorial with screenshots. On The PlayBook Plug your PlayBook into your Linux computer using a USB cable. You may see this screen (or similar) you can…

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Connecting Samsung ICS to Ubuntu using MTP

by @edent | # # # # # # | 15 comments | Read ~35,738 times.

(These notes are mostly for my own benefit). Android is moving away from USB Mass Storage. You will no longer be able to plug in a USB cable and have your Android show up as a USB disk. There are some good technical reasons for this, but it is a pain if you want to…

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Changing the Microsoft 4000's Zoom Keys in Ubuntu

by @edent | # # # # # | 19 comments | Read ~9,733 times.

I'm in love with my keyboard! The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is a dream to type on. Large, well spaced keys, split keyboard, and a whole host of extra media buttons. There's only one tiny problem. Two of the buttons don't work in Linux - specifically, the keyboard scroll buttons. This is a long…

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Linux Spotify Keybindings

by @edent | # # # # | 17 comments | Read ~9,659 times.

Hurrah! Spotify have released a native Linux player which works with free accounts! These notes show (which are mostly for my benefit) show you how to install it and configure your multimedia keyboard so the play/pause key controls the music on Spotify. Download Spotify for Linux. It's available in 32bit or 64bit. Double click on…

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Linux support for the AuthenTec AES2810

by @edent | # # # # # # # | 8 comments | Read ~4,409 times.

Every so often I find a device which - inexplicably - doesn't include Linux support. I've been very impressed with how well Ubuntu runs on the Lenovo ThinkPad X200. Everything worked out of the box - with the exception of the fingerprint reader (AuthenTec AES2810). Now, I know that fingerprint readers can easily be defeated…

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Fixing Spotify In Wine - Remove Facebook

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For the last few weeks I've been unable to run Spotify in Linux using WINE. I was continually getting a crash with this error message: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x00000068 at address 0x7bc34e57 After lots of fruitless digging around, I discovered that the issue is with the Facebook integration! The fix is…

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Review: Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4 (and how to make it work in Ubuntu)

by @edent | # # # # # # # # | 23 comments | Read ~22,783 times.

New! Read my 2018 guide to setting up the Evoluent in Linux The Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4 costs close to £100. Let's get that out of the way. This is a pretty expensive mouse. Considering they give away basic USB mice with cornflakes, why would anyone spend the cost of a Kindle on a pointing…

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