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Linux Distros That Suck at Multiple Hard Drives

Some Linux distros really suck at dealing with multiple hard drives. Too many “maintainers” only have a laptop. Background You need a wee bit of background before we jump in. Hopefully you can see the featured image. Recently picked up this Lenovo M93p ThinkCentre from eBay. I specifically bought an M93p instead of M83 because I wanted two hard drives. I had a 480 GB SSD I wanted to transfer the Windows 10 over to and I had a 6TB Western Digital Black I wanted to use for the other operating systems. Why did I buy this particular M93p? I actually added the PS/2 ports today. The little cable showed up to do that. It already had both serial ports,…

Hackers Aren’t Your Biggest Danger – It’s the Low Wages You Pay Your Cleaning Crew and the Power Plug

Everybody thinks the power plug story is an Urban Legend or IT myth. When I answered this question about the strangest “computer bug” I had ever encountered, one of the stories I told was the power plug story. If you are old and been in IT a long time, you have encountered it. I talk quite a bit about this in my latest book covering the history of IT and why things are the way they are. I’m sure many fingers will point at the low wage worker but the real problem is Disposable Management. Power Plug Background For the non-technical readers and non-Quora members, please allow me to re-use part of my Quora post to explain this. In the…

Fedora 33 Black Screen Again

Fedora and Nvidia. We can one day hope Fedora actually tests with Nvidia at some point in the future. For RPM based distros I just don’t hold out hope. Few things piss me off more than being notified I need to apply updates only to find a busted system on reboot. Fedora is notorious for this. RPM based distros in general have this “never test it” problem, especially when it comes to NVIDIA. They always try to point the finger at NVIDIA and it is always the distro’s fault. I have multiple machines running Manjaro, an ARCH based distro that have no problems. ARCH is far more bleeding edge than RPM. The difference is these distros actually bother to test,…

How to Find Your Range Extender’s IP Address

“How to find your range extender’s IP address?” is a sad question to have to ask. It’s a result of a network change. Not an automated, flawless change, but a series of forced manual changes and you not realizing until it is too late that you cannot access the admin page. The backstory Some of you are aware that I live rural when I’m not traveling for IT work. Went from paying $300/month for dial-up Internet (all of the access numbers were long distance) to various USB dongles from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T plugged into a Cradlepoint router. Even had DirectPC and HughesNet. I’ve had everything but actual cable trenched to the house. Honestly, I looked into that years ago….

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How to install PostgreSQL on Fedora 33

XpsnQt uses PostgreSQL as its database so “How to install PostgreSQL on Fedora 33” became a question worth answering. Once again, most of the stuff you find online is horribly out of date. Open a terminal and type the following to see just how much PostgreSQL stuff there is in the repos. That is going to scroll a while because it is a lot! The actual install is accomplished via this terminal command. Always install the server development package no matter what platform you are working on. Many things need it and few of them are good about listing it as a dependency. When you are done PostgreSQL will be installed, but not active. Just like Manjaro, Fedora doesn’t initialize…