Author: seasoned_geek

Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.

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…

How to Install PostgreSQL on Manjaro

How to install PostgreSQL on Manjaro (really any Arch distro) is not straight forward. Worse yet, most of the information you find online about how to do it is outdated fifteen minutes after it is published. You have to be sure the versions match before following the instructions. You really need to do this one from the terminal. That will show you lots of stuff. If you just want to jump, run these two commands. The second one many will argue is not needed. Just install it. Technically it is for C/C++ users doing server development, but quite a few programs using PostgreSQL as their back end need it. Don’t rely on packagers being smart enough to include it as…

How to Install Jed from AUR on Manjaro Linux

One of the things most new (and even seasoned) users of Linux find frustrating is the organization of repositories. Linux is supposed to be the same yet when you want to install the jed text editor on Manjaro you have to go on a mining expedition and learn about the AUR (Arch User Repository). Arch based distributions are notoriously difficult to use. Hopefully you read my earlier post about getting Boinc to run? With the Debian and RPM based distros it mostly kinda-sorta just works. Their package maintainers are incredibly remiss when it comes to including Oracle VirtualBox as a dependency, leaving people to scrounge. At least YABU distros have a custom Oracle VirtualBox package for Boinc, just the package…