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.
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So You Can’t Find Yocto People

I have been somewhat hounded since February, perhaps as late as March about a project that needs yocto skills. Like most embedded systems people who are professionals, I dabble in yocto when a project requires it. I don’t do “kernel mods” and I don’t write device drivers but I will…

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Your Sonim XP5800 Won’t Delete Contacts

It’s really annoying when your Sonim phone won’t let you delete contacts. Oh, you can delete some, just not the ones you want. I finally got fed up enough that I figured out how to do this. First you need to navigate to the applications menu. Next navigate to the…

Mint Cinnamon Desktop
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Linux Mint Random Shutdowns

A jaded computer geek would tell you Linux Mint random shutdowns can’t be fixed. As popular as Mint is, it really tries to offend everyone. There are no end of possible fixes from self-proclaimed “experts.” I’ve even seen people blame the Linux kernel itself, completely ignoring the fact other distros…

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Setting HP EliteDesk BIOS Date and Time

Setting the HP EliteDesk BIOS Date and Time has been a bit of a dark art since the machines were first made. In HP’s traditional gotta-scam-a-buck way, they don’t include the option of setting BIOS date & time in the actual BIOS software. Yes, a feature computer users have had…

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TerraMaster F4-210 and Linux

TerraMaster has software for Windows, but almost everyone wanting to use it uses Linux. Here is how to get it working with Linux. I’m going to use Ubuntu because I have a YABU on most machines. You will need to tweak for non-Debian distros. The F4-210 is a pretty robust…