Installing Google Chrome on Knoppix 7.4 Persistant

9 11 2014

Knoppix 7.4 comes with the IceWeasel browser. Awesome name, but I really prefer Google Chrome.If you have a persistent version of Knoppix on a thumb drive or hard drive then there are few steps you have to go through to install Google Chrome.

1. Download 32-bit Debian version of Google Chrome. Just go to google.com in IceWeasel and search for chrome browser. The download will be saved in the downloads folder automatically.

2. Install Google Chrome

Open a terminal window using the tool bar.

Type CD Downloads. (Yes capitalization is important).

Type SUDO DKPG -i <Package name>

where <package name. = the name of the downloaded file.

at the time of writing the command is

SUDO DKPG -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb

During the install you will see an error about libappindicator1 not being installed.

3. Fix dependencies using Synaptic Package Manager

In your terminal window type

SUDO synaptic

Ignore prompt to fix broken packages.

Click on the search button and type

libappindicator1 and press enter

Right click the application package libappindicator1 and mark for installation.

Click apply changes.

Done!!

Google Chrome will now be in your “Internet” Menu. Login with your gmail credentials and all extensions will automatically install. If you use hangouts, it will install a hangouts application and place it in the system tray.





You can have any color you like as long as its cheap

1 11 2014
White is cheap.

White is cheap. Turquoise is expensive!

Google Chromebox is one of the cheaper computer options. One would expect the devices to be very utilitarian and no nonsense. However fashion has its price even with discount hardware.

At the time of writing a white HP Chromebox at $136 is $36 cheaper than a turquoise one with identical hardware inside. Why would someone looking for a cheap computer pay $36 for a color? Take a look at the Amazon listing and see what happens to the price when you select different color options.

Here are are the color options with pricing

White $136.76
Black $166.54
Turquoise $173.60

I’m all ears, let me know why you think this is!





2013 in review

1 01 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.





Best Buy’s 30 day price guarantee is the real deal.

22 07 2012

My New TV

Recently I purchased an LED TV at Best Buy for $999.99. The price was competitive with Amazon.com so I went ahead with the purchase and was told that there is a 30 day price guarantee anyway. If I see it cheaper somewhere else within 30 days I’ll get the difference back.

6 days after buying the TV I see it at Sam’s club for $968.00!! I took a snap of the price on the shelf with my droid 3 and ran on down to Best Buy.

The customer service rep was quick to point out that Sam’s club model number was slightly different to the Best Buy model number and I thought , here we go I’m getting nothing. I purchased Read the rest of this entry »





Correcting TurboTax Update Error ‘File cannot be found in cabinet file TurboTax.cab’

11 02 2012

Should you receive the following error during TurboTax Program Update

Error after rebooting PC and starting TurboTax 2011

You find yourself unable to open the program anymore to get any further help or updates. The only way to correct this problem is download a manual update file from Intuit’s website. Be sure to pick the correct year and computer operating system. In my case this was 2011 and Windows.

After running this manual updater TurboTax operates correctly once more.

This tax season has been technically challenging. I first discovered that H&R Block TaxCut software did not support electric vehicle credits. I got a refund for TaxCut and purchased Turbo Tax instead. Then my install of TurboTax failed, requiring some fancy foor work to overcome until Intuit posted a resolution. That was followed by my return being rejected by the IRS because TurboTax did not submit all pages of a multi part form, that was part of my schedule C filing. The most recent update failed as described above, but I finally overcame what I hope to be the last hurdle to getting my $7,500 tax credit for the Nissan  LEAF I purchased last year.

I have re-transmited my taxes via e-file once more and await the response from the IRS.

 

 

 





Thanks to TurboTax – IRS Reject my tax return

6 02 2012

IRS Reject my return - click to enlarge

This is the first year I have e-filed. It may be the last.

I submitted my return Saturday February 4th and the IRS rejected it Sunday evening. The reason given is that all parts of a multiple page form were not submitted. Intuit have acknowledged that their software is faulty and I will be able to resubmit on the 10th February, maybe.

The software doesn’t indicate which form is faulty. There is a  support page at Intuit’s website where you can register for email updates as the problem is worked by them.

It maybe a happy mistake after all, I thought of another deduction I can claim that I had overlooked, it won’t amount to much, but every bit helps.

TurboTax Support Page





TurboTax 2011 Unrecoverable error – The Better Fix

4 02 2012

Click to enlarge

Turbo Tax 2011 has had problems installing on some Windows 7 computers. They have identified the problem is caused by corrupt versions of Arial and Verdana fonts on some Windows 7 systems.

Intuit have posted some rather long winded and complicated instructions that help recover from the problem. The average computer user would have problems following these instructions. Even worse than that, the fix does not work for all  instances of this problem. The fix did not work for me.

I found a much easier procedure for fixing corrupt font problems on a windows 7 computer, after which TurboTax 2011 installs just fine.

If you get the unrecoverable error installing Turbo Tax 2011 do the following to fix the problem.

Click on Start and then in the search box type

c:\Windows\Fonts\Arial.ttf
(be sure to hit enter after typing this in)

Then click on the ‘install’ button.

Click Install to recover corrupt font

 

Repeat the procedure for the Verdana Font.

c:\Windows\Fonts\Verdana.ttf 
(be sure to hit enter after typing this in)

and click the instal button once more.

TurboTax 2011 should now install without problems.

This fix should work for Windows Vista systems as well, though I haven’t verified it does.








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