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Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela, Cinnamon and MATE editions, have been officially released today:

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2863 (Cinnamon)

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2864 (MATE)

For those running Linux Mint 17 and 17.1 who wish to upgrade to 17.2, a new Update Manager (MintUpdate) will be released in the next few days that will include the optional upgrade path option.
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon. Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Cinnamon Edition Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your
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Decided to give my old but but still reliable Lenovo ThinkPad R61 yet another new lease on life (I upgraded the memory and battery previously) by installing a new SSD and installing Linux Mint on it.

A bit of info on the laptop:

Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB DDR2, all Intel chipsets (graphics, audio, ethernet & wireless)

The machine is basically used for the Internet (email and browsing) plus a bit of graphic work for posting images to Google+ and my own WordPress powered websites (I use "Pinta" mostly).

I bought it used (from Play It Again PC-used enterprise computer reseller) a couple of years ago, upgraded the battery and memory (from 2 GB DDR2 to 4 GB) and installed Linux Mint/Cinnamon on it. It ran like a champ. Of course it would, Linux distros love these old ThinkPads especially the ones with all Intel chipsets.

So I removed the old 100 GB/7200 RPM HDD and installed a new Samsung EVO 850 120 GB SSD. Removing the old HDD and installing the new SSD took less than 5 minutes.

I then installed Linux Mint/Cinnamon 17.1 and, once installed, I "tuned" the system for running Linux Mint on an SSD according to the following page:

https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/ssd

As the author states at the beginning, the instructions are "best practice" settings rather than an all out overly complicated "tuning" that really isn't needed for a general use machine.

All in all, the installation of the SSD, Linux Mint and the tuning took less than an hour and even though the old R61 hardly has a SATA 3 interface (SATA  2) my trusty old ThinkPad runs like a new machine. Boot time went from 40 seconds (from GRUB) to 9 seconds and login  (from login screen to desktop) went from 15 seconds to less than 5 seconds. And as you would imagine, opening applications is much faster than before.

Understanding that any new drive, HDD or SSD can fail within a short time of installation (an infrequent occurrence but it happens), I should get a good 10 years of life out of this SSD; that is if I actually kept the ThinkPad that long which is doubtful to say the least. Still, for a $70 investment (cost of the SSD), I figure I can keep the ThinkPad for another 2 years or so and still have a nice, fast experience.
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About says it all now doesn't it?
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+Stevie Dillo - Unfortunately, I'm not enough of a programmer to work it up. However, I may have talked a good friend of mine over in Ireland (another old codger like myself but familiar with PHP, CSS and such) into attempting to work up something similar in a WordPress plugin. But it would be good if I could find one of the regular WordPress plugin authors to come up with this as a plugin that could be regularly maintained though.

It certainly would cut down on the spam comments now wouldn't it?
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I'm basically sharing the latest post on my old WordPress powered blog in order to test out the new built-in sharing services in Firefox 35. I'm always a bit skeptical about so-called "new services" in any of my software but this looks like it may actually come in handy.

Not that my latest post isn't worth reading of course.
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Anyone happen to notice that Google anything (Plus, Drive, Gmail, News, Search, etc) has been acting awfully glitchy over the last couple of days? Anything in the browser (for me, Firefox 33 and Chrome 38) related to Google taking way too long load, doesn't load at all or stops loading half way through? Google Plus is throwing these random page loading errors, Drive and even Search not coming up at all or only partially.

No problem loading other web pages at all. Just anything to do with Google and Google services.
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yes it has been doing that off and on for a couple of months. I talked to Google about not being able to see my posts as public and glitch loading. They said they are working on it. >-)
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I finally realized that I had watched too much of the old Firefly episodes when a coaster became stuck to the bottom of my cup of coffee and dropped off on my peanut butter toast and I muttered, "Oh you rotten piece of gos se!"
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Haven't been able to successfully update Linux Mint 17.1/Cinnamon 64-bit or Elementary 64-bit (can't update at all) on my desktop PC nor can I update the Linux Mint 17.1/Cinnamon 32-bit install on my laptop, all day now. All because of this:

Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/trusty/InRelease  
Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/trusty-updates/InRelease  
Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/trusty-security/InRelease  
Failed to fetch http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/dists/trusty/InRelease  
Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

All day long now. The Elementary Freya install won't update at all since the software updater simply refuses to do so if theres a "Failed to fetch" problem. I could do a partial update in Linux Mint since Mint's update manager (mintupdate) is much more flexible than any other software updater I've ever used.

It's the same with running "sudo apt-get update" in the terminal. It eventually gets stuck and I have to CTRL+C to get out of it.

Changing mirrors does nothing for this since apparently there's no mirrors for "archive.ubuntu.com" or "security.ubuntu.com" repos.

So, this is happening with 3 different Ubuntu based distros (I count the 64-bit and the 32-bit version of Mint as 2) all based on Ubuntu 14.04 on 2 different machines.

Anyone else having a problem like this?
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It's probably a bit overkill since you found a solution. :-)
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Guess the death of Google+ rumors are nothing but that. Baseless rumors.
 
The reports of Google+'s death have been greatly exaggerated (again)

Google+ Chief Architect +Yonatan Zunger says there'll be "no big user-facing changes" connected to the reorganization of G+, Photos, and Hangouts that we've been hearing about over the past several days. ¹

His full comment: ²

A lot of misunderstanding and speculation. :) The internal org was renamed "Photos and Streams," because Sundar likes org names that match what the teams do. And since our org includes Photos, Google+, Blogger, and News, there you have photos, plus several streams of content.

No big user-facing changes tied to this at all.

So stand down, gravediggers. This "ghost town" is still alive and kickin', and we ghosts aren't goin' anywhere anytime soon.

¹ Context: http://goo.gl/2ds9g4

² Via: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AmyBethInverness/posts/67gicvzi8VV
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I don't really understand why everyone keeps proclaiming G+ is dead. It hasn't seen the kind of success main stream media likes to see, but it has a loyal following. That's a different kind of success. I wish they'd accept success doesn't mean measuring up to FB. That's just annoying and misses the point completely. (As mainstream media often does).
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Maybe they should have named this latest snow storm, Pi?
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:-) Cute.
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Why is it, with Google as "smart" as it is, that it can't figure out that the Google Search page is my "Home" page in Firefox? Why is Google suddenly (within the last week or so) sticking a rather glaring blue bar at the top of my Google Search "Home" page asking if I want to set Google Search as my "Home" page?

If it's due to me clearing out all of my Firefox history including cookies, persistent cookies, DOM cookies, Flash cookies, passwords along with everything else except "Search and Form history then I guess I can tolerate it.

You see, I just love to irritate these services and sites of the innerweb that just insist on me keeping their cookies...forever. So sorry but...um...no.
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The horrid truth about mobile phones finally revealed. ;-)
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An old post of mine about how to speak to a partially deaf person. Old, but still very relevant so I thought I'd share it here since Google+ didn't exist when I wrote it.
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+Lee Forest - Same with me, cochlear deafness. Nerve damage due to a "brain-dead" incident that happened on board the US Naval fast attack submarine that I was assigned to during the Cold War. Ended up with self progressive cochlear deafness which eventually put the kibosh on my side career as a sound engineer.

Incidentally, one of the first things my wife and I intend to do after she retires at the end of this year is find and attend and ASL class.
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Disabled vet, old geek, amateur writer, Linux user.
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Disabled vet and all around strange but decent guy, older than most but younger than some I know.

My blog (A DYI WordPress type blog) is the personal type that often goes astray and leaves the reader very confused. Sorry about that but you might find comfort in the fact that I'm probably more confused than you are.
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    Life, the Universe and Everything, 1959 - present
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