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Here is what seems to be an easy fix to the shopping lens in Ubuntu 14.04 that seems to create a huge privacy hole in an otherwise fairly secure system.

Simply paste the text at the bottom into your terminal to shut off the Amazon, Ebay, Music Store, Popular Tracks Online, Skimlinks, Ubuntu and Ubuntu One Music Search Shop in the Smart Scopes.

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses disabled-scopes "['more_suggestions-amazon.scope', 'more_suggestions-u1ms.scope', 'more_suggestions-populartracks.scope', 'music-musicstore.scope', 'more_suggestions-ebay.scope', 'more_suggestions-ubuntushop.scope', 'more_suggestions-skimlinks.scope']"
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Man I hate scummy Amazon partners

This was listed as a brand new hard drive

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Q85WOK/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Not only does it have nearly 3 years on the clock and a bad sector but it fails a self-test and I can't even get HDclone to write to it.  It's just junk pulled from an old off-lease computer and repackaged as "new" in a shiny new anti-static envelope and a fancy sticker sealing it up.  I suppose most people wouldn't even know it wasn't new unless they had an issue.  

WTF is wrong with people?

I better be getting my money back pronto.  Return requested.  I don't want any exchange from these jokers. 

Amazon Seller   #YoKool is No Kool
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+Chad Olson  I used one my "precious" 50 lifetime complaint wishes with Amazon.

Seriously.  You get only 50 of them. #EVARRR  

"You are limited to a lifetime maximum of fifty claims for purchases from sellers on the Amazon.com website. Withdrawn claims do not count towards this maximum. Customers who pay for purchases from an Amazon seller via the Amazon.com website are eligible to receive up to $2,500 of the purchase price, including shipping charges."

Seriously, this is how Amazon does things: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200783670

I guess if and when I ever run out I'll just find somewhere else to spend my money. 

#NotImpressed  
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This sucks rocks

Good thing my #Asus  Black Diamond Router comes with a free DDNS server address and includes AI Cloud services http://event.asus.com/2012/nw/aicloud/index.htm to let me host my old little private piece of the cloud.

It will suck to lose my Dyn hostname but it's been years since I've run a private #Diablo2 game server to play online with friends and not on the puss-infested hellhole that are the Blizzard game servers.  Now I just play #PathOfExile instead.  They have a much better server-side storage system that cuts down on the cheating and hacks of scriptkiddies and hax0r wannabes that makes life playing a Blizzard game online so unfun. 

Buh-bye dontexist.net hostname.  It was fun while it lasted :(
Free customers have until May 7 to upgrade to paid service or go somewhere else.
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Nice.

I'm neither a bot nor a Mal.  There is a very special hell for these people...
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Boo Hoo!

"If 4GB of physical memory is installed approximately 3GB will be useable by the operating system. This is due to limitations from the address mapping of PCI busses and other system devices."

I've tried just about everything in BIOS to try and get 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 to recognize more than 3.3Gb of the 4 installed.

I"ve got four total slots and only using three with two 1Gb cards and one 2Gb card.  That shouldn't make a difference, should it?

Maybe this truly is a board-level issue that is independent of using a 64-bit OS?
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Are you sure the onboard video isn't using the memory.
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XP is dead.  Long live Ubuntu!

Go get you some Trusty Tahr because it is hot off the presses today.  Download the .iso and burn a disc.  You can even install it from the disc to dual-boot Ubuntu and your old decrepit legacy XP installation.  Then you can use it is a crutch, and move stuff over as you learn to use the Ubuntu GUI.  

Just do it.  You don't want to spend hundreds of dollars for a new #Windows  license, or worse yet hundreds more for a new system to run the #MS  #Bloatware  

#Ubuntu #14.04 #TrustyTahr #ReleaseDay #Linux #HappyTime #NukeMicrosoftFromSpace #AreYouReadingTheseHashtags
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You can use a USB stick too, which actually is faster as long as your computer supports USB boot devices and you know how to set the BIOS to recognize them.
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Oooooooooooooh! Shiny!
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I Was Wondering...

...why I haven't received a new firmware notification from my #Asus RT-N56U router in a long while.  It seems that the firmware I installed last October had a release version number that was out of sequence and all subsequent updates after that have been assigned lower numbers.  

This causes the automatic update utility to pass over all these newer #updates as Not Newer because they have lower numbers...

Seriously, these guys can't even count

HUGE security hole fixes have been implemented over this period in a number of "urgent" updates that I've not even known about.  LOL

I'm not impressed by the #electrolytes they've got...
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This is interesting.
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I just found what I'll register my company name as on pirated software, from now on.
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aaaaaand THIS is why I'll never buy another #DLink product EVER

Sure the product is no longer being made, but there are literally millions of them out there and if you need to reflash the firmware or, god forbid,  need the manual or any of the support documents for any reason you are just SOL from the company that made and sold these things.  FU customer, you bought it so buy another one.  Right there on there in website  +D-Link tells its paying customers what it really thinks of them.

#D-link -you have been #judged and #FOUNDLACKING

A quality company would not only continue to keep documents and downloads on their server for the reference of their customers, they might even put out a firmware upgrade to keep them going a little bit longer.  A company that refuses to do this is a company I refuse to do business with ever again.

I used to be very impressed with IBM back before Lenovo bought them out.  Lenovo still has a huge repository of information and software/firmware on their new site but it nowhere near as easy to find.  If you put an older model into their search engine sometimes it comes back with "No Results."  Seriously.

I totally judge a company by the way they stand behind their products. If they don't, or make it hard to find info on legacy equipment then I know right off that they are not the right fit for me.  I'd rather spend my money with a better company that will not only admit they made legacy products but will actually keep the information on their website that used to be there rather than deleting it so that people are forced to throw away perfectly good consumer goods into a landfill.

D-Link you are fired.  Never Again.

Now I'm off to skim through the sleazy slime-infested waters of 3rd-party driver and firmware sites for scummy malware-infested spyware security risks...

#DSL #Gateway #DSL2320B   #FlyByNight  
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Yet another reason to shun #DLink  garbage.

http://thehackernews.com/2013/10/unauthorized-access-backdoor-found-in-d.html

I'm so glad I shitcanned my DLink Router and got an #Asus #BlackDiamond 
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I get creative sometimes

It is amazing what you can do with with a little vinyl sticker stock and a scissors. Boring laptop becomes a little less boring. This is a fresh break from the usual skully decal I put on everything.
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