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Installing Google Chome on Ubuntu 16.04 64bit


Google Chrome is fairly easy to install on Ubuntu 16.04. There is just a simple trick to get it to work correctly.

  1. Go to the  Google Chrome Page and download the .deb file for 64bit Ubuntu
  2. Open the Terminal application and go to your Downloads folder and run the command sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
  3. The system will show an error which includes the line: Package libappindicator1 is not installed.
  4. This is easy fixed, now run the command *sudo apt-get install -f . *This will then install the missing dependencies.
  5. Google Chome is now installed

Speeding up the Windows 7 Update Process on a Clean Install


I do a clean install of windows 7 about once a year to get rid off rubbish that slowly builds up on my PC’s over time.

The problem comes in that after installing Windows 7 SP1 and possibly Internet Explorer 10 or 11, there are still over 200 patches pending which is over a 1GB of data. Add in the patches for Office 2010/2013 and that is a minimum of another 600MB.

Installing all these patches takes time and multiple reboots. And there is a bug with Windows update that causes a slow install of patches and spiking the CPU at 100%. You can read more about the problem on Microsoft’s own website – Microsoft KB 3102810.

There is a work around for this, download and install:
KB 3102810
KB 3138612
KB 3145739

Then install Internet Explorer 10 or Internet Exporer 11
and then run Windows update.

This could easily be resolved if Microsoft release a Windows 7 SP2 but this is not going to happen as they are concentrating on Windows 10.

Creating an updated OS X El Capitan USB Installer


Apple updated its Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Intermediate Certificate in February 2016 after they expired. This has the expected side affect that all USB installer created for Mac OS X (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion) will now longer work. We need to create a new installer. This also has the added benefit of having post of the security updates already installed.

First thing to do is format a USB disk which should be 8GB or larger. Using the Disk Utility, Format the drive as OS X Extended (Journaled) and label the drive: Installer.

After that, download the latest OS X El Capitan from the App store but don’t run it.

Once it has downloaded, type or paste this command into the terminal:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Installer --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app --nointeraction

The system will ask for your password, once you have entered the password, Mac OS will create the installer disk. This can take up to 30minutes.

You should see the following:

Erasing Disk: 0%… 10%… 20%… 30%…100%…
Copying installer files to disk…
Copy complete.
Making disk bootable…
Copying boot files…
Copy complete.
Done.

Once it finally done, remove and insert the USB drive and reboot the Mac. Hold down the Option Key which will then launch the installer.