Last year, I upgraded my sister’s Thinkpad G500 with a SSD, which greatly increased its performance. The laptop also suffered from hardware issues because of its faulty DVD drive; removing the drive surprisingly cured it. After this success, I was thinking about improving her boyfriend’s laptop, an HP machine that happened to be slower than… Continue reading Will it remain possible to upgrade laptops with SSD?
It’s been months I was thinking about a way to upgrade my parents’ computer to Windows 10. The machine was running a copy of Windows 7 that failed to activate so required a crack. I wanted to both upgrade to Windows 10 and get it a fully activated genuine copy. However, the machine was four… Continue reading Bumpy Windows 10 activation
Usually, upgrading Ubuntu goes well. I run the Upgrade tool which downloads new packages, installs them and then asks me to reboot. Some new versions had minor issues, for example Wayland not fully compatible with my NVIDIA card or an old version of MATE preventing the dist-upgrade, but nothing major, nothing that couldn’t be worked… Continue reading Ubuntu 18.10: a silent release
My sister got a Thinkpad G500 from Lenovo pretty much at the same time I purchased my Ideapad Yoga 13 from the same brand. My Ideapad, while suffering from battery life and wi-fi issues and being stuck with a too small SSD, still performs reasonably. It still boots fast and doesn’t exhibit hardware issues. The… Continue reading Trying to salvage a lemon
A few weeks ago, I started to receive email containing error messages about the delivery of some mails I didn’t send. The contents of such emails looked like spam, but why weren’t they detected by the anti-spam functionality of GMail? Maybe spammers found a new way to send their junk that circumvents current filters. But… Continue reading Spurious mail delivery errors
Yesterday, I tried upgrading to latest Ableton’s Live, the 9.7.1 version. Everything went well, but I got other issues, not related to Live, that made my work session quite bad and frustrating. S/PDIF not working great A month ago, I got a new audio interface: the Focusrite’s Scarlett 18i20. This amazing device provides eight analog… Continue reading Bumpy Ableton Live session
A couple of months ago, I bought myself a condenser microphone to improve the quality of my recordings in my Minecraft videos. However, such microphones require a XLR connection sending phantom power. An audio interface or mixer is required to power such microphones and get captured audio out of them. My first setup was a… Continue reading Shocking problem with audio channels
Yesterday, I tried to upgrade my HTPC running Ubuntu 14.04 to the new LTS 16.04. That almost went smooth, but some glitches happened at the end and some changes prevented my Minecraft FTB server to start again. The problems are now solved, but I was wondering if I would be able to get this working… Continue reading Ubuntu 16.04 almost killed my current HTPC setup
Not being administrator on his own Windows-based PC or laptop is a real shame. It prevents the installation of most software programs and some settings are not accessible. This issue is most commonly caused by system administrators in a need for a power trip, but it could also happen on a home computer configured for… Continue reading Taking control of his own machine
Since I moved to Windows 8 two years ago, I experienced several issues with my system. There was nothing major, and only suspicions that the cause was Windows 8 itself, so I was worried about finding the same issue after downgrading to Windows 7. I thus kept that Windows 8 installation and lived with the… Continue reading Windows 10: a new hope or not?