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Google Takeout

Google Takeout

Just a website everyone should know about. Backup and download all of your Goog data at:

https://www.google.com/takeout/

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Iceweasel Kiosk Raspberry Pi

Iceweasel Kiosk Raspberry Pi

As mentioned in an earlier article, I planned to replace the computer tied to the front TV in the lobby, as it is a waste of resources.  We are replacing it with the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi

As can be seen at http://www.raspberrypi.org/, there are many uses for the small device.  And at only $35, this little appliance can be used all over the network, this is just the beginning.  Parts were obtained from http://www.newark.com/, and 2nd day shipping gets you everything you need quickly.  A complete configuration is going to cost around $100, and the parts list includes:

Newark Part # Manufacturer Part # Price
43W5302 RASPBERRY-PI
RASPBRRY-MODB-512M
$35
53W8467 RASPBERRY-PI
RPI-PSU-US-MK1
$8
96T7436 SAMSUNG
RASPBERRY-PI / PROG-4GB-SDCARD
$13
96T7446 PRO SIGNAL
RP006
$3
07W8938 ELEMENT14
WIPI
$15
44W3465 ADAFRUIT INDUSTRIES
859
$15

The most important aspect of the rPi is a stable and adequate power supply!!!  This puppy runs 700 Mhz stock and can be safely overclocked to 900 Mhz through the config.txt file on boot.  Memory can be allocated to video there as well.  It comes with 512 MB RAM, HDMI output, video out and audio out, as well as a slot for SD memory (where the O/S runs) a slot for power, ethernet and 2 USB adapters.  The 4GB SD card purchased comes with Rasbian, a Debian variant, pre-loaded.

Iceweasel

This is the name of Firefox in Debian.  Simple installation:

apt-get update

apt-get install iceweasel

Once installed, we want to install the RKiosk Firefox Addon.  This will run full screen and remove all controls for us.  They say you can configure it in safe mode as well as remove it, but I don’t even see it listed.  All I know is, it works.

Plugins

A couple of plugins help us out here.  We have three websites set up as home pages on three separate tabs.

Each page is shown full screen by the FF Full Screen plugin.  And we are using Tab Slideshow to display each tab for 45 seconds each.

Adobe Flash

Unfortunately not possible on the Pi.  The Pi is not x86 nor x64 architecture, but ARM.  Adobe has written Flash for some ARM architecture, such as Android, but not in the case of Debian, or this case Raspbian.  There are Flash alternatives, but in the case of Google Finance, the Flash Player does not work.  Two of the alternatives are known as the Gnash project, and Lightspark.  Install is as follows:

apt-get install gnash gnash-common browser-plugin-gnash
apt-get install lightspark browser-plugin-lightspark

Kill Screensaver / Power Saving

We don’t want screen blanking, so we have to do the following to fix that up:

I fixed the issue, it has to do with the X server itself starting with DPMS + Screen saver. You need to edit your script that’s starting X. In the default build with lightdm the file to edit is

/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

in the SeatDefaults section it gives the command for starting the X server which I modified to get it to turn off the screen saver as well as dpms

[SeatDefaults]

xserver-command=X -s 0 -dpms

Autostart Iceweasel

I tried all methods as far as this was concerned.  xinitrc doesn’t work.  .bashrc doesn’t work.  Here’s what does:

sudo vi /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart

@iceweasel

Now that’s the configuration for the Raspberry Pi.  Operations are much easier.

If something screws up on screen

Unplug the rPi and plug it back in.  Wait for the magic and walk away.

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Sideload Transmission via CLI

Sideload Transmission via CLI

Ever needed to load the Transmission client on a Linux host remotely?  I do all the time.  Got my Raspberry Pi BMC box up and running and I want a way to download torrent TV shows and movies to it.  Easily done…

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Universal USB Installer (Linux Boot USB)

Universal USB Installer (Linux Boot USB)

Real easy utility out here folks, it will even download the ISO for you if you don’t have it!

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

Universal USB Installer Steps

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Install Adobe Reader 11.0.3 across the network

Install Adobe Reader 11.0.3 across the network

Install Reader 11.0 to the network

It’s about time I updated the how-to for newer versions of Adobe Reader.  First off we need the MSI installer for a GPO installation.  Download Adobe Reader 11 MSI here.  Once you have that downloaded we need to create the administrative installation point with the following command:

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Exchange 2007 RUS Update

Exchange 2007 RUS Update

Well, they've done away with the RUS in 2007.  So you just created a new user and you want him/her to show up in the offline address book right away?  I do.  Open up Exchange Powershell and type in the following:

Get-EmailAddressPolicy | Update-EmailAddressPolicy

Get-AddressList | Update-AddressList

Get-GlobalAddressList | Update-GlobalAddressList

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Disable Dell Touchpad Ubuntu/Mint/Debian

Disable Dell Touchpad Ubuntu/Mint/Debian

Hate the touchpad?  I do.  I came across the following thread and this worked for me FINALLY.  I wish I knew where the Fedora drivers were.  If you know, please post them in the comment section.

This works great on the Dell Latitude E5410 on Linux Mint 12 as well by the way, and the direct link to the driver is:

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