NSA Recruitment Drive – University of Wisconsin

The National Security Agency visited the University of Wisconsin on a recruitment drive.

Madiha R Tahir, a journalist studying a language course at the university asked the recruiters a few uncomfortable questions about the activities of NSA. You can play the audio below to listen to it.

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Windows 8 software update

Software Update on Windows 8

1. Go to Windows 8 Home screen by pressing the windows key.

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Home Screen

2. Drag the mouse to left of the screen. An “>” and “-“ button will show up. Click the “-“ button.

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“>” and “-” button. The “-” is highlighted in red

3. Click on “Settings” in the new tab that gets displayed.

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Selecting “Settings”

4. Click on “Change PC settings” in the new tab.

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Selecting “Change PC settings”

5. New “PC Settings” screen will open, scroll down to the bottom of the list and select “Windows Update” and click on “Check for updates now“.

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Click on “check for updates”

6. OS will check for update.

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Checking for updates.

7. If updates are available, you can directly download and install updates from the page. I had enabled auto-update on my machine.

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Auto update

Mac OS X: Burining disc

There are many ways of burning a disc on Mac OS X. This is one of the way.

1. Insert an empty DVD/CD into the DVD tray/drive and wait till it mounts. Once it is mounted you would see an icon with name “Untitled DVD“. Drag and drop the contents to be burned into the icon.

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2. Go to Finder Menu and select File -> Burn “Untitled DVD” …
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3. Finder will, throw up a dialog asking for Disc Name and Burning Speed. For Disc Name give an appropriate name and for Burning Speed keep the default value or set the maximum speed available. Click the “Burn” button.

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4. A progress dialog will be shown for the burn process.

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5. DVD/CD icon will be replaced by the locked folder icon.
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NOTE
1. If you cancel while the disc is being burned, the CD/DVD will be incomplete and unreliable. You should not use it.

How to Uninstall Apps (Software) from Windows 8

Steps for uninstalling application/software on Windows 8:

1. Press the Windows key to go to the Start screen.

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2. Type “Control” in the Start screen. Click on the “Control Panel” on the left handle.

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3. Click on “Uninstall a program” in the “Programs” tab.

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4. Select the software/application to be uninstalled and click the “uninstall” button.

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5. A confirmation dialog pops up. Click “Yes” to uninstall or “No” to stop uninstall.

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6. If “Yes” was clicked in the previous dialog, an uninstall progress dialog will be shown.

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Application/Software will be uninstalled after the progress dialog.

Disk partitioning on Windows 8

Normally new machines come with single partition but it is safer to have multiple partitions. If the OS goes bad for some reason you may have to format the OS drive which may lead to loss of data if all the contents are kept in the OS drive.

Windows 8 has simple steps for partitioning the hard disk. These steps are given below.

1. Press Windows + R and type diskmgmt.msc. This would open Windows 8 Disk Management tool.

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2. In the Windows 8 Disk Management tool window, right-click on any drive you want to partition and select “Shrink Volume“.

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3. In the pop-up dialog, enter the amount of space to shrink.

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4. Click “Shrink” in the previous dialog and we can preview a unallocated space next to the drive that was shrinked (In this case C drive).

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5. Right click on it and select “New Simple Volume“. Then, we can partition a new volume in Widows 8 by following the guidance.

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6. A new window will open, click “Next

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7. Click “Next” again.

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8. Assign any letter to the drive and click “Next“.

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9. Preferably select “Format this volume with the following settings:“. Keep “File system” and “Allocation unit size” as it is. You can set “Volume label” to any name you want. This will become the name of the partition/drive.

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10. If everything goes right, you should see this screen.

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11. Mission accomplished! If partition is successful, new drive will show up on Windows 8 Disk Management tool.

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Ubuntu apt-get install error

I tried installing few packages using apt-get on my Ubuntu machine and it kept failing and also the Ubuntu Software Center kept crashing on launch.

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Reading package lists… Error!
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.canonical.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_partner_binary-i386_Packages
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

To fixed the issue by deleting all the package lists files inside “/var/lib/apt/lists/” and downloaded the package lists from the repositories and “updated” them to get information on the newest versions of packages and their dependencies (sudo apt-get update).

sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*
sudo apt-get update

This seemed to fix the problem. Not sure what was the reason for the corruption of the files in the first place.

Bob the programmer

Once there lived a programmer. His name was “Bob”. Bob was an expert in time management.
A typical ‘work day’ for Bob looked like this:

9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos

11:30 a.m. – Take lunch

1:00 p.m. – Ebay time.

2:00 p.m – Facebook updates – LinkedIn

4:30 p.m. – End of day update e-mail to management.

5:00 p.m. – Go home

And yet, for the last several years in a row he received excellent remarks. His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.

I am not joking it’s a true story. Please make time to read Case Study: Pro-active Log Review Might Be A Good Idea

There is a small comic strip going around on this story!