Category Archives: tech

xubuntu disco dingo

We love the Xubuntu Linux, a fave for years. The upgrade came in last night. I like the name of the latest release: Disco Dingo.

Da dingo et mah discoteca baby.

#xubuntu #ubuntu #linux #xfce


google plus to mewe import

MeWe imported 4516 posts of mine from Google Plus (G+). I think the other 982 were posts that were non-public.

I didn’t realize that I had so many. I do social media posting, in part, as therapy for myself. I guess I’ve needed a lot of therapy.

Screenshot_2019-03-25MeWe_importedposts Google Plus to MeWe post import

Screenshot_2019-03-25MeWe_importedposts Google Plus to MeWe post import

move your G+ to MeWe

Being a G+ (Google Plus) nutcase for years, I am pleased that there will be a way to move the data (to MeWe).
When My Opera community closed years ago, I was thankful that WordPress picked up that import.


I like it when a website interferes with a right click to make copy/paste harder, yet CTL+C and CTL+V (or middle click) still work fine.

mysterious numbers and a lever



alcatel enthusiastically throws customers under the bus

A list that will surely grow of Alcatel stock apps that somehow update into ad-serving malware. They cannot be uninstalled. You can uninstall updates and uncheck “auto-update” in the Play Store. If you want to be extra careful, go to “Settings”, then “Apps”. Find the offending app. Revoke any permissions granted. Then choose “Data usage” and enable “Restrict app background data”.

Alcatel, especially with the Idol 3 and Idol 4 models, was a good way to get good hardware and an almost stock Android at a budget price. This will be my last Alcatel, made by TCL, due to so badly going corrupt.

The days of getting away with it, budget wise, by buying Alcatel have ended.

Some of the malware apps are made by “Hawk App Studio”, which seems to be owned by TCL, maker for Alcatel. The one-star complaints about the apps in the Play store are numerous, and the responses by Hawk App Studio and Alcatel are amusingly ridiculous. Both companies also have an army of shill reviewers that come in and praise the apps.

I wish Blackberry would release another Android device. Their things look nice.

#alcatel #hawkappstudio #tcl #malware #filemanager #soundrecorder #musicplayer #candygallery

Alcatel Idol 4 malware app list screenshot

Alcatel Idol 4 malware app list screenshot

the final day of AIM – AOL Instant messenger

AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) will be taken offline this Friday, 15 December 2017. It has been years since I have used the service much, yet I have kept my handle in continuous service since 1998. That’s over 19 years.

AIM was able to give me a readout of the moment Brian and I joined.  See “Member Since” in the images.

ICQ was our first messenger in 1996. I still keep that one in operation, too.  UIN #1564254

These days, people use services like Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, and others more.

daveydb aim image

reedplayer aim image

final aim team image