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Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux Ubuntu

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Chrome Remote DesktopGoogle provides a free and powerful tool, Chrome Remote Desktop (CRD), that lets you connect to and control your Windows, Linux, Mac or even Android device over the internet. The computer has to be running the Chrome browser, of course, and you also need a Gmail account to sign in and use this feature.

It’s quick to set up, it’s easy to use and provides a stable connection between remote computers. Okay, CRD has been out there for several years but it was just a few days ago that I installed it on Ubuntu 16.04 and was able to successfully access it effortlessly through a Windows machine and vice versa.

We’ve all been there before: we’re away from home and suddenly realize that we are in need of a particular file or document that’s on another computer. What’s more, the files aren’t on Dropbox or any other cloud storage. This would usually lead to a lot of frustration, but that’s where remote desktop applications come into play. TeamViewer is another popular application but, as you know, is only available for personal use – so, CRD works as a good alternative. This means, I can also use it to assist our clients using non-Linux machines.

If you are having issues installing CRD on Ubuntu, just drop us a line and we would be happy to assist.

The end of Flash?

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The end of FlashDo you remember when Steve Jobs wrote an open letter on the security issues of Flash? That was way back in 2010.

Guess others should have listened to him while he was alive because Flash remained bug ridden over the years and many hackers have taken mean advantage.

iPhones never supported Flash. Android smartphones don’t either (they did initially though!). YouTube parted ways with Flash in January 2015.  Now, if you are a Firefox user you would have noticed that the Flash plugin has been blocked by default. YouTube videos may also not play if you have not selected the HTML 5 player.  If that’s the case, you can rectify the issue by visiting the following URL:

https://www.youtube.com/html5

All this mess, and you still find some Sri Lankan clients wanting Flash on their new website… Aiyo!  Kata kiyannada??

Identifying Google Nexus 7 on Ubuntu

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The Nexus 7 has been around for a year but still not reached the shores of Sri Lanka.  According to the Daily Mirror, – http://www.dailymirror.lk/tech/189-technology-main/27680-google-to-sell-second-gen-nexus-7-tablet-from-july-sources.html there’s a second generation Nexus 7 that would hit our stores this month.

Nexus 7

I was fortunate enough to purchase this device several months back directly from the US and have been rather pleased with its performance.  One of the pros is that it acts as a very friendly book reader as well.

Today, I mounted the device into Ubuntu and the OS just refused to respond! Did a search on Google and came across this amazing site which had a hundred and one “sudo’s”.  The best thing though is that the article is well written and after carefully following the instructions, Nexus 7 showed up on Ubuntu!  So if you do use Ubuntu and Nexus 7 and want to copy some files through the USB cable, get to this site and sudo:
http://bernaerts.dyndns.org/linux/247-ubuntu-automount-nexus7-mtp

Happy sudoing!


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