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Ubuntu on a Toshiba Satellite C55-A


Here are notes from installing Ubuntu Linux 13.10 and 14.04.1 on a Toshiba C55-A laptop.

Computer hangs during boot (with a black screen and the backlight on)

Booting the Live DVD results in the computer freezing. Using acpi=off and pci=biosirq resulted in the boot getting further along (which you can debug by also removing the splash and quiet options), but ultimately it was necessary to add these kernel command line parameters both when booting from the Live DVD and in /boot/grub/grub.cfg:

Differences between tmux vs screen


I evaluated switching from screen to tmux. tmux is a much younger project with some vocal advocates online. After looking into the differences between them, I will likely switch to tmux for a while to become familiar with it, but may end up switching back to screen because

Why were you sad?


W> Why were you sad just now?

R> Because...  [thinking]  because I wanted to throw a fit!

Hawaii State Public Library System Map


I don't need you


I had long since forgotten the idea of setting mission and vision statements for raising kids, but being the person I am, I ended up thinking through "parent goals" anyway. One goal I settled on was to help my kids be as independent as possible as early as possible.

The other morning, my son said "I will wait for [friend] at school. I don't need you." It was momentarily sad, but I remembered my parent goal and remembered to feel proud about it.

"Your profile could not be opened correctly" in Linux Chrome

Sometimes, google chrome can start up with an error like this:

Your profile could not be opened correctly.

Some features may be unavailable. Please check that the profile exists and you have permission to read and write its contents

You can debug the error by starting chrome on the command line with google-chrome

If the error is related to locked sqlite databases, 

Haskell unicode character and byte string conversions




Wesley: Oh, don't step on Bunny!

Ryan: Why?

Wesley: Well, if someone stepped on you, would you like that?

Ryan: No.

Ryan: If someone stepped on me, I might get..  breaked.

Bilingual... in scare quotes


My son, just now:

I'm humming "It's a small world" in Chinese!

He really was doing it, too.

Run "System Settings" in Ubuntu Unity from the command line


To run "System Settings" control panel from the command line in Ubuntu, run:


It is possible to launch the window with a specific group selected, like:

unity-control-center display

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