How to overcome Google Play Services Error for Android Messages

After the latest Android Messages update, Google Play Services keeps throwing an error each time you open the Android Messages App on the phone. This is because, Google Play Services wants to be granted the Body Sensors and the Microphone permissions.

In case you do not want to receive the error, disable Android Messages App . . . → Read More: How to overcome Google Play Services Error for Android Messages

Not able to update Gnucash Stocks and Currency Quotes since late 2017 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

If you use GnuCash on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, then this will apply to you.

Over last few months, I have not been able to get stock quotes updates for stocks on the NYSE, NASDAQ, Yahoo Finance. The reason is that Yahoo Finance Finance::Quotes module does not work anymore to fetch the quotes and therefore, to . . . → Read More: Not able to update Gnucash Stocks and Currency Quotes since late 2017 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Motorola G4 Plus (MotoG4Plus) ghost touch when charging workaround

This is not a fix, but workarounds, that may or may not work (like Snake Oil). The real fix lies with the Motorola Service Center, and till such time, these workarounds can be attempted.

Motorola quality has been sinking over time. The bottom of that sinkhole is the Motorola G4 Plus mobile phone. On Amazon . . . → Read More: Motorola G4 Plus (MotoG4Plus) ghost touch when charging workaround

Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to run Windows 10 Insider Preview

VirtualBox package in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS does not successfully install Windows 10 Insider Preview. To install, you need to install VirtualBox from the Oracle website at this link: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

As instructed on that site:

Open a terminal window and add the following line to the /etc/apt/sources.list file: $ sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list <enter> deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian xenial . . . → Read More: Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to run Windows 10 Insider Preview

Generate random words to improve memory at artofmemory.com

As a reader of Harry Lorayne and his memory enhancement books, it takes a while to come up with unique random words to use for memory practice.

If a list of words is required for practice, refer to http://i.artofmemory.com/generate/words to generate random words for memory enhancement practice.

There is a lot more at http://artofmemory.com that . . . → Read More: Generate random words to improve memory at artofmemory.com

Recover encrypted ecryptfs home folder from encrypted dm-crypt luks disk volume

Whew… saved by the skin of teeth.

The grub2 bootloader of my computer got corrupt. I was not able to boot into the computer and all was lost. For security reasons, I set up LVM with full disk encryption. Thereafter, each user’s home folder was further encrypted with ecryptfs (the default you get when you . . . → Read More: Recover encrypted ecryptfs home folder from encrypted dm-crypt luks disk volume

Clipgrab to download videos from online streaming sites

Use Clipgrap from https://clipgrab.org/ to download videos for offline viewing from sites like youtube.com.

It supports a heap of other sites too. The list is at https://clipgrab.org/faqs/supported-sites

Install Crossover Office on Ubuntu Linux

Open a Linux terminal and enter commands in blue. $ sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade <enter>

Install gdebi: $ sudo apt-get install gdebi <enter>

Download the latest version of CrossOver from https://www.codeweavers.com/products/crossover-linux/download/

Use gdebi to install CrossOver: $ sudo gdebi ~/Downloads/crossover_15.1.0-1.deb <enter> where crossover_15.1.0-1.deb is the latest file downloaded from the above URL.

. . . → Read More: Install Crossover Office on Ubuntu Linux

How to restore TWRP recovery after encrypting internal storage on LineageOS 14.1 on Motorola G 2014 (titan)

I installed LineageOS 14.1 on an old Motorola G 2nd Generation (2014) android phone, also known as titan. All went well and it worked like a charm.

I wanted to encrypt the internal storage and accordingly, did so from the Settings -> Security option on the phone. It worked well and said the phone was . . . → Read More: How to restore TWRP recovery after encrypting internal storage on LineageOS 14.1 on Motorola G 2014 (titan)

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