Digital Locker Movies

Once upon a time there were things called movies. They were magical and could be seen on a large screen in many towns, for a small price one could have a seat for a viewing.

Then came the television. TV Shows and Movies on a box in one’s own home. Amazing!

Later came other forms of media, thing that came and went, but eventually we got to bigger movie screens, bigger tv’s, boxes that held tape with video on it that could be displayed on one’s tv, then large discs, then smaller and then better.

The future arrived. Blu-ray and Digital HD.

For a long while there was something called Digital Copy and it came with DVD’s one could buy, when new. To Redeem these Digital Copies you had to use either: Windows Media Player or i-Tunes.

I, the writer, opted for WMP redemption twice. Never again. i-Tunes being nearly evil, was better than having no movie available digitally, like happens when WMP decides you don’t own the license because you … “whatevered” your computer.

For years Digital Copy was redeemed via I-Tunes.

Disney had a slot in the digital locker arena. Disney Movie Rewards, then and now, allows one to enter a Magic Code found on DVD’s to get points towards real rewards one could exchange points for.

In this time-frame a new media medium came to life. Blu-ray discs. The best home buying option for media to date. Digital Copy continued on, I dutifully entering redemption codes into my apple id i-tunes account, the only thing I ever did with it … I may have watch a few things, but I didn’t buy actual stuff from them, nor listen to music via i-tunes at all.

Disney had a locker streaming service and many of the movies you entered Magic Codes for would also be Digitally available to you. There was a point when some movies would not be a digital version code with Disney but they let you upgrade to a streaming version of a disc you registered, for a mere $5.

So you could enter a movie into i-Tunes but also have it on Disney’s streaming service.

Something called Ultraviolet started later. Disney also changed things with their Locker service, plus bought Marvel which changed the Digital Copy world for my family.

Ultraviolet was looked at skeptically, I admit. It seemed convoluted. What is convoluted though is the lack of digital copy choice for a Windows Pc/Android handheld person. At that time it was nil.

Things progressed, more and more movie companies partnered with UV (UltraViolet) which made UV more and more prevalent, and very misunderstood by many, though I was gaining in much better comprehension of what I was doing with it.

I got a Vudu account. I had also had account at a few of the movie companies, but it was just too much for me to consider the few times I might get bonus features by doing that … uh, no thank you. Also, like Sony Pictures … your account is deleted if there is no activity in a year. Yeah, easy for that to happen.

Both Vudu and Flixster work well with UV. You can redeem UV at either of the two services, also UV has a direct redeem feature on their site now.

In any case, redeem a UV movie and it’s in your UV Locker. Associate your locker with Vudu, Flixster, as well as other services I won’t go over. Once new content is in your locker it’ll populate in the services your locker is connected with. For the most part that works well, occasionally one service may not have exactly the same version, or title at all. The other might, it’ll be in UV in any case, once it’s redeemed it could and probably will show up at the other service provider eventually.

So there was Vudu. Then also my movies in i-Tunes. (They are lost to me there.) Vudu is where my non-Disney movies go now.

Disney Movies Anywhere started. Their old locker system was converted over, and I didn’t lose anything there, but still all I could do was stream though a browser. One could link ones i-Tunes account … then anything in your digital copy library that Disney owned would be in Disney Movies Anywhere too even if it wasn’t a Disney Streamable movie for you. Cool, but useless.

Then Digital HD came about. Now Disney movies were more than kids movies mostly, it was all this Marvel stuff too. Oh the travesty, but Digital HD saved the day.

I can take a redemption code for something Disney, whether it’s animated or the modern Marvel Universe of movies … I can choose where to redeem it, on Vudu, or … Google Play, or i-Tunes etc. Magic Codes are still a part of it, and the movie will be in Disney Movies Anywhere.  Still not totally useful, but at least I can watch it on my PS3 or PS4 via Vudu.

Then later, very recently, the best partnership so far happened. Disney Movies Anywhere came to Android as an App, and even better than that, one could also link a Google Play account to the service and voila! You own the content in Google Play Movies too!

Now I still have many movies locked in i-Tunes, but some of them don’t suffer that fate, some Blu-rays I’ve gotten into UV via Vudu-to-Go disc to digital conversion. Also I’ve done some DVD’s that we like but haven’t looked for on Blu-ray. In any case, not all of the discs are eligible for UV. Many of them are actually UV titles, but my discs read as ineligible for whatever licensing reason is out there.

So then, I can watch The Avengers (2012) on Disney Movies Anywhere, stream from their site, or from my Android tablet or phone, or even download it for offline viewing on Android. I could even watch it in i-Tunes if I “wanted” to.

Relegated to that fate as well are Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.

But Iron Man3 and Thor the Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are available via Vudu and through Disney Movies Anywhere’s site and on Anroid. Win! Win!

One new Disney movie I was able to redeem the same way, The LIttle Mermaid. Now Re-releases on Blu-ray are worth the buy.

About Disc Conversion: The biggest part of it that totally isn’t nice is that ANY disk you have that is owned by Disney now, is not eligible for Disc to Digital, even if it’s an old title held by some other movie house.

What Vudu fails on is not allowing portable devices to download a movie in HD or HDX, they only allow you to stream and/or download in SD, no matter what kind of spectacular device you may have (like a Nexus 10 for example.) So a large portion of my digital library is locked online and viewable only, the best way, in a PC browser or via a console of some variety hooked to your big television screen.

A smaller smattering of my content is locked into the Disney world and at least it’s now watchable on Android in Glorious HD and connected with Google Play, thus also Chromecast-able to the big screen in the livingroom.

I still love discs, but have come to rely on things like Netflix on my gaming consoles, as well as Vudu there. The content I have in i-Tunes wastes away, and I can only hope that someday I can link that stuff to something else too.

I do have Flixster but haven’t tried to watch any of my UV content there. I’ve heard one can HD with them on Android, but I’m just stuck in a Vudu on PS3/PS4 and Android for Disney mode.

I look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy, having it both places, and other Disney movies we may get in the future. It’s the older content though, locked on a disc, not eligible, other digital copy, not transferable to anywhere, only recourse is to find a UV code for sale, or buy it again on disc just for the code to get it into UV or Vudu, at least, and not have to pay 22.99 or higher to buy it digitally for things you already have in multiples, like a DVD, plus a Blu-ray copy, Digital i-Tunes copy, and another DVD that came in that pack. Forget those movies.

So from my perspective, we have it fairly good now. It’s not the best of times, nor the worst of times.

Movies Unlimited is a service from PlayStation. It’d be great, but I don’t only have Sony devices. I have Android, and Google Play is a more useful partner for me, and then using Vudu on PlayStation. Having Google Play Movies on PlayStation would be a dream come true.

Some nice snappy pictures in this post would be great, but it’s not about pictures, it’s about words about moving pictures, and best read, not just looked at.

Additional Note: November 18, 2014, 8:10am EST. >>So with the whole thing written up and posted yesterday I find today that, holy cow, I can actually link Disney Movies Anywhere with my Vudu account now too. OK. Things are looking up,  improving even more than I had hoped.

LittleBig Planet 3

Crazy-Maisy LittleBigPlanet 1,2,V,3

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Crazy-Maisy wearing the Captain America costume in LBP Pod.

 

LittleBigPlanet – 2008 We didn’t get the game until it was out as the Game of the Year Edition. I didn’t play it much, but was involved with it as a Mother to younger children playing the game. 

I’ve been playing through the Story the last couple of weeks, to get the trophies finally. Took me long enough, hey?

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Crazy-Maisy in Seashore Pointe Treasure Fun, her level on LBP 2.

 

LittleBigPlanet 2  – 2011 We pre-ordered the game. I played the story levels some, and helped my children with the game here and there. Later on I got more interested in it and I played through the story. I lost my Saved Profile on a console move around and it really messed up everything. I had to replay it to get the stuff back to create and … some pins were messed up.  Certain things are dependant on pin progress and well, I never got some of those stats back to where they were to get some things accomplished. 

I did make a level that I published in 2012. Seashore Pointe Treasure Fun just a fun little run through the seashore, using R1 to touch all the discarded items. Nothing complicated, just a nice Summer seashore job for sackfolk to clean up, because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, sackfolk included.

 

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Crazy-Maisy in LBPV Pod, wearing a mish mosh of costume pieces.

 

LittleBigPlanet Vita – 2012  I was part of the PS Vita LBP Beta. It was a lot of fun and I was anxious for the game to be fully released. September 2012 was the start of the best version of LBP to that date, pretty much.

I’ve made lots of things on my PS Vita LBP game, but haven’t published anything for others to play. I have lots of ideas, just too many distractions, and not being able to create with other players was and has continued to be a downer.

 

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Welcoming Oddsock, Toggle, and Swoop to Sackboy’s Family!

 

LittleBigPlanet 3 – 2014  I was in the LBP 3 Beta this year. What a good game it is, and it’ll be out next week finally! I’ve had a ton of ideas through the years. I have worked in LBP 2 on many things, just done nothing to bring them to publish worthiness (I wish more sackfolk were like that. Too many horrid things are published.)

LBP 3 on PS4 is going to be a scream of delight though. It’s going to be superb, the definitive version for sure. I wish to spend less time distracted with other games and just pour my game-time into LBP from now on.

More photos:

  Crazy-Maisy in her Bug Blaster outfit reward for participating in LBP Vita Beta.
Crazy-Maisy in LBPV Pod wearing the iconic Spaceman Suit.
Crazy-Maisy in LBPV Pod (no decorating) wearing the iconic Spaceman Suit.
Crazy-Maisy in LBP 2 Angry Whale Survival 2
Crazy-Maisy in LBP 2 Angry Whale Survival 2

 

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Crazy-Maisy on the right, in a level with a couple of friends

 

A friend took this picture of Crazy-Maisy splat on the floor of an LBP 2 Pod.

 

Friends in a PhotoBooth level, having a blast throwing on Randomized Costumes.
Friends in an LBP 2 PhotoBooth level, having a blast throwing on Randomized Costumes.

 

Playing online with friends in LittleBigPlanet is a blast, it’s the most outrageous fun one can have, all sorts of games to play and hang out levels to goof off in … LBP 3 will just have bigger and better versions of that stuff, plus all the previous LBP content. Everything will be playable.

Pre-order: BestBuy for Hidden Creatures Pack DLC; GameStop for Mythical Creatures Pack DLC; Amazon for PlayStation Favorites Costume Pack on PSN for DLC costume you can use right now in LBP 2 and be able to start playing the digital version at midnight 11/18.

The PS4 version of LBP 3 will be in a Day One Edition and have a Plushie of Sackboy in the box plus Dragon Age Costume Pack and 4 the Players Costume Pack for all the stock out there in the beginning.

Pre-orders at Target will get a special Target Hat for Plushie Sackboy.

Here’s a link to the PlayStation Blog with all the details and store links as well.

PS3 is also getting LBP 3 but there are no pre-order bonuses, well, you’ll get a special theme for your PS3 XMB if you pre-order LBP3 for PS3 on PSN, that’s it, and no special editions, no Plushies. (Hint, get a PS4, it’ll be better there!)

Looking Forward to the Colder Weather

I am glad that on the weather reports I’ve seen it will be getting cooler more for the long run, hopefully, by the end of this week.

I want to start a fire in the fireplace (my method is top down fires, this will be, I think, my fourth season using that method.) I love HAVING to make a fire first thing in the morning. Coffee is my reason every other day of the year. Put the two together, priceless to wake up early, all alone, everyone else asleep still.

The other reason I’m glad it’ll get cooler is the freezing/close to freezing temperatures over the nights will hopefully kill off the worst of the Autumn Allergens that are plants growing sooner than later. It can’t happen too fast, in my very humble opinion.

I’m feeling more in a holiday state of mind, and getting to the holiday baking and crafting when it’s COLD will kickstart it the best.

PlayStation TV

I bought a PlayStation TV system yesterday. I got the bundle actually.

I had pre-ordered just the system to be shipped to me, but it wasn’t going to be shipped until the 24th from BestBuy.com so I canceled it. My hubby was in town that day when he had planned to not be here back when I pre-ordered it.

The BB stores around us had them available to purchase, so that’s what we did.

I like the device, just am not happy that it is a SYSTEM that’s like a console more than a privately owned device like the PS Vita is, but only allows ME, in other words only 1 PSN ID, to use it, just like the PS Vita does.

The other thing is that so many games are not compatible, and so many apps are not either. No streaming … like on PS Vita Netflix works fine, it’s disabled on PS TV. What?

Remote Play from PS4, VUDU works from that, but there is no native PS Vita or PS TV Vudu app, like there should be.

I really like how you can have photos and videos on your PS Vita and throw them to your PS TV nearly instantly.

I don’t buy movies or videos from PlayStation though, so I haven’t very much use for it, but it does seem like that’d be a great feature for someone who does purchase video services from PlayStation.

I connected to my Wi-Fi and it was able to download the PS TV update. I did that before I put my PSN ID in, and before I put my new 8gb PS Vita Memory Card in.

After that I turned the PS TV off and inserted the Memory Card, turned it back on.

The PS TV gave me two options, to use what was on the internal memory -copy it to the card then delete it …. or …. leave the internal alone and just use the new memory card while it’s inserted, allowing you to use the internal memory and what was on it previously if the memory card has been removed.

I chose to leave the internal memory as it was.

After that I got my PSN ID into the device. I tried to download a game from my Download List and the store barked at me that I have too many Activations. Freaking annoying. My PSP and other PSP’s in my family had my Activations on them, and the 5 activations of content before Nov. 2012 do work, but i have to de-activate each handheld, basically, and let the PS Vita and PS TV Activate … later just download some old content on 3 PSP’s and hopefully that will continue to work again as it had before, after the 2012 change to 2 Activations on new content.

I haven’t connected the PS TV to any TV except for my PlayStation Display thus far. I only had Wi-Fi turned on as well. Vudu did stream from PS4 Remote Play, but certain aspects of the video I played didn’t jive right, basically.

I’m going to try the PS TV connected to my bedroom Plasma and connected to the internet via ethernet later on. Hopefully Remote Play will be better that way.

My main reason for wanting PS TV was for Remote Play with PS4, as well as some PS Vita games, like Killzone Mercenary, for instance. Games that I did NOT like playing on PS Vita. I love that game, but it made me motion sick. A console game usually doesn’t affect me as badly, ever, so with the update the game got for PS TV it corrected a major reason I had for not playing, Saves and restarting at checkpoints. On PS Vita it’d be better that way, on PS TV it might just be perfect for me.

I am hoping that Sony PlayStation will update the PS TV frequently, that Apps will be made for Video streaming services, for both PS Vita and PS TV,  but that PS TV will get them at the least. I can see Vudu being on PS TV only. That’s fine for me. Netflix on PS TV would be great. It’d be nice if it worked like it does with my Google Nexus 10 Tablet … Smart TV app versions, or ps3 or ps4, I can control Netflix via the network connection through my tablet’s Netflix app. It’s really nice.

Screenshots on PS TV are like on PS Vita, just feel different because of the DualShock controller differences. It’s a little awkward, but works well, better than the PS Vita way does for me actually, even though it seems more awkward. :)

New things for PS TV sooner than later will be awesome. I’m looking forward to traveling with my PS TV soon too. It’ll be interesting for sure.

Ladyhawke (1985)

I have converted a decent amount of Blu-ray and DVD movies via the Vudu-To-Go application on my PC.

The only one I have a problem with is Ladyhawke (1985)

It’s a movie that I only have on DVD.  (Not available on Blu-ray in the United States.) The problem I have with it is: It’s only available as SD through UV/Vudu and it shows as a tiny widescreen movie on everything I have tried to watch that digital copy through.

The DVD itself will upscale in my PC and PS3 and PS4. It’s absolutely not something I want to watch through any UltraViolet source. UV LadyHawke is only in SD and a terrible version of SD at that. It’s so fuzzy, blowing it up by putting a TV’s mode to ZOOM is sickeningly ugly. I can’t even ZOOM the picture on my PC, for instance, only some devices can change the picture size, at any rate it’s something that doesn’t matter as I don’t want to ZOOM on that movie anyhow, and doing so only makes one have to put the TV mode to another when not viewing that UV SD version of the movie.

I’d love to have an HD version of this movie. I will eventually import a Blu-ray of it if it doesn’t actually get released in the US that way. That just means I can watch it with the Disc only. Possible, not as friendly as I’d like it since I do have a laptop with no optical drive, and a tablet.

E-gift sent to Gmail address never arrived

Vudu e-gifts are nice, but not working for one of my email addresses.

My hubby e-gifted me something, put in my email address incorrectly, so of course it didn’t arrive. Then he re-sent it to the gmail address I wanted it to go to. Never arrived. Tried again and again and again and again. Two days of this. So then finally he went and changed it to the other email address, not a gmail one, correctly spelling it this time and voila, instantly arrived in my Inbox, practically speaking.

I have no idea what’s up with this. It’s irksome, and I have found no reason for it, nor anyone else with the problem.  I do have the e-gift though, but it would have been better all along if it had just come to gmail like it SHOULD have.

Why? My hubby and me get along great, but sometimes work pressure makes him snap at me and say mean or awful things, he’s on the road for work, and so here I am at home crying and miserable over it all (while he just feels better for snapping and forgets all about it.)

That was yesterday. The day before he was home and asked me to check my email because I had a gift waiting for me. I checked it, only had an email about a bill being paid. That’s not a gift. So  once it was determined that I didn’t get it, he tried to re-send it to gmail and called Vudu a couple of times, and nothing helped.

It was stressful since I couldn’t fix it. Easy fix was to just send it to a correct email address that wasn’t gmail. How was I to know that though. So it was a stressful day and hubby left early in the morning the next day and had to deal with the situation via the phone while driving and it was not fun on either end, his or mine, but I definitely was the miserable one, as always.

What does it take to make me cry? A lot. It’s not something I do much any given year.

Bottom line. I just don’t know.

Fedora 20 64-bit UEFI boot USB Key

I am using my HP Envy 4-1115dx with a USB Key running a Live ISO of Fedora 20 64-bit booted with UEFI.

It’s working  pretty well. Feels good, I  can use my touchpad and touchscreen is working to a degree. The touchpad is really touchy though. I do have the turn off while typing and it seems to be working better with that on. Responsive to touch of the touchpad when I am not typing, instantly, so far.

This is good, better than how Ubuntu feels on any computer, live cd or installed.

I used Fedora long ago … glad to be back, this far, easily. I downloaded the live usb creator and the version of Fedora I wanted to use. (On Windows 8.1 64-bit)

I had to use a command prompt in the directory I had the creator in and use the name of the .exe file and ”  –force G:” (the drive letter of my USB Key) to get it to recogize my USB Key. It wrote the iso steadily and that was that.

 

Tearaway Unfolded PS4 Causing Strife

I’m sickened by the attitudes of some PS Vita owners. Something like Tearaway. The Developers for that game made it for the PS Vita. It’s their prerogative to make something more or less of it on another platform. Today Media Molecule unveiled their new project, Tearaway Unfolded for PS4.

Tearaway Unfolded PS4

It’s a re-telling of the original game that was developed exclusively for PS Vita last year. It’s built from the ground up, they say, to bring the game to life on the big screen, to interact with the world from your couch using the controller.

It’s inventive. It’s awesome to see a developer using the abilities of the DS4 and PS4 together. Many PS Vita owners also have a PS4. Not all do. Some are pretty snotty though, wanting the world and the moon and the universe for their PS Vita’s and not even a grain of sand from that world put to use on the PS4 or PS3.

Tearaway PS Vita

I have the Tearaway PS Vita game. I haven’t played it yet. I’ve had the physical game for many long months, since it came out. I just have had other things to play, on PS3, on PS Vita and since November the PS4. I’ll get to it eventually. I was in favor of the game from the first time I saw anything about it in any case. I’m also in favor of the PS4 version of the game. It’s a great title to adapt to the big console.

PS Vita hasn’t had those “big” titles announced for it for a long time. Even Tearaway wasn’t a “big” title, in reality. The main thing is there are people that love something being exclusive to the PS Vita. It’s great. It’s nice. If a game can be changed to thrive on the console as well, that’s nothing of a vote against the PS Vita. That is a silly notion. It’s a giant kudo for the PS Vita to have housed the originality of the initial IP.

PS Vita has a lot of great games coming to it, made especially for the handheld. Some ports from console games, indies made for PS Vita,  indies from the PC or Android or Apple world. All in all, even a port is made for the PS Vita. Not ground up per se, but it’s made to work with all the features the PS Vita has most of the time.

I don’t put all my eggs in one basket when it comes to gaming. I use the consoles, and my PS Vita, even my PC some. I have never looked to a handheld to be my “everything” –not even my smart phone is that for me.

My PS Vita has a ton of great content digitally, and in a nice collection of physical media. I have a lot of games to play that are compelling for this or that reason, fun, lighthearted, tough, easy enough, but challenging as well.

This doesn’t mean I don’t understand how anyone can only have a PS Vita and expect more from it than they are getting. I would say that it would improve their outlook if they’d play PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate or Killzone Mercenary or LittleBig Planet PS Vita, or …. one of many other great titles that exists.

As it is, exclusives are nice for one thing, and a denial of service from another perspective. We all see great games put to the PS3 or the PS4 that we think would be great on the PS Vita. How many times does one console get something that later comes to the PS Vita too. Crying foul at that would be ridiculous.

The closest I have come to that is PixelJunk Monsters. I hated seeing that ugly version out there on FB. I don’t use FB but found the actual FB version of that to be less than quality looking. It bothered me.

When Double Eleven got the project to bring it to the PS Vita, it got a Windows release too. Guess what? I bought it on Steam. The game being outside of the PlayStation ecosystem doesn’t bother me so much as make me know that the definitive experience with the game is on PlayStation Vita. The older game on PS3 and PSP was good too. It’s not so fun playing with a keyboard and mouse.  It’s a beautiful game at any rate, on Windows or PS3 or PSP or PS Vita. Just plays better up the chain (as I have listed in the previous sentence.)

So, the burning question, is the PS Vita dead? No. Not by a long shot. PS4 and PS Vita have a buddy-buddy relationship, whether or not one desires it to be that way.  PlayStation TV (PS VIta TV) will come into the Western World sooner than later and bridge the tiny gap and blur all lines as they are drawn right now.

Bottom line: The bad mouthing about PS Vita is very embarrassing. New articles on PlayStation Blog today from Gamescom are being targeted in comments by these disgruntled PS Vita owners. It’s ugly.

UEFI Windows 8.1 Pro

I don’t know if I had UEFI and partitioned Win 8 installed exactly right (as it should have been) but I know I did use UEFI, absolutely … and when I upgraded to Win 8.1, I don’t know if that caused a problem or what or when, but one day, earlier this year, I turned on my monitor and my screen was telling me there was no OS to be found.

That was troublesome. I went to BIOS that day and turned on LEGACY Bios, and voila, Windows 8.1 booted right up.

That didn’t sit well with me. I hadn’t tried to install anything else, no dual booting or anything. No hinky software.

At a couple of points in the ensuing months I used Refresh, when things just weren’t going well, they just felt wrong.

One day recently I hit the first link when I Googled something. I didn’t intend to, I was searching for possible downloads, not wanting to do what I mindlessly did, first and only time ever to hit a sponsored link like that.

I can tell you I had to immediately shut down and use System Restore, but even then something was bad. So I did a Refresh.

My problem then though was the UEFI thing. Secure Boot and keeping my main Desktop computer running fast and problem free. So I pondered it deeply for about a week, and yesterday got all my stuff together and went for it. I deleted all of my partitions off the SSD and had made sure I was booted into my Windows 8.1 Pro DVD as UEFI. Windows 8.1 Pro was then installed properly in that space

Now I’m working at getting all the programs I want installed properly, then I’ll make a custom image for refresh. <—– Something I wanted to do long ago, but just never did. Now is the time!

Getting a clean install of Windows 8.1 is not the easiest thing. You have to have it downloaded and put onto a USB Stick or Drive, or a DVD. If you want to use UEFI then you have to have your USB copy made correctly for UEFI booting, or use a disc and have a UEFI DVD or Blu-ray drive.

Next is the nasty of your Windows 8 key not working when they force you to input one in the beginning of the install. It won’t be a problem to input it later, it will be accepted. In order to install though you either have to have a generic key that will be accepted to install, or you add a file to your install files that will make the key input to be bypassed until the end, once Windows is installed you’ll be able to input your Win 8 key.

In my case I found a generic key and it worked. I installed and once I verified my install, I went into PC Settings and input my own Windows 8 key. Activation on the spot.

Dual-Booting and Data Reclaiming

I have a Seagate GoFlex Desktop 3TB drive, I wrote a post about it previously to this one.

I was able to get a live Ubuntu DVD going which proved via Testdisk that I did have harvest-able data on it. That just wouldn’t work on my big Desktop computer though.

I finally just bit the bullet and went to the HP All in one in the kitchen, shrunk the main partition, and got Ubuntu 14 to dual boot on it. It’s not great, Ubuntu is scrunched onto the computer. It’s great to take bits of my data via Testdisk though.

I actively have to copy files that will go onto the measly 5gb partition for Home. Then once there I have to chmod 777 them so I can copy then delete or just plain move them immediately.

I’m only copying my HD Videos right now. I did an entire years worth, not watching all of them, but a lot of them to verify they were OK. They are all OK.

Occasionally I have to re-copy from the Seagate GoFlex data, so there is some kind of problem with the drive.

At any rate, the drive was fine last week, and then one day suddenly not.

I’d be so happy to get another external NEW drive. Bad timing, is all I can say. Not a penny to throw at it.

I did install STEAM there on Ubuntu today. It was a horrible process, then come to find out Terraria isn’t Linux capable. Oh well.

That HP All in one computer has a problem that didn’t show up the last two days in Ubuntu, but did today. Windows loses wi-fi. It’s not an easy fix, you have to set it to troubleshoot connections and it’s a pain.

In Ubuntu it happened, no wi-fi suddenly. I right-clicked the wi-fi indicator at the top right of the screen, unticked “enable wifi” then reticked it. Bingo. Wi-Fi radio working and online again. Much easier. But Ubuntu isn’t going to be our main computer. It just can’t hold a candle to Windows ‘any flavour’ still. I find that all Linux flavours are good for troubleshooting and changing things …. hard drives, data corruption, rooting devices, etc.  I enjoy using Windows and when I want/need something else, it works out.

As it goes, I used to use Fedora, dual-booting. I am trying to figure out if I can get something like that going on my now older HP Envy 4-1115dx UEFI boot and no HP Recovery partition any more. Then I’d have more use for that machine.

Thinking, thinking, thinking …