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.

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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.

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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.

Data, data, no where to put it

I had problems with my main computer the other day, it was acting weird, not a virus. So I also found at that point that my Seagate GoFlex 3TB Desktop drive was malfunctioning.

I made a new profile in Windows 8.1 and everything was fine, except for that Seagate drive.

It’s a real downer because ALL my old HD videos are on it. (Raw movies I took with my Sony Handycam since 2008, most recent years I put new ones on my main computer pictures drive.)

I wasn’t doing anything with them, I’m accruing more and more and more footage all the time, from concerts and festivals, and even that stuff I do hardly anything with. My plan was to get to all that old content when I built my big desktop. I did get that built, but then didn’t get decent software for it until later, and right now nothing is installed because I Refreshed Windows right before I made my new profile this time, and actually did do that for another reason several months ago, and my software has been dormant mostly since then.

I said all that in order to mean saying, even the Refresh of Windows didn’t fix my profile, I didn’t even think it would, just did it because I like to start over on computers.

So I tried TestDisk with the drive, and I had limited success in seeing something was still there. I finally made an Ubuntu Live DVD today and was able to use TestDisk to see there was my partition and all the data. Just wouldn’t function as a real drive. I don’t have another 3TB sitting around, so I can’t do anything more until I get a new one.

I have space I could move some stuff to, but that’s not really an option, unless I piecemeal it somehow, I’d rather clone the drive, a full image, at least. I don’t have that much space in one place, it’d take moving heaven and earth to accumulate it, but I’m not sure I could get enough space anyhow.

Which brings up another data saving project I was doing long ago, I was able to pull data using Xcopy on another drive, but wanted to fully image it, clone it too. Augggghhhh!

It’s not a big one, at least, only a 320gb I guess. Ha ha! Storage is so cheap compared to a few years ago. I need to get everything sorted out and onto new storage with backups and backups for the backups.

Not to mention even my web stuff I’ve not backed up in ages.

Getting Ubuntu installed was a chore. I installed it in space I made on our HP All in One. To get it dual booting I had to use a grub-repair thing, instructions found online worked out beautifully, but to get to that point I had to install Ubuntu twice. So hours of F’ing around at least I have a decent computer with dual booting now.

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Royal Blood – 07-15-2014 – Part 1

Royal Blood started their US tour on July 15th 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

I was really excited about this concert, hoping for many long weeks that they’d come to America and tour, and that I’d be able to see them on that tour, somewhere.

I do search for many bands on tour, and don’t devote every search to every band, so I was a bit behind on Royal Blood’s tour, I guess. Like following others on Twitter, one just doesn’t see every tweet made by those you follow. Your stream gets a good reading now and then, but not 24/7 and then you don’t go to a particular twitter account to see what they’ve tweeted lately either, very often. I was aware of it in advance though, that much is good.

The only way to see Royal Blood on this tour was to travel to Charlotte, NC. I was able to get my hubby to agree to it (sometimes there are horrible schedule conflicts due to his work.) We drove to Charlotte the same day as the concert, a few hours of drive time.

It was a threatening-to-rain sort of day, just look at the leaves of Maple trees and you can be certain something is going to happen (when you see those turned over leaves the whole drive from home to NC, for instance.) And eventually it came pouring down. I got really wet that afternoon, in the front only and looked awful. Oh well. We were out of our hotel and not going back until the after the concert.

We didn’t want to go anywhere, so hung around the venue in the parking lot for a bit. My husband wandered inside to see if there was an ATM and came out a bit later with Ben. Holy Cow!

I’ve always had sensitive skin, very pale and totally the summer colouring kind of person, see thru skin. So … colour photographs of me on a day like that, anathema. But anyhow here’s me, with a lovely filtering of the colour applied to the photograph.

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Royal Blood and me! Left to right: Ben Thatcher, Me, Mike Kerr.

The above photo was taken awhile after that. Yes, that’s my Stone Sour 2014 Dead Generation shirt I’m wearing. I think (no, I KNOW) Royal Blood will get me to sign up when/if they offer a “club” — Stone Sour has been the only one I’ve ever done, so far.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this story, coming soon!

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Nothing More – My Point of View (Review)

Nothing More has had play on SiriusXM Octane (37) with This Is The Time (Ballast) for awhile now. It’s a great song, I fell in love with it after a couple of listens, but was sure I would be the first time I heard it. Does that make sense? :)

This Is The Time (Ballast)

Once that was out of the way I research who Nothing More was. Then I saw they’d be opening for the Chevelle concert I was going to go to April 22nd. Not only that, they were going to be at the Carolina Rebellion in May.

Going to Nashville to see Chevelle was more than that. Nothing More.

The Bar in the Cannery Ballroom

Inside the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, the crowd gathered, tighter and tighter, the closer to the stage one was.

The Crowd Behind Before The Concert Started

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Nothing More opened the show. I would have loved for them to play more, and delete the next act. Chevelle was after that, they were awesome. But it was hot and miserable in the crowd, several rows back, yet pretty close to the stage, and too short to be able to appreciate it. :(

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My view point (viewport) gave me what I would have wanted though, a ‘crowd in the way’ kind of fan footage experience of the first part of the show. The climbing excitement and This Is The Time (Ballast) as the show opener. (My video from my YouTube Channel: Crazy-Maisy)

Nothing More has great potential, and watching them was more than fun. Near the end,  when the whole event was almost over, I had gotten overwhelmed with the heat of the crowd and had wormed my way through and back towards the doors. It was so much cooler there. My husband went through the doors to get me another Chevelle t-shirt, and came back to tell me that Nothing More was in there at their table, he talked to one of them, the singer wasn’t there, he thought. I was still listening to Chevelle play though, so I didn’t care about it yet.

When Chevelle was done we went into that area to get out, of course there they were. Jonny Hawkins was standing right there, and unlike myself I found me going right up to him and hugging him big time. Wow! Their music is such an emotional mix of rock, it just took me over when I saw him.

I can probably thank Kyle Nicolaides for that, I should have seen it coming. :)

Galaxy Player 5.0 CM 11 & Music2SD

My Galaxy Player 5.0 is running CM 11 and I like it like this, but it’s sloggy-ish to me, not that it never was. Every version of software on this is slooow-ish to some point.

I’ve always preferred my phones to my Galaxy Player 5.0 since they have better ‘insides’ and software. Snappy and responsive.

Point 1: I hate Touch Wiz.

Point 2: I hate Android GingerBread.

I like the feel of the Galaxy Player. It’s just a nice device with a not so great chip, and limited ability to upgrade it with custom roms. But it can be done, so of course I did it day 1. Bricked my first one, replaced it, and have, several times, re-rommed it.

For a long time I did have other roms and changed something in property files to use my SD external card as my internal. That was great, but I didn’t like the slowness of the devices action on those ROMS.

Getting CM 10 on it changed it. I didn’t bother with the internal/external trick anymore. I eventually put CM 11 on it. Recently it just got to me and did more research.

Thus, the reason I’m writing this.

Xposed Framework and Music2SD

I got this done easily last week. It all seemed good, at first, but then every day Google Music was re-downloading everything.

I did more research, and it wasn’t just me. I deleted that Music2SD module and then looked in the Xposed Installer app for an older version of the Muisc2SD Module, 1.6.1, <—- that one is as solid as the day is long.

I have found that leaving WiFi on kills battery faster, of course, but even more so, it causes gulpy, gluppy, slowdown gulps in my music. I had to have as much of my music downloaded as possible to listen happily.

This means I can’t scrobble on the fly. Simple Scrobbler is fine with that. I have it set now to scrobble later, every 10 songs, and if WiFi is off, it’ll hold them in queue until I turn WiFi on, then instantly my stats are on last.fm profile.

Even playing downloaded music with wifi on is glitchy sounding. I’m streaming to a BEATS Pill usually. I have to try a few tests and see if it’s like that connected with the cable to the same speaker, and also to other devices, cable and/or bluetooth.

I have a Philips Android Bluetooth Speaker by my bedside. I don’t recall it flipping out at all. I can’t be sure though, so … I’ll report back in another post with my findings later.

On CM 10 I did have Greenify app running. I don’t on CM 11. I guess I’ll have to try that. Plus I do have all notification OFF. Anything to minimize interference with my music!

Music playing and streaming from WiFi to Bluetooth BEATS PILL works flawlessly on my Nexus 5 phone. Of course it does, KitKat wonder that it is. :)

So CM 11 on Galaxy Player 5.0 feels great with no WiFi on. It slows down a bit the more that’s going on. Looking at settings and all, that is snappy enough. Play music and there are some delays, but I’m used to it, though I know the other side of how it works on my KitKat Nexus 5. I have to have a player separate from my phone. I just need that. Not to talk on the phone, just need a consistent Player that can scrobble. I need that battery ability of the player, with my phone filling in the gaps. I’m so glad I have my Galaxy Player 5.0 able to download and keep all that music on it now. 32GB card was sitting there wasted.

HTC Evo View Running JB

I had an HTC Evo View 4G from Sprint. I still ‘have’ it, but it’s been off contract for awhile now, and wasn’t “mine” to use. I got a Nexus 10, and my husband used the View for awhile, but was letting it sit around the last many months.

Long ago,  when I was still using it, I got it unlocked, rooted and had a couple of different ROM’s on it. Cypher was the last one I used and I was tired of it. I put it back to stock using the Multitool for the HTC Evo View, and let my hubby use it.

So it was on HC with a 1.14 hboot for a long time. Just not a nice tablet, to me. Recently I charged it up and made sure it held a charge OK. I toyed with ideas of what to do with it, and recently decided that I needed to get it re-rooted all the way so that Vudu could work on it.

We are going to Carolina Rebellion and so I’m letting my daughter, who’s going with us, use the tablet.

I used a tacoroot method to  root in able to downgrade from HC to GB, since I could only get unlocked and rooted fully with hboot 1.13. The method worked great. I used Revolutionary IO, but had to switch to a different computer to finish it, as Win8.1 and Fastboot do not get along together.

On a Win 8.0 machine I had it s-off and custom recovery Revolutionary style. Welcome back! I love this recovery.

Then onto the ROM’s. The only one that would do was CG’s JB. In order to get from GB to JB I had to go to HC or at least it’s hboot. I couldn’t find one to flash, probably didn’t look hard enough for an hboot, but I settled on an HC Rom, didn’t matter what. First I tried the Multitool but it flaked out at certain point in downloading. I got it accomplished manually with some other ROM, then connected the device to the pc to put CG ROM and GAPPS on the SD card.

I flashed them in recovery and the boot loop feel was too long, so I went back to recovery and wiped everything, didn’t matter since nothing was on the tablet anyhow.

Oh joy! The bliss that comes over one when the device boots and goes into setup screens and is responsive and all that.

I now have the HTC Evo View 4G with the 3G disabled via a patch I flashed, running CGROM. Opened Play Store, searched Vudu, and voila! There it is, install, works. Opens, downloads and plays. Great!

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Going to see Chevelle on Tuesday

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I’m really getting exited about the  Chevelle concert in Nashville. Only two days away now!  I saw them in 2013, now again in 2014. The difference is a new album that just dropped April 1, 2014.

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I’m looking forward to seeing Nothing More supporthing them as well. I’ve sampled some of their songs on different websites, and bought (digitally) their newest single: This is the Time (Ballast) and I hope I can bring home something CD formatted from their merch.

Thinking, thinking, thinking …