Open Ubuntu Nautilus File Manager as root

Be very careful doing this.

But sometimes there are files on a flash drive that cannot be deleted with root access. Here is how you get it for the Ubuntu file manager.

1) Open Ubuntu Nautilus File Manager as root.
2) Open command terminal. (Hint: Ctrl+Alt+T)
3) Copy and paste the following (right click copy, then right click paste):
sudo nautilus
4) Hit enter. The Nautilus File Manager will open with root access.
5) When your done, just close the Nautilus File Manager.

Amazon Stealing Your Bandwidth

Dan Goodin, with Ars Technica, reports that “Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors.”

Barbara Krasnoff, with The Verge, explains that “The new network will share a small portion of your bandwidth with your neighbors.

I think Dan Goodin blows it out of proportion when he says, “Amazon’s experimental wireless mesh networking turns users into guinea pigs…. that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance.”

To be fair, Amazon has actually been very careful to ensure your personal privacy and security. See there white paper here.

My issue is that you are not being asked to participate, they are turning it on by default. You have to oft out. Taking bandwidth I am paying for without my permission is stealing. Amazon is wrong to do this.

Here is how to opt out

  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Open More and select Settings.
  3. Select Account Settings.
  4. Select Amazon Sidewalk.
  5. Turn Amazon Sidewalk On or Off for your account.

How To Enable Minimize On Click (Ubuntu 20.04)

If you are using Ubuntu 20.04, there is a feature that should be enabled by default but isn’t.

It is the ability to click on the right side panel and both open and minimize a program. It doesn’t minimize. Here is how to fix that.

In a terminal copy and paste:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'minimize'

Hit enter. Done.

Back to Ubuntu Linux

For the last few years, I have been using Linux Mint. This week I switched back to Ubuntu. I am now running Ubuntu 20.04.2.0 LTS, code named Focal Fossa.

For those who only know about Windows and MacOS, Linux is another and different operating system. It is different because it is free and because the source code is available for inspection.

I have been running Ubuntu Linux since 2008. I used Fedora for a number of years, and then switched to Linux Mint. I still recommend Linux Mint for all home users. This is the system I have on both my mom’s computer and my wife’s parent’s computer.

So why did I switch? I recently have switch professions to the IT field. This means that I will need to stay current on news and threats directed to businesses. Ubuntu Linux and Red Hat Linux are two of the major players in this field. Hence the reason for the switch.

Equalizer For Linux Mint 20.1

Rhythmbox is the default player in Linux Mint 20.1. But it still does not have an equalizer.

The best solution is to add Pulse Effects to the whole system.

In the terminbal, simple type:

sudo apt install -y pulseeffects lsp-plugins 

It will ask for your password, then press enter.

Search for PulseEffects in the menu. Go to equalizer, enable it.

Click on tool icon. Choose a preset you like, or customize one yourself.

I listen to relaxing Zen meditation music so I chose “soft.”

How to Update Chrome OS

Your Chromebook should automatically checks for and downloads updates when connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Finish an Update

  1. When your Chromebook downloads a software update, look for the “Update available” notification.
  2. Select Restart to Update.
  3. Your Chromebook will restart and update.

Check for Updates Yourself

  1. Turn on your Chromebook.
  2. Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi.
  3. At the bottom right, select the time.
  4. Select Settings .
  5. At the bottom of the left panel, select About Chrome OS.
  6. Under “Google Chrome OS,” you’ll find which version of the Chrome operating system your Chromebook uses.
  7. Select Check for updates.
  8. If your Chromebook finds a software update, it will start to download automatically.

Connect to Wi-Fi

Step 1: Turn on Wi-Fi

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Not Connected .
    Note: If you see your Wi-Fi network name and a signal strength, your Chromebook is already connected to Wi-Fi.
  3. Turn on Wi-Fi.
  4. Your Chromebook will automatically look for available networks and show them to you in a list.

Step 2: Pick a network and connect

Step 3: Sign in