Help I forgot to make my user an administrator when installing fedora

When installing fedora I almost always forget to tick the “make user an administrator” box. Then when I want to install some software or update later I get a rather morose ticking off from my terminal…  “Username is not in sudoers file. This incident will be reported”.  Just what every girl wants to hear… one…Continue reading Help I forgot to make my user an administrator when installing fedora

How to open gparted in fedora 25 (wayland): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0

Today’s task list involved installing Fedora 25 (yay!) on my new computer and reformatting some hard drives to use as backup disks. The install was fine however I couldn’t seem to get gparted started (poet / know it). Gparted is the tool I find most useful for dealing with hard drives, partitions etc, but apparently…Continue reading How to open gparted in fedora 25 (wayland): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0

Protect yourself from Thunderbird email auto-complete when you start a new job

I had heard tell of dramatic/humiliating problems caused by erroneous email auto-complete before, but never been personally affected. I recently discovered that, while social embarrassments are… embarrassing, when you leave one employer and join a new one, the stakes are raised and the problems caused could easily have wider repercussions. I decided to sort out…Continue reading Protect yourself from Thunderbird email auto-complete when you start a new job

Image and Attribution Identification Game using Blockhash and Elog.io

I heard Jonas Öberg speak about blockhash and elog.io (since mothballed) at Fosdem2015. The general purpose of these tools is to allow users to make attribution of CC licensed images easy. First they identify CC licensed images when they are used on-line, the tools then match the image with a record in a central database…Continue reading Image and Attribution Identification Game using Blockhash and Elog.io

Teaching kids about Copyright using “RIP: a remix manifesto” DVD

We had a tricky session at techie heaven a few weeks ago, where we didn’t have enough leaders to run normal activities. I instead bought some popcorn and sat the kids in front my favourite documentary, RIP: a Remix Manifesto by Brett Gaylor (2008). Thanks to Brett for telling me about the additional resources (below) which we used along side the video.