Friday, June 25, 2010

Flash fix for 64 bit Fedora and Mint with Google-Chrome

Open up a terminal in both Mint 9 and Fedora 13 I did

sudo mkdir /opt/google/chrome/plugins

In Mint I ran:

sudo cp /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/ /opt/google/chrome/plugins

In Fedora I ran:

cp /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins-wrapped/  /opt/google/chrome/plugins

that did it for  me Flash working in both Mint and Fedora

Wifes Hours Cut

My wife and her co-workers were given a choice between being terminated or going part-time, and had to make this decision in twenty-four hours. The companies numbers are down so they have to make reductions, I do not know the financial state of the company so I won't speculate whether or not these were the correct cuts. What gets under my skin how their director handled the meeting to inform the employees. Then promptly after informing them of the staff reduction she left the job site and made herself unavailable till next Monday, I think that is dirty. She has  the responsibility at least be available during work hours for questions and help with expediting answers from other departments. During the meeting she did not have all of the information they needed to make a informed decision. Such as what or if there was going to be a severance package, will a cobra plan for insurance be offered and many more questions like this. Treating employees that are having hours reduced or laid off with no respect is fowl. Most people  if given the truth can greater understand the choices made instead all of this verbal kung-fu. Know one wants to lose hours or their job, but; if faced with it they would rather be treated like professionals instead of three year old's. If someone behaves like a child than at that point deal with them accordingly. Other wise treat them with respect not disdain, just yesterday these employees were trusted with the assets of the company and today they are treated like children with a hostile, dismissive attitude.  Be square with people help them make informed decisions, I think you would be surprised at how loyal employees can be when treated with respect. Hell I am surprised at how loyal employees are when treated like crap.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

File sharing, LPD Printing From Linux to Windows 7

We just added a Windows machine to the network, it has the printer connected to it. I wanted to be able to print from my Linux computers to the Windows 7 printer. I first tried to use Samba,  file sharing worked between Windows and Linux, not the printer share. Then decided to try using LPD instead of Samba for the printer share. Had to install LPD Services in Windows 7 Start Menu> Control Panel> Programs> Turn Windows Features on and Off select LPD Print Service.
Did a restart of Windows 7,not for sure it was needed figured it would not hurt. After the restart I hit the Windows key typed in Services it showed up as the first selection,  hit enter. then under Services looked for LPD then right clicked selected properties and checked to make sure it was set to automatic and started.
Menu>System>Administration>Printing after I selected printing the dialog comes up there is a add button  selected that then it brings up dialog to choose either local or network I went to network and choose lpd enter my info and then followed the dialogs and that was it. I found with windows I had to change the firewall setting to allow printer sharing. After that I was able to print perfectly.

Using Google Chrome

I have been using  Google Chrome for Linux. It has been about a few weeks now. It seems snappier than before. I like the theme options. I like using the url bar  as the search bar as well, Accessing different search engines that I have saved is different then in Firefox. Over all I like it I find myself going between Google-Chrome and Firefox. In Fedorax64 13 on my laptop Google-Chrome runs much better than Firefox, on my desktop running Linux Mintx64 9 the  difference between the two is not that great or any how it does seem like it. I have not dug into it to find out what the difference is yet.