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Raspberry PI 2 - Installing Iceweasel

I have been trying to install iceweasel and keep getting a error 404 when using 'apt-get install iceweasel'
So here's the fix:

sudo su
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Then after reboot
sudo su
apt-get install iceweasel

Raspberry RAM Drive for LOGS

Basically, you edit the /etc/fstab

tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults,noatime,nosuid,size=100m 0 0
tmpfs /var/tmp tmpfs defaults,noatime,nosuid,size=30m 0 0
tmpfs /var/log tmpfs defaults,noatime,nosuid,mode=0755,size=100m 0 0
tmpfs /var/run tmpfs defaults,noatime,nosuid,mode=0755,size=2m 0 0
tmpfs /var/spool/mqueue tmpfs defaults,noatime,nosuid,mode=0700,gid=12,size=30m 0 0



Get back your start menu in Windows 8

I've been using Windows 8.1 and absolutely dislike the returned start menu as it lacks a lot of features compared to the Windows 7 start menu.

The good news is that the guys over at Classic Shell has created software to return the taskbar to its rightful bottom of the screen.

You can get it free at

Good luck!

PhotoSync To PC for Android and Windows

Get more information and demonstration video here:

Synchronize your android photos to your PC with a few clicks! Never lose your photos because you broke your android device or don't have access to it!
Just run our Windows application on your computer which you can download at

Run the Windows app to send your photos to your computer in your My Pictures folder! It's just that simple!

It also sends video files that are in your camera directory as well automatically!

It's so extremely simple, you'll never have to connect your android device/phone using the USB cable again and doing complicated actions to back up your photos!

Use it once and you'll see how easy it is!

Spending money wisely is a science... good luck is the additive ingredient

For me, spending money is a science. Sure, sometimes luck helps when buying a product or service but definitely for the most part of it, its a science. So you might be wondering what I'm talking about and basically these general rules or "science" is just how I do things, there's no necessary wrong or right and you might do things differently.

So let's say I need a website and I either have two options:
1. Buy a solution
2. Create a solution

Initially, it might be easy to throw some money at it to get a solution that works out of the box which is what you'd be paying for. But let's just say that solution is 5000 dollars U.S (of course this is just an arbitrary figure, I'm just giving example)


I could build the solution which would simply cost me some of my time (...some what FREE). I'd probably choose building it because I'd get the added benefit of learning plus it would cost me a lot less to maintain hopefully in the long run and I own it.

So this is kind of how I think about open source technology because when something is free, you can't blame it really. Your Return On Investment is instant. You don't have to hope and pray that your solution will work and whether it works or fails, it matters very little because you don't waste money. So think of this on the business aspect, does it apply? Of course it does.... Make it Agile and then it's even better!

So why can't people see this? Well that's another topic I'll write on.... "People that over-think processes"


TSTT bMobile's Add+ Vantage - Mostly Rubbish

You know, the thing that gets me, is when a company advertises an expensive service but makes the consumer think that they are getting real value for money. Therefore, I am about to speak to the masses of you about TSTT/bMobile's Add+ Vantage promotion which as far as I can see, is just a big waste of time gimmick (mostly rubbish).

Point #1: So previous to this Add+ Vantage promotion was the 1..2..3..4 promotion which I must say which did in fact save you money in one sense. The 1 2 3 4 promotion allowed you to make a call for more than 3 minutes if I'm not mistaken and give you up to 100 minutes free for that specific call (which is fine I suppose, kind of like spending about 3 dollars for a 100 minute call)

Point #2: So I think they've gotten rid of this and no started splitting plans up such that you choice between voice and data communications. In other words, they have plans for data + sms and separate plans for voice minute bundle. Furthermore, the voice bundles basically charge you $1 per minute (which I do not see as a cost advantage to the consumer - so that's rubbish to me).

Point #3: Who on earth these days want a limited data plan? Answer: Simple, anyone who can't get an unlimited plan. And there's where this company basically advantages the situation with the consumer. You pay $29 dollars a week for 300 MB of data. This is like giving me one slice of pepperoni from a pizza. It tastes really good but can't do much to keep you up and practically worthless. But yet, some foolish person working for this company dictates the pace at which technology has become. So my rhetorical question for them is.... What is the point of the cloud if data is THAT LIMITED. It makes no sense. Sure, people will buy the plan but the truth is that you all can do much better. It's a real shame. I don't mind if a company which gives its best gets money from the consumer but I'm not seeing that here. So as far as I am concern, to power a small island with data is not to much ask and thus these plans and limits are utter rubbish. That data calculator is as bogus as the people who came up with these data plans.

Point #4: Their so called "unlimited" plans have unreasonably low limits in this day and age. One cannot compare Verizon to our small TSTT/bMobile. It is ridiculous to think they cannot provide more for less considering they have much less overhead cost than an international company. Utter rubbish from TSTT/bMobile as usual. When will this end?

bMobile / Blink / bzone Hotspots - Pure waste of time - Extremely frustrating!!!

So for the past 3 days, I've been trying to get access to the free bzone hotspots. But as is mostly the case, TSTT has once more proved its incompetence. Everytime I try to register as a bmobile user to get unto the hotspot, the SMS code is never sent to my phone which means - NO INTERNET ACCESS. This has been extremely frustrating to say the least, I don't know what to do anymore.

bMobile Outlets - FRUSTRATING!!!

You know, as if all my rants have not been enough. Every time I check a bmobile outlet for a handset promotion, it ends up with my blood pressure so high, I end up having to try to sooth myself with mental therapy that one day, they will actually become a company worth something! If you haven't had the chance, head down to a bmobile outlet and test your luck out on getting those blu hansets that $500. They are either out of stock or the outlet does not have the promotion. I mean, what in God's name is going on with TSTT/Blink/Bmobile?!? Absolutely frustrated. Digicel is no better as far as I am concerned because they have similar ridiculous prices for internet. Is it too much to ask for a third mobile company that gives the proper service? For God's sake man!

Royal Castle at the Airport

It is extremely pathetic when a fast food chain that encourages people to eat local does not provide local pepper. In fact Royal Castle at the airport rather sells the pepper as it is neatly shown in a glass case. So guess what Royal Castle.... youd be surprise how much sales you are not going to get from me anymore. Kfc it is then. I rather wait in line to get pepper than to not waot to get no pepper. Shame on Royal Castle!

Transfer credit from one phone to another on bmobile

Recently I needed to transfer credit from my phone to another persons phone. After quick research I found that all you have to do is type *131*phonenumberyouwantmoneytogoto*dollaramount#

you will then be asked to confirm and the person will recieve the credit

good luck

this has only been tested on bmobile