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About seangibbz

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  • Birthday June 2

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    Edmonton, AB
  • Interests
    Laptop gaming, Wii hacking, Linux Development, OS Multibooting
  • Biography
    Computer Science Student at University of Alberta with interests in technology and health care. Hoping to one day help move your prescriptions into the 21st century.
  • Occupation
    Pharmacy Technician


  • CPU
    Intel i7 2675QM Quad-Core @ 2.20 GHz
  • RAM
    4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
  • GPU
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512 MB GDDR5
  • Storage
    500 GB (5400 RPM)
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    Built-in MacBook Pro 15" 1440x900
  • Cooling
    Built-in MacBook Pro Fans
  • Keyboard
    Built-in MacBook Pro Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Logitech M305 Cordless Mouse
  • Operating System
    MacOS Sierra / Windows 7 Pro SP2 / KALI Linux (Rolling) - Multiboot with rEFInd
  1. So, after some joking with some friends about the mention of "LinusOS" in some of the recent material (e.g. Twitter, as well at the PIA reveal video), I'm toying with the idea of creating a custom Linus distro (mostly as a joke, but it could potentially be useful for some people). The easiest method would likely consist of taking Ubuntu as a base, then adding customizations. So far, these would likely consist of: Changing the background to a Linus/LTT image Altering the theme to use LTT/WAN Show colours Adding some additional packages/apps PIA Steam Codecs for media playback (ubuntu-restricted-extras) Some benchmark tools I'm currently open to any suggestions as to what other modifications could be made. I'm open to suggestions.
  2. So long story short, I'm planning on upgrading my aging MacBook Pro's hard drive with an SSD. Upon doing some research, I've found that some drives done handle TRIM commands correctly on Linux (which I use for a lot of programming work) and likely also macOS (which is based on Unix and can enable TRIM on third-party drives via terminal commands). These drives are blacklisted in the Linux kernel. I'm now trying to understand what the subsequent "whitelist" block means when it says It then lists Intel SSDs among the whitelisted devices. Sandisk isn't listed in either the blacklist or whitelist. Does this mean that the it would be good for Linux, or that it just hasn't been tested? Tldr: I'm debating between an Intel 540s 1TB ($399) or a Sandisk Ultra II 960GB ($320) and want to know which one I should go with if I'll be using TRIM on macOS/Linux.
  3. Users of hacked/jailbroken 3DS consoles have unfortunately found them on the wrong end of the Nintendo ban-hammer recently. Many users of custom 3DS firmware (also known as CFW). Have been banned from any 3DS online services, as stated by Kotaku. I was first made aware of the news through the /r/3dshacks subreddit. There is megathread/faq regarding the issue here. I quickly became worried as I have my 3DS hacked to run emulators (namely for old gba games that I still own) and hacking my animal crossing town once in a while. Fortunately I was one of the few not affected by the initial ban and thusly have disabled wifi on my device as a precaution. Some users have found temporary workarounds to get unbanned by changing their device friend seed. But until we're sure how Nintendo is determining which consoles to ban and prevent is (eg by filtering out which telemetry data the console reports), its advised against doing this as Nintendo could just detect and ban the newly changed seeds. There are also posts on GBAtemp speculating the possible criteria for being banned here and here. The working theories are that Nintendo has been scanning through telemetry data the 3DS sends and then flagging any consoles with non-authorized apps (e.g. homebrew system tools, emulators, custom roms, etc). It's also been speculated that this might be a reaction to the recent release of sighax/boot9strap, which gives users access to the 3ds early on in the boot process and allows for greater control over all elements of the hardware/software (including device encryption keys). Nintendo's comment on the issue has been limited to citing a ban as consequence for terms of service violations. While some are citing this as an anti-piracy measure, it stills fail in that regard as users are still fully able to install and play pirated games, though offline.
  4. GNOME will be my favourite desktop environment always and forever.
  5. GNOME has more development than Unity as it's more commonly used across other distros (Debian, Fedora, etc). Rather than doing their own thing, they're working to benefit the linux ecosystem as a whole with this move. I'm not saying it's perfect, but I do like this move and the central focus on GNOME should help improve development in the long term as there will be more collaboration between devs.
  6. Sounds like a perfect job for Resilio Sync (formerly Bittorrent Sync). It basically sets up peer-to-peer syncing/backup between any computers you have it configured on. It's pretty useful if you want syncing/transfers between machines, but don't want to rely on a cloud server like dropbox/mega. If it's still slow and you are wanting a cloud solution (as opposed to the resilio option), I'd suggest MEGA. It has high capacity and pretty fast speeds from my experience. I might not rely on it for long term data backups or sensitive documents like banking info mainly due to the reputation of MEGA for piracy and the like, but it would be suitable for a short-term solution as you've described needing.
  7. I love Mint for this reason (for new users)! It's super noob friendly with Cinnamon (it's Windows-like interface). It's also based off of Ubuntu, so has active development and updated base code / packages. It also has a fairly large support community. Do you have Secure Boot enabled in your system's BIOS? I know that can cause some issues with alternative operating systems sometimes.
  8. [source] Finally! After years of working on their own fork of the gnome shell, Canonical has finally put Unity to rest. The team cited fragmentation and poor development of their phone/tablet convergence efforts, the team has decided to move back to GNOME. The last time Ubuntu used GNOME by default was in 2010. I loved using Ubuntu way back in the day (the first version I used was 8.04 in 2008), but ended up switching to other linux distros after they made Unity the default and shifted their focus to related efforts. It seems that they're finally moving to help unify the linux ecosystem once again. Frankly, I'm super excited!
  9. I'd love to see a video talking about zero/thin clients (as opposed to thick clients) and how they're used in networking (commonly in businesses). i.e. How they offload their application work to the server, and also how they're set up for interfacing with end users/employees. PS: I started taking a business networking class at the University of Alberta and your videos have helped so much (I had watched a bunch of them before I even started the course). You're great!
  10. The link for the iOS hack story source is broken. It should point to here.
  11. There's a fan project called Wiimmfi that can be used to play Wii/DS games (like Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Animal Crossing) online again. There's also RiiConnect24 which can be used to restore some online functionality to the Wii's home menu. This includes the News and Weather channels, as well as the Wii Message Board (aka WiiMail)
  12. I'd really like to see a TechQuickie talking about the main differences of advanced filesystems such as: HFS+ (Mac Boot FS Journaled) APFS (Apple's new FS, which is what iOS 10.3 will be moving to, as well as future macOS eventually) ext2 / 3 / 4 (Main Linux FS) BTRFS ZFS
  13. After months of watching Linus videos and the WAN Show, I've finally decided to join y'all on the site here.
    Feel free to ask me any mac questions, including any questions about getting a multiboot running on a mac.