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Well I downloaded it and tried to make an encrypted volume, but I can't figure out how this works. What I was hoping for is that I could created a folder, put files in it I want encrypted, encrypt the folder, and then store it on Dropbox. I don't think Veracrypt even makes encrypted folders.

I also tried encrypting the files in a folder with openPGP, using a password instead of a key. This creates .pgp files in a folder, but clicking on it just recreates the file in the same folder, leaving the PGP file. And when that happens, I'm not asked for a password, for what good is this?

Meetings / Re: PLUG Mug June 18 or later
« on: Yesterday at 10:22:12 am »
I could come next Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Is Google Drive any more secure? I ask because I have free storage in both Dropbox and Google Drive.

Glad I posted this question because I have not encrypted any of my files and some of them are ones I wouldn't want read. Would you use gnupg or some other form of encryption?

In my case, running out of RAM is highly unlikely since I have 16 GB in both my home and office computers.

Distributions / RAM usage of Ubuntu flavours with different desktops
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:55:42 pm »
This is based on a youtube video where RAM and disk usage of different Ubuntu flavours were tested. (See it here. I was somewhat surprised at the RAM results, which I captured with a screenshot (posted). I know that Gnome would be heavy on RAM, but I was surprised by how much more RAM it used than KDE Plasma (1.3 GB vs 460 MB). Budgie was almost double KDE, but it is based on Gnome. The lowest usage by far was LXDE (260 MB). I don't know how much that matters when you have more than 4 GB of RAM installed. With sufficient RAM, does lower usage necessarily mean a more responsive system?

Note that the really low usage window managers like openbox and enlightenment weren't tested. I know from experience that openbox is much more nimble than Gnome, even with lows of available RAM.

The question was prompted by this article. Two of the recommended alternatives to closed-source Dropbox are ownCloud and NextCloud. I use Dropbox to access files from different devices in and outside of my home and what I like about it is that it keeps them in sync. It costs me nothing as I have enough free Dropbox storage (~10 GB) to store all of the data files that I regularly use from different sources. It has also been 100% reliable. I seem to remember Bob Foley saying that internally hosted solutions are the best, as long as you aren't allowing access to files outside the home. Having 10-20 GB of dedicated space on a home computer would be no problem for me, but is that really a better, more secure solution than Dropbox?

General Discussion / Re: Cogeco customer service is horrific
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:30:01 am »
If it were me and I continue to have the problem, I would send them a registered letter telling them you want your service cut by whatever date you have to give them advance warning to. (Two weeks?). I would also report them to CBC's marketplace and to whatever official consumer protection service we have in Ontario. (Jason would probably know.)

Articles, Tutorials and Tips / Re: Adventures with the Linux kernel
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:24:27 am »

However, I find it puzzling that you have 4.8 series kernel because I installed Linux Mint 18.3 freshly to get the KDE version a month ago, I guess now, and I don't recall ever upgrading to a new series. so I think it came with the 4.13 series. Perhaps that is just with the KDE version though. Really not sure. And it's possible I installed a newer kernel series with Update Manager -> View -> Kernels and just forgot :-)

The reason I have the 4.8 kernel is that the version of Mint I originally installed was 18.2, not 18.3. When I upgraded, I was offered a newer kernel (4.13 I think) in the software updates. Tried it, doesn't boot on my 5k iMac, so I uninstalled it. I continue to get offers to upgrade that kernel every time an update is released - I just don't install it.

General Discussion / Re: Cogeco customer service is horrific
« on: June 13, 2018, 02:34:50 pm »
A real bummer, but I can tell you what will happen with their equipment once you cancel. They will send you one or two postage paid mailing labels for Canada Post. You box the stuff according to the instructions they provide with the labels, including what equipment they gave you and want back with the modem/TV receiver(s). You supply the box(es). If they send you two labels, you need to use two boxes; I know because Canada Post told me this. You'll get the registration number and can track that Cogeco received the package(s).

The one amusing thing about this process was that for some modems, there is apparently a tool you have to use to free it from the wires. I didn't need it with my modem. So I disconnected the modem and the TV stuff, included the cables that weren't in the wall and sent it all back to them. Five days later, I receive another two packages from them with labels, each having one of those tools in it to free the modem from the wires! I phoned them back; again on hold for about 25 minutes. When I told them what happened, they apologized and told me to throw out the tools and the labels. One of those "right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing" things.  :)

Despite the communication problems, I was quite happy with the Cogeco service for TV, phone and internet, and hated to leave them. But the costs outside of their specials are just too high. It shocks me that a company is willing to lose a TV/phone/internet customer over a $20 price increase. But Bell was the same and I'm sure they still are. If they continue to play the same way, I'll just keep shifting my service to whomever provides me with a better price.

General Discussion / Re: Cogeco customer service is horrific
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:36:22 pm »
I had a similar experience with Cogeco when I was trying to renegotiate a better deal after my promotion expired. Waited 20 minutes to talk to the front-line agent, then another 25 to talk to someone in their retentions department. An in the end, they offered nothing better than the 12% increase I was faced with. When I threatened to walk, the agent did ask me if I wanted to cancel right there, but I hadn't shopped around yet, so I didn't. Later, when I decided to switch to Bell (yeah, I know - out of the frying pan and into the fire), Bell did the cancellation and I never had to contact Cogeco myself to do it. That might apply to whomever you decide to switch to, though I'm not sure whether the small companies can do that. Worth checking into.

Articles, Tutorials and Tips / Re: Adventures with the Linux kernel
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:59:04 am »
In my case, I wonder if 4.15 wasn't visible because I use the 4.8 kernel. The 4.13 kernel has been available for a long time in the Update Manager. I installed it several times, but removed it each time when I found that my 5k iMac wouldn't boot from it. Might be an interesting experiment to remove the 4.15 kernel, install 4.13, but boot to the usual 4.8 (an option in grub) and then see if 4.15 shows up. I can do these experiments with impunity because I have an extra Mint 18.3 partition on the spinning HD inside my iMac (as opposed to the SSD, also inside; both being part of the "Fusion Drive").

Update: 4.15 is indeed viewable; it just didn't come up automatically in the software updater like 4.13 did. I hadn't looked before under View -> Linux Kernels. Interestingly enough, once I installed 4.15.0-15 on that other partition, Update Manager showed me that the 4.15.0-23 update was available without having to go through the View -> Linux Kernels. So I installed it, and this time it brought with it the linux-image-extra module. Rebooting in that kernel worked fine.

Now that I know this, I'm debating whether to uninstall the 4.15 kernel altogether so that when Mint 19 is released, I can try upgrading in that extra partition to make sure it works before doing so in my main partition. I am potentially concerned that leaving the 4.15 kernel in 18.3 might cause the upgrade to behave differently than it would with the 4.8 kernel installed in my main partition. Do you think I have to worry about this, Jason?

Articles, Tutorials and Tips / Re: Adventures with the Linux kernel
« on: June 12, 2018, 04:02:51 am »
You're saying that the Update Manager offered you 4.15.0-23? Or you found it in the Mint 18.3 repos? In my case, the Update Manager never offered me anything beyond 4.13, at least until I installed 4.15.0-15 on my own. Now UM offers 4.15.0-23. I'm guessing that if I install it, it will install the extra and boot up my picky iMac.

Articles, Tutorials and Tips / Adventures with the Linux kernel
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:37:17 pm »
I did something interesting today. In Linux Mint 18.3, I opened up the Software application and searched for linux kernels. To my surprise, the available kernels went up to 4.15. I say surprise because the updater was only offering 4.13. Linux Mint is great for stuff like this. You can try another kernel and if it doesn't work, boot back into the old kernel and get rid of the new. Which I had to do. I installed the generic kernel, the signed version of it and the corresponding linux-image. The result: it booted but wouldn't recognize the keyboard or mouse. So I looked again at what had been installed for the old kernel, and I was missing a file: linux-image-extra. It wasn't available for the 4.15 version I installed (4.15.0-23), but it was for an older version (4.15.0-15). When I installed that kernel (all four files), everything worked OK!

Now that I know this, I'm still going to uninstall the new kernel and wait for the Mint 19 upgrade in the event that the presence of 4.15.0-15 messes up the upgrade.

I wonder how else this knowledge can be used? Going back to openSUSE, Tumbleweed works on my 5k iMac because it used the 4.15 kernel, whereas the more stable LEAP won't boot because it uses the 4.14 kernel. But openSUSE has something called a build service, which allows you to take a default installer and change things in it. Makes me wonder how hard it would be to build an openSUSE LEAP installer with the 4.15 kernel? Not that I need it for anything, but might be fun to try it as an experiment.

Meetings / Re: PLUG Mug for Monday evening June 11 or later day??
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:18:09 pm »
Unfortunately, I won't be available next week at all - a meeting and a trip. If there was a Thursday PLUG MUG this week, I would go, but then Jason wouldn't be available. Again, don't change anything if it's just for me.

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