Linux Mint OpenDNS Configuration

There are many reasons to use OpenDNS. Here is how you set it up in Linux Mint 17.

Go to Menu and search for network, click on Network Connections. Click once on your wired connection, then click edit on the right side. A new dialog box will open. Choose the tab that says IPv4 Settings. In the DNS servers box enter:

208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220

Then click save. You are done. It should look like this:
OpenDNS Linux Mint OpenDNS Configuration

Links
http://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/opendns-ip-addresses/

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Discontinuing 5 Minute Dharma

I have discontinued the 5 Minute Dharma podcast. It is time for me to move on. In everyone’s life they have to make many hard decisions, and this was one of them. Since I ended the podcast once already, I decided not to do another podcasting ending episode.

 If you want to keep up with my future plans, keep checking back here. I plan on podcasting in the future and look forward to a future endeavour. More later….

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Thank Buddha it’s Friday

So I started my podcasting process on Thursday’s, since that is my day off from work (that, and Friday’s). The recording went fine. But when I went to import it into Audacity, it would sound like super fast Chipmunks. And when it would stop it, it would freeze and I would have to force it to quiet.

I have been having a problem with my Linux system shutting down, so I thought maybe it was messed up. So I did a fresh install and restored all my files, which is an 8 hour process. But when I went to use it, I still had the same problems. Yes, I was frustrated. My mental constructs were getting the better of me. (I still have so far to go).

I then decided to use alternative programs. Ardour had too big of a learners curve. I finally choose a Windows program that is like Audacity called Wavosaur (I ran it under WINE). It worked to edit the file.

Many hours later I managed to figure out my problem with Audacity. In an updated, it changed the Default Sample Format from 24 bits to 32 bit float. I switched it back to 24 bits and it works fine again. To find this setting click Edit > Preferences > Quality.

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First Major Linux Mint 17 Issue [solved]

It was actually two issues. When I shut down the computer I would get this error message: “reboot: system halted acquire the ‘org.freedesktop.ModemManager1′ service name nm-dispatcher.action: caught signal 15, shutting down… ModemManager.” And then it would just stop. It wouldn’t shut down. I had to physically push the off button.

Here is my solution: Since I am using a desktop, I just deleted the ModemManager. ModemManager is for mobile support, you don’t need it on the desktop.  After this I got a shorter message, “reboot: system halted 15, shutting down.” But it would still hang.

My next step was to add acpi=noirq to the kernel arguments:

sudo vi /etc/default/grub

set

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”acpi=noirq quiet splash”

then

sudo update-grub

Be careful editing this file. The second link below tells you how to save and close the file.

Finally, make sure acpi is enabled in your bios. Hopefully that should fix it. It worked for me.

Links
http://askubuntu.com/questions/132143/stuck-on-reboot-and-shutdown
http://askubuntu.com/questions/24406/how-to-close-vim-from-the-command-line
http://askubuntu.com/questions/461646/shutdown-hangs-for-5-minutes-on-kubuntu-14-04

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Audacity Playback Sounds Like Chipmunks

So I started my podcasting process on Thursday’s, since that is my day off from work (that, and Friday’s). The recording went fine. But when I went to import it into Audacity, it would sound like super fast Chipmunks. And when it would stop it, it would freeze and I would have to force it to quiet.

I have been having a problem with my Linux system shutting down, so I thought maybe it was messed up. So I did a fresh install and restored all my files, which is an 8 hour process. But when I went to use it, I still had the same problems. Yes, I was frustrated. My mental constructs were getting the better of me. (I still have so far to go).

I then decided to use alternative programs. Ardour had too big of a learners curve. I finally choose a Windows program that is like Audacity called Wavosaur (I ran it under WINE). It worked to edit the file.

Many hours later I managed to figure out my problem with Audacity. In an updated, it changed the Default Sample Format from 24 bits to 32 bit float. I switched it back to 24 bits and it works fine again. To find this setting click Edit > Preferences > Quality.

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Netflix On Linux Mint 17

Neflix does not make a Linux version and you cannot play movies on Linux. But this is not the end of the story. There is two workarounds that should work. Jack Wallen has done an excellent article on “How to Install the Netflix Streaming Client On Linux.”

You can find the article here: http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/785766-how-to-install-the-netflix-streaming-client-on-linux

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RSS Feed Preview for Google Chrome

The Google Chrome browser does not give you a graphical preview of an RSS feed. It gives you the straight xml output. I have been looking for an extension to correct this. I found one that suites my purpose, it is called the Shoyu RSS/Atom Feed Preview. It is in Google Play and is free.

Link
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/shoyu-rssatom-feed-previe/ilicaedjojicckapfpfdoakbehjpfkah?hl=en

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Did Jesus Exist?

It may seem strange for a Buddhist to say this, but I believe in Jesus. Not in the way Christians mean it when they say it. Jesus is not my Lord and Savior. What I mean is that I believe Jesus existed. I believe he was a real person.

However, the Jesus of the New Testament never existed. I don’t believe in the virgin birth, the resurrection, and that Jesus was God. No, I believe Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi who was crucified because he was a threat to the Romans.

How do I know Jesus existed? In 64 A.D. Caesar blamed the Christians for the fire in Rome. This is only 34 years after Jesus’ death. It is hard to that there were that many Christians if the man never existed. Surely someone would have known better.

The Jewish historian Josephus referred to Jesus when he said the Roman ruler “assembled a council of judges, and brought before it the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ, whose name was James, together with some others, and having accused them as law-breakers, he delivered them over to be stoned.”

An ossuary has been discovered bearing the names of Jesus, James and Joseph. The ancient Aramaic words inscribed on the limestone box state that it belonged to “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.”

There is no reason to doubt that Jesus existed. But there are plenty of reasons to doubt and even reject the New Testament record of what he was like.

Links
http://www.ucg.org/science/surprising-archaeological-find-proof-jesus-existence/

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How to Swallow an Elephant

“Do you know how to swallow an elephant? One bit at a time. It may look impossible when you look at the whole picture, but if you break it into bite size portions it becomes doable. If the task has many different components, do the most difficult thing first. That way you know it will be all downhill from there.”

This is an excerpt from my podcast episode entitled “Just Do It.” To listen to this episode just head over to 5 Minute Dharma. And don’t forget to subscribe so you get the latest episodes. Links are on the website.

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Certified Meditation Teacher

I am happy to announce that I am now a Certified Meditation Teacher through the Aura Wellness Center. The course work focused on vipassana or insight meditation. I have been practicing vipassana meditation for a few years, and have been instructed both online and in person. I hope this education and training will help me teach better and help other’s discover the wisdom of the Buddha.

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