Distro Review: Linux Mint 15 (Cinnamon, 64-bit)

I am very impressed with the newest version of Linux Mint. The Cinnamon desktop looks beautiful (all the nice themes you can fetch from the internet is great; I love the semi-transparent themes for the menu). And it was really smart of Clem (head of Linux Mint) to stick with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) in order to have a stable foundation. [UPDATE 2013 May 20: Thanks Kirk M. for pointing out that this is actually wrong. I misread the Linux Mint blog: Clem (head of Linux Mint) considered but did not ultimately switch back to the old base, but went on ahead with Ubuntu 13.04] Continue reading


New English Translation of the Book of Jonah

I have recently translated the book of Jonah from the Hebrew using the BHS text (5th ed.). This was for a master’s seminar class on Biblical Translations led by Dr. Fred Putnam, and I benefited from the feedback provided by members of the seminar.

I wanted this translation to be fun to read, and I have translated the poem/song in Jonah 2 as an English poem (with rhyming couplets). The JonahTranslationDCV.pdf (for Dean Chia Version) has normal layout with some footnotes, and the JonahTranslationDCVprintable.pdf fits on one page for easy printing and distributing.

As always, this work can be freely distributed, translated, copied, modified, whatever. If you have any comments or criticisms, whether as an amateur, Bible scholar, Hebrew scholar, poet, whatever, please post below. They will be greatly appreciated. If you wish to have the word document, I can put up the ODT files (readable through LibreOffice).

UPDATE: 2013 June 11/2014 Nov 21. I have recently revised my translation. Here is an updated translation (there is never a finalized, perfect one): JonahTranslationDCVnew.

How to Update Debian ISO Using Jigdo

I got some help with this site (to find the jigdo package name, for example).

To download Debian ISO images or to update them, one needs the software, which is probably found in your repo’s under the name “jigdo-file.” You can read all about jigdo here and how it saves bandwidth for everybody and is the most efficient way of handling ISO downloads and updating (plus with Debian, you never need to get rid of your CD/DVDs and you can just update them, and you never have to reinstall your system … clearly Debian is superior in this respect). Instructions below: Continue reading

How To Mount an ISO Image Without a CD and Have Your Apt Sources/Repos Point to It (for Debian)

Update (2013 May 14): A previous version had the iso9960, which is incorrect. It should be iso9660.

Thanks goes Harold and his Debian forum post for his clear and concise instructions. I have drawn out his instructions to help n00bs and beginners understand what is going on. If you are just looking for the syntax, just look at the indented comments. Instructions below: Continue reading

How to Make A Bootable USB Drive

Steps to make one with an .iso image in say, /home/dean.

  1. Format USB Drive. For Gnome users, open Disk Utility, unmount drive if mounted, and format.
  2. Then, open up root terminal (or invoke sudo/su privileges) and type

    dd if=/home/dean/nameOfISO.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M; sync

That’s it! (Replace the X in sdX with the corresponding letter (it was /dev/sdb for me: check to make sure; Gnome users can go to the Disk Utility to see.)

Thanks goes to the Debian Website.