21/04/2017

Simpliest Brother HL-2140 printer configuration


All this while, when I wanted to configure this printer I would download and install 2 driver files from the brother.com  at their USA site. It has been going on for a few years because this printer is so reliable. However, a few days ago when I updated Ubuntu from Ver 16.04 to Ver 17.04, the grub/boot loader got corrupted but I successfully got it back working after reinstalling Ubuntu using the Legacy USB mode and not the EFI mode. Then came a stag ... I could not open those 2 driver files using the same default "Software Install" function using the right-click mouse technique. A quick surf on the internet asking a specific question on installing the HL-2140 in Ubuntu brought me to a link by some chap in the Ubuntu community site. He solved the problem so easily on his Ubuntu 14.04, without downloading and installing any driver simply because the appropriate driver to choose is NOT the recommended option but the option below ie. 2150! As by now I had already advanced to Ubuntu 17.04, I still went ahead and followed what he did then made a test print. Walla! it works perfectly. Oh me, Oh my, if I had only known this step years ago...

15/04/2017

How to find more background information on each surah



Yes, I know merely reciting the Al-Quran will get one good deeds but I wanted more so I would refer to the Noble Quran app. to read the English translation to understand what was recited. By default, I would get the page showing the English translation of a particular surah then a few days ago, for reasons unknown (maybe bored, maybe divine intervention) I decided to play around the app. and click on the few icons on the upper right side. Clicking on the information icon, it then dawn on me that this would take me to background material on the surah. YES! This was always something I wanted to know more in-depth, the whys and the where-for per surah but not many learned people could answer that for me. Having just begun reading it, I must say, it is very interesting material. Clicking again on that information icon brings me back to the earlier English translation page. It's now going to be more meaningful (General knowledge wise) and fun to read the Al-Quran rather than mere recitation. Insyallah, I hope this information will be useful to some.

14/04/2017

5s iPhone camera shots













Results from my trusty iPhone 5s camera. Flowers at mak's house. Slight breeze in photos so some flowers did sway. All photos are just point and shoot and left unedited. It's OK, I'm not complaining. Furthermore, if I were to edit a photo, it would turn out like this:

 

08/04/2017

The lazyman's technique of removing wallpaper






Polyfilla was added to smooth out rough areas
Completed job

Tools of trade

Many articles on the internet unanimously state that removing wallpaper is a difficult task. I was not going to back off so was prepared. However, my trial and error experience shows that it can actually be very simple .... if you know the technique. Here, I share my smart (or lazyman) technique:

 All needed is a spray gun of plain water (Yes, no soapy water needed and a waste of money!) and a rag to collect dripping water. Start by placing the rag at the edge of the wall. Next, generously spray the dry wallpaper to soften the outer skin. Concentrate on the top edge. After 1-2 min. (the longer, the better) start peeling. The longer the wait, the easier it comes off as one piece (Err.. I have only some patience here). Next, generously spray the inner layer. Wait till the colour of the inner layer turns darker. (Yes, the darker, the better) When the colour of the inner layer turns close to dark brown, start peeling. Again, start by spraying from the top as dripping water softens the wallpaper below. If there are resistant spots, generously spray on them then peel away. If you rush the job here, chances are the inner layer will tear making peeling more difficult. If you take your time, it comes off as one piece.

That's it! Yeah, I did it!