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Failed to Fetch APT error

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Linux Mint

APT-GET UPDATE error due to end of Chrome 32-bit

 

Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/Release

Error started recently during updates. Supposedly due to Google ceasing support for the 32-bit Chrome. This web site promises a fix: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/03/fix-failed-to-fetch-google-chrome-apt-error-ubuntu  As root, edit the lists file for chrome: Readmore..


OS Statistics, Spring 2015

Interesting statistics. Very unexpected.
Mac 49%, Linux 25%, Windows 21%
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Chrome 82%, FireFox 7.7%, Safari 3.3%, Internet Explorer 2.8%
Browser Stats

These stats are consistent within 1-2% across all my web sites except the OS stats on one web site are different: on the Adult Life Training, Inc. site the OS stats are Windows 40%, Mac 38%, Linux 18% — possibly due the to lab computers home page being set to this web site and the tendency for beginners to prefer Windows until they learn a bit about how to work the computer. The Returning visitor stat on alt-fw.org is also higher (about half instead of about 1/4th) so that seems likely.

On jdnash.com Mobile OS: Android 59%, iOS 37%, Windows 3.7%Mobile OS Stats

But on alt-fw.org and jdnash.org Mobile OS: iOS is 70% and Android is 30% with no Windows presence at all.
x Return visitor is also high in this stat so it may be due in part to the free wireless we provide and an unusually high presence of Apple devices (near 100%) with organizational staff on the campus.




Do Not Call

mobile-phoneFederal Do Not Call List

The Federal Do Not Call list is available for all PERSONAL phone numbers: land line and mobile. All you need to do is go to the government web site, DoNotCall.gov, and click REGISTER A Phone Number , or call their number, 1-888-382-1222, FROM THE PHONE NUMBER TO BE REGISTERED. For more information see their FAQ at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0108-national-do-not-call-registry.

Note: this web site does not require Javascript. Most legitimate sites do not, although they may use javascript to make the site nicer, it is not usually required.

Official Government Web Sites

Government web sites end in the official .gov top level domain name (TLD). Persons outside the government cannot get a .gov TLD, at least not legally. There are scamming organizations pretending to represent the Do Not Call list, but they are scammers trying to trick you. The real Federal Do Not call list is run by the US Government Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Your number, once added to the list, remains there until you remove it, and this service is free. Telephone solicitors must avoid calling your phone number beginning 31 days after you register it, or they must pay a heavy fine for each time they call you — if I remember right they must pay you $10,000 for each illegal call. Public Charities making their own calls, not using a telemarketing company but making the calls themselves, are exempt. Tele-scammers located outside the US are not exempt, but they are harder to catch and extract your money.

Web Site Safety

When you are presented with a link to click, mouse over the link first and carefully read where it really goes. Try the links above in this post. A common phishing trick is to use a link that LOOKS SIMILAR to what they are representing themselves to be, for example FASFA.GOV (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/) when in fact their link goes to FASFA.COM — what I feel is a loan scamming organization that tricks students into giving them their private information and agreeing to borrow money from them at high interest rates and charging them a fee under the guise of being the US Government Department of Education FAFSA web site. I see now they do have a small disclaimer in the upper right corner of their page, but that was not always the case.

Sometimes the printed words you are to click in the link are not the same as the link they point to, for example mybank.com may be what you see to click on the screen, but it really goes to mybank.com.trickster.info. If you mouse over the link and do not click, FireFox and Chrome web browsers will display the real link so you can see it before you decide to click.

Be careful. Stay Safe.