Solution: E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)

So occasionally I’ll end up closing out of an update or something else will happen and then next time I use my package manager, I’ll get an error something like this

E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)

Anyway, I’ve found a quick little trick to help this situation.  Type

sudo dpkg –install

And it usually shakes off the nonsense for me.  Don’t know why, but it does.

Solution: E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)

Fixing blue tint in youtube videos

Ever since some time in late March, my Youtube videos have been blue.  I put up with it, figuring that once I upgraded to Kubuntu 12.04 (which I did this evening), everything would be fixed.  …nope.  So then I decided to use the Googler and figure out what to do.

Apparently it’s caused by a bug in the latest update for flash and Adobe is not being quick to correct it (we all know how long it took for them to acknowledge 64 bit computers).  But anyway, I did the following:

1)  I created a new adobe directory under etc

sudo mkdir /etc/adobe

2)  I then modified the Flash configuration by the following line of code that I blindly pasted into my terminal because the internetz told me to.  (I figured if it turned out we don’t want nOverrideGPUValidation, whetever the hell that is, to be true we could just delete the directory and hope everything goes back to normal)

echo -e "EnableLinuxHWVideoDecode=1\nOverrideGPUValidation=true" | sudo tee /etc/adobe/mms.cfg > /dev/null

Anyway, much to my delight, it worked.  Here’s the source of the info: http://askubuntu.com/questions/117127/flash-video-appears-blue

Fixing blue tint in youtube videos

Turning off automatic text resizing in Openoffice 3.2

As any user of this program knows, when making a presentation, text is set to automatically resize.  Often this is helpful but sometimes it’s tedious and one might find themselves wanting to turn this feature off on occasion.  To do so, simply right-click on the text box and uncheck auto-resize text.

(Note: yea this is stupid easy, but I’ve found myself looking it up several times.  Maybe if I blog it out I’ll remember next time.)

Turning off automatic text resizing in Openoffice 3.2

Manual nvidia drivers install

So I ran into this problem after re-installing Kubuntu 10.04 (for reasons that I shall not go into ::rolls eyes::).  Anyway, having an Nvidia GeForce 8400GS, I figured I could use the standard autodetection that Ubuntu provides for proprietary graphics drivers (described here) but for some reason that was not the case, so I needed to go in manually.

  • First, using the terminal, I installed the latest nvidia drivers

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

  • Then, I restarted my computer and realized that my resolution was all wonky.  When I went into my “nvidia x server settings,” it told me that no such drivers were enabled.
  • so I followed the directions in the error message and ran the following command:

sudo nvidia-xconfig

  • Then I restarted my x server with the command 

sudo restart kdm

NOTE: the “kdm” is only because I’m running KDE.  If you’re running gnome it’s “gdm” and after 11.10 it’s “lightdm”

  • then everything worked fine!
Manual nvidia drivers install

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