Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Setting up Pi Raspian on 7" Pi screen

The Pi screen can be used in any orientation.  I bought a backshell which mounts it in a nice case upside down, however, requiring a 180 degree rotation to work correctly.

do the following:

edit /boot/config.txt

add line:


value 1=90
value 2=180
value 3=270


The default keyboard in Raspian is British english.  To reconfigure do the following:

in a bash screen:
rerun the configuration for the keyboard package with dpkg-reconfigure
sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

reload the configuration with:
invoke-rc.d keyboard-setup start

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ten things to turn off in Windows 10 as of 2016

Summary from article at end of this post.  To get to various options, follow the tabs / screens.  Some links explain more detail as a reference.  This is a quick summary to make it more handy to run thru the settings for a new install, or a system which has not been adjusted.

Update sharing outside your house
Settings > Update & security > Advanced options > Choose how updates are delivered

Advertising ID
You can turn this off by going to Settings > Privacy > General > Let my apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps (turning this off will reset your ID).

Start menu ads:
Settings > Personalization > Start > Occasionally show suggestions in Start.

Notifications (select and turn some off)
Settings > System > Notifications & actions and turning off things like Show me tips about Windows

Cortana "getting to know you".  another privacy leak to the mothership.
Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing and clicking Stop getting to know me.

Review Background Apps:
Settings > Privacy > Background apps

Disable Lock screen (where prudent)
Lock Screen
Select which syncing you want
Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings. You can turn off all settings syncing

Visual effects in interface:
System > Advanced system settings. Under the Advanced tab, go to Performance and click Settings

Select update policy:
Settings->Updates and Security->Advanced Options  Automatic Updates

Original article 2016