Restore a Prior Firefox Session

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I had a set of Firefox windows and tabs open on my Windows 7 laptop.  I was in the middle of one thing when I started an unrelated effort to rebuilt a secondary disk to allow the laptop to boot MacOs and Ubuntu.  I knew I wanted to preserve the session of Firefox windows for my other effort so I was using Chrome to keep the two projects separate.  Somewhere in there, I installed new software which automatically opened Firefox and then I rebooted effectively killing off my ability to use Restore Previous Session from the Firefox menu.  But I wasn’t ready to be done with those tabs!  So I dug around in the Firefox folders and figured out how to restore the session I wanted.  Here’s what to do if it happens to you in the latest version of Firefox.

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I successfully installed MacOS on my Dell Latitude E6430.  With that complete, I wanted to make an DVD archive of the USB drive I used as the installer.  I have DVD archives of my past hacintosh installations and to keep up the library and to keep the permanent backup, I wanted one for this install too.  This task proved to be impossible and impractical and good golly I wasted a lot of time on it.  But since I learned a lot on the way, I needed to write it up.  I’ll forget it if I don’t and some of the lessons learned can be useful for the future.  Primarily for me, but perhaps for somebody else too.

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Triple Boot E6430, Sort Of

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I’ve got my Dell Latitude E6430 booting Windows 7, Ubuntu 14, and MacOS 10.11. I’ve done this before with this computer but it wasn’t ever really stable and I didn’t document it because I hadn’t gotten it the way I wanted. I’ve also done it before with earlier versions of these OSes on my previous computer, the Dell Latitude E6410. But it wasn’t until today that I got a set up with the E6430 working the way I wanted. And although it cheats a little by using two disks, I do get all three OS on a GPT disk booting using UEFI. Sort of.

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Resurrecting a B&O Turntable

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My Bang & Olufsen turntable had been stowed away for years.  It always lived prominently on top of my A-V rack.  Of course, a turntable needs to go on top so the lid can open all the way.  When I got my first plasma TV, the TV was so wide, it chewed up space not only on the center rack but on both side racks too and that meant nothing else could go on top.  But I wasn’t listening to vinyl anyway, so the turntable was packed away.

But vinyl is hip now and I had now “archived” other components such that there was now room on a lower shelf for the turntable.  No, the lid can’t open all the way.  But it opens enough to get a vinyl record in safely.  I put the turntable there a year ago but didn’t plug it in.  I didn’t have time to futz with that stuff at the time.  Last year for Christmas I got a record (original “Boston” album on picture vinyl) and I put getting the turntable working again on the to-do list.  Now, nearly a year later, it finally got to the top of the to-do list.  Time to dust it off and plug it in.

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