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bio website themanthursday.com
location San Marcos, TX
age 52
visits member for 4 years, 4 months
seen Jul 25 at 16:07

I am an expert on Microsoft Access. On PHP and MySQL, I have more experience than expertise. For manipulating text files, Python is delightful; my attempts to use Python for web development are less so.

I'm still looking for the ultimate personal information manager. TiddlyWiki is way out in front. TiddlyWiki version 5 will extend this pre-eminence, I hope.

The man who sets out to carry a cat by its tail learns something that will always be useful and which will never grow dim or doubtful. -- Mark Twain

A rebuke goes deeper into a wise man than a hundred blows into a fool. -- Solomon


Apr
23
comment List of blogs to learn more about Ubuntu
Random spaghetti compilation.
Mar
29
comment Can I uninstall Caribou without messing up Gnome?
autostart is a directory for me. I used: cd /etc/xdg/autostart; sudo gedit caribou*; ... and changed "true" to "false" in that file.
Oct
10
comment Using tar for simple back-up and restore
Two answers so far, and they are kindly worded for the newbie! Thanks!
Oct
10
comment Using tar for simple back-up and restore
I made a small start in rsync -- actually grsync -- a few months ago. I will take a fresh look. I can't recall why I didn't adopt it at the time, but sometimes I merely run out of energy and time, and the trail goes cold. :-)
Oct
10
comment Using tar for simple back-up and restore
Thanks for the info. It's about policy and I'm still in building blocks. Seriously, my next stop is figuring out "cron" or anything that lets me HAVE a variable. (Or looking into "dump".)
Oct
10
comment Will there be data loss for upgrade?
Of course I have extra reason to expect difficulty -- I use a nVidia graphics card. Sure enough, that seems to be affecting things today -- just search on "meerkat nvidia". I see monotasker has given good advice along these lines.
Oct
10
comment Problem on boot - Login screen freezes
I can't tell you how to get to a working login. But I can tell you that I learned a year ago to immediately run this after install: "sudo apt-get purge gnome-power-manager". I'm pretty sure it's my nVidia card that won't play.
Oct
10
comment Will there be data loss for upgrade?
Jorge, what do you mean by a clean install over existing install? To me a clean install means a full install, which means a reformat.
Sep
4
comment Email application for the computer-impaired
Thunderbird it is. Fast. The GUI isn't perfection, in terms of 'transparency', but it's a good sight better than Evolution IMO. While I am not sure my household member would credit TB directly, this week he had a lot more fun with email than any time I recall previously.
Aug
23
comment Switch user fails to complete successfully
I'm not sure where the bug report went, but the Launchpad feedback procedure was cool. I'm a bug reporter!
Aug
22
comment Symlinks and their paths are confusing - how can they be used effectively?
Thanks, helpful answer. I have looked at the wikipedia article before, but I think it seemed too techie (as well as others I found) -- today it seemed to get more clear as I pressed on.
Aug
22
comment Symlinks and their paths are confusing - how can they be used effectively?
I thought the use of question numbers was adequate, myself.
Aug
22
comment Email application for the computer-impaired
@ maco -- thanks for clary. This approach depends on my guy liking a browser well enough; and over the last year, there has been improvement there. So maybe ...
Aug
22
comment Email application for the computer-impaired
Thanks. I will take a fresh look at TB. I found that Windows Live is Hotmail, and this prompted me to add 'uncluttered' to my specifications. Rotating ads are out. I suppose I could become a subscriber, pay a bit of money to remove ads (assuming one can do that). I have yet to do that but maybe I should consider it.
Aug
22
comment What are some useful keyboard shortcuts?
Thank you for teaching me that Alt-drag lets you reposition a window in a very free and easy way. +1
Aug
22
comment Switch user fails to complete successfully
There are 20 logs with today's datestamp -- Xorg.n.log, auth.log, boot.log, daemon.log, debug, etc. so far I don't see useful-looking information. Let me know of any more specific places to look. I will try to replicate the problem and scan these files right afterward.
Aug
22
comment Email application for the computer-impaired
It looks interesting. Can you say a bit about why it would work well for this need?
Aug
22
comment Email application for the computer-impaired
Old-school plain HTML webmail applications: Not sure about that; I am seeking minimalism, but that suggests regression. Perhaps you can speak to that and also recommend a specific app? And I may check into Modest, but it seems to focus on compactness which again is perhaps not quite on the mark.
Aug
17
comment Ubuntu 10.04 server as a transparent proxy filter (plus dans guardian)
'These are great devices when they work for homes with kids' -- Yes, and helpful for the occasional grown-up too.
Aug
17
comment How do I share files on my home network?
Hey, I'm a dad. And I have GOT to figure out home networking. And my son knows it!