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Working amidst the ever merging & forever blurred realms of technocrat and troglodyte.


Mar
21
comment How do I use Ubuntu's web application integration?
The dev links for webapps seemed to have moved to here as a new launching off point: developer.ubuntu.com/en/web
Mar
21
comment What does “Would you like to install Twitter” mean?
+1 @GailGardner ... here's an updated version of that same "developer" link: developer.ubuntu.com/en/web (which may be too technical for the average user). That webapp popup should have an "about" or "help" link, exactly for the reasons you say ("...need to know what the pros and cons of installing or refusing to install...")
Feb
19
comment How can I reset compiz to the default settings?
Using 14.10, "unity --reset" is deprecated, and does nothing.
Feb
15
comment cannot install vlc
You have broken packages -- fix this before moving on. See: help.ubuntu.com/community/…
Feb
15
comment why installing a new application in linux is so complex..?
Hopefully this particular new user isn't starting with Arch linux....
Feb
15
comment why installing a new application in linux is so complex..?
A better question would be "why is installing (and upgrading) things on windows (and mac) so cumbersome, so manual, so inconsistent across applications, and in general a PITA?"..... But since macs are also now using (essentially) a package manager (the app store), I'm sure windows will soon follow. Then linux (et al.) will be more intuitive for new users.
Nov
8
comment Logout takes too long
possible duplicate (but not answered) askubuntu.com/questions/145573/…
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
19
comment How can I find corrupted characters in a text file?
if you have a text file, can you just use: iconv --from-code=UTF-8 (or --from-code=ASCII, etc)? The iconv utility will print "illegal input sequence at position {n}" on the line that has invalid data for the given input. You may also specific a target encoding; if the data can't be converted, you'll also receive a detailed error message.
Sep
19
comment How to display a random line from a text file?
GNU/Linux/Un*x has a lot of very well road-tested wheels I wouldn't want to re-invent, not unless it was a purely academic exercise. The "shell" was intended to be used to assemble lots of little existing parts that could be (re-)assembled in various ways via input/output & plenty o' options. Anything else is bad form, unless it's for sport (e.g, codegolf.stackexchange.com/tour), in which case, play on...!
Sep
19
comment How to display a random line from a text file?
A stylistic alternative (bash): LINES=$(wc -l < file.txt); R_LINE=$((RANDOM % LINES)); sed -n "${R_LINE}p" file.txt
Jun
11
comment How set CLASSPATH variable for a folder in Ubuntu
Why is everyone adding "{JAVA_HOME}/lib" to their classpath? It's not necessary, or even a good idea. For that matter, setting the env CLASSPATH is also a bad idea, unless it's in a shell script, just for that script, in which case, the command-line option "-cp" to java would still be preferable.
Jun
11
comment How set CLASSPATH variable for a folder in Ubuntu
@zhihong you should consider using an IDE like netbeans, letting it defer to the build tool in use, which actually configures your classpath. In Netbeans, set up a new project using maven or gradle (or ant -- but this gets too complicated when dealing with dependencies (see also: maven ant tasks, which I prefer over ivy)). Gradle is currently the 'hot' thing, fwiw; you should give it a try. Also, (1) you should always use package names; and (2) there's never a need to include classes in the jvm directory in the classpath; they are already in the "boot" classpath.
May
9
awarded  Yearling
Feb
17
comment How to configure chrome to open magnet url's with deluge?
Holy sh*t, mate, whoever told you to run this should be added to your "block" list. I stopped reading at cd /usr/bin; sudo sed ... xdg-* ... not every file xdg-* is actually a shell script; some are binary. You need to fix your system if you actually run something like this (you might be ok, since it may not have changed the files at all...) In any case, *_DESKTOP_SESSION_ID is unrelated afaik to the topic at hand, but even so, you just set/unset the env var; you don't sed all scripts in /usr/bin.
Feb
13
awarded  Caucus
May
9
awarded  Yearling
Feb
26
comment Where are the system-wide proxy server settings?
I just found the answer to my previous comment => see askubuntu.com/questions/150210/… => if you have "none" and "manual" predefined, simply run: gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy mode 'manual' or gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy mode 'none' , but you can also set specific host/port proxy settings there too (less of an issue for me though)
Feb
26
comment Where are the system-wide proxy server settings?
This is a real Ubuntu 12.x PITA for me. Twice a day I have to open up this "network" dialog, navigate via the mouse from "wired" to "proxy", and set my proxy settings to/from manual to no proxy (for my work laptop). It wouldn't be so bad if the network applet popped up with "network proxy" already with focus, but as it stands, I don't even think you can "tab" through to get to the proxy settings. (Using laptop mice-nipples are like friggin' surgery.) There has got to be a better way: I just want to open a proxy setting dialog, or simply set this via terminal+gconf or something...
Feb
4
comment How do I remove or hide old kernel versions to clean up the boot menu?
Rather, install "Ubuntu Tweak" as described in another answer (its own ppa), which has its own "computer janitor" (not to be confused with the "computer janitor" that temporarily was available in older ubuntu versions)