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Long time Linux user (currently kubuntu). Use Windows 98, and 7 when I have to. Programmed in many languages, currently using bash and awk for most things. Learning Python.

Have one project on sourceforge:

Duplex printing emulator for non-duplex printers (Linux)


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Sep
18
comment Desktop is empty after installation/first logon
No idea, but a first step would be to find the original checksum for the iso/image you downloaded or obtained and compare it to the checksum of the image image you have. If they're not the same, get another iso and start over. If they are the same, that's more complicated ...
Aug
29
comment What is the $BASH_COMMAND variable good for?
+1 confused the heck out of me, but it was fun to read!
Aug
29
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of mounting various directories on separate partitions?
Separate /home is one of my soap boxes, but I still got burned recently when I installed saucy in another partition just for testing on an oneiric notebook and it messed up a bunch of configuration files in my shared /home that made oneiric very unhappy when I rebooted into it.
Aug
29
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of mounting various directories on separate partitions?
Although this is touched upon in these answers, keeping /home separate from / means that if you fill up /home, it doesn't take / with it and make your system fail. I take it one step further (on my notebook) and have a separate data partition, so if that fills up, it doesn't affect anything else.
Aug
29
answered What measurements can I take to prevent an ubuntu update from rendering my laptop useless?
Aug
24
comment How to change my own home directory?
I've never tried anything like this, but I would suspect you could boot from a live CD, move any directories/files, change the entry in /etc/passwd for the new home directory for your user and be good to go. Make backups of everything you intend to modify so you can put things back if it doesn't work as desired.
Aug
23
comment rsync copies files from working directory in addition to the requested ones
+1 for the useful coding method. You're right that I could have just eliminated the quotes - but only after I knew that that was the problem. The point that I wanted to leave readers with is that if you accidentally provide rsync with a null parameter like I did, it causes unexpected behavior. Apparently, several other Linux shell commands do the same thing.
Aug
16
comment No sound in any music player I choose in ubuntu 12.04
Glad it works! I really dislike that when it happens to me because I don't know if it will come back. Still, don't look a gift horse in the mouth! Sometimes, seemingly unrelated updates and upgrades will reinitialize things and make problems go away.
Aug
12
asked libreoffice reinstall problems
Aug
12
comment No sound in any music player I choose in ubuntu 12.04
Just saw your comment under the question. If your overall audio is OK, then the most likely thing is that your volume is turned all the way down or muted somewhere for the apps that have the problem.
Aug
12
comment No sound in any music player I choose in ubuntu 12.04
OK. Does anything else make sound on your computer (under Linux)? Do you hear a sound when the desktop manager starts? I know KDE plays one, so maybe your desktop does too. Can you play some audio/videos like those on YouTube in your browser? Usually, sound works as a whole. Either everything or nothing has sound - except for some players that have their own volume controls which can be muted. If I accidentally switch my sound profile to use HDMI output when HDMI isn't connected, then I have no sound. It may be something like that or having Mute selected somewhere.
Aug
6
comment Auto-switch audio to HDMI when HDMI monitor/receiver plugged into laptop
For another solution for this, see: askubuntu.com/questions/458194/…
Aug
6
answered Switching to HDMI Audio when HDMI is plugged into a laptop (14.04)
Aug
3
answered No sound in any music player I choose in ubuntu 12.04
Aug
3
comment No sound in any music player I choose in ubuntu 12.04
I know you don't want to use the command line, but ... If you (install and) run alsamixer from the command line, it brings up a primitive (curses based) graphical display which lets you see and adjust all your audio inputs and outputs. Once you get used to the keyboard shortcuts the program uses, it's really quick and easy. I use it whenever my audio isn't working the way I want it to as one of the first steps in finding out what's wrong. It's also the only way I've found that I can adjust the balance between my speakers when they aren't placed ideally for where I'm listening from.
Jul
23
comment Make a custom Compose Key for normal characters
Although this is the best, simplest answer, it's worth noting that almost any time you want to have your keyboard do something special for you, it's worth taking a look at AutoKey. It's a a full keyboard macro processor that can do almost anything when you type a trigger phrase or press a hotkey.
Jun
18
comment What does “TTY” stand for?
@JonathanLeffler There were ttys based on the IBM Selectric typewriter which used a ball for a print head. It rotated to position the correct letter for the hammer to hit, but it didn't actually "spin". They were nicer than ASR-33s. As you say, no matrix, just metal molds of characters on hammers that would strike an ink ribbon to print the letter on the page or roll of paper. They were an incredible advance over submitting a box of 80 column cards and waiting for an operator to load them.
May
25
comment xdotool does not type for me
@MinimusHeximus - Thanks! I posted an answer there.
May
24
comment xdotool does not type for me
xdotool is very cool, but you may want to consider trying autokey-qt. It does a lot of what xdotool does, but lets you configure everything in a gui. It's a full keyboard macro system with phrases and scripting in Python. Find info at https://code.google.com/p/autokey/w/list. It installs best from its ppa - ppa:cdekter/ppa.