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I've been a computer hobbyist since before the IBM PC, and a professional programmer not too long after that. I've had experience with electronic repair, manufacturing, and testing of professional audio.

I tutored other students in Fortran before PCs existed, built my first computer from bare circuit boards and reject parts (S-100 CP/M system), and transitioned from stereo repair, to professional audio manufacturing at Dolby Labs, where I set up the automated functional testing for Dolby professional equipment. From there, I went into programming full-time as a C programmer for Mac presentation graphics systems, then to Windows C++ video programming. My last 10 years was as a C++ Windows software engineer for a corporate source code control system.

I'm now a Linux user, doing part time website development using all open source tools like Vim, PHP, Javascript/jQuery, etc for local businesses. I'm semi-retired, so I only do jobs that I want to do.


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comment Lost CDROM in Boot options in BIOS
This is nothing to do with Ubuntu at all. But you might not be looking in the right place, or perhaps you are confused. Please try to find a more appropriate forum, probably for your Lenovo laptop.
Apr
13
comment “Alias”es for Alt-F2
Thanks, you're too kind. ;-)
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Apr
13
comment “Alias”es for Alt-F2
After rereading his question a few times, I think your solution is probably the one he desires. As I often do, I answered too quickly. My solution might work, but it is probably not what he wants. It requires more typing, and is probably more general than required. I'd delete it, but there may be some good general information there
Apr
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Apr
13
comment “Alias”es for Alt-F2
Yeah, I use a real editor too (unnamed, don't want to start a war); interesting about the double hyphens - I never thought of it that way; I only thought of it as used for long parameters vs single letter flags. I'm not really super experienced with shell programming; I did higher level programming mostly, and struggled through shell scripts when needed.
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Apr
13
comment “Alias”es for Alt-F2
Oh, since I never use gedit for anything, I didn't know that was only a gedit flag. I will make a simple change using your suggestions.
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Apr
13
comment “Alias”es for Alt-F2
Sorry, you're right about the second part. I forgot about not running it from the terminal, which is what I normally would be doing for things similar to this. But I'm not sure about the first part. perhaps I just don't understand. I wrote it up as an answer, because I guess it's too complicated for a comment.
Apr
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answered “Alias”es for Alt-F2
Apr
13
comment “Alias”es for Alt-F2
So, he would need to create this script for every possible program he would want to run? I must be confused, because that doesn't really seem to be feasible unless there are only a very few programs he runs. Or maybe you're confused by his question. Also, I don't think you need to make a script executable if you start with #!/bin/bash
Apr
9
comment Command-line to list DNS servers
Are you using 12.04, the version specified? Did you substitute something like "eth0" for <interfacename>? (My original post actually made it clearer, but someone changed it, and I added the note below). It still works for me, every day.
Apr
6
comment installation-problem
Are you trying to run Ubuntu from Windows, or run a program in Ubuntu? It sounds like you are trying to install Ubuntu, perhaps, and you may need to get a WUBI version.
Apr
5
comment 64-bit edition alongside 32-bit windows 7
I think they might always recommend a 32-bit version since it will work on any computer. At least, they always recommended it for me, but I finally decided to switch to 64-bit and it works fine, even though my computer is fairly old. I'd recommend 64-bit, because if you get more memory or new system, you can't upgrade to 64 bits, only reinstall.
Apr
4
comment 64-bit edition alongside 32-bit windows 7
When you say "alongside", do you mean in a separate partition outside of Windows (no problem), or using WUBI inside Windows (probably OK, but I'm not sure).
Mar
30
comment How to change the value of an argument in a script?
That works. :-) Good answer... I think I was assuming he didn't want to do that, and I'm not sure why he would, but your answer is actually more correct than my suggestion to simply not do it. Thanks for the link.
Mar
30
comment How to change the value of an argument in a script?
I tried that, but it still echoed "foo". Did you get different results? Be sure to pass "foo" to the script.
Mar
30
answered How to change the value of an argument in a script?
Mar
26
answered Migration from XP to Ubuntu