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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, retired from active work but still helping friends with computer problems, configuration, audio/video setup, and other electronic devices.


17h
comment Dual monitor Windows and Ubuntu
Sorry, you're right, it's been so long since I've used one that I forgot the configuration and got it reversed. :-(
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comment ubuntu 14. cant connect to the internet after install
@Gadgetroid: downloaded again? Without connecting to the internet?
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comment I changed my passwords using recovery mode and now my computer doesn't even boot
As an aside, I've never tried, or desired, not to have a password, but can't you leave it blank? There must be a way, because the live CD has no password. When it asks for one for sudo, you can just hit return, IIRC.
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comment Dual monitor Windows and Ubuntu
@HontváriLevente: I really don't understand that statement at all. Why would you even need a KVM switch if you don't have another set of monitors and keyboard?
Jan
21
comment Unable to start ubuntu because of problem in window(in same machine)
Windows Master Boot Record is not compatible with multiple boot systems. Ubuntu uses GRUB, but you deleted the boot portion of GRUB by using fixmbr. It is easy to restore, and there are many topics explaining how, so I won't duplicate the existing tutorials. Just search for "restore grub", making sure it's GRUB version 2
Jan
21
comment Display shutsdown suddenly, but PC is working
So, the problem only happens in Chrome, or only a specific example? I personally avoid Chrome because it has always crashed easily, often when not really used. Fortunately, I like Firefox. So, solution 1 might be to not use Chrome. Or, it may be the video driver; did you install a video driver, or are you using the default?
Dec
29
awarded  Yearling
Dec
16
reviewed Edit How can I prevent ubuntu from mounting particular partitions/deivices?
Dec
16
revised How can I prevent ubuntu from mounting particular partitions/deivices?
I did not agree with all of the recent edits, and so did not want my name attatched
Dec
14
comment How to modify how Brackets behaves?
There are several ways, depending on which GUI or shell or even Ubuntu flavor you are using. But Linux itself has methods, such as the find command - but you need to use the correct syntax. It can take a while sometimes, to search the entire filesystem, but the syntax is find / -iname filename, where "/" is the starting point (root). A better version is find / -iname *bracket* 2>/dev/null, which will find anything with "bracket", without regard to case, and throw away all the warnings that clutter up the output.
Dec
13
reviewed Reject and Edit What is the equivalent for switching drives in terminal on Linux?
Dec
13
revised What is the equivalent for switching drives in terminal on Linux?
Added information about mounting to a non-empty directory
Dec
12
comment Ubuntu not going in full screen mode in virtualbox after update
"Certain installations"?? You need to be more specific - mainly, did you upgrade VirtualBox or Ubuntu?
Dec
7
revised Why can't I follow symlinks when I use the file system gui, but in terminal everything works fine?
added 467 characters in body
Dec
7
comment Gparted: move extended partition on the left
Thanks, @psusi... I didn't know, which is why I said might be able to cancel. Fortunately, I've never had a power outage while doing that, and I don't think I've ever needed to cancel, at least not very far into it.
Dec
7
answered Gparted: move extended partition on the left
Dec
6
awarded  Organizer
Dec
6
revised Why can't I follow symlinks when I use the file system gui, but in terminal everything works fine?
He is dual-booting with Mac, and using HFS+ filesystem for his data.
Dec
6
comment Why can't I follow symlinks when I use the file system gui, but in terminal everything works fine?
@funkyrailroad: I added some more information to my answer after reading your comments. Hope they help. Unfortunately, I have no experience dual-booting OSX.
Dec
6
revised Why can't I follow symlinks when I use the file system gui, but in terminal everything works fine?
Added more info after recent comments