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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.


Nov
14
answered How would I broadcast a http website over WiFi?
Nov
12
comment Can I change permissions from the original user to one added later
Be careful using forms of sudo without fully understanding their use - you can do serious damage to the system accidentally. Most experienced admins limit their use of the elevated privileges. As someone said, learn the basic permissions system and learn about owners, groups, and how they interact. Except for root, all files can only be accesses normally by their owner or someone granted permission by that owner. You can become root temporarily to either change or access files, though.
Nov
12
comment Weird NTFS partition display
Thanks for the comment; I saw the SFS indicator and assumed my answer applied; I didn't think about the hibernation mode; perhaps it somehow gets shown as SFS filesystem in that state? Let us know which it is. I've tried other file managers, but I always come back to Nautilus pretty quickly. It may not be sexy or beautiful, but it works well and has features most others lack.
Nov
12
answered Losing NVIDIA-driver after updating system
Nov
12
answered Weird NTFS partition display
Nov
12
comment I was resetting my computer
It is possible to boot from the grub rescue prompt with no other software - that's why it's called grub rescue. It's a bit painful, but some help is available here, up until the part about copying missing files. Grub has two parts: one is in the boot sector (MBR, usually), which is what you have now. The other is the grub code, which also includes the menu. This normally is in /boot/grub on your working system. You need to tell it where to look, and this is normally done by running grub-install
Nov
10
comment Bash error when installing cascade server
It seems like the error is telling you there is no such file in your home directory, so specifying your home directory doesn't sound like a solution. Neither does doing "chmod 777", which is almost always the wrong answer. And since you seem to be somewhat new at this, logging in as root is also probably a bad idea.
Nov
7
comment Where'd My Ubuntu Install go?
@josia - I'm glad I was helpful. Grub isn't really too complicated once you understand how there are two parts, on for the boot record, and another for the menu. The boot code just needs to know where to find the menu.
Nov
6
comment ubuntu install what do i do
Taking your post literally, you seem to be saying that you cannot find the file that was downloaded - it this the case?
Nov
6
comment Ubuntu 14.04 detects 4 out of 8GB of ram
Do you have the 64 bit version of Ubuntu?
Nov
5
comment Where'd My Ubuntu Install go?
@Josiah - I added an edit to answer (I hope) your questions.
Nov
5
revised Where'd My Ubuntu Install go?
Added answers to first comment
Nov
4
answered Where'd My Ubuntu Install go?
Nov
3
comment How do I get Nautilus to let me copy and paste a folder?
It still could be a permissions problem; folders have permissions that are different than files. Ownership is included. It's possible that you, on Ubuntu, are not the owner of the folder, or the container for the folder.
Nov
1
revised Can't resize /dev/sda2 extended partition with gparted live cd
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Nov
1
comment Can't resize /dev/sda2 extended partition with gparted live cd
Not really. More like this. I added some comments to my post.
Nov
1
answered Can't resize /dev/sda2 extended partition with gparted live cd
Oct
31
comment Can non-admin user have a shared folder?
Who owns the "Public Folder" you are trying to share? Any user can share a folder that he/she owns. Nobody can share a folder that they do not own
Oct
28
answered How I can compile my all less files to css files in one command in Terminal?
Oct
25
comment error unknown filesystem grub rescue
If all else fails, you could reinstall Ubuntu, or even another linux distro that would restore the GRUB menu you erased. GRUB looks for the menu that is in /boot/grub, and it's no longer there, obviously.