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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.


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comment system reinstallation - only system partition
By switch off, do you mean standby? Still, if there is enough battery to turn on after a true power down, then the battery is probably not the issue. It may be the video card or driver. If you're using a proprietary driver, you can try using the standard one, or vice versa (assuming there is a proprietary driver available). I found 14.04 to be better at standby than 12.04 for my system, FWIW.
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Oct
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Oct
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comment Why can I not access my Samba shared folder?
Is the workgroup name the same as previously? It's usually best if all the computers are in the same workgroup. I don't know why it seems to be such a hassle to share with Samba, but I've always managed to get it working eventually, often after a bit of hair-pulling.
Oct
14
revised Can see wifi connections, but cannot connect
Corrected misspelling in title, and removed a few extraneous words ("so").
Oct
14
answered How to configure apache2 with symbolic links in /var/www/?
Oct
14
comment How do i enable core dumps so minecraft will work
But looking at the error message after some nice person reformatted it to make it actually readable, the error is something in the nouveau_dri driver, which is related to the graphics library. I'd guess it's something in your system setup that's not working, not Minecraft itself. Disclaimer: I don't know anything about Minecraft or Nouveau, but I used to be a programmer.
Oct
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do i enable core dumps so minecraft will work
Oct
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comment How do i enable core dumps so minecraft will work
A core dump is an almost useless block of information used for debugging an error. It will not enable anything to run, as it isn't even used until the program has crashed.
Oct
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on reconfigure audio jack connector
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reviewed Reject and Edit suggested edit on How do I install nvidia-xconfig?
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revised How do I install nvidia-xconfig?
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Oct
12
comment SSH + Keys + noip
FYI: The name@domain format is a shortcut for specifying your login name, and is not needed if it's the same as the one you are coming from. You can test with "ssh localhost", which will prompt for your password; or "ssh guest@localhost" which will prompt for guest's password, if there is a guest account.
Oct
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comment SSH + Keys + noip
No, you don't upload anything to noip.com; it's only a name server that allows you to connect to your computer without knowing the ip address. But I think you may need to configure separate keys for connecting via the domain name, the same way you did it for using the IP address.
Oct
10
comment Folder permissions: only allow user to write (not read or delete)
Only one user, or all users, or other users?
Oct
10
comment How to get Netflix video and sound out to TV using Ubuntu
I wonder what your question is.
Oct
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I recover my data from an encrypted home directory?