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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.


Aug
17
answered SSH and SCP help
Aug
7
comment VirtualBox Windows Key Pass Through To Gnome
From my experience, that's not something that would normally happen. The host knows nothing about the guest, and so won't forward anything to it. The only way would be to have an app running on the host to monitor all keystrokes. That could be done, although I don't know the VB API, but you or someone will need to write the app to run on the host.
Aug
6
comment VirtualBox Windows Key Pass Through To Gnome
Well, simplistically, you would just not check that checkbox, which is essentially the original problem. But there must be more to it than that. Normally, when the guest has the focus, that key combination would go to the guest, not the host. However, I never run in seamless mode, so perhaps there's a problem in that mode. Does it work if the guest is full screen? If in seamless mode, does it work if a guest app has focus?
Jul
28
comment 12.04 and 13.04 sharing a /home folder
That's why I did it. Also, it's easy to do and hard to mess up. :-)
Jul
27
answered 12.04 and 13.04 sharing a /home folder
Jul
16
awarded  Nice Answer
May
20
comment How to handle windows on multiple screens?
I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for, but one way would be to run the System Settings, Display app, and turn off that display. The command is "gnome-control-center display" if you don't want to look for it in the menu. Then just click on the TV display, and click on the on/off switch below.
May
13
comment Where are read permission limits to guest user stored?
Yes, see your answer from May 10 below.
Apr
16
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
7
comment Installed 12.04 LTS onto external hard drive, will not boot
Have you ever booted anything from that drive? Do you have more than one partition? I've never tried to use FAT32 for booting linux, so I don't know if there are problems, but I'd say not to use it - I see no reason to do this. There must be some problem reading the GRUB MBR, but it's hard to say what the cause may be.
Apr
6
comment Installed 12.04 LTS onto external hard drive, will not boot
@user147014: The reason I asked about how you wanted to approach this is that I (and probably others) can answer specific questions, but don't necessarily have all the answers or the time (or inclination) to invest when unexpected problems arise. Asking specific questions is always best, but requires an investment on your part.
Apr
5
comment Installed 12.04 LTS onto external hard drive, will not boot
Do you want to learn and understand what is going on so you can solve the problem knowing what was wrong, or do you want someone to hold your hand and tell you what to do step by step? I'm not trying to be negative, but some people are better at one or the other, and it's best to get it straight right off the bat.
Apr
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
9
comment Virtualbox guests no longer getting shortcuts?
By "he", you mean "me". I was answering my own post after figuring it out. I wouldn't call someone else an idiot (well, not without provocation). :)
Feb
9
comment Download 12.10 gives 12.04.01 LTS
Have you previously downloaded 12.04.1? If so, it's possible that you're just accessing the wrong location. Not trying to shift blame or anything, but personally, I've found that user error has been the source of many of my problems in the past - so much so, that I double-check every assumption when I have a problem before assuming a bug. The link at ubuntu.com seems to be OK, though.
Feb
9
revised How to make GRUB remembers what I boot last time?
A little more detail
Feb
9
answered How to make GRUB remembers what I boot last time?
Feb
9
comment What is creating a folder named “.mediaartlocal” in all my music folders?
I just did a find on my music folder, and there are no new copies, so it must not be anything I'm using now. It's possible it was created when I uploaded files to Google Music - I'll check next time I do that.
Feb
9
accepted What is creating a folder named “.mediaartlocal” in all my music folders?