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I like to engage in "Technology Serving Community" via free software.

Consultant, Ubuntu member, Wikipedia contributor since 2002, ElectionAudits developer, Boulder Community Network co-founder, Internet2 consultant for IDtrust, author of pgpstat, Android enthusiast, ex-Bell Labs web/security/standards maven....

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Jul
9
answered How can I rotate a video?
Jul
6
answered How do I create a desktop wallpaper slideshow?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
19
comment Find duplicate files and folders and move these to a different folder
I agree with @AndersonGreen that the question of finding duplicate folders / directories needs an answer. See one option at Find all folders in a directory with the same content - Unix & Linux Stack Exchange
Jun
18
comment How to control UPS via nut rather than gnome-power-manager?
@AShelly What release are you running? What are your symptoms?
Jun
6
comment How to use Rhythmbox python console
Note that at least as of Ubuntu Trusty tahr 14.04, rhythmbox embeds python 3.4.0. So the command 'print "hello world"' is a syntax error ;) Instead, use the new Python 3 print function: 'print("hello world")'
Jun
1
comment Installing Java 7 Update 25 on 12.04 LTS?
PPAs can indeed be dangerous. But they can also be smart and more secure than a direct download, in the sense that they automate the process of upgrading. If the people running the ppa are trustworthy, and they sign their packages etc, then they are a good alternative to having people check the checksums of the tar.gz themselves, do the intstalls, and then constantly watch for notice of the need for a security update, and do it all over again. Note also that the ppa package does a number of other "update-alternatives" calls, for various installed programs that use java.
May
19
revised Ubuntu cgroup architecture: cgroup-lite vs cgroup-bin and default config for lxc, libvirt-bin?
typo in "ubuntu" 8-)
May
5
revised browser without gpu support
fix typo in spelling of "chrome", rearrange text to get around silly "6 char" minimum
May
5
suggested approved edit on browser without gpu support
Apr
30
comment Can a Raspberry Pi run Ubuntu?
See the answer below by @0xF2 for helpful details (which would be worth adding to this answer....)
Apr
28
revised Can I control brightness on second monitor?
clarify ddcontrol status
Apr
28
answered Can I control brightness on second monitor?
Apr
28
comment Can I control brightness on second monitor?
This is not in the normal repos, but is in the software center at least for 12.04. It does not change the backlight brighness, but does change the overall brightness, though I'm not sure how. It says it uses a proprietary license, but also says it is "gpl-3". Very odd. And I'd like a command-line interface that I can script to gradually lower brightness in the evening. But I'm still glad to have it - thanks!
Apr
8
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
31
revised Higher screen resolution in VirtualBox?
"ose" is not in the package names any mire (at least as of trusty tahr)
Mar
31
suggested approved edit on Higher screen resolution in VirtualBox?
Mar
26
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
5
comment What are the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit, and which should I choose?
@Sergey But I'm pointing out that even with 8 GB, I typically have some swap due to tons of browser tabs. And in both cases in your charts with Firefox, there is swapping (in 1 GB), so I can't learn much there. If I could get, say, 50 of my typical browser tabs without swapping using 32-bit, while I'd start to swap at 40 browser tabs with 64-bit (I'm making the numbers up of course), then 32-bit starts looking nice. But I don't know if the 30% vs 10% rule applies to javascript/web pages/threads in modern browsers.
Mar
4
comment What are the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit, and which should I choose?
I'm curious how modern browsers with lots of open tabs and javascript fare here. I often run into swap (even with 8 GB RAM) by opening up lots of tabs, and modern web sites use lots of javascript libraries etc. How do the memory and cpu speed compare for heavy chrome or firefox usage?