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Aug
18
comment way to detect which workspace you are currently in from the command line
Thanks. I had to remove " --replace" from the compiz_running test, and also seemed to get the wrong value for vsize (1 vs 2) when running this on Precise 12.04, even though ccsm General Options said my Desktop Size / Vertical Virtual Size is 2.
Aug
18
answered way to detect which workspace you are currently in from the command line
Aug
15
revised Add event to google calendar from chrome/chromium via .ics file
edited title
Aug
15
comment Add event to google calendar from chrome/chromium via .ics file
Thanks, nicely written! But this is a single event, and I don't want to add yet another new calendar to get it. That would clutter up my list of calendars and complicate adding reminders. I just want to add a single event to my own personal google calendar, with the help of this .ics file. I've clarified the title of this question.
Aug
14
asked Add event to google calendar from chrome/chromium via .ics file
Aug
14
revised Google Calendar as default handler of webcal protocol for iCal/ICS files
clarify that the question is specifically about the webcal uri scheme (as demonstrated by the accepted answer) not about .ics extension or mime type
Aug
14
suggested suggested edit on Google Calendar as default handler of webcal protocol for iCal/ICS files
Apr
24
revised Why is gksu no longer installed by default?
clarify release
Apr
24
suggested suggested edit on Why is gksu no longer installed by default?
Apr
24
comment When to use pkexec vs. gksu/gksudo?
See also Why is gksu no-longer installed by default? (in 13.04 Raring)
Apr
24
comment When to use pkexec vs. gksu/gksudo?
Thanks Paul, for lots of helpful analysis here! But I also agree with Flimm. Can you start off with a simple answer to the question as asked?
Mar
10
revised How to change the Ubuntu source code
clarify "all of", since they are getting some of it
Mar
9
suggested suggested edit on How to change the Ubuntu source code
Feb
18
comment youtube-dl is not working
This is actually a bug, and I entered a launchpad bug *bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/youtube-dl/+bug/1128610) that refers to the upstream fix.
Jan
28
awarded  Necromancer
Jan
16
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
16
comment Wireshark problem. Can't select default interface
This is unnecessarily dangerous and problematic, because there are far more exploitable bugs when running the full gui as root, and configuration issues can crop up when a gui program runs as root. See the dpkg-reconfigure solution at How do I run WireShark, with root-privileges? - Ask Ubuntu for a much better option
Jan
15
comment How do I run wireshark, with root-privileges?
This is far more dangerous and more problematic, because there are for more exploitable bugs when running the full gui as root, and configuration issues can crop up when a gui program runs as root. See the dpkg-reconfigure solution above for a much better option.
Jan
15
comment Wireshark problem. Can't select default interface
The answers here are more dangerous than the standard "sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common" approach, which is documented in this question: How do I run WireShark, with root-privileges? - Ask Ubuntu. This question is essentially a duplicate of that one.
Jan
6
comment No facility exists in Update Manager to upgrade to a new version, why?
Wow, this is surprisingly hard to find, particularly given that you actually have to quit the thing after telling it what you want. And especially on my netbook, where the "settings" button isn't visible because the update manager window is too large for the display. And there is no menu. I wonder what fraction of users are expected to ever upgrade from an LTS to another non-LTS version?