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Grey-haired geek, perennial polymath.

I used to develop in Java but I got tired of all the brackets and static typing, so I now play with Python.

In case people wonder about why I am also registered for the English and Chinese Stack Exchange forums, I recently spent a couple of years in China teaching English.


Nov
28
comment Gnome3 Can't change keyboard layout
I don't think it is Gnome, because I looked at Debian Wheezy (Gnome 3.4.2) and Ibus seems to behave well there. From what I have read (sorry, can't find all the refs, but at least a couple were on Launchpad) other flavours of Ubuntu (Lubuntu in particular) are also affected. I am continuing to investigate, even jumping ship to BSD to find something that works for me.
Nov
26
comment Gnome3 Can't change keyboard layout
I think it's a bug in Ubuntu introduced between 12.04 and 14.04. See the responses to this question. I have seen this discussed in a number of forums, but so far no solution.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
3
awarded  Good Answer
Aug
5
comment Switch language shortcut bug [ubuntu 14.04 Gnome]
there is some discussion of using setxkbmap here but it looks like this, too, is a sub-optimal solution. But thanks for the thought.
Aug
4
comment Switch language shortcut bug [ubuntu 14.04 Gnome]
My problem is similar, but with Chinese (see my comment on the OP). Language and input methods appear to have been installed, but cannot be used because the switcher fails to switch the language, in spite of changing the language flag on the icon.
Aug
4
comment Switch language shortcut bug [ubuntu 14.04 Gnome]
For me this does not address the central problem: the shortcut keys only seem to change the indicator, without actually changing the language.
Aug
4
comment Switch language shortcut bug [ubuntu 14.04 Gnome]
I have a similar problem having upgraded 12.04 to 14.04. The ibus keyboard language switcher stopped working. Because I work between English and Chinese this is a big problem. The weird thing is the indicator changes language, but the text typed stays solidly in English. I have even tried installing a different language engine (fcitx), nothing seems to work.
Jul
22
comment ERROR MESSAGE: Requires installation of untrusted packages
More recent versions of update-manager reload the package list automatically.
Jun
5
awarded  Yearling
Apr
8
awarded  Civic Duty
Apr
4
comment How can I install Sun/Oracle's proprietary Java JDK 6/7/8 or JRE?
+1 for 'The Easy Way'
Apr
3
comment Not able to execute a .sh file: /bin/bash^M: bad interpreter
+1 for this because it helped me with MacOS line endings.
Mar
18
comment Calibrate Touch screen permanently
@Justin I posted the entire code snippet (not just one line) in a separate file. No problems with Unity. But, yes, it probably runs faster not using 3-d graphics on the desktop...
Mar
12
answered Calibrate Touch screen permanently
Feb
19
awarded  Caucus
Dec
30
comment How do I remove or hide old kernel versions to clean up the boot menu?
I tried the approach using Ubuntu Tweak as being the most appropriate (i.e., idiot-proof). Worked well.
Dec
22
comment Printer scanner driver for Epson Workforce WF-5320
@zkurtz There are several ways to get the printer's ip address. In my case I like to set it in the router, so it will always be the same. Another way is to go to the printer and get it to print out it's wireless settings, and a third way is to check the ip when you use the Add Printer tool's Network Printer option; it searches the lan and reports the ip addresses of any printers it finds.
Dec
21
answered Printer scanner driver for Epson Workforce WF-5320
Dec
21
comment Printer scanner driver for Epson Workforce WF-5320
At the simplistic level this is correct, but to make use of scanner features you need the proprietary drivers. Similarly, when you add the printer with the Printers tool the correct software for the drivers is detected and downloaded, so it is not strictly correct that additional drivers are not needed.