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I'm Neil Broadley, a network specialist generally (firewalls, IPS, and so on), but I've been using Ubuntu since early 2006.

I'm generally command-line averse. It's a critical aspect of linux, but I believe that people learn best through experimentation and therefore believe that GUI tools are essential. To that end, I'm (slowly) learning Python in order to scratch a few GUI itches.


Aug
22
revised How to make Gmail open when clicking mailto: links in the same browser it is clicked?
Added a screenshot
Aug
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Problem while updating 14.04 LTS
Aug
19
comment Why is the firewall disabled by default?
Yep, probably true. That's a bad screenshot really, of an old PC where I just wanted the OpenDNS out of my logs. It's not good practice. If I get time, I'll try to update the screenshot, since GUFW looks pretty different these days anyway.
Aug
6
awarded  Yearling
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
1
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I configure a mouse thumb button?
May
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to solve Unity tweak tool and Ubuntu tweak collision?
Feb
11
awarded  Caucus
Nov
5
revised How can I create launchers on my desktop?
Made the distinction to the Dash clearer
Nov
5
comment How can I create launchers on my desktop?
Hi Matteo - sorry I didn't see this earlier. But I can't help anyway! You can't resize the Dash as such, but there is a toggle button at the top-left of the screen which should toggle between fullscreen and "netbook" mode which takes up a proportion of the screen. Perhaps that proportion has a minimum which is still too big for your screen? I'm not sure. Worth searching on this site, I suppose?
Oct
28
comment How can I create launchers on my desktop?
Yeah, you can't drag from the launcher, you must drag from the Dash - so press your Super key, to bring up Dash, then any icon will do. You'll also have to NOT have the Dash full screen (there's a size toggle at the top-left) so that you can see the Desktop to drag your icon to. Still works in 13.04. I haven't tried this in 13.10 yet though.
Oct
3
comment Where does network-manager store WPA keys when “Available to All Users” is ticked?
David, you clearly haven't worked in a corporate environment much if you think that everybody locks their laptops, without fail, every time they step away from their desk. It's one thing to say "yes you should" and the opposite is a thing called "reality" which means that sometimes, just sometimes, it happens. If it's a properly installed Windows, not much harm can come to it. It's a properly installed Ubuntu, the same... unless you have Seahorse installed. Then you've just given away your password, in clear text, to anyone who cares to look.
Oct
2
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
28
comment My Ubuntu Touch seems to be broken no matter how many different files I try
I re-installed "Devel Channel" as the WIKI points out - still buggered. I re-installed "Stable" and it mostly works. Still loads of things broken, like you can't launch Gmail webapp from the home scope, but it works in the Apps scope. Weird. Pretty unusable so far. Hopefully it pans out better than this for the final release (as I'm sure it will).
Sep
24
comment My Ubuntu Touch seems to be broken no matter how many different files I try
Just tried this yesterday on my N7 and I have the same issues. Will continue to research. Many, many apps totally broken - dying with either a white or black screen. Same issues as you're experiencing (or were, back in July), but this is nearly October. Hopefully a re-install will fix.
Sep
17
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
16
comment Cannot install vmware-view-client on 13.04 amd64
Yep, this works on Ubuntu 13.04, 64-bit. Thank you! Hopefully this will be accepted as the answer.
Aug
30
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
26
awarded  Notable Question