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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, retired from active work but still helping friends with computer problems, configuration, audio/video setup, and other electronic devices.


May
2
comment mounting to non-empty directory, then later deleting original files
Well, that worked out perfectly - amazing that it was that easy. I used the command sudo mount --bind / /mnt/temp to mount the filesystem, and deleted the files with no problem, after confirming that the timestamps were different than /var, to make sure it was indeed different. Thanks for the tip.
May
2
comment mounting to non-empty directory, then later deleting original files
Interesting idea - So, I'll see the "real" /var directory doing that, instead of the mounted one. If that's true, then this method is much more straightforward than any other ideas I saw in my research for accessing the original files when mounting on a non-empty directory. I'll check it out and come back later.
May
2
asked mounting to non-empty directory, then later deleting original files
May
2
comment Permissions/ownership of /usr/local/bin
Good answer; I thought maybe I'd add my 2 cents worth. Even if you are the only user now, this could change in the future, and it's a good idea to follow best practices all the time. If you have a personal script only for yourself, put it in ~/bin; if it's something others might use, put it in /usr/local/bin. Others could mean yourself, in a different account, too. And, remember, some of the rules protect you from yourself, to make it harder to delete important files.
May
2
comment How do I make sure grub is only installed once?
Did you ever resolve your problems? I'm looking into doing something like this, and came across this article that looks interesting, if it's accurate; so I'm looking for feedback on it, or suggestions in general before I waste too much time... article
Apr
28
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Apr
28
comment About to replace windows with Ubuntu 11.10. Will this cause any problems?
Well, I'm not totally sure what you did, but I'm glad it seemed to work out. There are usually a number of ways to accomplish things in Linux once you understand a few basics. You probably learned some of those during this experience, and soon it will not seem hard. Unfortunately, you will probably learn a few things the hard way along your journey. :) But if you avoid things like WUBI, it will be much easier.
Apr
23
comment Downgrade Gnome 3 to Gnome 2
Might be nicer to either say what cinnamon actually is, or give a link that explains it. The link you gave tells nothing about what it is anywhere on the site. Simply saying it's "neat and non disruptive" would describe any one of the available GUI options, depending on the opinion of the user, would it not? Also, you imply that it is not gnome, yet my understanding is that it is a fork of the gnome 3 shell. I can't see much advantage over Gnome3 classic, unless you like the Mint Menu.
Apr
23
comment About to replace windows with Ubuntu 11.10. Will this cause any problems?
Sorry, no, I meant run the WUBI installation, not install. So while running it, you can copy data over to the new partition, or to a backup of some sort.
Apr
21
comment OpenSSH, chroot user: Root needs to own the user directory, is there any consequence?
Is there a reason you don't use the standard file permissions? Linux/Unix was designed to be multi-user, and has the ability to easily grant or deny access to some or all of your directories with permissions for you, your group, and everyone else. Just make sure you don't add your friend to the sudoers list.
Apr
21
answered Downgrade Gnome 3 to Gnome 2
Apr
21
answered About to replace windows with Ubuntu 11.10. Will this cause any problems?
Apr
15
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Apr
15
comment Keyboard only desktop environment
Well, I haven't actually tried either of those. I use Vim extensively as a programmer, but most people don't like that sort of interface. I personally would not like to use a browser without a mouse, although it's better than not using it at all, like if I had a laptop, and the touchpad stopped working.
Apr
15
comment Keyboard only desktop environment
Sure, and I used to use Lynx in the early days of the web before graphical web browsers. It's worth bringing up, but don't be too surprised when most people look at you like you just stepped in a big pile of ... well, lets just say they may look at you strangely.
Apr
15
comment Keyboard only desktop environment
But most people do things other than playing around with their windows and desktop, like web browsing, etc. A tiling window manager won't change that, will it?
Apr
15
comment Keyboard only desktop environment
No, I use keyboard all the time for my server, but most people run things like web browsers, and that's what I was thinking about. I can't imagine doing much in the way of web browsing these days without a mouse.
Apr
15
answered Keyboard only desktop environment
Apr
11
comment Why are my drives referred to as '(hda0,msdos5)' etc in grub instead of (hda0,5), (hda0,sda5) etc that you usually see?
You'll probably see it in the official GRUB documentation, though. I believe they made that change a while back, along with some others. There's a lot of outdated examples online, not to mention many that are downright wrong or convoluted hacks. There is no rule that people need to actually understand what they are writing about, and it shows.
Apr
11
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