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  1. Old Comment

    Things continue their downward spiral: Ads Go Live on Firefox

    I have no objections to a browser having an option to display advertisements as a means to raise funds that support the development of the browser. Forcing people to view ads is a different matter. The part of the article that puzzles me is how adding advertisements will "improve the user's browsing experience."
    Posted 11-17-2014 at 10:09 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade succeeds on 3-yr-old computer

    Just as I did on my old machine (pogo2003), I installed "Gnome Flashback Services" from the Software Center on my newer machine (Pogo2011). Even though I like using Unity, I experienced some annoying anomalies: holding down the super key failed to display the keyboard shortcuts; doodling with super+w completely, if temporarily, hosed the display -- I had to log off to get control of the machine; the alt+tab function only seemed to cycle through two of the windows regardless of how many were open (maybe there's some trick here I never learned).

    So I have, at least tentatively, switched to using the familiar Gnome desktop (Metacity version). It's limited to 36 workspaces (with Unity I had workspaces set to 8X8), but with the bottom applications bar in Gnome, it's particularly convenient to have lots of applications open in each workspace.

    On the negative side, this Gnome doesn't offer many configuring options. That's probably why it is fast and stable, and it is certainly entirely usable as configured.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 06:22 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade fails on 11-yr-old computer

    I think I have solved my problem of dead-slow desktop response with Ubuntu 14.04 and Unity on my old 2003 machine. To reiterate, this machine has an nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 AGP 8X graphics card and uses the nvidia-96 driver under Ubuntu 12.04. Apparently, Canonical dropped support for this driver under 14.04; but the default driver they provided was not only slow but rendered incorrectly. To fix both problems, I did two things:

    (1) I installed the bumblebee-nvidia driver using the Software Center. This eliminated the rendering errors, but was so slow under Unity that the machine was almost unusable. Aside from being slow, though, all of the applications seemed to work OK.

    (2) I installed Gnome Flashback Services using the Software Center. This installed what I think people consider the classic Gnome desktop. Subjectively speaking, this desktop responds perhaps 100 times faster than Unity. Unity is actually a very nice working environment, but the cosmetics are very CP-intensive. Unity remains available on the machine, but Gnome Flashback Services installed two additional desktop choices (selectable at log on) called "Gnome Flashback (Metacity)" and "Gnome Flashback (Compiz)". The Metacity version is what I am now using. I'm not sure what the other one is yet.
    Posted 09-12-2014 at 05:53 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade fails on 11-yr-old computer

    As part of deciding what to do with the machine that is nearly non-functional with Ubuntu 14.04, I decided to try Puppy-Wary Linux, which is said to be good for old hardware. Puppy can be run entirely from a bootable CD without altering the existing OS installation. On my old machine, Puppy did indeed run acceptably in terms of display and speed. It nicely auto-setup the internet connection. I didn't try the email. I did not recognize many of the installed applications, but perhaps they were chosen for their small memory footprint (Puppy runs entirely from memory). Toward the end of my last session, I suddenly lost mouse control and had to do a ctl-alt-F1 to shut down. I don't know if this was Puppy's fault -- I use a KVM switch and lost mouse control on my other machine that was up at the time, too.
    Posted 09-08-2014 at 04:58 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade fails on 11-yr-old computer

    I solved some of the display problems with the Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade. After some adverse experimentation with other display drivers shown by the Software Center, which disabled the graphical display altogether, I used apt to remove the bad drivers and install the bumblebee-nvidia/trusty driver. Suddenly, workspaces started working and the display of some of the applications, such as the Software Center, started working as expected (had been very quirky). However, the display is still unacceptably slow.
    Posted 09-07-2014 at 12:20 AM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Chromium 36 upgrade with SSE2 instructions will not execute on Athlon XP 2400+

    The Ubuntu Update Manager has posted Chromium 37, which is supposed to fix the SSE2 problem. I installed it, but Chromium still won't start on my Athlon XP 2400+ machine. I did get more descriptive error messages:

    "
    #
    # Fatal error in ../../v8/src/ia32/assembler-ia32.cc, line 53
    # CHECK(cpu.has_sse2()) failed
    #
    . . .
    Illegal instruction (core dumped)
    "

    and posted the complete message at Launchpad:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...r/+bug/1353185

    I still don't see a core dump file that is obviously assocated with Chromium.
    Posted 09-03-2014 at 09:23 AM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Nedit copy/paste failure

    I have just learned at my place of employment that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, which is used there for all scientific computing work stations, no longer includes NEdit as part of the standard installation. A month or so ago, that would have been a traumatic discovery; but since I am on emacs now, I am good.
    Posted 06-14-2014 at 07:15 AM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Nedit copy/paste failure

    Well, I have reached my frustration limit with NEdit regarding the clipboard lock problem that disables copy/paste. Occasionally, saving an altered file that has been sitting unsaved for a while will clear the lock, but the only sure fix I have found is to shut down all running instances of the code and then start them back up again. What a hassle!

    So I have learned enough Emacs to do almost everything I did routinely with NEdit. I am probably at 95% capability with Emacs and just need to practice what I have learned and find the best ways of doing things. The down-loadable user manual from http://www.fsf.org is excellent, and I decided to buy the hard copy from fsf, too. The accompanying reference card is also well done.

    Even if someone were to fix NEdit at some point, I probably wouldn't go back. Emacs is just too neat!

    RIP, NEdit.
    Posted 04-25-2014 at 11:12 PM by flshope flshope is offline
  9. Old Comment

    First thing to do in an emergency: Nothing!

    I have not tried many different distros, myself. In 2003 I bought a machine with Red Hat 9 pre-installed, just in time for Red Hat to drop support for it. I lived with that turkey for 8 years with no OS upgrades. Still can't believe I did that, with hindsight from Ubuntu.

    I see a lot of comments about Puppy. I have another 2003-vintage machine with resources commensurate with that time. It was orginally a Windoze box, but I happily over-wrote that with a linux installation (Ubuntu). Perhaps it would run better a light distro like Puppy, huh?
    Posted 12-07-2013 at 07:05 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    First thing to do in an emergency: Nothing!

    LOL I panic a lot myself, and I'm hardly an experienced Linux user... but I don't give up easily. I've tried lots of Linux distros... the first one which worked was Mandrake 9 (and 10 didn't work on my hardware).

    I love Puppy. It is light, it just works, and whatever doesn't work can be solved by a very responsive userbase on the forum or over chat. Latest is Precise Puppy 5.7.1 ... it's a 32-bit but who cares? I'm still trying some 64-bit Puppy-based distros but my main man is ^
    Posted 12-07-2013 at 04:38 PM by zaivala zaivala is offline
  11. Old Comment

    How does the US fix it's nonfunctional Congress?

    I personally like the math-based law restricting gerrymandering.

    If we remember that the House of Representatives exists to ensure that the interests of specific communities are heard, then the system is actually working as intended.
    Posted 10-03-2013 at 04:11 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Trying to get video capability working under Ubuntu 11.10

    This machine, which I call Pogo2003, was upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 some time ago. Unfortunately, that upgrade did not resolve the video problem. That problem is that none of my browsers (Firefox, Opera, and Chromium -- all at current versions) will display most videos and specifically will not work with the Zinio magazine site. Opera says Shockwave Flash has crashed; the other two browsers don't do anything. All three browsers work ok on my Pogo2011 machine, which has a newer graphics card.

    One suspected source of the problem was that the Ubuntu Software Center (USC) declined to install the recommended video driver [NVidia binary X.Org driver ('version 96' driver)] due to unsatisfied or conflicting dependencies. I tried repeatedly to do this installation, usually after some routine but plausibly relevant software update by the the USC.

    A week or so ago, the install ran successfully. Sadly, it made no difference at all to the video problem.

    If I find a solution here, I will report it.
    Posted 02-02-2013 at 12:53 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Nedit copy/paste failure

    notfaded1:

    Thank you for your thoughts and recommendation.

    You're right, no doubt about it. Before I start another programming project, I need to have emacs under my belt. When I have 10 or so text file windows open, closing and restarting them all to fix copy/paste is a real enthusiasm killer.
    Posted 01-15-2013 at 10:33 AM by flshope flshope is offline
  14. Old Comment

    Nedit copy/paste failure

    geesh sounds like its time to invest the time in emacs maybe... I actually learned emacs before vi believe it or not. Being a .ılılı..ılılı. guy learning emacs was great because the Cisco IOS uses the same keys for editing command line ;^}

    For the longest time I avoided vi like the plague... but trust me... taking the time to learn it really doesn't take that long and it the long run is a HUGE benefit.

    So if your going to be (x)nix guy... learn vi... and if you're a programmer learn emacs.
    Posted 01-15-2013 at 09:32 AM by notfaded1 notfaded1 is offline
    Updated 01-15-2013 at 09:35 AM by notfaded1 (adds)
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    Nedit copy/paste failure

    Reporting back on some subsequent observations ...

    From my previous post:

    Quote:
    I have noticed a suspected but unconfirmed connection with another NEdit event: the copy/paste failure seems to occur when one or more of the NEdit instances have open a modified file, i.e., changes that have not been saved. It seems that when the save is accomplished, the clipboard lock goes away and copy/paste begins working again.
    I now have specifically observed that, when the copy/paste failure has occurred while one instance of NEdit has unsaved changes, saving those changes sometimes clears the copy/paste failure in other NEdit instances. I have observed this result several times.

    However, I also have observed instances where the save did not clear the copy/paste failure. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
    Posted 01-13-2013 at 12:18 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Trying to get video capability working under Ubuntu 11.10

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Shammyhealz View Comment
    If you think it's a video incompatibility, have you tried other drivers? I'm not familiar with the i386 drivers, but I have heard good things about Bumblebee, which is for Debian, but I would think would be out for ubuntu as well
    Thanks for your thoughts. Sorry for not replying until now. I must have missed the email notification about your comment. I'll look into Bumblebee.

    I have tried one nVidia driver that Ubuntu Software Center offers, but it won't install due to dependency problems.
    Posted 11-17-2012 at 06:57 PM by flshope flshope is offline
  17. Old Comment

    Trying to get video capability working under Ubuntu 11.10

    If you think it's a video incompatibility, have you tried other drivers? I'm not familiar with the i386 drivers, but I have heard good things about Bumblebee, which is for Debian, but I would think would be out for ubuntu as well
    Posted 10-19-2012 at 09:12 AM by Shammyhealz Shammyhealz is offline

  



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