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    Uh-oh.... about that last....

    And THAT, ladies and germs, is why ROKYTNJI is one of the Magnificent Six, and a personal hero/ role model of mine.
    Ummmm, ROK, feel free to elaborate on those fine points; mi blog es tu blog.
    Posted 10-03-2016 at 10:16 AM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Uh-oh.... about that last....

    somebody remind me of ten reasons
    Money < Have you picked up a free computer with no operating system on it>
    Proprietary & UELAS
    Choice on software minus money
    Malware , Pawned, Owned.
    Hardware compatibility <current isos runs on older kits >
    Multi platform uses < Android, OLPC, and Chromebook >

    Just a few. I am sure there is lot's more.
    Posted 10-03-2016 at 09:34 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is online now
    Updated 10-03-2016 at 09:36 AM by rokytnji
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    Posted 10-03-2016 at 01:34 AM by exton exton is offline
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    Visitors but no comments... (??)

    BTW, those of you who have made it this far... this quest for a simple, easy return to Linux has evolved into quite some personal revelation. Apparently, the world has moved on in unexpected directions, and I am not nearly as well-equipped to deal with the new paradigm as I thought I was.
    Going Linux, especially for old stodgies like me, is going to entail a near-vertical learning curve and total abandonment of the MicroMentality. Buckle up, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye.
    On the brighter side (if you, too, eschew challenge):
    I learned last night that anyone who even vaguely remembers their DOS will find that abhorrent command-line fixation of Linux to draw you into an environment that seems somehow familiar and comfortable! Some of the commands are identical, as is the overall syntax. What a relief !
    Here's the link to a well-written tutorial I downloaded in PDF format (free); it's as easy and straightforward as it gets, and is sure to take a lot of the Greek out of the Geek on LQ.
    Posted 10-01-2016 at 09:42 AM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Visitors but no comments... (??)

    A kind, genteel kick in the loquacity.


    Thank you very much, not just for taking the time to post but for being kind and diplomatic while pointing out a fatal flaw of mine... I am reminded all too often lately that I tend toward verbosity, whether speaking or writing. You are correct, and since I asked for the criticism I will accept it as gallantly as possible, and thank you again.
    Posted 10-01-2016 at 09:07 AM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Visitors but no comments... (??)

    While I give you credit for your extensive vocabulary, language that is too long winded or flowery can be a turn-off and maybe that is what is dissuading people from responding. Having said that, even the long established and better quality blogs here don't see that much traffic, and get very little comment, so don't feel singled out by your lack of responses. It's just how it is here on LQ.

    Blogspace is already overflowing with articles of the navel gazing "what is the meaning of linux" type, whose sole purpose seems to be for the author to wax lyrical on some inane nonsense; you can clearly see examples of this from all the crap that gets posted to the 'syndicated linux news' sub-forum. A good start would be to avoid writing those sorts of posts.

    What I'm looking for in a blogpost is either an interesting story, an interesting technical discussion, hints or tips, or just something silly that entertains for a few minutes. As an example Rocket357's blog is one I usually enjoy reading.

    Anyway, 4 entries isn't really enough to get a blog established, so I wouldn't give up just yet... "If you build it, they will come!"

    I hope you found this useful. If not... well at least you got a response.
    Posted 10-01-2016 at 06:40 AM by GazL GazL is offline
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    Posted 09-29-2016 at 02:33 AM by exton exton is offline
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    Posted 09-28-2016 at 09:54 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Poor, but acceptable, work-around to the lack of image previews for XCF and ORA (maybe other formats as well)

    Thanks. It's ImageMagick. I haven't tried GraphicsMagick that yet, but the problem with some non-GIMP XCF-to-something conversion methods is that they often won't deal correctly with transparencies, creating images with some 100% black rectangular areas, sometimes obscuring stuff that was supposed to be visible.
    Posted 09-27-2016 at 07:33 PM by the dsc the dsc is offline
    Updated 09-27-2016 at 08:16 PM by the dsc
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    Poor, but acceptable, work-around to the lack of image previews for XCF and ORA (maybe other formats as well)

    I see you're using convert for the ORA previews, so I guess you are using GraphicsMagick? At least on Sid, GM supports XCF.

    If so, give this one a shot:

    convert -layers merge -quality 72 ${1} ${however_you_want_to_name_preview}
    would perhaps knock down your script to :

    function make_thumbnail() {
        convert_flags="-layers merge -quality 72"
        case ${1##*.} in
                # Check ORA version and proceed...?
                unzip -p ${1} mergedimage.png | convert png:- ${convert_flags} ${new_filename}
                convert ${convert_flags} ${1} ${new_filename}
    Of course you don't need to make it a function, but doesn't hurt either if you want to add it to a larger library later on.
    Posted 09-27-2016 at 09:30 AM by goumba goumba is offline
    Updated 09-27-2016 at 09:44 AM by goumba
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    A little background on myself, and thoughts to a new 'blog-column'

    Ya know guys, thanks. I had let life get in the way again and got sidetracked. Six months later I doubt you'll even read this, but thank you.

    I know a blog is to "scratch an itch"... my "itch" as with Linux as well as in life is to help others. I'm not talking some grand sacrifice type of help, but just the little things that normally no one would think about, such as in this case: helping someone to discover something new about their PC that would be *useful*. This case, I figured I'd get some use as well, learning new things myself.

    I'm on my way to Best Buy to get myself a cheap netbook for my long commutes, in which I'll be able to play with this idea more.

    As far as the widespread knowledge of these blogs... yeah, I hate to say they probably go unnoticed as they're at the bottom of the menu. How many people really look there?
    Posted 09-27-2016 at 09:17 AM by goumba goumba is offline
    Updated 09-27-2016 at 09:18 AM by goumba


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