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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: July 13, 2012, 12:03:37 AM
Tuxman! You live well your leitmotiv!  tongue

Must be the childhood memory of the first bicycle with learning wheels attached that makes its come back agin huh!
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: July 12, 2012, 11:16:42 PM
My apologies bobc4012!  embarassed
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: July 12, 2012, 08:59:09 PM

Now we're getting into the deep end!  ohmy

To be honest with you, Linux for me is like playing 3D chess.
I can play some chess (Windows) but 3D just doesn't make it in my head.
So, i'm trying to get more and more familiar with it by installing it and breaking it so that i can fix it.

I happen to "work" for a non-profit association and the folks know little about computers (let alone Linux!).
They get viruses and bring their computers to the shop @ $100 bucks a shot etc.
Their laptops have hard drive crashes, computers need replacement.
Those are big bucks for non-profits!  tellme

There are a zillion computers available on eBay that could be transformed with Linux and behave even better than Windows7 or 8.
I need to prepare the proposition by being more knowledgeable with Linux but especially so that they don't get lost in Linux.

Also, i'm fed up with the fact that Microsoft keeps on pushing us to new versions (which are often regressions) with a price tag that... well, you know the story.


Well, Linux for me is a hobby still in the sense of not really taking the plunge (like yourself).
Why? Well, i have this CanoScan Lide70 that Linux still can't handle.
What do i do if i propose Linux to others and their scanners or whatever other application can't be connected?
Tell them to buy another scanner to have a free Linux system?

You don't leave a good first impression in those conditions now do you?
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: July 12, 2012, 07:43:03 AM
I've got LMDE on for now but will double check it 40hz!
Don't think it's the issue for it only happens on Ubuntu and it dims for a moment and comes back in a moment by itself (without doing anything on my part).

One issue with LMDE; i couldn't install Opera stable via Software Manager.
Got it from their site though.

Otherwise, LMDE is pretty quick (spiffy i would say!)  Thmbsup

For a non-geek like myself, it was a challenge to install it though (partitions etc.)
155  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: July 11, 2012, 07:15:58 PM
So much for my experiment with Zorin!

For some reason, (just like Ubuntu too!)  tongue , my monitor dims (during more intensive work like installing updates) and comes back.

So, LMDE is back on and doing just fine.
No fading in and out monitors here (did it on laptop and desktop).

It's funny that LinuxMint is promoting Yahoo (their supporter) search via their pre-installed version of Firefox but they still have Google on their startpage.
156  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: July 11, 2012, 07:40:23 AM
Speaking of Zorin...

Have just tried 6 and these are my initial observations:

-Installation process took a little over 15 min.
-Installation of initial major updates didn't stop me from using the browser (or other apps).
-Gives the impression of being lightweight.

-The name Zorin sounds like some kind of medication.
-The Z logo is un-aesthetic.
-Google Chrome is proposed as default.
-Opera couldn't be found in the Software Manager.

Otherwise, i think i prefer it over Ubuntu for sure!
Will keep on tinkering with it to see how Firefox and Opera behave.
Chrome is doing pretty good (considering i only have 1G of RAM to play with).
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preparing for the inevitable on: July 09, 2012, 06:46:56 PM
How about EssentialPIM?

You can password save your database remotely to Dropbox;
load the portable version to Dropbox and access it from there when you're on the road.
158  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: June 18, 2012, 08:21:34 AM
LinuxLiveUSB has been a precious aid in getting LinuxMint 13 Cinnamon to work on a ol' Dell .32bit with Vista on it.
This program called "Lili" slightly modifies the .iso file to make it work on .32 bit system.

Slowly getting more and more acquainted with Linux, i'm really liking it!  Kiss
It's so much faster than Vista (understatement) and even better than Windows7!
A bit quirky at times but quick reboot makes up for that disadvantage.

Now, if i could only get a driver for the CanoScan Lide70 ...
Apparently if you get a driver close to that one, you can get it to work.
159  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Cintanotes at Bitsdujour (soon!) on: June 07, 2012, 05:31:36 AM
Initially, i saw the program more of a quote taking one (a recommendation made to a friend).
With the latest version that allows you to open files straight out, it makes it even more enticing.

Personally, i've used it more for text clips from the web.
It saves url + text in one click.
No matter which browser i'm on; so it is handy.
The speed in finding data is unparalleled.

Waiting for SimpleNoteApp sync (it's on the approved list of items to be done).

Would like to see a Linux version (Wine fails to do the job for it).
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Release Preview Available on: June 01, 2012, 07:19:26 PM
For what it's worth.
-They're bragging that IE10 which will tell sites that you don't want to tracked (by default).
This feature already exists as an option in Firefox for quite some time now and others probably have similar options or extensions for that too.

-Touch screen feature?
Well, working on a notebook with separate keyboard, i'm not really interested at pointing my fingers to the screen.
Although some are probably doing already that... hum! hum!
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: June 01, 2012, 08:08:05 AM
Just stumbled on this site that offers computers with a few different Linux makes installed:

(Wonder how much attention the new Windows8 Preview will be getting?).

Dabbing with WUBI (trying to get LM 13 to work on .32bit) made it unstable (so i uninstalled).

Have to admit it, Windows 7 is the most solid OS i've seen yet.
162  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Cintanotes at Bitsdujour (soon!) on: May 30, 2012, 12:54:54 PM
Well, it depends on what new features come with it.
At this time of the game, i wouldn't imagine it more than $14.95
163  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Cintanotes at Bitsdujour (soon!) on: May 29, 2012, 08:03:03 PM
A little bird told me that Cintanotes is going to be on special at Bitsdujour pretty soon.
I found the initial price to be a very good deal (to not say "giveaway").
Apparently they will be increasing to $25 next time around.
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 27, 2012, 01:26:32 PM
BTW sword, finally decided to take LXDE for a spin and you were 100% right!
Thanks a bunch!  Thmbsup
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 27, 2012, 06:01:05 AM
LXDE seems to be the solid option, thank you sword.

This is a basic non-geek question, but i just have to ask it.
What does it mean when it is supported until a specific date?

Can we upgrade the OS or does it have to be un-installed/re-installed?
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 26, 2012, 12:17:47 PM
Don't give up wraith808Cool
I can't count the times my choice of words was poor or totally inappropriate (for which i'm sorry).
Do tend to let my temper go too easily at times and we forget that we deal with real human beings when we post things.

With regards to LinuxMint13, well, i'm perhaps too quick on the gun. I don't know.

Here's what i get when trying to install with .iso burned to DVD/R

That's why, if i can install it via WUBI it might give me a way to get it in.
But, apparently you can't install and get a .32bit LinuxMint .iso to work in WUBI.
So, i'm back to square one.

I like WUBI style 'cause i can remove it without a problem (grub etc.)
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 25, 2012, 08:43:06 AM
Speaking of hobby...!  cheesy

I've been reading here and there that it is possible to install LinuxMint's latest Maya Cinnamon within Ubuntu 12.04. Have tried a few of the suggestions but not getting it to work.

Did try to install LM Maya with .iso on DVD/RW. It runs but won't install. Apparently it might be because i have to burn it to a DVD/R only. Whatever!

Did also try uNetbootin.
It told me to format to fat32 so i did but it kept telling me to format it to fat32.
Using a WD 150G usb storage device that i wiped i formatted to fat32 but i guess that it isn't good enough.

168  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 23, 2012, 08:18:29 PM
What is Windows installed on a computer? 125.00?
The price of a good backup disk.

Didn't Dell make one with Linux installed?

Do you think people won't be able to install Linux over/or next to Windows 8?

BTW, i've been following the posts here.

When i search for related stuff, i get lost and lose confidence in what was posted or reported.
It's good to read you speak out with passion and knowledge.
Who knows! Perhaps i'll drop Windows once and for all!  tongue
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 23, 2012, 07:51:12 AM
Mahesk2k, that was a good tip for Ubuntu, thanks!  smiley
There's no "autohide" option for the top panel, but transparency and other tips make it okay.

That panel issue which made its way elsewhere (like LinuxMint) really had me bubbling.
After all, Linux is supposed to be the most flexible or versatile OS in the world and here we are, stuck with a frozen IE style interface!
No way to hide the titlebar (=panel), autohide it or put it somewhere else (still can't). Sheesh!  thumb down
If Ubuntu (no.1 in rank) continues to behave this way, i don't know how they can seduce more Windows users.

In that case, is Gnome 3 the way to go for a true Linux experience?

170  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 22, 2012, 09:16:10 PM
I recall looking for a Christmas theme image on the web and caught a trojan or whatever (on Windows) simply by hovering over the image in the search result. Could this ever happen on Linux too?

Don't know if zridling is still listening in, but i recall now one of the issues that i find annoying in Ubuntu.
You can't hide, move or autohide the top panel (as far as i know, you can make it transparent but it will never disappear). That's why i've been dabbing about with LinuxMint (prior to latest WUBI installation). Even auto-hiding quick launch is somewhat... anyway!
Which is better to try out : openSuse Gnome or KDE ?
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 22, 2012, 08:07:06 AM
Mind you Renegade, Windows 95 was lightning fast and stable!  Thmbsup
How i miss the days of Windows 98...  Cry
Not really.
Lord knows how many times i had to reboot Windows 98 SE before it finally kicked in properly.

Now have Ubuntu "WUBI" style installed.
It was resource hog at first with updates and Thunderbird (configured to download messages for offline).
But everything is pretty cool right now.  Kiss

As zridling put it, perhaps OpenSUSE would be much lighter and easier to work with.
If it has a WUBI style installation, perhaps i can give it a try.

If there's one thing that i hear people pushing Linux repeat,
it's the fact that you don't need an Antivirus program.
Just recently, i read something about one of Apple's products that will likely be prone to this nightmare during 2012.
What can guarantee it won't happen to Linux too?
172  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 21, 2012, 09:09:17 PM
It's not really fair to use a certain operating system your whole life (Windows) and then try out a different one that functions on different paradigms (Debian/Ubuntu) for a few hours and then say this new one is stupid/useless/whatever simply because you can't figure it out.
I hope you didn't interpret what i said to mean a plain and simple put down of Linux Mint.
On the contrary, i have great respect for Clem and those who lend him a hand.
Believe me, it's not the first time i try out LM.
When you spend hours trying to figure things out and the result is short of satisfactory,
then the temptation to lose your cool is there. Frustration, you know!
What you are experiencing is probably what your mom/grandma feels like any time she uses her computer! Spend time with it. Learn how to do the things you want to do with it, in the way it is done on that OS. Then, once it's not your personal knowledge/skill with the OS that is holding you back, but actually the OS itself, you can make a more qualified judgement on whether or not the OS is stupid/useless/whatever.

I recently read a "blog entry" by an Apple user who tried out Windows 7 and thought it was the most useless OS ever, simply because he couldn't figure things out, and his go-to Windows expert apparently wasn't expert enough to know about setting Environment Variables. It's really painful to read knowing that the guy is condemning the entire OS based on some very fundamental, beginner's mistakes. And he's a pretty smart guy. He just has been using a different paradigm (Apple OSes) for years and years and years and doesn't know how to do things the Microsoft way.

If you're interested, you can read it here: My Adventures with Windows 7.

This i understand. The fact that i spend most of my time with Windows doesn't help does it.
Do appreciate your post and hope to read up on your article as well as all the other things posted here.
It's starting to be quite a book! smiley
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 21, 2012, 11:24:16 AM
LM Debian is supposed to be the future.
Guess the future isn't here yet...  cheesy

LM 13 Maya Cinnamon is supposed to be built on latest Ubuntu.
Is that stable enough?

The installation process automatically assigns the amount for swap.

The fun with Windows 7 is that it just works.
You can tweak it to your liking after but you don't have to look in 50 forums before you get an satisfactory answer.

For sure, if some billionaire would come around, things would change,
but then i suppose it would become somebody else's monopoly.

BTW, my Windows 7 works just fine.
Never an unexpected delay for any program.

174  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Is Linux just a hobby? on: May 21, 2012, 08:00:50 AM
I could have said, "Is Linux for real?!"

I've spent some considerable time over the last week trying to get into Linux,
especially with LinuxMint which seems to be the second best after Ubuntu.

Decided to give the recent 201204 Debian edition a spin (learning steep is high) and it was hard to get it installed (dual boot).
My major problem with it was opening programs like Firefox, OpenOffice (oops! LibreOffice).
Thought it was bad on my Windows7 but they take forever to open even on Linux!
And... you can't press ctrl+shift+Esc to know if they're runnin' or not.
And then Firefox jams.
You click on the exit button, nothing happens.  mad
Again, you can't ctrl+shift+Esc to see if it's going tilt or not.
And yet, i gave this Debian edition all the juice (and more!) that was required on installation.
Besides, many pages in Firefox never look as good as on Windows.

Then i decided to give LinuxMint's latest Maya Cinnamon edition a try.
Same problem.

Heck, my friend has Firefox running on an old XP and it performs twice as fast as on my system!  embarassed

What gives? I don't know.

Running here on Windows 7 Home Ed. Intel Duo ; 2.52Ghz ; 4G memory with 500G hard disk.
175  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CintaNotes 1.6, 10 April 2012, goes "Freemium" (pay for extra features) on: April 23, 2012, 10:09:23 AM
One of the main advantages of the CintaNotes paid version is the ability to create new database files.
The ability to sync with Dropbox (or others) makes it an interesting program to have.
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