Grettings from an ancient computer-user

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Grettings from an ancient computer-user

Postby Crapaud on Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:57 pm

I mean that my computers are ancient. At fifty I regard myself as barely middle-aged.

I'm firmly in the camp of computer operators rather than techie geeks; as a professional writer I just want to get the job done as easily and smoothly as possible. To that end I've been using Linux since around the turn of the millennium (Red Hat 7, it was) and have never understood the contention that it's “just for experts”. So, unlike those who bought the Micro$oft spin, I was fortunate enough to by-pass the horrors of Windows 98, ME and Vista – although I rather liked 2000 and XP.

Not having much money, my laptop (well, netbook) is a six-year-old Toshiba NB100 maxed-out with 2Gb of RAM to run Windows 7 Home Premium and a 320Gb HDD to accommodate a duel-boot with Ubuntu originally before I switched to Mint last May.

Windows 7 (stable, user-friendly and running smoothly despite my scant system resources) would suit me fine if I had the money for software, but in these days of ebooks, discounted book stores, plummeting royalties and lean advances I don't. Besides, my primary digital tool is the office suite and I'd go for Open Office over M$ Office (and Libre, for that matter) any day. I also like Mint a lot. It just, well, works. Just as I like it. It installed all my hardware without a glitch, even my mobile broadband dongle (which is a right palaver under Windows, relying on clunky software). So I would have sacked Microsoft from my NB100 altogether were it not for the fact that I have (for my sins) an iPhone.

[Aside: any chance of a Linux ap that will sync my music collection? Or any tips on how to do this manually? My collection is too large for my Toshiba and the desktop is no longer an option as I am about to explain].

My desktop box, a hybrid X86/2GHz/3Gb SDRAM affair, is of a similar vintage and was running XP. With XP on the cusp of obsolescence I had a look at Windows 8 for it and decided that I wouldn't entertain it if Bill Gates paid me for the privilege. If I could get a legal copy of Windows 7 for free then I would have, but I can't. So I decided to take the plunge and yesterday installed Mint 16 on it. This was not without some trepidation: perhaps, I thought, I just lucked-out with the Toshiba hardware. This might be a headache.

My trepidation was not unfounded. The re-format to ext4 killed my hard-drive. Really. It just frizzled out and refused to do anything any more. I guess that must have been coming anyway, though. A trip to the second-hand spares shop later, it's up and running like a dream.

So now the only thing stopping me becoming totally FAT-free is my phone. I guess there's always Android, but after the hard-drive failure I have no money left to give Mr Samsung.

Still, many thanks to the team and community for this wonderful OS.
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Re: Grettings from an ancient computer-user

Postby The-Wizard on Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:13 am

Welcome to the mint family forums

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Assuming you have installed the ubuntu base version of mint you could try..



Unlock the iPhone. If there is a password on the iPhone, type the password to unlock it. Ubuntu will not detect a locked iPhone.


Open the terminal.


Add the PPA repository. Type: "sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa" into the terminal and press "Enter." Terminal will prompt for a password. Type the root password and press "Enter."


Update Ubuntu sources. Type: "sudo apt-get update" into the terminal then press "Enter."


Install the USB tether utility. Type "sudo apt-get install ipheth-utils" into the terminal then press "Enter." Ubuntu will automatically detect the iPhone henceforth.
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Re: Grettings from an ancient computer-user

Postby Crewp on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:32 am

Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forum. :D
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Re: Grettings from an ancient computer-user

Postby Crapaud on Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:23 pm

Thanks for the advice, Wizard. However the problem is not getting Mint to talk to my iPhone (it does) but the way the multimedia files are stored on it (which is crazy and relient on a database which is only compatable (afaik) with iTunes (yuck)).

But that's for a post elsewhere...
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Re: Grettings from an ancient computer-user

Postby vrkalak on Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:59 am

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Re: Grettings from an ancient computer-user

Postby jesica on Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:04 am

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Re: Grettings from an ancient computer-user

Postby SaintDanBert on Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:32 pm

Crapaud wrote:I mean that my computers are ancient. At fifty I regard myself as barely middle-aged.

I have punched cards and paper tape older than you are...
Oops!? Did I say that outloud?

My computer career began in the 1960's with IBM 407's and 7090's and later 1410's.
(laugh) Don't remind me about "ancient computer" anything. My bones remind me
every day.

I discovered Linux in the middle 90's and have not looked back. Welcome to Linux Mint and Linux in general. These are a wonder group of folks.

Bonne chance,
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Re: Grettings from an ancient computer-user

Postby Crapaud on Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:09 am

SaintDanBert wrote:I have punched cards and paper tape older than you are...


Well, I do remember a Data General Nova mini-computer (which made a lot of noise and got rather hot) at university. Being on the arty side of things I didn't have much to do with it, but it resided in the same room as the Acorn Atom I used for word-crunching. If the former machine crashed, the resident boffin had to do something with a huge reel of paper tape and binary switches; he called this "toggling in the bootstrap loader". It meant nothing to me but the memory is enough to make me laugh at people who complain when their PCs crash.

Bonne chance,


As a Crapaud (a native of the Channel Island of Jersey, where the cows come from) I'd say bouan chance, but that's getting esoteric even for this forum!
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Re: Grettings from an ancient computer-user

Postby killer de bug on Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:35 am

Hi! Welcome to the Linux Mint community. Enjoy your time here.
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