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by ZakGordon
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Searching for an advanced firewall
Replies: 17
Views: 328

Re: Searching for an advanced firewall

I suspect I might have a little too high demands and expectations on Linux... And I'm maybe a little bit spoiled with good tools in windows.. :oops: :oops: :oops: Well start with the simple stuff (so get ufw and gufw set up and running) and move onto the more complex configuration stuff for later. ...
by ZakGordon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Searching for an advanced firewall
Replies: 17
Views: 328

Re: Searching for an advanced firewall

gufw seems to be the firewall most use, and it appears robust enough if simple. Iirc it is installed as part of Mint, just not activated. Others will be able to give you the instructions for all that but in the meantime here is the site to find if it does all you need: http://gufw.org/ When i set mi...
by ZakGordon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: High cpu temperature
Replies: 22
Views: 373

Re: High cpu temperature

I use a usb fan, so it can go where the laptop goes. I just then do stuff like open the DVD slot to direct air into the internal case. It's a bonus that in the summer i also get a breeze from the fan :) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0092X97IW/ref=twister_B07C6TNLCX?th=1 That was one of them, and does...
by ZakGordon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Who no longer trusts or uses Facebook?
Replies: 156
Views: 4352

Re: Who no longer trusts or uses Facebook?

As someone that has worked in aspects of data security, i had opened a bogus Facebook account years ago (like maybe 8 years or so) to sniff it out. It basically is a personal data gathering software, at it's core. So yeah i never used it and advise all that feel they have to, to use it with fake det...
by ZakGordon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Heat/Freq Tools?
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: Heat/Freq Tools?

Be careful. I killed a laptop last year from overheating (if you search the forums for my posts you should find the threads), but luckily did not burn down the house! I use external fans to blow extra air into the chasis/case of the laptop i now use, this is the most effective in terms of reducing t...
by ZakGordon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: High cpu temperature
Replies: 22
Views: 373

Re: High cpu temperature

I'll just post and say check the link in my sig once you've gone through other suggestions. I installed Mint on two laptops over the last few years, one (an old but expensive top of the range HP Pavilion HDX with discrete GPU) cooked itself to death, so DO keep monitoring your system. You can instal...
by ZakGordon
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Catweazel - over and out
Replies: 72
Views: 2210

Re: Catweazel - over and out

But that Avatar and user name! How will people get curious and not want to go see what it is about? :)

(Maybe i'm speaking as a british person that has watched some 80's tv shows in his time?).
by ZakGordon
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What sends noobs running back to Windows?
Replies: 231
Views: 3609

Re: What sends noobs running back to Windows?

Coming to Mint (a couple of years back now) from decades of Windows (since W98se) familiarity, I would say the command line is the most awkward aspect to deal with. I was lucky in that Mint 17.1 installed without issue on my laptop (i had a couple of good website links in setting up my hardrive for ...
by ZakGordon
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Screen turn off for seconds and turn on again
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Screen turn off for seconds and turn on again

You could check your 'Power Management' settings? left click on the battery icon in your system tray (bottom right hand corner of your screen) and then click 'Power Settings' to open the relevant screen. I have my screen set to 'Never' turn off in A/C power mode, as an example to look for?
by ZakGordon
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: UPS supply: How do they work and why are they needed?
Replies: 18
Views: 274

Re: UPS supply: How do they work and why are they needed?

A few summers back, when it was also super hot, we had a bad sequence of local power failures that ultimately ended up killing a PSU in one of my PC's. I've been a happy UPS user since then, and as has been mentioned you need to read the details of the UPS specs to work out what they provide (as thi...
by ZakGordon
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED]Anti-Virus in Linux
Replies: 11
Views: 281

Re: Anti-Virus in Linux

Hi previous windows user here too, so i know what you are going through :) I keep a windows 7 pc for games, but as i do transfer files between my internet (Linux Mint) machine and other widows PC's i have the clamAV Anti-virus and GUI interface for that, clamTK, installed. These links might help you...
by ZakGordon
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Why
Replies: 20
Views: 514

Re: Why

Needs MAOR! beer ;) Still i would suggest the OP's main mistake is focusing on gaming. Developers have been forced to favour Microsoft for the main part, and none of Linux's lack of gaming power is down to the OS itself, more the general Windows centric nature of PC gaming. Sure you can game on Linu...
by ZakGordon
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: high temprature of fan in linux mint
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: high temprature of fan in linux mint

Before i roll out various links from old posts of mine, do as Pjotr suggests then we can take it from there. I'd also ignore my link in my signature for now, we need the basic data first :)
by ZakGordon
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Disable User Tracking and Geolocation of Cinnamon
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Re: Disable User Tracking and Geolocation of Cinnamon

Weather applets are pretty bad at the geo-location thing. I never have them running as i prefer to go to a weather site (through my proxy) like the BBC and select a region to view when i want a quick forecast. But as jimallyn said, the big advantage of Open Source is that lots and lots of people rev...
by ZakGordon
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Cpu fan strange behavior
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Cpu fan strange behavior

Could be a hardware issue? Is your fan old or second-hand etc? You could also try giving the TLP program a go (link in my signature below), as i'd been having issues with Mint and various laptops for a while now and it seems to have helped a bit. Compared to desktops, most laptops do run a bit hotte...
by ZakGordon
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Is Linux Mint ugly?
Replies: 100
Views: 2455

Re: Is Linux Mint ugly?

I must admit the very last thing i thought about Mint was if it was ugly or not. I've been using 17.1 (Cinnamon) for a few years now and it is WAY better looking than my experiences in Windows (Since 8 ). Nothing has changed that much in Mint 18 and 19 that i can see to change that impression. Reall...
by ZakGordon
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: High GPU temperature + microstuttering (GTX 1080 Ti, Mint 19)
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: High GPU temperature + microstuttering (GTX 1080 Ti, Mint 19)

@ The Bright Side, you might want to look in the Graphics Card subsection of this forum: https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewforum.php?f=59 And maybe just check your Nvidia drivers are all installed correctly and running, they will have advice for checking that in that forum in one of the pinned threads.
by ZakGordon
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Laptop overheating after upgrading to 18.3
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Laptop overheating after upgrading to 18.3

Just wanted to say thanks for the info on that TLP download. I've suffered from overheating laptops since first trying out Mint and this was new info for me to try out, so thanks again :) Fingers crossed i see some changes having installed it. I would also add one other thing that worked (to some ex...
by ZakGordon
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Window/Font sizes tiny???
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Window/Font sizes tiny???

What is it with current manufacturers putting such huge resolutions in such small screen space? We had this exact same question a week or so ago (same screen size and native resolution). My first step would be to try going into Menu>Preferences>Display and change the default 2560x1440 to something l...
by ZakGordon
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: You tube video converter to mp3
Replies: 23
Views: 436

Re: You tube video converter to mp3

Hi Zak, for some reason the web services change protocols, or youtube changes protocols and they don't let me convert songs any longer, but Thank you!!! Ah yes! I just found the same. Probably something to do with those recent internet changes (GDPR stuff?). Well just in case you need another optio...

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