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by iain_33
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: MATE
Topic: [SOLVED] Don't show desktop icons for certain mounted volumes
Replies: 1
Views: 233

[SOLVED] Don't show desktop icons for certain mounted volumes

On my system (Mint 19.1 MATE) I've got three partitions: sda1 = / sda2 = used for timeshift sda4 = /data On my desktop I've got icons for sda2 and sda4. Is there any way to hide the sda2 icon? It's no use to me, I've got no reason to go in there, but I can't find a way to hide it. I know there's an ...
by iain_33
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: [SOLVED]Is it possible to change my username?
Replies: 7
Views: 614

Re: Is it possible to change my username?

Those links are all to change your username for the Linux OS itself, not on this forum. I think you would need to PM one of the mods to change your name on here.

memberlist.php?mode=team
by iain_33
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Looking for a primer on the Linux family tree
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: Looking for a primer on the Linux family tree

I think Distrowatch was pretty much custom made to answer questions like the ones you stated. Thanks Moem, I've learned a lot even just from the Major Distros page and it's given me a few more tangents to go googling along too. Although Mint is the only one I've ever installed and used, I have trie...
by iain_33
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Looking for a primer on the Linux family tree
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: Looking for a primer on the Linux family tree

All those points are important to me and I guess they point to me staying at Mint, which is fine by me. My post wasn't so much "recommend me another distro" but to find out what all the distros are and their reason for being. Like the old explorers did, exploring the world but not necessarily to fin...
by iain_33
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Looking for a primer on the Linux family tree
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Looking for a primer on the Linux family tree

What the title says basically. I'm settled with Mint, it does all I want and I don't see any need to change, but that's kinda the point. It's the first and only distro I've used, and I don't know the Linux world outside of Mint. I know it's based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian... but so what? Wh...
by iain_33
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What MP3 Players Do Linux Users Use?
Replies: 15
Views: 1209

Re: What MP3 Players Do Linux Users Use?

Some time ago I was looking for a decent MP3 (or rather ogg / flac / etc) player as my phone's MicroSD slot didn't work. I had been using a Sansa Clip which I was happy with but it was an old one without a card slot, and I couldn't fit all my music on it. I narrowed it down to a Fiio X1 or X3, the d...
by iain_33
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: What's your hardware history
Replies: 18
Views: 673

Re: What's your hardware history

Hehe, computers were simpler back then but how did we get by with such little memory/storage... and why did we pay so much?! I remember before I got the 386 I was looking at a home-build 486 DX2 system, but the motherboard/CPU alone would have cost me over £400. Not to mention the rest of the system...
by iain_33
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: OS is started when charging cable is connected
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Re: OS is started when charging cable is connected

My old HP laptop started doing that a while back too, I couldn't find out what was causing it or a solution for it. Some time later the system clock started showing the wrong time on bootup, and it gradually got more and more wrong, so I replaced the CMOS battery. Voila, it no longer turned itself on.
by iain_33
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: What's your hardware history
Replies: 18
Views: 673

What's your hardware history

What did you start with and how did you get to what you've got now? I started with a Commodore 64, passed on from a family friend. Still the fastest boot-up of any computer I've had - switch on, blink, READY. Really taught me about computers and programming. I learned a lot especially from a book wh...
by iain_33
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Xviewer, Pix keyboard shortcuts customization
Replies: 15
Views: 536

Re: Xviewer, Pix keyboard shortcuts customization

I use XnView MP for organising and captioning my photos, but for simple viewing / scrolling through I've been using Mirage - but I've found it troublesome. I find it's a bit slow to open an image there's loads in the folder, it hangs if I scroll through too quickly, and doesn't always rotate images ...
by iain_33
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Copy/sync & verify
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Copy/sync & verify

Before I abandoned Windows, I used FastCopy to backup my personal files to an external HDD, with it set to copy only new & modified files (every now and then I'd re-copy the whole lot) and verify them after copy. Is there something similar for Linux? I'm looking at grsync, but does it do verifying? ...
by iain_33
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?
Replies: 147
Views: 7606

Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

I've been a Windows user since 3.1, up to and including Vista. I didn't use every version in between - I still ran Windows 98 until 2009, it did everything I needed so I didn't see the point of paying considerable sums of money for upgrades, until eventually the elderly home-built hardware became tr...
by iain_33
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Renaming/numbering files in date modified order
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Renaming/numbering files in date modified order

Thanks also for the link to the beginner's guide, especially as it has a link within to an even more comprehensive user guide - I'd looked on Xnview's website for guides/instructions but all I could find was the forum.
by iain_33
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Renaming/numbering files in date modified order
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Renaming/numbering files in date modified order

I can do it in Xnview MP? Excellent, I use that for organising my photos, I hadn't spotted that it did batch renaming too. Thanks for the tip!
by iain_33
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Renaming/numbering files in date modified order
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Renaming/numbering files in date modified order

In its infinite wisdom, my camera sometimes resets its file numbering without me knowing, and when I come to download them onto my PC, I end up with a series of photos numbered DSC_5123, DSC_5124, DSC_0001, DSC_0002, etc. If there's already photos with those numbers I'll end up with DSC_0001 (1).JPG...
by iain_33
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Case-insensitive wildcards in the terminal
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: Case-insensitive wildcards in the terminal

Thanks for the help, in the end I decided to go with a script to run 2 mv commands, and added in a few more lines to also copy them into a subfolder and resize them with mogrify for uploading/emailing. I'll have the scripts doing everything for me before long and I just sit back and watch :lol:
by iain_33
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Case-insensitive wildcards in the terminal
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Case-insensitive wildcards in the terminal

My digital camera creates files with uppercase filenames (eg. DSC_1234.JPG), and I stitch panoramas together with Hugin, which creates files with uppercase names but lowercase extensions (eg. DSC_1234.jpg). After processing my photos I use mv *.JPG in the terminal to move my photos from my "working"...
by iain_33
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Do I still need winehq.key?
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Do I still need winehq.key?

Apologies if this is a daft question but ... I followed the instructions on WineHQ to install Wine and it works fine, but I've got a file named winehq.key sitting in my home folder, from these lines presumably: wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key sudo apt-key add winehq.key Do I st...
by iain_33
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?
Replies: 17
Views: 505

Re: Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?

Thanks for the suggestions ... I appreciate that Mint installed on an SSD would be much faster, but I'm concerned that it would be offset by slower access for the files on the HDD (whether connected to the optical drive bay, or via USB ... unfortunately my laptop only has USB 2.0) especially when it...
by iain_33
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?
Replies: 17
Views: 505

Re: Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?

Well ... an update. I was googling about size / thickness of optical drives vs SSD's and caddy sizes, and I came across the issue that, in HP laptops, an HDD / SSD in place of the optical drive won't be bootable (can't see why that would be, but that's how it is apparently) and will be slower than i...

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