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by I2k4
Sat May 10, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Mint LTS or Mint 16 for my Freinds and Family
Replies: 13
Views: 2337

Re: Mint LTS or Mint 16 for my Freinds and Family

Hi, There are a lot of Mint users more sophisticated than me. I currently dual boot Mint with W7, and keep most files on the W7 partition. If I was running XP it would make sense to disable the internet on XP but leave files that require Windows software on the XP partition, causing users to boot Mi...
by I2k4
Fri May 02, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Best internet web browser for low speed internet?
Replies: 12
Views: 1405

Re: Best internet web browser for low speed internet?

I use Adblock Plus and that does seem to help with some sites. The tradeoff with disabling javascript, etc. is that some sites won't work. My main advice would be to run http://www.speedtest.net at various times, especially when it seems to be running slow, to check the difference between the advert...
by I2k4
Fri May 02, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Linux mint support ends
Replies: 18
Views: 3254

Re: Linux mint support ends

Thanks for taking the point - I've got a "to do" about trying out Fedora on a thumb drive some time. I'm pretty happy with Mint 16. There are enough things going on with underlying Ubuntu this year that I'll probably sit out Mint 17, wait for Mint 18 and decide which is best for me next fa...
by I2k4
Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:50 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: SOLVED System Clock cant keep time
Replies: 19
Views: 4140

Re: System Clock cant keep time

I cannot quite follow the "logic" here. How can a time configuration in Linux Mint affect the time configuration in Windows Vista? If someone can provide a logical answer ... I am all ears. It's why I'm skeptical of the "battery" advice - if it boots in Vista it means the BIOS t...
by I2k4
Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Replace Windows XP with Linux Mint
Replies: 7
Views: 1516

Re: Replace Windows XP with Linux Mint

Double Plus Minterator's advice: test first on Persistent Live USB. My experience on a netbook is that Cinnamon and Mate are about as demanding as Windows 7, KDE is more demanding yet, and XFCE or LXDE (for other distros) are the fast environments, XFCE being fairly polished compared with LXDE. Linu...
by I2k4
Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: SOLVED System Clock cant keep time
Replies: 19
Views: 4140

Re: System Clock cant keep time

The system clock loses time quick. It apparently has something to do with my chipset not being so compatible with Linx Mint 16 petra to the best of my knowledge. Win Vista has no trouble keeping time. How can I auto update my time every hour or something to keep decent time. I tried researching a s...
by I2k4
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Firefox 29...just me?
Replies: 53
Views: 6497

Re: Firefox 29...just me?

Installed today on my netbook (Atom 1gb RAM) and it installed and synchronized without issues and runs the same as FF28, but not so sure I'll like the GUI changes. I like to drag all the icons / buttons I use into one toolbar to save space, and this seems less configurable. And it's a nuisance to ha...
by I2k4
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Canadian Income Tax Software
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Re: Canadian Income Tax Software

You can run any version from basic to full out business TurboTax in any mainstream browser - I just did. Improved this year because if you qualify you can file the return directly from TurboTax instead of a clunky separate log in with the CRA. Very likely true for other brands as well but I don't kn...
by I2k4
Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Thumb Drive Linux {SOLVED}
Replies: 16
Views: 2072

Re: Thumb Drive Linux

Thanks to I2k4 for the warning above! I am not prepared to disable my Windows boot quite yet. This whole thing is beginning to scare me a lot. Hmm... wouldn't it be nice if there was a setting some place where I could simply check a "make it persistent" option. Or better yet, the opposite...
by I2k4
Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Wireless
Topic: GUFW Firewall - any issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Re: GUFW Firewall - any issues?

Pat, Very handy info, thanks.
by I2k4
Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Thumb Drive Linux {SOLVED}
Replies: 16
Views: 2072

Re: Thumb Drive Linux

You can install to another thumb drive, but be very careful about the GRUB boot loader which may install to your hard drive regardless that your second OS itself is on the thumb drive, and once installed on the hard drive it's confusing to get rid of. Alternatively, why not simply use a "PERSIS...
by I2k4
Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to get rid of Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: How to get rid of Windows

No guarantee, but if it's nothing more than the boot loader this can be magic - it has saved my bacon a couple of times: http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair/home/Home/ Read the instructions on the web page. If you installed Mint from a Live USB, you can insert and boot your Live USB, install Boot-R...
by I2k4
Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Wireless
Topic: GUFW Firewall - any issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Re: GUFW Firewall - any issues?

You don't need the GUFW, it does very little; only allowing you to see or enable the ufw https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UFW If you want to work with the firewall rules within a gui, you would be better off with something like shorewall or firehol http://shorewall.net/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...
by I2k4
Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Wireless
Topic: GUFW Firewall - any issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

GUFW Firewall - any issues?

Mint 16 XFCE is my go to boot for public wif-fi hotspots, etc. I read a tip on activating and configuring the built-in UFW firewall (which I was unaware of) using GUFW interface (which must be installed but is very nice). I immediately thought it might interfere with Dropbox and found preconfigured ...
by I2k4
Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Linux mint support ends
Replies: 18
Views: 3254

Re: Linux mint support ends

... I'm not sure I understand the comment about having to install Linux every year or so. If you choose to install every new release, yes, you'll do an install once or even twice per year. We've chosen to keep our machines on Mint 13, so we won't do another install until 2017. That's one install ev...
by I2k4
Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Why does cursor move erratically & erase data?
Replies: 65
Views: 16444

Re: Why does cursor move erratically & erase data?

Understand your frustration because the jumping cursor is a real nuisance. I'm still thinking it's the positioning of my netbook in a particular comfortable chair and incidental touchpad contact. By the way, I've found a new solution which is more direct and apparently in some desktop environments t...
by I2k4
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Linux mint support ends
Replies: 18
Views: 3254

Re: Linux mint support ends

I have some sympathy for this as an ex-XP user - but am reconciled that Linux is just a different animal. It's a nuisance that it has to be fresh reinstalled every year or so (I'm much more concerned about third party software repos than about OS updates so "LTS" means nothing to me) but c...
by I2k4
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Which do you prefer: Cinnamon or XFCE?
Replies: 117
Views: 82725

Re: Which do you prefer: Cinnamon or XFCE?

I agree that ability to switch DEs is a nice selling point for Linux. Personally, running on two machines, I've tried the more demanding Cinnamon and on my netbook it runs about the same as W7, i.e. not quite good enough, so I've settled on XFCE for both computers. I want complete mindless consisten...
by I2k4
Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Why does cursor move erratically & erase data?
Replies: 65
Views: 16444

Re: Why does cursor move erratically & erase data?

This has been bugging me for a while, too. The idea that it might be caused by palming the touchpad makes sense. This thread helped me understand a) enabling PalmDetect turns it on and sensitizes the touchpad to a difference between narrow finger press and a big palm, and b) it's possible to set a s...
by I2k4
Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Serious OpenSSL bug renders websites wide open
Replies: 40
Views: 7566

Re: Serious OpenSSL bug renders websites wide open

Thanks. Today's update seemed more than just a coincidence, and I noticed it went from "3ubuntu1.1" to "3ubuntu1.2" - but the heartbleed site caused alarm.

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