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I know C# and Python.

May
14
comment How safe is the quicken encryption of files?
+1 for rejecting security by obscurity. :)
May
14
comment How can I upgrade Ubuntu from 9.10 to 10.04 on a netbook with a 4GB root partition?
I'm going to guess that /tmp would be a likely spot.
Apr
30
comment Do you lose quality converting from a lossy audio format to a lossless format?
@James: "Lossy formats, by definition, do not lose data" Did you mean Lossless formats?
Apr
23
comment Why does Grub2 have a Memory test ?
They are there for your convenience. Ubuntu, as with many other Linux distributions, includes tools that you may find useful in the future, not just the bare minimum that gets things to work. Ubuntu doesn't charge you $200+ USD for an Office Suite--did you want to pay for a memory tester when you find out you need one?
Apr
21
comment Methods of cooling with no more room in case?
yet, beyond the oil, we've actually done all of this...Aluminum dryer hose tends to scare the uninitiated.
Apr
20
comment How backward compatible are the HSDPA mobile networks
GSM, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA do not necessarily use the same band or protocol. Some aspects of the protocol are backwards compatible (iirc, UMTS modems have GSM modems in them for backwards compatibility) or can happily co-exist but support of one doesn't mean support of all.
Apr
16
comment How can I copy a file to a “vintage” mac?
netatalk is the Linux package that speaks appletalk; don't know about support in modern proprietary OS's.
Apr
16
comment How can I copy a file to a “vintage” mac?
+1 for formatting it on the older mac. You can also try FAT12/FAT16 from Windows/Linux if the old mac has the "pc exchange" extension loaded.
Apr
16
comment Are there open source Linux drivers for the Panda Wifi USB adapter?
@mgpyone this is potentially incorrect. The chipset matters, not the brand.
Apr
16
comment Linux: Setting primary display (nvidia) from command line
nvidia binary drivers...enough said. This would probably be really easy with xrandr, but the nvidia drivers only support their proprietary twinview.
Apr
12
comment Intel G41/GMA X4500 supported in Debian Lenny OOTB?
And by "best track record" you mean "up until Poulsbo." Poulsbo is nearly completely unsupported (binary drivers in one LTS version of Ubuntu don't count.)
Apr
8
comment Looking for a laptop with a removable hard drive
Thinkpads have been easily modifiable even before Lenovo had them. My ancient A22m requires removing one screw to remove the hard disk.
Apr
6
comment BIOS password and hardware clock problems
So you can work around BIOS passwords by booting the laptop into Windows and installing HP software? Good to know if I ever need to break the "security" on one of these.
Apr
5
comment “eject” command not working
Please post details about the DVD-ROM drive in this computer.
Mar
31
comment What is the difference between bash and sh?
Bash is supposed to (but doesn't always) behave in sh-compatibility mode if invoked as /bin/sh. A lot of stuff broke when Ubuntu switched /bin/sh from linking to /bin/bash to linking to /bin/dash. The stuff that broke assumed bashisms when they should have been using standard sh.
Mar
30
comment Advanced Web Browsing: hitting next with keyboard (single keystroke)
Greasemonkey is a custom Firefox addon that lets you write javascript to modify the behavior of a web page. You could write a script to add the access key to that "next" link. addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748
Mar
30
comment Run Linux command as predefined user
Aah yes--setuid is for programs, not scripts.
Mar
29
comment 0x0000007b vista harddrive swap
+1 for Windows machines don't like to be uprooted.
Mar
26
comment How to figure out if hardware is slower than it should be?
Change pieces out until the situation changes.
Mar
26
comment Huawei E170 doesn't work with Windows 7
It looks like it's supported out of the box (there might be some firmware). A LiveCD would be your best bet.