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Long time Linux user (currently kubuntu). Use Windows 98, and 7 when I have to. Programmed in many languages, currently using bash and awk for most things. Learning Python.

Have one project on sourceforge:

Duplex printing emulator for non-duplex printers (Linux)


Nov
19
comment Thunderbird: always sort emails by date
I just installed it to give it a try. It works on Thunderbird 31.2.0 as well. I had to use View->Sort By to change the sorting - to make sure it worked. You can also upvote my answer (in addition to accepting it) if you want to.
Nov
19
comment How to fix or exorcise a “Devil” printer that fails to work for more than a few days
Don't you just love it when something you do fixes a problem, but you still have absolutely no idea how it originally occurred or what was really wrong? I used to experience that a whole lot more before I switched to Linux. BTW I have an HP1006 working nicely on Linux. My HP1020 has recently become somewhat less cooperative.
Nov
11
comment Getting RegEx Code for File Name Change
I don't use Windows or AutoHotKey, but if you can get any version of sed for your system, it's perfect for cleaning up pesky text data like this. It has very powerful regex support. You can also just set it up with constant sample texts going into it until you get your regex to work properly. I know cygwin supplies all the tools like this, but you can probably find a standalone sed for Windows as well. thoughtasylum.com/blog/2011/9/30/using-sed-on-windows.html
Aug
25
comment Can't log into certain websites with Chrome, but it works with Firefox
No idea about the specific problem, but I regularly run into websites that don't play well with Firefox (I know that's not your problem). The web is (and should be) unregulated and people put all sorts of things in web pages that don't comply with current standards and best practices. I just keep 5 different browsers around and usually, one of them works. I usually fall back to Opera when Firefox can't handle something. You can probably debug and maybe even find a way around 1 problem at a time, but it's easier to try different browsers.
Aug
4
comment Doesn't metadata occupy any size?
Aside from understanding OS internals (worthwhile in its own right), there is probably no reason to ever look at or modify such information unless you're writing a disk repair/recovery program. For normal use, you would never want to alter information at this level as it could easily undermine the integrity of the filesystem itself and of everything that uses it.
Jun
17
comment Send email that will not receive out of office replies?
Since these automatic replies are generated outside your system, they have to come into your mail client unless you have your own mail server where rules could be defined to handle them first. Like both of the answers implied, it's usually not a good idea to have things automatically disappear completely because something useful might get deleted and you would never know.
Jun
17
comment Linux suitable filesystem with large metadata
I haven't researched this, but I've seen posts about it. AFAIK, it's not really an OS problem as much as it is a file system one. I think ext4 and maybe btrfs, do have a file creation time field, but most other file systems do not. Also, it's a tricky concept to use because if the file has been modified since it was created (which it would always have been unless it was created with something like touch), it's not entirely clear (at least to me) what this field would really be good for - maybe for forensics. No idea about the standard utilities reporting as I have only used ext[34].
May
6
comment Org-Agenda export to Org-Table
Don't really see the required transformation, but awk is your friend (along with cut). By default, awk reads each line of an input file, splits it into fields using the delimiters or fixed length fields of your choice and then matches each line against successive patterns (that you specify). When a pattern matches, then the action associated with that pattern is invoked. It's perfect for restructuring and cleaning data.
Apr
22
comment
When I first read this nomination, I got a laugh from it because I thought it was a joke. After reading these comments, I see it wasn't. Too bad.
Apr
22
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Silent down-voting is anti-social and unproductive. It's only happened to me once so far, but how am I supposed to learn to do things better if someone won't tell me what I did wrong!
Mar
10
comment Bash Script to repeat every word in a line?
Way better than the first couple of ways I thought of.
Mar
10
comment Is any special maintenance required for an edible ink printer?
The "ink" probably has to be wet to print and that means that if it has any food value at all, stuff will grow on it. If it dries up very quickly, that would minimize the problem, but not eliminate it. You could always make a couple of agar plates with covers, scrape a sample from the print head and see what grows. There's some pretty nasty stuff in the air that could potentially cause a problem, but a microbiologist would be able to give you a better answer.
Dec
31
comment Evenly-spaced table rows, where table encompasses entire available height
Don't know the answer, but 1) it sounds like something that needs a macro (and I don't know LO macros.) 2) There are a number of experts over at forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/… - try asking there.
Dec
9
comment How to change font of email snippet in Outlook 2013?
I don't come close to having your environment, so here is a generic guess. When you copy formatted text from anywhere, the receiving program usually has a Paste Special or Paste With No Formatting option. If you use that, then your text should come out in the default font and size of the receiving application and you will probably be able to change those. Worst case, paste into a text editor like notepad which will strip all formatting and then past it into your intended destination. If necessary, you can use this approach with just one application by pasting to notepad and then back.
Nov
14
comment Does the color of a heatsink affect its performance in dissipating heat?
Not very relevant, but as a kid, I visited Edwards Air Force Base and saw an X-15. I asked the guide why it was painted black if black absorbs heat. He said yes, but it also reradiates it very well. I'm sure there are other good reasons why it may have been black, but ...
Oct
8
comment Compiling FFMPEG for ARM
As you may already know, you can always use pastebin, dropbox or a similar service to store long outputs, screen captures, etc. on the web. Then, you can just insert links to them in your posts.
Oct
8
comment What does ALT+F+C+N do, and how to undo it?
In general, the rule of thumb is, if you don't know what a piece of code does and trust the source you got it from, don't run it on your machine. If you have a vm just for testing that's easy to restore, then you can try things in it that are a bit more risky, but even then, there might be code nasty enough to to get out through some exploit to damage the rest of your system. On Linux, there are these very short strings of less than 20 characters you can type at a command line that look just like gibberish that will crash most systems they are run on (fork bombs). You have to be careful!
Sep
9
comment Managing disk in a VM
This question is way over my pay grade, but: 1) This should probably be asked on another forum (Unix & Linux or maybe serverfault?). 2) It should probably be broken down into more than one question to reduce it's complexity. You can ask to have it migrated to another forum if you want to.
Sep
4
comment Printed page information and metadata within PDF file
@MikaH. That's a good question. Maybe someone here will give you a good answer. To start looking, open a console and type ps -ef | less. That will show you what's running on your system. Look through for tasks with names ending in "dm". I know KDE uses kdm and gnome (at least 2.x) uses gdm. I don't know what unity and others use. If you find any, you can Google them to see what package they're a part of.
Sep
2
comment How can I render an SSD permanently inoperable with no chance of data recovery?
@Bob - Just put it next to one of the coils at your local cyclotron. ;) (I've heard that Bulova once had to honor a warrantee replacement for one of their Accutron "magnetic proof" watches that was placed next to one and was pretty much fused.)