Marty Fried

California

I've been a computer hobbyist since before the IBM PC, and a professional programmer not too long after that. I've had experience with electronic repair, manufacturing, and testing of professional audio.

I tutored other students in Fortran before PCs existed, built my first computer from bare circuit boards and reject parts (S-100 CP/M system), and transitioned from stereo repair, to professional audio manufacturing at Dolby Labs, where I set up the automated functional testing for Dolby professional equipment. From there, I went into programming full-time as a C programmer for Mac presentation graphics systems, then to Windows C++ video programming. My last 10 years was as a C++ Windows software engineer for a corporate source code control system.

I'm now a Linux user, doing part time website development using all open source tools like Vim, PHP, Javascript/jQuery, etc for local businesses. I'm semi-retired, so I only do jobs that I want to do.

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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why does Google Music Manager refuse to open in 12.04?
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comment How to re-install Ubuntu 14.04 with 14.04 CD?
I think you could install to the same partition, but make sure to uncheck the "format" option. It would not be ideal, as it would keep possible unused files around. Best to copy /home to another partition, then either keep it that way, or copy back. Also, best to back up /home anyway.
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comment Error message 'You do not have the permission necessary to view the contents of root'
I guess I'm somewhat ignorant - what is an administrator account, and how did you check? Also, I tried what you said, and everything worked as expected for me, both in ~/, /, and /root. Are you sure you described the situation accurately?
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Updating the repository isn't working
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comment how to display contents of hard drive (I.E. scsi0)
Need more info. What is Sysinfo? Does the BIOS see the drive? Have you tried mounting it - that's the normal way to display the contents.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can't get sound to work on new 14.04 install
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comment sharing drives, folders, and files between kububntu and windows running in virtualbox
@CharlesHockenberry: So, do you have the guest additions installed? If not, you need to get virtualbox-guest-additions-iso, then use the Vbox menu to install it. It's an ISO that mounts in Windows, then gets installed as a Windows program.
Sep
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answered sharing drives, folders, and files between kububntu and windows running in virtualbox
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awarded Proofreader
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Stuck at unresponsive ubuntu logo screen after upgrading to 14.04
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to install BCM4312 WiFi drivers?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Synaptic freezes at start
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Compiling objective c code, how to?
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comment problem entering my wifi password
Yes, it wants the password set in the router for wifi. If you don't know it, you can change it in the router setup, then you will need to remember it, and change it for any wireless device that might be connecting to it. This has nothing to do with Ubuntu.
Sep
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comment How to clean-up/remove files in /dev/sda7?
OK, the dev/sda7 file looks right - the "b" means it's a device file (hence, yellow). FWIW, that is a single file that holds the unstructured data for the disk in a single block of bytes; mounting it adds structure (file system), to make it usable. As for the /home/d, I understand it is user "d", but I don't know what it means to be shown as output of df; My guess is it is an encrypted block mounted to become decrypted. I avoid encrypted blocks, so I don't know how to advise on what to do about it.
Sep
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comment How to clean-up/remove files in /dev/sda7?
Yes, my point was that it was the only mounted partition, so it had to be the system. Unmounted partitions are not really important in this case. Also, I believe it is OK for you to actually change your answer and delete inaccurate information as discovered, rather than adding an addendum at the end.
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comment How to clean-up/remove files in /dev/sda7?
The yellow text means it's a device file. I don't know who in their right mind would run chmod on this file, but I doubt that it screwed up your system. You basically made it executable; it should be rw-rw---- (660).
Sep
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comment How to clean-up/remove files in /dev/sda7?
It looks to me like there is only one partition, and sda7 is the mounted OS. Did you see the output of the df command? I'm wondering what is the /home/d/.Private line from df. That doesn't look right.
Sep
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comment How to clean-up/remove files in /dev/sda7?
Unless I'm sadly mistaken, I think this is not a good idea, and probably won't work at all. It seems to me that sda7 is his main system and only partition since df -H shows no other partitions.
Sep
15
comment USB Boot Drive is not recognized from Windows computers
If it's not formatted to ntfs or fat32, then Windows won't read it.
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