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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comment error unknown filesystem grub rescue
If all else fails, you could reinstall Ubuntu, or even another linux distro that would restore the GRUB menu you erased. GRUB looks for the menu that is in /boot/grub, and it's no longer there, obviously.
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comment Problem with Vim's colorschemes
Yes, that is the way to install Vim, but to install gvim, you need vim plus a few more files. Some people don't use a GUI (like for a server), so they don't need gvim. And some people might use Vim for when they use a terminal such as a virtual terminal, but might prefer a more traditional GUI editor such as gedit. For gvim, you install vim-gtk or vim-gnome (ie sudo apt get install vim-gtk)
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comment Problem with Vim's colorschemes
Do you run it from a terminal command line or can you use the mouse and menus? Vim has both versions, and I think most people use gvim, the graphical version. Vim is a subset of gvim, and they use the same commands, but gvim is much nicer, and responds to colorschemes much better. For Vim, you are limited to schemes that are made for a terminal, and it may depend on the terminal settings, which have settings for available colors.
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comment Problem with Vim's colorschemes
By "Change the colorscheme", do you mean change to a different scheme, or modify your existing scheme? Also, are you actually using vim, the terminal app, or gvim, the GUI version. The terminal version depends on the terminal colorscheme, I believe.
Oct
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comment Using Laptop with SSD & HDD
The install program is not very smart - it's designed for common cases, but has almost no intelligence. If you don't mind reinstalling, you should choose "Something else", and install / to the SSD, and /home to the HDD.
Oct
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comment system reinstallation - only system partition
@maria: I don't understand how you got to this point; do you have no user directories mounted? Did you install a new user? Can you still log in as the old user? It's easiest if you update your question. For one thing, you (rather than me) will get any comments by default. Also, it's easier to format.
Oct
19
comment munin 404 after upgrading to 14.04
Did you reinstall it since you upgraded? I don't actually know anything about it, but it's not a standard Ubuntu program, I don't think.
Oct
18
comment Will Ubuntu format and erase the partition I intend to install it on?
In theory, there is a checkbox to format the partition. You can make sure it's unchecked. However, I can't tell you exactly what to do, because there are issues with secure boot and UEFI with Windows that I have successfully avoided, so I don't have experience with those issues.
Oct
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comment system reinstallation - only system partition
@maria: I also use classic gnome, but with 14.04, along with Cairo Dock. I keep a small (about 1/4 width) Gnome panel at the top, with auto hide, which has a few things I like. It seems to work at least as well as 12.04 classic gnome. The name is slightly different now (fallback, I think).
Oct
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comment system reinstallation - only system partition
By switch off, do you mean standby? Still, if there is enough battery to turn on after a true power down, then the battery is probably not the issue. It may be the video card or driver. If you're using a proprietary driver, you can try using the standard one, or vice versa (assuming there is a proprietary driver available). I found 14.04 to be better at standby than 12.04 for my system, FWIW.
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Oct
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comment Why can I not access my Samba shared folder?
Is the workgroup name the same as previously? It's usually best if all the computers are in the same workgroup. I don't know why it seems to be such a hassle to share with Samba, but I've always managed to get it working eventually, often after a bit of hair-pulling.
Oct
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revised Can see wifi connections, but cannot connect
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Oct
14
answered How to configure apache2 with symbolic links in /var/www/?
Oct
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comment ThinkPad extras Ubuntu 14.04
I don't know the answer, but one important clarification: are you saying the extras all worked when booting from the USB-stick? If so, then it should be able to work now, but if not, it might just not be supported.
Oct
14
comment How do i enable core dumps so minecraft will work
But looking at the error message after some nice person reformatted it to make it actually readable, the error is something in the nouveau_dri driver, which is related to the graphics library. I'd guess it's something in your system setup that's not working, not Minecraft itself. Disclaimer: I don't know anything about Minecraft or Nouveau, but I used to be a programmer.
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