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, retired from active work but still helping friends with computer problems, configuration, audio/video setup, and other electronic devices.

Apr
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awarded Nice Question
Apr
2
comment Live USB not installing
I think a big difference is GRUB. It's not needed for the live OS, but needs to be properly configured and installed when booting normally. I think this is mainly a problem with multiple partitions, though (which I always have).
Apr
2
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
Simple? Not really, especially for an English language challenged user such as he was. What would you search for? All he really knew was that the right angle bracket was apparently causing his php script to end. Pretty hard to search for that, in my opinion. Anyway, he's in the wind; all he cared about was getting it to work, and now he's gone, probably for good, his topic downvoted and closed. No point now in pursuing it.
Apr
2
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
But the script had zero errors. He was asking why the app, Apache, was ignoring the php code. That is a configuration issue, not a script error. And that is the issue I tried to bring up which most of the people here continue to ignore. Pasting the code into a .php file worked perfectly as written on my proper setup. That has been pointed out a number of times, if you had read the OP.
Apr
1
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
Thanks for that. It's not that it was only 5 users, but that I had nobody (for most of the time) that could understand my question, but instead everyone was condescending and then got all defensive the more I tried to explain. I should have just left, but sometimes I don't follow what I know to be the best course of action.
Apr
1
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
"@MartyFried Really? We are immature jerks but it was you who resorted to insults" - sorry, your post made it sound like you thought I insulted you. My mistake.
Apr
1
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
Again, missing the point. I didn't want agreement, I wanted an answer. But first, I wanted someone to show they actually understood the issue, and most of you did not ever make even one comment on the actual issue. You only got insulted when tried to explain. Goodbye, I'm wasting my time here.
Apr
1
revised Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
added 891 characters in body
Apr
1
awarded Civic Duty
Apr
1
accepted Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
Apr
1
awarded Curious
Apr
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awarded Critic
Apr
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comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
> I would not call 2 down votes and 1 up a lot. Well, I was the up vote, so it was actually 3 down votes.
Apr
1
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
Thank you for being that guy that can see beyond the first clue and realize that it was more than "PROGRAMMING = OFF TOPIC, BASH = ON TOPIC because it is a core component of Ubuntu, APPLICATIONS = ON TOPIC." Or more simply, that Apache is as much of an app as bash. I kept saying the code worked 100%. In fact, I thought it worked better than I expected. I also won't pursue reopening it, but I had hoped for a more enlightened explanation, not a total misunderstanding of the issue I raised. I think egos got in the way too early.
Mar
31
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
First of all, it was downvoted and closed pretty quickly. I upvoted it to balance that out a little. But I'm just a bit frustrated that you and everyone here are so sure they are right that they still don't really see that it's not a coding question, and I pointed that out before it was closed. Therefore, I wasted time helping someone, and then the topic is closed. Then I wasted time trying to find out why one app is somehow better than another for closing a topic. Now, I feel like I don't want to waste more time on topics that may close because I still don't see the distinction.
Mar
31
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
No, I'm sure that filename was an original file that called into the file in question. Again, read my post - the code was 100% correct and worked perfectly when configured correctly. The OP was not a native English speaker, so it was probably easier to post the example code than to try to explain what was going on. Did you consider this to be on-topic:askubuntu.com/q/746350/39753? It seems to be a general Linux coding question.
Mar
31
revised Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
Summarize problem
Mar
31
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
This is another example of people all jumping to conclusions without really understanding the question. Perhaps I didn't explain well. The problem was not a programming error - the program was 100% correct, and worked perfectly on my system, which is configured correctly. The problem was getting Apache to recognize php code, which is an app setup question, I would think.
Mar
31
comment Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
The question was not coding, because actually the code was 100% correct, and worked perfectly when using the correct extension (.php rather than .html). I tried to say this in my 3rd paragraph. So, it was Apache configuration, not really coding. Apache can be set to recognize php file, or the file can be named .php, either of which would cause Apache to recognize the file as php. So, it's not so clear to the OP, or even to me, really.
Mar
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asked Heavy handed application of "off-topic" for new user?
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