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General Discussion / The Linux Gods Have Cracked The Whip
« on: April 23, 2015, 03:24:09 am »
It is a glorious day in the computer world.  A couple weeks ago wife burned up yet another computer.  Through a series of events her computer crashed last night.  Yes, it was the big one.  Did she make a set of restore disks like I instructed?  No.  Did she have an OS disk?  No.  Long story short, she no longer has Windows on her computer but is sporting a brand spanking new sparkling rendition of P5!  It gets better.  Now that she no longer has Windows this means that I no longer need to infest my computer with Windows.  Years of toil have finally come to fruition.  We are Windows free!

Networking / P5 DDNS Localhost no connection
« on: April 03, 2015, 11:04:25 pm »
I'm running P5 and trying to get a localhost set up that I can connect to from the web.  I am not being successful.  I have set my IP to be static through the network manager.  I have 2 DDNS accounts set with FreeDNS at and one with  I have a VirginMobile mifi 2200 that I set port forwarding to my IP for FTP and HTTP.  Both my DDNS connectoids do connect with the respective controllers and render an external IP which matches with the IP shown in my mifi settings.  I have tried with Apache as well as QuickWeb and WebWeaver web servers.  I can connect by using http://localhost.  I cannot connect by using my external IP nor with either of the two host names I have set up.  I cannot connect via the computer I have localhost set up on nor from the browser on my cell phone.  I have also attempted to use the XP I have installed in a VirtualBox and have not been able to connect that way either.  What am I missing?

Nevermind...I got it sorted.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 21, 2015, 12:18:04 pm » fault.  Sometimes I get bumping my gums and get off track.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 21, 2015, 01:58:49 am »
You were right about setting the threshold to 1.  It's slicker than greased boogers now.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 21, 2015, 01:09:20 am »
I usually set it to 7 but the speed keeps reverting back to "slower than snail poop".

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:57:13 pm »
I've whittled my selection possibilities down to either the LXDE or Peppermint DE.  I'm not sure I care for the LXDE.  I like the eye candy but I can't get my mouse to get any umph.  I accelerated it full scale and it still seems to drag.  I'll probably just go back to the P-DE and stay with that.  I've been working with the XFE program and like that except for the fact that when I am moving files I can't access any ohter functions of the program.  I'll be looking for a close second.

Culture shock.  I moved here to Okiehomie from a town in Georgia.  Back home you could get on the expressway and go from one side of town to the other in about 20 minutes.  There was a grocery store and pharmacy on just about every block.  Just about anything you wanted you could find.  We have 3 TV stations and a number of radio stations.  You get the idea.  It was pretty much like OKC or Tulsa.  I came to OK on a greyhound.  It dropped me off at 7:30 am in a town where the sidewalks had not yet been unrolled for the day.  I moved into a town where I could walk from one side of town to the other.  There were no traffic lights.  There was one grocery store.  The hardware store was the social center of town.  I'm thinking "what friggin twilight zone did I get off in?".  LOL.

Now if I can just figure out how to get the wife's Win7 Pro and my computer to hook up so we can transfer files back and forth I'll be happy.  I've tried working with Samba several times...none successfully.  She's not very computer literate but she does know how to trudge her way through a simple ftp client.  Maybe I'll find a web based ftp server I can drop into Apache and run on localhost.  I've tried vsftp, proftp and pureftp but none of them seemed to want to play nice.  That's one thing I've noticed about Linux...there are no simple ftp servers that just work.  I started to try the new Apacheftp server but couldn't figure out how or where to configure or manage it.  I'm hoping the Linux version of FileZilla's ftp server will be available soon.  Their Windows version of the server will not run on Linux.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 20, 2015, 04:52:56 pm »
I'm not sure about the commercial.  I moved out here to Oklahoma in 2000.  It was culture shock in the truest sense of the term.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 19, 2015, 07:07:31 am »
My age bracket...I turned 59 last year.  As far as my hair goes it's long enough I can sit on it now.  It's a bear when you get it caught in your fly.  The video looks like an ad for why one would not want to run it.  I did have a brief brush with enlightenment in my early days with Linux but I can't remember where I came across it.  I toyed with quite a few distros before settling on Mint and Peppermint.  Mint has gotten so bloated I can barely run it on i gig of RAM.  I think I'm going to be staying with Peppermint.  I reverted back to the default DE and am trying to get everything set up to my liking.

My primary goals at this time are to learn GTK/TCL and the WX Widget/Window thingies.  I also want to goober around with my localhost.  One of my hobbies is testing CMS systems and social network scripts.  As soon as my webhost upgrades the PHP on my website I'll be installing OSSN.  It's a facebook clone.  I can't get wife off Windows so I'm probably going to install XP again.  Oh what joy.  We had to recently replace her laptop.  Got a refurb desktop with Win 7 Pro.  It's pretty sucky.  At least with Linux it's a bit easier to keep the Apache/MySql/PHP upgraded than it is for Windows.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 19, 2015, 04:16:36 am »
I installed XFE and Krussader earlier but haven't had time to look at them yet.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:19:04 pm »
Yeah...I'm old and my brain has leaks.  I meant to add that I've tried using Explorer from Wine but that leaves a lot to be desired.  It's like a bare framework of the actual Explorer.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:16:27 pm »
I've been using Thunar but it's not that close to Explorer IMO.  It also tends to be a bit buggy if you're copying a lot of files.  It likes to hang quite often.  As far as K programs go I'm not educated enough on the differences between DE's to know what their peculiarities are.  I tend to go for programs that have sharp clean lines...a light look.  They're just easier on my elderly eyeballs.  I wholeheartedly dislike cartoonish looking programs or anything that has the heavy appearance of W95 or XP.  One reason I like the Vista appearance.  In a few decades when you reach my age bracket you'll understand what I mean.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 18, 2015, 05:19:43 pm »
Terminal tells me I have 1 workspace.  Odd about Dolphin...clicking the menu item returned nothing.  Running "Dolphin" in the terminal pulled it up.  Guess I need to check my menu selection properties.  As far as wanting to run Dolphin, I found the normal file managers a bit clunky.  I was wanting something close to Windows Explorer.

Installation / Re: How to access Plasma desktop on P5
« on: March 18, 2015, 03:57:09 pm »
It's just works.  Anyway...I'm starting to remember where everything is.  I've only had a couple aggravations so far.  I had that deal with the workspaces but I finally figured out which applet switched from one to the other and removed that.  I've tried setting the number of workspaces to 1 several times but that didn't seem to work.  I was still able to switch between 1 and 2.  I downloaded Dolphin from the software manager but I still can't get that to work.  I've tried removing it then reinstalling it but still no joy.  It's in my menu but when I select it nothing shows up.  I don't know what the deal with that is.

I've got to do a system backup tonight before I get too far into getting my system set back up in case I whack it.  I got Firefox and Thunderbird installed and have all my old emails and browser bookmarks.  That was a breeze.  One thing I've noticed about Linux vs Windows is that Linux pretty much does most everything for you.  I don't want to say it's a lazy man's OS, but prefer to refer to it as pre-intuitive.  It seems to know what I want before I do.  I'm really enjoying Linux and am looking forward to getting back into doing some programming.  Perhaps with a bit of luck and a couple pots of coffee I can squeeze hard and produce something worthwhile to share with the community.  I had to retire about a year and a half back due to health problems and am finding new enthusiasm in old interests that I've put on the back burners for far too long.  I finally got my book published this past October and someplace in between everything else I've got going on I'm going to try to find time to get back on finishing the book I'm working on now.

I just want to take a moment and say thanks to all you who have helped me along the way and who will be there to help me again when I raise my hand and hold up my sign that says "Noob goob needs help!".

What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: Acer Aspire AOA150
« on: March 18, 2015, 11:31:55 am »
Hmmm...someone slipped one in on us...

# dmidecode 2.12
SMBIOS 2.4 present.

Handle 0x0014, DMI type 16, 15 bytes
Physical Memory Array
   Location: System Board Or Motherboard
   Use: System Memory
   Error Correction Type: None
   Maximum Capacity: 4 GB
   Error Information Handle: Not Provided
   Number Of Devices: 2

What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: Acer Aspire AOA150
« on: March 18, 2015, 11:25:30 am »
Just not worth the effort to me for that little bit of extra RAM.  That's why I'd just be looking for a desktop box.  They're a lot easier to install RAM.  Granted, some of them you need 2 wrists and 3 elbows but it's easier than upping the Acer.

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