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Ken Starks
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So Reglue could use some help...if you should have motherboard soldering skills. I have neither the eyesight nor the talent to do this level of repair work. 

We have a Dell Inspiron 3052 touch screen all in one with a power jack that's been yanked out of it. The Dell Service Tag is 1QCF922 if you need to look at it. Posted are a couple of pictures of the back, for what they're worth. We're just getting ready to begin our annual fund raiser so we cannot spend a lot on this repair but we'll work with you on what you need to do it. We will pay shipping costs there and back.
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Was it an easy fix?
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For The Record. Just so you know.
It's the most unsettling memory of my childhood. Watching my father physically drag my mom out of bed, her body thumping onto the floor, and him throwing clothes at her while screaming. Every few words, he would hurl an item of clothing at her. For Christ's sake Lois, get out of the ...
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Well, I hope you're able to get your head turned around. I've had issues too. I think we all do. I'm sure that there's certain triggers for all of us. For me, unemployment is the worst. The worry. It eats one up inside.
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Well, we seem to have a lot going on here.....

Playing around in the display settings, trying to get this 36 inch monitor working at the correct (or highest available) resolution. That would be 1920x1080. It looks like you could cut your finger on the font when I try to make it take that resolution. The odd thing about it is that when I hit the screenshot tool, the graphic shows it perfectly rendered.

However, if you are in the seat looking at it, it's nasty and harsh with jagged fonts et al. You will also note that the display shows it as a Samsung 7 inch monitor. I've been dealing with this for a couple of years now. I've gotten used to it being at 1680x1050. I'd just like to have it work the way it's supposed to. It doesn't matter if I go in with HDMI to HDMI,  or the DVI to HDMI, HDMI to DVI, etc....It's still the same.

This is a common problem with this Samsung monitor with not many successful solutions so I'm living with it. I'm looking to downsize to a 24" inch monitor since my eye condition from Chemo therapy seems to have worked itself out. Now, if I can just get that metacity size down to earth, I'll be fine. I'll be posting some of the better metacity files I've installed from gnome-look.org. I have to upload them first.
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you know korora is ready. openSUSE might do well.
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And to the young lady who referred to me last week as a "sick prick" for liking an old Alice Cooper video on Youtube, I'll leave you with this honey...if I am accused, I might as well do. Right?

g'nite.


Crap...almost broke my own rule. No screenshots without link to graphic. My bad.

https://drive.google.com/a/fixedbylinux.com/file/d/0B2bdSLJMw_v1d25mTThpNHllVlE/view?usp=sharing
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Oh, and Under My Wheels. That can get me speeding tickets if listened to while driving.
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Do*You*Want*To*Play*A*Game?

We are looking at adding a game to the older Reglue Kid's installs. Some of the "kids" are young adults going off to college. I am also proud that my organization has fuelled the efforts of numerous students going on to graduate studies and they've done so using the Linux-powered laptops Reglue has provided them.

Being that many of the available games played on station (not via Steam) may not satisfy some of our older Reglue folks, we've gathered permissions to include some games with more mature matter. @2DBoy has given us World of Goo with Lazarus license, as well as the great people that created Amnesia - The Dark Decent. We would like to add a game with about the same ambiance as Amnesia, called Dear Esther.

So who wants to play Dear Esther and critique it for us? What age group would you feel comfortable allowing them to play. Would you let your 8th grade son or daughter play it?

And yeah, I can read the reviews, but I don't know them, however I do know you or am well aquainted with you. I would trust your opinion more than someone on a gaming site, rating the game.

Oh, and to let you know, when I installed it, it opened a verison of Crossover Office to do so. That would mean an internet connection to get the game installed. How frickin' cool is that?

Writing the best review possible might be a good thing to do. Good things come via good reviews. Just sayin'...

I will provide the link for the 64 bit version privately if you message me here or helios at fixedbylinux dott kommm. If you would like the 32 bit version, I will upload it upon request.

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I use a lot of flash drives. From 8gb to the 64 models, I have assigned uses for all of them. I keep them at or under 64gb because I've suffered file corruptions on most of the 128gb drives I've tried. The problem is, I lose the caps on them in record time, and the ones that fold inside of themselves, I end up with pocket lint inside them and I've yet to clean one out and have it still work.

So I find this Corsair Survivor. The casing is aluminum/titanium alloy and the screw on cap is a novel way to fight the dreaded dust bunnies from pocket hell. I can't remember what I paid for it on Amazon but it wasn't out of line or I would not have purchased it. So far, it's a good drive. Even though it's a 3.0 USB, it lacks the finish speeds of other 3.0 drives. I'll take that trade-off.
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Yes, the cap acts as the end of the drive
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I've often wondered when this would happen. Well, here it is...and as useful if not more than the Blackboard counterpart.
 
Many free and open source projects put power into our hands that once was reserved for elite players with deep pockets. A great example is the Moodle mobile app, which could be a big game changer for all sorts of small organizations. The Video Screening…
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So here's my question:

In this corner, an Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th gen core processor Integrated graphics vs  an Nvidea gforce GT-630 w/4GB of DDR3 onboard memory. The card is completely unassuming and needs no 4 or 6 pin external power sources. It does have dual DVI and an HDMI port, but the DVI will probably not be used since I have HDMI on my monitor/tv. This machine is for day by day use with some light gaming, and possibly re-exploring Amnesia-The Dark Decent.

Overall, which would you use if given the choice and why? The online benchmark speak makes me want to jam my fists into my eyes, so your answers are genuinely welcome.
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Use the card. Intel graphics are problematic and not as good as even a low end card like the 630. The binary Nvidia driver is far superior to i915 graphics.
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Apologies for any typos, typing from phone. Attn +Christine Hall +Randy Noseworthy +Uncle Ed McNerd. Something loud and burnt smoke smelly just went pop and poof from the back of my computer. brief light show. Am going to shop for replacement. No laptop here (I give them all away). Back online asap. Have phone for short communications.
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I'm certain the missive you would have sent, had your system not croaked, would have provided shock and awe to all for miles around.  Given the quality of humor in our messages and the subjects we get distracted by, it might have been the world trying to tell us something. 
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And this just in from one of the comments from my report on this year's Texas Linux Fest via Fossforce.com. If you are a Linux Admin with mad ZFS Skillzs you might wanna take a look at this:

Please share this on your networks.

* I am looking for Linux admins that are familiar with ZFS On Linux to help grow a small backup-server business in the San Antonio area. Willing to train, but must have at least 2 years experience as a Linux admin OR a well-developed home setup. Familiarity with Squid, SAS, Samba, MAC OS and Virtualbox is a plus*

Over 50 are welcome to apply. Must be able to demonstrate skills. Serious inquiries only, kneutron@yandex.com
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Live from Texas Linux Fest this morning. Starting off slow. Yesterday was slow too but I attributed that to it being a workday. Unsettling trend. 
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Well, I think some will grow, others won't. It could depend on timing, or whatever. I've never run one of those events, but I suspect that the keynote speakers might be part of the draw?

Could be simply location and timing?
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The last time I played with Python, it tried to eat the neighbor's dog and we had to move away. Oh, you mean the scripting language? Yeah, I do that too. I also write both technical and sociologically-important things about the Linuxsphere and the FOSS community
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    Executive Director, 2005 - present
    I oversee the intake, inventory, refurbishing and placement of computers donated to Reglue. I coordinate the placement of those computers into the homes of financially-disadvantaged kids in Central Texas. I maintain the inventory of parts and other items needed for the operation of the organization. I also act as outreach contact for Reglue.
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I write smash scripts...no not bash scripts, smash scripts.  About the third time I get a General Parsing Error, I smash my monitor.
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I have the best job in the world. I give computers to financially disadvantaged kids. I've also dated Stevie Nicks. Well, not actually "dated"...we spent time together back stage after a concert, well not exactly time "together". Her body guard threw me 10 yards into the parking lot when I was trying to tell her....oh never mind. It gets ugly from there. Does anyone have her current address?
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This is a great read so stay with me here. I am the Executive Director for a non profit in Central Texas, and we rebuild broken or donated computers for students unable to afford a computer in the home. Our old Ford Explorer was dying a slow death with upwards of 400K miles on her. With a most generous cash donation from one of our fans, we had a certain amount of money to work with and not a dime more. Mac Morris came to see us inside the pre-owned vehicle building and I took a stroll with him in the AC and told him our story. He then asked me to follow him outside and he then presented us with a 2009 Chevy HHR with 57K original miles, and it still had the remnants of the new car smell. It was immaculate inside and out. When I asked him the current price, he gave me a quote of well over 2K of what we had to spend. I was a bit pissed that he would dangle something this nice in front of me, knowing we could not afford it. I love the HHR. I drove one for 2 years and I just love the looks, the feel and the cargo space. Mac sat me down in his cube and told me he would be back shortly When he came back, he asked me if I had $200.00 to put up as "earnest money". I did and then he showed me the paperwork. Knowing what we did for our community, Mac sawed off the exact amount that left us with the amount of money we could pay. Needless to say, Mac did not make a dime on this sale. What he did make is a friend for life. He spent the rest of the day with us getting the car ready to go. Some new tires, rear brakes and a bunch of other stuff that would have cost us money we did not have. He also told us that the remaining mileage would be fully warrantied. I'm not a big fan of used car lots, as I've worked in proximity to many of them. But I am now a huge fan of Mac Morris and the Sales Manager who let this deal go through. Capitol lost a bunch of money getting us into this HHR, but to them it didn't seem to be a big deal. My organization now has a vehicle that will last us for years. And that's due to Mac Morris at Capitol Chevrolet in South Austin. When and if we are in need of another vehicle, or if we know people shopping around, Mac Morris is the guy I'm recommending.
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I rescued a tired old Beagle from the Taylor facility a couple of months ago. it was obvious he was advanced in age and he was the only dog that did not happily meet people as they walked up and down the line of cages. He had been horribly abused by his previous owners, who tied him to a dog house in the middle of a dirt back yard and just moved away. No food, no water. He was just left to die. The next door neighbor saw him and called the animal control folks who took him to the pound. He was the one I adopted. He has several severe medical issues to include congestive heart failure. He has a horrible, hacking cough and he sneezes so violently that he slams his muzzle into the floor or ground and makes his nose bleed. I had taken him to the other vet in Taylor and while I believe him to be competent, I simply got the impression he was more interested in selling me high priced, specialty dog food than he was treating my little guy. The medications he gave him had not caused any improvement in a two month time so I decided to take my boy to Dr. Graef. No appointments, odd hours and first come first served... that's how it works there. A 15 minute wait and Dr. Graef showed up and introduced himself then examined my little guy. Bad news but we knew that. His heart is terribly weak and the cough and sneezing is not only a sign of that condition but it can hasten the end if allowed to go on too long. My other vet had not informed me of that. An examination, a gentle shot of allergy medication, two prescriptions and some good baseball conversation later, we were on our way. Grand total? 60.00. Less than half of what the other vet had charged and his medications did no good what so ever. My little boy has not sneezed or coughed once since the visit and I can finally get some sleep, as when he used to cough, I had to get up to rub his throat to make it stop. This is a great Vet folks. If you can work around his hours and unconventional routine, he's the guy to see if you live in this area.
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