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Ken Starks
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When our Remaster Guru, +Randy Noseworthy released the Linux Mint "Cinnamint" for Reglue, it became my default desktop on all of my computers, except for the office machine which is still running our Linux Mint Reglue Release of KDE. That Cinnamon release has taken over large amounts of desktop real estate on our Reglue machines, and they are spread far and wide. I am quite taken with Cinnamon, but there are still a few things I can go into a pout over if I dwell upon it long enough.

The system tray icons. They are hard-coded (as far as I can tell) and the physical icon cannot be changed. Until I got used to it, those icons seemed way out of balance with the rest of the panel. You cannot just right click an icon representation in the panel, click properties and replace that icon with one of your choice. That irked me for a good while. That is until I came to the contusion that was the way it is and if I wanted to use Cinnamon Mint, then I just had to deal with it.

Fair enough. I can live with that.

I simply like to tweak my desktop with custom icons I've created as well as those created by others for our use. I became completely spoiled with the ability a KDE user had in customizing the tiniest little things. Let's say, the flexibility found in customizing the panels and menu...the color schemes in KDE and the way you can mix and match most anything. I have yet to try the Plasma 5 release, and I don't think I will get around to it in any time soon.

All that being said, Cinnamon is an extremely nice desktop and it offers a nice balance between tweaker and get-'er-done users. You can't argue with desktops like this.

Desktop graphic here - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2bdSLJMw_v1UlFGb2JSa1BnSFE


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I prefer xfce, and I think some of the panel icons can be changed. I liked the configurability of kde, and I get a lot of that with xfce (including my favorite, right-click on the desktop for a menu).
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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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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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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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So a neighbor says she wants to take a 2 week vacation. Trouble is, she cannot take her little guy Reilly. Reilly is a 14 year old shih tzu and she heard that we were good with dogs and would we watch Reilly for a while.

Now, a sidebar here. I've lost 5 of my most precious friends in the past 6 years and those accumulated losses triggered a depression that overtook and waylaid me for 2 months. I am just now finding the right anti-depression medications that allow me to escape my bedroom sanctuary and rejoin the rest of the world.

Albeit a bit at a time.

So with that discussion comes the fact that I had some hesitancy in bringing another dog into our world, even though it's for a short time. Oh, and I did omit one small fact? Reilly is completely blind.

fml

But life only rewards those who go forward into adverse/challenging situations so we now have a house guest, and he has chosen to bond with me. He sleeps with me, he barks until he knows I am in the room so he can lay with his chin on my foot. It's kind of a reverse of the blind and the canine duo. Be that as it will be, he's a sweet little guy and for 14 years old, he's as tough and salty as that breed tends to be.

I was looking forward to our neighbor coming home and taking her little doggie home. Now, I'm not sure I want that to happen....right away anyways. 
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I'm very glad you're up to being back online, Ken. I was getting worried, but the last thing I wanted was to email you and give you more to deal with. And yes, cats, dogs, and horses can all get to you that way.
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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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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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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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Executive Director at Reglue.org
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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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Executive Director of Reglue.org. We rebuild broken computers then give them to kids that cannot afford them.
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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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