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  1. I'm using 7 GB total, but I run Ubuntu. If I ran...

    I'm using 7 GB total, but I run Ubuntu. If I ran Puppy, I wouldn't need a hard drive at all if I saved stuff on flash memory.
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    I use LibreOffice with the PDF import extension,...

    I use LibreOffice with the PDF import extension, and can read and EDIT all kinds of PDFs. Then save in different formats, including PDF again (you have to export, not save). Everybody else in the...
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    killing scareware

    I just cleaned off a FakeRean virus....the one that runs scareware like "Windows xx Security 2012". The easy way is to hit ctrl-alt-del to bring up the process monitor, find a process that looks...
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    XSane FTW!

    I can run my old scanner that Windows 7 wouldn't see. I can even fire up the old PC in the cellar and run my REALLY old parallel port scanner with it.

    Of course first you have to install Linux,...
  5. Kudos

    Yes, great article, but too bad you didn't tip us off a month ago.

    In the mean time, I have 2 delete keys, just gotta get my wife to use 'em.
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    OOo, LO, WP

    The Open/Libre twins do something really cool: you can install the PDF extension (simple) and open, edit, and write PDFs. And of course you can write to HTML but you get cleaner code with Komposer. ...
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    If you're going to use gparted, why not go all...

    If you're going to use gparted, why not go all the way and try some linux distros? There are several that will work on your old machine, and give you a modern OS.
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    Don't miss this at Gizmo's

    Ubuntu tips and tricks. There's also one for Mint, pretty much the same stuff. But these articles are hard to find.

    http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/ubuntu-tips-and-tricks.htm
  9. I've used everything from Apple ][ and DOS 5 to...

    I've used everything from Apple ][ and DOS 5 to Windows7, and what I use now is Linux.

    I'm having a hard time right now deciding between Ubuntu Unity and Gnome, Mint Debian, Puppy and Bodhi...
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    You can run Linux - by itself, dual-boot, VM or...

    You can run Linux - by itself, dual-boot, VM or Wubi - and run a lot of antique Windows programs and devices. For programs, you'll have to install Wine. Seems like the older and simpler they are, the...
  11. Thread: Ubuntu 11.04

    by vandamme
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    Mint Debian FTW?

    After fooling around with Puppy, Bodhi, and a few desktops on Ubuntu, I've just loaded Linux Mint Debian edition (LMDE) and found it's faster and less memory/cpu intensive than Ubuntu Unity (11.04)....
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    Just a thought

    Seems to me I had a strange problem with Grub, that when I updated to 11.04, the list of OSes would be off a little. There was a menu item added, labeled "other Linuxes" or something, that threw the...
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    Things run better, and longer, if they don't have...

    Things run better, and longer, if they don't have thermal, electrical and mechanical shocks, like inrush current to a discharged power supply or a stationary platter. OTOH, you are burning...
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    I use VirusTotal, which runs on the cloud, so no...

    I use VirusTotal, which runs on the cloud, so no installation. It checks things when I download them and is a plugin for Firefox, but you can't get it from the Mozilla repository, only from the...
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    XP?? You really are a glutton for punishment. Why...

    XP?? You really are a glutton for punishment. Why don't you try some different distros of Linux? Not saying all 300 or so, but Puppy, Bodhi, and Mint XFCE just as a variety. Make a Home partition...
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    TeamViewer FTW

    I run Linux (Ubuntu 10.10) here, and TeamViewer works on that too. I was able to run a spectrum analyzer instrument (running XP) across the state while simultaneously chatting with the operator on...
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    I recently got a HP laptop and it has that wierd...

    I recently got a HP laptop and it has that wierd little partition. There are 4 partitions used, which is the max for physical partitions. I wanted to dual boot Linux so I had to trash at least one so...
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    In Firefox, you uninstall or disable plugins...

    In Firefox, you uninstall or disable plugins using the tools / add-ons menu right in Forefox. You should find a list of them and disable / uninstall buttons for each. At least that's how it works in...
  19. Be free of Microsoft!

    SIP is open source, and there are 12 clients to choose from:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_SIP_software
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    I had to use Visio in a previous job and hated...

    I had to use Visio in a previous job and hated its learning curve. Now I use Dia, Inscape or just LibreOffice's draw app, depending on what I'm doing. I think they are all more intuitive than Visio,...
  21. Does the original movie play OK? If not, use VLC...

    Does the original movie play OK? If not, use VLC and if that doesn't work, you're putting the DVD in upside down!

    What did you use to rip the DVD? Try dvd::rip or Handbrake, I think those are both...
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    Obvious: you don't need to pay for an operating system either

    ...then you don't need defraggers, antivirus, or registry cleaners, because only Windows needs them.

    Well, you'll still need a backer-upper.
  23. Thread: Ubuntu 11.04

    by vandamme
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    Windoze users might go for it; nerds, maybe not

    Amid the chorus of "why did they have to change things around and make it so dumb?", maybe what Canonical is doing is right in line with their objective of 200 million users in a few years. That is,...
  24. "Then you use update manager and walk away and...

    "Then you use update manager and walk away and it's updated in a couple of hrs."

    Dude, you should get off dialup. Ubuntu downloads in half an hour, and installs just about that fast. If you have...
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    Soluto is great! I trimmed 30 seconds off my HP...

    Soluto is great! I trimmed 30 seconds off my HP boot with no trouble. It boots to Ubuntu in half the time, of course.
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