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Fuddster posted a topic in Bruno's All Things LinuxI used the backup software Back In Time to back up my /home folder during my recent openSUSE reinstall. Somehow I missed a setting, I still don't know which one, that allowed BIT to copy/restore more copies of my files with ".backup.fulldate" appended to each file. OVER 250,000 OF THEM! I use the find command often, so I opened a terminal and fired it up. To make sure my search pattern worked, I sent the results to a text file and gave it a quick look. And Today I Learned that the find command has a -delete switch that made getting rid of those files a snap! The full command went something like find /home/fuddster/ -name "*.backup.20180721" -delete Even with commands you use all the time, there's always something else you can learn about them. What's your favorite AHA! moment like that?
RichardKR posted a topic in Bruno's All Things LinuxWell, it's finally time to download a Linux version and use my laptop to drive myself nuts. I went through this 2 years ago and even though it was geeky fun, it was not very successful. I'm going to update my Win7 image on an external HD. I intend to use the whole drive for Linux. I've got a 500GB drive so I guess I could dual boot, but that adds complexity. How should I petition my drive so updates don't effect my data OR my software settings? What needs to be backed up so if the system later bombs I can re-install Linux and recover my software, settings, and data? I'm looking at Mint or Ubuntu. Which one? Or is there an easier one available? PCLinuxOS get 64bit yet? What flavor of desktop? Does any version install from a USB stick? Or is this a dumb idea? I'd really like to SSD my laptop. How does Linux feel about SSD's? Any recommended sites for "Step my step" Linux for Dummies? Thanks folks for being there so I can even ask these questions and get intelligent answers.
windows 8 Windows 8 - do it yourself - add back missing features (3 of them)
Guest posted a topic in All Things WindowsHere are three articles that can help you restore missing features in Windows 8 - without having to resort to using 3rd party programs to get that functionality back. Make Windows 8 boot straight to the desktop - TechRepublic These are some simple instructions for creating a task that will open Explorer on boot so you are immediately bypassing the Windows 8 simplistic start up page and go straight to the desktop. More details in the article. Rather than have it open Explorer every time I boot to get me to the Desktop, I just created a shortcut on the simplistic start up page to a program I use very frequently and click that when I want to immediately go to the Desktop. I would imagine one could also create a start up task to that program rather than Explorer.exe for the startup task. Add a self-made Start button to the Windows 8 desktop - TechRepublic Details in the article. Shutdown Windows 8 right from the desktop - TechRepublic Details in the article.
windows 8 Windows 8 - Tips Tricks and Adding back missing features
Guest posted a topic in The Learning CenterThis topic hopes to be a one stop shop for links to topics here in ATW and links around the web directly for Windows 8 tips, tricks and adding back missing features, etc. To make it easier to keep track of the links, please add your Tip, Trick or Instructions for Adding back missing features to Windows 8 in the main ATW forum. Admins/ATW Mods will then add the appropriate topics to this locked topic list. Tips and Tricks and Adding back missing features: Windows 8 - do it yourself - add back missing features (3 of them) - ATW So I have Windows 8, Now What? - Bits from Bill - ATW A 'no-reformat reinstall' for Windows 8 - Fred Langa/WindowsSecrets
google Google Chrome - Favorite Extensions, Tips, Tricks
Neil P posted a topic in Social MediaGoogle, the international search/advertising behemoth, has had a web browser product since late 2008. It has since grown to one of the most popular browsers used on the web. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (support for the latter two was added in 2010). It is based on the open source browser Chromium (it's a sort-of special relationship, as Chromium exists because Google released the Chrome source code) and the two are almost identical (I don't actually know the differences between the products, besides Chromium missing official Google branding @frapper provided a link that shows the differences between Chrome and Chromium on Linux.) Google Chrome uses WebKit to render web pages--the same rendering engine as Apple's Safari. WebKit is the most widely used rendering engine, as it is used by Chrome/Chromium, Safari, iOS's Safari, Android's browsers, and others. Chrome is extensible, like most (all?) modern browsers. Extensions can be found anywhere, but one central place to find them is the Chrome Web Store. Note: installing extensions from sites other than the Chrome Web Store can be dangerous. Some popular extensions and a few that I use: Adblock: Blocks ads, including in youtube videos. Google Dictionary: highlight a word on the web, a definition pops up. HoverZoom: Hover your mouse over a thumbnail image, see the full image in a popup. Works on most, but not all, sites. Evernote Web Clipper: From the context menu, you can add things to an Evernote notebook. Also enables searching of your Evernote notes when you search Google (or other search engines) Also available from the Chrome Web Store are games, themes and full screen apps. Tips & Tricks: You can "pin" tabs in the tab bar. To do this, right click on a tab and hit "Pin Tab". This shrinks the tab down to just the favicon, and saves a ton of room on the tab bar. Firefox calls this feature "App Tabs". You can have multiple "Users" of a single Chrome install. You can enable another user by going to Wrench menu -> Settings and clicking on "Personal Stuff". From there, click "Add new user". After you have another user, you can pick your own icon and set names for each user. The icon is displayed in the title bar, so you can see at a glance which profile you're using. With a new user, you can have a completely different Chrome experience. Different google account, different saved passwords, different bookmarks, history, extensions, themes, etc. From the icon displayed in the title bar, you can switch users (actually launch a new browser window as the newly selected user). Note: this is not the same as creating a new "profile", which you have to do manually. Any user can access any other users data--it's more for convenience than security! . After performing a manual search on a site once, Chrome's Omnibox will give you the option to search directly by pressing Tab. For instance, I have searched on IMDB.com before. Therefore, when I type "imd" in the Omnibox, I can press the Tab key and then enter a string to be searched on imbd.com. Hitting enter will then take me straight to the imdb results page. As far as I know, this works with any page where a search is performed. At the very least, it works on most. You can also manually add search engines through Chrome's settings, but performing a simple search on the site is much easier. Going along with the last tip, Ctrl+L will instantly focus on the Omnibox. Ctrl+K focuses the Ominbox with a "?" denoting a default search will be performed based on the string entered. However, the ? is not really necessary, as Chrome will automatically search when text other than a URL is entered. It's useful if you're trying to search for a URL (rather than going to it). I believe these shortcuts are defaults across web browsers--at least I know Firefox uses them. You can make "Application Shortcuts" out of just about anything. While you're on a page you want to make a shortcut to, go to the Wrench Menu -> Tools -> Create Application Shortcuts... You can then add a desktop/start menu shortcut that will instantly launch that particular site again. It's especially useful on a site like gmail--the "application shortcut" will open a new Chrome window when clicked that doesn't have navigation options. Basically you can open a site as a sort of "native app". If you go to the URL about:flags (or chrome://flags, which about:flags redirects you to), you can find a slew of experimental options. Warning: these are potentially unstable! In chrome://history (or by hitting Ctrl+H), you can see all your browser history, and even search within it! You can also clear all or part of your history from this screen. chrome://downloads (or Ctrl+J) opens a similar screen for your downloads. Chrome privacy/tracking: From this page: http://support.googl...n&answer=114836 In addition to changing the above, you can install the SRWare Iron browser, which is built from Chromium and does not have the tracking options at all, as well as a few other features. Check out the differences here. (thanks to @frapper) If you want to search Google while still enabling features that are normally enabled (history, personal results, whatever else), you can log out of your Google account first and then search. However, this is a cumbersome way to do it. Instead, you can launch a new Private Browsing Window (Ctrl+Shift+N by default) and perform your search that way. You aren't logged into your Google account in a private session, and so nothing will be saved. You can then close the private window and still be signed into Google. ====== What are some of your favorite extensions or tips?
Change Avatar in Profile Photo Editor
Guest posted a topic in Tips and TricksNow that we have upgraded to the newest and spiffiest version of IP.Board forum software, you can now once again change your own Avatar in your Profile. Go to your Profile. In the upper Right corner choose Edit Profile. Click on the current avatar picture, and the box above will open. Make your choice from the list of places you can snag an image and it will upload it, and it will dynamically make the sizes needed for the various Profile avatar locations. There are some limitations on Avatars as noted below from the Forum Rules: Also, note, if you do choose an animated gif file for your avatar, the smaller versions in different places on the forums will not be animated, only the full size versions on posts and in profiles.
tips How to effectively use tags
Neil P posted a topic in Tips and TricksTags are a cool new feature in IP.board (well, new to us! I don't know when they implemented them). Tags are a fairly common "web 2.0" feature, allowing you to categorize things multiple different ways simultaneously. You can add tags, up to 10, in the area under the "Topic Title" section when posting a new topic. They can be separated by commas (you can use spaces in tags, so you need to separate them with commas). If you've already made a thread and want to add/edit tags, you can do so in the "edit post" screen, by using the Full Editor. Selecting the box "Use first tag as prefix" will highlight the first tag, and will place that in the forum list in front of your topic title. Effectively tagging topics can enable much more powerful (and easy!) searching. Clicking a tag will start a search of all posts that use that tag. Tags are entirely optional; if you can't think of an appropriate tag, don't worry about it! An example of good tagging would be a thread announcing a new Firefox release. You could tag it "Firefox" "release" "news" and possibly "update". When we build up a base of tagged threads, we can see "also tagged" threads at the bottom of posts.
Welcome to Tips and Tricks!
Guest posted a topic in Tips and TricksIn this sub forum, will be all manner of of topics related to different tips and tricks discovered while using the new upgraded version of IPS' IP.Board forum software. Have fun and if you discover a neat tip or trick while using the updated forum software, post a topic about it! Enjoy!