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by portentum
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 1 W laser pointer hits the market.
Replies: 228
Views: 74000

Re: 1 W laser pointer hits the market.

According to this article linked by the Slashdot summary ... Warning: Extremely dangerous is an understatement to the power of 1W of laser power. It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly to skin and other body parts, use with extreme caution and only when using the included eye p...
by portentum
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 443792

Re: Show the world your desktop! [Killing 56K since January]

Nothing special here. I've only just gotten myself to use backgrounds at all again, for a few years I'd stuck to a nice dark grey. :wink:
desktop1.jpg

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I do like my borderless, undecorated, and skip_taskbar'd roxterm.
by portentum
Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:01 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Favorite/interesting command line apps?
Replies: 45
Views: 4830

Re: Favorite/interesting command line apps?

isn't 7zip or something available in a CLI package? or it might be just for windows, not linux. isn't handbrake run in CLI? I think we're supposed to mention stuff we actually use. ;) irssi is, as others have mentioned, wonderful. Screen , because irssi loses some of that wonder when you can't keep...
by portentum
Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:37 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Computer Tower Down!
Replies: 6
Views: 824

Re: Computer Tower Down!

I once threw a tower out the front door and watched some of the body shatter on the sidewalk. The frame was bent, but nothing important broke or even came loose. Carried it inside and it started right up and worked for years. I think your story needs an explanation. I was having a bad day, I don't ...
by portentum
Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Computer Tower Down!
Replies: 6
Views: 824

Re: Computer Tower Down!

If everything's working fine, everything probably is fine. I would check the PCI cards and whatnot if you have them, they might be loose. If a CD was running it might be scratched, and then the HDD like you're doing. Other than that, if it turns on it should be okay. Agreed. I once threw a tower ou...
by portentum
Fri May 28, 2010 9:18 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Issues with debian (and should I be using gnome or kde?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1174

Re: Issues with debian (and should I be using gnome or kde?)

Since the about pages of gnome and KDE are so informative, would you mind clarifying a few things for me? Apps like KDevelop do not need KDE installed to run, and they'll run on the gnome desktop? And the reverse is true? I have the disk space so I might just leave kdm and gdm installed anyway. Rig...
by portentum
Fri May 28, 2010 4:12 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Issues with debian (and should I be using gnome or kde?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1174

Re: Issues with debian (and should I be using gnome or kde?)

KDE or Gnome.. use what you like. Nobody can decide that one for you. I'd say go with XFCE over either of them, and Openbox with xfce4-panel over XFCE, and Fluxbox over that. It's really just about what feels most comfortable to you. As for the brightness, make a script like #!/bin/sh echo 2 > /sys/...
by portentum
Thu May 27, 2010 9:33 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Virtual Machines
Replies: 8
Views: 1169

Re: Virtual Machines

VirtualBox should do what you're looking for.

I found some more information about this here, it's old but as far as I can tell should still apply.
by portentum
Sat May 22, 2010 1:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rand Paul, Rachel Maddow, Civil Rights, Libertarianism
Replies: 78
Views: 8897

Re: Rand Paul, Rachel Maddow, Civil Rights, Libertarianism

Portentum, you don't really know what you're talking about. The issue at hand involves commerce, employment, and publicly offered services. You can do what you like in your own home, but if you own a hospital or a cafe, you can't discriminate in hiring or patronage. Right, you're stating the presen...
by portentum
Sat May 22, 2010 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rand Paul, Rachel Maddow, Civil Rights, Libertarianism
Replies: 78
Views: 8897

Re: Rand Paul, Rachel Maddow, Civil Rights, Libertarianism

Rand Paul says companies -- that get water via public pipes, goods via public roads, whose property is protected by public police, whose wealth is protected by public regulation, whose employees were educated in public schools, and whose toilets flush into public sewers -- should be able to turn aw...
by portentum
Fri May 21, 2010 7:20 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: good netbook OS?
Replies: 6
Views: 851

Re: good netbook OS?

Seems you overlooked something, there are some test results for that model for 9.10. I'd give 10.04 a shot to see if the issue with SD cards is still there - if not, you get your UNE (and if you don't use SD cards anyway, you still get it). The test result pages don't update themselves. ;) A little ...
by portentum
Thu May 20, 2010 4:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F/R/T)
Replies: 129
Views: 16464

Re: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F

Image

We have the cheapest package, it shows. :|
by portentum
Mon May 17, 2010 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0741: "Blogging"
Replies: 89
Views: 26193

Re: "Blogging" Discussion

This one brought the ProBlogger book my girlfriend just bought to mind. (Don't visit the site, just know it's a bunch of crap. Don't want to give them the pageviews.)
by portentum
Sun May 16, 2010 10:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2416218

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I'm a little late posting here, but hello all the same. I'm Josh, 21, and I'm from Pensacola, FL. I'm pretty terrible at math so I don't feel like I quite fit in around the fora, I restrict myself to the Help Desk mostly. I've made a few stabs at helping out there, which is generally how I am in per...
by portentum
Fri May 14, 2010 7:27 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Workspaces on a non-linux computer
Replies: 5
Views: 802

Re: Workspaces on a non-linux computer

That thing is hideous, but it works. Thanks. If anyone knows of one that is less distractingly ugly, let me know. I didn't think it looked so bad really, though I admittedly only tried it on a Windows 2000 VM. The configuration file looks to allow decent customization and, at least on this 2000 VM,...
by portentum
Fri May 14, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Workspaces on a non-linux computer
Replies: 5
Views: 802

Re: Workspaces on a non-linux computer

A little googling brought up a few different programs, this looking the most promising to me. http://sourceforge.net/projects/windowspager/ I was going to use a lmgtfy link, but I felt like an ass, and for some reason that bothers me. (look, I still worked it in :wink:) On an interesting and complet...
by portentum
Wed May 12, 2010 2:19 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Crysis BSoD, won't start up.
Replies: 2
Views: 735

Re: Crysis BSoD, won't start up.

I don't think uninstalling removes old profiles/configuration options, does it? I would suggest renaming/removing the config files and seeing if having it start with defaults sorts things out. Game.cfg This file can be found under the \Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\My Games\Crysis directo...
by portentum
Wed May 12, 2010 2:06 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Converting flv files to avi.wmv on ubuntu.
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

Re: Converting flv files to avi.wmv on ubuntu.

Avidemux should do what you want, and is pretty straight forward. I think it even has some presets for things like the iPod and Zune. edit: there seems to be an issue with the options in the Auto menu in the GTK version, with the Qt version working fine. If you choose to use Avidemux you'll want to ...
by portentum
Mon May 10, 2010 7:42 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Too little space on C
Replies: 19
Views: 2162

Re: Too little space on C

I've been pulling my hair out over this one for a while, playing with a virtual machine and trying to get IE to behave the way you'd like.. only to see that you are not using IE. :oops: I would imagine it's not Firefox either though (because of its .part file usage)? Unless maybe with some download ...
by portentum
Sat May 08, 2010 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu 10.04 - early adopter thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 3349

Re: Ubuntu 10.04 - early adopter thoughts?

I don't use Ubuntu myself, but I figured I'd have an easier time supporting my girlfriend's laptop running Ubuntu than Debian. I figured wrong. Ubuntu still fights me every step of the way, just as it did when I ran it myself. These aren't 10.04-specific, but they really bugged me on the upgrade. Re...
by portentum
Thu May 06, 2010 3:38 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu 10.04 - How to reset keyring password?
Replies: 2
Views: 5518

Re: Ubuntu 10.04 - How to reset keyring password?

Should be as simple as rm ~/.gnome2/keyrings/login.keyring Hope this helps. edit: This resets the Gnome keyring password, obviously, which is I assume what you were asking for - after rereading the post I may have misunderstood and you wanted to enter a different wireless password? I'm not familiar ...

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