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Still Got An XP Machine? Turn It On Now. 5 years 7 months ago vandamme

"Buy Windows 7 or buy a new PC" is what Microsoft wants you to do. Well, I took off their handcuffs a couple years ago and haven't looked back. Zorin, Linux Lite, or Mint will look most familiar to XP users and are easy to install.

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Compose Music Directly On Your PC. No Paper Required 5 years 7 months ago vandamme

MuseScore is a blast. I used Finale for many years, but I finally converted to Linux.

In other news, LMMS has finally reached version 1.0.0. So I can write scores, and render them.

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Create Reminders On Your Desktop. No Software Required. 5 years 6 months ago vandamme

Clever (works in Linux too, of course). But I'm addicted to Tomboy Notes.

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The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. 5 years 6 months ago vandamme

I like digiKam and showFoto, which does about the same thing. They came with my openSUSE but there are versions for those who haven't converted to Linux yet.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago vandamme

Thanks for reminding me why I use Linux. It updates all my apps safely and easily.

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Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 5 years 5 months ago vandamme

What's the latest Linux equivalent? x2x was first developed in 1996. I wonder what happened to it.

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Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? 5 years 5 months ago vandamme

My operating system updates itself PLUS all my installed apps, does it on my schedule, asks politely, and tells me what each one does (if I really want to know). And that's why I switched from Windows to Linux.

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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 5 years 5 months ago vandamme

I use Remmina on Linux to RDP into Windows or Linux PCs.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 5 years 5 months ago vandamme

Does clonezilla do what you want to do? I just used it for my dad to copy a failing hard drive contents to a new HDD, Windows 7 and all. And I put Zorin on the extra space hoping he'd try it out!

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 3 years 2 weeks ago vandamme

If they're 32 bit machines, I usually put Lubuntu on them. Some had 256MB RAM, and those need to have the "alternate" installer, because the fancy "new" installer of Ubuntu won't run in that, even though Lubuntu will. Xubuntu is another good choice.

I find that using Windows is painful, because of all the menus full of useless garbage. That's why people ended up putting lots of shortcuts all over their desktop, so they can find them! I use Mint mostly, and the menus are a couple nested steps to get the app you want, or just type in the name if you know it. Ubuntu MATE is another easy to use one.

CDRoms are getting rare, so I usually put ISOs on a flash drive (1-2 GB if you can find them forgotten in a drawer). Bodhi and Puppy should fit on a CD. If you go to Distrowatch's Search page and search on "old computer" you'll find a few choices. Flash drives are easily reused when a new version comes out.

Everybody has their favorite distro, or several. I usually suggest a Debian variant to the noobs. Elementary, Zorin, Mint, Lite. Put it on a stick, have your victim boot off it and try it. Money back guarantee. Make SURE their favorite card game is on it, and their favorite wallpaper, and they'll be happy.

Don't throw away all those peripherals that won't run on newer Windows. They'll probably run on Linux!

I looked at React, but it's so last century. Ugh. I occasionally run Wine but almost everything I need is already in most distros, or easily installed from their repos.

My first PC at work was a 8086. Leading Edge D, with a full 640K RAM and a COLOR screen, I was hot stuff.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 4 years 2 months ago vandamme

That's too many versions to upgrade. Better off saving all your data (you do that anyhow, right?) and nuke it. I just keep a list of apps and install new versions after upgrading. Download the latest Mint, install in the partition that had the old Mint. If you have a separate /home partition you won't even have to reload your data. This avoids a lot of problems, in fact Mint used to insist on reloading for every new version, but now you can upgrade one level at a time.

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 5 years 4 months ago vandamme

Great article. I wish you had written this ten years ago. The registry is one of the reasons I converted to Linux.

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 5 years 4 months ago vandamme

That would really be painful.

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Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 5 years 4 months ago vandamme

5. Unplug from the internet. Use XP for the rest of your or your PC's lives, whichever comes first. Good alternative for stand-alone machines; let's face it, you're not getting any more updates.

6. Run XP in a virtual machine with a safe OS such as Linux as host. Bonus: start using more and more cross-platform apps, and soon you will not need XP. If you install Zorin, Mint, LinuxLite, or ElementaryOS, you will soon wonder why you loved XP so much.

7. Use another PC to log into the XP machine over a secure net, using a remote desktop app like Remmina or Teamviewer.

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Try This Alternative File Manager And Explorer For Windows. It's Free. 5 years 2 months ago vandamme

Multiple panes is a feature that, after you get to use it, you wonder how you got along without it. I used XYPlorer in my Windows days and it's great. (Now I use Nemo on Linux Mint, or Dolphin on openSuSE.)

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How to Join the Microsoft Insider Program and Get a Trial Copy of Windows 10 Preview 5 years 2 months ago vandamme

Why be an unpaid beta tester for Microsoft? I'm open source now.

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Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! 5 years 2 months ago vandamme

No caps lock, so you can't get the : to work. That's OK, I've seen enough! (shudder)

Your first advice is good though: "Forget Windows Ten"! I'm on Linux and I'm not looking back.

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Two Amazing, Yet Different, Examples Of Computer Graphics 5 years 1 month ago vandamme

Don't miss the "making of" Animator IV, link at the end of it.

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...And Relax 5 years 1 month ago vandamme

I need uplifting, not calming. Our local radio station (wcny.org) is presently playing Mozart's Coronation Mass ....

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Revisit all those Games of the Past at the Internet Arcade 5 years 1 month ago vandamme

My wife just found a Simon game in the cellar, and now the grandkids want to play with it! You get to move your hands instead of just your thumbs. And the colors on the top look like the new Microsoft logo, isn't that a throwback?

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How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 5 years 3 weeks ago vandamme

The way I partition my machines is by using one partition just for my data. I keep each operating system and its programs (and its potential troubles) in its own partition. when upgrade time comes along (or I just want to try something new), I put the new OS in its own partition. 60-80 GB is plenty, leaving me 300 or more for data. I have 4 OS's on my laptop and choose between them at bootup, and access my data from any. (Well, except windows, which I rarely use; the data is formatted ext4 which Windows can't read, but I could have formatted it so it could.) If I have a problem or want to upgrade, I just write over that OS with a new live disk. Almost all Linux OS disks are free to download, so there's no reason not to burn one and try it out. Zorin, Mint, or Ubuntu are great for beginners.

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This Superb Online Photo Editor Is Free To Use 5 years 3 weeks ago vandamme

It has some interesting tweaks, but they don't explain what some of them do so you just have to play with them. The integration with Dropbox and other cloud services is interesting. It would be handy if I used a Chromebook but I'll stick with DigiKam and Gimp.

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How to Get Rid of the Ads on the Firefox New Tab Page 5 years 3 weeks ago vandamme

If it helps Mozilla, I'll keep the ads. Might be something interesting, but most likely I won't notice them.

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 4 years 12 months ago vandamme

MuseScore is open source, runs native on Linux, and...well, I think it's better.

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 4 years 12 months ago vandamme

The "New comment" box is at the bottom of all the comments.

You can go to the Wine app data base and give a (thumbs down) report on Forte. It might help out other folks. https://appdb.winehq.org/

Another thing thant helps Linux is to contact Forte and explain you'd love to be a customer but can't get their trial to run on Ubuntu.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 4 years 11 months ago vandamme

Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

This is the first place I go to for Linux apps. As for the decline of Windows, good that you see the handwriting on the wall and are going with the times.

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12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 4 years 11 months ago vandamme

All the sites listed above are for Windows, so are mostly useless for me.

I first go to the forum maintained by the Linux distro I'm using, or its derivative (e.g., Mint, Ubuntu). If I have a problem, a thousand others have had it too and a hundred have figured out the answer.

If I can't, there's a lot of small Linux forums but I find the best way of finding the topic is searching for it, making sure I use "linux" as one of the search terms.

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12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 4 years 11 months ago vandamme

Make Use Of is a great site with lots of articles on...everything, but heavy on the computer help. You have to search for the Linux stuff, but there's plenty of it.

http://www.makeuseof.com/

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A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

If you use Linux, use Redshift. I use it to color-correct my monitor, which is too blue for me. Redshift is in the Mint repository. Two clicks, done.

If you use Windows, just get Linux.

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Develop Web Sites On Your Own PC Easily And Safely 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

Does anybody know a similar program for Linux?

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

OpenSUSE was the easiest install I've seen, Zorin was pretty good too. Deepin is reported to be simple too (looks pretty also). I always dual boot, even though I'll probably never use Windows again.

On many distros there are beginner forums that you can ask really basic questions and get a kind (if slightly condescending perhaps) answer. We were all noobs once.

You need to be specific, though, about your problem, what the result was, what you tried, and what hardware you are using. If you have a 32 bit system with a weird video card, 512MB memory, and a non-supported wifi card, you will be frustrated trying to install Ubuntu 64 bit.

On an old machine, you might find that Lubuntu 32 bit will run off the CD, but it won't install because the nice pretty installer won't run on low memory. But you can use the "altenate installer" (old one) for that.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

"Misery loves company."

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

Try Hylafax: http://www.hylafax.org/content/Main_Page

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

And the #1 reason people stay with Windows: Laziness! They don't want to fool with their PC or learn something new. Still, they put up with upgrades, not realizing that there are modern Linux distros that are more like XP or 7 than Windows 8 is.

The last reason to switch to Linux: a lot of "old" hardware will run on it, like scanners and printers. And it's 2 clicks to install, no hunting for the driver disks like in Windows.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

I've put Lubuntu on 10-12 year old machines with less than that. It will run off the CD, but not install with the "new" installer. Use the alternate download with the old installer, and it loads fine. I've run SuperGrub (a Debian spin) on a PC with 256MB, then run Firefox on it (one tab at a time, and slowly). Puppy is another good OS choice, and runs well off a CD if you have no hard drive. Midori is a better browser if you have tired hardware.

At some point you just need to throw out your antique machine, if it's worth less than a month's internet service.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

A good video on switching to Linux: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gVZxQWlLOk
Jupiter Broadcasting is going to continue this show this year, so subscribe and learn. Their regular weekly "Linux Action Show" can get a bit...involved.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

I'm a retired vacuum tube engineer, and I've used PCs since the 8086 days. I like the menu systems in Cinnamon, MATE and KDE, where the first menu is categories (sound & video, graphics, preferences, office) and the next level is applications (GIMP, Image Viewer, Scan). If I can remember what the name is, I just type it in the search (GIMP) and there it is; otherwise I run through the menus.

When you install a Windows app, it gets put where the autor wants it, plus a bunch of other cruft. So you get menu items for "Funkysoft --> FunkySoft on the Web Link, Uninstall FunkySoft, FunkySoft" etc. So, after trying to sort them into logical submenus, you just give up and put a shortcut to FunkySoft on your desktop. When the desktop gets full, you buy another monitor.

ZorinOS is specifically designed to not shock Windows users when they see the desktop, and there's a "look changer" that goes from Windows 2000 to XP to 7. Mint Cinnamon looks like Win7 to me. There are distros for Mac switchers, too: they have nice docks on the bottom, where they "should" be. Elementary is another gateway distro. Of course you can change a lot of things to suit your fancy, but it's better to start with something close to what you like.

So, go to distrowatch.com. Go to the Search at the top and click on "beginners" in the search box. There's links on each distro page to reviews and screenshots. Download a couple and give them a spin as a live disk, to see how your hardware works and how you like it.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

We all know people who haven't changed the wallpaper on their XP system because they're afraid to "blow it up". In fact, for some of these people, that is a valid concern.

I pull out my Mint USB stick and tell them that in 15 minutes they can have a new operating system, complete with apps like an office suite, video/audio players, and image editors.
With another 30 seconds, we can find a nice wallpaper, I can show how the menu works and where the files go, and we're good to go.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

I run mainly Linux Mint Cinnamon on machines all older/slower than yours. I do genealogy with the Gramps program. Edit videos with KDenLive, AviDemux, or OpenShot, view with VLC, edit photos with DigiKam, Gimp; edit audio with OcenAudio or Audacity. Mint or Zorin are best for beginners.

You can install any of these apps that aren't included by going to the distro's "app store" and searching, reading the review, and click once to install. None of this going to dodgy shareware sites and getting adware included with your download. Or worse.

Speaking of which: if your Windows machine was hit with a Cryptolocker virus, all your files would be toast. If you keep backups in a Linux format (ext4, btrfs) there's no way they can get infected, even if the virus gets stored with your files. Just sayin'.

I'd stick with Debian based distros; if you want to install stuff, most apps are packaged for Debian first. You'll find a .deb extension on the downloads. Half the distros are Debian based. The biggies are Ubuntu, Zorin, Bodhi, Mint, Lite, Elementary, Deepin; and they're all good for beginners. Go to the distro web site for instructions and introductions, then the forums for more info & resolve problems. If you install Mint or Zorin, look at the Ubuntu info too.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

My point just went woosh over your head. I can install Mint quickly and a user can have a complete operating system with all the apps they're apt to need, and won't have to fool with. They can use the stock wallpaper forever. They don't have to customize anything.

Why would they do that, when XP will run forever? Well, I have a ten year old car, and it does what I need it to do, but doesn't have antilock brakes, a backup camera, tire pressure monitoring, LED running lights, GPS, or mp3 player input. At some point it will be uneconomical, impractical and/or unsafe to drive long distances, so I'm shopping for a new(er) one. I'll probably get one off the lot that has the best mix of features I want, although I could order exactly the features I want and wait for delivery.

XP is fine if you never want new features and never go on the internet, and never buy new hardware. Same with Windows 2000, or 98, or 95. If they serve your needs, fine. I've moved on, and I surf the web (with no antivirus).

If you want a new operating system or PC, you will have to learn it and set it up. If you buy Microsoft, you are stuck with whatever they want you to have. If you are overjoyed with Windows 8 or 10, good for you. But if you try Linux, you have a choice of many different distros, with different desktop "looks" and different purposes. You may want a multimedia server, an educational suite, some odd language, or just something that runs on an old machine. You might like Gnome's icons, KDE's menus, or a tiled window manager. Whatever, just download it, install and go. If you don't want to change the wallpaper, fine. If you want to add more desktops or apps, change themes or colors, have wobbly windows, etc. just do it.

The big difference between Windows and FOSS is important to some people. It's not just "free, as in free beer", it's "free, as in freedom". What's the big deal if the NSA has a back door into your operating system? Well, I have nothing to hide and probably you don't either, but there's a principle involved. Also, I don't like the idea of a proprietary "standard".

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 2 years 4 months ago vandamme

My "new" PC is an eMachine that I got when a buddy of mine died. It's 6+ years old and I edit photos, audio, web pages, and even videos; design 3D architecture, and electronic circuit simulation and schematics. It has 3 GB ram but it never bumps up against the limit. I run 2 or 3 Linux distros just for fun. (It also boots Windows 7, although I haven't updated it or used it in ... maybe 2 years, I don't know.)

The only thing you have to be careful about is the video. I have a 1920x1080 screen and an NVidia video in the computer, and the proprietary NVidia driver gives me fits when it gets updated. If you have a smaller screen it will probably work fine. Best way to find out is try it, you can't lose. Load a couple distros on a flash drive and boot 'em up. Check out how all your hardware works; sound, video, wifi, etc..

I've put a stripped down Debian on a 256 MB laptop that had Windows 2000. PCs that ran XP, I usually try Lubuntu 32 bit. (Note that you have to use the legacy installer, because the "new" installer takes too much memory). Puppy is another good one. There's a bunch listed in Distrowatch on their "search" page, just type in "old computer" in the search.

If you've got a 64 bit PC with a mammoth 2 GB of memory, anything should work. Mint is my usual favorite, Ubuntu MATE second.

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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

Yes: first take 15 minutes to install ZorinOS, Mint, Deepin, or Ubuntu; then install Airtime. Be free of Microsoft.

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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

Sorry, I'm not AirTime tech support. Also, I was just curious and don't need it.

Reading the "automated" instructions, it looks pretty complicated and lengthy but doable. It requires setting up a webserver and feeding your stream into it, so good luck. The forum tells of successful installs in Ubuntu 14.04, a long term release (probably a good idea, since you won't want to fool with it after you get it going).

And yes, I can install my favorite distro, Mint, from a USB stick under fifteen minutes or so, but that doesn't include downloading updates to freshen it up. Nor the weeks of playing with the settings to please my eye; that is never finished.

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Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh 4 years 10 months ago vandamme

TeamViewer is cross-platform and works on Linux. I've also used Remmina. It doesn't have as many features but it's open source.

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Want A Constant Readout Of Who's Connected To Your LAN? 4 years 9 months ago vandamme

Just installed Wi Fi Guard on my Linux Mint 17.1 PC and it works great.

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Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. 4 years 8 months ago vandamme

The Linux version is free, too.

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The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 4 years 7 months ago vandamme

It works on Linux; there's deb and rpm packages. And of course Pidgin does also.

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Easily Send Files From Your Dropbox Via Gmail 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

You need to run Chrome also.

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

I like OcenAudio, which is easy to use yet has a lot of toys and tools. I use it on Linux Mint.

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

Well, it uses 48 MB on Linux Mint 64 bit. If I open up a 45 minute, 495 MB wav file, it takes 331 MB and goes to anywhere instantly.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

Looks like when Windows 7 reaches end of life, I won't dual boot Windows any more, and my switch to Linux will be permanent.

Hasta la Vista, Microsoft.

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All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

What happens when you upgrade to Windows 10? Will it wipe out your whole hard drive, or the Windows 7 or 8 partition with all your data, or just upgrade the operating system?

I have several PCs, all of which dual (or triple) boot Linux, along with (usually seldom used) Windows 7 . Would the upgrade wipe out my Linux partitions, along with my data? If that happened, it would take me an hour or two to reinstall Linux and my data, and get it back to the way I like it. And it sounds like the best action would be to keep 7 until it dies in 2020 (or the PC dies).

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All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

Thanks. I'll probably just reach for my SuperGrubDisk if the time comes to restore grub; it's pulled my dupa out of the fire a few times already.

No DVD playback on Win 10? Yet another reason to run Linux.

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All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

That's a subset of the "Linux includes a whole lot of applications that you don't have to install or update separately" reason to install Linux, at http://www.whylinuxisbetter.net/.

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Watch The World Get DDoSed In Real Time 4 years 5 months ago vandamme

Try again. I had no problem on FF 38.0.5, Windows7

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Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 5 months ago vandamme

When I compare free Windows to free Linux....Linux wins. (Mint is my current favorite.)

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Introducing Fiddler 4 4 years 4 months ago vandamme

Supposedly it works on Linux, using Mono instead of Net. Haven't tried.

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Free Program To Create Bootable USB Pen Drive 4 years 4 months ago vandamme

"...or whatever"?? You can use this to download Linux! This might be a better alternative to UNetbootin.

Have a look at the bottom of their page for the ISOs it works on.

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Your PC May Have Been Uploading Windows 10 to Others without You Knowing It 4 years 4 months ago vandamme

That's funny. Microsoft already got you as a beta tester for 10, now they have you as a distributor. I only think it's funny because I don't use it.
I torrent Linux distros, but I have to opt in, of course. It's the least I can do to help spread Linux. The problem is that I have cable internet, and the upload is a tenth the speed of the download.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 3 years 7 months ago vandamme

"One Weird trick" to solve all Windows problems: don't use it!

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This Online Web Page Creator Is Looking Promising 4 years 3 months ago vandamme

One "project" is free forever. The upgrade subscriptions seem reasonably priced for a business.

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This Online Web Page Creator Is Looking Promising 11 months 1 week ago vandamme

UPDATE 1/2/2019: Sketchbuilder.com is now a parked domain, and sketchbuilder is nowhere to be found.

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Grab This $24 Music Software Package For Free 4 years 3 months ago vandamme

Couldn't get it to run under Wine/Mint. Thanks anyway; it looks very similar to MuseScore, which is free and open source, and was recently updated.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago vandamme

Hasta la Vista, Microsoft! Gizmo has the answer right here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/moving-windows-linux-right-choice-you.htm

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago vandamme

You forgot the NSA back doors. I'm an American, and have nothing to hide. But I still run an open source operating system, not Windows or Apple. Bonus: it's better.

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It Rhymes With Oink And Could Just Make You Famous 4 years 2 months ago vandamme

Runs on Linux, and it is in many distro repositories.

SETI is a waste of time, but there are lots more that are actually useful.

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It Rhymes With Oink And Could Just Make You Famous 4 years 2 months ago vandamme

".... there are lots more that are actually useful." And that's why SETI is a waste of time. However, if it gets people interested in science, gets them to install BOINC, then that's good.

Most people have no idea how lonely and empty the universe is. They've seen too many star trek/star wars movies. What have we done to broadcast ourselves? We've only spent 100 years transmitting at higher power levels and now we're starting to tone it down and transmit information to where it needs to go. That is a very small part of the history of the universe; we may have missed other civilizations by a million years or a billion. Another problem is that unless we figure out "warp drive", there's no way to get there or even converse unless they're very close.

So why try? Perhaps some people think that finding extraterrestrial life will prove the Judaeo-Christian bible is erroneous somehow. It wouldn't, but would invalidate some fundamentalist interpretations.

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It Rhymes With Oink And Could Just Make You Famous 4 years 2 months ago vandamme

Well, on Earth we are special. We belong in Heaven. Whether we'll find other creatures there, we don't know.
"In my Father’s house are many dwelling-places” John 14:2.

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An Amazingly Addictive Browser-Based Game 4 years 2 months ago vandamme

Doesn't work for me. I get a black screen; the music works and I can click on stuff on the screen but can't see anything. Same with the card game.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

Try Linux on your "old" PC. You might not want to get a new one.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

Your geek buddies are all in cyberspace. The place to start is http://www.techsupportalert.com/linux where you'll find "How to Replace XP with Linux" which is kind of dated but still good tips, and "Using Windows 7 and Linux on the same computer" which tells about dual booting. Plus one that helps you decide which distro to try first. The best Linux intro article is "Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You?"
(http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/moving-windows-linux-right-choice-you.htm)
which is really hard to find!

There's a lot of tutorials on YouTube which show you how to install different distros.

Places like linuxquestions.org and the forums for the distro you've installed are good for resolving problems. ubuntuforums.org is also the mother lode for other Debian based distros like Elementary, Zorin, and Mint. Forums are good if you need to converse back and forth with the neckbeards. Just about every problem I've had has been addressed and solved before, so you just need to search for the right thing. I see people asking questions on Quora or Yahoo answers but you can't get a conversation going that way.

Don't buy books. They are obsolete, take up space, and cost money. I'm 68, and my tired brain has figured out some things, but mostly I look on the net.

Just try it (run off a flash drive until you get the feel of it) and you'll see that the learning curve is not like when you first started using a computer. You already know how to do that.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

Wifi dongles are a big sticking point for Linux. Most just plug in and work (check mfrs. website for compatibility). The driver is part of the Linux kernel.
The others, sometimes you can install Windows XP drivers using a package called ndiswrapper. Best to search forums at your Linux distro or your dongle maker.

All my PCs were Windows machines and now dual boot. Over the years I've reduced the Windows partitions to the bare minimum... just in case I need it or sell it. Hey, I paid for it. Mostly I run Mint because it looks like a clean version of XP.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

I also have CRS Syndrome, which means Can't Remember Stuff. I don't do well remembering long commands and their switches and syntax.
Linux has a GUI for just about anything you want to do, but it also has terminal commands to do the same thing, but usually more powerful and faster. I can type "sudo apt-get install" faster than I can open up a software chooser program and find the app I want, but if I don't remember the name I have to use that app store. I can click the "windows" button and type in a program name and it loads right up, but if I forget the name I have to rummage through the menus to find it. That's why I like Mint; it has a menu tree like XP or Windows 7, but is much better organized without all the useless extra stuff.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Colorful Autumn Leaves 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

I have a lawn full of those, and they're maple leaves, not oak. That's what is on the Canadian flag.

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 3 years 8 months ago vandamme

On Ubuntu, it's in the System Settings --> Connectivity.
On Linux Mint, System Settings --> Networking.

No extra software required.

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Full-Featured Desktop Publishing. Free And Open-Source. 4 years 3 weeks ago vandamme

Scribus runs great on Linux, and is included in some distros and just about all distro repositories.

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 4 years 2 weeks ago vandamme

I wish they had put these fonts all in one folder instead of each one in its individual folder. But hey, free.

Fonts are one of my weaknesses, and after getting these 30 free ones I went through and uninstalled a few ....dozen....that I'll never use again. They take up time and HDD space.

And it also bears mentioning that of course these fonts also work in Linux.

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Coming Soon To Windows 10: Find My Device 4 years 1 week ago vandamme

And anybody who steals your laptop would not think of turning this feature off.

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A Brilliant New Way to Create and Share Your Presentations, Fast and Easy 4 years 1 week ago vandamme

I wonder how much it cost them to come up with the name. First thought I had was "swayback nag". I uploaded a 5 MB powerpoint, but then it hung halfway through Swaying (Swayifying?). A different PDF worked but looked pretty nasty. But thanks for trying, Microsoft.

Funny thing, they have a nicely done tutorial; they put it on Google's YouTube.

I might try again, using the web to Sway(tm) a presentation written in LibreOffice. Topic: "Why Linux is better than Windows."

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Best-Known Network Diagnostic Tool Gets Major Version Update 4 years 1 week ago vandamme

The GUI version for Linux is called zenmap. Real nerds will of course want the command line version (nmap), but that leaves me out because I'm a grandpa. And I run Linux, because I don't have time to maintain Windows.

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 3 years 11 months ago vandamme

Copy is another Dropbox clone. I have almost a terabyte there, free due to referrals. Both have Linux file manager integration, very nice.

My big problem is uploading speed on my cable internet. Keeping backups on an internal HDD is a lot easier and faster.

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187,000 Free Hi-Res Images To Use As You Wish 3 years 11 months ago vandamme

I downloaded humungous sized ones for free. You can order prints though.

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187,000 Free Hi-Res Images To Use As You Wish 3 years 10 months ago vandamme

OK, you go to "visualize the public collection" (http://publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization/) and it should load (finally) a huge thumbnail of all the thousands of scans. You can sort by genre, collection, or color. Pick one and you get a bigger thumbnail, all the info on it, and several resolution download selections. The "all download options" might have 6 different sizes. "Larger" is 2560 pixels, plenty big for me even after zooming in, and it's 6 or 8 megabytes.

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Fancy A New Windows Start Menu For Free? 3 years 9 months ago vandamme

I'm currently running the KDE desktop, and kinda like it. It's also available on Windows.

Some other Linux desktops also have versions for Windows, I'm told.

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 years 8 months ago vandamme

Photoshop and Nik are way overkill for us weekend shutterbugs. Plus, Adobe refuses to port Photoshop to Linux.
Digikam is the free alternative. You can also do a lot of stuff in Gimp.

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Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 3 years 8 months ago vandamme

Yeah, I don't like da funk either.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 3 years 8 months ago vandamme

A close second is NOT running Windows.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 8 months ago vandamme

Looks like Gnome 3 desktop on Linux. Not too many people like it, but to each their own.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 3 years 7 months ago vandamme

Zorin 11 came out on Feb. 3, and it's based on the old Ubuntu LTS (has Linux kernel 4.2.0). Okay, that won't mean much for noobs, but it does lag quite a bit, even more than Mint. It's pretty, and does look like Windows (or Mac, if that's how you roll) but there are more cutting edge beginner distros, like Ubuntu MATE. I put it on my dad's PC (he's 94); it works like a charm. Things are easier to find in a menu, so you don't have to clutter up your desktop with shortcuts.

It's #11 on the distrowatch list, so it's pretty popular.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 3 years 7 months ago vandamme

I've used CCleaner for years and never had a problem. Just remember that when you get rid of all your cookies and thumbnails that you'll slow your system down as it rebuilds all that stuff. It's like throwing out the contents of your refrigerator - sometimes it's so bad it all has to go, but then you have to replenish it.

I see that there's a Mac version. Same idea, but no registry to worry about. No Linux version, but Bleachbit works great for that. I just ran it, and deleted a GB on my Kubuntu system, of older system files, logs, language packs. It didn't run any faster, but without a registry to get mucked up, Linux and Mac don't bog down unless you fill up the hard drive.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Released 3 years 7 months ago vandamme

I have no problems with Ubuntu Unity, but trying Ubuntu MATE, it looks like it's more noob friendly. I think I could recommend it to any Windows user and they'd get to know it easily. Kubuntu is a nice alternative if you like that look.

But wait a month or two. Cosmetic stuff I don't even notice, but some bugs need to be sorted out. Kind of like buying a car the first month they come out. Of course I don't mind helping out by getting the new version and torturing it. But I can always boot into Mint 17.3 when all else fails. The new Mint won't be out until June, after Ubuntu gets cleaned up for them.

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Turn Your PC Into A Music Studio, Complete With Instruments 3 years 6 months ago vandamme

You can thank Linux for this software. LMMS started as Linux MultiMedia Studio.

Don't be amazed that it's open source, powerful, free, and malware-free; Linux software is like that.

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Free Driver Lets You Print From Any Program to a PDF File 3 years 6 months ago vandamme

You can open, edit, and print PDF files in LibreOffice. Then export back to PDF if need be.

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A Video Studio In Your Browser. For Free. 3 years 6 months ago vandamme

It will take me an hour just to read the Terms and Conditions, and translate from Lawyerese to English.

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A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 3 years 5 months ago vandamme

Proprietary, and Facebook. Two strikes.

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Create Amazing Effects By Removing Colours From Your Images 3 years 4 months ago vandamme

Photo B&C is 30 day shareware.

I'm thinking there must be a way of doing the same thing in Gimp. The G'Mic filter set has a selective desaturation that I think does it.

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Finds of the Week: 100+ Alternative Search Engines, Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, Windows 10 Rollback Utility, 5 Free Route Planning Sites 3 years 3 months ago vandamme

I like that none are Google, because they know too much about me already.

On my phone, I use Here maps because I can use it offline. I downloaded maps for Europe and used them without using expensive wireless data.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 3 years 3 months ago vandamme

I've used both f.lux and redshift on my Linux PCs and laptop to adjust the color temperature in the daytime, which I find too bluish usually.

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You Can Get This $24 Music Notation Software For Free If You're Quick 3 years 3 months ago vandamme

MuseScore. Runs on Linux.

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Photo Stitching Software Is Completely Free 3 years 2 months ago vandamme

I've used Hugin and it's got a lot of tweaks and adjustments (corrects for lens distortion, color balance, vignetting, HDR mismatch). It's the only open source free-standing stitching app, and is cross-platform (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac, Windows).

I also used the Pandora plugin for Gimp. But it doesn't do vertical stitching, so for a vertical pan of a cathedral in France I turned the pictures 90 degrees then stitched them. I've had to do some manual matching as it's tough to see where lines match up on ornate architecture.

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