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Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 3 years 5 months ago Paula Dawn

I'm using RocketDock on Windows 10 Pro. Have also used it on Windows 8.0, 8.1 & Windows 10 Home without any compatibility problems. Did you update to the last published version 1.3.5?

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Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 3 years 5 months ago fudgeman

Good Call. I do the same. One for work, bills, photos, rarely used shortcuts, music and misc. Not sure I see the advantage of using a third party program to do that. I used to use Fences which I loved but once I moved to this new puter, I just wanted to keep things as uncomplicated as possible in order to keep windows from being finicky etc.

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Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 3 years 5 months ago Australia

RocketDock works on my Windows 7 64bit system
It is mainly useful for opening programs and folders via File Manager
I set it up to dock on the right side of the screen, and to Autohide so it doesnt obscure the screen
I also turned off the fancy animations, as they arent helpful for me
It uses 25MB of memory

Advantages: As stated, launcher for programs and folders. Nicer design than sTabLauncher, looks like Apple OS
Disadvantage: Lets you launch an internet browser, eg Firefox, but does not let you open with a specific webpage address

sTabLauncher allows you to open an internet browser, and to specify the webpage opened, eg a news website
RocketDock uses less memory, but because it doesnt launch a browser and a specific website, its less versatile, but is still a great simple and elegant launcher, and I use it now for basic utilities. I use sTabLauncher as a launcher too, including to quickly launch Firefox, opening on specified websites

Both launchers are great, for different reasons

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Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 3 years 5 months ago Australia

Its excellent you have found what works for you, and thats all that matters

For me, on an average day, I use around 25 programs.
Having all these programs as shortcuts in a folder or folders is not a good option for me, as the programs are displayed alphabetically which doesnt suit me, and I dont want to be clicking through the different folders
I like a visual launcher, which groups similar programs together, eg Office programs in one group, internet related programs in another group,

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 1 month ago Geekomatic

How large are these "snapshots"? Keeping seven backups would have to be quite a lot of space if it's essentially an image? Does it slow down even higher-end PC's?

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 4 weeks ago kendall.a

For those of you using SSD's as your main c drive, I would think twice before using this product.

For details and an explanation of why, please see:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/is-rollback-rx-safe-on-ssd.376826/

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/rollback-rx-v10-x-home-profession...

 

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 4 weeks ago jnewmarch

I have had a most unfortunate experience with this product. There was not enough space on the drive for a snapshot and the drive was corrupted. CHKDSK was triggered and tried valiantly to recover. On reboot after recovery I got the blue screen of death. Fortunately I had a recent image back up. I would recommend caution using this product if your don't have some such backup.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago bernardz

It could have been a hardware error. As a rule, never run chkdsk before doing a reboot. Sometimes what happens is a controller has a faulty moment, the chkdsk if allowed to run can then cause this error.

Having sad this, I tried installing this program, and it failed. When I asked them why? They brushed me off saying they do not know and did not seem to care. If that is their attitude, I do not want their program.

 

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago GreenWyvern

It's not clear exactly what these snapshots consist of, and how large they are.

I use RegBak to automatically back up my registry every morning. 95% percent of the time when something 'weird' happens, restoring the registry will fix it. For the other 5%, I've got disk images, and daily backups of important files I'm working on.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago tonyl42

After using a previous Giveaway version, my laptop would not boot. I contacted Horizon, but got no reply. Be warned!

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago software_user

does anyone really expect rob to actually try these programs vs just reading the supplied information to keep some from bricking their computer?
surely not.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago JPB4

I concur, this appears to be an imaging program through a different set of glasses. I will stick with Macrium Reflect for imaging (which has a free version and drive mounting), Windows 8.1 System Restore and File History. I also use FreeFileSync portable between computers (as yet another backup). Might I add, Macrium Reflect has been solid and reliable on Win XP, 7 and 8.1; and I have no doubt will run fine on 10.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago Robert Daniel

Well, it took me several hours to recover after it lobotomized my UEFI and other boot files and associated partition files. Macrium Reflect finally bailed me out.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago KurtisHDS

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys here. I'm sorry to hear that, if you'd like you can email me regarding this ticket and I can look into it if you still have your Ticket ID.

Cheers,

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago KurtisHDS

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys here.Your largest snapshot will always be your installation snapshot, as it's capturing the whole system into that snapshot. When you create a different snapshot, it will vary in size depending on the changes made to the computer. Some snapshots will inevitably be bigger as they are post-disk defragmenting.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago KurtisHDS

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys here. I'm sorry to hear that, you're welcome to submit a ticket with log files and our Sr. Technicians can look into this issue for you.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago KurtisHDS

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys. It's not quite imaging software. It doesn't create an image file. It's unique in that it takes a snapshot of your system and stores it on the sector level of the C: drive. So you would still want to use a disk imager.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago KurtisHDS

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys. Generally the snapshots should take up 10% of your hard drive. With the Home Edition I may even estimate that it could be less than that. It's not quite an image file. First snapshot (Installation) is your base snapshot, that's your entire system. Every snapshot afterwards is being measured by changes. So if all you do is add a notepad document or two it would be pretty small, but running disk derangement and uninstalling a lot of programs would be substantial change.

It shouldn't slow down your PC, if it ever does you could submit a ticket with us and our Tech's can look into it and see what we can do to speed things up :)

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago KurtisHDS

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys. While I respect your wanting to educate people, we are still evaluating the SSD issue. As it stands now, you can install RollBack Rx on an SSD, it's the Trim function that may cause an issue. Even then, it's not conclusive either way.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago KurtisHDS

Kurtis from Horizon Data Sys. This is entirely possible, we would need to look at the log files to find a conclusive answer.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago GreenWyvern

"Stores it on the sector level of the C: drive" ???

All the files on a hard drive are stored in disk sectors. That statement is meaningless. You should realize that many of the people here are tech experts, and you can't baffle them with meaningless jargon. Attempting to do so shows bad faith, and something to hide.

Personally I would never use any software from a company which is afraid to explain exactly what their system does.

Not to mention all the comments here by people who say they've had bad experiences with it, and no help from support.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago KurtisHDS

I wasn't doubting anybody's tech knowledge, rather I was making the differentiation between imaging software (which you can the image file put on a USB device, network drive, etc) and our snapshot software. Perhaps you jumped the gun on judging me ;)

I have no problem explaining what the software does. It's snapshot software, so the program itself exists in the pre-OS partition (MBR or GPT Partition) and is the first program that your computer boots into, even before Windows. You can take a snapshot of your system, and those snapshots are taking a system-wide capture of your system. It then stores those on the sector level of the hard drive. Again, quite different than imaging software ;)

If people have bad experiences with Support they should mention it to me in private and I'll look into it. We expect a high level of quality from all of our teams, including Tech Support. So if someone has an issue they should mention it with me and I can rectify the situation.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago GreenWyvern

Well, that settles it. I really, REALLY don't like software that messes with my disk drive's MBR - especially when it doesn't explain that on the website.

Your description of a what a 'snapshot' actually consists of is still as vague and meaningless as ever.

And your attempts at damage control on this site show an incompetent level of product support, and no connection with users.

There is absolutely no way I would ever download this product, or advise anyone to use it.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 weeks ago Larry416

"We don’t want people to be left out to dry,” Patel said."

Or is it because Rollback Rx is not compatible with Win 10, which everybody will soon be using, Win 7 and 8 will be useless as a viable revenue source after 29 July therefore might as well make it free to flaunt it now while you can. If true, and when it is compatible with Win 10, then we can assume people will once again be "left out to dry".

Doesn't matter, I will l buy this product if have to because it is damn good product.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 2 weeks ago Gildawie

I installed Rollback RX to try it out soon after reading the June 12 article.
Rollback ATE the free space on my C: drive! From 114GB free space out of 234GB, over a few days after installing it dropped to about 3GB.
I could not regain any free space by deleting files - in fact the free space dropped to 2.05GB before I realized that Rollback was the culprit.
The original "snapshot" was reported by Rollback as 196GB (greater than the total used space) and 4 subsequent snapshots averaged around 10.5 GB each for a total of close to 250GB (this on a 234GB volume?)
BTW that's well over the 10% estimated by the Rollback representative in an earlier post.
It took an uninstall and two reboots before getting back to normal. Good idea, perhaps, but it's not worth the waste of space.

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Time To Change Your Dropbox Password 3 years 10 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Personally, I got rid of "Dropbox" a long time ago, for the same reasons I ditched "facebook". But the main reason I came in here is to comment on "Rob's" contributions to what was once known as "Support Alert", now known as "Gizmo's Freeware" which is misleading because it is so much more than that.

I came in here to read "Rob's" article and after reading it the first thing I noticed is some nit wit's "one rating" of the article. I mean com'on; his articles at least rate a "three" for the time and effort he puts into them, and in many cases the research that goes into them before he writes them. Have I seen anyone else contributing? NO! But, time after time I come in here to see someone giving his articles the thumbs down.

I've found most of his articles informative, even if I'm not really interested in the program or topic he's writing about. I believe his effort deserves at least a three to start with. As for this article I believe we all need to be reminded from time to time about our passwords. And "Passwords" are something that do concern a large cross section of all the people who read these articles. While other articles may not be something that interests everyone that's no reason for a low rating. I think many of us lose track of what the rating system is for, not only here,. but across the NET.

If I wasn't a caretaker of handicapped/disabled, which consumes large chunks of my time, honestly just about all of my time, I'd be in here writing about different subjects of my limited knowledge so someone could give me a "one" rating. I'm sure my comment will get low ratings. Oh well. . . . . .

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Time To Change Your Dropbox Password 3 years 10 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately all sites that allow comments attract their fair share of trolls and ignorami. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Time To Change Your Dropbox Password 3 years 10 months ago Bywater

Hear, hear! Rob's posts are excellent and greatly appreciated.

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Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To 5 years 9 months ago David Roper

Awesome article. I needed that.

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Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To 5 years 9 months ago txeng

Hi,
Great idea to publish this article. I'm sure that many folks like myself forgot all these permissions. Now we realize what's going.
Thanks, DM

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Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To 5 years 8 months ago Schmum

Great article. I checked mine and found I had a whole lot of things I had completely forgotten about. Deleted a bunch. Thanks!

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Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To 5 years 8 months ago keithclove

Here's the web site I use that pulls a lot of them together:

http://mypermissions.org/

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Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To 5 years 8 months ago subscriptionsformpb

WordPress either free or hosted is pretty good at showing you what has permission from elsewhere.

LinkedIn app is one of the worst. It doesn't need permission once installed on your phone or tablet to start telling you to connect to your long-dead grandmother.

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/15556/how-did-linkedin-get-my-ad...

Any suggestions for sneaky connections?

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago kevincz

could not find the download link on the site.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago roykotalo

No download link on the page. i hit all there was to hit no download. ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy

Under "Table of Content" on the left side of the page is a link "Download UBCD". On this page you can choose how to download. The torrent option is preferred. MC - Site Manager.
http://imgur.com/a/SiGQZ
http://i.imgur.com/TZzELHR.png

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago vandamme

Rescatux is another good one. It's a much smaller download, but fewer utilities. I use it to diagnose hard drives and memory, and erase Windows passwords, but mainly to get back my grub. Search for supergrubdisk

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago classicggma65

If you look at page there's a red box on left side...Table of Contents...scroll down and there are a couple of download choices. I chose Download UBCD (think those were initials). Click that and you'll be taken to page with a lot of download choices, including the one you want.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago papavonschoen

This site sucks big time!

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago James Cuthbert

Downloaded no problem thanks for the reminder

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago swreynolds

What an awful pain navigating different download mirrors to actually find the iso! Even the Stalwart Major Geeks was unusable.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago Anupam

And why is that?

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago Olan Umezaki

There is confusion trying to figure out how to download because there are so many ads on the page that are distracting, and lead you off to some gnarly sites that make you want to run all your malware scans. As mentioned above by Midnight Cowboy, the 'Download UBCD" in the PINK table of content box takes you where you need to go. Scroll down on that page to the table of mirror sites, and pick one.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago suruha

Aside from the download location, has anyone used it yet? There is where my curiosity lies.
Thank you!

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago AJNorth

Alternatively, one can find a safe and unambiguous download of whatever the current version at either Softpedia - http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Ultimate-Boot-CD.shtml or MajorGeeks - http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/ultimate_boot_cd_(ubcd).html .

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago dsl225

I downloaded twice from 2 different locations but I always get a Chinese version...
How to get the English one?

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago papavonschoen

The red box download link doesn't go anywhere. Too many ads to contend with. This seems to be a big pain.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Works fine for me. A browser's ability to navigate links (in Windows at any rate) is dependent on how you have it configured, what add-ons might be installed, what third party security software you have, and how those are configured. MC - Site Manager. view
Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago Anupam

If you don't want to see ads, please download an adblocker extension for your browse. AdBlock Plus, and ublock origin are two really good ones. It's a must nowadays.

As for the download page, here it is:

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

When you scroll down the page, you will see two choices from where you can download the ISO. One is P2P, which is for downloading via torrent, and for that a magnet link is provided. Rather than the suggestion provided there of utorrent, I will suggest Tixati, which is clean and free.

Second option is of Mirror Sites, from where, you can download the ISO normally. Remember to click on the first column of the table, which contains "iso", with an icon of download, which should start the download from any of the sites.

Edit: I have added the above information to the article, for convenience of others. I hope Robert is fine with it.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago Prof. Jewell

Is it appropriate to ask here which one of these sorts of programs is the best one that will go on a USB stick. I'm running into a lot of computers today that do not have optical drives.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago Jojo Yee

Ultimate Boot CD also supports creating a bootable UBCD memory stick Prof. Jewell. Check out "Making UBCD memory stick" on this page: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/customize.html

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago Prof. Jewell

Thank you. One should also be aware of this note from their website though:

"Note that booting a USB memory stick requires BIOS support and is only available on newer machines. You can also expect to encounter more compatibility issues compared to booting from a CD, and *some tools may not work properly when run from a USB memory disk*."
(emphasis mine)

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago Remah

It has been more than ten years since USB memory sticks first became bootable. So in the unlikely event that your computer is so old or simple that it doesn't have BIOS support for booting from a USB memory stick then there are free programs to help provided you have a bootable removable drive like an optical drive (CD/DVD/BD) or floppy disk.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16822/boot-from-a-usb-drive-even-if-your-bios-wont-let-you/

 

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 3 years 7 months ago Joe A.TT

Forgive me for saying so, but I believe you are being overly anticipatory and cautious. Why don't you go ahead and boot UBCD from a USB drive and proceed from there? No harm would come from it. If you encounter any problems then we will deal with it from there.

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TinyResMeter 3 years 2 months ago Australia

The TinyResMeter homepage does not allow you to download the latest version without providing an email address
So use another source, for example:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/TinyResMeter.shtml#download

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 10 and 11] 6 years 7 months ago xtreme

hi.. how to edit Launch Application... I want to remove applications...Linux Mint 16...

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71357032/launch.png

tks !!!

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 4 months ago kasg

Hi, I was editing the image on the Menu button as per your instructions, but accidentally changed the image to a big one. Now I seem to have lost the Menu button and consequently can't really use my computer! How can I change it back? (There is no Menu button to right click on and simply change the image back)
Help!

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 4 months ago Jojoyee @kasg, the Cinnamon Settings Menu is also accessible from the panel. Try the steps below: 1. Right click an empty spot on the panel 2. Click Settings 3. Select Menu, then change the Menu icon as you wish. Hope this is of help. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Peter56

Set a Fully Transparent Panel

For Linux Mint 14

Press Alt-2, type gksu gedit and press Enter.

questions: what is Alt-2 ? It's not Alt F2, is it??

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Jojoyee You're spot on Peter56. It's Alt-F2 and now fixed. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Peter56

Jojoyee, thank you for this confirmation.
I am an absolute beginner to Mint 14 Cinnamon, but I got hooked on it and learn all the time.
I bought my installation disc and installed it (apparently fine because it is working!).
To change the transparency of the panels followed the instruction:
1.Press Alt-F2, type gksu gedit and press Enter.
then there is a blank "untitled document 1 - gedit" page (without aby files that I could select). Is it possible that ther is no "Theme" on my system ("Cinnamon settings") and I need to download it? How can I check if I have one of the "Themes" installed?
Thank you for your help!

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Jojoyee After the step 1 running gedit which gets you a blank document, you will need to click File > Open, then browse to the folder under "File System" as indicated in Step 2 to open the css file. Mint 14 Cinnamon has several pre-installed themes you can activate. See Customize a Theme in this article. Hope this is of help. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Peter56

Thank you for the advice. I have modified the css file by entering line:
background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.35)

The relevant copy of the css file is, as below:

* Panel (panel.js)
* ==============================================================*/
#panel {
background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.35)
background-gradient-start: #232224;
background-gradient-end: #161617;
background-gradient-direction: vertical;
font-weight: bold;
color: #fff;
font-size: 8pt;
height: 25px;

then I saved it, next returned to the "themes", chose another one and then chose/returned to Jelly Beans again; unfortunately the panels remained unchanged, i.e. not semi-transparent but opaque.
Just wondering where I made a mistake?

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Jojoyee Try this: #panel { background-gradient-start: #232224; background-gradient-end: #161617; background-gradient-direction: vertical; font-weight: bold; color: #fff; font-size: 8pt; height: 25px; background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.35); } p.s. 1. Take note that a semi-colon is needed at the end of each line. 2. Avoid adding background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.35); to the first line as unfortunately it didn't work when tested. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Peter56

Hi Jojoyee.

1. Thank you for the clue. I have copied & pasted the code into the css. Below is the copy taken from the css itself (I couldn't notice any errors there myself).
I saved it, switched Jelly B. to something else, close the "Theme" menu, opened it again, changed the theme back to Jelly B. and restarted computer (not sure if this is actually needed...).
Unfortunately, the panels are the same..., no change.

The new copy of css file:

............

#panel {
background-gradient-start: #232224;
background-gradient-end: #161617;
background-gradient-direction: vertical;
font-weight: bold;
color: #fff;
font-size: 8pt;
height: 25px;
background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.35);
}

...........

So I am not sure where I went wrong with altering the code.

2. I have a HD and CD drives which I use from WIN XP side of my PC. I can access the files on CD drive & HD from Linux end as well; however, I need to open them as root. I can read the files, edit them, and save on the HD or in a folder which is in root folder/directory.

Is there a way to save/copy/export them to the Owner directory on Linux? This would mean I could access them as easily as the other common files/documents. The files are usually in word or pdf format; sometimes mp3. Is "Create an Advanced File Manager" the section to read & apply?

Thank you for your help!!

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Jojoyee Recheck if you've edited the file in the right folder /usr/share/themes/Jelly Bean/cinnamon/cinnamon.css or /usr/share/cinnamon/theme/cinnamon.css. If everything goes well but still with no transparency, it might be that your display driver doesn't support it. Advance File Manager in this article refers to running the default file manager Nautilus or Nemo with superuser's right. See File Permissions for more details or keep it for future reference. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Peter56

Hello Jojoyee.

Thank you for your support!

1.After all the checks that I have done it appears that my display driver doesn't support transparent displays (as you suggested). This must be due the driver installed on the "WIN XP" side of my PC, I assume, so it maybe difficult to find a free update and I don't want to spend money on it. The PC is about 8 years old...

2.You helped me a lot for the advice about Nautilus. I followed the intruction given on this page and now I have full access to files on my WIN XP partitions, can transfer them to the LINUX partirions, work on them, send them via e-mail, etc. This means I can start the process of migration, so that to work from the LINUX end of the PC. I really appreciate its speed and reliablity!

3.I will need some help with installing drivers for my Epson LQ-570+ dot-matrix printer, if you can help me with this. It isn't recognised automatically by the Mint. What is the easiest way to install drivers for it?

Thank you for your great help which is most appreciated!!

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Jojoyee You're welcome Peter56. Unfortunately I don't see Epson LQ-570+ has a printer driver for Linux. I usually go for an HP printer as quite a number of its models have good driver support for Linux. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Peter56

1. Yes, Jojoyee - I couldn't find any proprietary Epson LQ 570+ driver for Linux, either. I tried CUPS, but there is an odd thing happening with this option. When I downloaded ppd file from CUPS, and installed it on my PC - the printer prints nonsense. However, when I install CUPS from within Puppy Linux (on the same PC) - it works OK.

2. Re transparent panels: I nstalled Mint 14 on another PC that I have at home. After installation I could select various "Themes" from the available list (e.g."Nighlife Graphite"), but the next day all these options no longer worked. Instead there was a kind of generic (I guess) panel - white & opaque. It doesn't change when a different "Theme" is selected.

3. I have a number of documents (Word, pdf formats) in my Windows' partition (directory ?). I can reach them via Nautilis [ctr alt n] option, can open them and save them in Linux part of the PC. This takes a bit of time, unfortunately. I tried to drag these files (i.e. their icons) to the desktop of Linux (or directly onto the text of my email written on Thunderbird editor), however the method didn't work. I got the following message:

"....There was an error copying the file into /home/owner/Desktop. Error opening file: Permission denied...."

How to get this permission to successfully drag a file from root directory to desktop or (preferably an e-mail text box) ??

Thank you in advance for your advice!!

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 3 months ago Jojoyee CUPS doesn't support my HP printer well either when tested. I don't own an Epson printer so can't test it out. Regarding the transparent panel, occasionally it does have some glitches in some logged-in sessions that I experienced. On point 3, browse to the Desktop folder in your file browser, then right-click the Desktop item on the toolbar and select "Properties" from the context menu, click the "Permissions" tab, check if the "Folder access" allows for "Create and delete files". Hope this helps. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Peter56

Thanks Jojoyee.
This is what I have done: selected Home --> selected Desktop --> selected Desktop box (in the top bar) + right click --> left click on Properties --> permissions --> selected "Folder access" allows for "Create and delete files" --> apply permissions to enclosed files.

Then I entered [ctr alt n], entered my password and found a pdf
document in the windows xp directory; left click to drag it to linux desktop screen, but the file didn't get there (the message says:Error while copying "AQA-BYA1-W-MS-JAN01.pdf" There was an error copying the file into /home/owner/Desktop ; Error opening file: Permission denied).
Am I on the right track?

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Jojoyee Sorry Peter56, I've not made it specific enough. We have two Desktop folders here. When you use Advance File Manager, the Desktop comes under /root/Desktop, while the desktop you're working on is under /home/owner/Desktop. When you use Advance File Manager, click 'File System', then browse to /home/owner/Desktop, and change its permissions in Properties. Or rather, just use the default file manager, browse to the Desktop folder and change its folder permissions. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Peter56

Hi Jojoyee,
Thank you for the advice. I entered [ctr alt n] to get to the Advanced File Manager -> File System-> checked that permissions in Properties were changed to Create & Delete Files.Then (when still in AFM directory) I opened a folder with some pdf files (stored on a memory stick plugged to a usb hub accessible from Windows xp side) and used left button of the mouse to drag and to drop them into an email page opened in Thunderbird editor. However, the file did not appear as attached; there was no error message (telling me that I don't have privilages, etc). When I drag & drop a file from within Mint directory (e.g. Documents) it will show up in the box of the email's attachments. I wonder were the dragged file actually "lands" when I drag it. I couldn't find it. Maybe it doesn't "land" anywhere?

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Jojoyee The Advanced File Manager is for use only when you need to make changes to the system files and folders restricted to the root user. Otherwise I think it's good enough to use the default file manager which makes file copy-and-paste easier and more straightforward. That said, I've tried to drag files to Thunderbird from any partition or USB drive folders with no issue so long as the files can be displayed from either file manager. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Peter56

Hi Jojoyee,
Thank you for your help.
What would you advice in the following situation:
PC has two hard discs, one for Win XP, one for Mint.
There are some files on the Win XP partition, but I prefer to work from Mint partition. (1)Should I transfer all the files from Win XP to Mint partition and send them as attachments from there? or (2)is there an easy way of attaching the files to thunderbird directly from Win XP partition, without moving them to Mint partition?

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Jojoyee Hi Peter56, I don't see that it's necessary to move files from one partition to another as your Mint system should be able to access the Windows partition but each user has his/her own preference. One thing to note though that the files saved in journaling file system such as ext4 used in Linux may not be accessible, without supporting tools, from Windows which uses NTFS file system. In my case, I use only one internal hard disk with multiple partitions for a PC. For personal documents I always like to store them in a separate partition labelled as Data Disk formatted in NTFS file system, accessible from either Linux or Windows. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Peter56

Yes, Jojoyee, the system works fine and I can access any partition, send e-mails, etc. easily and more quickly than before.

I tend to use GNOME destop; I have an impression it's fater and easier to navigate. When I switch GNOME over to Cinnamon, it becomes very slow, the CPU is working at 98-100% for no (?) apparent reason, as if there was an internal conflict which the system is trying to resolve devoting all CPU resources to the issue. What might it be?

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Jojoyee @Peter56, check which process takes up the CPU usage by going to Menu > System Tools > System Monitor > Processes. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Ratzo hi Jojoyee , an excellent article. Is it possible that you would write simple instructions on manual installs ie separate partions ? view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Jojoyee Thanks Ratzo for your kind words. Installing a Linux system on a separate partition can be quite straighforward following the setup guide but at times it can be complicated as it relates to dual booting and depends on which system you've already preinstalled. Here're some good resources for reference: The Definitive Dual Booting Guide Dual booting - Windows & Linux view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Peter56

I have taken some screenshots - it appears that it is cinnamon that absorbs CPU most (upto 100% at times).

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 7 years 1 month ago dollyp

Using Mint 14 Cinnamon for a couple of months now. The system has stopped automounting USB drives/sticks. I don't know why or what changed but how do I now turn the automounting back on? Checking on USB sticks in the Disks app's 'Edit Mount Options' shows that automounting is switched on.

Regards
David

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 6 years 9 months ago ratul13

Sir, I want to remove the quit/shutdown button from menu. Please advise.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 6 years 7 months ago danielson

Hope to see this updated for Petra 16!

How can i change top window (not the panel) to be transparent?
I mean, like Firefox has that huge top panel (not menu) that is taking so much property!

Thank you!

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 6 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee This article has now been updated to cover Linux Mint 16 Petra - Cinnamon Edition. I don't think Cinnamon 2.0 applied in Linux Mint has supported for a transparent window border unless I've missed out something. By default, Firefox for Linux takes up five rows at the top, i.e. title bar, menu bar, tabs bar, address bar and bookmarks bar. You can turn some of them off, such as turning the menu bar off and it switches to a drop-down list. Or you can try other browser such as Chrome which takes up fewer rows. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 6 years 6 months ago danielson

Thanks!

It would seem that the only 'patch' available is the HideCaption Titlebar Plus addon (Windows only but many Linux users say it still works): https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hide-caption-titlebar-plu...
Just wish there was some 'native' option to do that.

BTW, CPU with recommended NVidia driver installed hangs around 50 on duo core Intel.

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