JMZ | 4 Aug 02:55 2015
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What's a better gnome mail client than Thunderbird?

Hi,

Okay I've been using Thunderbird for years (and before that pine). pine 
worked better (more reliable) but I need a gui mail client now.  Client 
has to be gnome instruction compliant, still in development, and not 
memory greedy.  Ideas?

Jordan

Andrew Diamond | 3 Aug 14:52 2015
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2. Re: USB Mobile Problems

This is probably the first thing you tried, but have you tried on ALL available USB ports?  I was scratching my head for sometime, trying to connect my S4 to my machine unsuccessfully.  Finally, one day I tried a usb port on the other side of the machine, and like magic, it worked.  Why, I dunno, but I do know the  first ports I tried always have power, even with the machine off.  Those ports work fine for everything else.  In my case, I was setting up to use with Android Studio/adb, which did involve setting up a udev file (device was in developer mode).

<div><p dir="ltr">This is probably the first thing you tried, but have you tried on ALL available USB ports?&nbsp; I was scratching my head for sometime, trying to connect my S4 to my machine unsuccessfully.&nbsp; Finally, one day I tried a usb port on the other side of the machine, and like magic, it worked.&nbsp; Why, I dunno, but I do know the&nbsp; first ports I tried always have power, even with the machine off.&nbsp; Those ports work fine for everything else.&nbsp; In my case, I was setting up to use with Android Studio/adb, which did involve setting up a udev file (device was in developer mode).</p></div>
Rob Ward | 2 Aug 09:05 2015

USB Mobile Problems

Hi Folks,
I have a Samsung - Galaxy S GT-I9000 that I use for quick photography, and frequently need to download photographs from the phone to my Desktop 14.04 XUbuntu.  Recently it has stopped behaving properly and begun reporting errors and at times not communicating with the phone at all. The phone is connected via a USB2 port directly connected to the mother board (this has been previously very reliable).  I have the Cyanogen-mod/Android OS on the phone (having got rid of the Samsung/Android OS 9 months ago).  I have another XUbuntu machine I only run Apache and Python3 on to provide a community website and a 24/7 weather site.  This other machine picks up the phone OK and allows the usual file transfers etc.  For convenience I would much prefer mount the Galaxy S on the Desktop and access the USB storage that way.

I have tried to find a Linux utility program that might cast some light on the problem but failed to do so.  All my other USB devices appear to be working OK (Ext USB1Gb, Canon Scanner, Flash Card reader, Canon iP4200 printer, and of course, mouse and keyboard), and the usual typical USB memory sticks are ok.

Here the command line, 'lsusb' reveals the connection is found (Nexus S?)-

rob <at> DesktopUbuntu:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 04fc:0c25 Sunplus Technology Co., Ltd SATALink SPIF225A
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 04a9:10a2 Canon, Inc. iP4200
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 055: ID 18d1:4e21 Google Inc. Nexus S
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 04a9:1904 Canon, Inc. CanoScan LiDE 100
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 058f:6362 Alcor Micro Corp. Flash Card Reader/Writer
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1a40:0101 Terminus Technology Inc. 4-Port HUB
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 003: ID 046d:c05a Logitech, Inc. M90/M100 Optical Mouse
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 046d:c31c Logitech, Inc. Keyboard K120 for Business
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

Quite often it doesn't even get this far.

Phone's Storage:
Internal Storage: 1.26GB & 546MB available
USB Storage: 13.4GB & 10.07GB available     So neither appear close to their limit?

The internal USB memory size is usually reported as16 GB, but now the desktop reports it as 14GB, and then fails to mount the volume.



I am guessing the problem lies with my XUbuntu desktop machine, but I need help to even begin to tackle it.
Any ideas? Any help at all towards solving this would be greatly appreciated.

--

Rob Ward
<div>
    Hi Folks,<br>
    I have a Samsung - Galaxy S GT-I9000 that I use for quick
    photography, and frequently need to download photographs from the
    phone to my Desktop 14.04 XUbuntu.&nbsp; Recently it has stopped behaving
    properly and begun reporting errors and at times not communicating
    with the phone at all. The phone is connected via a USB2 port
    directly connected to the mother board (this has been previously
    very reliable).&nbsp; I have the Cyanogen-mod/Android OS on the phone
    (having got rid of the Samsung/Android OS 9 months ago).&nbsp; I have
    another XUbuntu machine I only run Apache and Python3 on to provide
    a community website and a 24/7 weather site.&nbsp; This other machine
    picks up the phone OK and allows the usual file transfers etc.&nbsp; For
    convenience I would much prefer mount the Galaxy S on the Desktop
    and access the USB storage that way.<br><br>
    I have tried to find a Linux utility program that might cast some
    light on the problem but failed to do so.&nbsp; All my other USB devices
    appear to be working OK (Ext USB1Gb, Canon Scanner, Flash Card
    reader, Canon iP4200 printer, and of course, mouse and keyboard),
    and the usual typical USB memory sticks are ok. <br><br>
    Here the command line, 'lsusb' reveals the connection is found
    (Nexus S?)-<br><br>rob <at> DesktopUbuntu:~$ lsusb<br>Bus 002 Device 003: ID 04fc:0c25 Sunplus Technology Co.,
      Ltd SATALink SPIF225A<br>Bus 002 Device 002: ID 04a9:10a2 Canon, Inc. iP4200<br>Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root
      hub<br>Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root
      hub<br>Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root
      hub<br>Bus 001 Device 055: ID 18d1:4e21
        Google Inc. Nexus S<br>Bus 001 Device 006: ID 04a9:1904 Canon, Inc. CanoScan LiDE
      100<br>Bus 001 Device 005: ID 058f:6362 Alcor Micro Corp. Flash
      Card Reader/Writer<br>Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1a40:0101 Terminus Technology Inc.
      4-Port HUB<br>Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root
      hub<br>Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root
      hub<br>Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root
      hub<br>Bus 004 Device 003: ID 046d:c05a Logitech, Inc. M90/M100
      Optical Mouse<br>Bus 004 Device 002: ID 046d:c31c Logitech, Inc. Keyboard
      K120 for Business<br>Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root
      hub<br>Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root
      hub<br><br>
    Quite often it doesn't even get this far.<br><br>Phone's Storage:<br>
    Internal Storage: 1.26GB &amp; 546MB available<br>
    USB Storage: 13.4GB &amp; 10.07GB available&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So neither appear
    close to their limit?<br><br>
    The internal USB memory size is usually reported as16 GB, but now
    the desktop reports it as 14GB, and then fails to mount the volume.
    <br><br><br><br>
    I am guessing the problem lies with my XUbuntu desktop machine, but
    I need help to even begin to tackle it. <br>
    Any ideas? Any help at all towards solving this would be greatly
    appreciated.<br><br>
    -- <br><br>Rob Ward<br>
</div>
Ralf Mardorf | 30 Jul 10:01 2015
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Re: Hard drives and backup - Was: Am I the only one who still uses floppies?

More information about hdparm and idle3ctl:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Hdparm#KDE_.3D.3E_4.4.4_and_hdparm

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Advanced_Format#Special_Consideration_for_WD_Green_HDDs

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Advanced_Format#Disable_via_changing_firmware_value_.28persistent.29

Note, my WD green drives by default spins down after 30 minutes and I
don't want to disable it. I removed GVFS and most other software that
conflicts with environmental protection. As far as I know the only
software that wakes up green drives I still have installed is K3b.
Once I used it, I need to reboot to get rid of the green drive killer,
since I don't know what process to kill.

A note regarding smartctl:

Important is #4 Start_Stop_Count and most important is
#193 Load_Cycle_Count and their relation to #9 Power_On_Hours.

I usually run it in combination with the date command, so when running it
again after a few hours only the spin down and spin up should be counted,
not several spin downs and spin ups.

$ date;sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdc
Thu Jul 30 09:49:26 CEST 2015
[snip]
=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Model Family:     Western Digital Green
Device Model:     WDC WD20EZRX-00DC0B0
[snip]
  4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   098   098   000    Old_age   Always       -       2821
[snip]
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   094   094   000    Old_age   Always       -       4644
[snip]
193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0032   196   196   000    Old_age   Always       -       14906
[snip]

Steve Litt | 30 Jul 03:47 2015

xargs guide

Hi all,

xargs is a gender-changer type program that adapts one program's stdout
to the next program's command line arguments. It's extremely handy for
shell scripting, but it can be tricky. I've written a short guide for
xargs that shows how to get around the usual xargs landmines:

http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux/xargs.htm

Hope you like it.

SteveT

Steve Litt 
July 2015 featured book: Rapid Learning for the 21st Century
http://www.troubleshooters.com/rl21

John R. Sowden | 30 Jul 00:02 2015
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Updating not working

Every day I get a message that there are updates pending.  I click on 
install, and it starts, then about 5 seconds later it stops and the 
window closes. No error message, etc.  Also the Software Updater does 
not work.  I am running xubuntu version 14.04 LTS

John

Michele Mor | 29 Jul 23:34 2015
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Is Xubuntu image updated?

Hi.
I have downloaded Xubuntu 15.04 from the website as soon as it was available.
Now I want to install Xubuntu 15.04 on a different PC and I want to know if I should download the image file again or if it's going to be the same as the one that I have previously downloaded.

Thanks.
Michele
<div><div dir="ltr">
<div>
<div>
<div>
<div>Hi.<br>
</div>I have downloaded Xubuntu 15.04 from the website as soon as it was available.<br>
</div>Now I want to install Xubuntu 15.04 on a different PC and I want to know if I should download the image file again or if it's going to be the same as the one that I have previously downloaded.<br><br>
</div>Thanks.<br>
</div>Michele<br>
</div></div>
Andrew Diamond | 29 Jul 13:36 2015
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Re: xubuntu-users Digest, Vol 102, Issue 28

> Silly question: am I the only one who still uses floppies (ie. 1.44 MB..

Actually, a lot of the steel mill shops I deliver to still use them for their older CNC machines.  Probably a quarter of my customers have boxes of the things lying around :)

<div>
<p dir="ltr">&gt; Silly question: am I the only one who still uses floppies (ie. 1.44 MB..</p>
<p dir="ltr">Actually, a lot of the steel mill shops I deliver to still use them for their older CNC machines.&nbsp; Probably a quarter of my customers have boxes of the things lying around :)</p>
</div>
Ralf Mardorf | 29 Jul 11:16 2015
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Re: Am I the only one who still uses floppies?

On Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:37:22 +0200, Ralf send from a wrong account:D :
Using HD floppy disks with DD drives could cause data loss. However, I
used DD drives to write data on HD floppies and had good luck. Btw. I
never needed to cover the second hole.

JMZ | 28 Jul 03:42 2015
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Am I the only one who still uses floppies?

Hi,

Silly question: am I the only one who still uses floppies (ie. 1.44 MB 
HD 3.5"/90mm)?

I use them to temporarily store shell scripts.  Since scripts are 
usually only a few kilobytes long (if that), floppies are great for 
storing works in progress.  After a week or two I make ongoing archive 
tarball CD backups.  The scripts don't stay on very fragile media like a 
floppy for a long time.

You'll be surprised that floppies are still available.  Here in the 
northeast USA unopened boxes of floppies can be gotten at thrift shops, 
junk stores, dollar stores etc.  Heck, I even found two unopened boxes 
of "Macintosh formatted" floppies.  I don't remember Mac formatted 
floppies even "in the day".  Weird!

Jordan

JMZ | 20 Jul 23:11 2015
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Using the _date_ variable in tar files?

Hi,

I've tried to set up a shell file to automatically create a compressed 
file of one directory in another directory.  This shell file will later 
be embedded in crontab.  What's difficult is that I can't get the _date_ 
command to stamp a unique record on the tar file.  I thought something 
like this would work:

sudo tar -cjvf /x/y/(date +%a_%b_%F_%T)-b.tar.bz2 /a/b/*

That is, the contents of /a/b/* would be compressed into a file and sent 
to /x/y/.  The tar.bz2 file would be time and date stamped.

I get the following error:

bash: syntax error near unexpected token `('

Which I interpret to mean that _date_ can't be used this way when making 
tar files.

Is there a workaround for this?

Much thanks
Jordan


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