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April 2016

 

Tuesday, 26 April, 2016

YouTube has many good old shows on it. I have been assembling all the episodes of a British show called Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. It stars Patricia Routledge, who also played that truly annoying lady on Keeping Up Appearances. In this show, she plays a recently retired married lady who decides to become a private detective.

Most of the Hetty series are in pretty good shape, except for half of Season 3. That season, the episodes are split up into pieces. It looks like someone just broke them up where the commercials should be, then uploaded the pieces to YouTube. I am fixing them. I use Openshot to stitch the episodes back together, then use Handbrake on the result to compress the video. That works fine.


Since I am getting very few (one person) reviews of the Linux Mint Beginner's Guide book, I feel no one is interested in such a book. So I have decided to stop working on the book and to remove the supporting web page.


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Wednesday, 20 April, 2016

I found the entire mystery series Rosemary & Thyme on YouTube and have added it to my TV programs. It's about two British women who do gardening and every time they get a job, it ends up involving murder. And, of course, the women solve the case, despite the sometimes opposition of the local police. The series only lasted three years, with a total of 22 episodes, but is very enjoyable to watch.


I have posted Chapter 4 of my Linux Mint Beginner's Guidebook. Its title is "Configuring Linux Mint". Please review it and send me any comments.


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Friday, 15 April, 2016

I have added chapter 3, Basic Linux Operations to the available chapters of Linux Mint Beginner's Guide. I hope some of you will download it, read it and make comments on it.

I am working on chapter 4 of the book, in which I explain how to configure Linux Mint to look and behave the manner in which you are comfortable. It's going to be a very long chapter. So far I have explained how to configure the panel that contains the start menu and system status, and that alone has added seven pages to the text. I still have the desktop icons and the desktop itself to cover. I will start that this afternoon, after I have backed up my home directory to a separate file server.


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Tuesday, 12 April, 2016

I've been busy with web pages and my book. I have updated the car club web site, and I need to update the NILUG site and the soccer coach site. I also need to wash my Plymouth and put it away before it rains today.

I am slowly getting through the third chapter of the book. Basic Linux Operations is a fairly important chapter, so I will be spending a lot of time making sure the information in it is accurate and well-covered.


I encourage anyone with knowledge of Linux to help me by reviewing and making comments on my Linux Mint Beginner's Guide chapters. I can't improve the end product unless I get some help on this.


Politics: Gary Johnson May Be Running a General Election Race Already


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Wednesday, 6 April, 2016

I have added a Linux Mint Beginner's Guide web page to this site that is dedicated to the book that I am writing. As I finish each chapter, that chapter will be posted to the web page. You may then download the chapter in open document (odt) format and you can review it using LibreOffice Writer.

If you have any suggestions for changes or additions to the book, you can use the Comment capability in LibreOffice to mark those changes or additions. Simply place the cursor in the position where you want to comment and press Ctl-Alt-C. When you have finished with your comments, save the document and email the commented document back to me.

The table of contents will be changed as I go along, and if you have any suggestions for topics there, mark them so I can review and add them to the base document. Any comments at all in the entire book are welcome, and will earn you a mention on the Acknowledgement page of the book.


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Tuesday, 5 April, 2016

I am still working on the Linux Mint Beginner's Guide. I am looking for reviewers who will actually contribute to the book, and I have set up an acknowledgement page in the book for those who do contribute. If you want to review the chapters, email me.


In the past 2 weeks, I have picked up 28 public domain movies from YouTube. They are

Virtuosity War of the Satellites Timestalkers The Doomsday Machine
Rock, Rock, Rock! Indestructible Man My Man Godfrey Beyond The Time Barrier
Bitter Harvest Def-Con 4 Modesty Blaise Battle Beyond The Stars
Metropolis (1927) Galaxina Star Wars: Threads of Destiny Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
Supervolcano Saturn 3 Meteor Damnation Alley
Can't Buy Me Love Crack in The World The People (1972) Rio Lobo
Goodbye Charlie Angels in The Outfield Operation Petticoat 1984

Some of them even have good plots and are fun to watch! The ones to watch out for are the American movies dubbed in English, like The Time Machine, produced in 1978.


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Friday, 1 April, 2016

I have added a web page that shows information about the size of Dutch Ovens. I haven't seen this information compiled in any other place, so when I found this, I figured everyone should have access to it.

I have also updated my music and video pages. The audio page is much more useful, now that the artists and their albums are both listed.


I have finished writing the second chapter of Linux Mint Beginner's Guide. It is ready for review and I will send it to NILUG members for that today. On to the interesting part of the book...


Actress Anna Pearce 'Patty Duke' dies at 69 - A local resident and friend of one of my neighbors.

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