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by cspan
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Printer Setup
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Printer Setup

Here are my notes: Printing: Brother HL-2270DW Install cups from menu - (add/remove software) sudo usermod -a -G lpadmin pi [general form is: sudo usermod -a -G <group> <user> ] [note, if you’ve created a user other than pi for which you wish to enable printing, you might need to amend the previous ...
by cspan
Wed May 13, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi OS
Topic: VLC hard crashes
Replies: 106
Views: 18211

Re: VLC hard crashes

I wonder if these issues are even all that Pi-specific. IIRC, I had similar trouble with VLC on my Linux Mint Xfce desktop computer.

Someone might get a windfall from someone else blaming the Pi and selling.
by cspan
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SMR - Shingled HDD
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: SMR - Shingled HDD

SMR drives are relatively unusual -- the drive manufacturers keep coming up with ways to avoid having to make them. I got the opposite impression from the article linked in my original post. The impression I got is this: SMR drives are rarely labeled or marketed as such, yet with the right diagnost...
by cspan
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SMR - Shingled HDD
Replies: 6
Views: 305

SMR - Shingled HDD

Certain types of HDD are getting bad press for poor random i/o performance, e.g., https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/04/caveat-emptor-smr-disks-are-being-submarined-into-unexpected-channels/ Having witnessed random i/o performance being an important factor to consider with respect to choosing a mi...
by cspan
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Linux Friendly Printers
Replies: 13
Views: 809

Re: Raspberry Pi Linux Friendly Printers

Similarly, Brother HL-2270DW works both wired and wirelessly. It's their garden variety entry-level mono laser with duplex and wireless.
by cspan
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: battery status icon has disappeared
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: battery status icon has disappeared

I think there is. You have to right click the top bar (if that's where you've got stuff) and add the icon from there. 2 things to note: 1. There's a new battery status icon, and it looks like a skinny vertical pencil. 2. To add the icon you have to do something unintuitive first, like click "add" (n...
by cspan
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Email program for Raspian?
Replies: 4
Views: 1727

Re: Email program for Raspian?

Claws Mail has filtering - scroll down here: https://www.claws-mail.org/documentation.php fair disclosure: I don't use it; I organize my emails differently. But as someone recently and almost fully transitioned from Windows, who used Outlook Express in the distant past, Thunderbird for several years...
by cspan
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: No Wireless Interfaces Found ... for secondary user only
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: No Wireless Interfaces Found ... for secondary user only

Thank you for your reply, jamesh! Ironically, as user pi with wifi access, I'm not even in a group called wifi. But your intuition may be right on; my wife is hardly in any groups at all. Only two, herself and lpadmin (which I just added today ... the issue started with her being unable to print to ...
by cspan
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: No Wireless Interfaces Found ... for secondary user only
Replies: 2
Views: 488

No Wireless Interfaces Found ... for secondary user only

Hi, Running RPD for x86 on my old Dell Vostro laptop, one that originally came with Ubuntu. As user pi, I can access the internet via wifi or ethernet connections just fine. I have a secondary account on the pi in my spouse's name, and it used to be able to access internet via wifi or ethernet cable...
by cspan
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: Raspberry Pi Desktop (Hardware Compatibility List / Trouble shoot)
Replies: 6
Views: 1208

Re: Raspberry Pi Desktop (Hardware Compatibility List / Trouble shoot)

Dell Vostro 2420, 14" laptop. 2 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, Celeron B820 processor. Purchased late 2012 for $300+tax from Dell. Originally came with Ubuntu 11.x, actually, and I think everything worked out of the box. However, as Ubuntu went through new LTS such as 12, 14 and so on, it became progressively ...
by cspan
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4B 2GB Price Drop - NOW $35
Replies: 46
Views: 3897

Re: Raspberry Pi 4B 2GB Price Drop - NOW $35

It seems the price reduction is in effect at Micro Center. All "in store only", so pretty useless if you don't live reasonably near one of their stores. Yes, but not always useless: - you might not live near one but you might pass by one occasionally. - you might have a friend or relative that you ...
by cspan
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Official Keyboard and mouse
Replies: 37
Views: 3360

Re: Official Keyboard and mouse

(Although the current official keyboard doesn't seem to agree with my fingers - I find myself missing random letters when I type). I recently tried out a new Pi keyboard on my PC (Linux Mint) and I'm finding that to be an issue as well - especially with the period (.) key, which often fails to actu...
by cspan
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Anyone used the Official Raspberry Pi keyboard and mouse with a PC? Is is compatable?
Replies: 10
Views: 1641

Re: Anyone used the Official Raspberry Pi keyboard and mouse with a PC? Is is compatable?

If the INS key can be replicated with Fn+Delete, are there other keys that one might find on larger keyboard that can also be replicated by certain combinations that aren't evident from the Pi keyboard's key labels? On my cheapie Inland, there are 3 extra control buttons: Power, Sleep, and Wake Up. ...
by cspan
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Official Keyboard and mouse
Replies: 37
Views: 3360

Re: Official Keyboard and mouse

I liked that keyboard, but it was not cost-effective. Mine lasted just beyond the warranty period. At the time, I think that was 3 years, so about $30/yr. MY Unicomp keyboard is (IIRC) over 10 years old and works just fine. Even if memory has failed, I had it before I got my first Pi in 2012. Not s...
by cspan
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: pi zero w in quantities of 10...50
Replies: 116
Views: 32686

Re: pi zero w in quantities of 10...50

The only thing that's different with the Pi0/W pricing is that they are permanently on sale for the $5/$10 price. I just had a friend express interest in the Pi Zero W when I told her about how I used mine to set up a pi-hole. Just noticed that Micro Center is listing it for $15 for a single purcha...
by cspan
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: firefox VS chromium
Replies: 17
Views: 5646

Re: firefox VS chromium

It's true about that marketshare, but as I recall FF didn't run so well on the pre-4B models. In fact, my first Pi, the 3B, was acquired at a time when Epiphany was the default browser in Raspbian, and oh my , that was not a good experience. I came to infer that web browsing was just something a lit...
by cspan
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?
Replies: 17
Views: 1414

Re: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?

Quick update - I re-did the examples in Ch 25 of Shotts' book (TLCL) via full Raspbian on the Pi Zero W, accessed through VNC. The little html files that weren't rendering correctly under links2 did, however, render correctly in Chromium. I still did my text editing on the command line in nano, but ...
by cspan
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: firefox VS chromium
Replies: 17
Views: 5646

Re: firefox VS chromium

I like how FF can be set to clear history, cookies, and cache (?) upon exit. In Chromium that seems to be a manual process.
by cspan
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: For those wanting a portable Pi...
Replies: 4
Views: 1139

Re: For those wanting a portable Pi...

As with many things, I guess its utility depends on your use case. If you need access to the Pi i/o pins, and need to be away from a power outlet at the same time, I suppose something like this is necessary. For a portable Pi without use of i/o pins, I have a couple options. If I'm in a hotel, say, ...
by cspan
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Music player
Replies: 16
Views: 3058

Re: Music player

I am also looking for a music player for Raspbian Buster (on Pi 3B/3B+) and RPD w/Buster x86. I think I need something better than Rhythmbox because last time I used it (and seems still), it doesn't handle podcasts very well. For instance I want to be able to subscribe to a podcast but only download...
by cspan
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi OS
Topic: Eject/dismount a USB with code on a Pi
Replies: 8
Views: 6238

Re: Eject/dismount a USB with code on a Pi

I'd like to add that I get the behavior as well after using SD Card Copier in Raspbian Buster GUI, making a clone of my microSD card from which Raspbian runs. Once the copy is complete, there is no Eject icon on the menu bar across the top. Nor is there any indication of a mounted drive using the fi...
by cspan
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?
Replies: 17
Views: 1414

Re: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?

Speltraspberrypi, If you end up going through the Shotts book I'd be curious how you progress and may want to swap some notes/tips with you. There are a few commands in TLCL that don't appear to be part of the Raspbian shell command set. And the Shotts book recognizes that there are some commands th...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 23
Views: 2329

Re: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?

Ah yes, the script. Thanks for the reminder ... and link! I always thought that looked pretty complicated ... compared to setting the OTP on the 3B, which I was able to do. Sandisk's extreme portable SSD has caught my eye at Costco. They're up to 1TB now I think for about $125 USD. Spendy ... but oh...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 23
Views: 2329

Re: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?

You don't need to wait for the Pi4 to support USB booting to take advantage of putting your root partition on an SSD, having /boot on the MicroSD and everything else on the SSD will give almost all of the same gains, aside from a slightly longer boot as the kernel still gets read (once) from the sl...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 1324

Re: January 14, 2020 Happenings

If you have x64 hardware then I would recommend a true 64-bit OS. Debian with the Raspberry Pi Desktop is 32-bit userland. FWIW both my old computers (ages 7 and 9) run 64-bit hardware. The laptop is the one that I have RPD on, but haven't experienced any issues. Not that I drive that computer hard...

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