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by cspan
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: firefox VS chromium
Replies: 16
Views: 2750

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: 402

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: 1299

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: Raspbian
Topic: Eject/dismount a USB with code on a Pi
Replies: 7
Views: 3782

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: 15
Views: 621

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: 1350

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: 1350

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: 571

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...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 23
Views: 1350

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

Having experimented with all booting options, except netboot, the quickest to boot up is a micro SDHC card, mainly because the RPi always checks for it first. However, once booted I prefer a SSD, HDD, micro SDHC, pendrive, in that order for their responsiveness. (I use RPi3B/3B+/3A+) I just learned...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: January 14, 2020 Happenings

None of the so-called "happenings" mentioned in this thread have any effect on me whatsoever. But you forgot the most important thing that happened on Jan 14, and which we commemorate today. On this day, in 1915, Mark Goodson was born in Sacramento, CA. We owe so much to Mark, over the many years h...
by cspan
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 571

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. Linux Mint has always been a favorite of mine. It's based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian, so most things will operate in a similar fashion to Raspbian. I'm also fond of Bu...
by cspan
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: January 14, 2020 Happenings

Finally I go and practice guitar a bit. When I come back and dive into Windows Update history, there's nothing listed for today . Curiouser and curiouser! It isn't that strange. You applied an update at some point in the past and it did the second stage cleanup when you restarted. Some updates need...
by cspan
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings
Replies: 12
Views: 571

January 14, 2020 Computer Happenings

3 noteworthy (to me) things happened today, only 1 of which I knew was coming. 1) Windows 7 End of Life. I have a 9+ yr old Win 7 tower. Wasn't real concerned; I knew this was coming. Have been extremely picky about Windows Updates since back in the day when they tried to trick people like me into u...
by cspan
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?
Replies: 15
Views: 621

Re: Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?

Thanks cspan , the book in that link you’ve sent me is another useful looking instruction. I’ve received lots to study for now before starting to build projects . This PuTTY you speak of in your project sounds interesting . Could it be a way to remotely connect to a Pi which is out on a site some p...
by cspan
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: [Solved] Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?
Replies: 15
Views: 621

Re: Learn: Linux,Debian , Raspbian for command line?

I'm working my way through this: http://linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php by dialing in to a Pi Zero W that is across the room, plugged into a wall socket (via USB charger plug), using PuTTY. It's kinda fun, because - it gives me something to do with my Pi Zero W (which, at $5 USD, was a total impulse buy),...
by cspan
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: X86 PIXEL with Debian runs poorly
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: X86 PIXEL with Debian runs poorly

I tried PIXEL on a Dell Inspiron 1525 with 4 GB of memory. Although it’s an old 64 bit computer, it runs 32 bit much better than 64 bit os. PIXEL must be a 64 bit OS as it ran terribly on that old pc. Be forewarned, you need a new decent x86 64 bit machine with fast CPU, GPU & DDR3+ memory to get t...
by cspan
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: CUPS - cannot print at Brother MFC490CW
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: CUPS - cannot print at Brother MFC490CW

Try other Brother MFC printer drivers as well as PCL6. For my Brother HL-2270DW I found a driver online that worked (Brother-HL-2170W-hl1250.ppd). I don't know if it has all the features (9 pages in 1, 1 page in 9, toner save, duplex etc) that you might get with a Windows or MacOS install; I haven't...
by cspan
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: fatsort music files on USB drive
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: fatsort music files on USB drive

OK, I got it to work - for future reference for anyone else interested, here's what I did: Using RPD based on Debian Stretch. In the terminal, man fatsort didn't bring up anything, so I installed it from the GUI using Preferences | Add / Remove Software Switching back to terminal, I found using df t...
by cspan
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: fatsort music files on USB drive
Replies: 2
Views: 175

fatsort music files on USB drive

In my car (2012 Honda Fit, often sold as Honda Jazz outside US) I keep a USB flash drive of music plugged into my factory car stereo. Even when music is organized by artist, the music doesn't appear in alphabetical order on the car stereo interface ... not by default anyway. IIRC, the order may inst...
by cspan
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi4 as Desktop computer
Replies: 270
Views: 29814

Re: Pi4 as Desktop computer

HP printers work well with hplip and its apparently fairly well maintained, and I have a Lexmark now that appears to work on my Linux x86 desktop, although the scanner feature is rather clunky. I've had a couple of generations of HP Printer/Scaner combos and they've all worked perfectly with CUPS a...
by cspan
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi4 as Desktop computer
Replies: 270
Views: 29814

Re: Pi4 as Desktop computer

Printing. I use mostly Brother printers, and at the moment, one Epson. None of my models have drivers available for any of my collection of Pis so far. FWIW, I've been able to use my Brother HL-2270DW, even print wirelessly, with my Pi3B and 3B+. Although I didn't find a driver for that specific pr...
by cspan
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry pi 4 composite out don't working
Replies: 19
Views: 2790

Re: Raspberry pi 4 composite out don't working

Hello. Recently I bought raspberry pi 4. At first It did not want to start, only the red led light was on. According to the instructions, I reprogrammed the EEPROM. Then I was installed Raspbian through NOOBS. I used the HDMI output during installation. After installation, I edited config.txt, unco...
by cspan
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lighter Open Office for Zero?
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: Lighter Open Office for Zero?

Yeah, the zero is part of a project. I do have a 3B+, which works fine, but am trying to find alternative programs that will work better on the zero, and see how far I can take it, to make it into a desktop replacement. With LibreOffice not functioning the way it should, it lowers the rating to abo...
by cspan
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ((Lynx)) Links2, lightweight browser, perfect for Pi Zero!
Replies: 11
Views: 958

Re: ((Lynx)) Links2, lightweight browser, perfect for Pi Zero!

Thanks for those links, Fruitoftheloom - I had only seen one of them before. That said, I still can't get graphics mode to work in Raspbian Lite. Here's what I'm getting. [email protected]:~ $ sudo links2 -g Could not initialize any graphics driver. Tried the following drivers: x: Can't open display "(null)...
by cspan
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ((Lynx)) Links2, lightweight browser, perfect for Pi Zero!
Replies: 11
Views: 958

Re: ((Lynx)) Links2, lightweight browser, perfect for Pi Zero!

If one is just running Raspbian Lite on a Zero W, thus just command line interface - no GUI - should one not expect Links2 (or others) to be able to bring up any graphics at all - no thumbnails or image file links that can be selected and viewed? For instance, using Links2, on a given webpage I can ...

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