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Website / Font sizes now larger but no exra calories!
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:48:02 am »
At our new President's request, I have upped the default font size on the main website as well as in the forums. Perhaps now members won't require a magnifying glass to read either. I'm noticing now that the editor didn't change the font size so I'm going to fix this momentarily.

As using prebuilt themes and then monkeying with the font sizes can have unforeseen results, please let me know if you notice anything funky.

Enjoy.

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Meetings / Weekly PLUG MUG: Monday, February 19, 2018: Sign-Up PLEASE!
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:25:07 am »
Once a week, members and non-members alike, are invited to hang out with other Pluggers for coffee and snacks. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There will be free wireless internet but no agenda; just friends enjoying each other's company and showing off their latest gadgets. It's also a great place to get help with your technology problems. Everyone one is welcome and we all have fun so check it out!

The next one is being held at  7 pm on Monday, February 19, 2018 at:

Tim Horton's
898 Monaghan Road (near Lansdowne St. W.)
Peterborough, Ontario


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For these weekly MUGs events to keep happening, we really need to know that people are coming and roughly when.
This is to avoid situations where only one person shows up. And it also helps early birds arrange sufficient seating. Signing up just means you intend to come; it's not an iron-clad commitment. Of course, you can still come if you haven't signed below but please do it anyway.

If you're unable to post, check this topic: Can't post? Here's why and how to fix it.

Check the day of the meeting to make sure it's still on. If nobody signs-up before the day of the MUG or only one person does, PLUG will post a cancellation notice here.

Otherwise, see you there!

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Meetings / Presentation ideas for March 2018 meeting?
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:12:38 pm »
Does anyone have anything they would like to present or demo for March PLUG meeting? Presentations don't have to be long affairs, even a 15-minute presentation on a topic you find interesting may be something other members would enjoy finding out about.

It just has to be Linux, Chrome OS or Android-related or cross-platform software that can be used on Linux.

How about making a quick program in JavaScript or some HTML, or using your favorite Blog software?

Or hardware you found out works with Linux?

How about your favorite Linux or open source websites?

Start thinking and see if you can come up with something either to present or give an idea of something you'd like to see presented and maybe somebody can do it.

Thanks!

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General Discussion / Hi Mark!
« on: February 11, 2018, 10:48:20 am »
Mark is too shy to say hello but that doesn't stop me (or others from saying 'hi' to him). So let's start a "Hi Mark!" thread. I'll start.

HI MARK! How are you doing? Don't mean to embarrass you, but glad to have you back on the forums. What Linux stuff have you been up? Still use KDE?

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My friend Justin Beaudoin at MobiTek is looking for an individual to provide in-home service to computer owners in the Peterborough area.

This isn't a full-time job, just a casual one. Consider it an extra bit of income a few hours a week. Justin is a pretty good guy and I worked for him for a time myself. You can contact him directly for more information by email through justin_at_mobitek.ca .

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Distributions / TechRadar: The best Linux distros of 2018
« on: February 07, 2018, 06:38:09 pm »
It seems a little early to make the selection but TechRadar has a roundup of their picks for best Linux distros and some elegant screenshots, though nothing new for us old hats. But you'll never guess who got the #1 position. Such serendipitous timing!


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Meetings / Resignation as President
« on: February 04, 2018, 07:32:11 pm »
At 4:21 PM EST on Sunday, February 4, 2018, Bob Foley sent me this text:

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I hereby tender my resignation and withdraw from the club with immediate effect.

We had had a conflict and unfortunately it could not be resolved. This is unfortunate and I asked him to stay on but he had already made his decision and so with a heavy heart, I accepted his resignation.

I appreciate his contribution and service to PLUG over the many years. I'm sure that I'm not alone in passing on to Bob our heartfelt thanks for everything he has done on behalf of promoting Linux and helping the many new users to Linux get accustomed to this wonderful OS.

And on a personal note, Bob, I hope we will still see you at future meetings.

All the best, Bob!

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Should be a great meeting tomorrow with Harry and I as Co-Presenters. We hope you can make it out!

Full details on the main page of the website here:

https://plugintolinux.ca/node/430

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Meetings / Weekly PLUG MUG: Monday, February 12, 2018: Sign-Up PLEASE!
« on: January 30, 2018, 12:41:51 pm »
Remember that next Monday (February 5) is the monthly PLUG meeting. So this sign-up is for the MUG the following Monday from then.

Once a week, members and non-members alike, are invited to hang out with other PLUGgers for coffee and snacks. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There will be free wireless internet but no agenda; just friends enjoying each other's company and showing off their latest gadgets. It's also a great place to get help with your technology problems. Everyone one is welcome and we have fun so check it out!

This week, it is being held at 7 pm at:

Tim Horton's
898 Monaghan Road (near Lansdowne St. W.)
Peterborough, Ontario


Map

Please let us know you're coming by posting below
! You don't to be there at 7 pm but no earlier. We fully expect people to arrive at different times. Though, if you're not coming between 7 and 8 pm, let us know that too in your post so that we don't leave before you come.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!



IMPORTANT :
For these weekly MUGs events to keep happening, we really need to know that people are coming. This is to avoid situations where only one person shows up (it has happened) and it also helps early birds arrange sufficient seating. Signing up just means you intend to come, it's not an iron-clad commitment.

Of course, you can still come if you haven't let us know but it's the polite thing to do for the reasons above. To post below, you will need to be a Posting Member of the forums and logged in. Check the forum topic Can't post? Here's why and how to fix it if you don't have an account or are unable to post.

Do check before going to a MUG that at least two people have said they're coming or presume the meeting isn't happening due to lack of interest.

Thank you! We really appreciate your help in this.
 

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Marketplace / Looking for SSD with >64 GB storage
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:36:36 am »
My Linux OS/Program partition is down to just over a GB of space left. It's only a 64 GB drive with Windows 10 + LM 18.3 Cinnamon on it so I'm not that surprised. Is anybody getting rid of a gently-used SSD that is bigger?

I'm willing to pay, the amount of which will depend on speed, size, and how old and how much it has been used. I know I can purchase a Samsung 850 EVO 256 GB drive for about $120-140 but I like to recycle. Might even be able to do a trade. I have a couple of 1 TB 3.5" SATA drives, an older AMD graphics card (good enough for light classic gaming), a 2.5" 250 GB Fujitsu drive and a couple of smaller LCD displays, 17", I believe.

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Website / Can't post? Here's why and how to fix it
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:57:54 am »
First, you have to be logged in to the Forums in order to post which necessitates registering an account. Then you need to have your status increased to Posting Member in order to post a comment. You get your status increased by sending a message to the webmaster in order to be able to create a new post. If you already have an account, log in to it and then skip to step 2. Here are the steps. It's quick an easy!

If you're forgotten your username or password you can follow a process to retrieve your username or reset your password at the same login page.

1. Register an account here.

2. Send the Forum Master a message through the forums or email him.


You can do step 2 by looking at the icons below the name (seen to the left). An image has been attached below so you can see the area we are talking about. If you can't figure this out, that's okay, read on.

Hover over each icon and a little popup message will tell you what it does. The Message option is built-in. The email icon will open your email program (or webmail) and open a blank email. Just send us your username and we will approve you. Then you become a Posting Member and then can create new topics or reply to existing ones. You can create polls too and message other members of the forum.

You only need to do this once.

If you need any help doing either of these steps send a email to the webmaster for assistance by using the Contact page of the PLUG website.

This process is necessary to avoid spambots signing up fake accounts and then posting spam messages. We're sorry about requiring it but it keeps the forums clean and free from spam without causing an undue burder on the webmaster.

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Meetings / Weekly PLUG MUG: Monday, January 29, 2018: Sign-Up PLEASE!
« on: January 29, 2018, 03:45:15 am »
Once a week, members and non-members alike, are invited to hang out with other PLUGgers for coffee and snacks. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There will be free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays. It's also a great place to get help with your computer problems or tips on usage, even your phone. Members and non-members quite enjoy themselves and everyone is welcome!

This week, it is being held at 7 pm at:

Tim Horton's
898 Monaghan Road (near Lansdowne St. W.)
Peterborough, Ontario


Map

The forecast for tonight's MUG from The Weather Network is -6 C (feeling like -12 C) with winds of 16 km/h with gusts up to 27 km/h and light snow (60% chance).

Please let us know you're coming by posting below
! By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, do let us know when so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!



IMPORTANT :
PLUG MUG attendance of late has been quite light and a couple of times someone have shown up and no one else came after. So if you are intending to come, PLEASE POST BELOW.

For MUGs to work, we don't need you to let us know if you're not coming but we really must know if you are. This is to avoid situations where only one person shows up and it also helps early birds make sure we find a spot with enough room for everyone. It's okay if you sign up and are unable to attend because of some other situation though if you know ahead of time, you can update (edit) your original comment and say you're unable to make it after all.

Of course you can still come if you haven't signed up below but it really helps to tell us and it's the polite thing to do. You will need to be a registered user of the forums and be a member of the Posting Member group to do this. If you're not sure what that means, read the forum topic Can't post? Here's why and how to fix it.

Do check when you post or before leaving that at least two people are coming or presume the meeting is off so you don't show up to just have coffee with yourself, well unless you don't mind that, of course.

Thank you!
 

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I don't know if you guys had heard this. Linux Journal was going to shut its doors but London Trust Media stepped forward and bought it. They're also the company that owns PIA, the VPN provider. And they want to jump start Linux writing. More here:

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/01/private-internet-access-linux-journal-set-25000-fund-reward-experienced-aspiring-writers/

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Website / Thumbnails for graphical attachments are bigger now
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:52:30 am »
I sized up the thumbnails used in image attachments in posts so they will show up larger now. The thumbnails are the way the image attachments appear until you click on them. Maximum width is now 800 and maximum height 600. Trying to make sure that it will show up and be readable on most laptop screens, without having to enlarge to full-size. Of course, you can still click on the image to see the full-size version of it though you may to scroll.

If members would like the thumbnails still larger, let me know.

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One feature that Chrome has that Firefox doesn't, is the ability to turn off Location, Notifications, webcam and microphone for all websites so you're not nagged constantly. If you're like me and really don't need the website to guess where you are (or are creeped out by it) and don't need website notifications, it's great to have the ability to turn off these "features". Location isn't so bad but it seems like now that every website is using notifications and I find it super annoying.

Looks like Firefox 59, due in mid-March will have this feature added. Until then, this article shows you how you can do it using Firefox's about:config page.

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