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Linux Installs :

  • OVERVIEW of Linux Installs (2009 to present)
    (A MENU of LINKS to Ubuntu-MATE install descriptions --- including the following older Linux install descriptions)

    • Ubuntu Install Notes (2009-2011)
      (Description of installs on several of my computers, including 'netbooks'. Also, description and screenshots of partitioning a hard drive while overlaying a previous Linux install.)

    • Linux Mint Install Notes (2011 Nov, 2012 Jun)
      (Description of install on two Acer AO722 11.6" netbook computers --- including description of solving a Broadcom wireless connection problem --- and installing the 'semi-rolling' LMDE distro.)

    • Linux UEFI Install Notes (Preliminary) (2013)
      (Description of a 'Live' install of Linux Mint Debian Edition on an Acer netbook with Windows 8 pre-installed with 'secure boot'.)

Trouble-shooting on Linux :

Finishing Touches to Linux Installs :

Adding Apps to Old Linux Installs :

Linux Notes/Guides :

Audio/Video Topics :

Special Topics :
(such as computer peripheral
devices and 3D graphics)

Linux Q and A :

  • Linux Questions-and-Answers (2005-2010)
    --- grouped into about 40 categories --- such as Audio , ... , Backups, ... , monitor-Display , ... , Installs (of Linux) , ... , Security , ... , System-Admin , ... , Video , ... , Web Server , ...

Special Linux Install Topics :     (OLD, but perhaps still instructive)

WEB DEVelopment :

  • demo pages of 'seamless tiles' for web pages

  • decorative images for web pages - 'decopics'
    (1) animated images and (2) still images

  • JavaScript Examples
    'complete' HTML-plus-JavaScript(-plus-CSS) examples

  • JavaScript Queries on Browsers and DOM Objects
    utilities for HTML-JavaScript-CSS programmers --- and for the curious

    in particular, 'bookmarklets' to reduce frustrations in web browsing
    (bookmarklets for extracting info from 'busy' web pages)

  • Screen DPI from 'Ruler Images'
    (images to measure the image rendering quality of small screen devices)

  • How-To put nice math expressions in web pages
    using 'MathJax' (and 'MathML')

  • a collection of web page templates. (circa 2011 ; need updating)

    • a basic web page of several blocks of text and a few decorative images --- blog-like
    • a basic web page of photos, medium-res, down the page, with links to original or higher-res photos/scans
    • a web page of a table of thumbnails (6 per row), with thumbnail-links to larger photos
    • a web page of a table with 2 columns, suitable to record runs and run-times, OR stocks and dividend info, OR stocks and exec compensation, OR ...
    • a web page of a table with 3 columns
    • a web page of a table with 4 columns
    • web pages with a Table of Contents pointing to content sections in the lower part of the page (the content could be groups of links, groups of photos, text blocks)
    • a web page with a Table of Contents (TOC) pointing to content on a separate web page for each TOC line-item
  • Also see the HTML-generating scripts via the 'Handy Commands and Scripts' page of the Linux section, above.

  • colors for web pages
    (for old, 256-colors-or-less monitors)

Computer PERFORMANCE :   (irrespective of operating system)

DESKTOP DECORation :   (for any OS --- Linux, Apple, Microsoft, etc.)

Tcl-Tk :

Computer SECURITY :

  • collected SPAM (bad mail) (esp. 'bad' IP addresses and ranges)

  • 'good-mail' addresses ('good' IP addresses and ranges) - someday?

  • IP addresses (ranges) TO ALLOW (white-list candidates) - someday?

  • IP addresses (ranges) TO DENY (black-list candidates) - someday?

    It would help if the organizations that assign internet addresses would assign a range/block of addresses to each country, in proportion to their population. (It may be too late for IPv4 addresses, but this should be done with the newer IPv6 addresses.)

    This would make it much, much easier for people/banks/governments/DNS/routers to block entire countries --- either temporarily (in case of emergency) or permanently (if no contact is needed/wanted with a country).

MICROSOFT (ugh) Notes :

  • INITIAL SETUP of a Windows10-HP desktop computer
    (as performed in 2020 March & April. Notes describing Win10-prompts, HP-prompts, Metro-Interface-Removal, Start-Menu-Cleanup, Taskbar-Config, Userid-Setup-Separate-From-An-Admin-Userid, Some-3rd-Party-App-Installs.)

  • Microsoft Windows 10 SETTINGS NOTES
    (as recorded in 2020 March and 2021 June. Notes describing about 100-plus settings in the Windows 10 operating system for a desktop, or laptop, computer.)

  • Windows7-Dell to Windows10-HP DATA MIGRATION NOTES
    (as recorded in 2021 June. Notes describing migration of Thunderbird-Mail, SeaMonkey-Bookmarks, Desktop-Documents-Pictures files, and settings for Thunderbird-Mail & web browsers like SeaMonkey, Firefox, & MicrosoftEdge.)

    • Turbotax 2020 INSTALL on MS Windows 10 - in 2021 March
      (Notes describing installation-and-use of TurboTax 2020 on a Windows 10 computer after installing-and-using 2019 TurboTax - see below - on the same computer.)

    • Turbotax 2019 INSTALL on MS Windows 10 - in 2020 April
      (Notes describing installation-and-use of TurboTax 2019 on a Windows 10 computer after moving 2018 TurboTax data from an old Windows 7 computer.)

    • TurboTax 2017 & 2018 INSTALL on MS Windows 7 - in 2018 & 2019
      (Notes for reference in installing-and-using TurboTax on Microsoft Windows computers --- in future years. See more recent TurboTax install notes just above.)

        TurboTax is the only piece of software that keeps me using a Microsoft Windows operating system. For all other computing needs --- software development, web site development, web browsing, email --- I use Linux.

  • MS Windows 10 BLOATWARE CLEANUP - 2017 Apr
    (Windows10 un-install of unwanted 'apps' and interface icons --- on a new laptop PC --- Acer brand)

  • MS Windows XP to Windows 7 UPGRADE - 2011 Nov
    (Windows 7 configuration --- and data migration ---
    during a computer upgrade after a motherboard fried)

  • How to Deactivate ANNOYING Microsoft XP POPUPS - 2009 Oct
    (four annoying popups)

  • Microsoft Apps E-Docs - pre-2007
    (some guides to Microsoft Windows apps --- mostly 1999-2000 guides)


  • Apple Photos Texted to Android Devices
    --- Won't-Download-PROBLEM and WORKAROUND
    (a problem that has existed from 2017 to 2023-plus)

  • Suggested Settings in Android-11
    (as used on a Samsung S6 Lite Tablet)
    (coming someday?)

  • Suggested Settings in Android-??
    (as used on a Samsung Galaxy A12 cellphone)
    (coming someday?)

Computer HARDWARE notes :

Digital Cameras:

Smart Phones:

  • TracFone phone info
    (especially for Samsung Galaxy phones)
    (Mobile 'smart' phones are micro-computers.)

TV-Video-Audio alternatives to cable TV:

  • Roku 'box' info
    to help access video and audio content via the internet --- and TRY to avoid cable-TV-channel commercials that are growing like cancer.
    (The Roku 'box' is a micro-computer.)

Network devices:


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about ten different computer-topics are
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Page history:

Page was created 2007 Feb 12.

--- various changes from 2007 to 2017 ---

Page was changed 2017 Apr 14.
(Added 'Windows10 Bloatware Removal' link.)

Page was changed 2017 May 26.
(Added 'When Gnome2-Nautilus Fails to Start' link.)

Page was changed 2017 Jun 02.
(Added 'Disk Partition Checking/Recovery with 'fsck'.)

Page was changed 2017 Sep 09.
(Changed a fonts page link.)

Page was changed 2017 Sep 18.
(Changed a handy-scripts link.)

Page was changed 2018 Jun 30.
(Added 'JavaScript Examples' link.)

Page was changed 2018 Jul 02.
(Added meta info for this page.)

Page was changed 2018 Jul 12.
(Added 'JavaScript Queries on ...' link.)

Page was changed 2018 Jul 29.
(Added 'Screen DPI ...' link.)

Page was changed 2018 Aug 22.
(Added css and javascript to try to handle text-size for smartphones, esp. in portrait orientation.)

Page was changed 2018 Aug 26.
(Added the Overview/Menu of Linux Installs.)

Page was changed 2018 Nov 03.
(Added 'Bookmarklet Examples' link.)

Page was changed 2019 Feb 13.
(Changed 'Computer Bargains' link.)

Page was changed 2019 Mar 26.
(Added a 'TurboTax INSTALL on Windows7' link.)

Page was changed 2019 Mar 27.
(Added a 'Linux Web Browsers and Protocols and AppImage' link.)

Page was changed 2019 Nov 25.
(Added a '2019 GRUB quiet splash' link. Added some year-of-posting notes.)

Page was changed 2021 May 26.
(Added an 'Ubuntu-MATE' Wikipedia link. Changed several Wikipedia links to open in a separate window.)

Page was changed 2021 Jun 20.
(Added a link to a newer 'Backup Scripts with Rsync' page.)

Page was changed 2021 Jul 24.
(Changed directory and HTML-filename of TurboTax-Install-on-MSwindows7 link to include the '7' indicator.)

Page was changed 2021 Jul 26.
(Added a 'TurboTax 2019 INSTALL on Windows10' link.)

Page was changed 2021 Jul 30.
(Added a 'TurboTax 2020 INSTALL on Windows10' link.)

Page was changed 2021 Aug 02.
(Added a 'Microsoft Windows 10 SETTINGS NOTES' link.)

Page was changed 2021 Aug 06.
(Added an 'INITIAL SETUP of an HP-Windows10 desktop computer' link.)

Page was changed 2021 Aug 17.
(Added a 'Win7-Dell to Win10-HP DATA MIGRATION NOTES' link.)

Page was changed 2021 Nov 14.
(Added a 'Slide Scanning with an Epson Scanner' link.)

Page was changed 2022 Nov 20.
(Added a 'Linux Web Browers - Install and/or Update Notes' option.
Changed links to most other web pages so they startup in a separate window or tab, so that this menu page remains available.)

Page was changed 2023 Nov 15.
(Added a link to a how-to-reclaim-ISO-USBsticks web page, to the Linux-SpecialTopics section.)

Page was changed 2023 Nov 20.
(Added a link to a how-to-print-&-scan-with-a-Brother-printer web page, to the Linux-SpecialTopics section.
Also added a link to a TommyThompson-UbuntuMATE-YouTube-Videos web page, to the Linux-Notes/Guides section.)

Page was changed 2023 Dec 10.
(Added a link to a Zenity-script-examples web page, to the Linux-Notes/Guides section.
Also added a new ANDROID section to this page, with a link to an Apple Images-Texted-To-Android Problem-&-Workaround page.)