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potong

Joined: 06 Mar 2009
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PostPosted: Mon 28 Jun 2010, 22:53    Post_subject:  

This is not a trick as such but rather "thinking outside the box" or should I say "thinking inside the box"!

Long ago I bought a 3-in-1 Lexmark printer/scanner. This works fine in windows but it could not be persuaded to work in Linux. I contacted Lexmark but they would/could not provide drivers for this model. So the 3-in-1 sat on the desk and dried up (BTW ink cartridges for this model were exorbitant).
Fast forward a few years: I am now using Puppy and I have a need to scan some documents but no scanner available. Well the 3-in-1 has a scanner but how to connect it to puppy?
I already have VirtualBox installed (for testing out new pups) so I popped in an old win2000 setup disk, created a win2000 virtual machine, applied the VirtualBox Additions to allow seamless desktop, installed the Lexmark printer/scanner software and then setup a shared folder between puppy and the virtual win2000 machine.
Now, with just a few clicks, I can use the scanner again and if need be the printer.
One proviso: the version of VirtualBox has to be the non-open source one because the 3-in-1 is connected via USB.

HTH

Potong
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Flash
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PostPosted: Tue 29 Jun 2010, 00:34    Post_subject:  

I discovered the same thing. Inkjet printers are the worst way to go unless you print a lot. If you don't, the ink dries out between uses. Expensive bummer. Laser printers are a better choice if you only print occasionally. They use dry toner powder, which should have a shelf life of pretty much forever.

Most of us these days have a digital camera with resolution high enough to make a dandy substitute for a scanner if your standards aren't too high. Smile

If necessary, you can put the paper under a piece of glass or plastic to flatten it. Arrange things so the light source is far enough to the side of the camera that the reflection of the light source doesn't show in the picture.
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potong

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PostPosted: Fri 23 Jul 2010, 22:59    Post_subject:  

The Problem:

You want to print something off the web but you don't want to print adverts/sidebars/headers/footers etc.

If you're using Seamonkey, go to File/Edit Page, then in the new window, highlight the text or area you want to print and either copy or cut it.

Open a new composer page from File/New Composer Page and paste in you selection.

Continue copying/cutting until you have all the details you want and either save or print the result.


Bookmarklets are another way to go or if your a firefox person investigate Greasemonkey and/or Firebug.

HTH

Potong

p.s. Another excellent addon is Scrapbook for offline reading and it also includes a wysiwyg html page formatter
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Lobster
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PostPosted: Sat 24 Jul 2010, 09:58    Post_subject:  

→ °¿° ←

AltGr + 2 = ²
AltGr + 3 = ³
AltGr + 4 = €
AltGr + 5 = ½
AltGr + 6 = ¾
AltGr + y = ←
AltGr + u = ↓
AltGr + i = →
AltGr + q = @

AltGr + shift + c = ©
AltGr + shift + 8 = ™
AltGr + shift + r = ®
AltGr + shift + y = ¥
AltGr + shift + u = ↑
AltGr + shift + 2 = ⅛
AltGr + shift + 4 = ¼

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efiguy


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Posts: 169

PostPosted: Sun 25 Jul 2010, 21:25    Post_subject: Please post your simple tricks you know but others don't
Sub_title: Recovering Video urls
 

Hi Group,

- In working on building a simple streaming TV PC to scanconverter, found that discovering the streaming url is somewhat difficult. There is much software to purchase, but I need to do this on the cheap, and all the urls seem to obfusicate the sources.
- So I put this methodology file together, as a "how to" - but actually looking for easier suggestions, or sources of any better techniques - [only 143 more urls to scan, if live long enough ;) ]

Thanks,
Jay
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chrome307


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PostPosted: Mon 26 Jul 2010, 05:01    Post_subject:  

Thanks Lobster for those special characters Smile
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don570


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Location: Ontario

PostPosted: Mon 26 Jul 2010, 14:59    Post_subject: jwm modifications  

If you want a way to quickly launch the terminal...
Type in terminal

Code:
geany /root/.jwmrc-tray

Insert this new line in the appropriate section

Code:
<TrayButton popup="Run Terminal" icon="mini-sh1.xpm">exec:urxvt</TrayButton>


choose 'Restart JWM' at the menu
Test by clicking on new icon in tray
_________________________________________

I made a few other changes and the section now looks like
Code:
   <!--   <TrayButton popup="Run commandline" icon="gexec.xpm">exec:gexec</TrayButton>
   <TrayButton popup="Choose Default Browser" icon="www24.png">exec:browser-default</TrayButton>
   <TrayButton popup="Free space in drives" icon="mini-hdisk.xpm">exec:partview</TrayButton>-->
   <TrayButton popup="Run Terminal" icon="mini-sh1.xpm">exec:urxvt</TrayButton>
   <TrayButton popup="Run mhWaveEdit" icon="mini-record.xpm">exec:mhwaveedit</TrayButton>
      <TrayButton popup="Show Desktop" icon="mini-desktop.xpm">showdesktop</TrayButton>


Now there is now 3 icons for quick launch. Terminal, mhWaveEdit
and Show Desktop
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don570


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PostPosted: Mon 26 Jul 2010, 15:03    Post_subject: e3 text editor  

Practice using terminal text editor e3
It could be useful if desktop doesn't come up when booting.

Start by opening a new file
Code:
e3 /root/file_name.txt

or just
Code:
e3 file_name.txt

To quit the program is the hardest part of program
ctrl-k then ctrl-q
You will be asked to save the document.
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PeacebyJesus

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug 2010, 21:08    Post_subject:  

potong wrote:
The Problem:

You want to print something off the web but you don't want to print adverts/sidebars/headers/footers etc.
r


Or L. click before the point that you want to begin copying, then go to where you want to end and hold down the Shift key and L. click again. And if you want to eliminate pictures, etc, then go to your word processor and under Edit, choose Paste special (or unformatted text.) I use OpenOffice, and R. click on a Toolbar and choose customize Toolbar, and then hit Keyboard and then i change keyboard shortcuts so that a key such as F2 will launch paste special.

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ken geometrics

Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: California

PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug 2010, 21:54    Post_subject: Re: e3 text editor  

don570 wrote:
Practice using terminal text editor e3
It could be useful if desktop doesn't come up when booting.

Start by opening a new file
Code:
e3 /root/file_name.txt

or just
Code:
e3 file_name.txt

To quit the program is the hardest part of program
ctrl-k then ctrl-q
You will be asked to save the document.


I use words to remember what the key strokes are

^K-B = blocK Begin
^K-E = blocK End
^K-C = blocK Copy
^K-M = blocK Move
^K-Q = blocK Quit

It is actually in many ways a good editor because the commands can all be done without moving your hands off the keyboard. When you select a block text, it says "yes sir that text is to be selected". It doesn't turn off the selection when you move the cursor etc. There is none of that "the editor knows better than the user" in the programmers mind.
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Hotdog


Joined: 29 Sep 2011
Posts: 109
Location: Georgia USA

PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec 2011, 22:21    Post_subject: For us mouse-centric users  

Using your mouse to launch a program that just doesn't run the way you expect? Or, one that when clicked on seems to do nothing at all?

Try running it from a terminal and it will probably give an error message that you can use to start tracking down the problem.
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vovchik


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Location: Ukraine

PostPosted: Thu 15 Dec 2011, 09:10    Post_subject:  

Dear efiguy,

If you want to disambiguate streams, have a look at this pet I posted about a month ago http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=73104.

With kind regards,
vovchik
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banger0250


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Location: Rothwell,Brisbane,Qld,AU

PostPosted: Tue 03 Jan 2012, 19:19    Post_subject: Remove ROX-Puppy-Pin
Sub_title: Remove ROX-Puppy-Pin
 

This is just to stop the ROX pupypin from starting up on the desktop. I needed this to play around with wbar && conky/lua. Open up your .xinitrc in a text editor and comment out these lines.
Code:
#relocates right-side icons to actual right-side of screen...
#/usr/sbin/fixPuppyPin /root/Choices/ROX-Filer/PuppyPin #v1.0.7

#w468 on old PCs this sometimes does not start, see further down...
#if [ -f /root/Choices/ROX-Filer/PuppyPan1 ];then
#rox -p /root/Choices/ROX-Filer/PuppyPin -r /root/Choices/ROX-Filer/PuppyPan1
#else
#rox -p /root/Choices/ROX-Filer/PuppyPin
#fi

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amigo

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PostPosted: Thu 05 Jan 2012, 10:02    Post_subject:  

When preparing avocado slices, don't try to peel the avocado and then slice it. Instead, slice with the skin still on -it's easy to remove the skin from the slices afterward.
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PostPosted: Thu 05 Jan 2012, 18:26    Post_subject:  

amigo - nothing easier than a big metal spoon to get the skin off an avocado Smile
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