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  • Today I opened a document where I had to make a few edits and LibreOffice decided to tell me:

    Readonly content cannot be changed.
    No modifications will be accepted.

    There is a screenshot of that message:

    Error message: Readonly content cannot be changed. No modifications will be accepted.

    The error may be justified, I do not know, but apparently not too many people know how to unlock a document. I found pages and pages that tell people to check the read/write protection of the file, as if a read-only file on disk could not be updated in the editor... (yes! you cannot write it back, but you can edit it and do a Save As ...)

    One person, though, had the correct answer to ...

  • I have used several different software to gain remote access to other's computers.

    With a Unix system, it's easy. You use ssh and you can do everything you want (although some people just cannot handle a console, I'm fine with such, but ssh allows you to access X-Windows if you'd like with the -X command line option.)

    With MS-Windows, since that system is just a desktop application, you need a special tool in order to achieve that feat. Most of them are for money or make use of things that do not work under Linux. Yet, there is one that I like, it is called TeamViewer. It was ...

  • To avoid recreating the same styles and title, summary pages over and over again one wants to create a template file. These are called <name>.dot where dot means document template.

    To create a .dot just create a regular .doc file and then when saving it, change the extension to .dot. Nothing complicated here.

    Now, if you are with a large company, the template file would be saved in a folder where Microsoft Office can find it automatically so when you say New you can then choose your template, it has to be placed here:

        C:\Users\<name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates
    
  • I guess I liked Netscape just way too much... I used Mozilla after Netscape went down and bust, then I continued with SeaMonkey 1.x and now I just finished installing SeaMonkey 2.0.

    There are features in this system that are just better than in FireFox. However, SeaMonkey 2.0 is a re-sync. with FireFox 3.x. In other words, this is very similar to FireFox, with the correct display features of the HTML code. But it keeps the menu, preferences and look in general of SeaMonkey. (although the fonts have changed... I'll have to get used to those!?)

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  • When you use Ubuntu X11 you at times want to start an application as Root.

    In your console you'd use the sudo tool which gives the command temporary super-user powers.

    sudo my-command

    In Ubuntu Gnome you can do the same using the gksu command. So add an icon, enter the usual information, and for your command, add gksu in front of it. When clicked, you'll first get a prompt asking you your sudo password, then the command is executed as if the root user had started it.

    gksu faxanwer ttyS0
  • MS-Windows is extremely flexible. So one of the things you can do is delete your Start menu. It's a good way to prevent people from starting the "wrong" software. Now, without that menu and a few icons, what do you do?!

    The Start -> Run menu is accessible using a Window key (held down) and the R key (W-R). This will open the Run window in which you can run all sorts of programs. It is a console reduce to its minimum! (Invented by Microsoft, thank you!)

  • In order to take a screenshot on your Mac OS/X system, simply type "Apple-Shift-3". Then you will see an image on your Desktop. As far as I know you cannot control where the image will go.

    There are many other combinaisons that let you select the part of the screen you want a screenshot of.

    The name of the file on your dekstop is "Picture #.png" where # increases as required. Although since 10.4 you can change the file format with a Unix command.

  • A little while ago I had a problem with the Thunderbird Sent folder.

    I'm not too sure what had happened but it just wouldn't work right.

    I found a page talking about the problem here:

    http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=763585

    The solution that worked for me is actually documented in that post. Ther eit is:

    1. Go to your account folder and check the properties.
    2. Click on "Copies & Folders" and then make sure that you use the "Sent" folder option
    3. Enable Place a copy in under "When sending messages, automatically:"
    4. ...
  • I just upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10 and my desktop was fully reset to the defaults. Rather annoying.

    The worst part is that I tried to do things such as reassigning the Alt-F1 and Alt-F2 keys and it did not work. Somehow the default Gnome keys remained in effect!

    I found the solution on Ask Ubuntu.

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu "[]" # disable Alt+F1
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-run-dialog "[]" # disable Alt-F2
    

    Editing the preferences did not work at all.

    Source: ...

  • Oka, so today I finally got the chance to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04, hopefully soon to 14.10 too.

    I have to say that in general, it looks like they've done a good job as things seem to work better...

    However, the display setup got lost. My HP 2509m monitor is connected through a KVM and because of that, it does not always work as expected. That is, the nVidia card does not get to read the monitor information. It took me a while, but I found a way to fix the problem.

    First of all I connected the monitor directly to my computer. That gave me the ability to change the resolution to 1920x1080 ...

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