Slow-motion menu

One feature of Linux Mint 17 that doesn’t function particularly well is pressing the Menu button on the panel. Nothing happens. Well, nothing happens for a while. The menu is extremely slow to appear. This is a known issue and, fortunately, it only affects the first time the menu is called up. If the button is pressed on subsequent occasions, the menu instantly snaps into view, as one would expect.

References:

Menu is slow to appear, misses keypresses #315
https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/issues/315

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A PDF Reader for Android

Reading PDF files on a smartphone isn’t the easiest task in the world. The screen is tiny so it isn’t practical to view an entire page in portrait mode. One has to orient the screen in landscape mode which necessarily means lots of scrolling – both vertically down any given page – and horizontally to move between pages.
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Missing icons for applications

Another odd setting in my recent installation of Linux Mint 17 came to light when I minimized a LibreOffice window. There was no icon (button) for the application being displayed on the panel so I thought I had no way to restore the window. A little searching on the Internet using Google turned up a couple of solutions.
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Firefox doesn’t start in Linux Mint 17 [Solved]

It never fails to amaze me how the Linux community comes up with obscure fixes to obscure problems – well, at least, obscure problems/solutions to me!
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Setting a default page for a new browser tab

My recent problem with Firefox under Linux Mint 17 (Firefox doesn’t start in Linux Mint 17) that resulted in a move to Chrome had me looking for a browser extension (add-on) that would let me set a default page to be loaded when I open a new tab.
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Firefox doesn’t start in Linux Mint 17

After installing the new release of Linux Mint on my development machine, I found that Firefox won’t start. Navigating to Menu – Internet – Firefox has absolutely no visible effect. However, running firefox in Terminal produces the error message: “GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: assertion ‘sys_page_size == 0′ failed ” along with several warnings. So, now what?
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Vertical Scroll Bars in Linux Mint 17

The official release of Linux Mint 17 (Qiana) was made yesterday. Qiana is a long term support (LTS) version and, as such, will be supported for five years (i.e. until 2019), making this a very desirable product. Downloading and installing the new version went without a hitch but, when running LibreOffice Writer for the first time, I was disconcerted to find that there were no single, up/down arrows on the vertical scroll bar that would have allowed the page to be scrolled one line at a time. They were simple gone! Missing!
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