Changing the date/time format on the panel

By default, the clock/calendar display on the panel in Linux Mint 19 (Tara) takes a form such as 11:15. Short and sweet – but perhaps too much so. However, the format can be easily changed by right-clicking on the calendar, selecting “Configure”, and turning on the switch for “Use a custom date format”.

The parameters for the “Date format” are rather cryptic. Fortunately, there is a link to “Show information on date format syntax”. This takes you to a really neat web site – FOR A GOOD STRFTIME – developed by Mike Buckbee.

The initial page provides a set of radio buttons where you can choose from several preset date/time formats and see the associated parameters displayed in a “Format” window. Cut and paste these parameters into Calendar’s “Date format” field and you are in business.

Even better, Mike allows you to create a custom format using a “Build Your Own” page where you can drag and drop individual parameters to produce a custom string. And, there is another page that defines all of the available parameters.

It’s very comprehensive and works like a charm. So, well done – and many thanks – Mike!

References:

FOR A GOOD STRFTIME
https://www.foragoodstrftime.com

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Could not download all repository indexes

Running Update Manager produced the error:

Could not download all repository indexes
Repository 'https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable stable
InRelease' changed its 'Origin' value from 
'Opera Software ASA' to 'Opera Software AS'

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Disk mounting as read-only

My “DataDisk” is a dedicated partition that is used by both Linux and Windows 10 when either of the dual-booted operating systems is activated. Today, the data disk suddenly became read-only (ro) even though it is mounted as read-write (rw) though an entry in fstab.
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Customizing an Adobe Cordova app – Part 5

We can make a further minor refinement to our SiteFinder app by simplifying the display of the link that will launch the target web site. In particular, we don’t need the green box with the caption “Connect to our web site” since users will appreciate that they simply have to click on the link to http://opcug.ca.
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Customizing an Adobe Cordova app – Part 4

Now that we have the basics of a working app, the next step is to produce a release version that we can install on an actual smartphone. We are going to do this using the project build facilities offered by Android Studio.
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Customizing an Adobe Cordova app – Part 3

In the last few posts, we have been building a simple app to launch the web site of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group (OPCUG) on an Android smartphone. One item that remains to be resolved is the display of OPCUG’s logo on the main screen of the app rather than the default logo for Apache Cordova.
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Customizing an Adobe Cordova app – Part 2

Following on from the last post where we edited the file index.html from the www folder of our Cordova SiteFinder project, our next step is just to tweak the text shown on the display. We have already disabled the blink feature. Now, we want to change the font sizes, capitalization, and layout.
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