Author Archives: Alan German

Setting the window size and location for Opera

For a number of years my web browser of choice has been Firefox; however, the release of Version 57 (Quantum) broke all the “legacy” add-ons that I was using. (See: “Farewell past, happy dreams of days gone by”) My solution … Continue reading

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Manually Updating LineageOS on a Moto G3 Smartphone

Previously, I had updated the Lineage OS 14.1 custom ROM installed on my Moto G3 smartphone using the over-the-air (OTA) facility included in Settings – About phone – LineageOS updates (see Updating LineageOS). This still requires installing Gapps and re-rooting … Continue reading

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Activating the scanner on a Brother DCP7020 multi-function laser printer

I recently did a clean install of Linux Mint onto my computer and installed the drivers for my Brother DCP7020 multi-function laser printer. The printer worked fine but attempting to run the scanner with Simple Scan produced the error “Failed … Continue reading

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Sort folders before files in LibreOffice

A recent update to LibreOffice seems to have changed the order in which files and folders are displayed in the File-Open dialogue box. Previously, all the sub-folders were listed ahead of the files in the current folder. Now, files and … Continue reading

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Tweaking Cinnamon’s menu in Linux Mint

One of life’s current mysteries is how to edit Cinnamon’s menu system in Linux Mint Version 19 (Tara). The trick is either to run cinnamon-menu-editor in Terminal or navigate to Menu – Right-click – Configure – Menu – Open the … Continue reading

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Installing Wine in Linux Mint Tara

Anyone wishing to install Wine in Linux Mint Version 19 (Tara), and looking at the entries produced by a search in Software Manager, is faced with a fairly bewildering choice of installation options. I don’t claim to know the most … Continue reading

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Vertical Scroll Bars in Linux Mint Tara

The latest release of Linux Mint (Version 19 – Tara) uses the Mint-Y theme. Unfortunately this provides a thin scroll bar in LibreOffice Writer, does not display the single line up/down controls, and offers, to my mind, a rather strange … Continue reading

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