Category Archives: Commands

When is (Android) root not root?

Having rooted my Moto G3 smartphone, and before trying to install a custom ROM, I decided to explore what my newly-minted root access would actually provide. In particular, I wanted to clean out some system apps that I never use, … Continue reading

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PowerPoint 2007 fails to launch in 64-bit Linux Mint 18.1

As noted in the previous post, after installing Microsoft Office 2007 on a machine running Wine under 64-bit Linux Mint, Word and Excel ran fine, but PowerPoint failed to launch. Two further tweaks are necessary to get PowerPoint 2007 to … Continue reading

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Installing Microsoft Office 2007 in 64-bit Linux Mint 18.1

I found it simple to install Office 2007 in Linux Mint under Wine. However, when I ran Word, intending to open an existing file, I immediately received the error message “Word cannot open this document template (C:\users\…\1033\Building Blocks.dotx)”. Ignoring this … Continue reading

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Installing FreeFileSync in Linux Mint 18

My main data backup program is FreeFileSync in both Linux and Windows. However, when I attempted to install this package in Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) using the usual command to add the relevant PPA (sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freefilesync/ffs), I received the … Continue reading

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Verifying the Linux Mint 18 ISO file

Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) was released a few days ago and I wanted to try the new version. However, I recalled that Mint’s web site had been hacked in February and a compromised version of the ISO file for Linux … Continue reading

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The case of the disappearing desktop icons

So, all the desktop icons, including Computer, Home and Mounted Volumes, disappeared without a trace. Worse, rebooting had no effect. However, when I loaded the home folder in Mint’s Caja file manager, suddenly all the icons reappeared – but, only … Continue reading

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Whine

I recently installed Wine on a Linux Mint/Mate machine and followed up by installing my ancient Windows-based Homesite HTML editor. The problems started when there was no Wine entry, and hence no Homesite entry, in Mate’s main menu. However, there … Continue reading

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