Pluma recently-used.xbel

At launch and shutdown Pluma throws a couple of instances of the following error when used with sudo to edit 'root' files:

Gtk-WARNING **: Attempting to set the permissions of `/root/.local/share/recently-used.xbel',
 but failed: No such file or directory

A quick use of mkdir fixes it:

sudo mkdir /root/.local/
sudo mkdir /root/.local/share

Installing Mint 14 or Mint 15 Compaq 6820s

The Mint 14/15 LiveCD worked fine on my old Compaq 6820s but after installation Mint would hang with a black screen during the boot process. After much rebooting and editing the grub config (hold down shift key during BIOS POST process to display the Grub menu) I found the solution that apparently everyone knows. Until I knew the answer I didn't know the correct question to pose to Google.

For some reason the Radeon video card doesn't like the graphical splash screen and has to be turned off with "nomodeset" command-line option, something like this:

sudo pluma /etc/default/grub

Change this line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset"

And apply the change with:

sudo update-grub

Manually installing Debian packages

SolydKX doesn't automatically install downloaded packages in the same way Mint does, so I did it manually:

sudo dpkg -i packagename.deb

Hello World written in C on Mint

I have no immediate plans to write C code but I bumped into "Hello World" and thought I try it to prove that gcc was installed and working.

Create the helloworld.c source in Documents:

#include <stdio.h>
int main (void)
  printf("Hello World!\n");
  return 0;

Compile it with:

gcc helloworld.c -o helloworld

And run it with:


Windows Delete all print jobs

For when the spooler gets stuck in the "Deleting ..." print job state.

net stop spooler
del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.shd
del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.spl
net start spooler

I've also added those commands to my desktop as DeletePrintJobs.cmd

The instructions were taken from Microsoft Support

Banshee Remote

Congratulations and thanks to Nikitas Stamatopoulos and Kristopher Dick for creating the excellent Banshee Remote. Not perfect (it hangs from time to time) but gives me the remote control of Banshee from my Android phone that I wanted.

The installation instructions here are simple to follow and it worked first time.

Some reminders for me:
cd /usr/lib/banshee/Extensions
cp ~/../home/mhs/Downloads/BansheeRemoteListener.dll .