I have floated the following idea at my church and it has been well received. Seek donations of older computers, have the youth group refurbish them, sell them at a low price with user training and support to seniors. The money raised will go to the youth group. The systems would be optimized for email and web surfing. Naturally Linux would be the OS.
Is this a crazy idea? Has anyone done something similar? Are there resources available to help with this sort of thing?
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I am trying to adjust the screen resolution on my Toshiba Portege
7140CT. I'm sure it's an adjustment in the xorg.conf file, but I
don't know enough to do it properly. As a matter of fact, I tried
following online instructions only to have no resolution - only lines
and a frozen machine.
I need this done in the next couple days, please, and would be willing
to drive a reasonable distance to have you look at it.
If anyone can help me, either by rewriting it for me via email or by
my visit to get it done, please let me know here or by calling my
When it is frozen, can you ssh in from another machine?
On Tue, 24 Feb 2009, Walt wrote:
> Nope, the ONLY two things that work are the light and NmLk. These are
> operated (on my Lenovo X61s) using the Fn key. None of the other Fn key
> functions operate at time of lock-up. So I'm assuming a panic.
> Chuck Anderson wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 07:44:05AM -0500, Walt wrote:
> >> I can turn the light on (ThinkLight) and the NumLock. Other than that,
> >> no keyboard interaction happens.
> >> Thanks!
> > So the little house-shaped light with the "A" inside it that
> > represents the state of the Caps Lock function doesn't blink all by
> > itself? Because if it does, that indicates that the kernel paniced.
> > If it doesn't, then the kernel did not panic.
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Hi, first post here!
I'm a part-time Linux user, with experience on Mandrake and Fedora.
After installing ubuntu 8.10, I find that my computer is very quiet,
even when I don't want it to be! The only sound I can get is the beep
when the arrow keys reach a limit, such as scrolling to the end of a
list, or the end of a command line.
The master volume is high, I have permission to Use Audio Devices,
nothing is muted, am I missing something basic??? I've been to
<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingSoundProblems> and lots of links from
there. Learned a lot, accomplished little. :)
I can turn off the beep (alert) in Sound Preferences, but I can't turn
on other sounds, (Rhythmbox, youtube, etc.) Some info I picked up is
shown below. I wasn't clear from checking
<http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Matrix:Main> whether my
sound card is supported by ALSA. The Intel soundcard list includes ESB2,
but nothing else remotely like 631xESB/632xESB. If that's the case, am I
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: STAC92xx Analog [STAC92xx Analog]
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB High Definition
Audio Controller (rev 09)
Subsystem: Dell Device 01c0
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
Memory at dfffc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
0 [Intel ]: HDA-Intel - HDA Intel
HDA Intel at 0xdfffc000 irq 16
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A couple of things from last night's meeting / dinner that might
I know people have mentioned it before but WLUG has an irc channel.
We're on freenode and it's #wlug-ma. IRC stands for Internet Relay chat
and is used for sync communication between people. Check out this
wikipedia link  for more info. get a copy of Xchat (irc client) and
when you open xchat it should prompt you for a server. Click freenode.
Next it may ask you for a channel to join, type in #wlug-ma. If it
doesn't ask for a channel to join, type "/join #wlug-ma" in the command
bar at the bottom.
Some people mentioned that their pgp keys are expiring in roughly 2
months so we need to have a keysigning again. If your key is expiring
soon I would suggest generating a new key now and signing your new key
with your old key. This will allow the web of trust to extend to your
For generating new keys, there are a few schools of thought. Some
people prefer to have their master key be unlimited and generate new
subkeys every so often (1/year, etc). This way signatures go to the
master key but the subkeys can always be revoked if there's a problem.
Others generate a key pair with a 3-5 year expiration and just get
signatures again as they need them. The thing to keep in mind is how
possible is it that my key will be cracked [expiration] years from now
I think the current plan is to have the key signing in two months
(please correct me if I'm wrong) so I'll be sending more stuff out as it
Key fingerprint = D1C4 086E DBB5 C18E 6FDA B215 6A25 7174 A941 3B9F
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Our monthly WLUG meeting will be held this coming Thursday, Feb 19th, at
7:00 PM in the Access Grid room on the WPI campus in Worcester, MA USA.
We don't have a specific topic for this meeting unless we get a
volunteer from the audience between now and the meeting time.
As always, light refreshments will be available at the meeting, and
we'll go out for pizza afterwards.
See ya there!
Andy Stewart, Founder
Worcester Linux Users' Group (http://www.wlug.org)
Chelmsford Linux Meetup Group (http://linux.meetup.com/393)
Amateur Radio: KB1OIQ
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A couple of WLUG members had been interested in GIMP a few months
back. A presentation I gave to the group last Fall may have been
effective that it could have been, since we couldn't get the big
monitors working in the meeting room.
But now while looking for one piece of info, I came across this in
article Linux Haxor: "50 Tutorials To Get You Started With Gimp."
Some of these tutorials seem to be concerned with specific special
effects, but others, such as "Using and Manipulating Layers with Gimp"
and "Retouching hair and eye (video)" might be of interest to
non-artist persons, and to those who want to work with photos they
have uploaded from digital camera.