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Slow NTFS File Transfers in Linux – Attempted Fix Using VeraCrypt Container in a Windows VM

I was using Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon. I noticed that, when I tried to move or copy large numbers of files from and to Windows NTFS partitions, those operations started out OK, but then became very slow. Excessive CPU burden … Continue reading

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Trying to Use tar and rsync to Back Up a Linux System

This post describes my efforts to use tar, rsync, and gnome-disks to back up a Linux Mint Xfce installation. These efforts succeeded, in the sense that I could create backups; but these efforts failed, in the sense that (at least … Continue reading

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Linux Mint: Restart Unresponsive Desktop, Recover Missing Terminal Icon, Restore to Menu

I was using Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon. I edited the Menu. Among other things, I made a copy of the Terminal icon. Then I decided I didn’t want the copy. I deleted it. Unless there was something else going on … Continue reading

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Debug.Log: Error: Range: Fully Unreadable

I kept seeing a debug.log file open on my desktop, in Notepad, containing this text: [0120/175101.863:ERROR:process_info.cc(632)] range at 0xaabf36c600000000, size 0x155 fully unreadable [0120/175101.863:ERROR:process_info.cc(632)] range at 0xaabf372800000000, size 0x155 fully unreadable [0120/175101.863:ERROR:process_info.cc(632)] range at 0x0, size 0x155 fully unreadable My … Continue reading

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A Batch File to Do Things Silently Every Hour (e.g., Check Up on Antivirus)

Now and then, I experienced the rude shock of discovering that my antivirus software was not running, when I assumed it was. Maybe I had intended to turn it off temporarily, so as not to interfere with a program installation, … Continue reading

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Explorer AWOL: File Does Not Have a Program Associated, etc.

I was using Windows 10, though I’m not sure the specific operating system (OS) mattered. I was also using Q-Dir, a replacement for Windows Explorer (or File Explorer, as it was known in Win10). Q-Dir gave me the option of … Continue reading

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Smartphone Newbie’s Extensive Guide to TracFone Samsung Galaxy Core Prime S820

I was looking for an entry-level, pay-as-you-go smartphone. This post describes the process I went through in choosing and setting up the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime S820L smartphone from Walmart. This post includes some descriptions of my own learning and experiences, … Continue reading

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Using ImageMagick to Append One Image to Another

As described in another post, I wanted to combine two images to produce a third image. These two images were composites of multiple screenshots of a webpage. The composites were produced by Microsoft’s free Image Composite Editor (ICE). Each of … Continue reading

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Finding Unplayable MP3s: Using MP3 Diags, MP3val, and Others

I had a set of old MP3s, bearing the same names as files in my current set. For instance, both sets might have a copy of “Dead Kennedys–Take This Job and Shove It.mp3.” But DoubleKiller said they were not byte-for-byte identical. Did … Continue reading

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Using Beyond Compare and DoubleKiller for Cautious Backup

During my 30+ years of computing, I had managed to lose data in many creative and exciting ways. I had discovered that files could contain nothing when Windows said they contained something; I had found that one disk drive was … Continue reading

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Experiences with Linux Mint Alternatives to Windows Programs

I was refining a new Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon x64 installation. In several other posts, I described how I looked for Linux (or cloud-based) alternatives to my primary Windows 7 programs, installed those alternatives, and — where no suitable Linux … Continue reading

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Bulk/Batch Testing and Printing Large Numbers of PDFs (Simplified)

This post offers a relatively simple and streamlined summary of techniques that I developed through a long, detailed discussion in another post. Portions of that post may be useful for people who want to learn how to use Windows 7 … Continue reading

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Methods of Repairing Corrupted or Damaged PDFs

Summary As detailed in the Conclusion (below), this post describes my exploration of a number of different tools and techniques for repairing damaged or corrupt PDF files. For the particular set of PDFs I was working on, the most effective … Continue reading

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Winnowing Some Less-Known MP3 Testers: EncSpot, AudioTester, MP3 Checker, and MP3Utility

I was trying to determine whether any of my MP3s were bad. My collection included MP3s in a variety of bit and sample rates, containing music, speech, and other sorts of sounds. I ran into some problems when comparing several … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Using Excel to Apply Batch Commands to Scattered Files (Testing MP3s)

Contents Introduction Generating the List of Files Formulating the Desired Command Using the Spreadsheet Creating the Batch File Running the Batch File; Results . Introduction I wanted to apply the same command to many different files, scattered among various folders. … Continue reading

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Creating Multiple Files, or Copies of a File

I wanted to create a number of copies of a file. I wanted to know how to do this for two separate reasons. First, occasionally I had thought that it might be useful to create enough files to fill a drive, … Continue reading

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Some Techniques to Detect Duplicate Files

I had been using DoubleKiller and Beyond Compare to compare drives and detect duplicate files. Of course, there were many free and commercial programs to compare files, do backups, and detect duplicates. DoubleKiller and Beyond Compare had been useful in mitigating … Continue reading

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An Annotated wgetrc or wget.ini File

When using Wget in Windows 7 as described in another post, I found it helpful to put a number of instructions into a separate file, called wgetrc or wget.ini (depending on wget version), located (at least on my machine) in … Continue reading

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Explorer++: Copy or Cut and Paste Saves a File as “Copy” – Doesn’t Overwrite Files

I was using Windows 7 x64.  Sometimes I worked in Windows Explorer.  More commonly, I used Explorer++.  For some reason, Explorer++ suddenly began handling files differently.  This post describes what I tried and how I got a solution. Incidentally, this problem … Continue reading

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Windows 7: You Need Permission to Perform This Action

I was not doing anything terrible.  I was just trying to move a file from one folder to another.  But Windows said Bismillah, no!  The specific error was: File Access Denied You need permission to perform this action I got … Continue reading

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Batch File to Open a Webpage or Run a Program on a Particular Day

I found an About.com webpage listing places where I could eat for free on my birthday.  I did feel that the world owed me at least a reminder that such places existed.  In other words, I wanted that About.com webpage to … Continue reading

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Windows 7: Uncooperative Icons in System Tray

I had a program, GoodSync, that I used regularly.  For some reason, its icon stopped appearing in the system tray (i.e., the area that appears to be recessed, at the bottom right corner of the screen in Windows 7).  This … Continue reading

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