[clug] Quick introduction

Paul Rands paul0075r at gmail.com
Thu Aug 15 17:21:31 MDT 2013

Thanks for the warm welcome guys.

I wanted to reply to this properly, so I left it until today.

Travis, I had a look at Beets last night, looks like it will be handy for
cleaning up some of my MP3 tags.
Logan, Thanks for sharing the Think Penguin web site. I found some software
suggestions there that I want to try.
Chris, the cataloging program I am using for my CDs, vinyls and cassettes
is Tellico. It's not quite as good in terms of out of the box features like
Orange CD which I was using in Windows, but it's close, and very
customisable. I chose it because a couple of others I had tried weren't too
successful in running without crashing.

Overall, I am happy with my installation so far, just need to setup a Time
Machine style back up, which I have installed the software for, but need a
spare HDD for, so I will get around to that hopefully next week. I do have
2 issues I need to investigate, sometimes my desktop won't appear upon
login (using Cinnamon) and the other is that I need to auto-mount my 1TB
second drive with my MP3s on it. When I try to open Banshee, it won't see
the MP3s until I jump into Nemo and double click on the drive. I also can't
scan from my Epson all in one, without disabling the software firewall, so
far I can't find a solution for this.

I have long been an user and advocate of open source software, so for me it
makes sense to go all the way and use an open source OS as well. I had only
moved on from Ubuntu thanks to the current GUI. I like the colours and the
overall look, except the unmovable icon bar on the left, as well as the
disappearing menus. I also was not a fan of the Amazon crap that they
started including too. Mint is slightly less polished in some ways, but
reminds me of both Windows and Mac OS and tends to combine the features of
both. So for me it's a good medium. I had a quick look at the Korora site
this morning, and I am looking at running a VM to try it out too.

The PC I am running at the moment is a Dell SFF Optiplex 960. Dual core 3
GHz, 4GB RAM, 500 GB hybrid SSD for the boot and a 1TB conventional HDD,
Intel onboard graphics with analog and HDMI out. It's setup to dual boot
with Windows 8, but now I've got my Windows apps running under Wine,
there's a good chance I will ditch the partition. The PSU on these are a
bit crap, mine wouldn't power up on the first go and the guys at Allbids
weren't overly interested in it, even though their auction stated it was
tested and working. I had to go buy another PSU, but in researching them, I
found that these series of machines have a high fail rate on their PSUs. I
would've just chucked all the bits into another case, had the motherboard
used the standard power socket. It uses a miniature version, for which I
now have an adaptor on hand for in case things die again.

Paul Rands
paul0075r at gmail.com

On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM, Travis Simon <tsimon at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Paul,
> I don't know what you're using for music cataloging, and I haven't searched
> extensively, but I would recommend checking out Beets:
> http://beets.radbox.org/
> It's a command line (I know, this is 2013, right!) application that
> organises mp3s, but uses various online resources to sort everything out
> for you. It's pretty good, and certainly worth at least having a passing
> familiarity with.
> Cheers,
> Travis
> On 15 August 2013 15:23, Paul Rands <paul0075r at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi Guys,
> >
> > This is my first post, and I only stumbled across the group today.
> >
> > I have been using Linux on and off since 2002 or so. And it was my main
> OS
> > for 6 months in before going to Mac OS, a few years ago. Earlier this
> year
> > I grabbed a PC from Allbids, and now run Linux Mint 15 as my main OS,
> and I
> > have been slowly migrating myself away from Windows and Mac OS.
> >
> > I am really enjoying using Mint, and finding the entire experience great,
> > but I am feeling a bit alone as a user, seeing only one or two others I
> > know use any flavour of Linux.
> >
> > Initially I started using Red Hat in my early days, till I was introduced
> > to Mandrake, then Ubuntu. From then on I have migrated from Lubuntu to
> > Mint.
> >
> > I have just begun using Wine seriously and have been successful with
> > running the 3 main Windows apps / games I can't live without, and since
> > found a Linux replacement for a Windows app I used for music cataloging.
> I
> > had spent a lot of time previous to this trying to get Wine going
> properly
> > but without luck.
> >
> > I would definitely class myself in the noob category, but I have worked
> in
> > IT support for Windows for a number of years, but these days work in
> > broadcast media.
> >
> >
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