Bring Back Traditional Google Search – no AI

You can search Google with the Chrome web browser on Android without getting AI results by choosing the web-only mode from the menu at the top of a Google search page.

This article from JR Raphael at ComputerWorld details how to keep that web-only search as a default, as well as how to set up a web-only search view on the desktop.

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Check Register for Libre Office

If you are using Libre Office and looking for a good check register (which can easily be used for a credit card account, too), I found one here: Personal Checkbook Register

On that page, there is a link to Download the template. After opening the downloaded template, you can start using it, save it and title it, or copy it over to another new or existing spreadsheet file. (This bit assumes you already have Libre Office downloaded. If not, do that first here).

I copied the downloaded template over to use within a workbook I already had. To copy the template along with all the formatting and formulas, just click the upper left corner of the spreadsheet to select the whole thing, Ctrl+C (on Windows) to copy, then select the same upper left corner of the spreadsheet where you want to use the template and this time enter Ctrl+V to paste it in.

For use with credit card accounts, I delete the first column labeled “Check” and change the “Payment” column to “Charges” and the “Deposit” column title to “Payments”. You can easily customize this register to your preferred design and function, such as the colors, fonts, or adding a column for noting categories. Go wild! But, not too wild. This is a spreadsheet after all.

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Printers and Linux Mint

After upgrading to the recent Linux Mint “Victoria” version 21.2, I was unable to print. I use an EPSON ecotank printer (Epson ET-4850) and in the prior version called “Vera” 21.1 the printer was recognized without me doing anything to install it. After upgrading, my printer wasn’t recognized and going through the steps of Start Menu –> Administration –> Printers –> Add –> Find Network Printer, etc. didn’t work. The Epson printer did show in the list on a few different lines after choosing “Find Network Printer” but after hitting “Forward” to finish the process, I kept getting a CUPS server error, no matter which choice I selected.

I found a solution in the Linux Mint forums that got me printing again. After finding my printer’s IP address, I was able to use the following suggested script. To use the script, make up your own printer name where you read PRINTER_NAME and enter the printer’s IP address where I’ve noted X’s:

lpadmin -p PRINTER_NAME -v "ipp://XXX.XXX.X.XX/ipp/print" -E -m everywhere

Yesterday, I ran a search on something like “printer not working after upgrading to Linux Mint Victoria” and then another more general search like “problems adding printer to Linux Mint”. It was getting late, and the search results yielded a lot of older articles that didn’t help me. Today, I just used a more general search of “how to add a network printer to linux mint” and after viewing a video result that didn’t help, one result a little way down on the results page caught my eye, and the solution ended up being successful.

Let me know of what you’ve found helpful with dealing with printer problems using Linux and I may add the solution to this article in order to help others with a similar problem.

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