Dinga, is there any reason not to just format the thumbdrive? If you can see it with gparted, you should be able to do that, I think. Then it will be almost like new. 😉
Didn't I just say that? I thought I just said that.
Sorry, your post wasn't showing when I started typing.
Must be good advice, though, when two such brilliant minds come up with it at the same time... 😁
Which seems to be people getting their knickers in a knot just so that they walk funny.
Yes, does seem a bit that way, doesn't it?
It could perhaps be an indirect follow-on, like a "me-too, from the new privacy laws that will be coming in to force in Europe.
It's a good thing, I think. Things like default setting on Facebook has to become everything turned off until you allow it, instead of the "everything open" default setting they had initially.
As far as the file etc/machine-id goes, no idea. It occurs to me, though, that "what is it for" is obvious: machine-id. More interesting might be "who and what is accessing it".
Yeah, that's about the impression I had, too. Someone being a bit too important for their own good, more or less.
I did wonder if the author might be German... :zipper_across_the_mouth:
What is in the "machine-id" file? Is it readable?
I may even have one on the desktop (Ubuntu), but I can't be bothered turning it on at this time of night just to look for that.
Which distro are you using?
It says "Mint 18.3" in the thread title... 😉
Time I stared looking for a stable distro that will work on this computer.
Yeah, sounds like it.
Don't know anything about that app, but I would be inclined to take steps to remove it.
Apart from that, does the wife have her WiFi and GPS turned on all the time? I don't, and my battery lasts between 2 days and a week, depening on how many calls I make.
And don't forget, the battery may be just getting old. How old is the phone? Having said that, mine is at least 5 years old, and the battery is still apparently ok. Mine is a Mobistel Android device.
Yeah, forgot that one until about an hour after I wrote that last post.
What do you mean "in an ISO"?
Do you mean when you boot from a bootable medium rather than an install on the hard-drive?