Linux Mint 19.1: Lightning Calendar in English, but dates in the 24-hour time format

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I like having the user interface of my Linux Mint 19.1 in English, but the regional settings such as numbers and currency in a different language such as Swiss German.

Screenshot of the Language Settings dialog in Linux Mint 19.1

Unfortunately, the date and time settings are set as part of the Language Settings and can not be controlled individually. As a consequence, the Lightning Calendar extension in Thunderbird displays the time as a.m / p.m instead of the desired 24h time format.

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Override the system setting of the time format by adding the following two lines to your .profile file:

LC_TIME=de_CH.UTF-8
export LC_TIME

You can find the text file .profile in you home folder (enable hidden files in Nemo first).

VirtualBox 6: How to enable symlinks for shared folders

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For security reasons, creating symbolic links in a shared folder is disabled in the guest OS (ticket 10085 and manual 5.3 Shared Folders). If you trust your Linux guest OS, you can enable symlinking from the host OS with the following command:

~ $ VBoxManage setextradata "VM_Name" VBoxInternal2/SharedFoldersEnableSymlinksCreate/Folder_Name 1

Replace VM_Name and Folder_Name with your own names. To get a list of names of your virtual machines, execute in the host console:

~ $ VBoxManage list vms

You can also list information about a specific machine with:

~ $ VBoxManage showvminfo "VM_Name"

Now you can start your Linux guest OS and create the symbolic link, in my case  I wanted to point my shared folder to the apache directory /var/www/html, e.g.

~ $ sudo ln -s /media/sf_Websites /var/www/html

New Foot for the Nikon 600mm f/4 FL VR is on the way

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The Nikon 600mm f/4 FL is a superb lens, but you need a very long lens plate to balance it correctly with a D810 attached. For example the the Really Righ Stuff LFC-13 replacement foot is not long enough, but there is help on the way. I just received the following email from RSS:

Really Right Stuff Support Case #51499 – “replacement foot for Nikon 600mm FL”

Hi Simon,

We are in the process of designing a new foot for the 600mm FL and 500mm FL, but at this time I don’t have a timeline for the release of that product(s).

The LCF-17 is another foot we know fits, but reports are similar in that proper balance cannot be achieved, which is leading us to design new feet.

I’d recommend checking back within the next month, when we expect to have more information on those feet. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Message History
—–Original Message—–
From: Simon Speich
Sent: Friday , January 22, 2016 01:06 am PST (GMT-08:00)
Subject: replacement foot for Nikon 600mm FL

Hi

Currently I’m using the LFC-13 with the new Nikon 600mm f/4 FL ED VR and
a Nikon D810 without extra battery grip. Unfortunately, the camera is
too light, resp. the lens to front heavy:
https://www.speich.net/articles/en/2015/08/22/new-nikon-600mm-f4-fl-ed-vr-is-too-front-heavy-with-d810-attached/

Do you have another (replacement) foot that would be longer, but still
let me mount the hood in reverse when stowing away?

Or are you going to produce a new foot designed specifically for the
600mm FL? With the new D500 coming out, which is also a lot lighter than
the D4/D5, more people will have the same problem of the lens being to
front heavy. Do you also produce custom made foots?

Thank you for your help
Simon