HP & System76: budget edition

I started having some keyboard issues with my refurbished HP EliteBook 840 (certain keys worked intermittently) so I purchased a replacement part off eBay for $20. Ultimately, I was unsuccessful in resolving the issue. Given that the current battery life was not great, and the display starting to show signs of its age, I decided … Continue reading HP & System76: budget edition

Photos from the 2022 Esri User Conference

This summer I was fortunate enough to attend Esri's annual User Conference (known commonly as the β€œUC”), held from July 11 - 15, 2022 in San Diego, California. I have attended this conference several times in the past, and this year's User Conference was this first in-person since 2019 due to COVID-19 precautions. The event … Continue reading Photos from the 2022 Esri User Conference

Make Linux Mint’s Nemo the default file manager app on Pop!_OS and Ubuntu

I really like Nemo by the Linux Mint team - it's the default file manager app included with Linux Mint, but it works great elsewhere too! I had been a long time (10+ years) user of Linux Mint and I realized that I kinda took Nemo for granted after I switched to Pop!_OS. I used … Continue reading Make Linux Mint’s Nemo the default file manager app on Pop!_OS and Ubuntu

Different git merge types

I recently started using Azure DevOps as my source code repository for a project, and upon opening my first pull request I noticed that they provide a nice explanation of the different merge types supported. In fact, it is one of the simplest and easiest to understand explanations of git merges I have ever seen, … Continue reading Different git merge types

New business cards

Business cards are usually kinda boring: they contain your name, the name of the company for whom you are working, contact information, and maybe a nice logo. There's nothing wrong with being boring when it comes to business cards, though - they have enough information for someone to get in touch with you. When representing … Continue reading New business cards

Pop!_OS 22.04 + WhiteSur GTK theme + Basic Apple Guy’s macOS Bliss

I didn't get too much love over on reddit.com/r/unixporn so I'm sharing my Summer 2022 laptop theme here on my blog! The laptop is a factory refurbished HP Elitebook 840. I have included links to all the things below, including full res images downloads for Basic Apple Guy's very cool "macOS Bliss" background. Pop!_OS 22.04 … Continue reading Pop!_OS 22.04 + WhiteSur GTK theme + Basic Apple Guy’s macOS Bliss

Factory refurbished i7 HP + Pop!_OS 22.04 == my new $200 daily driver laptop

I was recently in the market for a new laptop, needing something for basic internet surfing that wasn't my locked-down work Dell Precision (which also runs so hot it can give 3rd degree burns). I also didn't want to break the bank for a laptop that will see daily, but limited or brief, use for … Continue reading Factory refurbished i7 HP + Pop!_OS 22.04 == my new $200 daily driver laptop

Vintage GIS: Rand McNally TripMaker 1996

The history of computing has always been a fascinating topic for me, and as I have gotten older (and more nostalgic), I have found a hobby in vintage computing. Virtual machines running ancient operating systems and software have allowed me to revisit the days of exploring computers as a kid and young adult. Recently, my … Continue reading Vintage GIS: Rand McNally TripMaker 1996

Friday FOSS shoutout – Pinta: Painting Made Simple

Here's a great free and open source image editing software title I've been using for the last year or so: Pinta: Painting Made Simple In my day to day work, I need to do simple photo editing: crop, resize, add text, convert between formats, etc. I also need the ability to add layers to an … Continue reading Friday FOSS shoutout – Pinta: Painting Made Simple

Enable pwfeedback and show asterisks for password input when using sudo

A particular preference I have in Linux is a small thing, but it is something I have kept consistent for many years: showing asterisks as password input feedback characters when typing in a user password in the terminal. For as long as I can remember, Ubuntu has disabled this behavior by default. When the password … Continue reading Enable pwfeedback and show asterisks for password input when using sudo