The first computer I ever purchased: a Dell Dimension 4400

Some recent posts about new laptops had me thinking about the very first computer I ever purchased. Way back in 2002 (damn, 20 years ago?!) I was 18, and I purchased a brand new computer. I thought that was a pretty big deal back then, and was really proud to have my very own computer. … Continue reading The first computer I ever purchased: a Dell Dimension 4400

HP & System76: budget edition

I started having some keyboard issues with my refurbished HP EliteBook 840 - certain keys were working intermittently so I purchased a replacement part off eBay for $20. I installed it, but was unsuccessful in resolving the issue. Given that the current battery life on this laptop was not great and the display was starting … Continue reading HP & System76: budget edition

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

I bought a System76 computer

Until very recently, my primary personal computer was a Dell Precision T5600 which I have been using since 2012. It is a great machine that served me well with relatively few issues. However, I recently purchased a new computer to replace the old one: a System 76 Thelio Mira. For all you computer nerds, here … Continue reading I bought a System76 computer

How to get a desktop-like experience with Chrome and Google Workspace (formerly GSuite)

I started a new job recently, and was pleased to learn they used the Google Workspace suite of applications for daily business tasks. I did have some experience with Google Workspace (then called GSuite) prior to my current job, but the bulk of my professional career has been with companies that used Microsoft Office. What … Continue reading How to get a desktop-like experience with Chrome and Google Workspace (formerly GSuite)