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

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

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

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

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