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

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

R.I.P. TI-82

Today is a sad day - my TI-82 graphing calculator has begun a slow death...the display is not functioning correctly, misaligning the cursor and output and sometimes going completely dark. This is the very same graphing calculator I have been using since high school, purchased some time around 2001. My TI-82 replaced the TI-83 I … Continue reading R.I.P. TI-82

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)

error: no such partition. Entering rescue mode…

I recently updated my desktop from Linux Mint 19.3 to 20.1, but ran in to an issue where I was no longer able to see the GRUB boot menu on system startup. I wanted to document the fix here in hopes anyone else who encounters the same issue can find a resolution (and for my … Continue reading error: no such partition. Entering rescue mode…