August 4th, 2014 No comments

The initial version of CoreGTK, version 2.24.0, has been tagged for release today. Features include: Targets GTK+ 2.24 Support for GtkBuilder Can be used on Linux, Mac and Windows CoreGTK is an Objective-C language binding for the GTK+ widget toolkit. Like other “core” Objective-C libraries, CoreGTK is designed to be a thin wrapper. CoreGTK is…

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August 4th, 2014 1 comment

A big part of my move from Windows to Linux has been finding replacements for the applications that I had previously used day-to-day that are not available on Linux. For the major applications like my web browser (Firefox), e-mail client (Thunderbird), password manager (KeePass2) this hasn’t been a problem because they are all available on…

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June 15th, 2014 2 comments

With the recent questions surrounding the security of TrueCrypt there has been a big push to move away from that program and switch to alternatives. One such alternative, on Linux anyway, is the Linux Unified Key Setup (or LUKS) which allows you to encrypt disk volumes. This guide will show you how to create encrypted…

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June 15th, 2014 5 comments

If you are not familiar with the concept of virtual hard drive volumes, sometimes called file containers, they are basically regular looking files that can be used by your computer as if they were real hard drives. So for example you could have a file called MyDrive.img on your computer and with a few quick…

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June 8th, 2014 3 comments

If you’ve used KeePass on Windows you may be very attached to its auto-type feature, where with a single key-combo press the application with magically type your user name and password into the website or application you’re trying to use. This is super handy and something that is sadly missing by default on Linux. Thankfully…

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June 8th, 2014 No comments

If you’ve had issues trying to get Thunderbird to send your PGP signed e-mail using anything other than SHA-1 there is a quick and easy fix that will let you pick whichever hash you prefer. 1) Open up Thunderbird’s preferences 2) On the Advanced Tab, under General click Config Editor… 3) In the about:config window…

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April 28th, 2014 2 comments

I recently invested in a NAS device to add a little bit of redundancy to my personal files. With this particular NAS the most convenient way to use the files it stores is via the Windows share protocol (also known a SMB or CIFS). Linux has supported these protocols for a while now so that’s…

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April 28th, 2014 No comments

If, like me, you’ve recently upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 only to find out that for whatever reason you can no longer VNC to that machine anymore (either from Windows or even an existing Linux install) have no fear because I’ve got the fix for you! Simply open up a terminal and run the following line:…

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February 21st, 2014 No comments

I’ve recently become addicted to Minecraft. I realize that I’m late to this game, having only recently discovered it despite its popularity over the past couple of years. As readers know, I typically switch between a few different machines throughout my day, and indeed between a few different operating systems. Luckily, Minecraft is portable and…

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February 9th, 2014 2 comments

This past year I purchased a laptop that came with two drives, a small 24GB SSD and a larger 1TB HDD. My configuration has placed the root filesystem (i.e. /) on the SSD and my home directory (i.e. /home) on the HDD so that I benefit from very fast system booting and application loading but…

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February 9th, 2014 1 comment

The default sort order in Nautilus has been changed to sorting alphabetically by name and the option to change this seems to be broken. For example I prefer my files to be sorted by type so I ran dconf-editor and browsed to org/gnome/nautilus/preferences. From there you should be able to change the value by using…

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January 28th, 2014 2 comments

A while back I made it my goal to put together an open source project as my way of contributing back to the community. Well fast forward a couple of months and my hobby project is finally ready to be shown the light of day. I give you… CoreGTK CoreGTK is an Objective-C binding for…

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January 21st, 2014 1 comment

Install number one: LMDE 201303.  I was hoping for the best of both worlds, but I got driver issues instead.  LMDE has known ATI proprietary driver install issues.  I followed the Mint instructions and got it working, then got a blank screen after too much tinkering.  I was surprised that LMDE had this problem since…

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January 21st, 2014 1 comment

It’s interesting reading the old Linux Experiment first posts when people were contemplating which distro to install.  It’s been 4.5 years since then and the linux world has evolved.  Most noticeable, was no one talking about Mint! I was considering three distros for my home PC dual boot: Debian LMDE Mint I wanted something in…

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January 19th, 2014 No comments

As mentioned before I am having some issues with my laptop’s hardware and controlling the screen brightness. Previously my work around was to set acpi_backlight=vender in the grub command line options. While this resulted in having full screen brightness it also removed my ability to use my keyboard function keys to adjust the screen brightness…

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January 16th, 2014 No comments

[Please note: this is a historical post – I’m no longer running *BSD in 2014, and this is a collection of thoughts on its setup in case I decide to return to the operating system. Further posts from me will focus on other Linux experiences.] So after not too much effort, I’ve gotten PC-BSD to…

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January 16th, 2014 No comments

My first post here – starting a linux experiment: First of all, I would like to thank Tyler B for helping me get started by patiently answering my level 0 linux questions. I’ve installed linux several times in the last ten years, sometimes for fun, but usually when required for school.  I’ve even developed a…

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December 15th, 2013 No comments

Quite a few new Listener Feedback podcast episodes have been released in case you missed them: Episode 25: Crazed Outlook – Double Talk (Indie, Alternative, Rock) Episode 26: 4eyedfish – Right in Time (Funk, Progressive Rock) Episode 27: Bonus Tracks – The Easton Ellises – Ersatz (Dance, Rock) Episode 28: Bonus Tracks – Josh Woodward…

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November 28th, 2013 No comments

If you’re like me you’ve been suffering through a crazy high-pitched sound emanating from your laptop speakers. Apparently this is a common issue with certain types of audio devices. Thankfully via the power of the Internet I’ve been able to finally find a solution! It turns out that the issue actually stems from some power…

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October 14th, 2013 No comments

I recently upgraded my laptop to a brand new Lenovo Y410P and promptly replaced Windows 8 with a Linux install. Unfortunately I immediately ran into a very strange driver(?) issue where, on boot, the computer would default to the absolute lowest screen brightness level. This meant that I would need to manually adjust the screen…

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