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Ubuntu Wireless Internet Drop Off Fix

I’ll admit it. My ancient netbook and my wife’s 2010-era Macbook Pro don’t have any problem reconnecting to wifi after resuming from suspend on Ubuntu MATE 16.04. Sadly, however, I keep hearing of other people who, despite various updates, seem to still be struggling with it. Therefore, I’m going to offer two potential solutions that… Read more »

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Parental Controls for Linux Unleashed

For years, one of the overlooked areas for the Linux desktop was access to “effective” parental controls. Back in 2003, I remember the now defunct Linspire (then known as Lindows) offered a proprietary option called SurfSafe. Surprisingly, at least back then, the product worked very well in providing accurate content filtering capabilities; something that was… Read more »

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Beginner’s Guide to the Linux Desktop

There is much talk in the Linux world about the mythical “average user.” There is no such thing with Linux. First off, people who use Linux usually are those who know a thing or two about computers to begin with and want to take advantage of all the choices Linux offers. Linux has been considered… Read more »

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A Snappy NextCloud Installation

NextCloud is a SAAS solution that creates a cloud hosted file/productivity server with features similar to DropBox and GoogleDrive. Thanks to Ubuntu’s Snaps it’s easier to install on a server than it is to create and verify a new DropBox account. Instructions: Open a Terminal Window (CTL+ALT+T) sudo snap install nextcloud     Find your… Read more »

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How To Upgrade to Linux Mint 18

Clement Lefebvre and the Linux Mint Development Team promised to come up with an in-place upgrade solution for those who are currently running Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa.” Well, it is here and it does seem to work quite well. In this article and video, we’ll talk a bit about the pros and cons of in-place… Read more »

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How to Install openSUSE Tumbleweed on Acer Chromebook 15

Since the dawn of time…well, since the dawn of Chromebooks, we’ve wanted to take these notebooks and make computers out of them. Utilizing their speedy startup/shutdown times, their fast onboard storage and incredible battery life, our goal here is to successfully install a favorite Linux distro (in this case openSUSE Tumbleweed). Ah, the power! I… Read more »

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Slow SSD 3: Beyond Memory Testing

Part 1 | Part 2 Welcome, ensign, to our debrief. It sounds like you had troubling times…using…computers. Starfleet reports that citizens apparently have already encountered a form of your file system corruption problem. They report…unexplained crashes, file system corruption but no corresponding SMART data or bad blocks as a cause. I finally got to a… Read more »

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Slow SSD #2: Protection for your Partitions

Part 3 | Part 1 Slow SSD, part 2: Protecting my Partitions The beautiful spring weather was denied me by my flaky computer. I would be working away, notice that I needed a new package, and then get an error: read only file system failure message when trying it. Once, I even rebooted into an… Read more »

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Slow SSD #1: Recover your Boot and Root

Part 2 | Part 3 File-system integrity! Boring words, right? You’ve got work to finish. Your system froze in the middle of doing updates. When was my last backup? About as boring as a heart attack when your system won’t boot because your / (root) partition is corrupt. All of those thoughts raced through my… Read more »

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Docker and Microservices

In the devops space it is hard to deny that docker is currently the hot tool that everyone is talking about. In this article, I will give a quick introduction to what docker is, why it is useful, and a quick real life example of what it takes to deploy a python web application with… Read more »