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Solus

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I thought that I might give the latest Solus MATE a try while I was looking at writing a few words about terminal run file managers. I used it a while back with the Budgie desktop and liked it a lot. It was a great OS for my laptop, but I was spending most of my time using Windows 10, Manjaro, and Ubuntu for some work I was doing and I think I just got distracted and forgot about it. No complaints, just sometimes circumstances send you in odd directions that you hadn’t planned on and some things get left behind. Anyhow, I was listening to the Late Night Linux podcast  https://latenightlinux.com/  the other day and remembered that I kind of liked that Solus “OS”. I probably shouldn't refer Solus as a spin or Distro since I believe it’s built as an Independent development. (not directly b...
Nigel’s performance Monitor for Linux (nmon)

Nigel’s performance Monitor for Linux (nmon)

Tech Tips, Software
Linux has many available tools that simply just work. That’s why I prefer it over other operating systems. I can get things done, usually faster and much simpler from a command line in a terminal, or multiple terminals. Windows has useful and powerful shells, and I use them when I need to work on that OS, but I prefer to work in bash. I make use of simple, but elegant installation applications, most notably Apt and PacMan - depending on which of my two preferred distros I have installed. I can install simple, but powerful tools to pull out information about my system’s operation and performance. nmon: One of my goto tools is nmon. (Nigel’s performance Monitor for Linux) - originally used by IBM and released as open-source in 2009. I wouldn’t categorize “nmon” as old school, but it sure h...
Implementing a Raspberry Pi into a small business

Implementing a Raspberry Pi into a small business

Hardware, Software, Tech Tips
Raspberry Pi Project Abstract: Technology has become a complex beast for businesses to handle in the modern age. Especially small businesses that rely on technology for their daily workday. Businesses tend to think that complex systems are better than a simple solution. That is not always the case; often simple solutions can cut costs and produce benefits. A great example of this would be a Raspberry Pi computer. Utilizing a Raspberry Pi as a database and web server for a small business is a simple solution that has greater benefits than trying to run a complex solution where other companies are required to provide a service. Such benefits include the low cost of operation, control, and security of business information. To be able to build a Raspberry Pi capable of this task will require ...
WiFi Woes

WiFi Woes

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After all the buzz in the news lately, are you now finally planning on patching your WiFi router, buying a new one, or just saying the hell with it and going back to Cat 5e Ethernet? “Krack” WiFi exploit news got you bummed out, or are you just now learning about Re-using a “Nonce” to fake out your trusty old router with a “key re-installation attack”......that you always thought was secure using WPA2? How often have you even heard of or used the word “nonce” in a sentence? You don’t want someone decrypting your packets and/or forging new ones to basically hijack your connection. Maybe you don’t care and like to surf the web on public WiFi at your favorite coffee shop. That’s up to you. It’s been a very odd year for cyber security issues. If privacy isn’t your main concern, ...
Ubuntu Studio 16.04.3 LTS

Ubuntu Studio 16.04.3 LTS

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Halloween will soon be here, so I figured I’d get with the spirit of the season and do something scary! Yes, that’s right, venture out of my comfort zone and take the long and twisted path through the spooky digital dark woods of lonely Linux distributions. In a world where Mac OS and Windows dominate the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) world, Linux offers some impressive potential. That said, it’s time I put a little effort into actually doing something with all that potential. My favorite DAW has been Logic Pro X on a MacBook Pro. I’ve even used it on a Mac Air with some success. I’ve never been too impressed with using a standard Windows laptop for a portable DAW, but let’s see what I can do with a somewhat low powered laptop and Linux. To build this “Frankenstein” I chose U...