Project Zebra posts index

I'm blogging notes whilst I change my stripes and get to grips with Linux. Finding entries for reference later might be easier if I keep some form of index.

2016

Finally getting around to migrating away from Windows
general background
uswsusp hibernation
Video4Linux Control Panel webcam refresh rate
xfce themes + window manager theme + basic UI config
qt4ct + gtk3-nocsd
partition mounting
Thunderbird profile
samba shares
Truecrypt
backup script
initial software selection
config for Comix, Chromium, Opera, Dropbox, Foxit, fre:ac, XnViewMP
xdotool + sendto shortcuts + hotkeys + kdocker
LightDM multi-monitor setup
home folders
power manager
taskbar buttons
trash + Thunar prompt to send to trash

2017

in nomine imperator (reference: W40K)
Linux magazines
Wayland, Flatpak/Snap, LibreOffice, systemd news
icons + Whisker menu
DeadBeef, Vlevel, GIMP (abortive)

slide! (reference: Fight Club)
Wine, Wayland, LibreOffice news
MBR partitions
Deja Dup
GRUB menus
qpdfview
Foobar under Wine

stick that in yr pipe (reference: ceci n'est pas une pipe, Slackware)
wmctrl
GTK3 flat but working scrollbars
audio and screen locking
LightDM screenshot
disable GTK recent files

kingdom of the gnomes (reference: David the Gnome)
Ubuntu news
tips in passing
SysRq key

a need for understanding not vengeance (reference: OED definition of Ubuntu)
Ubuntu upgrade
Network Manager issues
Crossover Office + config
Gnome / GTK trends
GTK3 styling 3D scrollbars

that which is far off and exceeding deep (reference: Jules Verne quoting scripture about the Nautilus)
Ubuntu
Nemo
GTK3 development
Printscreen
VLC
Audible books
Samsung Galaxy Sfinder

Xfce marks the spot (reference: arrr!)
desktop environment tidy
GTK2 styling to closer match GTK3
Xfce

and you're rushing headlong (reference: Highlander, Queen Greatest Hits II)
get_iplayer
aliasing applications
screen tearing
rotating MP4
Tux magazine
emulating Acorn and Spectrum hardware

blood and iron and penguins (reference: Hellboy)
kdocker, show desktop, Thunar
monitor control, dbus
Intel graphics
muxing MP4
backups
QDirStats

it's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (reference: Halloween Peanuts)
Xfce panel launchers
SMPlayer
custom icons, Faenza, Obsidian
Nemo custom actions
printing issues
TuxOnIce
swappiness

WE KNOW THAT YOU CAN HEAR US EARTHMEN (reference: Captain Scarlet)
Ubuntu upgrade
LightDM & xscreensaver
gedit

Bonus posts:
- Dipping into some popular Linux desktop environments
- WONTFIX and the band plays on -- a tangent about open source projects
- Anniversary post, a year of having replaced Windows with Linux

2018

You can't really compare what we do to other departments (reference: X-Files)
CrossOver
Office 2013

Hold a chicken in the air, stick a deckchair up your nose (reference: Spitting Image)
Opera
LibreOffice
Xubuntu/Xfce/Ubuntu
current desktop
current software list

In theatre, blood is ketchup (Performance) (reference: Marina Abramovic)
hibernation
swappiness, cache_pressure
uBlock Origin
generic monitor panel plugin

We are not shipping your machine! (Xubuntu testing) (reference: Vidiu Platon)
pre-18.04 upgrade
Xfce

Meet the conversation king, well you can say just anything (reference: Wildhearts lyrics)
tooltips
start button
RISC OS
USB devices
show desktop

Picking up with Linux entries (reference: none)
SMPlayer
snaps
graphics freeze
GIMP
Compton
pkexec

Minimalist customisation on old hardware (reference: none)
Shuttle XS35GT
Samba

Let me know when you find out... (reference: Linus)
LU&D
backup script revision
systemd timers
Timeshift
Microsoft ICE
VLC hardware acceleration
Twitch, YouTube, MP3 cropping, install via deb, DVD to ISO, TrueCrypt lock, Opera codecs

Stand by for action. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... (reference: Thunderbirds)
Thunderbird
yad
pulseaudio
Foobar, 18.10 upgrade and GTK+3

And this is your brain on Cake (reference: Brass Eye)
IBM and Red Rat
Kdocker
Flatpak
FileZilla
XnViewMP
CrossOver
Chrome

2019

What we see there is nothing but savagery, injustice (reference: Mehmet Murat ildan)
CrossOver
Office 2016
Windows DO service
Chrome/Chromium
hibernation
MPV, mux audio/video, remove EXIF, VirtualBox shared folders, TrueCrypt NTFS volumes

Next he'll be wanting his own Thundertank (reference: Panthro)
VLC zoom shortcuts
GTK3 scrollbars
more FFMPEG snippets
youtube-dl

Who sent you? Ma Beagle? Glomgold? Answer me! (reference: DuckTales)
PHPCompatibility
VirtualBox tips
volume indicator script
unicode character input
Krita appimage
DeaDBeeF/VLevel
Kindle 3 certificates

"Noddy and I are just good friends," said Florence. (reference: Jasper Carrott)
Xubuntu 19.10
Thunderbird notification icon

I am not a messiah sent to you by the Dark Powers (reference: Ravenloft, Curse of Strahd)
GTK2 deprecation

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn, frae morning sun till dine; (reference: Robbie Burns)
hardware assessment
Cinnamon, MATE, Trinity Desktop
Thunar/Nemo MTP on Android devices
bulk rename utility
Thunderbird + Mailbox Alert
Samba configuration

2020

Bonus posts:
Apparent hate for Linux Mint populism, Plan Bs, CSDs and life after Xfce?

Where I've always been going. Home. The long way 'round. (reference: Doctor Who)
Brasero verification
File copying performance
Resizing VirtualBox drives
Mounting VBox shares
Kubuntu migration
Removing Xfce components
Monitor and screen lock shortcuts
Configuring KDE Plasma

An open mind is like a fortress with its gates unbarred (reference: Warhammer 40K)
KDE Plasma: Kwin, file indexing, IO
Retro software

Every hundred years a bird comes and sharpens its beak (reference: Doctor Who)
KDE Plasma: plasmoids
Solaar

[Pears] are too squishy and they always make your chin wet (reference: Doctor Who)
KDE Plasma: plasmoids, upgrade
Dolphin

2021

Proud of machines that think, suspicious of people who try to (reference: Warhammer 40K)
HDD upgrade
Grub
youtube-dl quality

The finger power just wasn't there (reference: Gamesmaster)
Kubuntu upgrade
Tearfree
Xfce
Opera bloat

People ignore design that ignores people (reference: Frank Chimero)
Amazon order tracking tangent
UPS
Android .nomedia

And when Fisto offers you a hand, boy, that's a big offer! (reference: Masters of the Universe)
NTFS
Devices: Kindle 3, LG G6
Sinclair legacy

Every new beginning from some other beginning's end (reference: Seneca or modern coinage)
NTFS
Thunderbird stripes and Birdtray
Linux magazines
rename in sequential order
Tapo camera streams with MPV
Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

2022

We are electric prophets, here to twist the world (reference: We Are Motörhead)
Packagekit/dpkg/apt update troubleshooting
Chrome tab regression

It is good to be a cynic, it is better to be a contented cat (reference: H.P. Lovecraft)
Snaps
KWin composition and OpenGL
regionset
NTFS to ext4

Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc, old bean (reference: the Addams Family)
Crossover to Q4Wine
Xfce 4.18
External storage replacement

2023

Eventually it'll overheat and shut down (reference: Strong Female Character by Fern Brady)
Kubuntu backports
Troubleshooting plasma screen locker
Thunderbird and Birdtray bugs
Snaps/Flatpak/AppImage
FFMPEG thumbnails + detox

Gimme that sweet sensation of a rock hard rationalisation (reference: Garfunkel and Oates)
CherryTree
Okteta
Charging an LG G6 demo unit
Cubic slipstreaming
Samba/SMB shares in VirtualBox VMs
watch, xdg-open, mplayer Tapo streams

And thus, the Cyclopean nightmares (reference: Guardian article about the London Olympics)
pipewire
python yt-dlp

Hippocrates himself expounded on the virtues of salt (reference: David Tennant era Doctor Who)
fdupes
Plasma titling
trying to stream DVD to tablet
bluetooth speakers

Signal the final curtain call in all its atomic pageantry... (reference: A Perfect Circle)
Thunderbird interface

We build our computers the way we build our cities (reference: Ellen Ullman)
Wayland options
NewPipe

A bunch of stuff knits together and lights up (reference: Warren Ellis)
Thunderbird UI
Hibernate
VBScript EOL

Which is more important to society, creativity or cooperation? (reference: Dave Plumber)
Okular
Cinnamon

2024

State of the tech address, nothing lollapalooza (reference: the Victorians)
Updating Garmin
More snap
Fuse
Drive checking

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