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2023

Ivory for Mastodon Review
Review of the Ivory Mastodon client by Tapbots for iOS (iPhone/iPad) from the makers of the now defunct Tweetbot app.
The End of Round 2 of 100 Days To Offload Challenge
Uncover my thoughts of participating in 100 Days To Offload challenge by Kev Quirk and the results I had for round two.
How to Create Social Media Share Buttons with Privacy
Learn to create your own share buttons for social media, email, and more using HTML, CSS, and a little JavaScript for a website with privacy in mind.
Experimenting with Jekyll Blog Comments
Come on the journey with me as I experiment with new ideas of how to add Jekyll Blog post comments.
Slice of Life Wallpaper: Part Four
Find the energy of inspiration, positivity or relaxation in this round of curated high resolution wallpapers.
How to Change the Default Linux File Manager
A detailed guide on how to change which application is used as the Linux desktop default file manager for directories or folders.
How to Manage Pi-hole Adlists from The Command Line
Learn to manage the Pi-hole's adlists from the command line using SQL to add, modify, and delete SQLite database records.
Get Your Public IP Address with Ident.me
Explore the potential of getting your public IP address using a service that is simple, fast, reliable, and without advertisements, and distractions.
Use Your Own Domain for Mastodon Discoverability
Using the power of WebFinger on your own domain to make your Mastodon profile discoverable, and to verify association.
Improve Your DuckDuckGo Search Experience with Bangs
Learn the power of searching on DuckDuckGo by using !Bangs. Begin by uncovering what is a DuckDuckGo Bang, and how to use them.
2022 Fitness Year End Review
Reviewing, and reflecting upon my fitness activity achievements for 2022 in the areas of cycling, walking, and gym exercises.
Cleaning Up Post Tags and Categories: Part Two
Website cleanup continues of topics (categories), and tags with detailed explanation on how I tried to automate the clean-up process.
Resolve RustDesk Not Generating an ID or Making a Connection
Follow my thought process of how I resolved RustDesk not being able to generate an ID or make a connection to the free relay server.
How To Use DuckDuckGo From the Command Line
Gain insight into using DuckDuckGo from the command line from installation, configuration, browser integration, and search usage examples.
List Packages That Depend On Another Package with Pacman
Make life easier to maintain a clean Arch Linux system by listing reverse package dependencies using pacman, pactree, and fzf.
Little Bits: Issue #2
Break in the new year with a bang browsing these fresh new shiny bits (links) that should easily feed the void of curiosity.
Add kramdown Attributes with Jekyll or Bridgetown
Learn to easily apply HTML attributes by writing Markdown when using kramdown, and Jekyll or Bridgetown static site generators.
Happy New Year 2023
A happy new year message, and thoughts that can empower each of us for a brighter future of tomorrow by starting today.

2022

Must Have Essential Applications For Desktop Linux
Explore the vast curated list of free open source software applications by category of use for the graphical user interface of a Linux desktop.
Experimenting with Jekyll Relatable Posts
Dive into my attempt at creating the related posts feature to each post page using Jekyll, Liquid template language and HTML.
List of Helpful Mastodon Resources
Handmade list of resources for the federated social network Mastodon covering, how to use, find an instance, find people, tools and more.
The Joy of Gaming
A shocking gift for Christmas takes me back as a child causing me to rediscover the joy of gaming again.
Taking Time To Slow Down
At times I feel our bodies seem to know us better than ourselves. A discussion of self-care by choosing to slow down to refuel.
'Tis The Season For Stress and Anxiety?
Should major events we all celebrate such as Christmas be a time of stress, and anxiety when they all could be a positive joyful experience?
Merry Christmas from Adamsdesk
Seasons greetings and thoughts to remember for 2022 celeberations from Adamsdesk.
Add Copyright Year Automatically to any Website
How to add the copyright year to a website and have it updated automatically using Liquid template language, PHP or JavaScript.
Little Bits: Issue #1
Come with me on a journey to discover the unique, creative, and joyful side of the Internet with these bits (links).
Markdown Viewers for the Linux Command Line
Investigate, play, and explore the benefits of using one of these Linux command line interface application Markdown viewers.
Are Quality Products a Thing of the Past?
A consumer's perspective on quality products and how market saturation, capitalism, communication and education has contributed to the problem.
Slice of Life Wallpaper: Part Three
Will you join in this series of curated high resolution wallpapers to find a sense of connection that will allow for contemplation?
Cleaning Up Blog Tags and Categories
How I tackled cleaning up over use of blog categories (topics) and tags resulting in quite a reduction of unnecessary pages.
A Cyberspace Inquisition #6: The End
Find the answers to what happened to the series, A Cyberspace Inquisition, and what new chapters will open in the future.
Codeberg Forks Gitea to Forgejo
A summary and opinions of the events that lead to the break-down of the Gitea community trust and respect that ended with Codeberg forking Gitea.
Pulsar Project: A New Text Editor
A project overview and my thoughts about the new community-led hyper-hackable text editor Pulsar, that is based upon the Atom text editor.
Add Mastodon Link Verification for Gitea
Uncover the wonders of Mastodon link verification by using these steps to have a Mastodon verified link for your Gitea profile web page.
Building a Point of Sale System
Come follow me on this journey of building a free open source point of sale system to help a non-profit food co-op.
5 Easy Steps To Crop An Image in Inkscape
Step-by-step instructions on how to use Inkscape to crop an image whether you are; beginner or advanced user.
Why Does Sudo Echo Fail with Permission Denied?
Solve the puzzling question, why does sudo echo fail when trying to redirect the output to a file within a Linux or Unix shell?
Tracking 100 Days To Offload
Observe my reflections and resolve of participating in the 100 Days to Offload challenge in using a Bash script to track my progress.
How To Find The Linux Install Date
How to determine the exact installation or creation date and time of various Linux operating systems.
Find Your Most Frequently Used Terminal Commands
Determine the most used commands in the terminal using Bash, Fish, PowerShell and Zsh with these simple one line commands.
A Bash Countdown To Christmas
Find the festive joy in this countdown script for Christmas using Bash along with three simple commands, date, clear and sleep.
How to Add New Disk Drive to a Linux System
Learn the steps on how to add a new disk drive to a Linux system from finding the device, creating a partition, formatting and mounting.
Restrict PHP Version for Composer Packages
There are many advantages to using Composer, but one stands out from the rest. Learn about the benefits of setting the PHP platform version.
Slice of Life Wallpaper: Part Two
Be mindful and begin the day with peace and relaxation using these curated artwork pieces of imaginary slice of life high resolution (2K/4K) wallpapers.
Space Cadet Pinball
Experience the classic and shockingly good game of 3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet on a modern device or operating system.
Send Email Messages Using Symfony Mailer
Learn how to send email messages using the Symfony mailer component without the use of the Symfony framework.
Pairing to a Logitech Unifying Receiver
How to pair a device to a Logitech Unifying receiver using Linux in the command line or using a graphical application.
Confusion In The Land of Mastodon Features
Gain insight into some of the confusing features on the wonderful Mastodon software that so many of us have grown to love.
Pikaur System Update Returns TypeError
During a system upgrade I discovered pikaur is no longer working due to it failing with a TypeError message. Here's how I resolved it.
Challenges of Scheduling Meetings
The struggle of setting a date and time for a meeting can be challenging, though there must be a way with the use of open source software.
Setting Up a Mastodon Profile
Detailed documentation explaining how to setup a Mastodon social network profile with screenshot examples.
Slice of Life Wallpaper: Part One
Bring joy to your desktop or mobile device using these curated artwork pieces of imaginary slice of life high resolution (2K/4K) wallpapers.
Change Background Color In Geany
A guide on how to change the background color or color scheme (theme) using the open source IDE (integrated development environment) editor Geany.
Add Custom Metadata to MkDocs
Learn the ins and outs of adding custom metadata to MkDocs with overriding blocks and meta files for all pages, per page or per directory.
Automatically Remove Tracking Parameters
A guide on how I automatically remove query parameters before a website is visited with the use of uBlock Origin custom filters.
Adding Admonitions to Jekyll
Uncover what an admonition or call-out is and how to implement them in a website using Jekyll, HTML, Liquid and SASS.
Tech Podcasts Recommendations
Unearth technology podcasts that focus on authenticity, respect, simplicity, transparency and aspiration to learn in this curated list.
Configure Pi-hole Upstream DNS Servers
Learn how to change the Pi-hole's upstream DNS servers using a web browser or doing it manually in the command-line interface.
Inspiration for Mental Health
Gain inspiration from these four YouTube creators as they spread awareness and fundraise for mental health!
Converting Address Book Contacts from vCard
How to convert a VCF to LDIF file format to import into Mozilla Thunderbird address book while protecting the privacy of the contacts.
Share a Website Address Using a QR Code
Easily share a website address without errors in communication or recording by generating a QR Code locally on a computer using a Linux operating system.
GIMP Image Processing Using Batch Mode
How I automated the task of processing a group images by applying sharpen, white balance and color enhance using GIMP.
Replacing Pen Ink Cartridges
Delve in on how I ended up looking into pen cartridge replacements, what pens I own and the help I'm seeking for resolution.
How to Recover and Prevent Depression
The insights, strategies and techniques on taking action to handling, preventing and overcoming depression by Dr. Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.
The Benefits of Thrifting
Learn why the joy, sights, sounds, and socializing are just some of the benefits in the experience of thrifting that cannot be replaced by off the shelf products.
Printable Paper Based Raspberry Pi Cases
Explore my discoveries in searching for an inexpensive do-it-yourself printable template paper based Raspberry Pi enclosures.
What are Keyboard Shortcuts?
Learn everything there is to know about what a keyboard shortcut is, why one should use them, how to use them, and what are common keyboard shortcuts.
Atom Text Editor Project Ends
Hear my thoughts and opinions on the retirement of Atom, a popular open-source text editor application created by GitHub and community.
Rants of Exporting YouTube Subscriptions
The journey of rants as I figured how to export YouTube subscriptions for backup or use with another Google Account or application.
Building The Mastodon Mascot
Come on down the path of discovery to learn the tools I use to build the paper model of a Mastodon Mascot by Poudingue.
Breathing Life Back Into An Old Laptop with Manjaro
Restoring life back into an old laptop to make it useful again without using a terminal, while experiencing Manjaro for the first time.
Update Firmware On Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR
How to update a Canon EOS Rebel T7i firmware using SD Card and a card reader using a Linux terminal.
What is Firmware and Why Should Firmware Be Updated?
Learn about firmware software, such as what firmware is, why should firmware be updated, the dangers of firmware, and how to update firmware.
My Experience With Cancer
A story about my journey being diagnosed with cancer and then dealing with mental challenges it brought upon me and how it all ended.
Canadian Income Tax Software
Join my quest in finding a solution for Canadian income tax software that will run on desktop Linux, with bonus solutions for macOS and Windows.
Quick Reference Commands
Find answers to a command quickly and easily with these articles covering topics such as Linux, Git, SQL, Pi-hole, regular expressions and more.
Postman API Client Open Source Alternatives
An overview of what an API Client is and my discovery of open source application alternatives.
How To View WebP Images
An overview of what WebP image file format is and how to open/view WebP image files on a variety of operating systems.
Element Desktop Error: Cannot Find Module en-us.json
The journey of debugging an issue found in the Element application, could not fetch translation json for locale: 'en-us' Error: Cannot find module.
How To Enable Dark Mode In Calibre
Set Calibre to use the dark mode with the operating system preference or directly with environment variable for Linux, macOS and Windows.
Mozilla Is Working With Facebook?
My opinion on Mozilla and Meta (Facebook) working together on a new proposal for advertising called Interoperable Private Attribution (IPA).
Share Wi-Fi Using A QR Code
How to create a QR code that allows guests to connect to your Wi-Fi by scanning it.
How To Upgrade Storage Capacity On A Raspberry Pi
How to upgrade an 8 GB microSD card to a 32 GB microSD card without installing and configuring the operating system again.
One Step Closer To Content Creation
Moving forward with content creation in purchasing a hardware asset, video capture card.
Movie Review: The One I Love
My thoughts on the movie The One I love (2014).
Inspiration from an Elder
A beautiful story from Kara and Nate brings inspiration the world should see.
What I've Learned from #100DaysToOffload Challenge
Reflecting on my results of participating in the #100DaysToOffload writing challenge.

2021

How to Solve Spotify Public Key Unknown Error
How I resolved the Spotify public key unknown error message on Arch Linux.
Add Public IP Address Caching To Neofetch
Conserving bandwidth and improving Neofetch's load time performance by caching the public IP address.
Taking a Curated Look at Black Friday Sales
A small hand-selected list of sites and services that are participating in a black friday sale.
My Curated Selection of 4K Desktop Wallpapers
Find joy in the exploration and utilization of these beautiful pieces of art we call desktop wallpapers.
Add Weather Data With Caching To Neofetch
How to add weather data from Wttr.in while conserving bandwidth to improve Neofetch load time.
How To Read The TOTP Secret Key from a QR Code Image
Demonstrating the process of reading the time-based one-time password secret key from a quick response code image.
SQLite Quick Reference Commands
Easily reference specific SQLite commands by task with command examples.
Set HiDPI In Element and SchildiChat On Linux
How to adjust Element or SchildiChat scaling factor for high dots per inch (HiDPI) displays running on Linux.
Learn to Read EDID / DisplayID Metadata Using Linux
Join my journey as I continue to learn how to retrieve EDID/E-EDID/DisplayID metadata from display device (resolution, refresh rate, etc.) using linux.
Becoming Less Dependent On The Internet
My thoughts about becoming less dependent on the internet and how to convert time to another timezone using Linux.
How I Optimized My Website's Download Performance
The steps I took to optimize my website download performance for a better user experience.
Learn To Read EDID / DisplayID Metadata On A Raspberry Pi
My learning experience to retrieve EDID/E-EDID/DisplayID metadata from display device such as resolution, refresh rate, manufacturer, serial number and more.