📅 December 5, 2017
Linux Mint 18.3 was released a few days ago!
Despite being a superb Linux distribution, some fundamental problems remain. One such problem is the suspend/resume feature.
After installing Linux Mint 18.3 MATE, I found that if I assign a keyboard shortcut to suspend the system, the Linux system will go into suspend mode but immediately resume.
Power management issues, such as suspend and hibernation, have plagued Linux systems with a variety of distributions across a variety of hardware that I have tried, but since Linux Mint is my preferred distribution, this it the one I am focusing on.
Windows does not have this problem from my usage. Given the same hardware, I have found that Windows will suspend/hibernate/shutdown without any of the problems that are apparent with Linux, such as blank resume screens (requiring a system reset button press), no resuming, dead hibernation (never waking up), or immediate resumption following a suspend.
This article shows a quick way to fix the suspend issue so that we can assign a keyboard shortcut that will suspend Linux. Pressing the power button on the computer will wake up the system.
📅 December 4, 2017
“How can I set VLC to automatically scale and crop to fill an ultra widescreen monitor and remove the black bars?”
Video playback on the Acer Predator X34 ultrawide monitor is impressive. Whether it be a home video or a YouTube clip, the extra screen real estate on the sides increases immersion.
However, most videos are 16:9 widescreen, and playing back most content results in vertical black bars on the left and right sides of the video in fullscreen mode.
We can adjust the crop ratio in VLC to 2:39:1 that will fill the video to the entire monitor, but this requires manual adjustment upon each video playback. Is there a way to configure VLC so that it will automatically crop to 2.39:1 when videos are played back?
📅 November 24, 2017
Every once in a while, a program comes along that improves upon an essential tool so well that it becomes the new essential tool.
The humble text editor is one such essential tool for Linux, and the open-source Atom provides a plethora of features that make programming and text handling an attractive breeze to use.
📅 November 8, 2017
Need typing practice? Try gtypist!
📅 November 7, 2017
A variable allows us to store a value that can change during a script’s execution.
Its contents are variable — meaning it can change, and that is why it is called a variable.
Variables exist in memory, and we lose their contents when a computer is powered off or after the script is finished using it (often encountered during a concept called scope).
Linux has its own Puzzle Bobble clone!
Popping bubbles is fun. Match three bubbles of the same color, and *pop* watch them fall.
It seems every platform has some variation of this intriguing concept, and so does Linux with a game called Frozen-Bubble.
📅 October 3, 2017
Do you idle your time away watching pointless cat videos on YouTube like most netizens?
Then, why not idle your time away while reminiscing the “good ol’ computing days” with the one and only Windows93 operating system?
“Windows93? Never heard of it. Is this a joke?”
Nope. It really exists.
“Which? The joke or Windows93?”
And the best part…it works in Linux!