Asus Flip C214MA

The Asus C214MA-BU0546 is a Q3 2021 durable (milspec) 11.6" 2-in-1 Chromebook. It has: Intel Celeron N4020 Processor, Intel UHD 600 Graphics (Integrated), eMMC 32GB SSD, and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM For my mind and money this replaces the venerable Asus C101PA. This device is effectively an update 3 years later, but with a bigger ... Read more


LibreOffice is marginally (though noticeably) better than OpenOffice. That said, it definitely has more signs of life and so it is the incomplete product which one is better off choosing, when given choice. Installing LibreOffice Installing LibreOffice is a bit strange. First off, the default gateway in Asia hasn't worked in months if not years, ... Read more

Flush DNS Cache

Turns out there are several ways to flush the DNS cache on Linux, depending upon what service is being used for DNS caching. In some cases, no services are being used, which means resetting the network should do the trick. sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart Google Chrome Browser DNS Caching However, Google will have its revenge since ... Read more

hostname / hostnamectl

How to set and modify hostnames hostname commands hostname and hostnamectl will display the static, transient hostnames (hostnamectl also provides other host information). sudo nano /etc/hostname can be used to edit the hostname that will be displayed upon reboot or restart. This can be done more easily from the command with sudo hostnamectl set-hostname NEWNAME ... Read more

Screencasting Tools

For all but the simplest screencasting, there are several tools needed: Vector graphics editor - Inkscape Presentation editor - LibreOffice Impress Screencast / video recording and live streaming tool - OBS Studio Video editor - Shotcut

Nemo File Manager

Nemo file manager is made for Cinnamon by the Linux Mint folks. However, this file browser works well on plain Debian. It is one of two apps from Mint that are really nice and worth installing, the other being pix. The Nemo distribution is available from the Github repository. One functionality it doesn't have is ... Read more

Pelican SSG

Pelican is a python-based static site generator (SSG). Pelican has been around for a while (~10 years). It takes files, control files, and template files and generates static pages. Those pages can be kept inside git and then pushed to GitLab Pages or CloudFlare Workers. Installing and Configuring Pelican Installing Pelican Pelican Wiki Pelican Docs ... Read more

WordPress to Pelican

WordPress is highly functional, yet expensive to run in terms of resources (ram, processor), and maintain (time). Static site generators are meant to reduce this by a factor of 5 or more. However, there is a lot of functionality to support with the new system as well as a basic learning curve. Let's begin. Requirements ... Read more


First up, Python 2 is dead dead dead. Long live Python 3. Here are some steps to perform: Update alternatives for Python update-alternatives --remove python /usr/bin/python2 update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3 10 Edit ~/.bashrc to include an alias to python3 nano ~/.bashrc alias python=python3 Install the python-is-python3 application sudo apt install python-is-python3

Inkscape SVG Editor

Open Source Vector Graphics Editor

Inkscape Vector Graphics

Inkscape is an amazing vector graphics editor. It is free and open source and works on a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows and OSX. Inkscape replaces Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator and can read their files, and is a first class citizen among these other editors.

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