Using tablets as desktop external monitors

Both my work laptop and my personal laptop have 15.6-inch “full HD” screens, which are a decent size. But sometimes — especially when on the go — I’d like a little more screen real estate. Carrying an extra monitor isn’t practical, but I do have a 10-inch tablet that comes with me pretty much everywhere.…

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Visual Studio Code

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Free and open source … from Microsoft? Yep. That’s Visual Studio Code, and I switched to it as my primary coding editor from Sublime Text 3. Why? It’s got killer features that Sublime doesn’t offer, and it’s a great editor.

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Get the red root prompt back in Linux Mint 19

The Linux terminal is one of those indispensable tools that I spent lots of time in. Linux Mint recently released a new version, 19, to replace 18.3. There were several good upgrades, including a major update to the Cinnamon window manager, so it was worthwhile to get the newer versions installed. Unfortunately, one of the…

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Synology’s DS718+ SSD caching is crippled

The Synology DS718+ is one of Synology’s flagship models and it’s an excellent NAS with high-end features. One of those features is the ability to add SSD caching. After experimenting with rolling my own Synology NAS, I decided to pick one up to replace the DS215j I had outgrown. Being a 2-bay NAS, my intention…

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Rolling your own Synology NAS

My Synology DS215j is a great little machine, and has been chugging along without issue for nearly 3 years. Being one of the least-expensive Synology NAS units, it’s also one of the least capable. It’s slow (but not sluggish), has limited memory, and some of the software available to bigger and badder units is not…

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Android

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Android and Apple’s iOS are both good mobile operating systems. I’ve always used Android since it just always seemed to agree with me better and Android phones have better features and technology.

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Clementine

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When Linux is your main desktop OS, there are lots of choices for music players but most don’t work well or have odd limitations. Clementine is simple, works well, and can handle my library.

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Cloud Station

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“The Cloud” is a big deal right now, but it’s really just your files on someone else’s computer. Cloud Station is a part of Synology’s NASes, and puts your files on your computer … but in also “the cloud”, a cloud that you own and control.

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Synology NAS

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Having a basic NAS (Network Attached Storage) at home is great. Having one that adds some other neat features like your own personal cloud, a git server, and more … well that’s convenience on a new level.

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WP Super Cache

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WordPress needs some help here and there. Caching is certainly one of those areas. WP Super Cache is a quick and easy way to speed up your site.

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