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Introducing cu-ddns

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cu-ddns is a dynamic DNS client that uses VPS cloud providers such as Linode for DNS. This tool allows pointing a DNS hostname such as home.example.com to an IP address that may change regularly. The typical scenario is having a domain name point to your home IP address however those that travel a lot would find it useful as well. cu-ddns, which stands for “Cloud Unpacked Dynamic DNS” (more on that in the future), is a project I made over the weekend. continue reading →

My May 2019 Linux Snap Package Metrics

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I maintain a few Snap packages (installable Linux software packages) and I’ve been very interested in the metrics that Snapcraft (the Snap Store) provides. It’s a (minor) indicator of how large the snap user base is (or at least growth) as well as how useful a snap may or may not be. In October I started this Linux Snap Package Metrics series and I’ll be updating every month with the numbers until someone tells me otherwise 😄.

Here’s the metrics for snaps I maintain for the past month:

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How to Update the BIOS on System76's Thelio Desktop

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Update: An engineer from System76 chipped in suggesting that this is not a good way to update the BIOS. Their method is still unavailable though. While this may not be the best way to update the BIOS for Thelio computers, this method should still work for GIGABYTE based PCs that don’t support Linux the way System76 does.


I bought a System76 Thelio desktop computer earlier this year (btw, I love it). The BIOS on its Gigabyte motherboard is two releases old. All of the instructions I found on how to update the BIOS involved Windows or formatting and imaging a USB flash drive. It’s 2019, there are easier ways.

Here’s how I updated the UEFI BIOS on my Thelio’s Gigabyte motherboard using only Ubuntu and the Q-Flash.

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How to Install Zoom (Video Conferencing) on Ubuntu 19.04

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Here’s how to install Zoom, a popular video chat software, on Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco”.

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CircleCI Pride Desktop Wallpaper Part 2

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In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, I’ve made a couple to celebrate Pride Month 2019. This is the second wallpaper and you can find the first one here.

This particular wallpaper has both a light and dark variant. Take a look below to choose your favorite. You’ll find the preview in this post but you can download the full resolution 4K/16:9 version (for normal screens) and a nearly-4K/16:10 version (for Macbook-like screens) from the links below.

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CircleCI Pride Desktop Wallpaper Part 1

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In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, I’ve made a couple to celebrate Pride Month 2019. This is the first wallpaper and you can find the second one here.

You’ll find the preview in this post but you can download the full resolution 4K/16:9 version (for normal screens) and a nearly-4K/16:10 version (for Macbook-like screens) from the links below.

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How to Install Docker on Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco"

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I haven’t blogged in two months. I’ll mark my return with a short but useful post. I installed Ubuntu 19.04 on my new desktop (post coming soon) and ran into a snag. Installing Docker by following their docs failed. Docker (the company) doesn’t have a build of Docker (the product) available for Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” yet. So my options were: Just use the distro provided package of Docker. continue reading →

Automatic Timezones on the Ubuntu Desktop

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There’s a setting in Ubuntu called “Automatic Time Zone”. Even if you have it set to “On”, there’s a good chance it doesn’t work. Here’s why and how to fix it.

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Trying out Development Builds of Hugo

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Hugo has fairly frequent releases. It’s one of the many things I like about it. Once in awhile though you may want to test out the in-development version of Hugo. Maybe there’s a new feature or bug fix that’s merged that you just can’t wait to use, or maybe there’s a larger change coming that the development team needs help testing. Maybe you just like living wildly. Regardless of your reason, here’s three ways to run the development version of Hugo.

This is specifically showing you how to use unreleased, probably buggy software. Keep that in mind.

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Running Ubuntu Core 18 on Linode

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Ubuntu Core is a variant of the traditional Ubuntu operating system with Linux Snaps at its heart. It ditches Apt and Debian packages for Snaps which enables a transactional and lightweight OS. Ubuntu Core is intended to run for IoT use cases such as on embedded devices and popular single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi. I’m going to show you how to run it on Linode because… well because we can!

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