Author: Andrew D. Anderson

Auto-mounting a VeraCrypt volume under Ubuntu / Debian Linux

Problem: You have a VeraCrypt volume you’d like to mount at boot under Ubuntu. You’d like to do this automatically – without providing credentials every time the disk actually mounts. The VeraCrypt GUI has options for mounting volumes at launch, but it still prompts for a password to finish mounting...

Ubuntu Night Light Tips / Tweaks

Problem: Ubuntu / GNOME Night Light comes configured with a very warm color temperature. Not only that, but, by default, it’s not as easy to enable and disable as it should be. Both issues are easily fixed…

Change Syntax Language Highlighting in Atom

Problem: You open Atom to start work on a new file and haven’t saved it with an extension, or you open a text file without an extension (or the wrong extension) – and Atom isn’t highlighting things the way you’d like. Maybe Atom isn’t highlighting anything at all and you...

Fixing Raspberry Pi Strange Update Behavior

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is an awesome little computer for tinkering, but that doesn’t mean it’s infallible. Case in point: both the Pi 3 Model B and Pi 2 Model B can both exhibit erratic behavior when attempting to update. The scenario looks something like this… you wish to upgrade...

Quick Review of Hitachi HGST Touro Desk 2TB External Drive

I recently purchased two Hitachi HGST Touro Desk USB 3.0 2TB External Drives – and did so with a bit of trepidation because of a few bad reviews. I’d just like to add a few of my own opinions to the mix – because I’m actually surprised that my initial impressions...

make mouse pointer changes persistent in xubuntu

Installing and/or changing mouse pointer themes in Xubuntu 12.04 isn’t difficult. What is woeful is when you realize that the cursor theme you set is not always used. It only gets applied partially – so that your pointer will sometimes look as you set it, and other times you’ll see...

Configure Delay for “Disable Touchpad while Typing” Xubuntu

So, basically the problem started as this: you got tired of accidently moving the mouse while typing on your laptop, so you naviagated to the touchpad settings screen and enabled the option that reads “Disable touchpad while typing”. You thought that you did well. Then your problem quickly became this: the...

Fix for Constant Hard Drive Clicking Noise in Ubuntu

If you are reading this it is probably because you have a laptop that keeps making a disconcerting clicking sound. You suspect that it may be the hard drive – and you are probably correct. It very well could be on its way out, and doing a full backup certainly can’t hurt...

Acer 4830T TimelineX No Audio on Ubuntu / Mint

If you are trying to run Mint 11 or Ubuntu 11.04 on an Acer Aspire 4830T TimelineX Laptop, then you’ll no doubt notice the lack of audio from the internal speakers. Luckily, fixing the issue is painless.