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Here's How to Restore Older Versions With Linux Snaps

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Here’s a quick one. Sometimes when using software you may want to use an older release. Perhaps there’s a regression in the newest release or maybe you want to test something specifically with an older version. Either way, there’s an easy way to do this when that software is installed via a Linux snap.

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I Made a New Gravatar Go Module/Library

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I’m writing a project in Go where I’ll have an entire user system. Logins, passwords, etc. As I narrowed down the feature list for the MVP, I decided I didn’t want to support proper profile picture management. Instead, for the MVP I will only support Gravatar and made a quick Go module for it.

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Black Lives Matter Pride Desktop Wallpaper

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With Pride Month starting today, here’s a Black Lives Matter Pride desktop wallpaper. 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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My May 2020 Linux Snap Package Metrics

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I maintain a several 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. Plus, it’s a nice feeling to see the usage of something I’ve made go up. In October of 2018 I started this Linux Snap Package Metrics series and I’m trying to report back every few months with the numbers.

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

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I Made a Harley-Davidson VIN Decoder

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Now that I own a Harley Davidson Sportster I’ve been getting into motorcycles from a mechanical perspective. I’m still a software engineer though so when I saw that many Harley VIN decoders on the Internet either were missing data for newer bikes (like mine) or simply didn’t work anymore, I decided to make one myself.

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Keep the Bits Flowing, Get Pop!_OS 20.04 via Torrent

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As I did for the 19.10 release, I created torrents for the latest Pop!_OS release, 20.04. There’s one for the standard x86_64 ISO as well as the Nvidia ISO. Basically, the Nvidia version is the same as the first one but the Nvidia graphic drivers are preloaded. The SHA256 sum for the regular ISO is: 5478241142930dbd95143773d53be079087024d3112614a901edc2829040f996 The SHA256 sum for the Nvidia ISO is: a2e0ebc25999036dcd0b89fd21d49069438a529fd8c46ffc31053258b447f9e8 You can verify these for yourself on their download page. continue reading →

Zoom Manager v0.5.0: How to Install & Update Zoom on Ubuntu

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Zoom has quickly become the most popular video conferencing software during the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic. I have a few blog posts discussing how to install Zoom on Ubuntu Linux and specifically on how to use Zoom Manager to do so. Here’s what it is and what’s new.

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Keep the Bits Flowing, Get Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal” via Torrent

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Congratulations to everyone who worked on and shipped Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa”. As per usual, I just want to remind everyone that you can download the Ubuntu 20.04 ISOs via torrent. This allows you to reduce the strain on Canonical’s (and their mirror) servers while possibly being a faster download as well. Here are the torrents for both the desktop and server release: Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop (64-bit) Ubuntu 20.04 Server (64-bit) Don’t forget to seed! continue reading →

CircleCI Desktop Wallpaper #11

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In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, here’s another one.

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 Desktop Wallpaper #10

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In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, here’s another one.

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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