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An AppIndicator for Ubuntu Tailscale Users

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I recently became a Tailscale user and was absolutely floored. It’s powered by WireGuard and is literally the simplest VPN I’ve ever used. In fact, I didn’t even realize it was running when I installed it. I was waiting for a ton of config, an error, etc. Nothing, it was running and just worked.

I wanted to make it easier to see that it was running and get my Tailscale IP address at a glance so I created an Ubuntu AppIndicator.

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CircleCI Tip: Use Explicit Packages

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Here’s a short but useful tip to apply to your CircleCI config. Be explicit about what Apt, Yum, etc packages that your build requires.

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Mets SNY Inspired Desktop Wallpaper

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As any other New York Mets fan would, I’ve been watching the 2020 “season” on SNY everyday. I’ve noticed a new graphic that SNY has been using that I really like. It takes the standard Mets logo but removes the bridge and Mets script, and instead places the hat insignia on it. I really like it so I attempted to replicate it and turn it into a 4k 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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Introducing Sonar: A Docker / Docker Hub utility

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Sonar is a Docker utility tool useful for when you want to learn more about your Docker images. You can list and compare Docker images, their tags, and pull metrics from Docker Hub.

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My August 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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Introducing para: A package metrics tool

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para is short for Packages and Releases Analytics. It’s a simple tool to solve a simple problem for those who release software via Snaps, Brew, GitHub Releases, etc. Metrics and availability.

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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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