Venturing into the World of Linux, Open Source, 3D Printing, and Tinkering.

Beelink SER6 7735HS Non-functioning DisplayPort

2023-08-09 Hardware 412Linux
While setting up my BeeLink 7735HS, I found the DisplayPort would not present a screen on my monitor. While this worked perfectly on my previous setup, I figured it had to do with the HDMI to DisplayPort cable I was utilizing. I switched the cable and found the issue remained. While performing the standard internet search, I ran across this article which suggested the issue may be related to the supported version of DisplayPort for the cable. Continue reading

My first look at the Beelink SER6 7735HS

2023-08-06 Hardware 412Linux
I was recently in the market for a new desktop. For the past 5+ years, I have been using my Dell XPS developer edition as my main desktop. As much as I love my XPS laptop, it had become a burden to dock and undock from my office setup. After giving it some thought, I wanted a small desktop that I could use as a home base and continue to use my XPS laptop when not at home. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Home Server!!

My little home server turned 10 years old 🎂…. and I forgot to celebrate 🙁. 10 years ago I put a not insignificant amount of time and money into this little home server. First, I had to decided if I was going to purchase a completed device from a retailer or piece one together. Ultimately, I decided going on the bare bones Shuttle route as it allowed the necessary configuration while already having some base work completed. Continue reading

Updating Prusa firmware on Linux

2023-06-04 3dprinting 412Linux
Periodically, I need to update the firmware on my Prusa MK3. Overall, the process is straight forward using the functionality built into Prusa slicer. However, there is one additional step that is required when using my Linux desktop. On my setup, it is necessary to change the permissions on the serial port being used to connect to the printer. I have included command I utilize to change permissions along with some additional information. Continue reading

Using NextDNS for content restricting

Parents today face an enormous task of educating and managing a child’s exposure to digital content. I believe that educating and having conversations with a child will be more impactful than any piece of software. In days past, parents may have been most worried about exposure to items such as pornography. Today, exposure to misinformation, false advertising, and hate speech are extremely worrisome. I wanted to outline a tool that I recently started to use to help limit exposure to my child. Continue reading

Adding Mastodon Website Verification

In order to be ‘cool’ like the other kids, I wanted to add website verification to my Mastodon account. Luckily, this won’t cost $8 a month. 🤣 Outline below is the process I went through to add website verification. Validate hugo theme functionality: It is necessary to validate the theme being used supported this functionality. For the Bilberry theme, PR #445 added rel=me support to the theme. This was included in release v3. Continue reading

Why Ubuntu Mate?

2023-03-19 Linux Desktop 412Linux
Do you have a preferred distribution for Linux? I thought I would expand on my choice of Linux distribution. I have been a fan of Ubuntu Mate since Xenial Xerus release of 16.04. Having used it consistently since 2016, it has become to feel like home. I find it is hard to pinpoint a single reason why I have stuck to this particular distribution. Perhaps it is a sub-conscience love for Chelsea Cucumber green. Continue reading
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