ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

Take 3

You didn't actually think I was done?   I've actually been playing around some more with my eOS MBA and after installing a few more things and trying a few alternatives managed to break it again!  It wasn't broken in the same sense that it wouldn't boot, but...

You’ve got mail (and a calendar)

I've kind of left this until the very end as I knew accessing my mail would be pretty straight forward.  Webmail would always be an option if not, but I've configured other mail client in other Linux VM's so knew this would be fine. I have 4 e-mail addresses, or...

Enjoy your media on all your devices

Let me start by saying I LOVE PLEX!!! I needed to get that out of the way, as I'm sure others will love their choice of Media Server just as much, but for me, Plex does almost everything I want, and even some stuff I don't! I've been using Plex almost from the start...

VPN phone home

The last piece (I think) of my connectivity puzzle is the remote access back into my network when I'm away from home.  This is really handy when stuff doesn't work, and by using a Virtual Private Connection (VPN) also provides an added layer of security when I'm...

My ownCloud

I configured Dropbox in the last blog, which I use to send scanner output from my WF-3640.  I also use it to sync a number of services between iOS and macOS devices (1Password, YNAB, MacDive, and Mindset to name but a few) but other than that I don't really use...

Print and scan

I was actually expecting this to be a lot more difficult too, but in reality, it was pretty straight forward.  I have an Epson WorkForce WF-3640 in my home office, and in any of my Linux VMs I've never been able to connect to it, even though it's physically...

Locked out

No, I haven't screwed things up just yet, but in trying to connect to all my devices I realised just how 'locked out' of just about everything I'd be (both locally and online) without access to 1Password! I've been listening to all the scary cyber security stories,...

Networking

Why is this always so difficult?  Surely it should be a simple in this connected world for devices to talk with each other without jumping through various hoops? Playing with FreeNAS has developed my network understanding, but I'm still very much an amateur when...

Touch me touch me, say that you love me

Right, now I've got my preferred browser, I'd like to sort out some gestures.  To be fair, 2-finger gestures seem to be working pretty well 'out of the box' or at least I can scroll up and down. In macOS I use 3-finger swipes to so 2 really common things:...

Google

I'll digress a little here, but what did we do before the world wide web, and more specifically Google? Yes, I hear all the anti-Google arguments, but they don't charge me anything and the convenience and access to knowledge they provide is a price I'm willing to pay....

Where to begin?

Another great question!  I guess my aim is to see if I could live in eOS should there come a time when I feel the need to ditch macOS. I'm not going to get into the applications too much in the post and will save that for later when I have a nice and stable...

Why eOS?

Good question, and one I've asked myself several times since I started thinking about reusing my MBA to run Linux. As I mentioned earlier, I don't profess to have a great understanding of Linux or even how different distros come about.  I've played with the...

Installing Linux

I'm sure there are several ways to do this and hundreds of Linux distributions to choose from, but this is how I've done it for eOS: 1. Download eOS ISO file from > https://elementary.io  They'd like you to make a donation to ongoing development, which I don't have...

Prepare to dual boot with rEFInd

Right, macOS (10.12 Sierra if you're interested) is installed on the MBA. Pretty straightforward once I'd destroyed the whole partition on the SSD. Pretty sure I'd messed things up trying to boot back into eOS and when I tried to remove the ext4 partition for Linux...

Take 2

Ok, so after a pretty successful 1st attempt (dual boot working and various applications installed and configured) I managed to break elementary OS (eOS). This was either caused by touchegg (enabling gestures) or Bluetooth (this would be my guess) but it ended up with...

Elementary my dear Mac

A number of things have aligned, resulting in me finally getting around to starting my first blog! 1. I setup a WordPress server a few months ago when working for a client who deployed WordPress to their customers and I wanted to learn a little more 2. I've recently...

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