Sane Ubuntu UI scaling part 2

04 Dec 2019

Recently I posted about getting fractional scale factors for GNOME 3 on Ubuntu. I’ve since abandoned GNOME in favor of Mate because GNOME was crashing on me on a default install, and could be quite slow at times when loading large resources. Mate has neither of these problems, and as an added bonus, scales in a reasonable way out of the box.

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Getting sane UI scale factors in GNOME 3

28 Nov 2019

I’m going to go out there and say it, I really like GNOME. I know that a lot of people don’t. Whatever. I’m usually on hardware fast enough that it can handle this beast of a DE. But, having just installed it on a ThinkPad X1 Carbon with a nice WQHD display, I was a little irritated that the only 2 display scale factors were 100% and 200%. Which is to say, “too tiny for most people without a microscope”, or “dangit now I can only see like 5 characters on the screen”. Basically, I needed 150% scale factor. This is how to get it.

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Resizing Encrypted Linux volumes on LVM

21 Nov 2019

Recently I set up a fully encrypted Linux install alongside Windows using LVM to encrypt the / and /home partitions, as well as swap. This all went fine and dandy until I realized I had been a little greedy and given root nowhere near enough space (I was trying to horde it all for the /home volume). So, I had to figure out how to shift that space around. This, for my own memory, is how:

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Installing Linux with full partition encryption

13 Nov 2019

So, this is going to be one of any number of posts out on the web about setting up a dev environment on Linux, but it’ll be good for me as reference in the future. This is going to cover setting up Ubuntu 19.10 on a ThinkPad X1C (7g), dual-boot with Windows 10, with both OSes fully encrypted at the partition level (full-disk encryption is technically impossible since we’re splitting the disk for Windows and Linux).

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Mocking the browser window object in Jest

25 Oct 2019

In the application I work on most of the time, we pass a lot of data from Rails to the React frontend by writing constants to the window object in the browser. Testing this can be a bit of a pain though.

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Filesystem case-sensitivity and git

20 Oct 2019

I’m in the process of moving from OS X to Ubuntu (via WSL2) for all of my development work, and ran into an odd behavior with a zsh function I use all the time to diff my current work against the master branch, that it turns out, is caused by the case-sensitivity of the Linux filesystem (unless I’ve misunderstood things).

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Better RSpec diffs with super_diff

18 Oct 2019

Every now and then I need to build up some complex hash/JSON data in Ruby to feed over to a JS frontend. I tend to work slowly and iteratively as I push the nesting deeper, which helps me find mistakes before it gets too complicated… but sometimes that doesn’t work.

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Copying to the Windows Clipboard from WSL

10 Oct 2019

The Windows Subsystem for Linux is great (so far). I like having a full Linux distro right here on a Windows machine. Pretty often though, I need to copy text from my shell into my clipboard (say, to add an SSH key to Github). It’s not immediately clear how you should do that from WSL.

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Gundam F91, Transhumanism, and Monsters

19 Sep 2019

Carozzo Ronah, aka Iron Mask

On Tuesday, 10 September, I went to see Gundam F91 with my best (Freedom Fighter) Gunboy Thom, who is one of the hosts of Mobile Suit Breakdown, and Allie, another regular guest on the pod. After the movie we went back to the studio and recorded our thoughts on the movie. In general, we really liked it (at least, we thought it was a masterpiece in comparison to the clusterf*** that was Gundam NT), but in the course of our conversation we stumbled across the monstrousness of the movie’s main villain, and how his being a ‘cyber newtype’ is used to emphasize that.

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Roleplaying Games and Story Territories

19 Aug 2019

About a month ago I sort of went off on Twitter about how different RPG dice systems lend themselves to different story territories, and then got into a real good conversation about it with Devin Preston. Devin is I think the only other person I know of involved in the TRPG scene with a background in Lecoq theatre (which is where the term ‘territory’ comes from). I’ve been thinking about this since, and I wanted to expand and refine the idea some more. Let’s go!

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