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Windows Downloads Folder Grouping

February 14, 2024 -

I built a new PC a few years ago using the Intel 8086K that I won in the Intel 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes. It’s been a good machine that I’ve only really used for games. Over the last year or so I’ve used it for some more hobby projects and I finally got annoyed with the Downloads special folder always opening up with the contents being grouped by date. I wasn’t terribly surprised to find that this was a common thing people complained about.

Chromecast HD Alternate Launcher

February 6, 2024 -

Recently there has been news of Google deploying advertisements more invasive than content banners in their Google TV launcher. Upon experiencing this directly it seemed like a good idea to dig into replacing the launcher. The first step was testing out alternative launchers. I tried Projectivy Launcher and FLauncher and ended up preferring FLauncher, it is very simple and it’s open source which is an added nicety. The next step was figuring out how to set the default launcher.

Fixing Audio Choppiness in OBS Studio on Linux

January 18, 2024 -

I occasionally record screencasts for work — some of these are used for the website as demos/training material, and sometimes they’re used internally by our various technical teams. When I record, I use OBS Studio, which works brilliantly. However, since the last time I recorded, I’ve upgrade my operating system, as well as switched over to Wayland, and I discovered after doing a recording session that my audio was super choppy.

Advent 2023: tmux

December 22, 2023 -

I use terminal-based programs a lot. It should be obvious to anyone following my blog that I use editors in the vim family. But there are a slew of other tools I use from the CLI: docker, phpunit, phpcs, psalm, pandoc, ssh, ngrok, and more. Often, I’ll be editing a file, and need to run another program, and reference what I’m editing: running unit tests, linters, or static analysis often fall in this category.

Advent 2023: Pandoc

December 20, 2023 -

Being a fan of Markdown and text formats in general, but living and working in a society where other formats are more often used, it’s convenient to be able to convert my files to formats others can use. And there’s really only one tool for that: Pandoc. What is Pandoc? Pandoc allows conversion between different document formats. Most are bi-directional, though a few can only go in one direction (for instance, you can convert to PDF, but cannot convert PDF documents to other formats).

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