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Open Letter to Lodestar134's wife

Dear Mrs. Lodestar,

I’m writing to you about James, who I know of as Lodestar134 from the game Ingress.

I’m not sure if he’s explained to you much about it, it is a complicated and interesting GPS game. I’ve enjoyed playing it because it gets me out on my bike exploring new areas, and making […]

1+ Year Running Arch Linux on a Lenovo Yoga 2

In October 2013, I bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro: Promotional picture of a Yoga 2 Pro. After 5 years with a Thinkpad, I was ready to upgrade to a prettier model. I wrote a long, but still incomplete review, and it became the most popular article on my website. It has apparently become one […]

Shipping the LibreOffice HiDPI Patches, or How I Learned to Love Heartbleed

I wrote my story about getting some HiDPI patches into LibreOffice, but it was an unfinished one because while the code had gotten accepted into the main Master branch, there was a lot remaining. It hadn’t shipped, I’d only tested it on Gnome and KDE, it hadn’t been tried on Windows, and didn’t work on […]

LibreOffice HiDPI Patches

I bought a HiDPI laptop in October to replace my 5-year old Thinkpad. Between the 5.7 million pixels, and the bright LED backlight replacing my dying and dim CFL bulb, it makes the daily computing experience much easier on the eyes. I’d put up with a lot for this screen. It turns out I have […]

Response from Synaptics regarding Linux drivers

Here is the mail I received this afternoon from Synaptics regarding the petition:

The open source Linux kernel currently has a PS2 touchpad driver from the third party open source community which was not developed, reviewed, or tested by Synaptics. Based on industry and customer pull, we do not support PS2 interfaces for Linux as […]

Arch Linux HiDPI wallpapers

Here are a couple 3200×1800 wallpapers I rendered in Blender using the new Cycles engine based on a file I found.


Change to glass material:


Manjaro, Arch, and Debian

I’ve been running Debian-based distros for my first 8 years with Linux, but I decided to try Arch for my new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro. Most recently, I was running Mint-Debian aka LMDE, but with this new hardware, I wanted to be more up to date with the latest software. For example, LMDE is currently […]

Petition to Synaptics Corporation regarding flakey Linux drivers

I am writing this on my new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro which comes with a beautiful screen and your Synaptics Clickpad. I have created this petition because there are a lot of problems with your hardware on Linux that are frustrating, time-wasting, and distracting. Right now, the pointer moves when it shouldn’t, and doesn’t move […]

Review of Arch Linux on a HiDPI Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Warning: this is a 4,700-word review, so read when you have something to drink and some time. I tried to break it up into two posts, but I didn’t find a good place.

Update: April, 2015: I have written an updated post after more than 1 year’s daily use. I recommend reading it after this […]

LibreOffice 4.0 And The Power of Brands

LibreOffice 4.0 was launched last week, and the news reports and activity on social media were massive, more than any release of LibreOffice or OpenOffice before, with better coverage than many of Microsoft’s well-funded introductions. There were numerous links sent around to the usual sites like, but also TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Time Magazine, etc. A […]