Hiatus

Well, it’s been a long time…almost 6 months…since I’ve posted.  That’s quite a hiatus.  A lot has gone on.  Fedora 25 is out, I have a new job, I’ve cooked a lot, and I’ve been in a car accident.

My old job involved my having a ton of spare time – plus my website wasn’t blocked at work.  That means I could cook something or mess with a computer at home, and I could just go to work the next day and write up an article.  Not so anymore.

But, now I’m working from home for a while – since I got in the accident – so I have some time where I can update.  I plan to add more later, I have some frozen meal reviews to write, for instance.

But for now, I’ll just leave you with a picture of my knee.

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Thinkpad OneLink Pro Dock and Linux

I’ve been searching for a while for a good docking solution for my X1 Carbon…and I’ve settled on Lenovo’s Thinkpad OneLink Pro dock.  I did a lot of searching since I run and wanted it to work with Linux, and I found some outdated and/or inaccurate data from over the past several years.  I wanted to add a new data point, and hopefully it will help someone else in a similar situation.

Here’s the dock:

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Fedora 24 Post-Install Guide: Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2015)

As promised, here is my post-install list for the Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2015 model, 3rd gen).  I spent most of yesterday evening and this afternoon getting things set the way I want, and I love it so far.  I have one nagging issue – the fingerprint sensor – but everything else is working well.  I’ll address my issue at the bottom.

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Fedora 24 Is Out!

Fedora 24 is finally officially released.  I’ll outline a little about how to upgrade, but I won’t be able to upgrade my own machines until I get home from work.

Stupid work, getting in the way of my Linux upgrades.

Anywho, let’s take a look at the upgrade process to get from 23 to 24 – I’ll just add this for informational purpose, as I’m a stickler for clean installs.  Plus, my 23 installs are fairly recent, so I won’t be losing a ton of stuff there…so I don’t have much of a reason to not to a fresh install.

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Extending Battery Life In Fedora 23

I ran into a little bit of an issue over the past several days…my battery life was horrendous.  Or at least it seemed that way compared to what it was under Windows.  Linus is notorious for having worse battery life (one of the few downsides to running it) on laptops, and the best explanation that I’ve been able to find is that the kernel is made to support such a wide variety of hardware, that it may be supporting things that you don’t need.

I remembered vaguely doing something about this during my last install, but it had been a while, so I had to research again to figure out what to do.  There’s a really simple tip that will help greatly – my battery life (as measured in Gnome) went from a little under 3 hours to almost 7.  Not quite the 9 hours I had under Windows, but a huge improvement nonetheless.

Here’s what I did:

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