Author: David Both

I am a computer geek by hobby as well as profession. I have worked for IBM, MCI, Red Hat, the State of North Carolina, Cisco, and BB&T among others. I am now semi-retired and have my own company, Millennium Technology Consulting LLC through which I do speaking, training and consulting for Linux and Open Source Software.

My Laptop Has No Numlock LED

Note: The tool described in this post worked on Fedora 33 but no longer works with Fedora 34. Because this code is no longer maintained it is unlikely that this problem will be fixed. In addition to no Numlock LED,…

Using my own books

One of the things I state in the Introductions about my books is that I use them myself as references and this week was no exception. I perform many tasks on Linux computers for which I am responsible and a…

Setting the number of desktop workspaces for Xfce4

I just learned something very cool. Sometimes it is necessary to make remote modifications to a desktop using the command line. In this case I needed to reduce the number of workspaces on the Xfce panel from 4 to 3…

Fedora 33 name resolution fails

I just installed Fedora 33 today, the first day it became available. One of the major changes, a switch from the ancient nss resolver to systemd-resolved has already caused me a significant amount of trouble and borked my entire network.…

How I borked my computer

Even seasoned Sysadmins can have epic fails And this was mine. It was a bit frustrating – well, a lot frustrating. I managed to totally bork my primary workstation while trying to perform some hardware upgrades along with a restructuring…

Migrating to SSD.

A few weeks ago I installed an M.2 SSD drive in my primary workstation, and just today I installed a second one. The complete story is a bit long for a post and it really belongs on my technical website,…

Installing Fedora 32 on System76 Oryx Pro

In November 2018 I ordered an Oryx Pro laptop with a 17″ display from System76. This laptop came with the System76 version of Ubuntu, POP_os!. This is an amazing laptop with 6 cores (12 CPUs) and 32GB of RAM, more…

Fedora 32 rocks – with a couple issues

Fedora 32 became available yesterday and – LinuxGeek46 that I am – I managed to upgrade 7 out of 8 of my Fedora hosts yesterday as well. It is really cool and works well as I have come to expect…

Copy and Paste fails

After a recent upgrade to my primary workstation, and a new installation on a couple virtual machines, I discovered that copy and paste was not working. I use both Xfce and LXDE for my desktops on various hosts, both physical…