Elementary OS on a Dell XPS 13

Elementary OS on a Dell XPS 13

Posted by bhall

Back in May of 2013 I bit the bullet and purchased a shiny new Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition.  For my uses, the laptop, a blazing fast Core i7 with a beautiful 13.3″ 1920×1080 IPS display, is in every way superior to Apple’s latest MacBook Airs. About six months in, this has been a stellar […]

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What a month!

Posted by bhall

Wow.  In one month, we’ve seen the release of Mac OS 10.9, Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 13.10, iOS 7, and BlackBerry OS 10.2, and now WordPress 3.7. What a month to be a systems guy!

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Time flies…

Time flies…

Posted by bhall

Wow.  We’ve been busy.  So busy that I haven’t had a chance to post anything in quite some time.  Yikes. I have quite a few articles as drafts; I need to finish a few of them. On the client-side, we continue to have several exciting clients that we unfortunately can’t discuss or show on our […]

Setting up a usasble RHEL environment

Posted by bhall

We use a mix of Ubuntu LTS and RHEL-based Linux here at work. While I generally vastly prefer Debian-based distributions, I also feel it’s not a good idea to keep all of your eggs in one basket, so I generally try to keep a usable RHEL laptop around for good measure. So, here’s what I […]

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Recovering from VirtualBox oddness

Posted by bhall

My ongoing love/hate relationship with VirtualBox had a new development today.  In trying to patch, update, and resume VMs on a host, all but one VM came up clean. Of course, it was arguably the most important VM.

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Performance

Posted by bhall

Ever since my move away from Mac OSX to Linux, I’ve been quite impressed with how well Linux handles itself under load.  Here’s an example: Just this morning I was working away on something, and noticed that I had a VM running, likely for several days, that should have been dragging things down.  A whole […]

A simple improvement to the XPS 13

A simple improvement to the XPS 13

Posted by bhall

I quite like my Dell XPS13 FHD.  It’s blindingly fast, runs Ubuntu like a champ, and has a brilliant keyboard.  My biggest gripe: the trackpad.  Specifically, that there’s no physical delineation between the left and mouse click zones. So, I took matters into my own hand with my decidedly low-tech but highly effective sticker solution.  […]

Mount an HFS+ partition without the journal

Posted by bhall

I’m doing some data recovery on an external Mac USB drive, formatted hfsplus.  (What a strange filesystem.) I was getting an “invalid journal” entry or somesuch.  My workaround was to mount the drive without the journal.  After force ejecting the drive, here’s the command: mount_hfs -o rdonly -j /dev/disk5s2 /MountPoint The above mounts the partition […]

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Dell XPS 13 FHD One Month Update

Dell XPS 13 FHD One Month Update

Posted by bhall

I’m coming up on a month with my new Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition FHD.  One month seems a logical time for a follow-up review; here it is! The short version: If you’re considering the XPS 13, just buy it.  Even if you don’t want the Linux version.  It’s a beautiful little laptop.

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A computer-free day

Posted by bhall

As it turns out, yesterday I spent the bulk of the day in the garden.  At 8pm, I realized that I hadn’t used a computer yet, so it became the first “computer-free” day I’d had in probably three years.

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Dell XPS 13 FHD Developer Edition

Dell XPS 13 FHD Developer Edition

Posted by bhall

Well, I did something I never thought I would: I bought a brand-new, high-end Dell laptop. For full price. Me.  Hell will be freezing over shortly.

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Dude…

Dude…

Posted by bhall

After reading the great review of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition on Ars, I did something I didn’t see coming: I ordered a brand new laptop, a Dell in fact. I just got word that it’s shipping today.

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Sarah-Jane Whittaker at QGCSC 2013!

Sarah-Jane Whittaker at QGCSC 2013!

Posted by bhall

GoSaBe’s Sarah-Jane Whittaker participated in a panel discussing careers in Computer Science at the 2013 Queen’s Graduate Student Society Conference (QGCSC) on May 9.

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Emulate third button in Ubuntu 12.04

Posted by bhall

For as long as I have been a Unix user, one could emulate a middle click by simultaneously clicking the left and right mouse buttons.  For those new to Linux, this is desirable because just by selecting text it is copied to the buffer.  You can then paste by middle-clicking.  No copy and paste necessary.  […]

GoSaBe.com updated!

Posted by bhall

We’ve had a busy start to the year and have finally taken the time to update our site with some of our newest clients.