2019-03-13 - Migrating from Webfaction to Lightsail
Going back to 2011, I've used Webfaction for hosting various personal and family websites, email forwarding and file storage. For $9.50/mo, I get 100GB of storage (which I'm not convinced is actually enforced) on a massive 24 core Linux beast, a shell account with all the developer goodies you could ask for and a full-featured and well-designed web control panel. Their support has been good the few times I've needed it, and the company just has a cool bootstrapped feel to it. Webfaction has a sensibly limited and well-executed scope that is rarely found in a business that's been around as long as they have.
If you are running Ubuntu as a Virtualbox guest, the automagic screen resolution, mouse scrolling and other guest addition goodies may stop working after running apt-get upgrade. This is because the guest additions get lost when an updated kernel is installed. Here's the fix:
2014-02-09 - Changing the key mapping for switching tabs in gedit
The default text editor in Ubuntu is gedit. If you're coming from Windows, you probably think this is akin to Notepad and should be immediately discarded as an option for use beyond the simplest of editing tasks.
2014-01-26 - My .vimrc File
I wanted to insert the date and time into a text file using a keystroke. Here's how.
2014-01-22 - Ubuntu VPN Troubleshooting
Trying to get a VPN to a Windows 2008 server working on a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 install. Just gave me a useless "connection failed" message. Here's what fixed it:
The hardware on the Thinkpad E430 has thus far worked perfectly in Ubuntu with one exception. The screen brightness function keys. This post on askubuntu explains the problem and solution.
This is something I have figure out every time I come back to Ubuntu after not setting up a new machine for a long time.
2014-01-22 - Make the Backspace key work in Firefox on Ubuntu
Another Ubuntu oddity. Who doesn't use the Backspace key to go back in their browser? The Ubuntu users at Firefox, apparently.