General Tech

General technology topics that don’t necessarily fit nicely into any of the other categories.

Adding Custom Launcher to Gnome Shell

I have a long history of using Linux and it has always been my preferred operating system. Due to the needs of my photography workflow, however, I’ve been using Windows as my primary OS for the past few years. That’s until recently, however.

While I don’t quite have the photography workflow fully figured out on Linux yet, I’m back to using it as my primary operating system for the first time in probably 5 years. I went with my go-to setup of Ubuntu with the Gnome desktop (I could write a whole additional post as to why this is my go-to, but I digress).

One of the things I’ve found that I’ve needed to do a bit of while setting everything up is adding my own custom launchers to the Gnome applications overview. Like most everything else on Linux, this can be easily done by creating a file.

Let’s take a look!

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Blocking Ads and Trackers with Pi-Hole

There are about a million different pieces of ad/tracker blocking software out there, all with various pros and cons. The most common of these come in the form of browser extensions.

There are some great options out there, but there are certainly drawbacks to this extension approach. The biggest of these drawbacks is that you have to install the extension in all of your browsers on all of your computers for it to work across them all. Additionally, they tend to be completely useless when it comes to other devices, such as phones. This is where Pi-Hole comes in handy.

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How I Setup WSL In Windows 10 With the Windows Terminal App

I’ve had a long history of not being a fan of the Windows operating system. While Windows 7 was a decent release of the OS, version eight was an absolute dumpster fire and the early builds of Windows 10 weren’t much better. The more recent builds of Windows 10, however, have certainly started to win me over, especially when Microsoft surprised everyone by coming out with the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

The default setup for WSL is anything but perfect but it’s possible to get a really nice looking, highly functional setup with just a little bit of work. Let’s take a look at how I have everything set up.

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