Welcome to CubicleNate's Techpad of likely less than useful information to most people... unless you like things Linux, vintage computing or the obscure. 

My primary focus will be on Linux, or specifically openSUSE Linux and getting work or fun done with it. I enjoy re-purposing yesterdays "modern" hardware and make it relevant once again. Linux extends the service life of a lot of the hardware that is so often discarded before its time.

I am currently running openSUSE Leap 42.2 on my primary machine. It is amazingly rock solid. This is a testament to the great job of the openSUSE community of developers. It not only 17% more available packages but also lower memory usage and a lighter weight feel on KDE.

I recommend a Base Application Set for all openSUSE Linux installations. These are bits of software that openSUSE will not include automatically for some silly legal reasons.

Comments, constructive or not, are welcome. I do try other distributions from time to time but I have no intention on switching to anything else.

For now, I am still building content into this site so most things are in a draft state. If you have any suggestions, feel free to contact me.

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  • KDE Plasma 5 Regional Settings Format Makes Me Happy Again Since my move from Windows to Linux, KDE has been my preferred desktop environment. I remember switching between Gnome and KDE for a while until I determined that KDE was for me (what I really wanted was Amiga Workbench). KDE's strength has always been its flexibility and ease of customization. I value options which is why I value KDE.The transition from KDE 3.x to KDE 4.x was somewhat painful for me as for a while, many of the options that I became used to disappeared but later returned. Through the change, I never lost my ability to adjust how I wanted information displayed to me.With KDE 5.x I was no longer able to properly ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2017, 9:54 AM by Nathan Wolf
  • Dell Latitude D630 Tumbleweed Refresh I am not quick to buy new things, though I did replace my Dell Latitude D630 about three months ago with a newer Dell latitude E6440. My plan was to deprecate the machine and put it on a "reserve only" status. In my process of setting up the E6440, I found that I used my D630 still but quite differently, it became my home station machine and my E6440 would be my mobile machine that would return back to "base" where I would have it connect as a client to the D630 for keyboard and mouse. It was a rather nice arrangement. Unfortunately, the hard drive died on the D630 and I needed to install openSUSE once again on it ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2017, 11:16 AM by Nathan Wolf
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed on Dell Latitude E6440 I needed a new computer and generally don't like getting new things. I'm not a very good consumer (unless I'm buying food, I love food) but I really needed a new laptop to replace my beloved, tried and true yet aging, Dell Latitude D630. It has been a great machine but has been come to the end of its service life. There is only so much you can do to a machine of nearly 10 years to keep it current and some of the surprise battery failures really chapped my hide.I was very specific about the machine I wanted as my replacement. My minimum, must have requirements for this machine was, dock station capability, built in ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2017, 7:21 PM by Nathan Wolf
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