Random notes from my life

I just wanted to post something here, so it is now May 6, 2021, I'm typing this in Emacs which is running in openSuse, for some reason I needed to log into Wayland session. But that helped me to try OBS for screen recording, etc. So overal, not a bad experience.

May 9, 2021 - edited emacs.html page as a practise in editing inside Emacs. I also updated my RSS feed sources, got rid of reddit junk (or at least the most of it) and put some lower traffic, but interested sources

May 9 as well - making a short video about my workflow in #Emacs. And as usual, I can nto type when I also record my video :D This is a document made in org which will be exported to HTML and uploaded to my FTP. Nothing fancy, nothing special, maybe I will add a link to something like Alex's blog. Alex Schroeder is another Emacs enthusiast, so why not? Here it is: Alex's page

OK, now I have to find a way how to use ffmpeg and make this video faster (speed up). So we will use eww, of course :D Maybe I have found it, it shoult work like this:

ffmpeg -i input.mkv -filter:v "setpts=0.5*PTS" output.mkv

Hmmm, should I put the code into the code section? Let's see if I could use org mode help here. I was able to do that, nice :-D And now, export the document and upload it onto FTP.

June 5

On my path to find a better web browser, I am back on Vivaldi. As you may already know, I have a few computers, some of them are powerful enough not to show off the lack of speed when using Firefox.

But I also have a underpowered UMAX laptop which shows this pretty happily. So my quest was, to find if there is a greener grass on the Chromium part of the garden. And it seems there is.

I used Vivaldi and yes yes yes, there is a significant speed increase. Probably it will be worse with RAM usage, but that I can live with.

I know that my ideal web browser would be Iridium, however - those german guys are not that regular with updates, also there are multiple versions for different Linux branches / distributions and each one of them is based on a different version.

Not to mention unresolved dependencies on my current distro. Yes yes, it is open source, I can bouild it - but can you imagine building it on this kind of laptop? :-D

July 4

Not a Independence day themed post.

However, still something to celebrate. I have a new computer, I decided to go for a secondary laptop since I will spend a lot of time at the office during the night.

And I miss having an UNIX system available with everything ready and installed for my needs. Of course, there is SDF, but still, own HW is own HW.

There was a small and unexpected surprise when I bought a laptop that was my first choice. ASUS ExpertBook, 14", no Windows, yes RJ-45, FullHD display, good price. However, I like to use Emacs as my editor of choice (and for other things as well) and guess what. I was so lucky with my first laptop (HP x360) where keyboard rollover was functioning as expected, that I was not expecting it to be different on any other laptop. But it is. And not like "ASUS has it, HP not", it is different, model after model. It might look similar but the keyboard behaves completely different. So, it went back and I spent my sunday afternoon by trying (lucky for me, I was able to test this) laptops that are within my budget, have a decent keyboard with working rollover, have non-qualcomm wifi, etc. And tadaaaa, the winner is ASUS again, something with tiger lake i5 (I would like to try an AMD laptop, but those are still rare), 8 GB of RAM, some SSD inside. And I like it. maybe even a bit more than my HP, so I am not really sure which one will accompany me at the office. I wanted to leave the better machine at home, but now it might be this ASUS (yes, I already installed #emacs and typing this on this laptop).

Fedora works there like a charm - again, maybe even better than the HP with a slightly older chipset. I was a bit worried about the smaller touchpad but it is a good one, so no problems here.

I will update :-)

July 30

On my other laptop that I left at work I installed the latest devel version of Ubuntu, Impish Indri. It was my only chance since I only have had one USB drive with me. So if that would not work, I would be screwed. But it worked. It has its own flaws, of course, it is still 3 months away from release, but it works. And what I need? Simple, Emacs, Vivaldi (yeah, will explain later), some video player and a system base taht will not crash just like that. And for that, Ubuntu devel in the middle of the development cycle is more than enough.

This, of course, was written on that very system :-D

August 1

For the first two weeks, my new ASUS laptop was more of a testing platfomr, I always like to try what is possible, what works and what does not. What a surprise was that I have found Ubuntu is not possible to install (at least not by deafult) because it can not see the internal drive. That's 21.04, of course, but I am not a lazy guy so I tested a release that will become 21.10 one day and all fo the sudden, it sees the drive and works correctly. Not sure what happened, maybe a kernel version bump (5.11 in stable, 5.13 in the future release), maybe something else. But everything works.

So far so good - Fedora works, Ubuntu (will) works, openSuse Tumbleweed works. Manjaro works, but… Yes, there is still some but(t), it has other issues, which are probably not HW related.

Hey, maybe you would like to actually know what laptop it is - so the model name is Asus X415EA-EB037T (probably a local variant, but in any case - Tiger Lake i5 CPU, 8/256 RAM/storage). I know that it is not a super expensive laptop, but I really like it. I know, I know, you will tell me that the display is terrible (yes, there are slight light leaks here and there when the backlight is turned high), the keyboard is terrible (it is not, I Like typing on it and it even has T shaped arrow keys layout (but yes, still half height, but at least something). Sound is OK, I can not really comapre it to the HP which has front facing speakers above keyboard, but at least the sound output into headphones is very decent.

I am not sure about the battery life, all of my laptops are actually more of a desktop replacement with a tiny footprint :-D so… But, I would guess 5+ hours with an average load, amybe a bit more with "content consuming". What I Like, on the other hand is the fact that it is quiet, yet still cool. My HP crank up fans very quickly when there is a CPU load and it is pretty loud. ASUS keeps it quiet for a much much longer time.

So overall, I am happy, I typed a lot of text on this laptop, listened to a good music, watched some videos, everything works as expected. I know that it is a bit too early for recommendation, but so far, so good.