Import Google contacts into abook

I’ve been trying to figure out how to import Google contacts into abook for awhile. I was repeatedly disappointed that I couldn’t find any useful and up-to-date instructions or scripts. It turns out that abook is way more powerful and configurable than I thought. The answer was right in front of me the whole time….

Installing ArchLinux with Encrypted LVM, UEFI and GPT

This is not a definitive guide. This is just what I learned installing and booting to a command prompt with /boot, /home and root defined as logical volumes inside of an encrypted partition. As I’ve said, this is by no means an exhaustive guide. It’s more like a list of specific steps and resources for…

Powerline Symbols in Urxvt in Ubuntu

The distro is actually Pop_OS, but I seem to remember having to do this in Debian as well. The GitHub Powerline page says that you can just install the fonts-powerline package through apt and angels will sing. I did not have any such luck. The way I finally got it to work was to actually…

Installing My Desktop Environment in Debian/Ubuntu/PopOS

For compiling and installing i3-gaps, basically just follow this guide. For Termite, you’ll have to install vte-ng, and you can use this guide to do both. NOTE: For the vte-ng dependencies, you’ll also need intltool. Initially, $ termite is returning termite: symbol lookup error: termite: undefined symbol: vte_terminal_set_cursor_position, but everything compiled and installed correctly. So…

Mopidy + PulseAudio + ncmpcpp

Oof. This was a real trick and a little bit of guess work, but I finally got the visualization in ncmpcpp to work with mopidy and pulseaudio. First, I found the ArchLinux ncmpcpp config walkthrough. That seemed really straight foward… but it didn’t work for me. After some dicking around, I figured it’s probably because…

Changing Default Browser in Debian

Not too long ago I wrote a short article about my findings in switching my default x-scheme-handler to Chrome for opening links from mutt. I used gio, and somehow it turned out to be pretty straight forward. I recently decided to switch back to Firefox for my browser, but now following links and viewing html…

XFCE and Loop Select in Blender

Remember that time you were getting the hang of Blender, then you switched to XFCE and alt-mouse3 stopped working for Loop Select in Blender? Remember how annoying that was? Apparently alt-click is supposed to do stuff in XFCE even though it didn’t seem to really do anything in my case except mess up Blender. Well…

Really really setting the default browser is XFCE

I had the problem that Evolution kept opening Firefox when I’d click a link even though I have Google Chrome set as my default browser in the XFCE Settings. After a little digging, I found this obscure post. Issueing the first command gvfs-mime –query x-scheme-handler/http told me : This tool has been deprecated, use ‘gio…