Protonmail in eMail client

So far, Protonmail has evaded us with eMail client support.

Now the option exists via the Protonmail Bridge, which is available for Mac OSX, Windows 10 and GNU/Linux.

Here’s how I set it up in Ubuntu:
From the page, click on the GNU/Linux to download the .deb file. Double-click on it and launch the software manger. Install.
Unfortunately, right now the only email client that works with this Protonmail Bridge is Thunderbird, which is a Mozilla product. I had previously deleted this app out of protest of Mozilla’s anti-speech behavior but since it’s free and open source, and the only option for now, I will have to live with it. If you do not have this program, in a terminal, type:

sudo apt install thunderbird

Before you setup Thunderbird, you will need to launch and configure the Protonmail Bridge. All of the instructions for configuration are here:

Then to setup Thunderbird, go here for instructions:

Ubuntu wifi broken? Try this:

My Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS wifi (no adapter found) on my Mac Mini (Intel i5-3210) was broken and I tried many things to fix it without luck.

This was the fix. It might work for you if you are having the issue. First go into settings, about, software updates and turn off the broadcom driver under ‘additional drivers’. Then open a terminal (Ctrl-T) and type :

sudo apt purge bcmwl-kernel-source

sudo dpkg -i bcmwl-kernel-source_6.30.223.271+bdcom-0ubuntu7_amd64.deb

My64 – mini ITX system in a *new* c64 case

This is a project that I definitely WILL do early next year:

I thought the whole setup was great except for one annoying thing: I don’t like cables coming out the sides of anything.  I know this is standard procedure – even a macbook pro costing thousands of dollars does this. Would have been nice to have the power on the back. But this is a clean setup, looks great and isn’t too expensive, relatively speaking.
When I got to the end and saw what the function keys did I almost spit my coffee.
The mainboard/CPU mini-itx combo was really interesting. I didn’t know those existed, especially at that low price. I tried to find the board and they are out of stock everywhere but even better – the highest end version of the board is available for only $120:
Now that ARM processors are coming to the market for desktop computing, I wonder what kind of mini-computing setups we will see in the near future. I can picture something that looks like a 5″x5″x1″ shape that people shove behind a monitor that has Windows 10 and an SSD drive for under $200. We’ll see…

Using ProtonVPN with Ubuntu 20.04

If you are using ProtonVPN for your cell phone, you can also use it on an Ubuntu Linux installation. Here is the official guide, and I can confirm that it works and the guide is excellent.

Essentially installation on Ubuntu 20.04 involves going into your Ubuntu settings and selecting “network”, and hitting the “+” at VPN. From there you will “Import from file” and select the VPN config file you downloaded from the official guide. Once this file is selected, you can enter in your ‘OpenVPN / IKEv2 username’ from the ProtoVPN Dashboard “Account” section. Your new VPN configuration is ready and can be selected in the upper right-hand network icon.

Raspberry Pi OS Update December 2020

There are many great improvements to Raspberry Pi OS for the Pi enthusiasts.

  • Chromium browser updated to version 84, which allows smoother video playback in sites like
  • PulseAudio sound server instead of ALSA, which allows for simultaneous playback and improves Bluetooth options.
  • CUPS, the Common Unix Printing System was added so that wifi printers are now accessible.
  • For the visually impaired: The screen reader audio can now be played through Bluetooth devices and improvements to Orca screen reader support.

To update your Raspberry Pi to this new OS update, open a terminal and type:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Then, install the PulseAudio Bluetooth support:

sudo apt purge bluealsa
sudo apt install pulseaudio-module-bluetooth

Next step is to reboot your Pi. Enjoy! 🙂

For those having issues updating the audio, the Pi Foundation created this guide:

To swap over the volume and input selector on the taskbar from ALSA to PulseAudio, after your Raspberry Pi has restarted, right-click a blank area on the taskbar and choose Add / Remove Panel Items. Find the plugin labelled Volume Control (ALSA/BT) in the list, select it and click Remove; then click the Add button, find the plugin labelled Volume Control (PulseAudio) and click Add. Alternatively, just open the Appearance Settings application from the Preferences section of the Main Menu, go to the Defaults tab and press one of the Set Defaults buttons.

Some people have reported that some applications are ignoring the effect of the PulseAudio output switcher. This is probably caused by an old ALSA configuration file still being on the system. Once you have updated, execute the following in a terminal window, which should fix this:

rm ~/.asoundrc

To remove the old Audio Preferences application, which will not work with PulseAudio, do:

sudo apt purge pimixer

Redirect apache to your wordpress install

We can redirect our ‘localhost’ site to ‘localhost/blog’ on the server using the Apache Redirect Directive.

First, create/edit the .htaccess file in your web root directory. This is usually “/var/www/html”.

sudo pico /var/www/html/.htaccess

Add this line, replacing ‘example’ with your domain name and ‘blog’ with the directory you want to redirect to:
Redirect /

Now, all you need to do is restart apache2:
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Using a Raspberry Pi 4 as a daily driver

During the Covid lockdown, I have challenged myself to use a Raspberry Pi 4 as a daily driver computer and so far, it has lived up to the task.

The Pi 4 is using Raspberry Pi OS (formerly ‘Raspbian’) running off of an SSD. I have a DAC/ADC, CD-RW, external SD card reader, and several other accessories connected to it using a powered USB hub. This hub is connected to and taking full advantage of the USB 3.0 capabilities. The case it’s housed in has full HDMI ports and spreads the connections out in the back, so there’s no cables going in at all angles. I created a guide so you can build and of course, customize your own system.

I take a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I’m using a very inexpensive computer to do all of my tasks, even audio/video editing and CAD/3D modeling! There’s even a section telling you how to run Retropie on top of Raspberry Pi OS for all of your video gaming needs. Please check out the guide. There are plenty of great tips and tricks for using a Raspberry Pi 4 as a PC.  If you see anything I missed or any issues, leave a comment and I’ll make additions/corrections. Posted on Categories Linux, Raspberry Pi, Retro Games, Streaming MusicLeave a comment on Using a Raspberry Pi 4 as a daily driver

Telegram messenger CLI for Raspberry Pi OS

Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed.

Telegram Messenger CLI for Raspberry Pi OS

This guide likely works for other linux distros besides Raspberry Pi OS. It’s a tricky little bugger to install but rewarding nonetheless.

If you want to go the GUI route:

Telegram Desktop for Raspberry Pi

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install telegram-desktop

Message me!

Install SDR (Software Defined Radio) Software GQRX on a Mac

So, you are interested in using an SDR module and SDR software on your Mac?
Homebrew is the easiest install method I have found. The other method involves MacPorts. I was successful using this method on one Mac. On the other… nope.

GQRX is a great open-source program that will do the trick.

First you will need homebrew (if you don’t already have it). It’s a great source for open-source software!

xcode-select --install

The first command may not work in your system. If not, proceed to the second one.

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Verify the install worked.

brew doctor

Then you will need to run the homebrew command in a terminal.

brew cask install gqrx