How to: Get started with Ubuntu Gnome

This is a list of things I had to do to get Ubuntu Gnome ready to use to my liking.

  1. Enable 1600×900 resolution 
  2. Install Chrome 
  3. Install chrome-gnome-shell
  4. Disable top left hot corner
  5. Disable Screen Shield Extension when lock is disabled
  6. Tweek Tool
    1. Desktop: Enable Icons on Desktop
    2. Top Bar: Show Date on Top bar
    3. Appearance: Disable Animations
    4. Windows: Enable Minimize/Maximize
  7. Install Spotify
  8. Install Spotify-AdKiller
  9. Install KeepassX –> Software Center
  10. Install Dash to Dock
  11. Install Player Indicator
  12. Media Keys on Top Bar
  13. Install and setup OpenVPN
    1. Install and configure network-manager-openvpn-gnome
    2. Configure openVPN


Get Started with Qubes OS 3.2 (Update: not stable)

Update 5/20/2017: After spending many hours getting Qubes to work just right, and even upgrading from 8GB to 16GB, it stopped booting (error below). I thought it was the hard drive so I bought a Crucial MX300 and lo and behold it happened again after a few hours of setting it up, so I said screw this and installed ubuntu Gnome. I think its a really cool idea, and takes a bit of time to get your head wrapped around how it works and how to use it, but it is too unstable for daily driver. What it presents is a very safe environment and easy to compartmentalize different working environments, but I don’t like the feeling of uncertainty that any update will kill the whole thing.

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How To: Fix EFI_MEMMAP is not enabled when installing Qubes OS 3.2 with UEFI

I wanted to try using Qubes OS for its security and compartmentalization. The problem was that I could not even get it to install :/

Problem: Error below when trying to install

[ 0.000000] efi: EFI_MEMMAP is not enabled.
[ 0.000000] esrt: ESRT header is not in the memory map.
[ 5.901147] dracut-pre-trigger[424]: cat: /tmp/dd_disk: no such file or directory


  1. Update RUFUS to latest version 3.14 as of this post.
  2. Select DD image onto USB drive

No trying to install, you will get the error above still but it will continue with the installer in EFI mode.


This post directly references using the DD flag :
Common UEFI Errors  –


How to: Access mysql on MAMP and import large sql files

You first need to locate the mysql binary.

$ cd /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin

then access the database

$ ./mysql -u <username> -p <dabataseName>

Note in MAMP: <username> = root

When asked for a password enter root

mysql> source <path/to/file>.sql



How To: Get Rid of Grammarly Extension

Installed it, uninstalled it and it was still showing up on my chrome browser.

Problem: Grammarly still shows up in chrome even after uninstalling


Solution (from source below): 

  1. Go to “Settings” in Chrome
  2. Select “Extensions”
  3. Find the computer paralyzing Grammarly “app” in the list
  4. Click on “Disable” (you MUST disable before you delete!)
  5. Now click on the little garbage can and send it home.
  6. Now close and re-open Chrome



How To: Setup the code on the PS3 remote if TV not listed

I found a PS3 remote at Goodwills for $1.50!! So I decided to use it as a universal remote for my tv. I am shock that there is such poor documentation on setting up your TV if the code is not listed! After a lot of trial and error I figured out how to set it up with my tv, everything but the power on button works on (power button only powers it off) . The manual for this setup for the PS3 is incorrect! (TV Hannspree, not listed )

Manual: CECH-ZRC1U

“Setting the remote code for a TV that is not in the list of manufacturers”

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How To: Uninstall Motorola Device Manager

Installed the Motorola Device Manager (MDM) software and it was crap, tons of pop ups asking me for my password and nothing worked.

To Uninstall:

Open up a terminal and navigate to:

/Library/Application Support/Motorola Mobility/

$ open .

And run the uninstall script

Remove the Motorola Mobility folder

In the user account folder:

Remove the whole Motorola folder

$ ~/Library/Application Support/MotorolaDeviceManager



How To: Enable two-finger tap AND bottom right click on macOS

I switch between two finger tap AND bottom right click while working and this feature is not available in macOS. Follow the steps below to enable both!

1. Set your trackpad secondary click settings to “Click in bottom right corner”
2. Open and enter the following command, (no quotes):
“defaults -currentHost write -g -bool YES”
3. Log out and back in
4. Enjoy