Install nifty Raspberry Pi Imager program on any Debian distro

The Raspberry Pi Image program that comes with Raspberry Pi OS allows you to install an OS (similar to Etcher but with Pi images incorporated into it) to SD card, SSD, etc. Has lots of stock images, including Retropie, several Ubuntu variants, Raspberry Pi OS and more. You can also flash a custom image and wipe drives.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install rpi-imager

My next cellphone

My next cellphone will not be an Apple iPhone.
I will not be using Google either.
After the app store app removals, de-personing, de-platforming, labeling, banning, demonizing, data-sharing, general manipulation and censorship by big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, Amazon and others, I’m OUT.

Once my current phones (an iPhone 11 and a Samsung Galaxy S9) run their course, I’ll be de-googling a Pixel or Moto phone, buying one from Rob Braxman, buying a Pine64, OR just using a flip phone. I’ll keep you posted.

My Galaxy phone has been factory reset and I’m running it with neither Samsung nor Google Play stores. I’m using open source apps from F-Droid. That’s the best I can do for now. With the iPhone it will have to be enough to run certain apps for my job and a handful of others.

Big tech has revealed themselves to be a part of a corrupt establishment. The only way to defeat them is by opting out. Half-measures will not do anything long term.  It’s obvious the government will do nothing to stop the corruption of these companies; they are coming from the same perspective and batting for the same team. This includes canceling streaming and cloud accounts as well. Take back your privacy, your data and your dignity!

Mount an Apple APFS drive in Ubuntu

Mount an Apple APFS drive in Ubuntu

Install ‘fsapfsmount’:

sudo apt install libfsapfs-utils

List your drives:

sudo disk -l

Look for the drive you want to mount. Example:

Device      Start        End    Sectors   Size Type
/dev/sdb1      40     409639     409600   200M EFI System
/dev/sdb2  409640 2000409223 1999999584 953.7G unknown

/dev/sdb2 is the drive we want to mount

Issue the command to mount the drive:

sudo fsapfsmount -f 1 [source] [directory to mount at]

sudo fsapfsmount -f 1 /dev/sdb2 /media/usb

The drive contents will be inaccessible to all but the root user. 

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 protonmail.com/bridge/install 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: https://protonmail.com/bridge/install

Then to setup Thunderbird, go here for instructions:
https://protonmail.com/bridge/thunderbird

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
wget http://mirrors.edge.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/restricted/b/bcmwl/bcmwl-kernel-source_6.30.223.271%2Bbdcom-0ubuntu7_amd64.deb

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