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How to set the background color of a Google Chart

As luck would have it a Google Chart I had created some time last year, which was looking great for a while, recently decided that the background color of the chart itself was going to switch from the color I had set to the default color, white. This was quite […]

Unable to upgrade ttf-google-fonts-opinionated-git on Arch Linux

From time to time a routine upgrade on Arch Linux ends up causing me a bit of grief. Fortunately, I do like a bit of chaos from time to time and the opportunity to solve problems is why I got into software engineering to begin with. This particular issue was […]

Coming home to Chrome/Chromium

Ever fearful of a return to the Internet Explorer / Micro$oft controlled landscape of the original browser wars, I’ve always tried to keep my options open and rely on more contrarian browser options. Sometimes those browsers were based on Chromium, like Brave. Other times, they used a different rendering engine, […]

How to fix ugly Chrome window borders on Linux

So I’m back to dabbling with Google Chrome as my main browser, backpedaling somewhat on last year’s [yet another] switch to Firefox. Technically I’m running Chromium, the less Googley version of Chrome on Linux, and Google Chrome stable on Android and Chrome OS. This isn’t a post delving into why […]

Google Price Protection

The of saga continues… First my phone stopped connecting to the cellular network. Then I casually reset my phone, unknowingly locking myself out of my Authy account. Then after pulling the trigger on a new phone, the Pixel 3, the Googs ran a promotion to get 200 bucks off a […]

How to install Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on Android today

I must have been under a rock, but I only heard about a new Animal Crossing game this week. Then I was sad to hear that it wasn’t out yet. Then I was excited to hear that it was actually out! Circle back to being sad when I found out […]

The death of the headphone jack

Apple had #courage and Google is proving they can imitate just as well as they can innovate. The headphone jack is effectively dead on cell phones as I suspect other manufacturers will start to implement this “me too” design philosophy. For me personally, I’m heavily invested in a set of […]

Transitioning from Google Wallet to Android Pay

I feel like I’m in the minority among my peers. I use Google Wallet and Android Pay pretty religiously. I choose to shop at establishments that allow me to use this technology as often as possible. I ask my peers that use Android devices how they like being able to […]

Life without Google

I’ve decided that this year is going to be the year that I try to limit the amount of information I put out onto the Interwebs and hone my social presences and take back my privacy as best as I can. I’m “liking” less, I’m not going to reveal my […]

Android Pros and Cons after 2 years with an iPhone

I recently discussed migrating to cross-platform apps in an attempt to break away from the Apple Ecosystem which was a precursor to me swapping my iPhone 4S for a Nexus 5. Now it’s time to talk about the pros and cons that I ran into by making the move. PRO: […]

Breaking away from the Apple Ecosystem

I’ve recently come to a crossroad with Apple and it’s ecosystem. I’ve had an iPhone 4S for the last 2 years and I was itching for a new device. Giving the current iPhone lifecycle, it makes more sense to hold out for the next iteration of the iPhone than jump […]

Dumping Android for an iPhone

This should probably be accompanied by a formal press release, but I’ve dumped my Android phone for an iPhone 4S. As of late, I’ve been comparing Android to Linux in the mid-to-late 90s. It’s great if you like to fight with your system and constantly deal with adapting to it’s […]

First Impressions of the iPad from an Android fanatic

If you don’t already know me, let me just preface this by telling you an a staunch Linux user as well as advocate, I prefer my Android phone to my wife’s iPhone and after recently giving OSX a full-time shot for a week, I’m no closer to switching. Now that […]