Software selection for Linux in Q2 2021

With the release of Ubuntu 21.04, official support for fractional scaling was announced. I decided to do a fresh install on my desktop system to check out solely this feature. To speed up the post-install configuration phase and to score an easy blog post, I made a list of the software I use every day.

Using Barrier to control multiple computers regardless of operating system

I don't often use multiple monitors at once, but when I do, I'm using multiple computers too. I'm mainly doing this to test websites on multiple operating systems as my desktop machine runs Linux Mint and my work laptop has Windows 10 on it. Of course I could use Virtualbox to run any number of operating systems, but having a separate device makes things a bit more simple for me. What I despise is using the laptop keyboard and the trackpad. Wouldn't it be nice if I could use the desktop keyboard and mouse on the laptop too?

What to watch?

Were you ever in a situation with friends or family when you decided to watch a movie together, but kept on arguing on which movie it should be? For me, this is a far too familiar situation that often spoils the mood. I blame the size of my movie backlog solely on this actually. Can't we do this without the arguing? I think we can and I created the perfect tool to help...

Using your Android phone as a webcam for Ubuntu 20.04 with DroidCam

During the current pandemic, the home office suddenly became the preferred mode of work. This, of course, caused a huge increase in webcam prices and shortages in supply. I ran into the same problem and my laptop camera was no viable alternative either with its subpar quality. Luckily, there is a way to use my better-than-average phone camera for conference calls with the desktop computer running Ubuntu.

Forward and back mouse buttons in macOS

Did you know that one of the most frequent mouse actions is clicking the back button of the web browser? If you use Windows, this can be achieved without aiming the pointer if your mouse has dedicated buttons for the forward and back functionality. Unfortunately, if you plan to use your non-Apple budget gaming mouse with macOS, you are gonna have a bad time as macOS doesn’t support this handy feature by default.