Installing a website as a standalone app from Google Chrome can provide several benefits, especially when using frequently visited sites like Spotify. By installing Spotify as a standalone app, you can easily access the site without the need to open a new browser window or navigate to the site manually each time. You can just click on it's icon in your desktop environment's app section and you can even pin the app to your taskbar for convenient access.
Fixing the missing Viber indicator icon from the Cinnamon panel (and possibly other desktop environments)
The software center of Linux Mint 20.1 Cinnamon Edge offers Viber as a flatpak package. Installation is a breeze and the only downside is that it takes a lot more space than the .deb version from the official Viber homepage. I'm not sure if it is a common problem, but for me, the indicator icon was missing from the cinnamon taskbar.
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.
Force Janitor to work with your upgraded Kodi installation
Janitor is an addon for Kodi that will automatically scan your library for watched movies, TV show episodes and music videos based on criteria such as age, rating or free disk space. I set it up to delete what we already saw after 2 days except if it is in a protected folder. It is a great tool to free up disk space on your device, but if you upgrade to a version of Kodi that is not supported, it will be disabled and you will have to delete stuff manually again.
How to fix Kodi black screen after upgrading to a new version
Just had this happen to me. I didn't really watch what I was doing and issued the "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" command which for some weird reason removed Kodi from my system. After reinstalling it with "sudo apt-get install kodi" all I got was a black screen instead of the Kodi user interface.
Speeding up Windows 10 for gaming with CCleaner
Personally, I use Windows 10 solely for gaming purposes on my desktop computer. I’m not hating on it like previous versions as I do think that this is finally a good and usable operating systems. However, Linux has been one
Skipping YouTube ads in Chrome, Firefox, and Android
Ads are pretty annoying when you just want to look up something really quick on Youtube. Not as if they aren't annoying all the time, but when you are looking up instructions on CPR, you definitely don't need a long advertisement on hamburgers.
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.