Author Archive | Mike Turcotte

I-Nex Drives

When I was running Windows one of the first pieces of software I'd install after I'd grabbed all my necessities, was CPU-Z. It was useful for looking at temperatures, specs, generating reports, and just overall gathering of information. In GNU/Linux we can do all of this via the terminal, but not everyone likes to use […]


Given that I have been writing the odd article here and there about server work, hosting, VPS and the like, I thought that perhaps an article about editing configuration files / text documents in a command line scenario might be a good idea. There are a few major text editors out there, some more user-friendly […]

smartmontools capabilities

So, I recently purchased a new (used, but new to me) laptop, that had a 1TB 5400RPM Hard Disk in it, granted the laptop is fairly powerful and capable of modern gaming, rendering, and number crunching thanks to a 4th generation i7 CPU and a Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 GPU. However, the HDD seemed to be […]

LinuxMint Default Desktop XFCE

Linux, or GNU/Linux, is has grown in popularity exponentially over the course of the past ten years or so, and with that and the rise of users switching from Windows; there are a lot of questions that get asked. This article, is simply a number of these questions, and the answers associated with them. Feel […]

Fedora Desktop

It’s been a number of years since I sat down and gave Fedora a spin; I’ve always leaned more towards some of the other distributions out there with features that more suited my style. However, with the release of Fedora 26 I thought perhaps I should give the very popular and powerful distribution it’s due […]

Putty Configuration

In a previous article we discussed how to start up a basic web server with nginx and get a primitive webpage online, however, what if we are hosting our website on a VPS server not located locally, and we are wanting to access the server from within Microsoft Windows? There are two solutions that I […]


Arch Linux by default does not come with a GUI tool for updating packages or working with the AUR (Arch User Repository), and this is just fine for most Arch users. However, having used Manjaro for quite a while fairly recently, I kind of got used to using Pamac as a GUI option for these […]

Nemo Server Information

Previously I wrote a very simple beginners article on how to host your own nginx webserver and host a webpage. But, not everyone is familiar with ways to get the files you want onto your server (assuming it's not hosted on your everyday machine) so that you can use those images, files, etc. There are […]

LibreOffice Contest

LibreOffice is probably the most popular alternative to Microsoft Office, and comes preinstalled on many GNU/Linux distributions, however, it's also available for nearly every major free and non-free OS out there...And it seems that they are looking for a new Mascot! In an article posted on June 28, The LibreOffice Design Team announced a contest […]


We stream nearly everything nowadays, Spotify, Netflix, Crunchyroll...These are just a few of the services that many people nowadays use to get their favourite media wherever they are, and they all have a common theme (besides being stream services); subscription payment plans. Pay a small fee each month and you can have all the media […]

essential gnu linux applications

So, you’ve made the switch from Windows or MacOSX to GNU/Linux, congratulations! There is a good chance that you’ve also installed a distribution like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, or perhaps Manjaro; and so you have a wide range of software already installed. However, There are a number of applications that don’t always ship by default, […]

CrashPlan Extraction

Backup, backup, backup...This is the biggest thing that I wish everyone would follow when messing around with your computer, regardless of operating system but especially with GNU/Linux. GNU/Linux is fairly stable nowadays, but anyone who uses it regularly knows that this can change in the blink of an eye, and so...backup! There are plenty of […]

SSH Terminal

In a previous article I went over the basics of hosting a webserver and basic website on a home machine. However, realistically it is much more appropriate to do such a thing on an external server, for numerous reasons such as: Not using resources needed on your personal machine No issues with ISP’s blocking ports […]

linux encryption

Encryption is becoming more and more recommended and less and less for the tinfoil hat wearing type. It’s not uncommon to hear of people in the tech world encrypting their harddrives just for the purpose of extra security. I personally encrypt my laptop; both the Windows side I keep for image and audio/video editing, and […]


Spotify is one of the most popular among the various subscription based companies and applications around in what seems to be a growing trend. I personally have been subscribed for about three years now, and almost constantly having music from Spotify playing on either my laptop or my cellphone. Windows users have no need to […]

Pidgin Source

Most repositories for many GNU/Linux distributions have mass amounts of software and packages available within them; it’s becoming more and more rare you are required to build anything from source (unless you use Gentoo), however, many users are left unaware of how to do so if the need ever arises. This tutorial will show you […]