GNU/Linux? Why not! Enjoying Manjaro... most of the time ;)

Disabling Baloo under Manjaro Xfce

Baloo — no, not this Baloo — is an indexing service that seems to come with some KDE apps on your system, whether you use KDE desktop environment or not. As far as I can tell, it was installed when I decided to try Dolphin, KDE’s file explorer. The problem I have with Baloo is not that it’s a KDE service.


London (William Blake) I wander thro' each charter’d street, Near where the charter’d Thames does flow. And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe. In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear, In every voice: in every ban, The mind-forg’d manacles I hear

Long Day

Today was a long day.

Oblique Strategies

Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is a card-based method for promoting creativity jointly created by musician/artist Brian Eno and multimedia artist Peter Schmidt, first published in 1975 (…) Each card offers a challenging constraint intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.

Display the Date in XFCE Vertical Panel

Edit Jan. 2021: Orage Clock is not supported anymore since the release of Xfce 4.16. No More date in the Panel, for me. I like to have my Panel (XFCE’s version of macOS Menubar and Windows Taskbar) on the left of my screen, vertically. It saves some screen real estate and let me see more of what I’m actually working on — the text I’m writing or reading.

Caractères typographiques et majuscules accentuées sous Linux

C’est une de ces ‘petites’ choses qui rend le Mac si agréable à utiliser pour un auteur: la plupart des caractères spéciaux sont accessibles via un raccourci clavier. Les caractères spéciaux? Ben oui, ces trucs tout con mais indispensables ou presque quand tu écris en french: É, È, À etc. Le tiret cadratin — ce tiret plus long que le modeste signe moins (-) — que l’on utilise pour marquer les lignes de dialogues dans un récit ou pour marquer une incise dans une phrase.

Adding a WiFi 6 PCI Card to the Linux Desktop

The Linux noob I am was worried about this. Doing some preparatory online reading did nothing to reassure me either. It looked like there was no macOS It Just Works! ™ magic and no Windows .exe to install the required driver and I was getting the impression one was supposed to purchase only a carefuly handpicked Linux-compatible card, and then was required to know exactly which driver to install by hand, while wishing for the best.