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Technology addict, Linux enthusiast, musician, and writer. Currently reviving my imagination from a coma. Also an American in Croatia.

Surprise! GPU mining from home is profitable again.

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You may have noticed that everyone under the sun is talking about Bitcoin following its meteoric rise to $30,000. But far less people are talking about GPU mining. Maybe because the idea of turning on your computer and having it magically generate an income feels elusive to you. And maybe because GPU mining and cryptocurrency are considered dirty words to PC gamers.

Especially to PC gamers looking to build their own rig in a retail landscape that’s seen the prices of graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia inflate once again to atrocious…


The short version: traditional web publishing is dying, and there are sweeping changes coming to Medium (again). Because you deserve to read what you choose, and not have an algorithm choose for you, I’m moving the majority of my written content to a free email newsletter called Tech For Everyone.

You can read the first 8 issues and subscribe to it here:

The Longer Version:

I’m tired of writing for algorithms. It has sucked the fun out of everything and I’ve lost the “fire” for covering Linux, open source and consumer tech worlds.

I want to write for people, not search engines.

Algorithms…


I can tell you exactly when I became obsessed with computers. The year was 1985 and I was a kid growing up in Clovis, California. My stepdad owned a PC tech support company called NSI. Our garage was transformed into a revolving door of bulky beige computers, constantly illuminated by the glow of monochrome green CRT monitors.

That garage was like this mysterious playground of machines I’d never seen before, begging to be explored. It was the first time I ever remember seeing a computer, much less seeing a bunch of them!

That garage also happened to be a forbidden


Ditch your daily driver OS and try something new.

Nearly three years ago I gleefully dove down the Linux rabbit hole and haven’t looked back. While doing so has positively affected both my personal and professional life, I’ve repeatedly found myself stuck inside something I’ll call the “Ubuntu Comfort Bubble.”

I’m constantly distro-hopping to discover what’s new and unique among the daunting number of quality Linux distributions out there, but those adventures are far too brief.

To really discover all the nuances and to see what’s worthwhile about a distro, sometimes you have to stop that hop. You have to…


For those about to Nuke and Pave, Canonical salutes you.

A prototype screen for the refreshed Ubuntu Desktop installer

As a rabid distro-hopper with a ton of machines and bottomless curiosity, I’m 95-percent positive I’m way more critical of installers than most people. But the installer also happens to be a person’s first taste of a Linux distro.

It needs to be effective and intuitive. It needs to make a great impression.

16 years after debuting on Ubuntu (and later becoming the installer for dozens — if not hundreds — of additional distros), Ubiquity has certainly proven its worth. It does its job and does it consistently well. …


As I write this, a single Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti graphics card is capable of much more than delivering a quality 1440p gaming experience. It’s also capable of earning you $4.22 USD in profit per day from mining cryptocurrency such as Ethereum.

That’s a big deal, because at $399 MSRP, a miner’s ROI (return on investment) for the RTX 3060 Ti is roughly 100 days.

Yep, it’s 2017 all over again as potential profits from GPU-powered mining reach record highs alongside a booming interest in Bitcoin. And PC gamers are not remotely impressed.


All aboard the hype train, but pack some cautious optimism.

Here’s a potentially unpopular opinion: despite loving Linux, I’m not willing to use a Linux-powered mobile operating system unless it looks and feels fantastic. It’s why I’m not enamored with Ubuntu Touch. It’s why I’m less than enthusiastic about ARM-based variants of popular distros like Manjaro and KDE Neon, even while I’m rooting for all of them.

Call me silly, call me selfish, but they’re just not flashy enough.

More importantly, there’s not a mobile Linux OS in existence that screams “tablet-first design.”

Enter JingOS, a new Linux distribution…


Let’s begin with a sobering observation. Despite two straight years of incredible advancements in Linux gaming — including going from 0 to 6000+ Windows-only games playable on the Steam for Linux client — that progress has barely moved the needle for Linux adoption. As our own James Mawson so poignantly states:

This night-and-day difference has driven a growth so feeble, it’s difficult to separate from statistical noise. Linux isn’t even a serious threat to the Mac in this space. Crazy.

Clearly We Have Work To Do…

Proton 5 now ships with the Steam for Linux client, and it introduces improved performance, support for DX12 and much…


Here’s some cool Linux gaming news you may have missed over the holiday: Sony has written and published an official Linux driver for its new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.

This update represents 1400 additional lines of code that have been added to the existing “hid-playstation” kernel-level driver. In a nutshell, this means that in Linux distributions with newer kernels, the PS5 controller will “just work” right out of the box.

The great news is that the controller’s crucial features are all supported: motion sensors, touchpad, battery, lightbar and rumble. …


Listen to this story narrated by the author, not by a robot.
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Years ago I treated creative writing of any kind like some kind of finite resource gifted to me from a genie in a bottle. Like a mystical muse washing up to the shores of my neocortex and using me as its always willing, often desperate instrument.

Shortly after that genie arrives, it inevitably gets stuffed back into the bottle. Your muse disappears into another castle. You’re left feeling empty and disappointed and fruitless.

Did you ever use to think this way? Do you still? …

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