T400 LB update and Pixelbook Ubuntu idea

Why hello there again!

Some small updates. I’ll eventually post more about the T400 project, as well as link some source and other places I’ve been posting about it. Currently struggling with getting Libreboot to play nicely with an 8GB RAM upgrade, but I’ll likely be running MX Linux on it with NVIDIA drivers to get the Advanced Dock 2503 properly working with some of the cards we have sitting around at work.

Something else I saw recently was that someone got Ubuntu properly working on a Google Pixelbook with some additions from the ChromeOS kernel and some custom scripts to get the backlight keys etc working well. That’d be interesting to try as a daily driver for work, since mostly everyone in our office currently uses Macbooks. As long as I can access a terminal and a web browser, I’d be fine at work…without Google selling my data.

Another thing I saw recently is that Google may be adding support for ePrivacy screens to chromebooks.

That’s all for now! Will report back when I have more to say about the state of the Librebooted T400 and if I ever get the G Suite management off the ASUS C201.

(There are links on the different-colored words in all of my blog posts)

Rebuilt T440p and other updates :)

I finally rebuilt one of the T440ps I won in an auction! See more over here. Also added a link to the main page of my site.

In other news, I’ve been trying out Fedora Silverblue and really enjoy having a desktop GNU/Linux operating system that has fantastic rollback/update functionality and great minimal standards behind a familiar GNOME interface. I feel I may need to start picking up more automation skills as I begin the job search anew, and I’m certain this along with learning CoreOS/K8S is going to help immensely.

Things I’ve seen on the web over the past month or so:

Upcoming projects (quick update)

Hello again! Just a quick update here, since I likely will have a large gap between now and reporting upon my next projects.

  • I recently won some auctions and will be unlocking the BIOS on a T440p as well as upgrading the parts

    • The Thinkpad T440p will serve as an interim for my Thinkpad A485 until the Star Labs Lite MkII arrives, as both will be far more stable than that machine

  • I will be looking into Librebooting an old Macbook soon as well as getting some help with wiring for Corebooting the Thinkpad X230

  • My LARBS-in-the-Cloud project is on hold as I figure out some VNC server issues with my Linode VPS

  • Might be downsizing in the future and selling a few of my project computers as well as my gaming laptop, then switching to Linux OEMs/Resellers’ products, for better hardware support in the future. Still on the fence with this one.

More Procrastination + Star Labs

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As I procrastinate personal projects by throwing random Linux distros on anything I can get my hands on, I realize there’s really no use in installing operating systems, only to never use the devices again.

In the above pic, I threw GalliumOS on an Acer C720P chromebook, am working on getting Luke Smith’s LARBS scripts working on a nanode on Linode, and have updated my Aero15Xv8’s Pop!_OS install. May sell the Aero sometime next year as I go for something from System76 for portable gaming.

The only hardware updates I have is that now I have the cheapo C720p for note-taking and will be owning a Star Labs Lite MKII later this month when they get shipped out. I haven’t done any corebooting of the X230, though I am in the process of spinning up another Factorio server on Linode. Perhaps I’ll post on github when the slightly-modified LARBS files get turned into a StackScript for Linode.

Fairly certain the Star Labs Star Lite MK2 is going to replace my Thinkpad A485 as my non-work daily driver, since the A485 is having quite a few stability issues now, what with daily freezes and all. Will be doing more cloud-based stuff in the future, so hardware won’t be as much of a concern anymore.

Mac Linux project, Corebooting X230 etc!

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Hello once again! I’ve recently started working as a contractor at Salesforce in IT while I finish up my final online college classes. Nowadays I’m doing side projects at work and at home to keep my interest for hacking/modifying hardware up.

I learned the other day that, although prior owners can still download the OSX El Capitan install .app off the Mac App Store from “Purchases”, if you make an installable USB from the installer and plug it into the 2009 Macbook Pro 15”, it will come up with the above picture. This is quite odd- even though I had both unofficial AND official copies of the .app installer and made a flash drive with either after checking their sha’s, the 2009 would still refuse to have the OS installed, claiming it was faulty. Perhaps I’ll try something older on that one with DiskMaker or something since the terminal-based method wasn’t working.

The original goal behind getting a semi-recent build of OSX on that old macbook was merely to install rEFInd so I could then boot to a Linux flash drive and install some Debian-derivative distro on it. It was going to be the work laptop dedicated to troubleshooting drive issues, image cloning etc. Oh well, guess that’s on a backburner for a bit until I can figure out the new EFI through different methods.

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In other news, my Thinkpad X230 that I left back in Ohio when moving across the country has been shipped back to me!

Once I’m less stressed about finding longer-term housing situations, I’ll definitely be corebooting this and throwing Debian on it to function as a stand-in portable Plex server etc.