I Love My Mintbook Pro

I have a 2015 Macbook Pro that I wasn’t doing anything with and it’s no longer supported by Apple. I decided, since it is “the year of Linux on the desktop”, I’d experiment with Linux again.

One of my biggest problems with Linux over the years (back when I was still a PC person) was trying to get hardware to work with it and the UX is typically an afterthought. In the years since I first experimented with Linux, things have changed drastically. Hardware support, even for Apple hardware, has improved over the years. The UX, especially for my chosen distro, Linux Mint, has drastically improved as well.

So I’m basically a week into using Linux Mint on my Macbook Pro. I did take a brief detour with both Ubuntu and Pop_OS, but found them to run into the same performance issues and issues with waking my Macbook from sleep. Nothing I found online helped, so I quickly went back to Mint, which runs blazing fast on this machine. In fact, it nowruns faster with Mint than it did on macOS. I also haven’t had any hardware issues with Mint with the exception of needing to install some firmware via the command line to get the Facetime camera to work (which I never use anyway).

Prior to installing Linux on what I now call my Mintbook Pro, the machine was just sitting in a corner collecting dust. Now this machine has a whole new life ahead of it. If you have a spare machine, why not give it a shot?

I’ve been using Callsheet from Casey Liss for a few months on the beta. I love it. I deleted the IMDB app from my phone, that’s how good Callsheet is.

I tried out the latest LTS of Ubuntu and Pop_OS and they both ran into the same issue with waking from sleep that I could not figure out. Performance was also diminished. Back to Mint. It’s amazing how much snappier it feels.

I love comedian Paul F. Tompkins and his appearance on the podcast Good One, explaining his famous “Peanut Brittle” bit, is fantastic. If you like comedy give it a listen.

I think I may switch Linux distros on my Macbook Pro from Mint to Ubuntu. GNOME has come such a long way, I think I like it better than Cinnamon now.

I love when there is weird stuff on my walks with Spike.

A line of Pink brand stuffed dogs

This is what I’m listening to today, Atmosphere - Sad Clown Bad Dub II.

Sad Clown Bad Dub II album cover by Atmosphere

All my bonsai tree sprouts died. Same for my mom’s. Oh well. It was worth a shot I guess.

The history of the “clicker” remote is fascinating. I grew up in the age of infrared remotes, so I had no idea the clicking actually controlled the TV.

watchOS 9.6 is killing my battery. Even a reboot of the watch, which usually helps, has done nothing to improve the battery.

It’s amazing that despite watching mostly science, space, and history videos that YouTube’s algorithm constantly thinks I want to watch some right-wing “anti-woke” videos about Disney. It doesn’t matter how many times I tell YouTube to not recommend channels or content like that.

I was obsessed with Pee-wee Herman when I was a child. RIP Paul Reubens.

While Linux distros have increased their UX over time, third-party apps still look like they were made in VB 6.0 and that’s disappointing.

Somehow I missed that Tech N9ne came out with a new album a couple of weeks ago. I’m slipping in my old age. Now listening to the album Bliss by Tech N9ne.

Tech N9ne album Bliss

Power is out, which means no AC. It has been out for an hour and a half now and it’s starting to get stuffy. Hope it comes back soon or it’s going to be a long night.

I have a 2015 Macbook Pro that I’m not longer using and it’s no longer getting updates from Apple. Last night I installed Linux Mint on it since it’s been a while since I played around in Linux. UX and UI has come a long way. Not sure what I’ll use it for yet.

Favorite salts (in order most to least):

  1. Pretzel salt
  2. Salt from the tears of my enemies
  3. Popcorn salt
  4. Iodized salt
  5. Non-iodized salt
  6. Sea salt

I just lowered my internet bill by $20 a month and got twice the speed. I should have called my cable company a long time ago.