How to Create a .desktop File for a Document in Linux

A .desktop file is how Linux launches applications.
You can create a .desktop file to launch documents alongside your
your other applications, to launch your favorite documents, just as
if they were applications, shaving seconds off your workday.
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How to Straighten Bent CPU Pins

Yikes, for the first time in decades, I bent the delicate pins on an AMD CPU.

It happened because I pulled off the heatsink-fan, when the grease was still relatively new (it was only a few weeks old, and didn’t check that the CPU had been pulled out of the socket. I then proceeded to wipe the old grease off. The pressure from wiping may have bent the pins.
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Adding Desktop Application Icons for Terminal-based Programs in GNOME Linux and Ubuntu

I just downloaded the Parity Ethereum node, and it’s an old fashioned terminal-based program. Here’s how to make a launcher for it so it’ll integrate with the GNOME desktop. It should also work with KDE, but I haven’t tried it. Continue reading Adding Desktop Application Icons for Terminal-based Programs in GNOME Linux and Ubuntu

Crashing Computer: Recovering from Disaster Recovery Plans

A couple weeks ago, I rebuilt my old computer with a new motherboard purchased for disaster recovery in case my original mobo died, but had some problems with crashing. The problems seemed to be related to RAM. Some configurations crashed pretty quickly, and often, and other ones were pretty stable, but nothing was as stable as the system I was hoping to retire. Continue reading Crashing Computer: Recovering from Disaster Recovery Plans