Changing Default Editor in Ubuntu

By default the editor in Ubuntu Server is Nano, I prefer Vim.

Run the following command:

sudo update-alternatives --config editor

this will output a selection list that may differ depending on which editors you have installed:

There are 5 alternatives which provide `editor’.
Selection Alternative
*+ 1 /bin/nano
2 /usr/bin/vim.basic
3 /usr/bin/vim.tiny
Press enter to keep the default[*], or type selection number:

Select the number of the editor you want to use and press enter. That’s it.

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Rotate display in Linux when not using an X Server

In general you would use a desktop version of whatever Linux Distro you decided suits your needs and you may have an external display that you use to write scripts on or whatever else you do that would work best with a rotated (portrait) display; for me that is note taking or scripting. I have mine hard mounted to the wall and if I need to rotate it it’s almost impossible because I have displays on either side of it that are also hard mounted on the wall.

The last few days I’ve been playing with building a Linux (Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS) based Gateway to run my network in server mode and I had to use this rotated display as I had other things going on that were taking up the other displays. As you are aware, using a portrait display to see what you’re doing on a server is no fun and yes I can ssh into the server but I wanted to work directly off the server while tasks on my other machine were still going on. Yes, I did make this extra complicated for myself but it made me learn things that I and not many normally people think about. I could make this easy by installing a GUI but that would add extra things to my system that I do not need and that would take up resources that I prefer to go to the task I’m creating this system for.
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Make your Android phone a bit faster

First off let me say that this will not increase system resources, it will tho increase response times that will make your phone work faster by adjusting the animation timers.

First thing we need to do is enable Developer Mode

Warning : Before we go any further, only change the three items we list below unless you know what you are doing.
  • Open the Settings app on your phone
  • If your handset runs Android 8.0+, tap System If not, skip this step.
  • Scroll down and tap About phone
  • Scroll down and tap Build number 7 times consecutively

Locate these three settings tap on each one and change it’s value to .5x ← Note the decimal.

  1. Window animation scale
  2. Transition animation scale
  3. Animator animation scale

Basically what this is doing is setting the transition animation time to 1/2 of it’s original value so things will load and close twice as fast, giving you a significant boost in non-wasted time on your phone waiting for things to load.

That’s it. Go enjoy your new speed.

100 Percent Disk Usage – Windows 10

In this article we’ll be talking about some things that cause 100 Percent Disk Usage and how to fix them

Windows Search

Windows Search is the back-end system that allows you to find your files faster on your Computer. It works by constantly indexing every single file on your computer.

  • Open a Command Prompt as Administrator
  • Enter the following
net.exe stop “Windows search”

Click Enter
To turn it off permanently:

Press Windows key + R and type

  • Click OK
  • Scroll down the list of services and double-click Windows Search
  • Click the General tab
  • Set the Startup type to Disabled
  • Click OK


SuperFetch is a feature that helps decrease boot time by making apps load more efficiently. However, it can cause usage problems with your drive.

  • In Command Prompt, type
net.exe stop superfetch
  • Click Enter

To disable it permanently

In services.msc, disable Windows SuperFetch


  • Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone and right-click on Skype.exe
  • Select Properties
  • Click the Security tab
  • Click the Edit button
  • Make sure All Application Packages is highlighted
  • Check Allow for Write Permissions
  • Click OK

Check in on your pets with Skype when you’re away

We keep hearing about the many things you can do with an older computer, here is a cool fun project that your pets will love.

Have you ever been away from home and wanted to check in with your pets to see what they were doing or be able to give them some attention without having to come home?
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Google Voice and Pixel2 XL

I’ve been using Google Voice for a while now and recently upgraded to the Pixel2 XL on Verizon … No, I won’t do a coverage as there are many out there that are pretty awesome; I will say tho that the issues people are talking about have not plagued my phone at all.

Back to the post, after the switch from my Note5, my Google Voice stopped working with inbound calls and I could not for the life in me figure this out. I was just about to give up when I came across a solution that was way easier than I expected and thought I’d share it here should someone else need it.

Once I had Google Voice setup and connected to my phone (several times 🙂 ), all I had to do was dial *71[Google Voice number] from my phone. example: *710123456789

Some other things you can do :

  • To Activate Busy Transfer, dial *90[Your Google Voice number]
  • To Activate No Answer Transfer, dial *92[Your Google Voice number]
  • To Deactivate the Call Forwarding, dial *73 [Send]
  • To Deactivate the Busy Transfer, dial *900 [Send]
  • To Deactivate the No Answer Transfer, dial *902 [Send]

Deleting an EFI System Partition on Windows

The EFI system partition (ESP) is a partition on a data storage device (usually a hard disk drive or solid-state drive) that is used by computers adhering to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).

An ESP contains the boot loaders or kernel images for all installed operating systems (which are contained in other partitions), device driver files for hardware devices present in a computer and used by the firmware at boot time, system utility programs that are intended to be run before an operating system is booted, and data files such as error logs ref. An EFI system partition is usually protected and locked by the Windows operating systems to prevent and avoid accidental deletion of these partitions. That’s why you can’t delete EFI partition using Disk Management tool.
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