GNU/Linux? Why not! Enjoying Manjaro... most of the time ;)

Fix for Crackling Sound in Headphones?

Randomly — I mean, it can not do it for weeks but then it will start doing it randomly for hours or days — any sound played through one of the two headphones I use will be ruined by crackling noise. Of course, it it only happens with the headphones I prefer to use when I listen to music, the one that uses a standard wired/jack connector.

Configuring nano

Nano can be configured. That shouldn’t have come as a surprise but it surprised me nonetheless. I mean, I often use nano but never cared much about it: I only use it to do quick edits in a config file or stuff like that, when I don’t want to wait for a more heavy text editor to start — nano is fast and, well, it’s always there.


Speaking of “fresh”, we should avoid thinking of packages in terms of groceries. That is a pernicious metaphor. Programs remain relevant for as long as they work and receive security fixes (where appropriate). The criterion for evaluating a program is not its recency or the hype around it, but its serviceability.

USB Audio Volume Too loud or Muted?

I just installed a USB speaker that lsusb identifies as a GEMBIRD Honk HK-5002 USB Speaker. It’s plug-and-play, and it works — not a great sound quality for music, but this is not what I want to use it for — save that the sound is either too loud (crackling and distorted) or, as soon as I try to lower the volume, it is muted.

The Emacs Noob: My (Second) First Encounter with Org-Mode

When you are doing research on org-mode for notes taking in the middle of a sleepless night, to accidentaly realize, reading someone else commenting on, you had forgotten everything about your true first encounter with Org-Mode, dating back… 2011. Beside my failing memory, what strikes me the most reading this short note, is the reason I was as enthusiastic as I was hesitant to fully commit to Org-Mode back then is the exact same reason I am still hesitant and enthusiastic today, after my recent rediscovery of Org-Mode:

The Emacs noob: Typewriter Mode

Many Markdown text editors under macOS or iOS come with a neat feature that lets you set the caret at a fixed position on screen, most often in the middle of the screen. This feature tries to emulate the way old mechanical typewriters used to work — it was the sheet of paper that was moving up or down, not the caret.

Why bother?

Visual Representation of Disk Usage in the Terminal

du is the usual command to show disk usage in a terminal, printing a list of all files and folders and subfolders the folder you ran it in contains. A barely readable list — to my noob’s eyes at least. ncdu (NCurses Disk Usage) turns it into something much more useful, imo, putting forward the biggest folders first in a simplified way: