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Irish New Motorcycle Registrations - Looking Back to Look Forward

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The ACEM  (European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers) have a new post out showing that new motorcycle registrations are up in 2020 versus 2019! You can read the whole article here:  ACEM statistics - Market 2020: increase for Powered Two-Wheeler registrations in Europe.  The change is just 1.1% up, but for the year that was in it, that's a win in my book. But the real boom was in mopeds, up 13.7% in 2019. Obviously that's the big picture, the actual country figures can vary massively, for instance the Netherlands were up 30.3% while Spain dropped -8.8%.  Now these are the headline figures and the focus is obviously on the largest markets, but what about little old Ireland? Just to note though I am mostly interested in the 500cc+ market, so that's all what my figures are referring to for now, I may take a look at the smaller capacity vehicles at a later stage. Well we fared better than I expected, but overall we saw a drop of -2.9% on 2020 versus 2019. The total new m

Adventures with Manjaro Linux - Installation and Setup

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I have roamed from the safe lands of Ubuntu and Debian based Linux and arrived at the shores of Manjaro , an Arch Linux based distribution. I could have gone the whole way and spun up Arch, but my command line skills rely heavily on finding the answers online so Manjaro with its GUI interface seemed a much better fit. I am really enjoying the speed and usability of the XFCE desktop environment on my old hardware, so giving Manjaro which is a rolling release seemed to make sense. A bit like choosing KDE Neon over Kubuntu if you really enjoy the KDE and plasma experience, or that is how it makes sense to me. Hello Manjaro XFCE 20.2.1 Honestly, really nothing to report. That's really the best you can say about any of the modern and popular Linux desktops. You create a Live USB, place into your machine, follow the GUI as it leads you through installation, then you boot into your new distribution. Mess with the partitioning if you want, I prefer a separate /home partition. It did recomm

Xubuntu and XFCE Running on Chromebook

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For years, I have been meaning to try out and Linux distro on a Chromebook. Now I have finally made that happen. I have installed XFCE, and subsequently the Xubuntu desktop, onto a Lenovo C330 Chromebook. The best part, it was surprising straight forward. Ideally I would have just gone ahead and installed a ready-to-go option like GalliumOS . Reading their website ticks every box that I want, it's basically Xubuntu packaged for Chromebooks. My one problem, this Chromebook runs on ARM architecture, which is not as widely supported. GalliumOS currently do not have an arm build, and neither do software like Brave browser.   GalliumOS looks great, just needs ARM support   That all said, getting things up and running was as simple as following this very useful tutorial from Ubuntu: Install Ubuntu on a Chromebook Obviously I picked the option to install the xfce desktop and the tutorial skips over a step during the installation process. After downloading crouton you have to do the follow

Distro Hopped Again - Hello Xubuntu and XFCE

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Like all things, my hardware keeps getting older, but nothing's stopped working yet so until things go bang let's make the most of what we have. KDE and Kubuntu were fantastic, I do really enjoy that desktop environment, and it shows as I have been hopping between that Gnome (and Unity) since 2007. Out of curiosity over December I installed Xubuntu onto a Live USB to give it a test ride. It is one of those things I have kept putting off for a few years now, just kept telling myself that my hardware is not old enough for XFCE yet, but just like me it really did benefit from this change. XFCE.org describes the desktop environment as; "Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly." Xubuntu also says; "Xubuntu is perfect for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks with a modern look and enough features for

Solved Broken Recents Button & Launcher on Galaxy S8

 Finally, got to the bottom of an elusive issue for me on Lineage OS on my Samsung Galaxy S8. For reference as you may know there is no official build of Lineage OS for the Samsung Galaxy S8, but there is relatively well-supported unofficial build over on the XDA forum . This is what I have used, as with many others, and never had a problem until September 2020 with the Open GApps 'Stock' and Magisk Manager (to get Netflix working). More of a nuisance issue more than anything, but after a monthly update the default launcher would fail to run (so installed Microsoft Launcher from Google Play) and also my recents button stopped working. Tapping on it did nothing, long press would work, in fact any different button action assigned to it would work accept open recent applications list. So nothing to stop me in my tracks, just had to be get around. I had done some digging around looking at people with similar issues, but nothing helped until someone pointed me in the direction on

Hardware & Operating Systems I Use

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For references this is a post of the devices I use and the operating systems I am running with those devices, specifically my phone, PC, and laptop. It works for me, but certainly not claiming my results are replicable! 😉 Everything listed below I use virtually daily, so have been happy with the stability and usability. Phone: Samsung Galaxy S8 (Exynos) Owned since 2018. Only moved to Lineage OS in 2020 as find nothing wrong with the hardware, just wanted the software kept up-to-date. Operating System (and extras I wanted): Lineage OS 17.1 (unoffical) Click Here for link to XDA forum (Optional) Open Gapps for Google Play access Click here for Open GApps Project (Optional) Magicsk to get Netflix working, everything else I use worked fine under 17.1 Click here for link to Magicsk Learn more about Lineage OS by clicking here . If you are happy with your phone but it is no longer being supported with updates from the manufacturer this may be a good option to consider. Or maybe you want

Lost The Menu Bar In KDE Neon, But Managed To Find It Again.

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This little issue drove me around the bend for a few days until I managed to fall over a solution. It was my own fault. Looking at all those wonderful looking KDE setups over on the Kreddit . I knew well I would not enjoy a Mac clone KDE environment, but for the sake of trying and understanding I gave it a try. I installed Latte dock with it's 'extended' profile option, watched a few tutorials and soon enough had a worthy clone. There I was with it all looking very non KDE, it felt slower to use (though that's probably from lack of use). And I hated it. So I removed the top panel, and not seeing an obvious way to turn off the Latte dock I uninstalled. Choose the breeze global theme and applied its default desktop layout to get everything almost back to normal. Then rebooted. Something was off though when I booted back in. My menu bar at the top of each application was gone. Nowhere to be found. So that we are on the same page, this is the region I am talking about; Tryi