Welcome to CubicleNate’s Techpad. A place of infrequently useful information that is mostly tech related, such as, Linux, vintage computing, building or fixing things, food or other nonsense. This site is essentially my public facing notebook so most of this is quite literally for my reference. If you happen to find something useful or even utter garbage here, please let me know. Although I do my best to minimize errors, I’m quite certain my notes are still riddled with countless blunders and any corrections are absolutely welcome.

Aside from navigating that menu above, links to my main things I do, are here. Check out my Blatherings, written form and the core of what I do, my piddly YouTube Channel for my Low Budget Production, my CubicleNate Noodlings Podcast for a short form audio version of what is rattling around in my head and the latest, Linux Out Loud Podcast, expanding on the topics covered in other Tux Digital Network of shows. I am a co-host with Wendy Hill and Matt, more Linux and open source aficionados that are also a part of the Tux Digital Network. I also host a live show most Saturday nights called Linux Saloon where we have a chat about anything tech, open source and where Linux is always on tap.

My primary focus will be on Linux, or specifically openSUSE Linux and getting work or fun done with it. I get my jollies from re-purposing yesterdays “modern” hardware and make it relevant once again. Linux extends the service life of a lot of the hardware that is so often discarded before its time. I do dabble in other distributions of Linux but only to ensure that I have some level of comfort when helping other Linux users out. I tend to blather from time to time about whatever projects that occupy time. Often it will be something Linux-y.


openSUSE Tumbleweed is the version of Linux I run on my primary machine and low powered netbooks. I put openSUSE Leap on several other machines I interact with less frequently. It is amazingly rock solid. What makes openSUSE great is the system resilience in layers. Not only are packages properly reviewed, tested with openQA but should an update fail, for whatever odd and rare reason, the ease of booting the last working snapshot and rolling the system back is trivial. openSUSE gives me the freedom to muck about the system without enduring the consequences from any poor decisions.

This is a testament to the great job of the openSUSE community of developers, testers and contributors. I appreciate how running openSUSE has a generally low memory usage and a light weight feel, even on older hardware.

During my time of using openSUSE, I put together a recommend a Base Application Set for general desktop usage. This includes adding Google’s Chrome Browser and multimedia codecs. These are bits of software that openSUSE will not include automatically.

Since I am a fan of many forms of tech, I will also be covering other related or semi related things that relate to technology in general.

Comments and suggestions, constructive or not, are welcome. Feel free to contact me.

Even better, be part of the tech discussion by going here to the Tux Digital Network Forum to interact with some fantastic, friendly and incredibly helpful people.