Fixing fn button controls on your POP_OS laptop post-update 18.10

I’ve been using my XPS 13 developer machine more and more over the past few months after recently installing POP_OS (Ubuntu based with a very nice and usable Gnome 3 theme). Last week I updated to POP_OS 18.10, which brought lots of changes. One of those unexpected changes was the function (F buttons) stopped controlling […]

Using Apple Magic mouse with Ubuntu sometimes causes unwanted behaviours

One of the main annoyances with my new Ubuntu machine is not so much the fault of Ubuntu, or the Dell hardware – but the lack of a decent pointing device. As much as I complained originally, I like my Apple Magic Mouse. My muscle memory has formed, ergonomically it’s (reasonably) comfortable. So annoying! The […]

Useful Gnome extensions for UX professionals

As I wrote before, I’m conducting an experiment of working with only Open Source software in my day-to-day User Centred Design profession. One of the good things with OS X software was the abundance of useful, single use applications which helped in work. Using Linux, this shouldn’t be impossible to achieve either. The flavour of […]

The Open Sourced User Centred Designer – Introduction

Hello, I’m Bernard I’m a user centred designer. I work mainly as a user researcher and interaction designer. In my day job, I work in a UK government department. I spend my days mostly doing: user research to build services that are sometimes completely digital, and sometimes a mixture of digital and non-digital interaction design […]

Installing Trisquel GNU/Linux on a MacBook Pro

If you try to install Trisquel 7.0 1)Trisquel Operating System website: on a MacBook Pro using Virtual Box 2)Virtual Box website:, you’ll run into a problem. When you configure the VM, and go to start it, you’ll get the following error: This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU: pae. […]