Sharing your WSL2 environment with Linux

It seems like I’m in a constant state of switching between Windows 10 and Linux on my personal laptop, so I keep both environments available in a dual boot. I’ve really enjoyed using WSL2 on my Windows 10 side, so much so that I have a bunch of projects that are in active use within […]

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Adventures in running an AMI locally

I recently had to do some spelunking into a long-updated AMI image to move it over to automated builds. The AMI had been updated over the period of a few years with security updates, OS patches, configurations, and more, and very little documentation was generated on those changes, as organic growth tends to do. I […]

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MMI 3G+ Upgrade on a 2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet

I recently completed an infotainment upgrade on my B8 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T Prestige, bringing it from the stock MMI 3G system to MMI 3G Plus. The updated MMI unit brings an updated interface, speed increase, Audi Connect, online map destinations, Google Earth overlays, bluetooth audio over A2DP, and without any data to back it […]

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Installing ChromeOS on Surface Go

Note: Hi from the past, everyone! This post is likely very out of date. There are new tools to replace Project Croissant, and new driver packs available for Surface products including the Go. This hasn’t been updated since February of 2019. I’m a tablet hopper. I love the idea of a tablet, but they always […]

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Migration and Merging

Hey, welcome to the new nicholasmelnick.com, largely the same as the old nicholasmelnick.com. Given that the Ambition Framework has gone to sleep, and I’ve largely stopped hobby development on Vala, it was about time that I both migrate my blog away from Parchment, and also merge together some of the other blogs I’ve maintained over […]

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New Alternator

I had no idea alternators were so heavy. Dense little bastards, aren’t they? Alternator change was mostly uneventful, except inconveniently placed — like everything else in this car. I followed this guide to get down in there. It was mostly uncovered during the timing belt work, but I really didn’t want to do the full […]

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New V6 rear valance!

In non-mechanical repairs, finally had a chance to replace two issues on my vehicle, and one looks pretty awesome. First one was replacing the passenger side lower grille, where most cars would have a fog light. It was missing, and there was just one big stupid looking hole in the front. Second, I replaced the […]

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