I was tinkering around on FreeBSD yesterday and then realized at some point that sound from Firefox stopped working!
But! I figured out the issue.
I uninstalled pulseaudio and sound from firefox works again! Apparently, when I installed KDE connect yesterday, pulseaudio was installed along with it. From my searching about my firefox sound issues, I saw pulseaudio being mentioned a lot. However, since they were all technical talk, I couldn’t understand the forums at all.
So I did a leap of faith, uninstalling pulseaudio just because I didn’t know what else to do. I didn’t even really know what pulseaudio was, and for all I knew it might’ve been a system requirement for sound to work at all. I was scared I was going to break sound in general on my computer if I uninstalled pulseaudio!
But luckily everything is fine. Sound still works on my computer, and firefox sound works again. All is well.
One day I am going to totally brick my computer just because of the way I do things, I swear.
But! Now onto KDE Connect!
It is super cool. I always have moments where I wish I can just send a file I have on my phone directly to my computer (or the opposite). KDE Connect does that so quickly and easily!
KDE Connect is also really neat in a kind of creepy way, I can use my phone as a touchpad to move the cursor on my computer.
I can also check my phone battery level from my computer really quickly, which is a cool feature.
Something really, super useful: there’s a “find my phone” feature you can activate from the computer. So if you lose your phone somewhere in the house, you can make it play a sound at the highest volume!
You can also make phone notifications pop up on your computer.
There’s a lot more features, but I haven’t explored it all yet.
So this section about KDE Connect wasn’t really a “technical difficulty.” But it’s worth bringing up anyway because it’s cool: it has super useful features I want to sharekde. And it’s related to my technical difficulty of not having sound on Firefox at least.