Removing features is a shitty move

by @edent | # # # # | 17 comments | Read ~1,060 times.
Lots of reviews with people complaining.

I've worked on some big product launches. Every time there's a major update, developers have to think about which features to port over and which to drop. Sometimes it is easy. Analytics show no one is using this feature? Drop it. Sometimes it is hard. It's a moderately well used feature, but complicated to get…

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Using SipGate to set up a BANANAPHONE!

by @edent | # # # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~110 times.
A developer console.

Like many of you, I'm inundated with spam calls. I've suffered endless car accidents, my National Insurance Number has been suspended multiple times, and my broadband will be cut off imminently. Wouldn't be nice to screen out all the fraudsters? So I've set up a Bananaphone. When people ring me, they get 30 seconds of…

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Emoji Passwords and BitWarden

by @edent | # # # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~200 times.

Let me start by saying that Emoji Passwords are probably a really daft idea. I want to use emoji in my passwords. They're easy to type on a mobile keyboard, easy to remember, and a lot more fun than boring ASCII characters. Let's go with ✅🐎🔋📎 (As close as possible to Correct Horse Battery Staple)…

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KOReader - change forward and back to bottom and top

by @edent | # # # # # # # | 2 comments

(Mostly notes to myself) KOReader is the best eReader software I've found. It works beautifully on eInk screens, Android, and Linux. Just a gorgeous - and infinitely customisable - experience. There's one thing I don't like - to move forward a page, you have to click the right of the screen and, to move back,…

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DroidCam - use an old Android as your Webcam

by @edent | # # # # # | 2 comments | Read ~158 times.
A settings screen with options to stream over WiFi or USB.

Turn your Android phone into a USB webcam with DroidCam. I can't believe it took me a whole fucking year of pandemic-time to discover this app. My laptop's webcam is... basically fine. It's a cheap 720p sensor with a tiny lens. It doesn't really cope with low light, and the picture is a bit fuzzy…

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Upgrading the Boyue Likebook Ares on Linux

by @edent | # # # # | Read ~181 times.
eReader showing Android 8.1.

This is so annoying. Boyue have released an Android 8 update for their Likebook eReaders. But it's impossible to upgrade it on Linux - here's my guide to getting it working Ubuntu / Debian / Pop OS. There's some Linux debug tips at the end of this post. Install VMware Virtual Machine Download the latest…

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How can I launch a Spotify album from an NFC tag?

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments | Read ~364 times.
Spotify screen showing options.

This is annoying me. So I'm posting in the hope someone can tell me what obvious thing I am missing. I want to tap my phone against an NFC tag hidden in LP sleeve. Then I want my phone to automatically launch the Spotify app and for the app to display that album. This should…

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Thirty Percent

by @edent | # # # # # # # | 11 comments | Read ~313 times.
A Windows 7 phone.

A decade ago, I was invited to the UK launch of Windows Phone 7. It was Microsoft's attempt to compete with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android. Sure, Microsoft could make a brilliant OS and had excellent hardware partners - but could they convince developers to use yet another system? At the time, I wrote: The…

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Whose bug is it anyway?

by @edent | # # # # | 12 comments | Read ~4,239 times.
A 404 error message on a website.

I found a curious little bug and I'm interested in who you think should take responsibility for it. My mobile network provider sent me this message: I clicked on the link, and got this error message from their website: The error is caused by the trailing full-stop. Remove the full-stop and the page loads. There…

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Adding SIP calls to Android - for free!

by @edent | # # # # # # | 7 comments | Read ~383 times.
Config setting screen.

SIP is a stupid acronym. It's basically a standard way of making phone calls over the Internet. This means you can make and receive phone calls over WiFi. Here's how I got it working - for free - on Android. By the end of this tutorial you will be able to: Receive calls to a…

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