“Advanced Network Error Search” – how to turn off Virgin’s least helpful service

by @edent | # # # # # | 9 comments | Read ~646 times.
Screenshots showing adverts next to my mispelled domain.

tl;dr you have to keep complaining to Virgin for several months and then take them to the Communication & Internet Services Adjudication Scheme then complain to their Data Protection team by contacting them on LinkedIn. Background Virgin have a spammy DNS hijacking service. If you accidentally misspell a domain – for example example.coom – Virgin…

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Upgrading the Boyue Likebook Ares on Linux

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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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Add .ics events to your main Google Calendar

by @edent | # # # | 6 comments | Read ~108 times.
The Google Logo.

Google Calendar is one of the cornerstones of G-Suite. Sadly Google don’t dedicate enough resources to develop into its full potential. Other than a new icon and forced Google Meet integration, it hasn’t had many improvements recently. Leaving it to the community to pick up the pieces. Here’s how to get an external calendar integrated…

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Screen recording on Wayland / Pop_OS

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Unix is user-friendly — it's just choosy about who its friends are.

One of the annoying things about being on the bleeding edge, is that some things don’t work as you expect. I use the Wayland Display Server on my Linux box. And I couldn’t find a simple screen recorder which worked. Turns out, Gnome has a hidden screen recorder! To activate it, press these keys simultaneously.…

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Anatomy of my perfect ls command

by @edent | # # # | 3 comments | Read ~172 times.
Unix is user-friendly — it's just choosy about who its friends are.

Mostly notes to myself. Nestled away in my Linux Bash profile, I have this one-liner alias lh=’ls -trhgGN –color=always | cut -d” ” -f4-‘ When I run lh it outputs a list of files in the directory, showing their size, with the newest files on the bottom. I use this regularly to see what I’ve…

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Cisco AnyConnect for Linux – save profile

by @edent | # # # | 1 comment
Binary code displayed on a screen.

I couldn’t find a simple guide to this – so these are notes to myself. Create a file called myVPN.xml: <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?> <AnyConnectProfile xmlns=”http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/encoding/” xmlns:xsi=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance” xsi:schemaLocation=”http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/encoding/AnyConnectProfile.xsd”> <ServerList> <HostEntry> <HostName>My Work VPN</HostName> <HostAddress>vpn.example.com/connect</HostAddress> </HostEntry> </ServerList> </AnyConnectProfile> Place it in /opt/cisco/anyconnect/profile/ Now, when you launch your VPN client, it will show you your saved hosts. Huge…

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OMG! Twitter release an OFFICIAL conversations API!

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments | Read ~540 times.
An organic, branching tree view of a conversation.

One of the most requested Twitter API features is now available – the ability to get replies to a Tweet as a thread. Long time readers know that I’ve long been a fan of Visualising Twitter Conversations in 2D Space. But up until now you had to use horrible hacks to get the data. As…

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Adding SIP calls to Android – for free!

by @edent | # # # # # # | 7 comments | Read ~307 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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My triple screen set-up for effective online presentations

by @edent | # # # | 4 comments | Read ~576 times.
A computer with three screens.

I recently gave an online presentation at Tech Nottingham. It went off without a hitch, and I got some great feedback. I’d like to briefly discuss the tech that I used to make it all work. Here’s “mission control”: On the left portrait monitor, I had two windows. The top one was Zoom, running in…

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Howto: Disable image pop-ups in WordPress comments

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An mshots popup obscuring the screen.

If you have the Akismet spam plugin for WordPress, you’ll be familiar with this problem. When your mouse pointer goes over any URL, you get a large website preview taking over parts of your screen. I asked for a way to turn this off and I’m happy to say the developers listened! Sadly, there’s no…

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