Emoji Passwords and BitWarden

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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

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(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

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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

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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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Downloading 360 Videos from YouTube (and playback in Linux)

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A distorted video.

Inspired by this conversation on Mastodon YouTube hosts 360 videos. Here’s one of mine, wandering through the Houses of Parliament. You can drag the video to see all around. If you let YouTube-DL download the “best” version, you’ll end up with a video which looks like this: Each lens’ view has been horizontally stretched, and…

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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

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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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How to get a 10% speed boost on Virgin Internet FOR FREE

by @edent | # # # | 1 comment | Read ~386 times.
A WiFi set up screen on Android.

If you have Virgin Media’s cable service, you may have been forcibly opted-in to their WiFi Hotspot Sharing service. This allows anyone with a Virgin Media account to connect to your WiFi! Virgin have been moderately sensible with their design of this – users get a separate IP address, so their activity cannot be commingled…

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Three small tips for shrinking SVG images

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Rows of icons - each one has the size printed next to it.

I work on the SuperTinyIcons project. Our aim is to make pixel perfect SVG icons in under 1KB. Because SVG can be quite verbose, every single redundant byte we can eliminate is a byte we can use in drawing. Here are three quick tips for shaving a few bytes off an SVG. Decimal Magic SVG…

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Cisco AnyConnect for Linux – save profile

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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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