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

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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

by @edent | # # # # # # | 6 comments | Read ~436 times.
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

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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How can I get consistent sizes with physically different monitors on Linux?

by @edent | # # # | 1 comment | Read ~133 times.
Multi monitor settings showing the relative placement of the screens.

I can’t think of a concise way of wording this. I have three monitors. Each has the same resolution – 1920x1080px. But each one has a different physical size – 61 cm monitor, 39 cm laptop, and 48 cm monitor. Here’s my problem. When I move a window from one screen to another, the window…

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Game Review: Factorio

by @edent | # # # | 3 comments | Read ~112 times.
A screen saying I've won.

I am rubbish at video games. I don’t have the twitch-reaction speed for shooters, I can never remember what all the buttons do, and I frequently get lost in open-world games. Basically, I’m the opposite of my wife, who will rattle through Dragon-Ages, Mass Effects, Spiders-Men and the like. Factorio is sort-of-like Sim City. Or…

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Using the Mini DisplayPort on the Clevo N151CU / Lafité IV / System76 Darter Pro / Entroware Proteus

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Display port config.

Sorry for the title gore. But it’s the only way to let people know that all four of these laptops are identical. These laptops come with an HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort. Here’s how to get both working simultaneously so you can have three screens. Enter the Dragon BIOS Restart your laptop. Press the…

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Review: Yanmai USB Microphone

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An upright microphone.

We’re in the age of endless conference calls. So I decided to spruce up my audio hardware. Sadly, I don’t have the budget for a professional podcaster’s microphone. Luckily, I was sent this cheapo model to review. And, I’m pleased to say, it’s pretty good! Comes with a reasonably long USB cord, and a pop-shield.…

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Wanted – audio output based on screen output for Linux

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OS displaying a long list of options.

I think what I’m asking for is impossible… I have a Linux laptop with built in speakers and an external monitor with speakers. The laptop connects to the screen via HDMI. I have my Linux desktop set up for dual screens. If I drag a window from one screen to the other, I want the…

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Configuring Pop!_OS – Keyboard lights, fonts, and more

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Font selection panel.

I’ve got a new laptop which runs Linux! These are mostly notes to myself. Fonts First, from the console, install Gnome Tweaks sudo apt install gnome-tweaks Run Tweaks and select “Fonts”. You can swap fonts, boost them, and generally have a good fiddle. Increasing the scaling factor is a good way to boost the size…

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Fix screen tearing on rotated external monitors (Ubuntu / POP!_OS)

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Pop up window with several login options.

I have a vertical monitor for my new Linux laptop. Because it is rotated 90 degrees, this causes problems with some graphics drivers on Linux (and Mac!). Here’s a solution I found for my Intel graphics card. Edit this file: sudo nano /etc/gdm3/custom.conf Find this line: WaylandEnable=false Change it to: #WaylandEnable=false Reboot. On Pop!_OS, there…

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