Status

cloudy with a chance of beatballs 003 @ NSBRadio (2018-06-02) is now 41st in the Breaks chart #mixcloud #breaks

Just cleaned out the charging port speaker port headphone port and mic port of my iPhone with a cocktail stick. Restored sound!

macOS you could fix “recent” finder sidebar to actually show recent results.

Technology

More Private Browsing

If you visit this site you will know what browser cookies are and that they are used to store information about you across visits to that website. A typical website will store a few to a few hundred cookies on your computer. Each cookie has an expiry date for when they are no longer valid […]

We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

We’re building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren’t […]

Just Walk Out technology

Amazon Go, shopping without checkouts: Amazon Go is a new kind of store with no checkout required. We created the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line. With our Just Walk Out Shopping experience, simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products you want, […]

Hide Trackbacks

Hide Trackbacks 1.1.1

Hide Trackbacks is a WordPress plugin that hides pingbacks and trackbacks from your website comments. I’ve updated the plugin to indicate it works correctly with WordPress 4.9 and earlier.

Python

How to install pip and pipenv properly on Ubuntu 17.10

Ubuntu 17.10 comes with python3 3.6.3 installed by default but not pip and pipenv. We can install install pip systemwide and pipenv into the user local bin so we can use all the convenience when working with our python projects: wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -O /tmp/get-pip.py sudo python3 /tmp/get-pip.py pip3 install –user pipenv echo “PATH=$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH” >> ~/.profile source ~/.profile […]

Streaming

Recognising Ogg Vorbis streams in WinAmp

I’m working on a side project where I am broadcasting an OGG Vorbis stream using Icecast. Google Chrome played the stream, and so did VLC, but WinAmp was unable to. It connected to the stream with an HTTP 200 status but could not interpret it. As it turns out WinAmp requires the mount point to […]

Games

Understanding the adaptive Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is redefining gaming by adapting to the players environment. Unfortunately, it is widely misunderstood. It provides fun when used alone, with others, or with other Switch owners; in the living room, on the bus, at a desk. It an adaptive console, not a portable one. Any game that can be played like […]

Security

Banning the “Ban Crypto” Agenda

Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing.net writes: Theresa May says there should be no “means of communication” which “we cannot read” — and no doubt many in her party will agree with her, politically. But if they understood the technology, they would be shocked to their boots. Perhaps we should no longer assume that politicians ‘do […]

Development

Generating Atom feeds from your Lektor site

After quickstarting a Lektor site, a next obvious thing to do is to add a feed to the site’s blog. Fortunately, Lektor has a growing ecosystem of plugins, one of them creates atom feeds. Installation of lektor-atom The plugin to install is lektor-atom, and is installed via the terminal: lektor add plugin lektor-atom lektor build […]

Building on temporary foundations

Just came across an interesting perspective on frameworks by Timothy Perrett: It is imperative to understand that the need for composability in our software tools is an absolute requirement. If we as an industry have any hope of not repeating ourselves time and time again, we have to change our ways. I definately agree that […]

Windows

Microsoft continous war on privacy

New controls are arguably an improvement, but data collection remains mandatory for most. Source: Windows 10 Creators Update to rejig privacy settings in a move unlikely to please anyone | Ars Technica UK