2017’s open source project donations

Every new year I look back at the open source projects that are essential to my computing life and take a moment to thank them by donating a little bit of money toward their continued good works. Beyond that I think it’s just a nice thing to call out some projects that deserve a mentioning. Some…

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Shove ads in your pi-hole!

There are loads of neat little projects out there for your Raspberry Pi from random little hacks all the way up to full scale home automation and more. In the past I’ve written about RetroPie (which is an awesome project that you should definitely check out!) but this time I’m going to take a moment to…

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Podcasts worth listening to (Part II)

A while back I posted about some of the podcasts I thought were worth listening to. While by no means an exhaustive list I thought it might be good to post again with some new additions. So again in no particular order here are some other podcasts I would recommend listening to: Canadian Couch Potato Description: Canadian Couch…

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The “war” over PGP

Recently there have been two very good, and opposing, articles written on the state of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and whether or not it is worth using in 2016/2017 and beyond. You can find the original article, I’m throwing in the towel on PGP, and I work in security, at Ars Technica here but I’ve reproduced…

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A Fitbit Year in Review (2016)

Around this time last year I was gifted a Fitbit Charge HR. Since then it unfortunately needed to be replaced (now with a new Fitbit Charge 2!) but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at my stats for the year. Now obviously December isn’t over yet so some of the stats for…

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CoreGTK 3.18.0 Released!

The next version of CoreGTK, version 3.18.0, has been tagged for release! This is the first version of CoreGTK to support GTK+ 3.18. Highlights for this release: Rebased on GTK+ 3.18 New supported GtkWidgets in this release: GtkActionBar GtkFlowBox GtkFlowBoxChild GtkGLArea GtkModelButton GtkPopover GtkPopoverMenu GtkStackSidebar Reverted to using GCC as the default compiler (but clang…

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Broken Fitbit

As you may recall I was gifted a Fitbit Charge HR last year and have quite enjoyed using it as my fitness tracker. Unfortunately it seems my time with it is coming to an end as the band has started to peel away from the face of the device. Checking out this issue online seems…

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Read The Wealthy Barber Returns for Free

The Wealthy Barber Returns is the follow up (sequel?) to the original best selling book The Wealthy Barber by former Dragons Den dragon David Chilton. In it Chilton covers a wide range of financial scenarios and offers sound advice while cracking the occasional, actually more like frequent, terrible dad joke. Overall it’s a very quick…

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