29
August
2017

Photo sharing redux for Android and IOS

I’ve been using a combination of bluehost.com with phpgallery for private photos plus iCloud Photo sharing, but there are two problems: Bluehost.com shared hosting is just unbearably slow for this purpose, not surprising given the low fee, even with unlimited storage it takes a long time to load and managing the gallery is definitely a […]

27
August
2017

Using Mavic for videos and photos..

Well I haven’t crashed the drone yet, but now it’s time to get the most quality video and photos from it, first some dumb things: For a long time I could not figure out how to change the resolution of the camera. I kept on going to the upper right settings menu and the only […]

26
August
2017

Ubuntu 16.04 fails on reboot on VMware Fusion

I’ve been having this strange problem with Ubuntu 16.04 in VMware Fusion where it eventually fail with a graphics mode failure, it was horrible to debug but this is what helped: First when you have this kind of hang, see if you can get just a terminal windows with CTRL-ALT-F1. Now this is tricky on […]

21
August
2017

Outfitting a new apartment

Wow this has gotten way easier thanks to cooksillustrated.com, sweethome.com and consumerreports.org. Subscriptions are required for the first and last but totally worth it: Tramontina. This is the Walmart.com has a knockoff Allclad triple-ply pans that can last a lifetime. For a limited time $109 gets you a set of 8 (really four pots). Tramontina […]

21
August
2017

Using Gsuite to clean spam

Suppose you want to use Gsuite, but for low volume accounts you do not want to pay the $10/month. Here is what to do: Sign up for Gsuite for your vanity domain. Go to Gsuite/Apps/Mail/Routing and add a custom route with an additional recipient which is a free personal gmail account. At this point, you […]

16
August
2017

Using your Synology for SSH Jumping

Well most of the time you have to use some sort of VPN to get back into your machine, but you can also use your Synology for SSH port jumping (if you dare!). Here’s how: Enable SSH with Control Panel/Terminal & SNMP/Enable SSH Service Enable Home folders with Control Panel/User/Advanced/Enable User Home. You have to […]

14
August
2017

Google Slides Backspace at head

Ok this has to be the most undiscoverable feature in any product: Google Slides doesn’t have a ruler so if you have a bullet and want to remove it, you still have a hanging indent. The solution is to go the line and hit backspace¬†there is an invisible character there which controls the indenting. One […]

13
August
2017

Mechanical keyboards, Cherry MX madness

Then the make geek thing these days, mechanical keyboards. tl;DR There are an incredible number of guides from keyboard.co,¬†but here are some models to consider, it is nice to have them backlit I find, but here is a list of top models to consider sorted by price: WASD Keyboard Tester. If you are really not […]

12
August
2017

Ultimate gizmos and kit for USB C to USB A/USB 3.0 mixed lifestyles

Ok for the true power geek, here are the USB C accessories you need. The main things to do are to look for cables with USB-IF certified and e-Marker chips and take the advice on sorting your cable capabilities by length since USB C cables all look the same but have very different speed differences. […]

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