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Support calls are important and often satisfying in the end, but the act of clear communication can be arduous for everyone involved. If you’ve ever been on a support call, you’ve probably spent several minutes spelling out even the shortest commands and explaining in detail where the spaces and ret…



Back in September, the Lithuanian National Cyber Security Centre urged citizens not to use Xiaomi’s products. The reason, the Lithuanian NCSC said at the time, was that Xiaomi smartphones have “censorship capabilities”. Defense Deputy Minister Margiris Abukevicius said that consumers should refrain …


Yep I still have more followers on Twitter than on Mastodon, but I get way more (and meaningful) engagement on Mastodon than on my Twitter account.


Very true, and to judge, one would therefore also need to have a fairly good overview perspective and context of all those countries…


Host my own instance of Piwigo for Flickr type alternative. But for pure social sharing you can go PixelFed instance.


Using SSH profiles can help you in cases where you regularly connect to various servers (especially if you’ve added custom SSH ports to the mix too). No need to remember the IP address and other such details for SSH connection. …


I’ve had “Learn Python” on my bucket list for two years. Decided to tackle it a few days before end of 2021 (so I don’t delay again). Got it done and published it on Github. Just felt so good, and I really enjoyed it.




The plugin implements the ActivityPub protocol for your blog. Your readers will be able to follow your blogposts on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub. …


Increasing exercise never did it for me, and what astounded me was I stopped exercising for a while when I started a LCHF diet some years ago. Obviously, I adhered to it quite strictly for the first few months, and I saw my extra weight bleed off in about 6 to 8 weeks.

After those results I was very loath to go back to “normal” eating, and it inspired me to largely stick with it the last few years, and the weight has not returned. Basically, I cut out anything with added sugar or processed foods. I did not pile fat on but did go for full cream milk, full cream cheese, etc. The “not removed fats” actually give the food, coffee, etc flavour, so there was no need to add sugar. It is not a zero carb diet, so I am on whole wheat type breads and do have sweet potatoes, etc.



You need to separate the commercial website side from the self-hosted code we can use. I posted about the self-hostable code. You are in control of the settings and can examine the code. As it comes the Google API’s etc are all blank and are options for users to use if they wish or not. Unless there is some evidence that they have embedded some evil tracking in the source code, there is no point to just supposing there is something. I did not see any evidence of trackers in the self-hostable code.


True I was in public service (IT side) and although is not the best, the benefits add up, as does the annual increases over the years (problem is many can’t stick it out that long, especially in public service)…


Unfortunately not - that and business platforms like LinkedIn have been difficult to replicate for some reason. The only one I’m aware of is https://github.com/vutuv/vutuv which may be worth looking at. The challenge will be how many people are there as business networks especially rely on networking. But I Must look into it a bit more and also promote it myself.


Remember, police do a very wide range of activities - not everyone walks around dressed in blue with a truncheon ;-)


I’ve retired from work so not in any field of work any more… but when working was in the police and then in IT


As I recall the trademark part only related to the name and logo of LimeSurvey itself. They said you could still use the code, change it, etc as you wanted?


If a job’s income does not go up over 20 years, that is hardly very sustainable…


Own my own house (when it’s paid off in 2 years) but 11.4% of my income goes to paying it off. Obviously when I bought it that percentage was a lot higher, but as the years pass, the payment basically stays fixed while your income has been going up.


MeshLab - the open source system for processing and editing 3D triangular (and LiDAR) meshes for Windows, macOS and Linux

It provides a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering, texturing and converting meshes. It offers features for processing raw data produced by 3D digitization tools/devices and for preparing models for 3D printing. …


Well that is their website, so you really need to do the same test on a free blank survey created. But yes the cloud side I suppose is their income side. The point really is they do give a proper open source option and if you run that against my survey eg. https://themarkup.org/blacklight?url=survey.gadgeteer.co.za you won’t see trackers. That really was the point about the self-hosting in the first place, that you can offer the surveys without 3rd party tracking, as you host it yourself.


LimeSurvey allows users to quickly create intuitive, powerful online forms and surveys that can work for anyone from small business to large business. The survey software is self-guiding for the respondents. They have a cloud hosted option with free and paid tiers, much the same as SurveyMonkey, but…


LinkAce is a self-hosted archive to collect links of your favourite websites. Save articles to read them later, tools to use them in your next project, or historic content to archive it for the long term. LinkAce comes with a lot of features while keeping a clean and minimal interface. …


It’s just a link posted here with no comment as to why / what the issue or point is. So what comments are actually being sought?


So says a Study on the Internet’s Technical Success Factors commissioned by APNIC and LACNIC – the regional internet address registries for the Asia–Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean regions respectively – and written by consultancy Analysys Mason. …


Life360, a popular family safety app used by 33 million people worldwide, has been marketed as a great way for parents to track their children’s movements using their cellphones. The Markup has learned, however, that the app is selling data on kids’ and families’ whereabouts to approximately a dozen…


The report was put together by 8 Swedish government agencies, including the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Companies Registration Office and the Försäkringskassan. The report gives an exhaustive definition of digital collaboration, noting the im…


That is according to recent security tests carried out by IoT Inspector in collaboration with German tech magazine Chip. The models analysed in these tests were primarily used by small businesses and homes and included Asus, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, and Synology units. …


This video is intended for new Docker users, especially those using Portainer docker-compose.yml files, to create numerous stacks for services, where there is a shared database with an associated phpMyAdmin manager. The database service stack also creates a user-defined shared network, which allows …


Quite an interesting read, and I must say, in the past I have ditched an app or two because of such behaviour. It boggles the mind to think an app like Uber could eat 300 MB of storage space. And seemingly fitness apps and social media apps are also culprits when it comes to battery draining. …


ZombieTrackerGPS is a free and open source application that allows you to view and organize maps, data points and routes from your GPS enabled devices on your computer. In other words, ZTGPS acts as a connection between your GPS device and your computer. …


Be alerted for price changes on websites for Black Friday Specials with Distill Web Monitor or similar browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox or Opera

Whether it is for alerting to Black Friday or other online specials, competitions, or availability of tickets, these types of extensions can be very useful. …


As alert folks of a cross-platform inclination will have noticed, Paragon’s NTFS driver was accepted into the Linux kernel, and was released as part of 5.15. This has had a consequence they probably didn’t consider, though: you can now boot Linux from an NTFS partition. …


ToF is a measurement technique that relies on reflected light to quickly determine the distance of objects. ToF sensors are used in LIDAR (light detection and ranging) systems and in other applications that utilize SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) algorithms, all of which involve the ana…


This is quite a nice kit to have and includes a self-contained Raspberry Pi 4 (Pi itself is not included) with a touch screen and battery power for around 5 hours. The battery is rechargeable, and all ports are accessible from outside, apart from the GPIO pins. The video shows how it all fits togeth…


Industry bodies representing thousands of CIOs and tech leaders across Europe have thrown their weight behind calls to rein in some of the iffier software licensing practices of the cloud giants. …


Clairette (the dog) has had a particularly difficult time adapting to her friends leaving every day, but thankfully her human (Nathaniel Felleke) was able to come up with a clever solution. He trained a TinyML neural net to detect when she barked and used and Arduino to play a sound byte to sooth he…