A quick test of Discord

Need a quick and easy platform for team communication? Using Slack but missing voice? Well, then try Discord.

It's very easy to get started, you can even join a public chat channel without registering. Javascript is served from same domain so you don't have to allow a lot of 3rd party javascript. The privacy policy is pretty easy to understand and seems sane (IANAL though!).

It's quick to setup a new server and invite people. The server settings are easy to figure out and administer.

I did not have the opportunity to try out the API.

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Lenovo Scores Another Entry on the Shitlist

August 2015 (crapware/malware)

The craptastic Lenovo does it again by abusing a badly thought out feature of windows (the WPBT).

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Python Toolbox

Created a Python Toolbox page for all the different Python tools and libraries I find useful. Maybe it will be helpful for others too.

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Linux Mint Issues With Resume From Suspend

Having trouble with black screen after resuming from suspend in Linux Mint 17.1? Linux Mint 17.1 is built on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) so this might be applicable for that also.

Anyways, the problem seems to be resolved by creating a pm-action hook (see man pm-suspend for details).

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Gentoo Linux on BananaPi

Just some notes.

Got my hands on a BananaPi Model A and started to try out some images. First I got the Gentoo image, wrote it to SD card with dd and resized the partition to use the entire SD card using gparted.

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Understanding ntpq -p

time is of the essence!

It's often important to keep track of time but perhaps it's even more important to know how accurate your system is. The standard NTP query program (ntpq) is a utility program to get the current state from your system.

The documentation for the -p option says:

Print a list of the peers known to the server as well as a summary of their state.

This is a quick explanation of how to read the output.

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The Elusive nm-applet

I'm running Linux Mint, a dist based on Ubuntu, using the Xfce desktop environment on one of my machines. Every now and then the nm-applet, the system tray application that helps connect to and show status of the network, disappears from my panel after a system upgrade.

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Keeping FreeBSD Up To Date

A comprehensive version of the Handbooks information on how to keep a FreeBSD system up to date.

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Develop a Firefox Addon using the Addon SDK

Today I found myself in need of a Firefox addon for Archive.Today but could not find a suitable one on the Add-ons site. Naturally I thought I'd write one myself.

Everything written here is based on instructions found on the Add-on SDK site.

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MQTT And Python

Update: This article now also exists as a git repository.

I played around with MQTT and Python for an upcoming project of mine.

Here are some notes and a simple example code for a subscriber.

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Python Toolbox

A list of tools and libraries for development with Python.

HW Shitlist

A list of hardware manufacturers that I personally wish to avoid purchasing equipment from and why.