Tag: apps

Kids’ Computer Time Keeper for Linux

Sometimes I’m not so great at managing my time. So it makes sense that I’m sometimes not great at managing anyone else’s time either. When it comes to screen time for kids, there needs to be a limit set for how much they use it. We have an Amazon Fire tablet, and it comes with

Fix Bad Firefox URL Suggestions

Firefox URL suggestions are usually very helpful and a real time-saver. But I’ve been rather annoyed for quite a while at some of the suggestions that Firefox proposes while auto-filling the URL bar. There is one case in particular that never made sense to me.

Moving Evernote notes into WordPress

proprietary insecurity I’ve accumulated many notes (2000+) in Evernote over the years, and love that it can store binary attachments such as images or other media files. My favorite feature is the Evernote Web Clipper browser extension; it does a fantastic job at saving the parts of an article I want to save while keeping

Unison dependency hell

I would really like to rid myself of Dropbox, but all the alternatives I’ve tried are too bloated, beta- or alpha-quality stage, too complicated to set up, or just plain don’t do what Dropbox does (minus the sharing stuff, which I don’t care about). I don’t want btsync, it’s closed-source. Seafile is too complicated, and

Prepare a PDF file for OCR

If you have some need to OCR some text from a PDF or image file, you may want to use a tool like tesseract to do the job. But it won’t take any old input file, you’ll probably need to convert it first. The first error I got from tesseract was [crayon-5ce0a561a43f0175652212/] The Googles indicated

Long Live ControlPlane!

I’ve written about Locamatic before, and while it’s good at what it does, there are some definite drawbacks. For one, the most recent version is alpha quality and stated for use on Mountain Lion since prior versions won’t work anymore on a newer system. But as of this writing, Mountain Lion was two major releases

Re-map the Caps Lock Key to Esc on Mac

Seil is a very cool utility for key re-mapping / enabling international keys on a Mac. I wanted to re-map the mostly useless Caps Lock key to Esc, which I use constantly in vi. If you’re a regular vi user, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Now I just have to develop the muscle

Google Now Needlessly Requires Battery-Draining Location Settings

I think Google Now on my Android is pretty cool. I especially like the cards that show how traffic looks for an expected commute. One thing about it that bothers me a lot however, is that it insists that it needs either “high accuracy” or “battery saving” location mode enabled. High Accuracy mode uses GPS,

VX ConnectBot

I had been using ConnectBot for a long time on my Android devices, because I wanted something to remotely administer machines without needing an actual laptop. It’s nice because the data plan is built-in to most mobiles, so one doesn’t necessarily need a wifi connection nearby. Unfortunately, it’s rather time-consuming and clumsy to use an

glances

Great write up on the glances utility over here. [crayon-5ce0a561a450a863682507/]

Encrypted Voice Calls

Wow, I’m not sure I’d ever have a need for something like this, but it’s really nice to know it’s there if needed. RedPhone, our Android application for making secure voice calls, is now available as Free and Open Source Software! As with TextSecure, we hope that making RedPhone OSS will enable access to secure