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Boris Gjenero
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How to find good yogurt in Canada
While living in Croatia in the 80s, I enjoyed plain yogurt every day. After moving to Canada, I was very disappointed with the yogurt here. Now I can find good yogurt in Canada. It's really quite simple: look at the ingredients. Yogurt is supposed to contai...

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Facebook friend request accepted even though I never sent one
A while ago someone I stayed in touch with over 10 years ago appeared in my suggested friends list. That was probably due to a mutual friend. I looked at the suggested friend's page and public posts for a bit, and decided to not send a friend request. Later...

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Notes about unlocking a Vonage VDV23 VoIP box
I got a used Vonage VDV23 VoIP box to play with. Vonage seems expensive and limited compared to other VoIP providers like voip.ms , so I decided to unlock the box for use with other providers. A guide is available , but I ran into various problems trying to...

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How to set the MAC address when connecting to wireless using /etc/network/interfaces
If you try to set the mac address using hwaddress ether xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx in /etc/network/interfaces , that fails. It seems ifup tries to set the address after connecting to WiFi. The address needs to be set before, while the interface is down. If you need ...

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Exiftran for Windows
The Windoze 10 Photos app doesn’t actually rotate JPEG files, and instead just sets the EXIF orientation. I want my photos to always be displayed in the correct orientation, so this is not acceptable, because the flag is ignored in many situations. Photos c...

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Switching from IDE to AHCI on an ICH7-M based laptop
Many older laptops have SATA controllers and SATA drives, but set up the chipset in IDE mode instead of AHCI mode. Compared to IDE mode, AHCI can provide faster transfer rates, NCQ and power savings. It may not be possible to select AHCI mode in the BIOS, b...

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Sharing an IR receiver via an opto-isolator
I wanted to share an infrared remote receiver between the Pace DC550D cable box and Raspberry Pi 2 B running Kodi. This way there is no need to mount another visible IR receiver. It turned out to be a harder than anticipated because I used the wrong opto-is...

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Connecting to WiFi using Debian's /etc/network/interfaces
It's fairly easy to connect to a wireless network from the command line using /etc/network/interfaces if you know what you're doing. When connecting to a network with WPA or WPA2 encryption, you will need wpa_supplicant , but you don't need to create a conf...

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Using Pidgin and purple-facebook for Facebook chat may also cause problems. App passwords may help.
Earlier I had problems with the Miranda NG Facebook plugin causing captchas on Facebook. I would get captchas even when posting and sharing very obviously innocent stuff. The plugin would get updated, and captchas would stop , but then they would start agai...
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