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Pythonaro, oh-oh-oh
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How to securely wipe an NVMe drive
NVMe drives are great: they are fast and they are huge. That huge size, however, can be a pain when it comes to securely erasing data. Old-school commands like wipe are simply not up to the task; and even if they were, they work on assumptions that do not m...
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New Beginnings
So, after 7 intense years at Infratects (now Inlumi), it's time for me to move on. I have a few ideas about what to do next, but nothing set in stone yet. My LinkedIn profile could do with more details, but it's a decent primer for what I do for a living - ...
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Nespresso Blends - a comprehensive spreadsheet
As a faithful Nespresso user, I was a bit shocked last month when I discovered one of my favourite blends contained Robusta. I had always assumed all blends were 100% Arabica and alas, that was not the case. So I started looking up what is what, but I was q...
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How to implement custom BotStorage class for Microsoft BotFramework
Since launch, the MS BotFramework has been changing very rapidly. So rapidly, in fact, that I recently gave up trying to keep up with my handrolled Python, and embraced (sigh) their NodeJS SDK. At least now I won't have to worry when they break stuff, right...
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Appstores need a Trial Mode
I've been looking for a while for a Windows-native Twitter client that could sync with my other non-Windows devices ( aka "supporting TweetMarker"). I've found one that claims to do that, Tweet It! , but there is a problem: it costs £3.5 upfront. That's a r...
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The European Union, explained to geeks
I've started describing the EU to geek-friends as a set of services built over decades. You need to coordinate energy supplies across the company departments (nations)? We built a service ( ECSC ) that does that. Worked great, no more fighting over the las...
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Windows Survival Kit for OSX exiles
After 5 long years, I was gently forced back to Windows for everyday work. The experience has been less terrible than I thought, but was pretty frustrating at the beginning. To help anyone in the same predicament, I put together a small list of tips to make...
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How to root Nexus 7 (2012) and flash it to LineageOS, from Mac OSX
I've finally got fed up enough with the old Nexus 7 (2012) that we originally bought to let the kids play - it's never really worked properly, getting laggy every 5 minutes and running out of battery after an hour. The kids moved on to an iPad, so I "instal...
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Fighting Cliqz in Firefox
Mozilla recently announced that some of their German users downloading Firefox will receive a version that tracks some of their web activity, reporting it to Cliqz.com. In the wake of this development, which is pretty awful from a privacy perspective, I wen...
Fighting Cliqz in Firefox
Fighting Cliqz in Firefox
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How to build waifu2x command-line version on osx
Waifu2x is a popular image converter backed by neural-network models, typically used to upscale images from anime . The various web versions are easy to use but typically don't allow for batch-processing, because it's a relatively intensive operation. Howev...
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