GadgeteerZA

Website https://gadgeteer.co.za and Mastodon danie10@mastodon.social

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A new South African app called DEAFinition, developed by mobile app specialists Codehesion, helps users to learn the basics of sign language to communicate with deaf friends and family. …



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…


I’ve been using nano for CLI stuff and VS Code for coding, but I’m looking at VS Codium now. Looks very interesting.


Which is why it is usually executed through a court order…


The idea is pretty straightforward; the end of the finger is attached to a cable, which is pulled from inside a sprung-loaded spool: the kind used for hanging ID cards on. The spool body can rotate, but a peg protruding from it engages with the arm of a co-located servo motor. This produces a progra…


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. …


Yes those Feathers are super sharp. I can only use them in a milder razor like Merkur 34C. On slightly more aggressive razors I find it too sharp and get nicks. So that matching the blade with razor and skin is so important.


Wet shaving doesn’t involve some new disposable razors or cartridges, making it a more sustainable practice. Many shaving soaps and creams are in reusable containers, which means it is not as much waste if you are responsible. And check to make sure you are buying a biodegradable one, which means th…


I still have my dad’s old Gillette Fatboy razor, which he would have been using in the 1960’s. I cleaned it up and have shaved a few times with it, as of course as safety razor shavers around the world know, today’s DE blades still fit perfectly well. A safety razor is built to last multiple generat…


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.


From end user perspective, very similar. It is same dev but he developed Friendica first, and Hubzilla came second as a complete rewrite with the newer Zot protocol. Both interconnect with ActivityPub, Twitter, diaspora, etc. Both have photo albums, calendaring, and events.

A key difference though is Hubzilla has nomadic profiles which serve as a mirrored backup of your entire channel and posts. So if your primary hoster disappears (as can happen in the Fediverse) then you just continue from your other channel backup. This is quite unique. Hubzilla also has some publishing features which are not in Friendica. Friendica operates more a a basic decentralised social network platform.




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.


Can’t say I don’t cover all the bases ;-)


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?


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. …


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. …


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. …


There is a common misconception that large open source projects are well-funded. In practice, many rely on a small group of maintainers. …

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