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Thursday November 16, 2017


Basic Info

App NamepCloud
App URL if you wish to go direct, or
 if you want to give me a free GB and score a free GB for yourself by referral link.
App Version Reviewed3.5.8
RequirementsWindows XP-Windows 10 (Tested on Windows 10), MacOS (doesn't say which versions), Linux (64/32-bit), Microsoft Store, iOS, Google Play, Download the APK
Support Methodshttps://www.pcloud.c...general-help-center/ and
Pricing SchemeFree for 10-20GB.  Currently have a lifetime plan $125 for Premium, or $250 for premium plus.  $4.99/mo or $9.99/mo respectively normally. https://www.pcloud.c...e-pricing-plans.html


With the largest players removing the ability to have personal folders and share easily, I've been wondering the options.  I like Project Send (which I reviewed), but I don't want to go through setting that up in all instances.  Someone whom I support via Patreon sent me a link, and I was impressed at how transparent it all was.  So I looked into pCloud.  Still not totally sold, but I'm willing to give it a try because of the cool features.

Click here to read the full mini-review now..

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Wednesday November 15, 2017

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New faster Firefox browser released

Mozilla is getting some attention for a big new revamp of their Firefox browser that is supposed to be much faster and more memory efficient..

Their official blurb:
Firefox Quantum is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology stolen from our advanced research group, and graced with a beautiful new look designed to get out of the way and let you do what you do best: surf a ton of pages, open a zillion tabs, all guilt free because Firefox Quantum uses less memory than the competition. Your computer will thank you.

Lots of reviews all over the web.. Who has tried it and has some thoughts?

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Friday November 10, 2017

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How AV can open you to attacks that otherwise wouldn’t be possible

Interesting essay on how running an antivirus could actually open you up to some risks..

Antivirus programs, in many cases, make us safer on the Internet. Other times, they open us to attacks that otherwise wouldn't be possible. On Friday, a researcher documented an example of the latter—a vulnerability he found in about a dozen name-brand AV programs that allows attackers who already have a toehold on a targeted computer to gain complete system control.


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Tuesday November 07, 2017

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Windows 10 free upgrade loophole closing in December

There is still a way to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, but there won't be for long..

If you haven’t yet switched to Windows 10, either by upgrading your current PC or by buying a new one, it’s not too late to do so for free. That is if you’re reading this before the end of 2017, when Microsoft has decided to end free Windows 10 upgrades for good. So, you’d best act quickly…  Unfortunately for anyone yet to take advantage of the assistive technologies workaround, Microsoft has announced it’s ending the free upgrade offer on December 31, 2017...


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Sunday November 05, 2017

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Packt free programming ebooks every day

Packt still offers free programming books every day -- you can find some useful ebooks here.

Today they have one that looks fun for new coders who want to learn python:
Python Projects for Kids by Jessica Ingrassellino


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Monday October 30, 2017

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Entertaing story: I Forgot My Pin: An Epic Tale Of Losing $30,000 In Bitcoin

Really entertaining story about someone who forgot his password to a bitcoin hardware device and went on a quest to recover it.

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Monday October 16, 2017


NANY 2018 Pledge: Codenames Duet Play on Paper Clone

This is a play-on-paper clone of an awesome two-player cooperative word-based board game called Codenames Duet.


Basic rules of the game:
  • A random grid of words is laid out for both players to see.
  • Each player receives a secret "key" telling them which of these words they want the other player to guess or avoid.  These keys are coordinated in the sense that there are a specific number that will be the same as the other player (read rules for details).
  • Then players take turns giving a clue to the other player of a specific form (see detailed rules) and the other player will try to use the clue to identify which card they should choose.
  • Players win as a team if they guess all the correct cards.

My version does things differently since I designed it to be played on paper, but the basic idea is the same.
The created pdf books have some brief instructions but to learn more how to play see the official detailed rules of Codenames Duet:

What I chose to do is write some fairly flexible code that makes print-and-play "books" (pdf files) that can be split up between two players, who can then play the entire game with paper and pencil.
Each page is a separate game/puzzle.
The code can make random books of any size and with difference configuration parameters.

I'll open source the code at NANY time but for now here are two sample books.  Remember that each player gets their own book -- you can't look at the book of your partner!!

If you feel like trying a game (or 10), these two booklets are all you need.  Print them and give each player a book and a pen and you are good to go:


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Sunday October 15, 2017

Awkward humor videos

I can't get enough of comedians who employ these awkward pauses, etc.  Think the British version of "The Office", etc.

My latest favorite -- a big long series by Tim Heidecker, "On Cinema at the Cinema":

If anyone has other similar awkward, subtle, comedy shows they'd like to share, I'm all ears.

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Wednesday October 11, 2017

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Newspaper Article: Russia Has Turned Kaspersky Software Into Tool for Spying

Russia Has Turned Kaspersky Software Into Tool for Spying
Searches exploited popular Russian-made antivirus software [Kaspersky] to seek classified material, officials say
WASHINGTON—The Russian government used a popular antivirus software to secretly scan computers around the world for classified U.S. government documents and top-secret information, modifying the program to turn it into an espionage tool, according to current and former U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter.

That article is paywalled but hopefully someone will find a non-paywalled alternative soon.
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Sunday October 08, 2017

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Interesting read: Apple is really bad at design

The “notch” on the new iPhone X is not just strange, interesting, or even odd — it is bad. It is bad design, and as a result, bad for the user experience...Plenty has been written about the mind-numbing, face-palming, irritating stupidity of the notch. And yet, I can’t stop thinking about it. I would love to say that this awful design compromise is an anomaly for Apple. But it would be more accurate to describe it as the norm.


Friday October 06, 2017


Timestamp Clamper - for hammering file/folder timestamps into a reasonable range

DC member apankrat writes:

Hi fellas,

Long time, no post. I thought I'd show a little weekend hack of mine -

This is a tool for when you need to replicate files from A to B, but some files have timestamps so far in the past or in the future that they aren't supported by the B's file system. Think, for example, copying from NTFS to FAT and looking at a file that somehow got created in the early 17th century.

No, don't look at me. It turns out to be a common issue with the photographer kind as older cameras did weird things with timestamps. Like leaving them at all zeroes, which translated to whatever the earliest date/time supported by the storage file system was. So there's lots of photos around dating back to Jan 01, 1970 and some such.

In any case:

  • Uses parallel file system scanner, so it's rather fast.
  • Simple UI with in-place error feedback.
  • Drop-down list with predefined ranges for common file systems.
  • Preview / live mode.
  • Copy-pastable log, with full error reporting and summary stats.

Read more and download..

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Thursday October 05, 2017

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Long thought-provoking essay on programming

Long thought-provoking essay on programming

Victor wanted something more immediate. “If you have a process in time,” he said, referring to Mario’s path through the level, “and you want to see changes immediately, you have to map time to space.” He hit a button that showed not just where Mario was right now, but where he would be at every moment in the future: a curve of shadow Marios stretching off into the far distance. What’s more, this projected path was reactive: When Victor changed the game’s parameters, now controlled by a quick drag of the mouse, the path’s shape changed. It was like having a god’s-eye view of the game. The whole problem had been reduced to playing with different parameters, as if adjusting levels on a stereo receiver, until you got Mario to thread the needle. With the right interface, it was almost as if you weren’t working with code at all; you were manipulating the game’s behavior directly.

When the audience first saw this in action, they literally gasped.


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Tuesday October 03, 2017

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