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There’s not much to say about such a little application, and yet I know that I will use it often: tyke.app. It’s just a little addition to your menu bar, and there’s no need for a manual ;-)
Just download the DMG file proposed, open it and drag the app to your Applications folder. And if you like it, just add it to the “Login items” of your account in the Preferences.

A propos the subject of open source: this app makes me question my desire to see the source of any application. On one hand, I would love to see the source code for this project, because it’s a great example of a simple application that is very useful, contrary to the eternal HelloWorld app. On the other hand, publishing the source code makes it very likely that someone(s) will start tinkering with the code, adding stuff that detracts from its real functionality and thus diminish its value – and that is not good.

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Just so I don’t forget it myself: I’m using Grive2 to backup a few hundred files to Google Drive from the little Asus portable. Why? Because I finally took the time to automate the daily readout of our solar panels on that little Linux machine, and I don’t want to lose that information (one little file every day!) should anything happen to the portable.

I found the instructions on how to install and use Grive2 here: “How to sync your Google Cloud on Linux with Grive2“. Basic stuff, easy to execute: ideal for an eternal beginner like myself ;-)

I had to change the crontab entry, because the line in the example wasn’t working for me. I replaced the ‘grive -path /home/wouter/somedirectory‘ part of the crontab entry with ‘cd /home/wouter/somedirectory && grive‘. And that did the trick.

There are other solutions, of course, but this was sufficient for me, at least for now.

PS. Yes, I really should replace that machine with a Raspberry Pi… but that will have to wait until later.

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I appreciate the fun one can have at building programs and tools that do something thought to be impossible. Running Java code on a Commodore C64 is such a project.

Back to the Future Java (b2fJ) aims at bringing the power of Java to 8-bit home computers of the ’80s. This project provides a toolchain to cross-compile Java programs under Windows.


You’ll find everything about “b2fJ – Back to Future Java” on Github.

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Yesterday, Samsung pushed an OTA software update to my Galaxy S7. I’m not in a position to tell you exactly which modifications were applied – it certainly was not Android 7.1. Samsung offered no details on screen, so I can only rely on what I can glean from the current status of the device. My conclusion: I suppose that the 214MB update mostly consisted of security enhancements…

Here’s what the “Software information” screen has to say:

Software Information about the latest S7 update in Belgium

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As it turns out, Nikon had to release a second firmware update for the Nikon D5600, in order to correct the troublesome connectivity of ¬†SnapBridge. In their own words, firmware 1.0.2 will provide “Improved pairing and connectivity between the camera and Android versions of the SnapBridge app“. I don’t use SnapBridge that often, but making a connection between devices should be simple, and certainly simpler than what I had to do 4 months ago.

Indeed: downloading the Android app on my smartphone and connecting both devices took just few clicks on both sides. I hope it goes fluidly for you too!

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I have used the Signal – Private Messenger app for a long time – I even remember that it was originally called ‘TextSecure’.

Luckily for me, the app also includes support for ‘normal’ (unsecure!) SMS messages, because only a very limited number of friends and acquaintances were willing to follow me. Perhaps this news will change their minds:

Without any fanfare, the Senate Sergeant at Arms recently told Senate staffers that Signal, widely considered by security researchers and experts to be the most secure encrypted messaging app, has been approved for use.

Source: ZDNet

So the US Senate is allowed to use this app – will the Open Whisper Systems crew be proud and see this as a compliment?

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Of course I’m going to try this out: “Huzzah, Visual Studio for Mac is now available to all“!

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