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Technology & Gadgets (Old)

My biggest passion - anything relating to general technology and gadgets... This is a blog of my tech news articles that I find interesting and I curate them to stay on topic with about 2 to 3 posts per day. Anyone is free to comment and discuss the posts as long as it stays on the topic of the post.
[Note: This Group is on trial basis still as I'm intending for it to be curated on-topic posts created by myself which anyone can comment on and discuss (G+ Collections style). Please do not post new posts here though as I did not want it to be a post all by everyone as I'll spend all my time moderating and won't be able to find content to post. I want it to be a focussed feed with just a few posts per day so that it does not overwhelm everyone So let's see how it goes.]



  • Danie van der Merwe
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Hi all, I could not convert this to a Collection so I've had to create a new Collection at https://www.youme.social/groups/view/497/technology-and-gadgets. I'll be deleting this group my the weekend so please follow the new Collection at the link I just gave.
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Hi all, sorry about the mention but this group has now converted to a Collection at https://www.youme.social/groups/view/497/technology-and-gadgets and the old group will be deleted. I don't many saw the post I made 2 days back. If you don't want to follow the new Collection you need do nothing as I'll just delete this old Group and it goes away.

    If you want to follow the new Collection please do so at https://www.youme.social/groups/view/497/technology-and-gadgets. — with Jamez Frondeskias and 43 others.
  • Danie van der Merwe
    How to install Nextcloud on Raspberry Pi to run your own private cloud-based file sharing, calendaring, notes, etc

    NextCloud is a great Dropbox replacement and I use it daily for syncing my notes, calendar, files, etc between my various computers and my phone. I manage and control that data myself. A Raspberry Pi based version means you could test it out at home or even configure it for remote access and run it from home with zero external hosting costs.

    A Pi's SD card though may be a bit weak...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show - Facebook’s leaders seriously discussed selling access to user data — and privacy was an ongoing afterthought

    It's not like this is a big surprise to many... but the pattern has become very clear that this type of behaviour was standard operating procedure at Facebook. Despite Mark's assurances in the early days that the data would always belong to users and be respected, no such thing happened...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Firefox extremely slow to load pages after startup - try deleting the profile Archived subdirectory

    I've been experiencing this problem the last two weeks or so - Firefox starts up but it takes a few minutes to load the pages. Deleting the Archived directory seems to solve the issue. You'll find this folder in your Firefox Profiles directory under a directory called "datareporting". Note you may find a few named profiles there but just delete this Archived directory in each one you find. It ca...  more
  • Randy Culler
    "Typically, chemists make molecules by mixing up many constituent atoms, some of which stick to each other to form the desired compounds. In the new, supercontrolled chemical reaction, researchers trapped a single sodium atom in one optical tweezer — a device that snares small particles in a laser beam — and a cesium atom in another tweezer. Both atoms were cooled to less than one ten-thousandth of a degree above absolute zero."
  • Danie van der Merwe
    South African anti-poaching technology to go global

    Technology that has dramatically reduced rhino poaching in a South African game reserve could be used to help other threatened species across the world, as conservationists look for new ways to stop poachers before they can reach wildlife.

    Dimension Data and Cisco first introduced its Connected Conversation effort in 2015, using a mixture of sensors, CCTV, biometrics and Wi-Fi to proactively detect poachers early, in a remote area in the nort...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Finally got my own Hubzilla Node setup at https://hubzilla.gadgeteerza.co.za/profile/gadgeteer

    Finally got my own node setup at https://hubzilla.gadgeteerza.co.za/. It is not for public registrations (yet at least) as I'm testing a lot of things out that frustrated me with other hosted nodes where some things were disabled. This node channel (Hubzilla account) should be able to be followed from Friendica, Mastodon, Hubzilla, Diaspora or GnuSocial accounts by adding gadgeteer@hubzilla.gadgeteerz...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    A dev’s take on Vivaldi Browser - try out the web panels functionality

    "I started at Vivaldi six months ago. When I first tried the browser, one thing stood out right away: customization. While you can customize most browsers at least a little bit, no browser matches what you can do with Vivaldi out of the box. It’s quick and easy to make the browser feel yours."

    Web panels embed a vertical window to the side of the web page tab you have open. So you could have an always open Twitter or Instag...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    NoScript extension officially released for Google Chrome

    NoScript's availability for Google Chrome will make many people happy. The extension has a mythical status among privacy-minded users, who have dogged Maone for a Chrome version for years.

    The original Firefox add-on was launched on May 13, 2005, to rave reviews. At the time, it was introducing a novel concept that a browser add-on could intercept and block the loading or execution of dangerous or unwanted JavaScript code.

    The extension...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Google and Huawei will pay Nexus 6P owners for battery woes - You may receive as much as $400 for your trouble

    Aha, I should be eligible! I still have my Nexus 6P and had to buy a Pixel 2 XL to replace it as the battery kept shutting down. It cost me a fortune to replace and I never felt I could try sell off a faulty phone.

    See https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/11/google-and-huawei-nexus-6p-settlement/

    #nexus6p #battery
  • Danie van der Merwe
    This free ‘time machine’ app turns your old black and white photos to colour

    Colourise uses artificial intelligence to act as a ‘time machine’ for old photos. It was developed as part of a ‘hackathon’ contest in Singapore that used deep learning to effectively colourise old images. Now it’s been launched on the web for anyone to use with their own pictures. The team behind the tool say they do not store any photos that users upload to the service.

    I've tried it on a bunch of 1960's black...  more