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Clean Out a Crowded Twitter Feed With ManageFlitter

Posted on: Tue, 2018-04-10 - 03:58 By: admin

Clean Out a Crowded Twitter Feed With ManageFlitter

ManageFlitter is actually a multi-feature Twitter management tool for businesses. But you can use its powerful Unfollow function for free. Just give it access to your Twitter account — don’t worry, it won’t tweet as you—and you can look at the accounts you follow, sorted by things like when they last posted, whether they follow you, how much they post per day, or whether they seem like a spam account.

You can also sort within these categories. For instance, under the “Not Following Back” tab, I can sort everyone by how many times they tweet per day. Or under the “Inactive” tab, which lists accounts that haven’t tweeted in a month, I can sort by whom I followed first. This helps you isolate a whole chunk of accounts to unfollow at once.

ManageFlitter sticks a big “Unfollow” button next to every account it lists. Unless you pay $12 a month, you can only unfollow up to 50 accounts a day this way. Or you can just click an account name and unfollow on the actual Twitter site—you can do that as much as you like, for free.

See https://lifehacker.com/clean-out-a-crowded-twitter-feed-with-manageflitter-1825105518


Clean Out a Crowded Twitter Feed With ManageFlitter
If you’ve been on Twitter for too long, or gone on binges where you follow too many people at once, you can end up with a crowded, even toxic Twitter feed. In the twelve years I’ve spent on Twitter, I’ve ended up following an unwieldy crowd of over 3,700 accounts. I can’t make a big dent just by manually unfollowing people in my feed, so I use ManageFlitter, a powerful tool to sort and act on my followers.

Notifix is an Android app that groups your notifications like Gmail

Posted on: Tue, 2018-04-10 - 00:06 By: admin

Notifix is an Android app that groups your notifications like Gmail

Notifications are a big part of what makes Android such a great operating system. Since it was first launched, Android has had the best smartphone notification system. Google has changed how they work and look over the years. One of the biggest changes was “bundled” notifications. This feature groups multiple notifications from a single app. You can then expand the bundle to take action on individual ones. Notifix is an app that can do this for all notifications.

Notifix is more than a simple notification manager. The app uses machine learning to automatically bundle notifications into categories. It doesn’t just group things based on the app name. The five categories are Primary, Promotions, News, Messages, and Social. You can view them separately without losing the deep-link from the original notification.

So far reviews on the Play Store are quite good for this app.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/notifix-group-android-notifications/

#notifications #android #notifix


Notifix is an Android app that groups your notifications like Gmail
Notifix is more than a simple notification manager. The app uses machine learning to automatically bundle Android notifications into five categories.

Humble is selling a huge gaming history ebook collection for $15

Posted on: Mon, 2018-04-09 - 23:06 By: admin

Humble is selling a huge gaming history ebook collection for $15

MIT Press, which has been publishing game-studies essays and books since 1998, has packed 18 of its gaming-specific ebooks into a single $15 bundle. (Should you elect to pay less, you can pick up fewer books at the $1 and $8 tiers.) It's not a comprehensive collection from the publisher, but as an entry point to the highly analytical and tech-heavy collection, this Humble Game Studies Bundle is particularly good at offering more of MIT Press's timeless titles, particularly analyses of various game consoles during their active lifespans.

See https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/04/gaming-history-study-on-the-cheap-mit-joins-forces-with-humble-bundle/

#gaming #ebooks


Humble is selling a huge gaming history ebook collection for $15
MIT Press combines 18 of its incredibly wonky game design studies books for cheap.

GIMP Tutorial - How to Morph two Photos with GAP Plug-in

Posted on: Mon, 2018-04-09 - 22:12 By: admin

GIMP Tutorial - How to Morph two Photos with GAP Plug-in

This beginners video tutorial shows how to use the GAP the animation package for morphing two images using the free GIMP image manipulation program. It shows how to align the two images and then map out what points will morph where as the transition happens.

No Trump was not used as this was a 2013 video ;-)

Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCiYSiHKfO0

#morph #GIMP


Give Your MacBook Touchscreen Controls For Just $1 Worth of Gear

Posted on: Mon, 2018-04-09 - 21:21 By: admin

Give Your MacBook Touchscreen Controls For Just $1 Worth of Gear

The setup works by reflecting the MacBook’s built-in camera down towards the screen. From that viewing angle, special computer vision software can tell when you touch the screen based on the distance between your finger and its reflection. It can also map the exact location of your finger.

On the hardware side, all you need to create a “touchscreen” MacBook is to MacGyver a contraption consisting of a small mirror, a piece of a paper plate, a door hinge, and some hot glue.

A nice project for those who are bored on the weekend... but note the “Project Sistine” software will likely require some figuring out.

See https://lifehacker.com/give-your-macbook-touchscreen-controls-for-just-1-wort-1825112039


Give Your MacBook Touchscreen Controls For Just $1 Worth of Gear
Apple still refuses to release a touchscreen MacBook (no, the Touch Bar doesn’t count), but one group of developers have come up with a clever solution. Using some impressive AI software and about a buck’s worth of hardware, the team was able to bring rudimentary touchscreen controls to an Apple laptop.

Telegram X is the standard Telegram instant messenger app on Steroids

Posted on: Mon, 2018-04-09 - 20:20 By: admin

Telegram X is the standard Telegram instant messenger app on Steroids

It is not your normal bet aversion of the same app.... Telegram maintains this experimental version as a separate app. They test out new features but it does log into and work with your existing chats and contacts. You could run both or delete the standard app if you wish.

The article at http://www.dignited.com/28157/telegram-vs-telegram-x/ highlights some of the newer extra features whilst at https://www.testingcatalog.com/blog/post/amp/18 the do a detailed feature by feature comparison.

#telegram


Telegram vs Telegram X: Telegram tests new features with new official experimental app - Dignited
Telegram X is now official! This experimental app once known as Challegram packs some cool features not found in the main Telegram app. Find out what exactly is different.

Sunsama is a Calendar-Based Trello For Your To-Do List

Posted on: Mon, 2018-04-09 - 04:11 By: admin

Sunsama is a Calendar-Based Trello For Your To-Do List

Sunsama works in a similar way to Trello (Trello has items linked to a list), except each list is a day on your calendar, and the items below it are the things you need to do for the day. So think of any day having a number of todo items linked to it, which can be moved between days. It’s a calendar-powered to-do list of sorts, that can help keep you organized and on task using a familiar set up (presuming you’re already on the Trello train).

Like Trello, the service can be used by individuals or by teams. You can see what people on your team are working on or have accomplished for the day, and if you don’t quite finish everything you had planned for the day the task will automatically roll over to the next. Tasks you finished will be forever tied to the day you completed them, making it easy to go back and see how productive you were each week or remember when you actually finished that big project.

Its free to use with up to 100 tasks/meetings per month, but payment after that is $5 per month for individuals, or $8 per team member per month. The 100 task/meeting means you won't see the ones older than these (which are archived). It also has integrations with Slack and Trello.

I like the concept very much but the "free tier" is really only a trail and is nowhere near as usable as Trello or Slack's free tier.

See https://lifehacker.com/saunsama-is-a-calendar-based-trello-for-your-to-do-list-1825092309

#productivity #tello #sunsama


Sunsama is a Calendar-Based Trello For Your To-Do List
A few years ago I discovered Trello, and how I organize things hasn’t been the same since. If you’re not familiar, Trello is a digital tool that essentially allows you to create lists of items, where each item is an individual card. This week I came across another service that caught my attention with a similar look: Sunsama. It’s a calendar app built to look and feel like Trello, and I’m pretty stoked on it.

Why Aren’t 9.7-inch E Ink eReaders More Common?

Posted on: Mon, 2018-04-09 - 01:10 By: admin

Why Aren’t 9.7-inch E Ink eReaders More Common?

A long time ago there was once a Kindle with a large 9.7-inch E Ink screen called the Kindle DX. It lasted for two model generations before it was slowly phased out. It wasn’t an unpopular device. Most people seemed to like it quite a bit for what it was at the time; there weren’t a lot of people complaining about it, other than the fact the software wasn’t updated.

In fact, the reviews at Amazon confirm it wasn’t a failure. It had an average rating of 4.0 stars. That’s better than the current entry-level Kindle with 3.9 stars and it’s the exact same rating as the new Kindle Oasis.

So why was the 9.7-inch Kindle DX retired and never seen from again?

For me the lack of glare for a backlit LCD and the ultra-long battery life of an eInk screen still beats any iOS or Android tablet (for pure reading). Devices like the 9.7" Onyx Boox N96ML are based on an Android platform with an eInk screen and even a stylus to annotate or write notes. At only around $30 more than a plain 6" eInk reader, one would have thought these larger eInk readers would have taken off....

See http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2018/04/07/why-arent-9-7-inch-e-ink-ereaders-more-common/


Why Aren't 9.7-inch E Ink eReaders More Common? | The eBook Reader Blog
Onyx Boox N96 vs Kindle Paperwhite A long time ago there was once a Kindle with a large 9.7-inch E Ink screen called the Kindle DX. It lasted for two model generations before it was slowly phased out. It wasn't an unpopular device. Most people seemed to like it quite a bit for what it was at the time; there weren't a

How to keep your ISP’s nose out of your browser history with encrypted DNS

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-08 - 22:56 By: admin

How to keep your ISP’s nose out of your browser history with encrypted DNS

"Open" DNS services provide a way of bypassing ISPs' services for reasons of privacy and security—and in some places, evading content filtering, surveillance, and censorship. And on April 1 (not a joke), Cloudflare launched its own new, free high-performance authoritative DNS service designed to enhance users' privacy on the Internet. This new offering also promised a way to hide DNS traffic completely from view—encryption.

Named for its Internet Protocol address, 1.1.1.1 is the result of a partnership with the research group of APNIC, the Asia-Pacific Internet registry. While it's also available as an "open" conventional DNS resolver (and a very fast one at that), Cloudflare is supporting two encrypted DNS protocols.

While executed with some unique Cloudflare flare, 1.1.1.1 isn't the first encrypted DNS service by any means — Quad9, Cisco's OpenDNS, Google's 8.8.8.8 service, and a host of smaller providers support various schemes to encrypt DNS requests entirely. But encryption doesn't necessarily mean that your traffic is invisible; some encrypted DNS services log your requests for various purposes. And most of these services use HTTPS for encryption, which has a heavy overhead.

Cloudflare has promised not to log individuals' DNS traffic and has hired an outside firm to audit that promise. APNIC wants to use traffic data to point to the IP address, which has the unfortunate legacy of being a dumping ground for "garbage" Internet traffic, for research purposes, according to APNIC's Geoff Huston. But APNIC won't have access to the encrypted DNS traffic in this case, either.

For users, taking advantage of encrypted DNS services from Cloudflare or any other privacy-focused DNS services is not as easy as changing a number in network settings. No operating system currently directly supports any of the encrypted DNS services without the addition of some less-than-consumer-friendly software. And not all of the services are created equally in terms of software support and performance.

Lots more info at https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/04/how-to-keep-your-isps-nose-out-of-your-browser-history-with-encrypted-dns/

#encryption #dns #privacy


How to keep your ISP’s nose out of your browser history with encrypted DNS
Using Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1, other DNS services still requires some command-line know-how.

Masto.host follows a co-op model to allow non-techies to startup and run their own Mastodon social network...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-08 - 16:51 By: admin

Masto.host follows a co-op model to allow non-techies to startup and run their own Mastodon social network node

This type of service starts at 5 Euros a month and scales up when the user count passes certain thresholds. But the big advantage is that a non-technical person can entirely manage their own node and run it according to their (legal) rules. Now imagine this for others who want to start a Friendica or GNU Social node....

From Masto.host's terms and conditions:

We put it online, secure it, maintain the code and install the upgrades. You just have to have fun and start a great community.

This service is offered by Hugo Gameiro and I am the only person that will have access to your data. I will not share it and will not look into it unless strictly necessary in cases of suspicious activity or technical problems.

One of the things that makes Mastodon so great is that each community/instance is unique. The number of users that each instance can accommodate vary greatly. The up to number of users mentioned above is merely indicative.

All instances are installed using the official repo of Mastodon (unless request by the owner of the instance to install another fork) and I use OVH data centers. You can find more about OVH terms of service here.

See https://masto.host/

#mastodon #selfhosting


Masto.Host - Hosting for Mastodon Instances
Masto.Host - Hosting for Mastodon Instances
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