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I've tried a couple of Nextcloud-integrated markdown editors for note-taking on Android and haven't found one that wasn't clunky in some way yet - does anyone have any suggestions? If I don't find one soon I'm tempted to try building one myself ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป

I keep seeing "apt" rather than "apt-get" in various instructions and finally got curious enough to search for the difference. Turns out apt simplifies commands a bit and shows a status bar in your terminal, which is a nice addition. Full explanation and cheat sheet: itsfoss.com/apt-vs-apt-get-dif

As if Facebook doesn't already harvest enough personal data, it's now directing users to a VPN service through its mobile app in order to collect and monitor all their online activity - on Facebook and off - under the pretence of "protecting" them: gizmodo.com/do-not-i-repeat-do

Thinking of finally getting around to ditching Gmail/Inbox for something more compatible with my views on privacy - are there any ProtonMail users here on mastodon.technology? How did you find the switch from Google's offerings if you migrated from there?

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"Email is simple... No company owns it. It works reliably and as intended everywhere... Emails are static because messages are meant to be static. [Google's motive for AMP for email is] to extend its control over others' content."


Error boundaries in 16 let you deliver a much better user experience when your app fails for some reason, providing a fallback UI instead of a blank or broken page. Consider adding at least one boundary to your app - it doesn't take long! reactjs.org/blog/2017/07/26/er

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Oh, brilliant.

So Windows 10 now has the ability for any application to get system-unique tracking identifiers that persist across reinstalls by storing them in the TPM or UEFI firmware variables...

Look at these APIs: docs.microsoft.com/en-us/uwp/a

To add insult to injury, the APIs lead into clipc!GetOfflineDeviceUniqueID, which calls into a licensing-related service which would be obfuscated by Warbird...

#infosec #tracking

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Someone has built a fully functional recreation of Winamp in JavaScript, and it is glorious! ๐Ÿ”ˆ jordaneldredge.com/projects/wi

(Full list of capabilities in this twitter thread: twitter.com/captbaritone/statu)

Noteworthy: cutting down on Twitter, and microblogging on Mastodon and my own domain instead: mikebabb.com/noteworthy/

If you want to do "smarthome" things but don't want to install loads of proprietary apps to manage individual devices, has released a cool central management hub you can install and run on a Raspberry Pi (or any other computer) to control them all from one place: hacks.mozilla.org/2018/02/how-

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In other news, it was great to see some web dev people here (@nolan, @peter, and others) enjoy my article about Progressive Web Apps ๐Ÿ˜„

Here it is, if you didn't already see it: androidpolice.com/2018/01/26/o

My Android ROM flashing days have been behind me for a couple of years now, and this article largely echoes my reasons. Stock Android has been "good enough" for quite a while: androidcentral.com/i-havent-th

Had a great first experience spinning up a DigitalOcean VPS for a work project the other day, and now I'm tempted to migrate my personal Nextcloud instance to a droplet just because ๐Ÿค”

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auxillary reminder: you can profile *any* webpage super easily in Firefox (probably in Chrome too!)

strike F12, go to the Network tab, and click the little dial in the bottom-left

it'll show you how heavy your page is with a primed cache and with a clean cache, like this. you can click the pie chart for more detail cybre.space/media/-3DVw9-AkxXV

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You can also now opt-in to blocking trackers all the time, not just in private browsing windows: blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/01/

Progressive Web App support lands in Firefox for Android today! ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸฆŠ mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/andr