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Having problems connecting to sites with browsers like Firefox and Chrome?  Do pages seem to hang with a “Performing TLS Handshake” message at the bottom?  Is it particularly bad if you try to open multiple tabs all at once?  Here’s one reason why that happens, and how to fix it. I do most of my […]

Suppressing messages in /var/log/syslog

Running Ubuntu or some other Linux distro?  Seeing lots of pointless messages in /var/log/syslog?  Want to be able to stop/suppress/filter the entries from a particular program so that they don’t obscure the more important ones?  I’ll show you how. Lots of Linux users peek inside of the logs that accumulate in /var/log/ every-so-often to keep […]

The ‘best’ way to brace a wooden door or gate

Got a sagging wooden door or gate?  Building a new one?  Not sure how you should brace it?  Confused about the conflicting advice you may have read elsewhere?  Read on. Wooden doors and gates come in many different shapes, sizes and styles.  A very simple one would look something like this: Unfortunately, if you build […]

Perl and OpenGL on Ubuntu

Want to write a Perl program that uses OpenGL for graphical output?  Running Ubuntu?  Can’t work out how to install what you need to get even a basic program working?  This is your lucky day.  Read on. Perl is the duct tape of the Internet.  Most folk think you’re restricted to using Perl on the […]

Chassis Intruded! Fatal Error… System Halted.

Got an ASUS motherboard?  Are you having problems booting sometimes?  Do messages regarding ‘chassis intrusion’ get displayed on your screen, and stop the boot process, even though no-one has opened the case?  There might be a simple solution. Chassis Intruded! Fatal Error… System Halted. The first time I got the above message I was a […]

Syntax Highlighting in nano

Trying to edit certain files using nano?  Looking for better syntax highlighting?  Been advised that you can clone a github repo and ‘just’ install it?  Not sure how to proceed?  Read on. The GNU nano text editor is installed on a staggering number of Unix-based systems.  It’s light and friendly.  It’s also smart enough to […]

How to prevent Google profiling you and censoring what you see

Concerned about having your privacy invaded?  Concerned about being profiled by companies such as Google?  Don’t want algorithms to analyse your preferences, assign a label to you, then treat you differently based on corporate agendas?  If you watch YouTube, here’s one more thing you can do. It all started when I built a new Linux […]

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin (and many other cryptocurrencies) have been making headlines lately.  Their prices seem to be going through the roof.  Some people even claim that they are long-term ‘investments’.  What’s really going on?  Should you buy some? To start the ball rolling let me first say that I do not own any Bitcoin.  I do not […]

Curvature of the Earth

We all know that the surface of the Earth is curved, but exactly how ‘curvy’ is it?  At what scale do you actually need to start compensating for it in a construction project?  Let’s do some easy math and find out… The Earth is not a sphere — it’s actually an oblate spheroid — but […]

Free Dehumidifier

Air too humid inside your house?  Got mould problems?  Clothes take ages to dry inside during the wet season?  How does a free dehumidifier with zero running costs sound? Most folks don’t know that their ‘frost free fridge’ can easily be hacked to act as a dehumidifier.  As it runs continuously, it can be used […]