Last Updated on May 7, 2019Searx is a free and open source metasearch engine. It can be self-hosted (like I do!) or accessed at searx.me. Metasearch engine? A metasearch engine is a search engines that uses other search engines to get its results. For example, when you search metasearch engine… Read More »Configuring Searx
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I’ve noticed that Discord for Linux takes a very, very long time to start up – sometimes in the order of hours. During this time, my laptop gets very hot. I eventually decided to look into this and found that several instances of
xdg-mime were taking up 100% CPU. Killing them caused Discord to open instantly.
Apparently this issue is present with Spotify too. This fix will work for both of them.Read More »Discord and Spotify for Linux and xdg-mime
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When I download an album from Bandcamp, I go for the OGG format, because it has better sound at lower bitrates than MP3, and because it’s a free format, unlike AAC. However, there’s a slight problem: Bandcamp doesn’t embed album art in their OGG files. The fools.Read More »My Bandcamp album organisation script
Last Updated on May 5, 2019 CP/M, a very old operating system for very old computers, used drive letters to distinguish between each drive on a computer. the first drive would be drive A, then drive B, and so on. CP/M computers typically had two floppy disk drives (drive A… Read More »Lynne Teaches Tech: Why does Windows install to drive C by default? Why not A?
Lynne Teaches Tech: Why does text on a webpage stay sharp when you zoom in, even though images get blurry?
Last Updated on May 5, 2019 images like PNG and JPEG files get blurry when zoomed in beyond 100% of their size. this is true of video files, too, and many other methods of representing graphics. this is because these files contain an exact description of what to show. they… Read More »Lynne Teaches Tech: Why does text on a webpage stay sharp when you zoom in, even though images get blurry?
Last Updated on May 5, 2019 keybase is a website that allows you to prove that a given account or website is owned by you. to explain how this works, we’ll need to briefly cover public key cryptography. there are many ways to encrypt a file. one such way involves… Read More »Lynne Teaches Tech: What’s Keybase?
Last Updated on May 5, 2019 most people count using a decimal system. the lowest digit is 0, followed by 1, 2, and so on, through to 9. when you’re counting up and you reach nine, you need to add another digit. there’s no way to express ten with only… Read More »Lynne Teaches Tech: What’s an integer overflow?
Last Updated on May 5, 2019 when you access a website in your browser, its URL (Universal Resource Location) will almost always start with either https:// or http://. this is known as the schema, and tells the browser what type of connection it’s going to be using, and how it… Read More »Lynne Teaches Tech: What do all the parts of a URL or hyperlink mean?
Last Updated on May 5, 2019 a web browser is a program that displays a HTML document, in the same way that a text editor is a program that displays a txt file, or a video player displays MP4s, AVIs, etc. HTML has been around for a while, first appearing… Read More »Lynne Teaches Tech: Why are there so few web browsers?
Last Updated on May 5, 2019 “defrag” is short for “defragment”. when a file is saved to a hard drive, it is physically written to the device by a needle. when you need to read the file, the needle moves along the portion of the disk that contains the data… Read More »Lynne Teaches Tech: What’s “defragging”?