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Hey Paypal, why do you need access to my microphone, camera and photos?

Who actually checks the permissions of applications they’re installing? A little while ago a Paypal update stalled because it required extra permissions. This is what happens if an app you have already installed wants more power. I was more than a little surprised with what I found.

Published 1 day ago. Tagged with: android paypal security

Converting an existing Ubuntu Desktop into a Chrome kiosk

You might already have Ubuntu Desktop installed and you might want to just run one application without stripping it down. This article should give you a decent idea how to convert a stock Desktop/Unity install into a single-application computer.

Published 3 months ago. Tagged with: kiosk ubuntu

Building a kiosk computer with Ubuntu 14.04 and Chrome

Single-purpose kiosk computing might seem scary and industrial but thanks to cheap hardware and Ubuntu, it’s an increasingly popular idea. I’m going to show you how and it’s only going to take a few minutes to get to something usable.

Published 3 months ago. Tagged with: kiosk security ubuntu

Two years without nicotine

So it’s that time of year again, it’s my ex-smoker-versary. Okay I’ll come up with a better name for next year but for now you’ll have to make do with my reflection on smoking and why it’s really not that hard to quit, as well as a few silly numbers.

Published 3 months, 1 week ago. Tagged with: smoking

Can we have FFmpeg-proper back?

A couple of years ago some FFmpeg developers decided they didn’t want to live under the tyranny of the project leaders and forked the project into Libav. That’s all fine except that for two years Ubuntu has erroneously been calling them the same thing. And they’re not.

Published 12 months ago. Tagged with: avconv ffmpeg ubuntu

Arguments Against Rolling Release Ubuntu

I’ve just read through Rick Spencer’s argument for rolling releases in the Ubuntu Devel mailing list but I’m frankly less convinced than I was before.

Published 1 year, 7 months ago. Tagged with: ubuntu

Migrating Django's database

Django is awesome but there’s one job that can be a bit trickier than you’re used to: moving from one database to another.

Published 2 years, 1 month ago. Tagged with: django

Why you should never log in with your Facebook account just to read news

I’ve noticed a growing trend when you click an external link on Facebook from a desktop computer: you’re asked to log in. While this might seem like it’s only a minor inconvenience, in the long run this could be extremely dangerous.

Published 2 years, 2 months ago. Tagged with: facebook privacy

Breaking the habit of a lifetime

For the past 10 years, I’ve been a nicotine-dependent smoker. The unpleasant sort who can’t go for an hour without really craving a cigarette, getting irritable when they can’t have one. I recently quit but the strange thing is, not smoking is the easiest bit in this process.

Published 2 years, 2 months ago. Tagged with: smoking

How to back up PPAs

Personal Packaging Archives are a popular method for sharing software not yet in the main repositories. You might be using one to gain a particular update you need. But how can you quickly get a list of all the PPAs you’re using?

Published 2 years, 2 months ago. Tagged with: bash ubuntu