Overally, the tripod is very solid, relatively light (1.3 kg) and feels like it would be good for smiting The Enemies of Journalists. It has a few useful features, including a 3/8 inch mounting thread that retracts to expose a 1/4 inch thread, and three built in 1/4 inch mounting threads at the top of the legs. The tripod legs extend out into three locked positions, including one near-horizontal, allowing the camera to be placed at ground level even without a center column.

I found a couple of minor flaws: Two of three (unneccessary) screws for securing the head worked loose and dropped out on the first day of use, and the spirit level on the supplied head was hopelessly misaligned, ie. useless. Despite that, it's otherwise well-built and fairly decent value for money, but the lack of quality control is disappointing.

In the late 90's, Macs let you set the colour of any folder from the context menu. Using colours to distinguish folders is fast and easier on the eye than forcing people to browse through long lists of names.

Somehow, coloured folders were replaced with 'tags', represented by tiny coloured and overlapping dots. You can apply multiple tags to a folder, but you have to squint and concentrate to make sense of the little dots, which defeats the purpose. Happily, it is still possible to turn the whole folder any colour you want. Here's how to do it!

Want to connect an external microphone to your MacBook Air? You can.

The 3.5 mm headphone jack is actually a combo jack, which is capable of supporting microphone input as well. But for microphone input you must use a TRRS jack (the ones with two black rings, such as on a phone hands free kit).

Presumably this is also true of MacBook Pro.

I started getting random crashes to black screen during gaming. It took a long time to isolate the problem, since the machine passed stress tests without issue, but after pulling my system apart, I finally noticed that the VGA light on the motherboard was lit after crashes. The fix was to update the GPU VBIOS, using an update tool from the manufacturer. It takes about 2 minutes and I haven’t had a problem since.

I don’t know if this is a problem with 6800XTs generally, or just with this specific model, but if you are having crashes and see the VGA tell-tale is lit, then check if an update is available for yours.

I liked the Firewalla Purple so much that I pre-ordered the Gold Plus as soon as it was announced. I've had it installed for a couple of weeks now, and have a couple of thoughts to share. So why upgrade? Faster throughput and more ports. The Gold Plus has four 2.5 GbE network interfaces (NICs) as opposed to two 1 GbE NICs on the Purple. The faster NICs are only useful if you have 2.5 GbE capable equipment, or plan to get some in future (and even then, probably only if you are working on large files such as video projects).

TLDR: Using certain words such as "login" on your form will get it automatically flagged as suspicious. If you have problems, remove any terms that could be misinterpreted as phishing. It's likely that other terms such as "password" would also create problems.

Here's a simple fix that works. Why don't they just fix it already? This has been driving me mental across multiple distros for ages on every box I have. There's just no excuse to leave an obvious irritation like this sitting around for years. But that's what you get on Linux.

I put together some scripts to set up a dockerised PHP-Apache2 environment. Dockerhub actually has official images for this, but the problem is that they don't include the GD2 image library, you have to compile it in yourself. So, my scripts do that. They also create a persistent volume via a bindmount on the host machine, so that you can freely remove or rebuild the webserver container without losing your website data. 

Tuskfish 2.0.5 is a maintenance release with no new features, but updates to third party libaries (Bootstrap 5.2, DICE 4.03, FontAwesome 6.2, HTMLPurifier 4.14, jQuery 3.6.1). It includes one bugfix: .png compression was misconfigured (off), so automatic thumbnail generation in templates will now return vastly smaller file sizes.

Tired of paying for a commercial VPN? I set up a private WireGuard VPN server, running in a Docker container on a cheap virtual machine I already have with Linode. No need to pay for additional infrastructure! It works straight out of the box, and is fast and simple to set up. This article closes a few gaps in the documentation that might slow you down. Set up time was about 10 minutes, including configuring client devices. It's a nice facility to have, and is so lightweight you can run it on existing infrastructure without paying anything more.