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Using Yahoo as your search engine? You may want to think twice…

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Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Author:
adminLuke

It may be tempting to use the Yahoo search engine as an alternative to Bing or Google or DuckDuckGo, (after all it is often the default search engine), but there may be hidden dangers to this, particularly in the fact that ads at the top show exactly like the normal results. For example, search for […]

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Must-see Newsletters for programmers

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Monday, December 12th, 2016
Author:
adminLuke

If you work on a software project full-time or are even just thinking about doing a bit of programming for fun over the holidays, these are some newsletters you may be interested in: CSS-Tricks.com – CSS is an important part of styling the web, which is an part of nearly any software project. Also has […]

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Warning – if you use an iOS device, do NOT update to iOS10!

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Author:
adminLuke

Ios 10 was released the other day, yet what most of the reviewers, and Apple itself have not pointed out, is the fact that the software is not compatible with the usual usb transfer protocol of iOS 8 and 9 (the software that comes with Ubuntu 16.04) Apparently this is due to a change in […]

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Coursera Courses you should download before they’re gone!

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Author:
adminLuke

UPDATE – Looks like most of these have new sessions and are available again. If you have been learning on Coursera recently you probably got an email earlier this month saying – Effective June 30, 2016, courses on the old platform will no longer be available. You should use this opportunity to save any relevant […]

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Book Review: Hacking Math Class with Python

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Friday, June 24th, 2016
Author:
adminLuke

Hacking Math Class with Python (by Peter Farrell) is a great introduction to Python for beginners, and explains some advanced mathematical concepts in a programmer-friendly terms. Starting off with simple “turtle” module for graphics, it goes to more advanced topics such as complex numbers and plotting fractals and 3d spheres. What you’ll learn: Basic ifs/loops, […]

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Fun easter egg in Python and PHP

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Author:
adminLuke

A little-known easter egg in Python gives some useful coding mantras of good practice in Python programming: Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Flat is better than nested. Sparse is better than dense. Readability counts. Special cases aren’t special enough to […]

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PyCon Videos are Up!

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Author:
adminLuke

If you couldn’t make it to PyCon programming convention this year, (or just didn’t get to listen to every talk you wanted to hear) you’ll be happy to find videos posted to the youtube channel here! Some highlights: Native mobile apps using Python! Xonch – the best of both worlds, Bash/Python?  

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Great free books for beginner and experienced developers

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Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Author:
adminLuke

If your new year’s resolution is to expand your programming knowledge, career advancement in IT, and/or helping improve the Tunesviewer project (hint hint 🙂 you may enjoy these great free ebooks: How to Make Mistakes in Python This book has practical advice for everyone’s favorite scripting language – in fact, most of the tips in […]

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Setting up TigerVPN with Ubuntu

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Saturday, December 19th, 2015
Author:
adminLuke

While TigerVPN is a fast and useful service to keep unencrypted traffic from getting man-in-the-middle‘d, they didn’t provide easy instructions for setup in Ubuntu. Here are a few easy steps to set up your service on Ubuntu (tested on 14.04): Install the network-manager-openvpn-gnome program. On Ubuntu/Debian this is: “sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome” – enter that […]

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iOS transfer made easier

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Saturday, November 28th, 2015
Author:
adminLuke

Trouble transferring files to iOS devices from Ubuntu? Now try iosTransferGUI, a simple way to load files onto iPad without having to use the command-line ifuse and libimobiledevice: Unfortunately this requires libimobiledevice 1.2, which is not the default on current Ubuntu. If you don’t want to compile it and related libimobiledevice utilities, there are PPA […]

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