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Samsung Galaxy S7 still the best?

After dropping my aging Samsung Galaxy S7 I decided to look for a new smartphone. To my surprise I concluded that I wanted the exact same model again. This post is an evaluation of the Galaxy S7 after two years of use and a discussion about why I chose the same model again.

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Setting individual mouse pointer speeds in Linux with micetune

This post is about micetune, a Python script I wrote for setting individual pointer speeds for different mouse devices in Linux, with the ability to reduce the speed beyond what the control center setting allows. The script changes the real pointer speed without involving acceleration.

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Linux Mint 18 on Lenovo T420s

I recently installed Linux Mint 18 on my old trusty Lenovo Thinkpad T420s. This post is about the tweaks and tools I used to make the machine run great. Read on for tweaks specific to Thinkpads, general tweaks for laptops and tips relevant for dual booting Windows and Linux.

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Lenovo Thinkpad T420s after 5 years of use

Sometimes there is a beauty in the wear and tear that shows on heavily used equipment. I think this is true for my trusty ol' Thinkpad T420s. Here's a couple of pictures of its current state and a recap of my experiences with the machine, good and bad.

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Passing URL parameters to client only

I wanted to implement a search plugin for the Just Search Portal so searching shortcuts built into browsers could be used to pull up the portal conveniently. To make this work, the portal must support retrieving queries from the URL like other search engines ...

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The Just Search Portal

The Just Search Portal is single file static HTML page that simply provides a search bar and buttons for submitting the query to search engines. The page is made with a focus on not distracting the user and on privacy. No ads or recent activity is shown like in many …

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Making parallel text PDFs for e-readers

This post explains the scripts: dualtext2pdf and dualtext2html that convert two Markdown formatted texts with alignment cues into a dual text or parallel text PDF. The scripts are intended for generating bilingual e-reader friendly PDFs to practice a foreign language.

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The making of this blog with Pelican

For this version of the blog I decided to go for static website generation. Read on for thoughts about this decision, why I didn't like WordPress, and generally how I tried to make a simple efficient website respecting privacy this time.

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