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Top Apps To Master Any Language


Categories: [self improvement]

Learning a new language takes lots of time and practice. Immersing yourself into the brand-new language as much as possible is the best way to acquire new words, phrases, and grammar. Immersion can be physical, such as living in a country where your target language is primarily spoken, but this does...

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How To Increase Android App Privacy


Categories: [Technology]

"The idea behind it is to provide a secure way to browse popular webapps by eliminating referrers, 3rd party requests, insecure HTTP requests, etc. It accomplishes this by providing a sandbox for multiple webapps. Each webapp will run in it's own sandbox, with 3rd party requests blocked, and all ext...

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How To Leverage Criticism To Improve Your Blog


Categories: [Content Creation]

Criticism can be both helpful and hurtful, but each type can help us improve our blog. As bloggers we should always look for ways to make our work better and more helpful to the readers. Our blogging goals need to be aimed at helping others every time we sit down to write.

Dealing With Criticism

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Drift


Categories: [Poetry]

The deep dark night of space so empty cold

he floats amid the falling balls of flame

so many planets circle round quite old

as comets mock the floating spaceman's aim


Will gravity be garnered once again

thoughts race to airy skies of birds and breeze

across the vast black nothing, miss...

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How To Make The Internet More Awesome


Categories: [Technology]

As you all know by now, I am in love with decentralization on all things internet based. The big issue is the service provider being the gatekeeper. This is solved with "mesh networks" and we can get into that in a future post. The other issue that tops the list is hosting our sites, files, and comm...

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T-UI, The Terminal Launcher For Android


Categories: [Technology]

What Is T-UI?

T-UI, developed by Francesco Andreuzzi, is a launcher for your android devices that emulates the Linux command line interface. We talked about how awesome the terminal is in the past. Check out that post if you want to learn more. T-UI takes that utility and sets it as your launcher....

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tmux, The Better Screen


Categories: [Technology]

What is tmux?

Tmux stands for 'Terminal Multiplexer' and does a lot of cool things. If you use terminal often on your home PC or are using SSH to log into other machines tmux will be your new best friend. This is because when you use tmux you can have several terminal applications running in the...

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Photos From Valley Forge


Categories: [Photography]

This past weekend was spent with my in-laws just outside of Philly.

After some coffee at a small shop we went to Vally Forge for a hike.

Here are the shots I kept, there was not a lot of color making all but these disposable.


The Beauty Of Open Source


Categories: [Technology]

What is Open Source?

Open Source is software whose code is not locked down. Anyone can look at the code, even you. This allows for many benefits over the proprietary alternatives. One such benefit is more eyes equal more chances of finding issues in the code. Issues that may lead to data breaches...

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Silicon Strings


Categories: [Poetry]

Silicon strings bind us

as we dance across scrambled signals.

Electronic emotion beating inside

fleshly hearts trying to escape

to manifest our physical

blemish littered existence.

Dancing across tangled copper wire

within the silicon chips that bind us.