As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tended more and more towards mid-range phones which actually hold quite a lot of gems in my opinion. It also doesn’t give you that feeling of “This is a thing that I have to value because of my monetary investment”.
I picked up a Sony Xperia X, initially to try out Sailfish OS but I’ve enjoyed the Android ROM quite a surprising amount. It has some nice touches such as being able to set silent or alarm only mode, both indefinitely and also for a set amount of time which is a godsend for me as I always forget to un-silence my phone
I’ve also made a conscious effort to disable any notification badges, not to install any (“free”) games and to only put non-social icons on my home screen dock. I’ve found it works quite well. I don’t really struggle with checking Facebook because I really only have it as a formality. The newsfeed is rubbish and actively puts me to sleep so I actually find it hard to spend time in there. Messenger pops in and out but it’s just the same as if someone was texting me I suppose. The platform is all that’s different.
I try not to keep anything tethered to the phone itself. For example, I used to store my TOTP tokens on my device but I was fiddling with different ROMs for a while and would keep losing them so now I store them on a YubiKey NEO instead and can view them on any phone. I just wish I could view them on my laptop or something. I don’t think 2 factor ever explicitly implied it had to be a second device, did it?
Lastly, I’ve been taking a book with me to work and what not in an attempt to actually read more this year. It kinda relies on having one that you want to read in the first place but it works out well. If it’s a boring book, you’ll find yourself reaching for your phone but it’s kinda pointless continuing with it in the first place if it’s that bad.
I’ve considered picking up a flip phone or something instead in the past. They’re still popular, and in production, in places like Japan and South Korea. My only concern is support for a password manager. I’m going to assume that no non-Android/iOS phones support them (either proprietary or open source)
Were there any useful apps? I remember installing Unreal Speccy Portable which is ZX Spectrum emulator, it’s still listed in my Chrome extensions (maybe it’s extension, not “app”) but I don’t know how to start it now.
As I remember, it was created during “app store” hype to give Chrome its own app store. Essentially web directory like Yahoo/Dmoz, but web directories were considered thing of the past, so they made it looking like app store (which was considered cool and trendy), instead of just visiting website you “install” it. Some “apps” were Chrome extensions instead of websites though, which is more interesting use of it.
For a long time, the desktop version of Signal was only available as a Chrome App. I think that’s the only one I used regularly. They finally released a standalone Mac/Windows/Linux client a few weeks ago though.
Videostream is/was(?) useful. It streamed local files to Chromecasts on your network seeing as only Chrome can stream to the casts. VLC has functionality for it in their 3.0 beta but it’s a result of reverse engineering I think.
Postman is the other obvious one but they rewrote their app to move away from the platform
How can I tell the difference between an extension and an app? I’ve got so much crap installed that I feel like I use daily or weekly, and it’d be a bummer if I lost the ability to use something because the developer wasn’t able to update it.
As far as I understood it, Chrome apps ran outside the browser in their own windows a la Postman whereas extensions run inside the browser windows themselves.
Apps will be listed at chrome://apps/ and extensions are over at chrome://extensions
I only had a quick scroll since I’m my lunch break but this looks very cool B)
I’m @firstname.lastname@example.org but I’m still mainly on Twitter. I also haven’t checked out other err, nodes?
I made my first, very small, Chrome extension which simply adds a repo’s creation date as a badge on Github, next to Star, Watch etc. It’s only really designed for myself but I figured maybe someone else could get some use out of it too.
I gotta get a thumbnail and squish a few minor bugs first but other than that, it’s pretty much good to go I think.
So good: https://mobile.twitter.com/KrangTNelson/status/924372609852231685/photo/1
account suspended. what was that?
The tweet was two screenshots.
One of Twitter user @KrangTNelson tweeting (paraphrased) “No thanks, I only get my crypto tips from the guy who made garfield”.
The second was a screenshot of Scott Adams Twitter account showing he had blocked Krang.
No idea why Krang was banned.
Best guess is a parody tweet promising “antifa super-soldiers” on November 4th, which some strange people took seriously and complained about. His account’s been restored.
A screencap of the tweet is here: https://davidgerard.co.uk/blockchain/2017/10/29/the-dilbert-ico-analysing-scott-adams-crypto-offering-whenhub-saft/krang-t-nelson-scott-adams-tweet/
New Zealand’s NZGOAL Framework is a pretty good example of what this could look like.
I’ve been having fun reverse engineering a neat little mobile game I’ve been playing. Not for any bad reasons (eg; cheating), I just kinda decided on it as a fun little challenge.
I got stuck for a week or so because all the game files are encrypted on disc and, as I believe it uses websockets for requesting updates, I couldn’t see any requests besides boring HTTP requests when fetching event webpages.
I realised earlier today though that duh, I should capture packets during an update (cleared the game data on my rooted S4 test phone and reinstalled) and voila, a bunch of references to a Cloudfront server. Found out where the update manifest was for this particular instance, wrote a Python script to parse + download each file and I’ve been looking through the unencrypted files (as they only get encrypted on disc it seems).
Figured out that the _SND.pkg files are cough sound files waiting to be changed to .mp3 and a bunch of them have Adobe Media Encoder metadata so I’m about to see if I can’t figure something out for the rest. All in all, pretty fun and a good excuse to learn some new stuff.