I'm noticing a pattern by the way. If there are custom firmwares available for a device, that device will probably be useful for a very good while.
So... my Amazfit Bip is now basically the perfect smartwatch. For me, anyway.
Previously it was only good at displaying notifications and waking me up, but now it also controls music and allows editing its alarms (time/weekdays). Yay! I just hope the battery life stays the same (about a month).
Kudos to MNVolkov over at myamazfit.ru for the sorcery that made all this possible. I'm sooo going to donate after I confirm the battery life.
Check out Bret Victor's blog. It's a good read.
Finally, someone who acknowledges that we're still mentally in the era of printing press. We already have a much more interactive medium before us, but refuse to make it easier to use, severely limiting its adoption and thus our collective mental capacity.
This is just how life is when you're dealing with trillion-dollar faceless corporations," said @aral, who has long campaigned against the control of our data – and lives – by big tech firms.
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Building an artificial sun that looks unbelievably realistic - DIY Perks
For some reason I keep coming back to this wonderful talk by Tim Ewald about the nature of power tools.
It's not immediately clear that it's the actual topic, especially given the fact that it happens at a Clojure conference...
With the most recent release of #NewPipe (0.20.0) I've spontaneously started picking it over the official #YouTube #Android app for playback. It's just that good now. Automatic transition to background/windowed playback when switching from the app *rocks*!
It's not a completely seamless transition yet, there's a noticeable hiccup when that happens, but I have faith in #opensource community.
Google to make third-party app store use easier with Android 12
The sign up section has been moved to a separate page, the confusingly interchanging usage of tech jargon like "instance" and "server" has been removed in favour of "community". The questions "can I move my account later" and "can I talk to people from other communities" is answered upfront. Categories are now at the front and the communities are grouped by language with a prominent language filter option. Communities that don't offer instant sign-up are now clearly marked as such upfront.
All the more amusing is that my answering machine's greeting addresses telemarketers first and then invites everyone else to leave a message. In a broad sense, it's working... 🤔
The latest message on my answering machine starts with a "beep" common in call centres, "Hello" from the operator, a few secs of confused silence and hangup.
My answering machine must have had a productive conversation with the marketing robot, but their operator was left out of it. Ha.
I suppose that's where we are headed, robots talking to each other in human ways, for ultimate interoperability. It's already happening: web scraping, phone trees with speech recognition, Google Duplex…
Technology fanatic, I'm into home automation, self-education, self-hosted services and e-biking.
#yesbot (all hail our robot overlords!)
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