Category Archives: Tech stuff

How to use as little cellular data as possible when tethering to your cellphone

Quick summary: Install the Opera browser and the TripMode applet. In Opera, enable ad-blocking and data compression, and disable images. Note: I am a Mac user, but both Opera and TripMode are also available for Windows. As someone who spends … Continue reading

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How to fight South African spam (uninvited bulk email)

Most (unsolicited bulk email) spam is commercial, but NGOs also offend. In my last NGO job, I was put in a very nasty situation by my then boss, who pressured me to add all our contacts to our mailing lists, … Continue reading

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Fix for Macbook Air audio problem: no sound

Summary of the fix: Re-route the audio flex cable in the Macbook Air to run around the other side of the battery from where Apple has installed it. About 90% of the traffic on this blog comes to one post … Continue reading

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Mountain Lion bug fix: a Mission Control frustration resolved

Summary of the fix: Trash the com.apple.dock.plist file in ~/Library/Preferences. I recently upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion directly from Snow Leopard. Mostly I’ve been very happy with the upgrade. There are many new features I’m enjoying that I’ve not … Continue reading

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Keeping your Mac fit, fast and cool

What, you say, the geniuses of Cupertino don’t do all the speeding up and fine-tuning of OS X automatically for me? No, they don’t. This is not a tech blog (much more interesting stuff here) and I am not a … Continue reading

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The penny wood gas stove

If you read about light weight hiking on the interwebs, and you look at how to cut back on stoves and fuel, soon enough you’re likely to come across what many seem to consider the uber-stove: Mark Jurey’s penny alcohol … Continue reading

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WordPress.com’s themes: a painful subject

I have been using WordPress for around five years, in both its WordPress.com and self-hosted forms. I currently run, or assist those running, close to ten different WordPress blogs of both flavours. It has improved continuously, the community is great, … Continue reading

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