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The minimalist guide to digital minimalism

I was recently inspired by Matt D’Avella on YouTube to try and minimalise my digital life. This guide will teach you to be minimalist without having to use Apple products. 1. Install Ubuntu. Click here for a guide to installing Ubuntu. It is safe to say that Windows 10 is an incredibly messy OS, cluttered with unnecessary […]

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Pine64’s PinePhone – Testing a few OSs

Disclaimer – The development on the PinePhone is very rapid and it is more than likely that by the time you are reading this, most of the issues I describe are fixed. I will try to update this blogpost as I test different OS images on the phone. Last Thursday (2020-02-12) I received my Braveheart PinePhone all […]

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PostmarketOS on the Mozilla Flame (t2m-flame)

One of my friends was fortunate enough to get his hands on two Mozilla Flame devices some years ago and gifted one to me just recently. These were devices originally intended for developers and early adopters of the now obsolete Firefox OS (codenamed b2g, or boot to gecko), an operating system using base android tools […]

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Managing your privacy on later Android versions

A while back, I used to use an Xposed module called XPrivacyLUA to let me precisely control (and fake) permissions to apps, which helped in cases of apps which I didn’t particularly trust (eg: Steam Chat, Instagram etc) which required permissions and had access to things on my phone I didn’t want to give them […]

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Avoiding Google

It is a well known fact that Google has the ability to track your every move. From recognizing your daily work commute to collecting your DNA and selling information about your genetic diseases to life insurance companies who will in turn raise your health insurance price, there is a lot to fear, even if you […]

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Installing Haiku

Back in the 90’s there was a company called Be Inc, who created a relatively small operating system known as BeOS. The Operating system was partially POSIX compliant, in that it had support for Bash and a few UNIX programs could be ported. BeOS was known for it’s error messages written in haikus which were […]

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Refurbishing Old ThinkPads (T43 and T23)

A couple of weeks ago, I managed to win an auction of two ThinkPads, the T43 and T23 for the humble price of £36. A friend offered to buy the T23 from me so we could restore them and install some lightweight OS such as Haiku or ReactOS. Part One: Replacing the CMOS batteries The […]

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