ASUS MB169C+ 15.6 Inch USB Type-C Portable Monitor, FHD (1920x1080), IPS, Flicker free, Low Blue Light, TUV certified
A USB Type-C-powered companion display that's compatible with my M1 based Mac Mini, my Google Chromebook, and my iPad Pro. If you need two screens and work away from home at times this is the answer.
All you need is a single (provided) USB Type-C cable for power and video transmission. The MB169C+ is compatible with all DP Alternate (Alt) Mode or DisplayPort over USB-C devices without the need for additional drivers. The monitor comes with a case that doubles up as a stand, which although seeming fiddly at first, seems a good approach to the job. You could use some other grooved stand to hold it. There aren't any mounting points.
TL:DR — I ordered one from Amazon UK and it arrived next day. It works with my M1 based Mac Mini, my Google Chromebook, and my iPad Pro. It has a resolution of 1920x1080 which is commonly known as 'Full HD'. It is a brilliant addition to my toolkit as I travel between places a good bit and always miss my second screen. Pics below:
Ridiculously Responsive Social Sharing Buttons for Joomla 4.x
This Joomla! plugin adds social sharing buttons and metadata optimized for Open Graph and Twitter to com_content items. It is an official Joomla Project plugin, primarily designed for use on the joomla.org website network. The plugin generates buttons like this. (Thise is an image, see the bigger one for the real buttons).
There is zero configuration required. Just install and enable the plugin.
TL:DR — Once built and uploaded it just worked!
Android 11 for the Samsung S5 (SM G900F)
Using a custom ROM from LineageOS, you can install Android 11 on a Samsung Galaxy S5 from 2014! You have to use rotten cryptic tools to install a custom recovery partition on the device before you can install Lineage OS on it. This isn't too difficult provided you aren't afraid of the command line. You install Lineage OS and then Open Google Apps should you want them before rebooting and - voila it works perfectly as far as I can tell - the Android build is up to date and has the latest security fixes in it and none of the Samsung crapware - either the built in obsolescence in these devices is staggering, or the S5 was supremely over specified at the time!
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a discontinued Android-based smartphone with 4G LTE which was launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in 2014 and generally available in April 2014
The Galaxy S5 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 2GB RAM and has a removable battery, and a MicroSD card slot. As provided by Samsung it can be updated to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and is full of system apps from Samsung incuding Facebook, which can't be deleted and may have priviliges not available to non system apps.
Once updated to LineageOS 18.1 the device has the latest version of Android, based on the
android-11.0.0_r32 tag, which is the Pixel series unified tag. It also now has no Samsung system apps. The warranty is void but then, these devices are seven years old now and very inexpensive second hand starting from just £65 on Amazon UK. Check device compatibility to make sure it is one of the Samsung S5 variants supported by Lineage OS before you start!
TL:DR — It is not too difficult to do, provided you have a computer and the command line skills, and once updated this old device with new software feels snappy and everything just works!
Growing an audience
I tried using the Twitter tools - (TweetDeck and Twitter Ads) to grow my twitter audience but they are rotten for my use case. I am quite sad really at how little innovation there has been here in the last decade. So what to do?
In setting up this small site I used an old twitter acount @ez0ne which has been around for ages but I havent used. It dates back to this site being used for social media training. @ez0ne doesnt have as many followers as my main twitter which has thousands but I would like to grow it separately with a tone of voice around technologies I am interested in. So, as an experiment, I thought it would be fun to try to use a tool for improving engagement and increasing followers. I needed some specific features:-
- Scheduled tweets
- Thread support
- Compliance with Twitter Terms of Service
- Small focused independent company
There are today perhaps far too many twitter automation tools, and in the last decade many good ones have been absorbed by bigger companies and lost. I settled on Hypefury, who provide meet my requirements with a tool aimed at helping you save time with tweet-creation, increase your engagement rate with smart automation, and help you make more money. Their byline is "The tool to grow & monetize your Twitter audience." Sounds good. They are a small bootstrapped company, with a good social media presence and warm blog style and tone of voice. I like the look of their online reputation so that was initially good enough to give them a try, and now I am a paid user.
TL:DR — After an initial free trial period of 14 days, Hypefury plans start at USD19 per month for up to three twitter accounts and a total of 12 connected social accounts (Instagram, Facebook Pages and OnlyFans although dear readers you and me both are not ready for me to have an OnlyFans account 😀). There is no free plan. The premium product gives you analytics and LinkedIn support - I'd like those but not enough to justify the extra cost at this point. I have signed up for the standard plan and you can find out why in the main part of this article.
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