I hate weather apps. I would like to use one that is simple and straightforward. One that doesn’t abuse my eyes with ads or takes all the information it can from my phone and sells it to whomever gives them pennies for it. I have tried a lot of them and I find all of them frustrating. After a long search, and almost giving up, I think I have finally found one.

Source: wttr.in Github page

First let me say that this gets bonus points because I can use the command line to get a weather forecast. If you don’t like using the command…

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Using Twitter is more of a pain than it ever has been. I, much like a lot of other people, enjoy a chronological timeline and few to no ads. Twitter does not like my tastes and therefore makes their official app to be against my will. Luckily there is an awesome app to help me in my quest to have my preferences as well as be a bit more private when using Twitter.

I prefer to use FOSS apps when possible. A great store to get FOSS apps is F-droid so be sure to check it out when you’re done…

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Remember the time when you could go to YouTube to watch a video without being bombarded with ads? If you do then congratulations because those memories are absent from my memory bank. Not only are there ads during the video I’m trying to watch, but there is an ad about every third item when I’m scrolling. Not to mention the giant full screen ad trying to get me to pay for “Premium” YouTube.

I think you get the point that I don’t like all the ads when using YouTube. It’s a little excessive. There are other things that would be…

Normally you would have to click through a few GUI buttons to fetch some system information. With Termux you just have to type one word: neofetch.

Look at that cute little guy!

Now I will admit this is a very geeky and a niche way to get some of your system info. The point of doing this via the command line is that it is much quicker to get the information you need then trying to get to the right tab via the GUI. What’s above in the picture isn’t all the information you can get. …

Smartphones, a.k.a. phones because the vast majority produced are of the smart variety, have taken over as the de facto device people use as a daily computer. For a large portion of the people on this planet it is their only computer. So, why not try and do things with it that we normally save for larger desktop computers?

A computer with a screen that fits in (most) pants pockets. Photo by Lorenzo Rui on Unsplash

Cell phones, I’m sorry I mean phones, have advanced greatly in a short amount of time. I personally did not get my first phone until around 2014. At the time I didn’t have a legitimate reason for owning one. Actually I…

I have a problem with getting pictures and videos off of my phone. I briefly described that scenario elsewhere, but I want to show you how I am able to do that more efficiently than plugging my phone into my desktop and transferring them via the USB cable. This example will show how to do this from an Android phone to a Linux computer.

Nothing quite like a terminal on your phone (source: gauravssnl.wordpress.com)

I run Ubuntu on my home desktop (Yeah, I’m one of the 1-3% of people who do this). I also like to tinker and learn new things on the computer so I quickly became comfortable with…

How many people’s desktop look this clean? Mine looks like I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Photo by MORAN on Unsplash

I am horrible at sorting my photos. I usually leave all the pictures on my phone until I either reach my storage limit or buy a new phone. So, when either of those two instances arise I copy all of my files into a folder on my desktop computer titled Need to Sort. I know I could just upload them to Google Drive, but I’m not going to. I don’t want to give Google everything.

When I say copy I mean I take my charging cord and plug it into my desktop computer and transfer my pictures off my phone…

There are so many ways to learn python. A simple search will give you lots of good links to various courses, tutorials, or online books to follow to learn Python. There is no shortage of material online to help get you started.

The hard part has been in finding an easy way to learn python on mobile without having to download an app with ads baked in. I understand that developers need to eat, I’m not against that, but I would much rather pay for an app, or make a donation, then be bombarded with ads. Also, I don’t know…

1 Timothy 2:1–7

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I wrote this reflection for a Sunday in Ordinary time in 2016

First of all, then, I ask that requests, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be made for all people. Paul doesn’t want our prayers to be self-centered. By using four different, but equivalent, words for prayer Paul really wants us to be fully focused on the welfare of others. Even our political leaders! I think his heart is in the right place concerning that last bit, but I’m not so sure.

His idea is that if we pray for our leaders then an environment where people can live quiet and…

James 5:7–10

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I wrote this reflection during Advent of 2016.

The season of Advent focuses on having patience and waiting on the coming of the Lord. So, when we read this passage from James it seems to fit seamlessly in with the season. Without putting the reading into it’s full context, we could gather the obvious counsel to be that during this time of year we should be in a state of waiting and patience. For example, on an individual level this could translate into being more patient with family members and life happenings. I’m sure I’m not the only one that…


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