jetpack-markdown

I use the jetpack-markdown WordPress plugin to write my weblog posts in Markdown. Although jetpack-markdown is no longer maintained, it was still available to download using wp-cli. Whilst doing some maintenance on reyhan.org, I discovered this is no longer the case1:

wp plugin install jetpack-markdown --activate
Warning: jetpack-markdown: Plugin not found.
Error: No plugins installed.

With little inclination to research a replacement, I went looking for the source code and was thankful that it’s still online. In addition, the latest version still seems to be available to download2:

wp plugin install https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/jetpack-markdown.3.9.6.zip
Downloading installation package from https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/jetpack-markdown.3.9.6.zip...                                                   
Unpacking the package...
Installing the plugin...
Plugin installed successfully.
Activating 'jetpack-markdown'...
Plugin 'jetpack-markdown' activated.

  1. From the plugin description: This plugin was closed on April 28, 2019 and is no longer available for download. 
  2. Though who knows how long for? I downloaded the zip and added it to my build process for future use. 

The New Wilderness

Ambient privacy is not a property of people, or of their data, but of the world around us. Just like you can’t drop out of the oil economy by refusing to drive a car, you can’t opt out of the surveillance economy by forswearing technology (and for many people, that choice is not an option). While there may be worthy reasons to take your life off the grid, the infrastructure will go up around you whether you use it or not.

The Clever Cryptography Behind Apple’s ‘Find My’ Feature

In upcoming versions of iOS and macOS, the new Find My feature will broadcast Bluetooth signals from Apple devices even when they’re offline, allowing nearby Apple devices to relay their location to the cloud.

I thought this feature was one of the more interesting things Apple announced this week.

@1111Resolver

Tweet your DNS queries to me and I’ll resolve them with 1.1.1.1! A and AAAA only.

Accent

It’s a small picture frame with a black, white, and red e-paper display. Accent is battery-powered and connects to Wifi, but only changes a few times each day.

Charming widget — and constraints are good for design.

Uibot

What if we could replace the process of designing UIs with, well, bots? What if you could have an infinite amount of UI designs to choose from — would that lead to new directions that you wouldn’t otherwise explore?

Uibot is an experiment on how far one could automate the generation of visual designs, what kinds of advantages it would lead to and what issues one would face.

Free yourself from Gmail tyranny

  1. Open Gmail Settings and click Filters and Blocked Addresses
  2. Click Create a new filter
  3. In the To field, add your Gmail address
  4. In the Doesn’t have field, add your secret word
  5. Click Create filter
  6. Check the Delete it box

Hooray!

If somebody sends you an email without popping your secret word in the subject or message then it’ll automagically be sent to Trash. Feel free to rotate your secret word every so often.

Playdate

Hello. We made a brand new handheld gaming system.

It’s yellow. It fits in your pocket. It’s got a beautiful black and white screen. It’s not super cheap, but not super expensive. It includes brand new games from some amazing creators. Plus it has a crank.

Yeah, go on then.

THE LAST BEE

By Brian Bilston

After the last  ee
had  uzzed its last  uzz,

the  irds and the  utterflies
did what they could.

 ut soon the fields lay  are,
few flowers were left,

nature was  roken,
and the planet  ereft.

How to do hard things

This is a system I only somewhat tongue in cheek refer to as “The Fully General System For Learning To Do Hard Things”. It’s a useful conceptual framework for how to get better at things that you currently find difficult.

I don’t always explicitly follow it, but I often find that when I’ve succeeded my success comes from implicitly following it, and almost every time someone asks me for advice on learning to do things I just describe a specialised version of the system to them.

Buster: Captcha Solver for Humans

Buster is a browser extension which helps you to solve difficult captchas by completing reCAPTCHA audio challenges using automatic speech recognition. Challenges are solved by clicking on the extension button at the bottom of the reCAPTCHA widget.