Windows built in Command Prompt is ugly and dated. It also lacks proper Git integration. Git for Windows comes with a configured Git Bash you can use instead. Combine that with Mintty and you now have a full featured themeable terminal rivaling the built in Mac OS Terminal.
In the Git for Windows installer choose Use MinTTY when asked to configure the default emulator. This will allow you to apply a custom theme. In addition:
Mintty has much better support for non-english characters (UTF-8)
Git branch name in the terminal prompt after teh current path
One of the first things I’ve noticed in Firefox 57 was the Pocket button in the address bar and the additional actions in the menu on the right. Then, while using Pocket I right clicked and selected Remove from Address Bar. Good, this removed Pocket from there but, ugh, how do I return it back? And what about placing other buttons will I use often like the new Take a Screenshot action?
Turns out there isn’t a way to configure the predefined actions through the UI or at least I didn’t find it. Good news is that since this is Firefox you can always use about:config and find the setting controlling those actions. The setting you need in this case is called browser.pageActions.persistedActions. Continue reading Adding predefined actions to Firefox 57 address bar→
With the rise of Bitcoins, Ethereum and cryptocurrencies everyone are talking about mining again. Video cards price has skyrocketed in the last 2 months.
If you are late for the mining ride, you don’t have the knowledge or time to build your own mining rigs or you just don’t like risking it there are others risk free ways to obtains cryptocurrencies.
You can use faucets. Faucets are websites or mobile applications giving you small amounts of free bitcoins or alt coins in exchange for watching videos, viewing adds, playing games. After solving a captcha you’ll receive a varying reward in satoshis. One satoshi is hundredth of a millionth BTC. It’s quite spammy in the form of ads, so be prepared in advance.
Rewards are dispensed in predetermined intervals of time varying from faucet to faucet. In order to get your coins you’ll need to visit the faucet a couple of times and accumulate a predefined value before they are sent to your wallet. This helps faucets reduce the transfer (mining) fees for sending you your coins.
All you need to do is:
visit your favorite faucets
click and resolve the captcha
wait for the timer to run out (no need to keep the tab opened)
IntelliJ IDEA (Webstorm) comes with many live templates but it has none for Vuejs 2. I’ve created a few simple templates to use for my projects. All the templates assume you’re using a transplier for ECMAScript 2015. Vue components template is setup for usage with SASS but you can easily modify it and use Stylus instead.
Several months have passed since Angular 2 was released. Then came Angular CLI promising easier scaffolding and better integration. It’s still in beta and as expected there are things to improve.
One thing that confused me was ng serve and the lack of <base href> support. It’s easy when using ng build with the -bh flag and same feature for serve would’ve been great. Unfortunately the CLI team doesn’t plan on adding base href support 🙁
The project I’m working on relies on multiple other applications and APIs served from other folders. Having base href different than root during development is a must. The only way I found to make the whole setup work was by proxying the needed folder to root.
In your index html add the needed <base href>.
Create a new file at root called proxy.conf.json and paste:
One of the things I hate about Phonegap (Cordova) is the audio support. Every time I worked on a project that required heavy audio usage not a single plugin worked fine
Cordova Media plugin is good for recording audio but when you try to play multiple audio files it leaks into memory and the OS stops your app. It also tends to break after using the recording feature. I’ve also tried the Native Audio plugin and although it’s much better it has its issues with features not working.
The createjs team released a new soundjs plugin called CordovaAudioPlugin. It did work for some time but because it is using Cordova Media it had the same issues. With newer version of the Cordova Media plugin it just causes your app to crash (04.2016, soundjs version 0.6.2).
Yesterday I was working on a project that requires heavy HTML pages content scraping.
What I wrote were several PowerShell files which were scraping the content using Invoke-WebRequest and Invoke-RestMethod. And everything was great and smooth… until I got to an HTML page with some Greek letters inside. To my surprise both PowerShell built in functions failed miserably when I tried to retrieve those UTF8 encoded pages. In short, I was bombarded with â and ¢ here and there.
So, after I lost several hours trying to figure out what’s going on and experimenting with all kinds of options it turned out It’s impossible to read properly a UTF8 encoded page without BOM with Invoke-WebRequest.
Here is a simple function I wrote which uses .NET classes to tackle the problem.
Note that this is just a simple example and it lacks the extensible functionality you get with Invoke-WebRequest.