How to Debug web sites on Mobile Devices

Android Remote USB DebuggingIf you’ve ever designed a web site, you know that the ‘dev tools’ built into browsers are invaluable.

You can play with the CSS, debug JavaScript, see requests in realtime, and so on.

That’s all great for desktop, but what about debugging on mobile?

Typically, developers jump through all sorts of hoops – including hacks in their code that are added strictly for development debugging.

Isn’t there a better way? Why yes, there is…

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Dirty Electricity: What it is and how to fix it

What is Dirty Electricity?While everyone is paying the most attention to wireless tech like 5G, dirty electricity is often completely overlooked.

In short, all our wondrous gizmos generate noise that couples to the human body from the electrical wiring in our homes, schools, places of work, and so on.

What effects does this dirty electricity have? Well, it ain’t pretty.

Fortunately, there are simple filters you can get that reduce the dangers from this type of noise.

Join me for a look at DE – and get clean power!

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Is Chrome’s Idle Detection really a threat to privacy?

IdleDetector APIChrome 94 was recently released with a new feature: Idle Detection.

Specifically, there’s a new JavaScript API called IdleDetector. It reports two things to the JS code of the web page you’re viewing: keyboard/mouse activity, and if your screen is locked or not.

Much has been said about the diabolical nature of this new capability in Chrome…

Thing is, while we can be forgiven for doubting Google’s motives in adding this feature, it just so happens that Idle Detection is actually quite safe – and useful!

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Why your WebRTC calls aren’t working: Timing is everything!

WebRTC Code ExplainedWebRTC is pretty cool. It allows any web browser to make voice and video calls to any other browser – no extra software required!

The problem is that while there are tons of guides and gobs of sample code out there, nobody really explains how it works.

The end result is that you program away, and then discover that OOPS! It’s not connecting…

So, let’s see how to make WebRTC actually work!

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mmWave Madness: No, you’re not crazy!

mmWave Madness!Ah, 5G… It’s a mixture of new technologies, the most “interesting” being mmWave, or millimeter wave.

If you’re wondering if a particular phone actually HAS mmWave, good luck figuring it out.

Even worse, in most areas it’s darn near impossible to find out what flavor of 5G is being used: Is it mmWave, or not?!

Good luck with that one, too.

And to top it all off, it doesn’t really matter anyway because even official government bodies are really looking at 5G and EXISTING wireless tech, and starting to get worried…

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You’re using your A/C WRONG!

You're using your A/C WRONG!!Common wisdom dictates that you’re supposed to use your air conditioning in a certain way.

Let it warm up during the day or when you’re not at home. If you’re really hot, turn it way, WAY down and it’ll magically cool faster!

How you use your A/C depends on who you listen to…  And on that front, you probably want to listen to the people who design, install, and maintain A/C.

Because while scientific theories are great, practical realities back down here on Earth are better!

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Missing subtitles in VLC? Solve it with a few clicks!

VLC Automatic SubtitlesWhen I watch a movie on my NVIDIA SHIELD TV, the Kodi media player conveniently lets me download subtitles from OpenSubtitles.org if the file doesn’t have any.

It’s pretty handy!

But then when I want to watch that same file in VLC media player on my laptop, well… No subtitles!

What to do, what to do?

It turns out VLC has your subtitle needs covered, and you probably didn’t even know it…

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Phishing Scams and how to protect yourself

Avoid Phishing ScamsEven if you don’t know the term ‘phishing scam’, chances are you’ve already been targeted by many of them.

A phishing scam is when someone uses a genuine-looking e-mail, login page, SMS, or whatever to fool you into giving up personal data – like logins, passwords, card and banking info, etc.

They often involve some kind of ‘hook’ that makes you worried or scared. When that happens, you stop thinking and fall into the trap.

But these scams are very easy to avoid with a bit of extra attention. I’ll show an example of a phishing scam I received recently and then take it apart piece by piece so that next time, you’ll know exactly what to look for to protect yourself!

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Are you wasting your internet speed?

How WiFi and slow Ethernet can waste your internet speedMost people probably don’t even notice the actual speed of their internet connection. If it ‘goes fast’, they’re happy.

What many folks don’t realize is that they may be wasting a large chunk of their very high speed net connection.

If you use even newer flavors of WiFi, chances are you aren’t taking full advantage of the connection you’re paying for! Heck, even with Ethernet, your download speeds may be lower than you think.

So, how do you tell?

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FLoC and the future of Internet Privacy

FLoC is bad for privacyWhen it comes to privacy on the internet, the new word on the street is ‘FLoC’.

Led by Google, a group of businesses and advertisers is pushing a new standard that would have your browser identifying your particular group of interests by a unique ID number.

This number will be sent to all sites you visit. VOILA! No more 3rd party cookies, and supposedly more privacy!

Of course, there’s the marketing mumbo jumbo and then there’s the reality of the situation.

So: What is FLoC? How does it work? And most importantly: Will it improve your privacy??

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