Academicons, a font icon set for academics

Academicons (20160406)

For working reasons I had to work on a project at work were for each researcher I had to link a ‘social’ profile, not on Facebook or other popular – consumer – networks, but for some specialized ones … like ReaserchGate, Google Scholar, Mendeley, etc.. If you’re into academics you know them. Here is Academicons

With a bit of luck I found a GitHub project by James Walsh, a post-doctoral researcher, were he made and collected a series of font icons – 100% compatible with the more famous FontAwesome that solved my need with few lines of code.

Keeping ads out of my browsing with Pi-Hole

After discovering this project, I brought a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B from french company Kubii and started configuring it. I’m struggling to make it work, but I fear that the problem is with the wi-fi setting of my Raspbian connection.

Anyway give an eye to the Pi-Hole project

The Pi-hole is an advertising-aware DNS server that prevents ads from being downloaded. Once installed, configure your router to have DHCP clients use the Pi as their DNS server and then any device that connects to your network will have ads blocked without any further configuration. Alternatively, you can manually set each device to use the Raspberry Pi as its DNS server.

the day I dropped Default Folder X

Some months ago I got a license for Default Folder X inside a bundle.

DefaultFolderX

For those who don’t know:

Default Folder X enhances the Open and Save dialogs in all of your applications so you can…
— Go faster: Quickly navigate through folders with hierarchical menus that expand as you mouse over them.
— Do it all: Preview, tag, rename, compress, delete or add comments to files in any Open or Save dialog.
— Just click: Need to save a file in a folder you have open in the Finder? Just click on the Finder window!

I was happy with the software, even if sometimes it made Finder behave slowly opening the save dialog windows. And then El Captain arrived and things went ugly.

The developers were caught off-guard by its coming – even if every developer dealing with Cupertino knows about the yearly OS upgrade – and things were delayed for months … Their first blog post of incompatibility with Default Folder X 4 and OS X 10.11 dates back to July 10th, 2015.
For the record I must underline the fact that OS X El Capitan was released to end users on September 30, 2015

Finally January 11th St. Clair Software released the v5 of their software. If you purchase the app after June 1st the new born is a free upgrade, else not. This time they want me to pay ~15$ for a license renewal, after having paid their app and not being able to use it for 100 days for their fault.

For me this is not acceptable, and in the last 100 days I have unlearned to rely on their software … so I’ve removed the app and ciao! Farewell St. Clair Software, it was an half-decent experience with you!

10 (ten) years of WordPress.com

Last week was a busy one, and the notification system of WordPress.com didn’t put enough emphasis on it but … I’ve just passed the mark of 10 years of WordPress.com use last Jan 2nd !!!

WOW! Time flies … seems yesterday I’ve signed in but so many changes have happened in my life and over the platform and WordPress ecosystem of services (JetPack, Gravatar, Akismet, PoolDaddy and so on).

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Looking forward the next ten years! Thanks for everything!