Beards, Bytes and Brews

bytes of thought by Daniel Tucker

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Epictetus

Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL Bootloader Unlock

2019-03-20
As all Pixel owners should know by now there is a end of support scheduled for each phone they ship. I like many others have a perfectly functional Pixel device which will soon be vulnerable to security issues and without Google support I am left with little options. I am not one to need the latest and greatest so I have chosen to install LineageOS. The greatest problem with Verizon is that they prevent you from toggling the “OEM unlocking” which would allow you to wipe the device then sideload a new OS. Continue reading

Above 8700ft Red

2019-03-12 Prep: 10 min
The prefered method of preparing the salsa is using a blender. Start by chopping up all the ingredients and placing them in the blender. Be cautious with how much salt you use. It is always safer to add a little then taste then add more. Blend the salsa in pulses and occationally use a spatula to mix up any ingredients that have not been blended. Pour and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes
  • 4 ounces green chilies (fire roasted)
  • 1 white onion
  • ½ bunch cilantro (stalk and leaves)
  • 2 cloves garlic (to taste)
  • 1 - 2 jalapeno (depends on heat)
  • ½ habenaro
  • 1 lime
  • ~2 teaspoons salt (to taste)
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We build our computer (systems) the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.

Ellen Ullman

Visual Studio Code - Selected Text to Uppercase

2018-10-02
In Visual Studio we are all used to being able to use CTRL+SHIFT+U to transform the selected text to uppercase but for Visual Studio Code this key binding was left out. As long as you are using Version 1.8.1 or above you will be able to take advantage of the built in keyboard shortcuts. Do the following to enable the keybindings. Note: Ubuntu users will need to use a modified binding; change to ctrl+alt+u and ctrl+alt+l. Continue reading

Raspberry Pi: Fixing your Locale

2018-09-26
Fixing your Locale on Raspberry Pi After a fresh install of Raspbian you will likely see the following error: bash: warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale (en_US.UTF-8) You can fix your locale with a few simple updates. Edit /etc/locale.gen and uncomment the line with en_US.UTF-8 Run locale-gen en_US.UTF-8 Run update-locale en_US.UTF-8

As a programmer, never underestimate your ability to come up with ridiculously complex solutions for simple problems.

Thomas Fuchs
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