always by erasure Stuff 

“Always” by Erasure, a detailed study

The other day I was watching YouTube with a friend, and all of a sudden the video for Always by Erasure came up. “Always” by Erasure is one of those unusual videos from the 90’s synth pop era, that many people haven’t really seen. It was never too big on MTV or the major chains, and back then if it wasn’t on MTV, it didn’t exist. If you’re one of those post-millennials, you’ve probably never heard of Erasure or and much less seen the “Always” video. If you have the…

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s7.addthis.com sharebuttons virus fix Computers and tech 

Sharebuttons by Addthis: virus problem fixed!

Last week, the WordPress Plugin Sharebuttons by Addthis ran into some trouble with ESET, a leading antivirus manufacturer. ESET’s antivirus started reporting that websites were infected with the “TrojanDownloader.Pegel.BH” virus, if they happened to have Sharebuttons by Addthis running on them. The alert was tripped by a call to the webiste “s7.addthis.com” that’s made by the plugin, and that the antivirus saw as an attempt at script injection. Addthis had a conversation with ESET, and sure enough, ESET confirmed it was a mess up on their part:   The antivirus…

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sharebuttons by addthis virus Computers and tech 

Sharebuttons by Addthis: is it really a trojan?

Sharebuttons by Addthis is a WordPress plugin that lets you put those little floating share icons on your webpages. It’s incredibly easy to use and looks great, which is why many sites running WordPress have activated this plugin. UPDATE: Addthis has confirmed that indeed, it’s a false alarm and a mistake on ESET’s part. Please update your virus definitions if you have ESET’s antivirus and the problem should be fixed. See this link for updated information. But last week, something happened to Sharebuttons, which is not good and everyone should…

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apple wax video boiling water Health and environment 

Boiling water on an apple: the real truth!

Oh humanity, we are being poisoned yet again by those evil food corporations, who are spraying our apples with tons of toxic chemicals and pesticides, that’ll turn you into a cancerous mutant if you eat them. We must alert everyone to the latest undeniable proof video, that shows just how serious the problem of toxic additives in our apples is! Or so the latest viral video of someone pouring boiling water on an apple, and showing all the stuff that comes off, claims. If you haven’t seen the video, the…

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garmin mapsource decimal degrees Computers and tech 

How to switch Garmin Mapsource to decimal degrees

Call me old school, but I still love my Garmin eTrex Vista GPS. Even this far into the 21st century, when even the most basic cell phones have a built-in GPS unit, I refuse to give up on my Garmin. Don’t get me wrong I still use my cell phone’s GPS for the normal everyday stuff like driving, tagging photographs, the usual deals. But first hiking trips or visits to job sites you’ll probably see me carrying around my etrex. Why do I still love this thing so much? Well…

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disable gui on linux desktop Computers and tech 

How to keep a Linux GUI from starting up by default on boot

For quite a while now I’ve been stuck trying to create a Laptop/Server on Linux. I’m talking about a laptop/server (it does both things), not a “server built on a laptop”. Why? Well, I have an old laptop (it’s so damn old it’s a Centrino) that I repurposed as a home server. That’s what it does 90% of the time. And for the rest of my day to day work, I use a desktop. But, if I ever need to go on the road, I’m stuck with no PC. I…

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pokemon go plus problems Games and entertainment 

The Pokemon GO Plus: what’s still wrong with it?

A while back we did a post on the Pokemon Go Plus,  and everything that’s wrong with it. And back then our advice was to avoid the Pokemon Go Plus. The thing was a buggy mess, with no clear support or solution to the problems it had. But in the past few months things have changed for the best. Niantic has come out with plenty of updates to the game, and some important patches, which have solved critical issues with the Pokemon Go Plus. Thinking about making that investment? The…

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banana peeling trick Stuff 

Do bananas really peel easier from the other end?

If you’ve been wandering around the internet these past few months you’ve undoubtedly seen the hype surrounding peeling a banana backwards. Yeah, that’s what 2017 has brought us: the revelation that we should peel bananas from the other end and we’ve been doing it wrong for all of out existence. Supposedly, when monkeys peel bananas, they do it from the tip towards the stem, and not from the stem to the tip like we humans have done all our lives. And that shows that peeling a banana backwards is more…

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Why does my cell phone charger get so hot?

Charging a cell phone is something we do regularly, every day of our lives if we have one. There are many different ways to charge mobile phones, and most people use the typical wall charger: that little plastic block that connects to the wall socket, and then plugs into our phone to charge it. Something that people notice a lot, and makes them kind of nervous is that the cell phone charger gets hot when it’s charging. This heating up is pretty noticeable: it’s not just that the charger gets slightly warm,…

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pokemon go plus problems Games and entertainment 

The Pokemon Go Plus and everything wrong with it

There’s an updated version of this post! The new version has info on the updates from Niantic, and whether they really fixed the PoGo+ or not! The Pokemon Go Plus controller was one of the most anticipated arrivals of 2016, after the launch of Pokemon GO in july. And after several months of being completely sold out, this thing is finally starting to appear again in stores, and you can finally get your hands on one. But before you do, you might want to read this post, which tells my…

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