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iMazing HEIC Converter

A few months ago I spent a few days in the little mountainous yet homely winter wonderland Ă–stersund, with my brother and co, and my camera just happened to run out of battery during one of the most important phases of our stay: a Christmas fair. Fortunately my nephew had an iPhone with him, and the camera quality on that is not bad! He actually had two, so we could both take pictures.

Handy having an extra company phone sometimes, even if the reason for it in his case is that Apple don't have any phones with dual SIM. So if you need two numbers you need to phone.

Guess that's one way to sell some extra phones.

Another thing Apple aren't as good with is adapting to format standards, so instead of JPG or PNG or any of the regular image formats I'd usually expect, I ended up with HEIC.

Windows can't open these. At all.

I looked around a bit and found an explorer extension by the name of CopyTrans HEIC, that I installed just to be able to display them, but viewing the files was still a slow process, so in an attempt to sort through these files once and for all I dug a little deeper and found this. It looks like this:

iMazing HEIC Converter Step 1

Read on...

Gmail Turns 15

Happy Birthday Gmail!

Maybe you've seen the signs lately? The blogs? The loading screens?

Been thinking maybe they'll throw in a few extra features to celebrate, but it doesn't seem that way. Yet. Still hopeful though.

In line with their 15th anniversary I've been using the service for just about 14 myself! Been there from the start. Before the beta. From that first phase of true email service innovation, anticipation and promise.

I'm still not a fan of all the design changes they've made along the way, but in general it's definitely been more good than bad. It's hard to find an email service that really compares. Except maybe Tutanota.

Here's to another 15 though! And then some.

Robocopyright?

Save the net! Remix this! Gotta start making some of these myself though.

That Yearly Wikipedia Donation

That Yearly Wikipedia Donation

It's that time of the year again! The time of the year when you can contribute just a little and feel like you're helping keep the wealth of all human knowledge alive, online, and available. it's a good feeling.

You really don't need to chip in much. It's a small portion of users that do, but I'm being cheap and donating like I believed at least a tenth of the user­base with the financial means to do so would chip in the same. Wikipedia would be expanding like shit. I mean they'd be everywhere - and I'm sure a better simile would convey that visualization an even better way.

That said I'm pretty sure the mere 1% of the visitors they claim donate is still a lot of visitors.

There is plenty of controversy regarding who edits what, and the discriminatory downsides of contributive Wikipedia culture, but there's still a shitton of useful information there, isn't there? It's still one of those places you wouldn't be able to (or at least not want to) live without. Right now. In a world where freedom of speech is continually and systematically shackled, and people oppressed for both their color and their commercial interest (or lack thereof). Nothing's really free anymore. Not even water's free anymore. Especially not at airports - except for Arlanda where they actually recently added water fountains where you can fill your bottles.

It feels like even with all these dark and dystopian commercial; controlling movements around us, the little things will still amount, and make the world a better place for all. Minuscule but so very appreciative additions - like those water fountains at Arlanda. Or my tiny donation above.

This time of year just gets me so inspired too. Spring! You timed it right, Wikimedia. If you can manage to not get carried away now (WTH though it's your money) this is the place to shed some coin.

Also don't forget to save the Internet! Have a good day now.

This really reminds me of this one post I planned on writing last year btw... same title and everything. Minus the Internet part. Finally got around to it.

Pet Peeves For Patreon

I just noticed a highly aggravating thing about Patreon. Ever noticed how when you start typing a long comment, and reach a certain length, the visible area keeps jumping up above the area where you're writing? That's pretty aggravating.

Even more aggravating, though, is how if you accidentally delete your comment whilst in the process of writing said comment... you can't get it back! CTRL + Z won't do a thing.

It is however possible that, in conjunction with the grievance above, this only happens if you've actually typed up a comment longer than the allowed comment length, which you wouldn't have been able to post had you finished it and tried to, and if you ever tried to copy and paste such a comment into the comment area it just wouldn't work, or get cut off. Which leads me to my next grievance: that you can type more than the allowed comment length into the comments box.

That's just asking for trouble.

Either way this is all really pretty aggravating. Reminds me of the old days with Word and no auto-save. Little limitations of not-that-far-away days we forget quick in the haze of technical improvement

I rewrote the comment, but of course it didn't turn out quite that long the second time around. So that's that. Write on.

Don't Wreck The Net!

Stop Article 13

Image courtesy of Creative Commons.

The EU Copyright Directive threatens to undermine fundamental concepts of how the internet works.
Read on to learn how Articles 11 and 13 are bad for users, creators, publishers, and online platforms!

I just copied that text from the site linked to above, but really, this is the type of reform that could drastically change the Internet landscape for us. All community-driven websites would need to manually supervise the influx of all content... and that just wouldn't work now, would it?

And that's not all. The link tax, the meme ban... they call it many things. Ultimately: Internet wouldn't be free anymore.

I'm growing so tired of these commercial crusades... but when you start ogling the Google results for article 13 you'll realize people aren't so discrepant after all. Not most of them. There's a large train underway to stop this thing, and it's been going a while now! Do jump on it.

And check out all those memes! What would the Internet be without them. Courtesy of Google (and whomever made them).

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