depicus

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  1. Change File Names of Videos in OSX with ExifTools

    March 26, 2018 by The Man
    1. Grab a copy of ExifTools from https://github.com/alchemy-fr/exiftool
    2. Run exiftool ‘-filename<CreateDate’ -d ‘%Y-%m-%d %H.%M.%S%%-c.%%le’ -r /Users/Depicus/Desktop/Videos

    Easy

     


  2. Plus Addressing (RFC 2822) and why it’s important

    January 15, 2018 by The Man

    The interweb is a scary place for even the most tech savvy users and handing out your personal information to all and sundry with their laissez faire attitude to data security is crazy. There are sites where you have to provide legitimate data, i.e. where you are purchasing something, so knowing which sites have poor data security can help you (and others) avoid them in the future. This is why I always use plus addressing.

    Plus addressing, username+siteyouarevisiting@emaildomain.com, is supported by many of the major mail vendors like Gmail and Outlook.com so plus addressing is available to most users. The genesis of plus addressing are from RFC 2822 and specifically s. 3.4.1 and s. 3.2.4 which basically define the part before the @ sign as the “local part” and should only be interpreted by the receiving domain. This allows for characters such as ! # $ % & ‘ * + – \ = ? ^ _ ` { | } ~

    Ok but why is this important, aren’t you just being anal ?

    Well the first time I knew it worked was when a company I’d booked a running event with sent me an email about buying email databases (the irony) now clearly there were two possible explanations. First they had sold my data or second that they had been hacked. Thankfully the credit card I’d used had expired. The second time was with Feiyu Tech who I suspect were hacked as they were sending me mail about buying womens bathroom products.

    Today I tried to make a donation on virginmoneygiving.com and got the following error.

    So a company as large as Virgin cannot get email validation right – what does that tell you. Well first that their developers probably just copied an email validation routine off the web without understanding what it does and their testers also signed it off. Secondly would you trust a company that cannot get the basics right with the storage of your data and credit card information ? I don’t.

     

     

     


  3. Apple’s Black Friday Con

    December 4, 2017 by The Man

    So it was time to replace my sofa laptop (a nice light one I do bits and bobs on and is currently a MacBook Air 11″) so I looked at the new MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar. The first “con” is that while Apple sells base systems to resellers you can only buy a fully specced out model from Apple direct. And that means no discount.

    So I ordered a near fully specced out MacBook Pro 13″ which wasn’t cheap but as it was Black Friday Apple were offering a “free” £120 gift card, and by free they meant they charge you £120 for it. Ok they take that off the price of the laptop but there are two problems with that.

    First this is for work so I can claim it back on taxes but they invoice you £120 less on the laptop and don’t provide an invoice for the gift card. So I’ve lost £120 in taxable deductions, bummer but not then end of the world.

    However secondly if like me the shitty DHL fail to deliver and like me you cannot wait 2 weeks to get a replacement from China then you’ll be refunded the cost of the laptop but not the gift card which is non-returnable. And what’s the point of a £120 gift card for Apple when there are few things you cannot get elsewhere cheaper, especially the tat they pass off as cables at some incredible prices.

    Lesson learnt – never buy from anybody who used DHL and avoid Apple Online Stores as the support is pretty crap.

    Sad really.


  4. Carphone Warehouse Review

    June 11, 2017 by The Man

    I wonder why Craphone Warehouse wouldn’t publish my review ?


  5. Mara’s new car

    August 29, 2016 by The Man

    So Mara needed a new car and here she is – Nadia – a Land Rover Discovery Sport MY17 to keep her cool in the summer and her bum warm in the winter.

    Discovery Sport MY2017

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  6. Find large files in OSX

    May 15, 2016 by The Man

    This is just a reminder to myself as finder doesn’t find all files so…

    sudo find / -size +1G