Things I've Learned


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since late 2020, i have (infrequently) been writing down
things i've learned that i think are noteworthy:
  • 2022-06-06: sometimes LCDs don't display correctly because the layers that make up the screen aren't making proper contact, so it's possible to fix this by pressing the screen together
    also, sometimes if a TFT has a dead pixel, you can fix it by gently massaging it with a fingernail (thanks for the info bmh!!)

  • 2022-05-04: Raspberry Pi uses a .txt to set boot parameters and i think that's really neat :D

  • 2022-05-02: 3.5mm jack (usually used for audio) can sometimes carry video too!? (dependent on number of connector rings)

  • 2022-05-01: wanted to install new system font on my project laptop (it's running antiX--more on that here) but it wasn't immediately obvious how--found that it's fairly simple: copy/move the font file to .local/share/fonts (i had to show hidden folders and create the fonts folder, also i'm not sure if i'm remembering the path correctly but i don't have time to check rn so i'll do that later!!!)

  • 2022-0?-??: there's this coprocessor thing called Intel ME and it's a real bastard

  • 2022-02-04: i was like "aww :( wish i could customize firefox's default home page more"
    i knew that u can set any url to be the homepage...what i did not consider
    is u can set LOCAL FILES as homepage

  • 2022-0?-??: i swear i've learned things since the end of last year i just forgot to put them here!!

  • 2021-12-05: rm * deletes all files in current folder. could be useful (if i ever get comfortable with working in the terminal...!)

  • 2021-10-22: apparently you can remove a lot of tracking stuff from URLs by removing everything after the first ? (thanks, flamedfury!)

  • 2021-06-26: Titanfall 2 also uses .bik (Titanfall2\r2\media) (i think)

  • 2021-06-20: apparently theres a service that uses python to make windows live messenger work again??? - awesome!!

  • 2021-06-16: u can literally just disable the default launcher on fire tablets. why does only one guide mention this?? ./adb shell pm disable-user com.amazon.firelauncher (requires platform-tools, firetoolbox/launcherhijacker HIGHLY recommended, otherwise ur device will probably brick..?) replaced firelauncher with nova launcher, loads better!! EDIT: apparently if your device has FireOS 7.3.2.2 or later, it is no longer possible to completely replace the default launcher T_T

  • 2021-06-13: win10 photos app can't edit photos smaller than 50x50. cowards. learned because I tried and failed with 32x32 bing logo. Err msg: "We can't edit files smaller than 50 pixels. Too small to edit"

  • 2021-01-27: lots of games use bink/RAD video tools to compress their videos. can be downloaded for free, so a lot of game intros can be swapped out... >:D

  • 2020-08-30: was having trouble adding custom watchfaces ( RIP https://www.watchface-generator.de/ T_T )to my pebble, so i went to the rebble discord server for help turns out opening .pbw files works through the dropbox app!!