20 Must have Open Source Android Apps

20 Must have Open Source Android Apps

For this list I will be focusing primarily on Open Source apps available through the F-Droid distribution platform. In no particular order of one over the other let's have a look! 1) KeePassDXThis one is mostly relevant for people using a Keepass file to securely store and access their passwords and secrets. KeepassDX 2) AntennapodThis podcast app is quite amazing. It sports all the features you expect from a Podcast player/manager plus a fair bit of extras. It's quite feature clean in that it doesn't bother with useless gimmicks and focuses strongly on the main use-case; listening to podcasts…

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Tomato: Selectively backup and restore configuration

Tomato: Selectively backup and restore configuration

I don't know about you but in these times of working from home and social distancing I get way more annoyed when internet speeds are not reaching the levels required for a decent video conference. I have three routers in my home all of which are running FreshTomato firmware. In my setup two of those routers actually don't do much more than serve as a access point for the WiFi. The real magic is done on my main router (Netgear Nighthawk R7000). Here I take care of all DHCP requests, static leases and it runs a network-wide VPN client amongst…

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Hardening Firefox for privacy

Hardening Firefox for privacy

Firefox is widely considered to be a very secure browser, however their default settings focus primarily on security with some basic privacy protection. This article will go through some of the more refined privacy settings and additional steps to improve overall privacy.

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Optimize your YAML automations using basic templating

Optimize your YAML automations using basic templating

If you're like me you probably started your Home Assistant automation journey by emulating or straight up copying some of the readily available example code in the Home Assistant documentation. You probably started off automating a lightbulb or switch using a simple trigger, maybe even a condition and finally an action containing some service call like light.turn_on or switch.turn_on. This is one of the most straightforward type of automations and therefore the perfect way to get started. I want to clarify that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this and it all makes perfect sense. (adsbygoogle…

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Home Automation on a budget

Home Automation on a budget

In this article I will describe how to get the most bang for of your buck. I won't lie and tell you home automation is a cheap hobby. I spent quite a bunch of money before finally getting it right. The hardwareThe trick to saving money is to learn from my mistakes and buy the right hardware right off the bet. Most of the consumer level products in this space try to lock you into their ecosystem by using 'bridges' and 'hubs' that either only talk to their brand of products or a select group of partners. A good example…

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