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Having cancer is not a fight or a battle, it is about having luck or misfortune

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/12/10

It has been a while after my last post about me having cancer. No, I am not giving up. But I am having the regular fear of the upcoming checks: did the metastases return, or do I have the luck to outlive some 30% of my peer group.

The last metastases surgery has been slightly more than a year ago. A year from now, that percentage hopefully will be 50% and slowly increase over time until about 90% in some 9 years from now.

At year’s end, I will know for sure.

Below are some links on, mostly Dutch but with English abstract, articles about the mental side of having cancer, or having survived it for now.

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The biggest lie I tell myself is not about new years resolutions.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01

The biggest lie I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it”

It’s likely older, but the oldest reference I could find was 2012 [WayBack].

So before I forget:

Happy New Year everyone!

With the above quote, it is no coincidence I started my blog even earlier (in 2009): it’s my off-line memory, way better readable than my hand-writing and indexed by various search engines.

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What exactly is “Quick device connect”, and is it secure? : oneplus

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/05/27

After upgrading to Oxygen OS 12 The “Quick device connect” service started nagging me for permissions as soon as I upgraded to OxygenOS 12: [Wayback/Archive] What exactly is “Quick device connect”, and is it secure? : oneplus.

Hardly any information on it except truckloads of messages of battery draining for which you can either upgrade it and if that still fails, disable it completely:

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Posted in Android Devices, OnePlus Nord 2T 5G, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Installing the Microsoft Store version of Windows Terminal via the winget command-line

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/05/26

In the continuing series of Chocolatey/Scoop/winget related posts, this one is about Windows Terminal.

There are basically two ultimate sources you can install it from:

You can configure the Microsoft Store to automatically install updates as per [Wayback/Archive] Turn on automatic app updates (on my system this was the default):

Microsoft Store - Auto-Updates is turned on by default

Microsoft Store – Auto-Updates is turned on by default

  1. Select the Start ⊞ screen, then select Microsoft Store.
  2. In Microsoft Store at the upper right, select the account menu (the three dots) and then select Settings.
  3. Under App updates, set Update apps automatically to On.

As a backgrounder, here some articles on Windows Terminal, ConPTY and the Windows Console from the [Wayback/Archive] DevBlogs – Microsoft Developer Blogs:

  1. [Wayback/Archive] Windows Command-Line: Backgrounder | Windows Command Line Tools For Developers
  2. [Wayback/Archive] Windows Command-Line: The Evolution of the Windows Command-Line | Windows Command Line
  3. [Wayback/Archive] Windows Command-Line: Inside the Windows Console | Windows Command Line
  4. [Wayback/Archive] Windows Command-Line: Introducing the Windows Pseudo Console (ConPTY) | Windows Command Line
  5. [Wayback/Archive] Windows Command-Line: Unicode and UTF-8 Output Text Buffer | Windows Command Line

More on (pseudo)terminals in general containing [Wayback/Archive] “ConPTY” – Search results – Wikipedia:

More on using the Windows Terminal:

My related blog posts:


Posted in Chocolatey, ConPTY, Microsoft Store, Power User, Scoop, Windows, Windows Terminal, winget | Leave a Comment »

I learned: MacOS has a Unicode Hex Input keyboard

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/05/25

A while ago, I learned that MacOS has had a Unicode Hex Input keyboard since ages.

It is not installed by default, so you have to manually add it:

  1. Start the System
  2. Open the Keyboard icon
  3. Choose the Input Sources tab
  4. Click the plus (+) icon
  5. Search for Unicode or Hex to get so Unicode Hex Input is the only entry in the list
  6. Click the Add  button
  7. Choose the Keyboard tab
  8. Enable Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar

Now in the menu bar, you can select the Unicode Hex Input.

After that, when holding the Option key, any 4-digit Unicode sequence will get you a Unicode character.

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Posted in Apple, Development, Encoding, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Power User, Software Development, Unicode | Leave a Comment »

JavaScript bookmarklet to replace part of the WayBack machine URL

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/05/23

Quite often while saving a URL in the WayBack Machine, the response often is headed “Sorry” with non-descriptive “Job failed”.

In the background however, at least half of those times the job actually succeeded.

Some periodes that success rate was way lower as the archival job didn’t start with a GET request. The workaround was to use a POST request, see I want to check out how to do POST requests using bookmarklets in order to save URLs to the WayBack machine and [Archive] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers on Twitter: “Does anyone why the @waybackmachine has a lot of job failed and 404 errors over the last few days? … and … just returned a 404; most of my archivals the last few days failed or had to be retried at least half a dozen times to succeed. …” / Twitter

The error message in both “Job failed” cases is the same, so it makes sense to differ between the first case (job started and complete, but web interface failed to get that) and the latter (job didn’t even start) by doing the below URL replacement with a bookmarklet:

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Posted in Bookmarklet, Development, JavaScript/ECMAScript, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, Web Browsers | Leave a Comment »

Some cool (mostly Dutch) WiFi names (related to my earlier naming posts)

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/05/22

From [Wayback/Archive] De Leukste Wifinaam van 2021 | NPO Radio 2:

  • It hurts when IP
  • Modem Talking
  • Boogie WonderLAN
  • AIVD afluisterplantenbak
  • WiFinal Countdown
  • Ichbinwifidu
  • Michiel de Router
  • Ziggo Stardust
  • Drop it like it’s hotspot
  • Draadlozing
  • WhyTellMeFi
  • Lekker Wifi
  • Wifi Soerjadi
  • Jodelawifi

My related blog posts:


Posted in Conventions, Development, Fun, Naming Conventions, Network-and-equipment, Power User, Software Development, WiFi | Leave a Comment »

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