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Archive for September, 2019

Chronological Facebook

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/09/30

For people still using Facebook: visit it using

This will open the chronological view of your Facebook feed.




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Readable weekdays in Excel

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/09/30

Since I always forget this: [WayBackExceljet: Get day name from date

If you need to get the day name (i.e. Monday, Tuesday, etc.) from a date, there are several options depending on your needs.

Basically there are four ways go get the day of the week; the first three are readable, but when ordered, they are ordered alphabetically. The last one is numeric.

Combining the numeric with the text is easier in for instance Pivot Legend Fields (Series).

So here they go (based on the above link), assuming that B4 contains a timestamp:

  1. =WEEKDAY(B4) gives you the numeric weekday (starting with Sunday=1 to Saturday=7) which allows sorting in a meaningful order
  2. =TEXT(B4,"dddd") gives you the full day name of B4 in your locale
  3. =TEXT(B4,"ddd") gives you the shortened day name of B4 in your locale
  4. =CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(B4),"Sun","Mon","Tue","Wed","Thu","Fri","Sat") gives you a name of your liking from a series of 7 texts

Note that depending on your locale, these formulas might actually need a semicolon:

  1. =WEEKDAY(B4)
  2. =TEXT(B4;"dddd")
  3. =TEXT(B4;"ddd")
  4. =CHOOSE(WEEKDAY(B4);"Sun";"Mon";"Tue";"Wed";"Thu";"Fri";"Sat")


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Meeting Agreements for High Performing Teams – Noteworthy — The Journal Blog

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/09/30

Worthy short read: [WayBackMeeting Agreements for High Performing Teams – Noteworthy — The Journal Blog

A quote from it:

[WayBackPatrick Lencioni‏ @patricklencioni: If someone offered me a single piece of evidence to assess the health of an org, I would want to observe the executive team during a meeting


via: [WayBack] Meeting Agreements for High Performing Teams – Noteworthy — The Journal Blog – Marjan Venema – Google+

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Sony STR-DE205 Receiver – storing FM stations into memory

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/09/27

Somehow I misplaced the manuals of my Sony STR-DE205 receiver, including the Operating Instructions.

Sony still makes receivers

I did find [WayBack] Sony STR-DE205 – Manual – AM/FM Stereo Receiver – HiFi Engine which has a Service Manual. It has no operating instructions though.

Luckily, the STR-DE205 is very similar to the Sony STR-DE305, which I found using sony str de205 filetype:pdf operating instructions and having an Operating Instructions copy at [

In fact, all the pictures in that manual look remarkably similar to the STR-DE205, except for one: the remote control:

It has one extra button POWER, which the STR-DE205 lacks, which likely means the STR-DE305 can be powered on remotely (like my trusty Sony MHC-3000 mini set that is slightly older).

Anyway, programming is easy as long as you know you need to press one of the NUMERIC BUTTONS in step 5:

  1. Press TUNER.
    The last received station is tuned in.
  2. Tune in the station you want.
    If you are not familiar with how to tune in a station, see “Receiving Broadcasts” on the previous page.
  3. Press MEMORY.
    “MEMORY” appears for a few seconds.
    Do steps 4 and 5 before “MEMORY” goes out.
  4. Press SHIFT to select a character (A, B or C).
    Each time you press SHIFT, the letter “A”, “B” or “C” appears in the display.
    If “MEMORY” disappears, start again from step 3.
  5. While MEMORY is displayed, press the number you want to use (0 to 9).
  6. Repeat Steps 2 to 5 to preset other stations.

Getting the text out of the PDF was a bit of a pain, as even though it renders, DRM tried to prohibit copying.

Luckily there is a pdftohtml with a -nodrm feature in Poppler (software) – Wikipedia (unlike the Xpdf – Wikipedia it forked from that does not have this switch) which I got based on these links:

Some more images are below after some Sony STR-DE205 videos.


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Running a feature branch from the letsencrypt certbot

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/09/27

So I won’t forget; the steps below based on and assumes ~/Versioned is the directory where you keep repositories in:

# cd ~/Versioned
# git clone
# cd certbot
# git fetch --all
Fetching origin
# git checkout alt_override
Branch 'alt_override' set up to track remote branch 'alt_override' from 'origin'.
Switched to a new branch 'alt_override'
# ./certbot-auto --os-packages-only
OS packages installed.
# ./tools/
... very long log ...
Please run the following command to activate developer environment:
source venv/bin/activate
# source ./venv/bin/activate
[venv] # venv/bin/certbot renew --force-renewal


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