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Terugkijken | NPO Radio 2

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/12/29

Reminder to self: even opnieuw in het archief stoppen begin januari.

[Wayback/Archive] Terugkijken | NPO Radio 2


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Space Karen Sucks

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/12/18

Free speech really should be free. To bypass the new censorship regime at twitter, use this URL shortener to link to Mastodon or other censored destinations

Jack didn’t understand the new rules either:


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Migration from Twitter to Mastodon | ads’ corner

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/11/22

Yet another interesting post (I think it is via [Wayback/Archive] isotopp, but I cannot find the original message any more): [Wayback/Archive] Migration from Twitter to Mastodon | ads’ corner.


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Some notes on Input Director and alternatives: what about multiple platforms and mixing local plus remote access?

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/07/29

More than 10 years ago, I wrote about 7 screens; 3 computers; 1 keyboard/mouse to direct them all: Input Director and started with

At home, I have 7 screens on 3 computers on the same desk. That sounds like a clutter, but all these keyboards and mice hooked up to them add even more clutter. Until I found out about Input Direct…

In the mean time, I’ve mainly used a Mac with MacOS as a front-end to virtually logon to remote machines using both the internal display and one or two external monitors.

Especially when doing video (think Covid-19 and especially on-line meetings!) in addition to software development work, this is far from ideal.

So here are some things on my list of potential enhancements to this situation:



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Editing your Windows hosts file as administrator from a “simple” batch file or PowerShell command

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/07/07

Sometimes you want to edit your Windows hosts file.

Next to that it is not in /etc/hosts, but in %windir%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts., you also have to edit it elevated with an elevated Administrator token (see Source: User Account Control – Wikipedia).

The Windows GUI by default runs without that token, and for a keyboard person like me, doing the mouse clicking elevation can be cumbersome especially combined with the unintuitive path to the hosts file.

Basically the below batch file executes this, but than elevated:

start notepad %windir%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.

So I created a small batch file that does that for me: start notepad as an elevated user opening the correct file.

powershell -command "Start-Process notepad.exe -Verb runas -Args %windir%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts."

I named it edit-hosts-as-administrator.bat, but consider naming it edit-hosts.bat as the elevation is mandatory anyway.

It is based on by blog post Run cmd as elevated user (via: windows – How to run batch file command with elevated permissions? – Super User).

It helped setting up the localghost address explained in my blog post The spookback localghost address to resolve 👻.

That one in turn needed unicode support which I showed last week in Unicode symbols in a batch file – Stack Overflow.



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