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InfiniTime 1.10 "Yellow Mango" - dismiss notifications, timer UI and more

June 30, 2022 — Nico Cartron

Hardly 2 months after Limeberry, this release brings nice improvements, but also the usual bug fixes.

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Review of the Altra Rivera Running Shoes

June 25, 2022 — Nico Cartron

The latest addition to my Altra collection.

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The Smile - Live at Philharmonie de Paris, June 7, 2022

June 13, 2022 — Nico Cartron

Yet another gig this year - this time with The Smile, in a very nice venue!

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RIPE 84 in Berlin

June 09, 2022 — Nico Cartron

A quick article on my thoughts about RIPE 84.

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Test of SuuntoPlus Guide on the Suunto 9 Peak

May 21, 2022 — Nico Cartron

A deepdive on this new feature - what's good, what can be improved

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Jolla 1 running Sailfish OS 1.0 vs. Xperia 10 II running 4.4

May 13, 2022 — Nico Cartron

A fun post: how does a 7+ years ago SFOS compare with today's SFOS?

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Retrogaming: test of La Chose de Grotemburg (Ubi Soft, 1987, Amstrad CPC)

May 05, 2022 — Nico Cartron

Continuing with my tests of CPC games, this time with one of Ubi Soft's first games.

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Running with Skinners

April 29, 2022 — Nico Cartron

I bought my Skinners a while ago, during their crowdfunding campaign (5 years ago, in January 2017!) but didn't really use them a lot.
I did it recently, so here's my review of those "shoes/socks".

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InfiniTime 1.9 "Limeberry" - What's New?

April 21, 2022 — Nico Cartron

3 months after Fuzzy Kiwi, InfiniTime 1.9 is there, with some new features and improvements, let's have a look!

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Second Sailfish OS France meetup

April 15, 2022 — Nico Cartron

A quick summary of this second SFOS meetup, and some information about the next one!

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Thom Yorke at Zermatt Unplugged 2022

April 11, 2022 — Nico Cartron

I am just back from Zermatt, Switzerland, where I saw Thom Yorke performing at the Zermatt Unplugged festival. Here's how it went.

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Back on Suunto!

April 03, 2022 — Nico Cartron

In this article, I'm explaining why I came back to Suunto as running watch.

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Speech Note - speech to text on Sailfish OS: how good is it?

March 26, 2022 — Nico Cartron

A quick look at Speech Note, an application providing speech to text functionality: how to install it, and testing its accuracy, both in French and English.

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Quick feedback on Sailfish OS 4.4.0 "Vanha Rauma"

March 18, 2022 — Nico Cartron

Jolla recently released Vanha Rauma to Early Access subscribers, here's my take after a day.

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Quick glance at Bangle.js 2 vs. Bangle.js

March 11, 2022 — Nico Cartron

Better late than never - I received my Bangle.js 2 end of last year, but am only starting to play with it now. Let's start with a comparison with its predecessor, the original Bangle.js

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Ice Hockey French Cup: Angers!

February 26, 2022 — Nico Cartron

My family and I drove to see the final game of the French Cup (Angers vs. Gap). Here's a quick recap.

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Test of Nintendo's Game & Watch "Zelda"

February 17, 2022 — Nico Cartron

My take on Nintendo's newly released Game & Watch with 3 Zelda games.

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Review of the Salomon Ultra Glide trail shoes

February 09, 2022 — Nico Cartron

I recently bought and started using my first Salomon shoes - let's see what I like and don't like with them!

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A Frenchman experiencing "Paris Baguette"

February 01, 2022 — Nico Cartron

I recently went to the US for a business trip, and while there, a colleague dragged me into a "Paris Baguette" bakery. Here's my take.

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One year of InfiniTime: what has been achieved?

January 24, 2022 — Nico Cartron

In this article, I am looking at all the things that happened in one year of development of InfiniTime, PineTime's default firmware.

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PowerDNS LMDB Backend

January 17, 2022 — Nico Cartron

In this article, I want to compare the performances of a PowerDNS Authoritative server using a SQL backend, versus one using a LMDB backend.

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InfiniTime 1.8 "Fuzzy Kiwifruit": BLE secure pairing, Shake to wake, Trip meter

January 10, 2022 — Nico Cartron

This release adds the long-awaited BLE secure pairing, and a couple of other nice features, improvements and bug fixes. Follow me!

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2021 (blog) Year in review

January 03, 2022 — Nico Cartron

Some quick facts about my blogging habits in 2021.

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Retrogaming: test of Rick Dangerous (Core Design, 1989, Amstrad CPC)

December 29, 2021 — Nico Cartron

After Mach 3, let's cross the Channel and have a look at this awesome British game from the end of the 90's!

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My first Trail race - Hivernale des Templiers

December 17, 2021 — Nico Cartron

I recently ran the "Hivernale des Templiers", a very nice Trail race in South of France. As it's my first trail race, I wanted to provide some insight.

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A summary of the first French Sailfish OS meetup

December 14, 2021 — Nico Cartron

We recently got together with some members of the French Sailfish OS community - finally meeting face to face!

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FreeBSD as a desktop environment on an Intel NUC

November 22, 2021 — Nico Cartron

I wanted to install a desktop environment on an unused NUC, and rather than going for Debian, I decided to go for FreeBSD, to see how easy (or not) it would be to set it up on a "modern" machine.

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InfiniTime 1.7 "Jackfruit" - Motion service, buttonHandler and new torchlight

November 13, 2021 — Nico Cartron

How about you can get the number of steps you walked synch'ed to your companion app? That's what this version brings, along with other nice improvements. Let's have a look!

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2 days with SailfishOS "Suomenlinna" 4.3.0 - a feedback

November 06, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Jolla has released 2 days ago the latest Sailfish OS version - 4.3.0, nicknamed "Suomenlinna" - to Early Access subscribers - what does it bring?

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A deep dive on SmashRun for detailed running statistics

October 25, 2021 — Nico Cartron

If you're a runner, chance is that you want to analyse your runs with fancy diagrams. You're in luck, as SmashRun aims exactly at that!

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Jolla 10th year anniversary in Berlin - a summary

October 18, 2021 — Nico Cartron

I'm back from Berlin, where Jolla held a nice conference/meetup to celebrate its 10th year anniversary - let's see how it went!

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PineTime's Infinitime Firmwares history

October 10, 2021 — Nico Cartron

This article aims at keeping track of Infinitime firmware versions: when they've been released, what they brought, and where to get them.

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InfiniTime 1.6 "Ice Apple" - long standing BLE bug fixed!

October 05, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Yup, you're reading that correctly: a new InfiniTime release is available hardly 3 days after 1.5 (Huckleberry). But there's a really good reason for that!

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InfiniTime 1.5 "Huckleberry": Alarm app and more

September 27, 2021 — Nico Cartron

The InfiniTime development is not slowing down any time soon: we now have a very nice Alarm app, along with some improvements around battery reading, doc and BLE advertising.

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Retrogaming: test of Mach 3 (Loriciels, 1987, Amstrad CPC)

September 10, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Following the first articles I wrote about the CPC, I will be (re)testing some of my favorites CPC games. Let's start with Mach 3!

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InfiniTime 1.4 "Pink Grapefruit": Touch, UI and battery level improvements

September 03, 2021 — Nico Cartron

This release includes many improvements, making InfiniTime a lot smoother to use.

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First look at SailfishOS 4.2.0.19 (Verla)

September 01, 2021 — Nico Cartron

On August 31st, Jolla has released SFOS 4.2.0.19 to the Early Access subscribers. Let's have a look at what it brings!

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PineTime: steps counter accuracy

August 27, 2021 — Nico Cartron

How accurate is a $25 smartwach pedometer? Let's find out!

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Different running sessions for less boring runs

August 18, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Whether or not you're a runner, you've probably heard many times "Running? Man that's boring!".
Let's review how you can prove that wrong!

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Test of XCPC (Amstrad CPC emulator)

August 11, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Let's have a look at this nice CPC emulator - what it does and does not do, and how it compares to the other emulators I tested recently.

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InfiniTime 1.3 "Purple Fig" : LittleFS + Style watchface

July 29, 2021 — Nico Cartron

One month after Blue-purple Elderberry / 1.2.0, "Purple Fig" 1.3.0 is out and brings both visible and (most importantly in my opinion) super nice, non visible improvements. Let's have a look!

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Interview with Lukasz Erecinski, Pine64's Community Manager

July 22, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Continuing with the interviews around the PineTime community.
After JF (InfiniTime lead dev) and Lup (Bootloader lead dev), this time I am interviewing Lukasz from Pine64.

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A History of my Altra Running Shoes

July 13, 2021 — Nico Cartron

A fun one for me, to keep track of the shoes I'm using to run - focusing on Altra.

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Contributing to Open Source without being a developer

July 06, 2021 — Nico Cartron

In this post, I'll discuss some of the ways anyone can help with his favorite Open Source project, even when not a developer.

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Installing SailfishOS on the Sony Xperia 10 mark II

July 01, 2021 — Nico Cartron

I recently bought a 2nd-hand Xperia 10 II to replace my aging XA2, and thought it would be good to document SFOS installation on it, from a different angle than Jolla's one. Let's go!

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InfiniTime Blue-purple Elderberry - stability & Metronome app

June 22, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Exactly one month after Dragon Fruit / 1.1, here's another InfiniTime release, bringing stability, a new Metronome app, and the support of a new accelerometer (the BMA425).

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Testing PowerDNS 4.5.0-beta1's "Zone cache"

June 17, 2021 — Nico Cartron

A quick look at this new feature, aimed at providing better performances when under NXD attacks.

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Interview with Lup, creator of PineTime's bootloader

June 05, 2021 — Nico Cartron

After the interview I did with JF, I am now discussing with Lup Yuen, who created the first bootloader for our beloved PineTime.

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Why am I running?

May 28, 2021 — Nico Cartron

... or more precisely "why are you running?", is a question I heard a lot from friends, colleagues and acquaintances, specially when I started running seriously on a regular basis.

Let me explain you why, and the many benefits this has to me!

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InfiniTime 1.1 "Dragon Fruit" - yum!

May 24, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Barely one month after InfiniTime's first stable release, "Dragon Fruit" is available, bringing new features and more stability.

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SailfishOS 4.1.0 "Kvarken"

May 17, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Jolla recently released SailfishOS 4.1.0 to Early Access (EA) subscribers, so let's have a quick look at what it brings!

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Domoticz and Velux KLF-200

May 14, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Last article in this series: let's integrate our Velux KLF-200 with Domoticz!

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My top 10 list of Amstrad CPC games

May 01, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Follow-up of my previous articles on the Amstrad CPC, this time I am making a list of the top 10 games I enjoyed playing with in the '90s.

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Setting up a Velux KLF-200 io-homecontrol gateway

April 25, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Want to control your (proprietary) io-homecontrol devices (roller shutter, etc.)?
This Velux KLF-200 device is designed for that, let me show you how to set it up and add devices to it!

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Apps I'm using on my SailfishOS Xperia XA2

April 21, 2021 — Nico Cartron

A quick review of the apps (both native and Android ones) I'm using on my XA2.

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First look at PineTime's InfiniTime 1.0 Release Candidate 1

April 18, 2021 — Nico Cartron

We're getting super close to a 1.0 release of InfiniTime, PineTime's firmware by JF!
Keep reading to see all the new exciting features embedded in that version!

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Sites publishing popular Running Routes in cities (2/3)

April 14, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Second article in this series, this time focusing on sites publishing "popular routes in cities".

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Amstrad CPC emulators

April 09, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Follow-up of my first article about the Amstrad CPC 6128: this time, we're looking at the top CPC emulators: how they compare and what you can do with them :)

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Interview with JF, InfiniTime's creator

April 05, 2021 — Nico Cartron

In this article, I am interviewing JF, who is working on the PineTime firmware since October 2019.

JF walks us through InfiniTime, from the first developments, up to the latest ones, which I have been documenting on this blog.

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Resetting your Somfy IO roller shutter

April 02, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Yet another quick article on automation.
In this one, I am describing how to reset your Somfy IO roller shutter, in my case to be able to pair it with a Velux Integra KLF-200, and control my Velux roof windows and Somfy roller shutters from Domoticz.

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Domoticz API: don't forget user's permissions!

March 30, 2021 — Nico Cartron

A quick one on how not to waste time (like I did) with Domoticz API because of user's permissions :)

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Review of Amazfish on SailfishOS

March 26, 2021 — Nico Cartron

As a SailfishOS and smartwatch user, I'm using Amazfish companion app on a daily basis and enjoy it.
I recently realised that (at least to my knowledge), there was no "proper" review of it available out there, so I'm filling that gap with that article :)

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InfiniTime "Yellow Banana" - Stopwatch / dual watchfaces!

March 21, 2021 — Nico Cartron

Yet another InfiniTime release, bringing 2 exciting new features: a stopwatch and two watchfaces, which can be swapped at will!

Keep reading to know more :)

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Sites for manually drawing Running Routes (1/3)

March 16, 2021 — Nico Cartron

This article is part of a series of 3, where I'm exploring the different options available for runners to create routes and then use them on their running watches.

  • In this first article, I am testing the major sites able to draw running routes, with the use case of "drawing the route yourself, from a specific starting point/distance",
  • The second article (to be published) will focus on sites publishing "popular routes in cities",
  • The third article (to be published) will deal with "route shuffling", or sites that allow creating random routes from a specific starting point.

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PineTime's InfiniTime: New bootloader, and a recovery firmware!

March 10, 2021 — Nico Cartron

We're barely into March, and there's already some news on the front of InfiniTime!
Nothing really new per se, but when you scratch the surface, you'll see that it's a "building block" for future InfiniTime releases.

Follow me and let's upgrade together!

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A list of the Radiohead gigs I've been to

March 09, 2021 — Nico Cartron

This one's for me - I am a huge Radiohead fan, and have been to quite a few of their gigs, so in this quick article I am listing them all, with possibly some notes from my memory :)

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Reviving my Amstrad CPC 6128... through emulation!

March 02, 2021 — Nico Cartron

In this series of articles, I want to look at the Amstrad CPC 6128: its history and my "relationship" with it, the different emulators available today, before delving into the games I played with when I was young(er)! :)

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PineTime's InfiniTime 0.14.0 "Green Avocado" - all about LVGL!

February 25, 2021 — Nico Cartron

3rd InfiniTime update in February 2021 - I told you, the project is super hot!
So what does this version bring? Basically an update to the LVGL version, from 6 to 7.
Cool! But concretely? Keep reading to find out!

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InfiniTime 0.13.0 - a quick look

February 23, 2021 — Nico Cartron

With this release, we're very close to having a fully functional (albeit basic) smartwatch. So let's dive in!

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Review of the Altra Superior 4.0 trail shoes

February 20, 2021 — Nico Cartron

A quick review of Altra's trail shoes: the Superior 4.0

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First look at SailfishOS 4.0.1 Koli main features

February 17, 2021 — Nico Cartron

SFOS 4.0.1 is available since yesterday, and since I have it running on my Sony Xperia XA2 for almost 2 weeks (as part of the Early Access program), let's have a look at the main features and improvements it brings.

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Sailfish OS - Tips

February 16, 2021 — Nico Cartron

This page lists different tips about SailfishOS, mainly for me when I'm looking for stuff, but can be useful for others as well :)

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PineTime's Infinitime Firmwares history

February 15, 2021 — Nico Cartron

This article aims at keeping track of Infinitime firmware versions: when they've been released, what they brought, and where to get them.

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How to get a larger space bar on SailfishOS

February 10, 2021 — Nico Cartron

A very quick one today: bored of mistyping all the time because of this tiny space bar in SailfishOS?
Look no further, here's how to fix that!

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PineTime - Quick Review of InfiniTime versions 0.11.0 and 0.12.0

February 05, 2021 — Nico Cartron

InfiniTime is pretty active in this year's start, as we got 2 versions in 2 weeks!
Let's have a look at what those versions bring.

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WorkOutDoors: Apple Watch as a true competitor of a Garmin|Suunto running watch?

February 03, 2021 — Nico Cartron

I am an avid runner, and like to test watches.
This article is my review of WorkOutDoors, a terrific workout app for the Apple Watch.

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One week with my PineTime - a Feedback

January 30, 2021 — Nico Cartron

A follow-up on my previous posts about PineTime: what works, and what is missing.

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Upgrading PineTime's InfiniTime firmware

January 24, 2021 — Nico Cartron

In the last post about PineTime, we looked at the basics of PineTime.

Now it's time to upgrade InfiniTime, PineTime's firmware :-)

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Speeding up GPS fix on SailfishOS

January 23, 2021 — Nico Cartron

This post explains how to keep using Mozilla Location Services (MLS) on SailfishOS, therefore speeding up GPS fix, especially useful on Sony Xperia XA2.

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PineTime on SailfishOS

January 22, 2021 — Nico Cartron

This post describes quickly the setup of a PineTime, a hackable and affordable smartwatch from Pine64.

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Use Yandex as replacement for Mozilla location service on SailfishOS

January 12, 2021 — Nico Cartron

If you're a fellow SailfishOS sailor, you certainly have noticed that since version 3.3 "Rokua", Mozilla locations services have stopped working correctly. (More details available here).

Fortunately, Coderus recently gave the possibility of using the Yandex location service as a substitute for the Mozilla service.

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(Sail)Slack on SailfishOS

July 27, 2020 — Nico Cartron

A quick explanation/workaround on how to make Openrepos' Sailslack on SailfishOS work

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Spotify on SailfishOS

July 23, 2020 — Nico Cartron

Some quick tips on how to use Spotify / Hutspot on SailfishOS

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IT troubleshooting: always come back to the basics!

July 15, 2020 — Nico Cartron

or how I lost 1/2 day trying to fix something that was obvious.

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InfluxDB and Raspberry Pi - frenemies?

June 21, 2020 — Nico Cartron

A quick look at why I moved my InfluxDB data away from one of my Raspberry Pi.

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Domoticz and OPNsense (or the other way around)

May 02, 2020 — Nico Cartron

This short article is a follow-up to my previous one on using the OPNsense API.

I'll quickly show how I am using Domoticz to easily change the gateway used by a device (in my case my laptop) from my main ADSL connection to a 4G one, by calling the OPNsense API.

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Grafana and Pi-Hole

May 02, 2020 — Nico Cartron

Even though I'm a DNS geek/enthusiast given my past, I love Pi-Hole and use it at home on a Raspberry.
This allows me to block ads in a simple and effective manner.
(Of course it then forwards requests to a PowerDNS Recursor for several reasons).

I wanted to have a nice Grafana dashboard with info coming from Pi-Hole, so here's a quick post as I wasted quite some time because of a simple issue.

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OPNsense API

April 29, 2020 — Nico Cartron

I'm a huge fan of FreeBSD and therefore when I contemplated replacing the crappy router/firewall that comes with my ISP with a proper router, I looked at open-source software running it.

I initially started with pfsense, which was a fork of m0n0wall, but then switched to OPNsense whose approach I liked more, and which itself is a fork of pfsense. Reasons for the fork are explained here.

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My first blog post

April 17, 2020 — Nico Cartron

Hello and welcome to my website/blog. I've been using this domain name, which I bought back in 2002 on Gandi when it was still using super ugly^M^M^M^M nice colors!

Remember this?

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